The Dominican Republic is a large island/country, and we had lots of choices for excursions.
We chose to go to Altos de Chavón, a re-creation of a medieval European village.
Its construction began in 1976 when the construction of a nearby road and bridge crossing the Chavón River had to be blasted through a mountain of stone. The developers had the idea of using the stones to build a sixteenth-century Mediterranean village. Construction was completed in the early 1980s.
It was a beautiful place, and the shuttle ride there was very inexpensive.
As always, the locals loved Santa!