Sculpted entirely of stone, Altos de Chavón —a model 16th century Mediterranean village—is a delightful place to tour for its charming medieval feel, including plenty of shopping, fine dining, and bars.
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, and later head to Florida. The stone building was turned into a museum, sitting in the middle of a verdant yard. Visitors can tour the interior to see a few preserved household items and artifacts, including 16th century furniture. History buffs will appreciate this pit-stop on the way to or from Punta Cana.