Over 45 years ago, I studied in Santiago de los Caballeros region, by tradition in the Dominican Republic producer of snuff leaves and therefore the cradle of cigarette and cigar factories, where people have a love and respect for the handmade cigars produced in the area.

Time went by and around the year 1985, a man arrived at the official government office of the Dominican Republic located on Brickell Ave. in the city of Miami, FL claiming to be the head of the Native American reserves in the United States. He knew about the Dominican cigar and cigarette industry and wanted to have contact with someone who helped him in the field. The director of the Dominican Center for Exports (CEDOPEX) calls me and this is where I come in.

Gladly, I offered myself to contact several producers in the area of Tamboril- Santiago. In the endeavor to sign the contract with the head representative of the reserves emerged the lack of courtesy of the producers, who wanted to negotiate directly and the people from the reserves did not accept and the business never happened. I was disappointed by not being able to concretize the negotiations.

Years later, around 1997, I decided to enter fully into the private production of premium hand-made cigars hand in hand with my long time friends, due to the fact that their families were producers of tobacco plants and cigars for generations.

This is when the brands Bavaro and Punta Cana Arbaje cigars are born. The names honor the two areas in the Dominican Republic best known worldwide for their touristic attractions, mainly its pristine beaches and all-inclusive resorts. These cigars are made of the best variety mixtures of Dominican tobacco leaves.

The logo Bavaro Arbaje cigars was designed by Enver Hernandez, a longtime friend a graphic designer and the logo for the Punta Cana cigars was designed by my great friend Harold Priego Garcia- Godoy (Rest in peace…), who was the creator of the famous cartoon political character Boquechivo in the Dominican Republic.

Enjoy our products that are made for the most sublime tastes for those who enjoy a good Dominican Cigar.

Arturo Arbaje Tapia


Besides running a cigar business, Mr. Arturo Arbaje is knowledgeable of almost every commercial, political, and social matters affecting nationally and internationally the Dominican Republic. He’s in constant demand as a source of information and public relations for the interest of many clients nationally and internationally.

He’s an active member of several state institutions and chambers throughout the country, influential part and sponsor of cultural events, developer and consultant for international clients interested in investing in the Dominican Republic, very experienced in real-estate matters, a great host to have while visiting, and a photography lover who enjoys going around the island getting portraits of everything the Dominican Republic has to offer.

Saying this, Mr. Arturo Arbaje Tapia is a native Dominican that can perfectly assist you in any matter regarding what is and what the Dominican Republic has to offer to the world…