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A July 2003 trip to Higuey by Jose Kevo

Central Plaza Park Photo, Higuey, Dominican Republic More Photos
Quote: With population nearing 150,000, Higuey is a regional capital for the eastern Dominican Republic. There's no reason to plan on actually staying here; most only passing through on their way to the Costa del Coco. But if you've a few hours to spare, you'll be pleasantly surprised by what you find.

In Search Of Queso Blanco

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The Holy Mecca for Dominican Catholics Photo, Higuey, Dominican Republic
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In The Beginning: Higuey was founded by Columbus, governed by Ponce de Leon, and the distant locale left it unscathed during the French Haitian occupations. What you''ll find today is much of the same - an authentic, thriving Dominican city, basically in the middle of nowhere; passed over from outside development and the tourism industry. You Can''t or Won''t Miss the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia which is the Holy Mecca for Dominican Catholics. This towering concrete cathedral is an architectural wonder uniquely designed and certainly worth your time to stop and exp...Read More

Staking Your Claim in the Central Plaza

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Central Plaza Park Photo, Higuey, Dominican Republic
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Typical of all the Dominican Republic's major towns which evolved within early Spanish traditions, Higuey has the distinctive town square/plaza in the middle of the city that life once centered around. But unlike in nearby La Romana where the hub of activities are still clustered around this area, Higuey's reminds me too much of small-town America where downtowns have became forsaken and obsolete based on continued growth and businesses fleeing to outer-skirts and suburbs. The small park in the central plaza was nothing overly impressive, or at least with evidence of flowers and well-tended gardens like you find in most others. The overgrown shade trees all but negated the blue skies and intense ...Read More

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Feasting for the Cultural Appetite

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Feasting for the Cultural Appetite Photo, Higuey, Dominican Republic
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Have you ever seen cabbage heads the size of bowling balls, avacadoes as big as pineapples, or mangoes large enough to split between two people? These were just a few of the comparative revelations found within the Higuey Outdoor Market which showcases everything from this fertile agricultural region. Located on Avenida de la Libertad between calles Guerrero del Rosario and Las Carreras, this was definitely one of those mystifying travel time-warp experiences that left me disenchanted by the mundane tasks of shopping at a regular supermarket - not to mention questionable quality of foods I'm left to pick from. These bountiful harvests are also what keep costs down for Dominican all-inclus...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 26, 2003

Feasting for the Cultural Appetite
Avenida de la Libertad
Higuey, Dominican Republic

Higuey Transportation Hub

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Higuey Transportation Hub Photo, Higuey, Dominican Republic
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For travelers in these parts, it's likely Higuey's only purpose for your concern will be on your way to somewhere else because in the southeast region, all roads lead to Higuey! Whether using public transportation or driving, here's basic information for taking the confusion out of passing through this bustling area. For those using public transportation, namely gua-guas/buses, Higuey has three main terminals which can get you back to these destinations; departures are every 20 minutes: Santo Domingo can be found on the east side of the major intersection located at the southeast corner of the Basilica compound. This is where you'd also catch the bus if you're heading to...Read More

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Higuey, Dominican Republic

Buscando Para Queso Blanco

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In Styles of Spanish Tradition Photo, Higuey, Dominican Republic
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I'd made several trips to Higuey over the years, but never had the unaccompanied chance to simply explore at my own leisure. The day I'd selected to do so was not only a Saturday, but also a welcomed relief from the house.Barking like rabid dogs, chaotic Dominicanas were in a tizzy, trying to prepare enough to feed the entire village for a Quinceañera party the following night. I was chuckling to myself about the frenzied hysterics I was likely escaping, but before I could even make it half way down the block, Mami came running out into the street, and yelled for me to bring back queso blanco...white cheese. Ok.You'd think by now I would have learned -- just because I can spea...Read More

On the Road to Higuey

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Pure Sweetness Photo, Higuey, Dominican Republic
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Stepping off the local publico at the crossroads, it didn''t surprise me none of the other motoconcho operators even bothered from under the shade tree. Reynaldo, my new trusted driver, was already kick-starting his Yamaha for where ever we were off for today. My intentions were to wait on the next passing gua-gua for the 35+ km ride to Higuey; still too many painful reminders of motorcycle tragedy on the open road. Reynaldo was also familiar with our loss and my skepticisms about riding anywhere that wasn''t short distance, but began with despacio / slowly, suave / smooth an...Read More

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Jose Kevo

Jose Kevo
Middle-of-Nowhere, Missouri

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