Info San Pedro De Macoris
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
Things To See
- 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)
Things To Do
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.
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.
The city was established in 1822 on the western margin of the Higuamo River as a result of the immigration of settlers from the eastern part of Santo Domingo. In the year 1846, at the request of the inhabitants of the place called Macorix, the Conservative Council decided to declare the place as a military post. At that time, Macoris belonged to the province of Seybo, being made up of three communes: Seybo as the head municipality, Higüey and Samaná.
After 1840, the inhabitants moved from the western margin of the Higuamo to the eastern margin, where the city of San Pedro de Macorís was born, becoming one of the most productive cities of the Dominican Republic. The population was gradually increasing, dedicating itself to the production of provisions, and the quantities that reached the port of the capital in the boats of Macoris in the years 1868 to 1875, which were baptized there to the old fishermen's abode, were so great. the name of Macoris de los Plátanos.
In 1852 Macorix is elevated to military port, this time depending on the common Hato Mayor, being Norman Maldonado his first commander in arms. In 1957 the constitutional mayorship was established and its first mayor was Juan María Pinto. On October 1, 1856, the first Catholic church was founded by Father Pedro Carrasco Capeller, a native of San José de los Llanos, who came to officiate Mass from Hato Mayor. The name San Pedro de Macoris was born in 1858 at the suggestion of the presbytery Elías González, who suggested placing Macorís first, "San Pedro" and removing the x so that San Pedro de Macorís would sound, with its patron saint, Pedro Pedro. This is where the patron saint festivities are born, starting on June 22 and ending on the 29th of the same month
San Pedro de Macoris experienced a significant wave of migration in the late 19th century from Cubans who were fleeing their country's War of Independence. They brought their extensive sugar cane farming knowledge and contributed to making the sugar industry the most important economic activity in the area. San Pedro de Macorís reached its peak during the first quarter of the 20th century, when its sugar production enjoyed high prices on the international market as a result of the First World War. Many Europeans also settled in the city, making it a very cosmopolitan urban center. Pan American flew its seaplanes in regularly (Eastern Macorís has the privilege of being the first Dominican city to receive seaplanes, in its Higuamo River), at a time when this port enjoyed more commercial activity than the capital city of Santo Domingo. The next economic boom resulted in the recruitment of a large number of Afro-Caribbean workers from the Lesser Antilles. These workers and their descendants would soon comprise the majority of the population in the city and are known as the "Cocolos of San Pedro de Macoris."
San Pedro de Macorís pioneered many areas such as the first firefighting corps, the first national baseball championship, the first town to have telephone and telegraph centers, the first racetrack and the first boxing coliseum, among others. The first sugar factory was founded by Juan Amechazurra, milling for the first time on January 9, 1879. By 1894 there were many factories in the province that reached a high level of progress. The rapid industrial development placed the young city among the main ones of the Republic. The intellectual culture surged at the same pace with schools and the press; among the first newspapers were "Las Novedades", "Boletín", "La Locomotora" and "El Cable."
Some of the distinguished poets from San Pedro de Macorís include René del Risco, Pedro Mir, who held the title of National Poet; Esterbina Matos, Ludín Lugo, Juan Brayan and Mateo Robinson, among others.
In regards to drinks, Macorís produces the "Guavaberry", a drink based on the araijan fruit, which is consumed during Christmas and has a sweet taste, not unlike a wine. It is frequently consumed in rum as an infusion. Although the species grew in Hispaniola already its use was introduced and spread by immigrants from the Eastern Caribbean where colonists had discovered it as a substitute for myrtleberry-infused schnapps.
The people of San Pedro de Macorís also enjoy gathering in the Malecon, an avenue for drinking and enjoying music. After dark, the Malecon becomes a drinking hub to enjoy dancing and an ice cold beer.
|Climate data for San Pedro de Macorís (1961–1990)|
|Record high °C (°F)||33.9|
|Average high °C (°F)||29.5|
|Daily mean °C (°F)||24.4|
|Average low °C (°F)||19.4|
|Record low °C (°F)||13.6|
|Average rainfall mm (inches)||31.1|
|Average rainy days (≥ 1.0 mm)||4.5||4.0||3.6||4.6||8.1||6.7||7.4||8.6||9.3||10.5||8.0||5.5||80.8|