The Dominican Republic's Southeast Coast is known for its marina and airport in La Romana, and for Casa de Campo. Within the resort is Altos de Chavon which includes a working artists’ village. There are a few resorts in Bayahibe and Dominicus Americus and some fishing villages nearby, but the area is much quieter than Punta Cana.
Las Américas Highway (built by the dictator Rafael Trujillo
so his son could race his sports cars) runs east along the coast from Santo Domingo to La Romana—previously a two-hour drive. Midway are the well-established beach resorts such as Juan Dolio, and Sammy Sosa's hometown, San Pedro de Macorís. Much farther east are Punta Cana and Bávaro, glorious beaches on the sunrise side of the island. Along the way, between La Romana and Punta Cana, is Higüey, the capital city of the province called La Altagracia. It is a short detour (15 minutes) off the new highway. An undistinguished city with heavy traffic, Higuey is notable for its giant concrete cathedral and shrine to the country’s virgin saint. It is one of the country's most visited monuments.