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You'll do a few double takes wandering the cobblestone streets of Altos de Chavon, which brings a 16th-century-style Mediterranean town to the verdant banks of the Dominican Republic's Chavon River. The European architecture--envisioned by local architect Jose Antonio Caro and Italian designer Roberto Coppa--includes the lovely St. Stanislaus Church and a sprawling, 5,000-seat Roman-brand amphitheater, which hosts big-name concerts.

Altos de Chavon also harbors a well-respected school of design, and its many shops showcase the creations of both local artists and those from all around the world. And then there's the village's Regional Museum of Archaeology, the exhibits of which include some mesmerizing pre-Columbian relics discovered in the vicinity.

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