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San Pedro de Macoris is a city in the province of the same name in the Dominican Republic. It is on the southern coast, 75km east of Santo Domingo and 45km east of the International Airport of "Las Americas" (SDQ), and has 140,000 inhabitants.
San Pedro is a sugarcane, baseball, university and tourist city.
Sugarcane is the main industry in San Pedro, which is surrounded by sugarcane fields.
The University UCE (University - Central of the East) has an international reputation for excellent medical knowledge and training. Many students from all over the world, mostly from the USA, are in San Pedro - to become a doctor.
Further, San Pedro seems to have very good presuppositions to create world class baseball players - for example Jorge Bell and Samy Sosa.
In San Pedro you will find a very alive and colorful small town, with colonial buildings and a very authentic Caribbean flair.
Drive along the "Malecon" - the Ocean Promenade and the Central Park, through some small streets where the market is located and get a complete impression of the Dominican way of live.
- Las Américas International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Las Américas, or AILA) (IATA: SDQ, ICAO: MDSD) Santo Domingo + Taxi / Bus
If you stay in the hotels in Juan Dolio / Villas del Mar, you have to take a Taxi to get to San Pedro, which is in 15km distance. Enjoy a ride through the beautiful, real Dominican, city.
Once in town, you may take
- Motoconcho (Motorcycle Taxi)
- Guagua (Public Taxi)
- or just walk, it's a small town
- Church of San Pedro
- Juan Dolio and Villas del Mar Beach Areas
- Cueva de las Maravillas (located about 20 minutes east of the city)
- Boca Chica (located 30 minutes west of the city)
You have to go to the center of town, that's where the Central Park is located and get some "Pastelones (de Platano) en hojas" - they are supposed to be the best, banana snacks made in plantain leaves, in the entire world.
Just outside the town, on the road that goes to La Romana, you will find on your left side, about 1 km. from the road, Colegio Moriah. Situated in the barrio Las Colinas. This is a new built primary school, mainly for the poorest children that live in the bateys of the sugar cane workers. This project started around 2001 and has now around 400 children getting education. With help from American, Dutch and German friends, this is a still growing and expanding complex. There is a guest house and a possibility to stay and help. Ask for Tanis or Esther, who are the founders of the school and Baptist church on the terrain.
There are numerous small and large stores, US style Supermarkets. You may want to check on textiles.
Taquitos is a great place to go for street food.
- Pasteles Amables. Arguably the best pasteles en Hojas you will ever taste. edit
To go out at night, you'll probably choose the Malecon area, which is the Ocean Boulevard - there are plenty of clubs and night-life.
- Colmado Reyes, Malecon Area (Ocean Blvd.). This place is a decent bar that gets a good crowd at night, sometimes with live music. edit
There are small motels in town
- Howard Johnson´s San Pedro de Macoris Hotel
- Hotel Royal, Calle Ramon Castillo, No. 32: Hotel Royal had a 2 bed room with air conditioning, cable tv, a balcony, free coffee, occasional hot water, and a welcoming garden walkway for 1200 RD pesos per night (~$27 USD). Noisy as all heck in the AM, between construction, roosters, and loud tunes (but that didn't differ substantially from the rest of the city - bring earplugs)
· Apartahotel Guaraguao- apartment style living quarters in town, includes kitchen
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