Boca de Yuma is a village in the Dominican Republic. It is located at the province of La Altagracia close to Punta Cana.
As a matter of fact it takes approximately 1 hour to travel
from Punta Cana to the village. If you are in La Romana it
may take only 30 minutes to reach the area.
The origin of the village is quite curious. A man named Pedro Sifuentes was the first one to arrive at the area. He got stranded at the Yuma bay after his ship sank and remained there alone for several years. Sometime after, fishermen from the island of St. Thomas found the place in 1880 and decided to live there with their families. As time went by, Boca de Yuma became a valuable defense post in the eastern part of the Dominican Republic. The Spanish empire decided to create a fort to watch over the bay. In order to defend the territory properly it was equipped with numerous cannons; some of them can still be seen to this day. One of the most popular stories pertaining to this area is the one of the Cofresi pirate.
Boca de Yuma also played a very important role in the conquest of Puerto Rico.
Juan Ponce de Leon departed from Yuma known as the port
of Higuey at the time to conquer the island of Borinquen (Puerto Rico)
in 1508. He used this very port again before embarking in his journey
to Florida in 1513.
Boca de Yuma is inhabited by approximately 2500 people so is not exactly a busy town. Even then this small village has much to offer to any visitor willing to adventure there. Anyone looking to spend a peaceful day at the beach will be amazed by the crystal waters and the tranquil atmosphere.
The Borinquen beach or “playa Borinquen” is one spot you should not miss.
In order for you to get
there is necessary to cross the Yuma river. A local fisherman can help
you do it for a small fee (RD$30) each time you want to cross. Once in
the other side is approximately 10 minutes to reach the beach area.
In there you can visit La de casa de Ponce de Leon. This is basically a museum that was built to honor the Spanish conqueror Juan Ponce de Leon. The house was originally made by the Tainos slaves around 1505 as a residence for him and his family. It was later restored into the museum is today containing several artifacts that belonged to Ponce de Leon. The place can be visited from Monday to Saturday from 7 am to 5 pm for just $1.50 USD.