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The Dominican Republic's Southeast Coast is known for its marina and airport in La Romana, and for Casa de Campo, a working artistic 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—a two-hour drive. A new highway now connects La Romana and Bayahibe to Punta Cana and shortens the drive time to about 45 minutes. 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 is Higüey, an undistinguished city notable only for its giant concrete cathedral and shrine, one of the country's most visited monuments.