Tainopark

Tainopark, Santa Barbara de Samana: Address, Phone Number, Tainopark Reviews: 4.5/5

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Tainopark is the biggest historic park in the Caribean. A huge reproduction of the Tainos's life and the confrontation with the spanish conquerors. An incredible scenographia with figures in Fiber glass at the real scale. A trip in the past of more one hour. You seems to be in a movie of these time. Culture and attraction for a unique concept of thematic park.The Tour is one hour and 6 language are available with audio guide (Eng, Span, Ital, French, Germ, Russian)
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Marc C
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May 2018 • Solo
Taino Park is not definitivly closed but relocated to La Romana / Bayahibe and listed on tripadvisor under his new name "Conquista park".
Written 19 April 2019
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Boomsita
San Mateo, CA82 contributions
Jan 2018 • Family
We went there. No signed on the road. Found dirt road off the main road after asking several locals around there. Finally the last person told us that the park has been moved elsewhere. No info about where that was.
Written 2 January 2018
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Licey7
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic791 contributions
Jul 2015 • Friends
A must visit if you are interested in culture and you want that your kids learn about the Indian culture.
The unique thematic park in Dominican Republic.
Great explanations, worth to visit, do so, you will be impressed!
Written 9 July 2015
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Catherine M
Quebec City, Canada63 contributions
Mar 2014 • Family
We travelled around DR with our 5 kids aged between 1 and 8 years old. Tainopark was one of my favorite place that we visited. It is very informative and interesting. You walk around 25 displays depicting the everyday life of the Tainos and the arrival of Christopher Columbus. The kids enjoyed it and so did the parents. Well worth paying the entry fees.
Written 17 April 2014
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Sandi D
Ponoka, Canada4 contributions
Mar 2014 • Friends
This was easily the most interesting place we visited in the DR. While listening to the history on ipods (which came in 5 different languages) while walking in the park from station to station we learned more than we had in the previous few years visiting museums and touring the island. The people were friendly and the presentation was wonderful considering the climate. The depictions of early life were illuminating and the history frank and candid. It takes about an hour and then you can browse the artifacts at the end. The snack bar and gift shop were just what we needed at the end.
Written 25 March 2014
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Marmalade-Queen
Grantham484 contributions
Dec 2013 • Couples
Taino Park is apparently the biggest historical park in the Caribbean and is set in a sort of reconstructed Taino Indian village. You walk round the display of some 25 "scenes" depicting the story of these indigenous people's everyday life until the famous Christopher Columbus "discovered" the island and the subsequent conflict with the Spanish Conquistadors after which the natives were wiped out.

As you walk around, you have an excellent hand held audio commentary which is so well done that you don't need to keep pausing it as it allows you plenty of time to take in each scene before walking the 100 yards or so to the next scene.

The "walk" itself is undercover although the exhibits are out in the open. One reviewer stated that the scenes are "plastic" (I am sure it is all slightly more hi-tech than that) but as it obviously has to be "all weather" I am not sure what he expected them to use! Don't let that comment put you off because, to me, everything looked very authentic and the "village" itself is made of completely natural materials amongst lush vegetation, flowers and trees.

At the end of the walk there is an archaeological exhibition which has an array of pottery, bones, wood etc. There is a café and souvenir shop both incorporated into the "village" so blend in well. Just a word of warning, much stuff in the souvenir shop is not priced so if you look in any way affluent you may pay well over the odds for things you can get elsewhere far cheaper - the voice of experience speaks on this!!

There seem to be plans to add to and extend this attraction and I would definitely recommend this well thought out, well executed attraction if you are the sort of person who likes to learn something about their holiday destination without just walking round museums!
Written 30 January 2014
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TheLion1829
Honesdale, Pennsylvania, United States34 contributions
Jan 2014 • Friends
Tells the story very frankly about the natives and what they suffered through with the landing of Christopher Columbus. He was not the nicest man. This presentation almost makes you wonder why we celebrate Columbus Day. Did he really "discover" the New World? If he discovered it, why was there already natives there? We did this as part of an excursion from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.
Written 23 January 2014
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Matt B
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic16 contributions
Aug 2013 • Friends
Taino Park is a surprisingly professional, first-class destination. Unlike historical accounts told from proud, patriotic standpoints, Taino Park includes the ugly reality of what happened to the native population after Europeans first arrived in the Caribbean. As one government-published guide states, "No judgment is passed; this is history as it happened." Several of the 25 dioramas are quite graphic, such as the one of a Spaniard lancing a Taino clean through the chest. Each of the life-size, fiberglass sculptures is a work of art; the costumes are amazing. The bar / snack shop was just what we needed to refresh and recharge after the hour-long tour. I arrived thinking this would be just another cheesy, roadside attraction -- not at all! We were pleasantly surprised, quite impressed, actually. Well done!
Written 29 September 2013
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ilana sh
Tel Aviv, Israel34 contributions
Sep 2013 • Couples
it was very good and the only place we understood the history of taino. there are alot of languages you can choose in your earphones: english, russian, france.
Written 28 September 2013
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Kris H
Illinois13 contributions
Mar 2013 • Couples
Went here because it was included in a tour of Las Haitisis (which was awesome). It is a pretty basic museum, and you walk through it with a headset on as they tell you the history of the indigenous peoples of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. It isn't anything fun to look at, but the history is interesting. So if you aren't in to this type of thing I recommend skipping it.
Written 18 September 2013
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