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Bonao is the capital of Monseñor Nouel province, Dominican Republic. It is located in the center of the country, to the northwest of the national capital Santo Domingo.

Bonao
Official seal of Bonao
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Bonao is located in the Dominican Republic
Bonao
Bonao
Coordinates: 18°57′0″N 70°24′36″W / 18.95000°N 70.41000°W / 18.95000; -70.41000
Country Dominican Republic
ProvinceMonseñor Nouel
Founded1495
Municipality since1865
Area
 • Total664.37 km2 (256.51 sq mi)
Elevation173 m (568 ft)
Population
 (2012)[3]
 • Total158,034
 • Density240/km2 (620/sq mi)
 • Urban
60,044
Distance to
 – Santo Domingo

85 km
Municipal Districts
5
ClimateAf

The city is known as "Villa De Las Hortensias" - the town of hydrangeas. The Hortensia is the local flower of Bonao.

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Bonao (1961–1990)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 35.2
(95.4)
36.3
(97.3)
37.5
(99.5)
36.8
(98.2)
37.5
(99.5)
38.9
(102.0)
39.2
(102.6)
38.9
(102.0)
38.9
(102.0)
38.9
(102.0)
37.1
(98.8)
36.5
(97.7)
39.2
(102.6)
Average high °C (°F) 29.5
(85.1)
29.9
(85.8)
30.8
(87.4)
31.3
(88.3)
31.7
(89.1)
32.9
(91.2)
33.0
(91.4)
33.0
(91.4)
33.1
(91.6)
32.6
(90.7)
31.2
(88.2)
29.5
(85.1)
31.5
(88.7)
Average low °C (°F) 18.1
(64.6)
18.1
(64.6)
18.7
(65.7)
19.5
(67.1)
20.1
(68.2)
20.9
(69.6)
21.1
(70.0)
21.0
(69.8)
20.6
(69.1)
20.3
(68.5)
19.6
(67.3)
18.7
(65.7)
19.7
(67.5)
Record low °C (°F) 12.0
(53.6)
12.2
(54.0)
14.5
(58.1)
14.8
(58.6)
15.8
(60.4)
17.0
(62.6)
17.2
(63.0)
16.5
(61.7)
17.0
(62.6)
16.3
(61.3)
13.2
(55.8)
12.4
(54.3)
12.0
(53.6)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 107.2
(4.22)
108.3
(4.26)
117.7
(4.63)
204.1
(8.04)
333.3
(13.12)
138.8
(5.46)
176.3
(6.94)
203.9
(8.03)
180.2
(7.09)
251.8
(9.91)
248.2
(9.77)
146.4
(5.76)
2,216.2
(87.25)
Average rainy days (≥ 1.0 mm) 9.5 8.3 9.2 11.6 14.0 9.6 13.6 13.5 12.1 13.7 14.5 12.4 142.0
Source: NOAA[4]

Local sceneEdit

Motorcycles (especially mini-bikes and scooters also known as 'PASOLA') are the most common form of transportation in the city. There are also taxi and car rental services available. DR-1 (Autopista Duarte) bypasses the city to the east.

 
A costumed reveler during the 2006 carnival in Bonao.

A popular annual attraction is the Carnival. Groups that parade in the Carnival start out in "caves" (typically a blocked-off street) where loud music is played. Costumes are often slightly demonic in nature. During Carnival season, there is often a concert in the town square (El Parque Duarte), on Saturday night.

People from BonaoEdit

Major League Baseball former pitcher Carlos Mármol and current Philadelphia Phillies catcher Deivy Grullón are from Bonao. Hansel Robles, relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels is also from Bonao. Free agent third basemen Juan Francisco "Baby Huey" is from Bonao. Also the singer and music composer, Hector Acosta 'El Torito', is one of the icons of the country. Luis Días, composer of the popular song "Baile en la Calle" was born in Bonao.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Superficies a nivel de municipios, Oficina Nacional de Estadistica Archived April 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ De la Fuente, Santiago (1976). Geografía Dominicana (in Spanish). Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Editora Colegial Quisqueyana.
  3. ^ Censo 2012 de Población y Vivienda, Oficina Nacional de Estadistica
  4. ^ "Bonao Climate Normals 1961-1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved September 11, 2016.

Coordinates: 18°57′0″N 70°24′36″W / 18.95000°N 70.41000°W / 18.95000; -70.41000