Towering over the western edge of the Colonial City and facing the start of Calle El Conde, Independence Park ranks among the DR’s most sacred sites. Inside the walled and guarded landmark is the Altar de la Patria or a white-marble mausoleum housing the remains of the Founding Fathers of the Dominican Republic: Juan Pablo Duarte, Matías Ramón Mella, and Francisco del Rosario Sánchez. Pay your respects at the foot of their life-sized statutes, then stroll the park’s vast grounds, which often serve as an open art gallery with frequent displays both inside and around its walls, where a national guard always stands.

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Boca Chica

A forty-minute drive east of Santo Domingo, this white sand beach town offers authentic Dominican bustle: hotels and restaurants line the sand, vendors hawk wares, and fry fish shacks sell plates of red snapper, tostones, and yaniqueques.

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