Discover the fishing village of Boca de Yuma

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The fishing village of Boca de Yuma is about 36 km south of Higüey, at the mouth of the Yuma River. The sheltered harbour was of great importance during the Colonial days and today, is a a small, relaxing spot, characterized by hard-working and humble locals.

Look for the house, fort and museum of Don Ponce de León. Ponce de León founded Higüey and had an impressive stone mansion built for his family at the beginning of the 1500s. The building was restored in an early 16th century style, complete with period furniture and a suit of armour that supposedly belonged to the man himself. He lived here with his three children and wife here until he set sail in 1508 for Puerto Rico. From there, he went on to discover the route to Florida.