The capital at the south coast with 2,5 mil. inhabitants, was constructed at the end of 15th century by Bartolome Colon, brother of Christopher Columbus. The city with numerous historical buildings has a pulsating city life. Worth seeing are the aquarium, the archducal cathedral, first in America, called Cathedral of Santa Maria de la Encarnacion, the Columbus Park, the colonial quarter and much more. Easy to reach are the beaches of La Romana, Boca Chica, Barhona and Saona.