Whenever I go to La Romana, I somehow end up staying at the legendary tropical seaside resort Casa de Campo just outside town. I find this resort to be a very classy place with an immaculate beach and enjoy the enormous variety of restaurants. In other words a perfect location for a relaxing vacation.
Of course I leave the resort a few times a week to shop in the city center of La Romana, which has a wonderful outdoors market with a large variety of local products. A great place to stock up on spices! La Marina de Chavón is another favorite place I revisit whenever I can. The fancy yachts and luxury shops can keep me mesmerized for hours while the “people watching” is second to none! more...
Some of the finest beaches in the province of La Romana are the Dominicus and Bayahibe near the town of Bayahibe, while the world famous beach resort Casa de Campo is located a few kilometers east of La Romana city center.
Casa de Campo, measuring roughly 7000 acres, has set the quality and luxury standards for Dominican beach tourism for decades. Some people find Casa de Campo to big and although this does not bother me, I do understand their point of view. I always rent a bike to get around the resort and use a golf cart for the 10-minute journey from my accommodation to Minitas beach or the 20-minute (one way) ride to the marina. Having said that, the beach is amazing, the grounds immaculate and the glamorous marina is a feast to the eye.
La Romana offers excellent golf opportunities. The Teeth of the Dog golf course is rated as one of the best golf courses in the Caribbean. La Romana’s central location allows visitors to make day trips to other world-class golf courses like the ones in Cap Cana and Juan Dolio.
Although I am usually not a big fan of replicas of any kind, I must say that Altos de Chavon, a cozy medieval replica town that was built in the early 1980’s is an exception. A visit to Altos de Chavon is great because it means that during the rest of my vacation I will not have to think of buying souvenirs. It is amazing to see what gorgeous textiles, ceramics and hand crafted jewelry the artisans are able to produce. In my living room I have a painting that I bought some years ago in one of the art galleries in Altos de Chavon, representing one of the breath taking views that can be enjoyed from this site. The 5.000 seat amphitheater regularly host concerts by internationally acclaimed artist like Julio Iglesias, Gloria Estefan and Andrea Bocelli, a nice chance break from resort style entertainment.
How to get there
You will be less than 25 minutes away from most hotels in the area if you fly into the international airport at La Romana. The airport is served by flights from various North American, Canadian and European cities.
Las Americas International Airport of Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic is less than two hours away, as is the Punta Cana International Airport. From here a car rental, taxi or airport transfers are your options to get to La Romana.
- Dominican Republic International and Domestic flights
Tours and excursions
I already told you about some of the main attractions in La Romana since they more or less pertain to Casa de Campo. But there are lots of options in case you are looking for a really exciting excursion. I highly recommend an excursion to Isla Catalina where you will find the South-coast best Coral reef. A visit to the nearby old fishing town Bayahibe combines perfectly with a trip to another precious little island, Saona. Scuba diving and snorkeling excursions are always great fun and some people I met in Casa de Campo were very enthusiastic about the Crazy Wheel excursion that takes you four wheeling through the sugar cane fields.