Straight out of a medieval postcard, St. Stanislaus Church—sitting in the heart of Altos de Chavón —was consecrated in 1979, and is one of the most beautiful churches in the DR. The romantic stone structure hosts numerous weddings, not least for its setting overlooking the Rio Chavón. But it’s also special because Pope John Paul II—who visited the DR in 1979—left behind the ashes of St. Stanislaus, Poland’s patron saint, in order to commemorate the inauguration. Masses continue to be held here on the weekends; schedules can be consulted online.

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Bayahíbe

The scenic fishing town of Bayahíbe is an attraction in and of itself; Bayahíbe retains its Dominican pulse, from its local restaurants and bars to its street side arts and crafts stalls, and fishermen who bring catch daily.

Bayahíbe, La Romana

Casa Ponce de León

How often do you get to step into the home of a 16th century Spanish explorer? Juan Ponce de León’s residence continues to stand in the southeastern town of San Rafael de Yuma, close to Higüey, where he lived before heading out into the seas to conquer neighboring Puerto Rico.

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