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La Romana Attractions:

La Romana is -with 250.000 inhabitants- the third-largest city in the Dominican Republic. It is a vibrant town, but it doesn't boost major attractions and it doesn't have particular nice areas. A large part of the population works at Central Romana Cooperation, the largest sugarmill and sugar producing company in the Caribbean. The factory dominates the sky line. La Romana is generally safe to visit, but you have to take the normal precautions when visiting a third world country.

La Romana Attractions:

Dream Island Saona, La Romana Excursions

Park National del Este / the off-shore islands:

The biggest attraction in La Romana is the National Park del Este and in particular the dream islands of Saona, Catalina and Catalinita. Saona Island is the most beautiful and is everything you image yourself a tropical paradise. Saona is pure and you can spend a great day on one of the numerous beaches or you can snorkel at the unspoiled coral reefs. Most cruise passengers consider the day on Saona as the best day of the entire cruise. There are numerous excursions available, but the smaller Saona excursions per speedboat are the best.

The country side:

river chavon la romana

The country side is typical Caribbean. The area around La Romana has huge sugarcane plantations. And the Dominican republic is the largest cigar producer in the world. The land part of the National Park del Este consists out of dry tropical forest, lime stone formations and has numerous caves and caverns. Close to La Romana you can find the River Chavon. The block busters Apocalypse Now and Rambo III are filmed here. The river meanders through a terrific gorge, surrounded by tropical jungle. You can take a cruise on a traditional river boat and visit the riverside farm to experience the tropical jungle.

La Romana City:

As said, the city of La Romana is not a particular beautiful city. However if you want to do some shopping you can visit the Jumbo Supermarket, just over the bridge from the cruise port. Another attraction close to the cruise port is the largest cigar factory in the world, Tabacalera de Garcia, owned by Altadis, the largest cigar company in the world.

Golf Casa de Campo:

On the property of Casa de Campo you can find the famous "Teeth of the Dog" golf course (#5 in the world), as two other golf courses.

Bayahibe Beach - La Romana Excursions

Beach Breaks:

Quite popular are the beach breaks. Around Bayahibe there are a few world class All Inclusive resorts and it is possible to buy day passes and spend the day on a resort. The beaches of Bayahibe and Dominicus are beautiful and very suitable for a beach break and to have a nice meal in a local restaurant. The taxi fare to Bayahibe is offered by Taxi Casa de Campo.