Also known by its full name of Salvaléon de Higüey, Higüey city is also the capital city of its province, within the Dominican Republic. To get an idea of where is Higüey, the city is present in the province of La Altagracia, which is located towards the eastern section of the country. The Yuma River also flows smoothly, through the urban areas of the city of Higüey.
The city is one of the fastest developing cities in the country’s economy. It has been nicknamed as the Capital of Stockbreeding and the Capital of Dominican Tourism as tourism is the main sector of the city’s economy. The coordinates of the city which help track the location of the city more accurately, are 18° 37’ 12’ N and 68° 42’ 36’ W.
The city is located within the region known as the Caribbean Coastal Plain, which is present to the east of the Dominican country. Also known as the Llano del Caribe, it is a popular region which has many savannas. The municipality has the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the north, while towards the south lies the San Rafael del Yuma municipality. To understand where is Higuey, understand that towards the west of the city lie the El Seibo and the La Romana provinces.
The city has 3 district divisions, which are the Veron Punta Cana, the Las Lagunas de Nisibon, and the La Otra Banda. Tourism is highly active all along the eastern coast of the province, mainly in the areas of Punta Cana and Bavaro. One of the main causes for tourism is the annual visit from thousands of pilgrims on the national holiday of Virgin of La Altragracia to the famed church. This church is the Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Altragracia and is one of the best places to visit in Higuey. It is also known as the cathedral with the name of Our Lady of High Grace Church, and is the main tourist site, where many Catholic pilgrims come to pray.
Also, another historical attraction is the famous painting in the cathedral which draws tourists from all around. The painting has the title of Virgen de la Altragracia, and it was brought in the 15th century to the country by the Spanish missionaries. Previously, this famous painting was kept at the 500 year old famous church, of the San Dionisio.
Some other popular tourist sites and places to visit in Higuey include the Boca de Yuma, the Bayahibe, Bavaro and Punta Cana.