Paint the Town Red at a Carwash on Malecon
Revel to your heart’s content on the city’s seafront promenade, the Malecon. As soon as night falls, pull up a pew at one of the local bars where you’ll likely sip on hefty bottles of Presidente beer at tables laid out in the street. As the night progresses, why not head to Justin Disco. For a waterhole with a difference, try one of the iconic car washes, a blend of a real car wash and a bar. Most Dominicans love music. In fact, this is the most classic place you’re likely to dance and drink with the locals.
Gawp at the Paintings in the Mysterious Las Maravillas Caves
Are you brave enough to enter the Las Maravillas Caves (The Cave of Wonders)? Your San Pedro de Macorís holiday is worthy of a daytrip to these amazing caves. Taino paintings festoon its walls, engraved by Tainos Indians who lived in the caves 800 years ago. Marvel at the awesome show of stalactites, stalagmites and geologic columns in reef limestone. Better still, you’ll see the coral formations and animals which inhabited the cave towards the end of the Pleistocene. You may be lucky enough to spot the three bats species that live in these natural spaces. Keep your eyes peeled for snakes, millipedes, centipedes, toads, spiders, worms and lizards among other creatures.
Savour the Sun at a Beach Along the Malecon
If soaking up ocean vistas is more your scene, San Pedro de Macorís is bountiful when it comes to beaches. Soft sands sit in front of glimmering waters, the shores peppered with tiny thatch-roofed cabanas – perfect when you need shade. Villa del Mar boasts white sand, navy-blue water and a shore lined with trees and hotels. Alternatively, head to Real Beach on the east coast, the busier part of the island. Since the shores are home to numerous apartments and hotels, it’s pretty hectic, so make sure you arrive early to get a spot. Another beautiful beach to relax on is Juan Dolio, 12km west of San Pedro de Macorís.
Chow Down on Dominican Food in Calle Central
Food lovers will have a chance to try out the local flavours while on holiday in San Pedro de Macorís. Although hotel buffets won’t let you go hungry, there are other possibilities if you’re up for some local Dominican fare. At the city’s park, you can indulge in pasteles en hojas (beef and plantain pasty). For dinner, the restaurants on Calle Central whip up stewed crab with coconut, as well as sancocho (a nourishing meat stew). Dominicans dub their cuisine comida criolla, a tasty mix of African, Spanish and Taino components. Meals are often made up of rice and red beans or tiny black peas called morros.
Whether you’re taking a much-needed break with your loved ones, organising a romantic trip with your other half, or visiting on business, San Pedro holidays in the Dominican Republic tick all the boxes. This metropolis is bursting with things to see and do, from gorgeous beaches on the Malecon promenade to the iconic car washes filled with revellers embracing the loud music, and drinking rum.