in Punta Cana
Located in nearby Higüey, this cathedral ranks among the top most important religious sites in the DR. Honoring the Virgin of La Altagracia, patron saint of Dominicans, it’s a standout for its 69-meter (225 feet) high arch, with a bronze and gold entrance.
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Boca de Yuma offers a daytime escape to a scenic Dominican fishing village. Boasting panoramic cliff top views, it has often been compared to an Italian seaside town, where restaurants, bars, and shacks line up above the sea. The Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León once had a home in the area.
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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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Chocomuseo provides a quick museum-style display and guided tour on the history of Dominican cacao, one of the country’s top-four exports, as well as the chocolate-making process from tree to bar.
Founded in 1992, Don Lucas Cigars remains one of the highest quality, small-scale hand rolled cigar makers in the DR. Watch and learn the hand rolling process, before tasting a puro of your choosing.
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La Altagracia Museum features an impressive collection of paintings and gold jewelry dating back to the 17th century and up to the 20th. It also showcases the religious history and culture of the DR, and its devotion to the Virgin of La Altagracia.
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Every year in early March, a selection of the best of carnival in the Dominican Republic comes to parade in the Punta Cana Village.
The Yucayeke Museo Indígena recreates life scenes in a model Taino village. Complete with “bohios,” or traditional thatch huts, there are displays of items used in everyday life tasks, dance performances, and food tastings.