Boca de Yuma

Discover Boca de Yuma in a unique trip while you are in the Eastern area of Dominican Republic.

Boca de Yuma
Boca de Yuma
© Marvin del Cid

Explore Boca de Yuma, a small fishing town located in the province of La Altagracia in the east of the Dominican Republic. It is located far away from any main touristic route, so you should have your own car to visit it. Once there, it’s small fishing port and idyllic beaches will make the effort worthy.

Boca de Yuma, Dominican Republic
Boca de Yuma, Dominican Republic
© Marvin del Cid

Its origins date back to the 19th century when, after suffering a shipwreck, a seaman called Pedro Cifuentes and nicknamed El Portugalete (later also called Robinson Crusoe) lived in this place alone for many years. In 1880, the first fishers arrived with their families and settled down the seed of the current Boca de Yuma.

The town still preserves a fort and the remains of a cannon which protected the sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de La Altagracia in Higüey. There is also another cannon rescued from the shipwreck of 1877 and located in the park of the lighthouse since 1997.

There is a series of caves around the town where, as legend goes, pirate vessel of pirate Cofresí, who was executed in Puerto Rico in 1826, used to seek shelter. You can also visit Cueva de Bernard, which features incredible stalactites and stalagmites.

This is a perfect place to fish sailfish and to go on boat trips to some of the small and isolated beaches.

The area is located just 10 kilometers away from San Rafael del Yuma, where you can visit the famous San Rafael del Yuma castle, and just a few kilometers away, the Este National Park, one of the largest in the Dominican Republic.

 

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