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About La Romana, Dominican Republic

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Casa Magnifica at Casa de Campo

Azalea at Casa de Campo

Casa Palma at Casa de Campo


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This charming town has been built up over the years by local sugar producers. Nowadays it is a destination of choice for rest and relaxation vacations, honeymoons, family holidays, active travelers, scuba divers and golfers.

With incredible diving sites, championship golf courses and outstanding cultural features, La Romana has become one of the most cosmopolitan municipalities in the country.

Beaches

The best ones are on the Dominicus and Bayahibe beach strips which have some public access.

La Minitas is the Casa de Campo's main beach. This is one of the most popular and frequented beaches because of its beauty.

Playa Catalina is located on Catalina's island, it can be reached by boat in about 45 minutes. This beach has soft white sand and clear blue water.

Climate

Daily temperatures usually hovers around 26C with little seasonal change. Coastal regions receive more rain between May and November with the exception of the south coast which is drier.

Temperature in CelsiusJFMAMJJASOND
Maximum262627272829292930292827
Minimum242324252626272726262625
Rainfall (mm)5040405011011080907011012080

Geography

La Romana lies southeast of the country. A part of the coastal area is home to The Eastern National Park and the Catalina Island. The terrain consist mostly of farmland and groves.

History

La Romana's urban development began in the 19th centuries and became a thriving sugar port. The city quickly filled with Puerto Rican immigrants workers and they lived in the establishments near the villa of Puerto Rico Sugar Company. These workers developed their own particular culture mixing Puerto Rican and Dominican traditions.

In the first half of the 20th century, La Romana has become a prestigious center of tourism due to the development of the Casa de Campo. Artists began flocking to Altos de Chavon and soon after it became an international arts center.

Nature

The Parque Nacional del Este comprises 420 km2 of flora and fauna. 539 flora species and 144 types of birds have been identified. The western side has also diverse coral formations.

The protected Saona Island has a sanctuary populated by turtles, whales and sharks.

Fun Fun Cave, in Hato Mayor, is the largest cave in the Caribbean, running 7 km long. Discover giant corridors, cave art, and the subterranean rivers. The Cueva de las Maravillas (Cave of Wonders) is located midway between San Pedro de Macoris and La Romana. The cave's 240 m path takes tourists underground where stalagmites and stalactites sand and about 500 rupestrian paintings by the ancient Tainos can be viewed.

  • Airport :
    La Romana International Airport
  • Airport Tax :
    The departure tax of 20$ USD is not included with Sunwing/Signature Vacations.
    This tax must be paid, in cash, per person and in the currency indicated.
  • Distance from Airport :
    20 minutes
  • Tourist Office :
    Av. Mexico, corner of Av. 30 de Marzo, Santo Domingo. Telephone (809) 221-4660
  • Tourist Season :
    November through April
  • Festivals & Events

    February - Carnival La Romana

    Transportation

    Although taxis are available 24 hours a day, you can also travel in carros publicos (public taxis), buses, and moto conchos which are inexpensive.

    Major car rental companies have airport and city locations. The country has an excellent bus system.

    Activities & Sports

    Resorts and beaches provide every water sports like kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and powerboats to name a few.

    All resorts have dive centers and a few diving schools are situated in Bayahibe, the departing point for scuba and snorkeling excursions. Catalina Island is best appreciated by experienced divers with its wall and large fish such as groupers. Shallow dives let you discover purple sea fans, orange, brown and grey gardens, and a variety of multi-coloured, fluorescent fish. Other popular areas for diving are Saona Island, which can only be reached by boat, and the sunken St. Georges barge near the Club Viva Dominicus.
    In Bayahibe, do not feed the fish.

    La Romana has three 18-hole championship golf courses open to the public and they are all run by Casa de Campo. They are the Dientes de Perro, La Estancia and the Dye Fore, those last two being designed by Pete Dye. Outside the town you will find more golf courses in Juan Dolio and on the East Coast.

    The Casa de Campo's Equestrian Center offers horseback riding, as does the Rancho Cumayasa and Guavaberry Equestrian Center in Juan Dolio.

    Fishing excursionsare offered where you can reel in your own barracuda, tuna or dorado.

    Archaeology

    Altos de Chavon has a Museum of Archaeology which houses the collections of Samuel Pion, the amateur archaeologist. It mostly exhibits Taino treasures, which were the island's first settlers.

    The Fun Fun Cave displays cave art and the Cueva de las Maravillas has about 500 rupestrian paintings by the ancient Tainos.

    Attractions & Sights

    Altos de Chavon, is a Mediterranean village with cobblestone paths, coral stone fountains and terra cotta buildings. It is right on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Chavon River. Reconstructed in the seventies, the town is home to artists of all types; other features of interest are a charming amphitheatre in Greek style, an archaeological museum dedicated to the island's aboriginal population. The Church of St. Stanislaus is the central attraction with its fountain of the four lions, a colonnade of obelisks and its panoramic views. Maybe you can catch a glimpse at one of its frequent wedding ceremonies. Take an excursion to the deep gorges interwoven with palm groves and a virgin, unspoiled atmosphere.

    Towards Sabana de la Mar you will see the Plantacion Tropical, a lovely botanical garden.

    If you head east from town you will be rewarded with the island's most beautiful farming areas: plains of sugar-cane plantations, orange and lemon groves.

    Nightlife

    Most hotels offer nightly shows and the best ones at Casa de Campo.

    Many discotheques are situated in La Romana's resorts.

    The home of the Performing Arts Department has performances at the Altos de Chavon's amphitheatre.

    Side Trips

    The uninhabited off shore wildlife reserve located on Isla Catalina can be visited if you book a small boat with captain in Bayahibe or at Rancho Cumayasa Catalina, it has coral reefs therefore ideal for snorkelling. Many dive excursions come to Catalina for the reefs and tropical fish.

    Take a holiday from your holiday by visiting the gorgeous Island of Saona. Tour companies will take you there by catamaran in a couple of hours. Spend the day on its beautiful white-sand beaches or go snorkeling.

    The Samana Peninsula is rich in spotlessly white beaches, lakes, marble caves, vast palm groves and small islets studding the turquoise bay.

    Accommodations

    La Romana is mostly composed of top rated All Inclusive resorts located in the Bayahibe-Dominicus area. National Parks are also available for camping with the permission of the National Parks Office.

    Eating Out

    This destination attracts a richer clientele therefore you will find many gastronomical restaurants. More restaurants are located in Altos de Chavon, La Marina de Casa de Campo and the towns of Bayahibe and Dominicus.

    Shopping

    The Saturday morning market
    La Marina located at Casa de Campo resort offers upscale Dominican crafts and apparel.

    Altos de Chavon's artist community is strongly dedicated to the Dominican culture. Many work in their shops and galleries where you can purchase these works of art and handicraft.

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