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This article was written on 12 Apr 2010, and is filled under To: Dominican Republic.

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The EAST COAST of the Dominican Republic

On the East Coast is Altos de Chavón, a re-creation of a 16th-century Mediterranean village set in an impressive hill overlooking the Río Chavón. Built by local masons under the direction of Italian film set designer Roberto Copa, it has become one of the best-known Dominican Republic tourist attractions. Dominican and international painters, sculptor and artisans come here to live, study and work. Altos de Chavón features winding cobblestone streets lined with lanterns, wrought-iron balconies, wooden shutters, courtyards swathed with Bougainvillea, and numerous shops and gallery nestle where visitors can practice their artistic skills, such as jewellery making, macramé, and print making. There are also galleries, restaurants, a new amber museum, an archaeological museum, a disco, a school of design, and a remarkable 5000-seat Greco-Roman amphitheater where musical events and concerts are held.


Check out the colorful Sea Stars on way to Saona Island

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Isla Saona (Saona Island) is a tropical island lying off the east coast of Hispaniola. It is a government protected natural reserve inhabited by sea turtles, pigeons, and tropical marine fish. The island is famous for its beautiful beaches, and a legend has it that Columbus once strayed here. While the journey to the island can be an adventure, getting here, on catamarans and other excursion boats, is also quite an experience. Spend some time admiring the natural beauty of the island, and head to the numerous beach shacks for a lunch or a drink.

Founded in the late 19th century by Cubans who were fleeing their country’s War of Independence, San Pedro de Marcorís was an important city from 1913 to the 1920s. It is located an hour or so east of Santo Domingo and is the home of the Dominican Republic’s national sport and national drink. Many Dominican baseball players, such as Tony Fernandez, George Bell, Jose Río, and Sammy Sosa are born here. This cosmopolitan city of 125 000 inhabitants enjoys a very bustling promenade (the Malecón) along the port which comes alive at night, when the beer and rum kiosks are in full swing.

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