10 Best Things To Do In San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic

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If you are looking to start a post-pandemic itinerary, the city of San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic should be on top of your list. It is the capital city of the province of the same name and a center of culture and history. Hence, it has a lot to offer. Avenida Independencia, for instance, is home to many heritage buildings and museums. Meanwhile, the famous El Malecon is witness to daily gatherings where one can appreciate the city’s harmonious medley of peoples and traditions. For an idea of how you can explore what this city has to offer, read on for the best things to do in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic.

1. Pay the historic Catedral San Pedro Apóstol a visit

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Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Mariordo used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Catedral San Pedro Apostol is, perhaps, the most iconic piece of architecture in the municipality. Built as a wooden edifice in the 19th century and erected in honor of its namesake, St. Peter the Apostle, the church was rebuilt into a concrete structure in 1910, following its destruction by fire. A Gothic-style edifice and vaulted entrance make it a recognizable landmark. The interior is no less impressive, following Romanesque aesthetics and featuring stained glass windows, skylights, and arches.

Catedral San Pedro Apóstol

Address: San Pedro De Macoris 21000, Dominican Republic

Website: Diócesis de San Pedro de Macorís

Opening hours: Mon: 6am - 7:30pm; Wed - Sun: 6am - 7:30pm (closed on Tue)

2. Reignite your love for history at Architectural Heritage of San Pedro de Macoris Museum

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History thrives amidst modernity in San Pedro de Macoris, as is reflected by the number of heritage buildings that line the town’s vibrant streets. Among these auspicious historical edifices is Architectural Heritage of San Pedro de Macoris Museum. Apart from its rich collection of artifacts from bygone eras, one cannot help but also appreciate the antiquated beauty of the museum’s exterior. It truly is a recommended stop for people interested in learning more about the town’s history and living it at the same time. The museum has all sorts of historical artifacts on display, many of which are heirlooms dating back to the city’s colonial period. Remarkably well-preserved, these artifacts can only leave one wondering the sort of lengths that their former owners took to keep them in good shape even through the most turbulent times.

Architectural Heritage of San Pedro de Macoris Museum

Address: Calle Francisco del Rosario Sánchez, San Pedro de Macoris 21000, Dominican Republic

3. Soak in the shallow waters of Playa del Muerto

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Boasting magnificent white sand beaches enveloping the entire coast, you can never go wrong with any beach activity in San Pedro de Macoris. If you are up for a relaxing dip or a good swim, then the shallow waters of Playa del Muerto should catch your fancy. Not to be confused with the Honduran archaeological site from across the sea, this beach is popular among locals and travelers alike and is perfect for those who love a good day by the sea.

4. Enjoy the view from Malecon San Pedro de Macoris

Rotonda del Malecón de SPM
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If you are heading to San Pedro de Macoris without stopping by El Malecon, you are surely not getting your money’s worth of the trip. One of the town’s most iconic and definitely most scenic spots, the boulevard and its seaside boardwalk offers a clear, untainted view of the Caribbean and is one of the best places in town to experience local life. It is best to visit this place around sunset or in the early evening if you are looking to interact with the locals or simply enjoy the view with these wonderful people.

El Malecon

Address: Avenida Gastón Fernando Deligne, San Pedro de Macoris 21000, Dominican Republic

5. Shop your heart out at Jumbo San Pedro de Macoris

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Scratch that shopping itch with a quick stop at Jumbo San Pedro de Macoris. The local branch of the popular Dominican hypermarket chain, Jumbo, this store has everything you need, such as essential groceries, electronics, and products that you can only find in the country. The store also has an online shopping option if you prefer to get your fix straight to your hotel.

Shop at Jumbo San Pedro de Macoris

Address: Dirección, Calle Luis Amiama Tío 104, San Pedro de Macoris 21000, Dominican Republic

Website: Jumbo

Opening hours: Sun: 9am - 8pm; Mon - Sat: 8am - 10pm

6. See history unfold through the artifacts of San Pedro de Macorís History Museum

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If you want to connect yourself to the history and culture of this place, make sure to take a trip to the San Pedro de Macorís History Museum. Standing near Catedral San Pedro Apostol, this museum takes pride in a collection of around 800 historical items, including vintage photographs depicting events that took place in the city’s past. It also makes a great stop for those who are keeping with the healthy practice of avoiding large crowds.

San Pedro de Macorís History Museum

Address: Avenida Independencia, 13, San Pedro de Macorís 21000, Dominican Republic

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 9am - 4pm (closed on Mon)

7. Get a nice tan at the San Antón Beach

Maravilloso malecón de San Pedro de Macorís
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Magserie23 used under CC BY-SA 4.0

San Antón Beach is one of those sections in San Pedro de Macoris’ coastline where you can get that perfect tan while reading a good book and sipping your favorite drink. If relaxing under the Caribbean is not rnough, San Antón’s waters make for a great venue for various water activities.

8. Dig deep into the local history at Centro Cultural Macorisano

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Posted by Centro Cultural Macorisano on Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Culture is at the heart of San Pedro de Macoris, and its cultural heritage is celebrated in Centro Cultural Macorisano. A treasure trove of arts and culture, the museum is a great stop for people who are looking to learn more about the town, its inhabitants, and its cultural history. Its imposing whitewashed colonial-style exterior is hard to miss, so be sure to pay it a visit on your way to the town’s other attractions.

Centro Cultural Macorisano

Address: Avenida Independencia, San Pedro de Macoris 21000, Dominican Republic

9. Pamper your taste buds with authentic Mexican food at Paco Taco

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Posted by Paco Taco SPM on Monday, November 11, 2013

With everything that you need to see and experience in San Pedro de Macoris, take some time to reward yourself with a hearty meal or a good drink from Paco Taco. This establishment serves nothing less than authentic Mexican food, and its friendly staff is more than eager to take your order and prepare it in a jiffy. Some food you can try out here includes tacos, enchiladas, and tasteful margaritas.

Paco Taco

Address: Calle Francisco Del Rosario Sanchez # 12, San Pedro de Macoris 21000 Dominican Republic

Website: Paco Taco

Opening hours: 10am - 11pm (daily)

10. Visit Regional Museum of Anthropology

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Regional Museum of Anthropology serves as the repository of the knowledge that local and international anthropologists have collected in their pursuit of the country’s pre-Columbian culture and what remains of it at present. The museum’s exhibits focus primarily on Taíno culture, the indigenous people of the Hispaniola noted as the first people encountered by the explorer Christopher Columbus in the New World.

Regional Museum of Anthropology

Address: Universidad Central del Este, Campus UCE, Av Francisco Alberto Caamaño Deñó, San Pedro de Macoris 21000, Dominican Republic

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7am - 9pm (closed on Sat & Sun)

Price: Free admission

Immerse yourself in the culture of San Pedro de Macoris

It should not surprise anyone to see countless vacationers plying San Pedro de Macoris. With so many things to do and sights to see, practically anyone can enjoy their stay in this Dominican municipality. Whatever the purpose of your visit may be, you will always find time for leisure and recreation in this beautiful Caribbean gem.

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