La Altagracia Province
|Development region||Yuma (VIII)|
|- elevation||106 m (348 ft)|
|Area||2,998.4 km² (1,158 sq mi)|
|Population||273,210 (2010) |
|Density||91 /km² (236 /sq mi)|
5 municipal districts
|Congresspersons||1 Senator |
|Area code||1-809 1-829 1-849|
To the north and east of the province is the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and to the south is the Caribbean Sea, with the Mona Passage (a strait that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Caribbean Sea) to the southeast. The province is bordered to the west by La Romana and El Seibo provinces.
The region of the province was part of the El Seibo until 1944 when it was made part of the new province of La Romana. In 27 February 1961, the La Romana province was split in two provinces: La Romana and La Altagracia.
The province was created with the municipalities of Higüey and San Rafael del Yuma with the city of Salvaleón de Higüey as capital of the province. Las Lagunas de Nisibón was made a municipal district in 1982, La Otra Banda in 1987, Boca del Yuma in 2001, Bayahibe in 2002, and Verón Punta-Cana in 2006.
Origin of nameEdit
Its population represents 2.89% of the total population of the country and the province is ranked as the 9th (out of 31 plus the National District) more populated province.
The La Altagracia province has a total area of 2,998.4 km2 (1,157.7 sq mi). It has 6.2% of the area of the Dominican Republic and it is ranked as the second (out of 31 plus the National District) largest province.
The main protected area in the province is the Parque Nacional del Este ("Eastern National park").
There are some low mountains in the northern part of the province. Those mountains are part of the Cordillera Oriental ("Eastern mountain range"). Savannas are found everywhere in the province.
There are not many rivers in this province. The main river is the Yuma that flows from north to south, into the Caribbean Sea.
The climate of the province is a tropical climate, hot most of the year.
|Municipal Districts (code)||Population
|Las Lagunas de Nisibón (110102)||9,831||315.2||31.2||41|
|La Otra Banda (110103)||28,929||318.9||90.7||108|
|Verón Punta Cana (110104)||43,982||475.3||92.5||17|
|San Rafael del Yuma (110201)||17,886||530.8||33.7||55|
|Boca de Yuma (110202)||1,821||232.0||7.8||16|
|San Rafael del Yuma (110200))||21,967||981.2||22.4|
|La Altagracia province (110000)||273,210||2,998.4||91.1|
The most important economic activities in the province are farming (cattle and sugar cane) and tourism. The eastern coast of the province, in the region of Punta Cana and Bávaro, is the most important touristic centre of the country with many hotels along beaches with white sand. Bayahibe, in the southern coast, is also an important touristic centre.
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