The Nutridge features lush tropical rainforests, beach front views and colorful, enduring traditions and is the future home of a cacao farm; Punta Cana Beach Estate is truly a world unto itself. Discover its stories, live its legends and experience its traditions as you Discover the Province of Altagracia and the Dominica Republic.
Vision and Invitation
In the spirit of Dominicanidad, sustainability and ecological responsibility Punta Cana Beach Estate is honored to have the privilege of being the special caretakers for the historical and beautiful beach estate located in the Caribbean most beautiful beach.
Beginning June 1, 2018 we have had the opportunity to open the doors of Cacao Taino Plantation and Museum- Punta Cana. We have invested a significant amount of resources to maintain the respect this property. A lot of effort has been dedicated to find out what is the best use of this historical land with the least amount of impact to preserve it natural beauty and historical important location.
We are inviting el Minister de Turismo, Ministerio de Medio Ambiente, Ministerio de Agricultura and Museo de Historia to join us in our vision to preserve the history of this area and its value to agriculture Bienbenido.
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The Concept and Development
The Cacao Taino Plantation and Museum- Punta Cana is one of Dominican Republic and the Caribbean most beautiful and historical properties. It is our intention to provide an environment that our visitors, local population, and community outreach groups can enjoy.
Perpetuating; sustainability, Dominican culture and entertainment, education, awareness, activities and attractions.
Higuey, used to be one of the most important cacicazgo before the European came to the island in 1492. This was also the last location were the brave Taino retain their control under the command of the Cacique Cayakoa and Kotubanama that fought against the Spanish conquistadors to retain their land and identity. Unfortunately, do to the gun power and the large Spanish Armanda, they soon were dissipated.
This area fertile lands allowed for bountiful agriculture and produced most of the guayiga y Yuca roots and it has some of the largest output of food crap. It also was a very important strategic location for all the inter island voyage of the natives Taino Indians. Also the Spanish conquistores including Ponce de Leon departed from this area in the colonization to conquer Puerto Rico and later Florida.
During the colonization, Higuey was divided into latifundios or hatos – large pieces of land given to the Spanish and converted into the single one crop of sugar cane and cattle raising. It was not until 1980 that the area stated to build its first hotel, hence the area is so reach in historically and archeologically.
To preserve Higuey rich agricultural past and to protect the land from invasive species and soil erosion while providing guests a living piece of Dominican history that is a memorable attraction.
Our Core Purpose
Private and local Community Continuing to provide that, we want to also develop agritourism and sustainable turism
The combination of Dominican Republic’s natural beauty; paired with the physical beauty of its people, culture, and history, is the essence of Doninicanidad . The sharing, compassionate, and loving nature of our gente (local people) is what makes Dominican Republic and residents so unique. Living Aloha EVERYDAY is something each is called to do. Infusing the Aloha Spirit into each part of this project is what it’s all about. An encompassing endeavor that perpetuates sharing, giving, and teaching.
Caring for Our Land
Punta Cana Beach Estate will be utilizing 10% of 3 the Estate for agritourism. It is our hope to preserve this land for its historical land and open it for people to come and experience a living museum. Much of the area is rapidly growing and being develop for hotels use, but the The Cacao Taino Plantation and Museum- Punta Cana will help preserve legendary trees found on the property.
History has shown that monoculture severely harms the land. Though the area would be redominantly Cacao trees, we expect to have multiple species throughout the farm. The primary role of subordinate species in the farm is for environmental control, specifically managing soil quality and erosion. For this reason we plan on leaving much of the existing canopy and also plan on planting shrubs and grasses with adventitious roots.
Caoba trees also will be planted to help balance soil quality. Natural balance is especially important because of pollination of Cacao trees. Bees are responsible for the pollination of many commercial crops, and Cacao rees are no exception. Keeping a diverse area and a holistic region is important to maintain the bee population in the area.
Punta Cana area was once well established yuca farms, and does not need much help to be sustained. We plan on taking a holistic management approach to Punta Cana Beach Estate ,making minimal changes to the area, clearing out invasive species and preserving the farm
Dominican Republic has been blessed with fertile soils and perfect conditions for plants to grow. Maintaining this balance is important for continuing to grow and farm. The smacronutrients needed are nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, or commonly referred to as NPK, for plants to thrive. The most difficult nutrient to come across is nitrogen. The Fabaceae family is a superb nitrogen fixer and is used to help maintain the NPK levels. Luckily Caoba is in this family and can be planted to maintain nutrient levels and allows us to not have to rely on non-native species or synthetic additives. Cacao trees are slow growing and do not need high levels of nitrogen, unlike annual crops, but the product quality will increase with nitrogen fixers in the area.
Many unprotected areas that are being overrun with invacive plants and are not functioning as they should be. The land should be able to absorb and retain water- increasing the amount of natural cycled freshwater, and reducing flooding in lower areas. Unfortunately these plants displace much more soil than native species and make the watershed less effective. The cacao farm at Nutridge would have better plants growing to retain that water and make the watershed more efficient, reducing flooding in the areas below during heavy rains.
Energy and Maintenance
The energy required for the preservation is minimal to none. Because the cacao trees are know that they can survive in this area with no additional watering, irrigation, or any additional maintenance. The plantation will not have any processing facilities on site so there is no need for additional energy expenditures or facilities built for that aspect of the farm. The most maintenance that would be necessary would be to maintain the pathways extending throughout the farm so they are safe for tourists to walk on.
Tropical zones, especially areas on the beach like Punta Cana Beach Estate are prone to soil erosion. With heavy rains and not many grasses to retain the dirt like it presently is, the ground could easily become unstable. With preserving the farm aspect, we would be able to monitor and control at risk areas as well as have preventative measures.
Synthetic pesticides have shown to be detrimental to the environment and sometimes not even too effective against the target species. Among other reasons of negative side effects of pesticides, we do not plan on having any pesticides in use at Punta Cana Beach Estate. The estate is also located on the beach and the amount of runoff would be detrimental if pesticides were used. Biological pest control is an option, but given Dominican Republic’s history with imported biological control, we are hesitant to pursue that route. In regards to controlling other organisms, we are open to suggestions the Minister de Medio Ambiente has if we need control.
Preservation the Area Reach History with the Cacao Farm
Preserving the Cacao Farm
Our plan for developing Punta Cana Beach Estate as the Taino Museum & Cocao Plantation farm includes agritourism as the primary model. Agritourism is closely linked with sustainability, because agritourism focuses on responsible engagement into touristic activities, and unlike mass tourism, it has a high componente of environmental and social awareness and learning. This leads to a cleaner, greener way to promote tourism to our island.
Punta Cana Beach Estate would be a successful agritourism sight because of the relatively low competition, the new experience that is different from traditional travel routes, and provides some of the best beaches in the Island PCBE would also provide a learning and awareness and thus can also be considered as an educational process with an important social role of bringing tourism to sustainable farming. PCBE was an area of significant farm for the Tainos; we plan on providing an area to see the history of this part of Dominican Republic , pictures of the transformation, founder, and even providing the experience to see how a Cacao fruit journeys from the tree to your chocolate.
Processing and Productivity
PCBE Plans on selling the cacao crop to other companies to be processed and sold as a finished product. Ideally we would like to partner with a local producer in Dominican Republic. With the preservation of PCBE as a cacao farm, local businesses could prosper from having an increased supply of Cacao. Average yields for Cacao farms in Dominicana in the 2012-13 growing season were 2,930 per acre. If 15 of the remaining 20 acres of land that Discover Hawaii Tours is caring for is preserved, Nutridge should average nearly 44,000 pounds of macadamia nuts. Based on the 2012-13 price per pound, Nutridge would gross over $35,000 in crop sales.
PCBE would also take advantage of the agritourism opportunity that Punta Cana has. Preserving history and developing cacao farm would open more tour possibilities that provides an environmentally friendly avenue for tourism in the Dominican Republic
PCBE value community gatherings, local movements, and ecologically & sustainability. We want to encourage people to continue to care for our land by helping support local clean ups on Punta Cana, community service opportunities, field trips, or other outings for schools, organizations, and groups.
Education is important and we want to provide a platform for that. Planting cacao also allows us to have an área dedicated to the history of the Taino in Higuey, Sustainable agricultural models could also be taught and promoted as we share the process of cacao from the trees to the store.
We want to manage a 10% of our Estate into a historical farm. The potential for PCBE to bring together community, better the surrounding the environment, educate people of the area’s history and promote sustainable agritourism is there. The future possibilities with this area are endless.
By plating cocoa the Estate plan to hire 30 – 50 worker adnd produce over $2.5 million annually.