La Romana Travel Guide

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La Romana Highlights

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     A lovely market and great for shopping 

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     the air polution. 

  • In a nutshell
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     market, cigars and a huge sugar factory 

La Romana Things to Do

  • Seavis Tours...ecological jungle tour

    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...

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  • Cigar Factory Tour - Tabacalera de...

    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...

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  • Bayahibe

    From the resort it's only a short walk to the village of Bayahibe. This is also the place from where the catamarans to Saona Island leave.

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  • Altos de Chavón

    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.

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  • Relax in the park

    La Romana has a very nicely kept park in the city centre, the perfect place to rest your legs and sit down.There are lots of different tropical plants growing there, sometimes obviously some performances like theatre, music etc.

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  • Visit the Cigar Factory

    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...

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La Romana Restaurants

  • A Café and bakery

    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...

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  • Try the local restaurants

    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...

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  • The Gran Dominicus restaurants

    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...

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La Romana Nightlife

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    The bar

    by Joan58 Updated Feb 28, 2003

    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.

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La Romana Transportation

  • Moto Concho

    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...

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  • Dominican railway

    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,...

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  • The motoconchos

    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...

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La Romana Shopping

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    by Joan58 Updated Mar 2, 2003

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    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!)

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La Romana Local Customs

  • 'Hissing' from the guys

    I don't know about this experience for guys, but if you're a gal, and you hear a 'hissing' noise and look around to see Dominican guys looking at you, it's just what they do. Chalk it up to the equivalent of whistling at a girl as she walks by.

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  • Local custom...in a holiday village

    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...

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  • An important experience

    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...

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La Romana Warnings and Dangers

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    Some Dominican traffic...

    by CndnSugarPlum Written Dec 8, 2007

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    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!

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La Romana Tourist Traps

  • Paying for resort photos- don't get...

    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...

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  • The tourist guide

    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,...

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  • In Boca Chica, watch out for...

    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...

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La Romana Off The Beaten Path

  • The suburbs

    Going round the suburbs at La Romana far from the traffic and the crowded streets, you'll pass through little dirt streets and you'll see these small houses with them little kitchen garden and children who are playing all around.

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  • The market 2

    After I was over my first impression and overcame my fear, I had a good time going round the market, wandering around the stalls and bargaining over the price.Here the sellers are not so persistent as in a tourist market. I bought a bandana of Dominican Republic.

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  • A local market

    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!!

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La Romana Sports & Outdoors

  • Other kinds of sport...

    If you don't like to have a good sweat with tiring sports, you can just play bowl or ping-pong on the beach...sports for retiring age?!!

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  • Many sport activities

    At the Gran Dominicus you can choose many sport activities. There is a little gym for weighlifting, an archery's court and tennis courts. You can also play beachvolleyball or canoe.

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  • A typical Dominican town

    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...

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  • Search AND find the most...

    Search AND find the most beautiful seashells !

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  • myriam_c's General Tip

    the beaches at the south coast are much more beautiful than the beaches at the north coast. This picture is taken during a beachwalk from our hotel Casa del Mar to the village of Bayahibe.

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