Cigars in Dominican Republic

Tobacco grows naturally on the island of Hispaniola, so it should come as no surprise that it has been grown in the Dominican Republic for hundreds of years.

When Columbus and his crew arrived on Hispaniola, they came upon the local Taino and Arawak people who were already enjoying the “cohiba” that they grew here and in Cuba.The finest tobacco leaves come from the Cibao Valley, and the Dominican Republic has become one of the primary producers and exporters of hand-rolled cigars in the world today, even rivalling Cuban cigar sales in the United States and in Europe.Today, La Aurora, S.A., is the oldest factory in the Dominican Republic producing cigars. It is located in the heart of the cigar producing area of the Dominican Republic, Santiago de los Caballeros.