Top 8 Things To Do In La Romana, Dominican Republic

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On the southern tip of Dominican Republic is a little gem where stars flock to for fun in the sun, lavish condos and leisurely excursions. This ravishing destination is La Romana, where travelers can hike to view the Chavón River, wander through Altos de Chavón Mediterranean village. Or golf, shop, eat, and swim for days. If Santo Domingo is the capital while Punta Cana is popular among mainstream tourists, then La Romana is probably the St. Barts of DR. Enjoy!

Stay at Casa de Campo Resort and Villas

Carretera La Romana - Higuey Hwy, La Romana 22000, Dominican Republic

There’s no visiting La Romana without staying a few nights at the magnificent Casa de Campo. The Ponderosa-style estate is a 7,000-acres residential paradise which encompasses: a resort, condos, private villas, 70 restaurants/shops/bars/cafes, a marina full of boutiques and a grocery store. Not to mention, there are also three golf courses, a movie theater…and so much more. If you’re not yet sold, just know that it often welcomes celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, A-Rod, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and several U.S. presidents.

Casa de Campo
Casa de Campo. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Saona Island

Saona Island is full of dreamy white sand beaches, adorned with grandiose palm trees and peaceful crystalline waters. With 110 square-meter in size, it is one of the biggest islands in Dominican Republic where travelers can gaze at starfishes and dip in natural pools. Due to its “desert island” appearance, Saona has been the location for filming blockbusters including: Pirates of the Caribbean and The Blue Lagoon.

Altos De Chavon

Casa de Campo

Inside Casa de Campo resides Altos de Chavón which is a recreated 16th century Mediterranean village originally designed by architect, Jose Antonio Caro, and Italian cinematographer, Roberto Coppa. Celebrating an artistic spirit, much of Altos de Chavón is decorated by local artisans that host various lessons like silk screening and pottery. The Art Gallery is a venue where designs and art pieces are sold, with different artistic events that assemble creatives from around the world.

Altos de Chavón
Altos de Chavón. Photo by Joel Severino on Unsplash

Play golf at Teeth Of The Dog

Casa de Campo

Ranked as the top golf course in the Caribbean, Teeth of the Dog is hand carved from the rugged coastline of La Romana. The entire course is accompanied by stunning natural scenery of the seaside landscape. For hardcore golfers, to play a round of golf at Teeth of the Dog is a must-do.

Teeth of the Dog, La Romana
Teeth of the Dog, La Romana. PHOTO CASA DE CAMPO

Scuba dive in Bayahibe

A former fishing village, Bayahibe is a gorgeous spot also known for white sandy beaches and dazzling blue waters. There are numerous seafood restaurants, local craft boutiques. Don’t miss Cotubanama Park where you can find a cave that Taino Indians used to live and settle in.

Bayahibe, La Romana
Bayahibe, La Romana. PHOTO Haniel Espinal Unsplash

Check out Cave of Wonders (Cueva de las Maravillas)

Carretera La Romana - San Pedro de Macoris - KM 16, Autovía del Este, Dominican Republic

An activity completely opposite of beaches and boats would be Cueva De Las Maravillas, or “the cave of wonders.” The 100,000-year-old natural attraction was first discovered in 1926, the mystic yet powerful rock formations occurred from mineral accumulation and constant humidity in an iguana habitat underground. Along the cave walls, there remains approximately 500 ancient artwork and engravings painted by the Taino people. There’s also an artificial lake – The Water Mirror Gallery – which showcases a mirror-like reflection from the top of the cave.

Visit Tabacalera de García S.A.S – Cigar Factory

Zona Franca 2, La Romana 22000, Dominican Republic

For cigar collectors, a trip to Tabacalera de Garcia has to be included in the itinerary. One of the world’s largest hand-rolled cigar factories presents the way cigars are made in a country known for cigar production. There’s also a plethora of cigar varieties to choose from, don’t forget to walk through a humidor which impressively holds approximately 7,000,000 cigars.

Playa Caleta

Small yet crowded is Playa Caleta’s vibe, but the epitome of #beachlife in La Romana. Swim, eat, and indulge in the sun. Make sure to bring snorkeling gear to catch glimpses of fishes and sea life in the water. At beachside restaurants, order some fried fish, plantains, or yaniqueque (crispy fritters.)

Wendy Hung

CEO, FOUNDER, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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