MARIA TRINIDAD SANCHEZ.

This province with its long Atlantic Ocean coastline is still relatively undeveloped for tourism, but has great potential, with its magnificent beaches and crystalline waters, which are perfect for diving and deep-sea fishing.

The beautiful Playa Grande, just east of the town of Río San Juan, has been for sale by the Central Bank for several years, but no one has come up with the asking price yet—try the fresh fish in coconut sauce that the local women will prepare for you here.

Delicious! The Gri-Gri Lagoon is a popular attractins for locals and tourists alike. You can go boating up its mangrove-choked waterways that open into the Atlantic, and on some nights the waters here shimmer with phosphorescent micro-organisms.

Cabo Frances Viejo National Park is located at the northernmost tip of the province, just west of Cabrera. The mountains of the province are comparatively small compared with others on the island and are riddled with caves, subterranean rivers, and freshwater swimming holes. Flatlands throughout the province are planted with rice and tomatoes.

History.

Nagua is the head city of the María Trinidad Sánchez province.

Its first name was Boca de Nagua. In 1921, the head community of Matanzas was moved to this area, but by 1928 this disposition was reestablished in the Matanzas community. Boca de Nagua was then named after Julia Molina, Trujillo' mother, in 1936. This was ratified in 1945, when it was made a municipal district dependent upon the Matanzas community.

The name Julia Molina was changed to Nagua in 1961, after the fall of the Trujillo dictatorship. According to a study done by Father De José Linch a few years ago, Nagua had a strip of land that was 3.7 meters above sea level, which with the passing years has been covered by the waters. Linch visited the country in 1946, after the earthquakes had left their effects in the different sectors of the island. An estimated 700 meters have been covered by the sea in the last years.

Due to these reasons, there has been a growing fear that the city could disappear before the fury of the Atlantic waters. Many believe it necessary to build a wave breaker in order to avoid the entry of the waves onto the city. The tides are stronger during the winter because of the constant winds blowing from the north.

Nagua has immense white sanded beaches that run from the Boba River and up to Nagua itself. Its beautiful coast is frequented by many tourists, especially natives.