On holidays to San Pedro de Macoris, you’ve got white-sand beaches and caves to explore – plus plenty of baseball.
Set on the Dominican Republic’s south-east coast, San Pedro de Macoris is famous for its major league baseball players. But this diddy litte port town isn’t just a Babe Ruth kind of place. It packs in plenty of Caribbean flavour and comes with a 6-kilometre stretch of sugar-white beaches, too.
At San Pedro de Macoris, there’s a small beach in town but that’s really just for the locals. The best place to go is near the hotels at Juan Dolio, about 20 minutes west of the centre. Here you’ve got your 6 kilometres of sand along with clean, calm waters. The hotels cover watersports and food – or there are beach huts for pizzas and burgers.
With its colonial buildings, San Pedro de Macoris has a touch of Cuba about it – in fact, the place has doubled up for Havana in movies. In town there’s also a whitewashed cathedral and Victorian fire station, plus a park where you can ride round on a horse-drawn carriage. Meanwhile, the Malécon – that’s the seafront boardwalk – is the hub for the resort’s nightlife.
Daytrips to Santo Domingo
An hour’s drive gets you to the capital, Santo Domingo. First stop should be the Colonial Zone – this World Heritage sight is packed with 16th-century palaces, museums and churches. It’s also a good place for locally made art and wall hangings, while the Acropolis Centre has the modern malls. And there are plenty of seafront cafés and restaurants for pitstops.