San Pedro de Macoris

The national sport and the national drink are both well represented in this city, an hour or so east of Santo Domingo. Some of the country's best baseball games are played in Tetelo Vargas Stadium. Many Dominican baseball stars have their roots here, including George Bell, Tony Fernandez, Jose Río, and Sammy Sosa. The Macorís Rum distillery is on the eastern edge of the city. From 1913 through the 1920s this was a very important town—a cultural center—and mansions from that era are being restored by the Office of Cultural Patrimony, as are some remaining vestiges of 16th-century architecture and the town's cathedral, which has a pretense to Gothic architecture, even gargoyles. There is a nice promenade (the Malecón) along the port, and by night the beer and rum kiosks come alive. The Dominicans, Europeans, and now North Americans, who take self-catering apartments or condos in Juan Dolio, frequent San Pedro since it has the closest supermercados (Jumbo, Iberia—which also has a big pharmacy) and other small businesses.

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