Built in the shape of a cross, the Columbus Lighthouse stands over the eastern end of Santo Domingo. The remains of Christopher Columbus were located at this site, which doubles as a mausoleum and museum. The lighthouse was designed by Scottish architect Joseph Gleave, and built during the government of President Joaquín Balaguer as a way to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ arrival on the island. Various chambers display indigenous artifacts from around the Americas.

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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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