A lovely market and great for shopping
the air polution.
market, cigars and a huge sugar factory
We booked the Jungle Eco tour at the last minute, just a day before, and they were very accommodating to include us in their group of 20. Although it is suggested that you book them in advance, may be 3 or 4 days before the trip. Seavis tours, which is a family run tour operator in Bayahibe, totally exceeded our expectations. They are so helpful...more
Over 4,000 workers making some of the world's most highly regarded Dominican cigars! Definitely one of the best experiences and most entertaining two hours I've spent on a tour. The staff is very friendly and helpful when picking from dozens of different cigars.Only a cab ride away from Punta Cana, located in nearby La Romana. Several trip formats...more
When you're in the south of the island, visit Altos de Chavón. This picture is taken at the Rio Chavón. Altos de Chavón is an artist village situated hight above the Chavón River. It has a tradition of arts and crafts and there are lots of art galleries. It looks very old with its cobblestoned paths, but in fact it's fairly recent.more
In La Romana there are two cigar factorys. One is somewhere in the town, the other near the harbour. We tried to visit the bigger one at the harbour first but couldn't. They only do tours if it's organised before. Then we tryed the second one.This factory is only very small but you can look at it. The cigars are rolled by hand. If you want you can...more
Playa Bayahibe, Bayahibe, Dominican Republic, Caribbean
Good for: Solo
Located at the Dominican south coast, on approx. 28 square kms, surrounded by sumptuous vegetation...more
The Gran Dominicus is a beautiful holiday village with a luxuriant garden. it is very wide and there...more
When you get near the place you can already smell the fresh pastry wich is made there. Behind the walls surrounding the café you will find an lovely spot to sit down, have a coffee and some of the wonderfull fresh bakery products.You order your drinks at the table and go in the shop to choose your food (unless you know exactly what you want) The...more
This is a little open air restaurant on the beach at Bayahibe. Just a small house that looks like a bar with a few tables under a thatched roof with sand as floor. I like very much these typical little unpretentious resaturants where you can try local dishes. We have a very good dinner with lobsters and little squids with a local sauce. I liked...more
The holiday village where I stayed was all inclusive, so we had dinner at its restaurants. There are three restaurants at the Gran Dominicus. The Club is the main one. Here there is always a well assorted buffet where you can choose everything you want. Don't let you tempted, otherwise you'll come back home overweight!The Grill is a nice restaurant...more
At the Gran Dominicus you can spend pleasant evenings. After dinner you'll go to the bar where you'll can try to dance the merengue waiting for the show organized by the staff members. Later you'll can go to the open air discoteque on the beach just behind the Pasta e Pizza restaurant. While you are dancing the cooks take pizzas out of the oven...Here you can sit up all night.
The fastest and cheapest, but not the safest way to get around la romana are moto conchos.Moto conchos are motorbikes driving around wich will take you with them. You pay them depending on the distance, for local rides something between RD$ 10.- and 20.- don't allway accept the first price they tell you, they like to ask a too high price.I...more
Sorry to all railway fans, the dominican railway isn't used for passenger transport...The railway transports the sugarcane from the fields around La Romana to the sugar (and rum) factory. The trains are loaded very high, and are very long, and so an interesting sight, even for non-railway-fans!I didn't have my camera ready as a loaded train came,...more
We went to La Romana by taxi which are waiting at the entrance of the resorts (agree on the price before leaving). So we could go wherever we want for about two hours. In La Romana you can take buses that reach Bayahibe, Higuey or Santo Domingo. You'll also go round the city by motorcycle. The 'motoconchos' are waiting near the Parque Duarte. The...more
This is a big tourist shop where you can find many local crafts, wood carvings, paintings, typical percussion instruments, CD of Dominican music, amber and larimar jewels and also (unfortunately) dried starfhishes and monstrous embalmed spiders, the mygales...I hate the spiders!!
What to buy: Here I bought the larimar and a painting in the typical Haitian style. (please, wait for the pic!)
There are many ways of life in a holiday village. There is always something to do on the beach at day, if you want. You can learn the merengue, play beachvolleyball, do morning exercises, watergym during the day and aerobics in the late afternoon. The entertainers are very good to organize all these activities. Anyway you can stay just on the beach...more
To be on a beatiful beach sunbathing and to go swimming in a fabulous sea is relaxing and fun. After all you are here on holiday to relax after a long work year! But, when you are in a foreign country, I think you have to 'feel' the place, the people, the real life. With that in mind I like to go among the people visiting local markets, which are...more
I do not recommend driving yourself in the DR. It is dangerous and it will be likely you are gonna get into an accident unless you are used to driving in similar situations. 2 lanes can turn into 3, or 4. Passing on corners is not uncommon. The first time I went to the Dominican, I thought I'd never see my homeland again, serious! Our bus transfer driver thank goodness knew what he was doing, even if others did not. We almost smoked this guy on a scooter, and even he pulled over and put his hand over his heart, took some deep breaths, and then continued on in and out of traffic. Be cautious at the very least!
While vacationing in the DR, a resort member would come around and take professional looking pictures of you alone, or with a parrot of lizard. It didn't cost anything to take them, the guy just takes them, and then you go to the booth later to see if you like them, and then you pay for the ones you want, or you don't have to buy any. If you decide...more
Going to visit La Romana, surely your starting point will be the Parque Duarte. Surely here you'll be accosted by people who'll want to show you round. At least it happened to us. This guy wanted at all costs to be our guide in a town where there is nothing such important to see. We wanted just to go round by ourselves. He was just a little touchy,...more
In Boca Chica, watch out for the children wanting to clean and polish your shoes they are very fast and don't ask you, they will even try to wash your sandels. Also the guys in the street who like to get you to there favourite beach bar and then get you to buy them drinks. Then all the vendors come around and try to get you to buy and you can't...more
Going round the town I observed old light poles that I saw only in some old picture took in the 50' in Italy and I passed under a cobweb of telephone and light wires. Then I visited the local market going among the people and observing their work. If an Italian health officer came here, he made them closedown everything!!more
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Actually in La Romana there aren't tourist attractions. You can visit it if you want to live the armosphere of a typical Dominican town. Go to visit the Parque Duarte, the heart of the city. It's a nice park where you can sit down under the trees for a moment's rest (until someone don't get near you trying to sell something). Well, yes. For the...more