In the east of the country, approximately one hour and thirty minutes from Santo Domingo, is located one of the provinces with more historical value and architectural heritage of the Dominican Republic, San Pedro de Macoris, the owner of the most beautiful sunsets of all Quisqueya.
The Sultan of the East, as this province is also called, has unique architectural styles, such as: the San Pedro Apostle Cathedral, built in 1903, considered a legacy, an architectural jewel and cultural wealth of the province. In addition to this, there are other Victorian style buildings from the XIX and XX centuries, built in wood, located around the central park.
Thanks to the different migratory nuclei that formed it since its beginnings, the province of San Pedro de Macorís has one of the richest gastronomies in flavor and diversity. It shares common features with the national cuisine and adds its own characteristics inherited from the groups of immigrants from the British Isles. One of these, known as “Cocolos”, marked the arrival of the stoves in the eastern zone, preserving their ancestral customs and serving as a culinary reference for San Pedro de Macorís.
Among the typical and most representative dishes of its gastronomic diversity are: domplines, made of wheat flour, accompanied with cod, salami or drowned in cheese. Also, there is the “Johnny Cake” (Yaniqueque), calalú soup, fungí and guavaberry, the latter is a liquor of Cocolo origin, called the typical drink of San Pedro de Macorís.
Another migratory group of reference in the province are the “Guloyas”, who are also part of the idiosyncrasy of the Petromacorisanos, through their artistic manifestations, characterized by the use of colorful costumes and joyful contagious dances.
While it is true that San Pedro de Macorís is a land of poets and the cradle of Dominican baseball, it is also a very diverse destination, with places of tourist interest, such as: La Cueva de las Maravillas, a natural monument that has all the services and infrastructure to provide its visitors with a complete, enjoyable and attractive experience.
Also, there are: Mallén Lagoon and the Río Soco Wildlife Refuge, ideal for meditating and being in full contact with nature. Other places of interest are: La Fuente de Oro, Cumayasa River, San Pedro de Macorís Historic Center, Metro Country Club, Guavaberry and Country Club, Guayacanes Beach, Caribe Beach and Boca del Soco Beach.
A fact to know
San Pedro de Macorís is one of the most important cities and the fourth largest in the Dominican Republic. Its economy revolves, in general, around agriculture, due to its high quantities of sugar cane. Other important points in its economy are the free zone industry, livestock and tourism.