La Romana Port is a blend of Spanish and Caribbean culture situated in the south eastern portion of the Dominican Republic. The town is known for its many resorts such as the Casa De Campo. There are also several port areas including Santo Domingo, Don Diego Quay and La Romana where cruise ships dock.
Transportation from the port should be pre-arranged to avoid inconveniences on your part. Getting around the town is highly enjoyable with its motor bikes where you can haggle fare rates, however, be cautious when riding one, because some drivers are not very skilled. An alternate means of transportation is taking the gua guas or the bus.
A number of local shops await you at La Romana Port. Markets in the downtown area have cultural clothing and merchandise. As you walk through the markets, you will notice that many merchants sell similar items; it is advisable to shop around before buying to get a better deal. Several shops are also located in the Casa de Campo resort area which ranges from branded perfume and clothing to local artisan shops. The local artists will offer you woodcarvings, traditional and modern Spanish paintings, and hand designed jewelry. You are sure to find something unique for your souvenir from La Romana.
Things to See
Altos de Chavon, built by American Industrialist Charles Bluhdorn in the 1980s is a must-see. It has become one of the best known tourist attractions in La Romana port of call. Set amidst an impressive hillside location, this village replicates a sixteenth century southern European village. The reconstructed village is replete with exacting details; enabling visitors to travel back in time to medieval Spain. The village has also developed into a living museum and artists’ colony. It provides a beautiful and inspiring atmosphere for Dominican based artists to live, study and work. Additionally, it hosts major art gallery collections; these feature local paintings as well as works of European and American artists.
Charles Bluhdorn’s Casa de Campo, is a 7,000 acre retreat whihc features winding cobblestone streets where smaller gallery and shops are located and where finely made jewelry, macramé and handicrafts can be purchased. A 5,000 seat open amphitheatre is also on site; this venue hosted the concert of Frank Sinatra and Carlos Santana in 1982 as well as the Heineken Jazz Festival.
Aside from being a shopping haven, Casa De Campo offers world class accommodation to its guests where your comfort and convenience are the top priorities. Enjoy Dominican hospitality and service with exceptional dining options for you and your family. Casalso offers a wide array of entertainment and recreation activities which includes the world renowned Teeth of the Dog Golf Course, swimming and scuba diving. Prior arrangements should be made when visiting Casa de Campo; non-registered visitors are not allowed to enter the resort.
Nearby, the Regional Museum of Archaeology houses an interesting collection of Taino Indian artifacts. Aside from these, it also offers a beautiful view of the Chavon River. Take a boat trip and visit the nearby shooting locations of Apocalypse Now and Rambo.
Nearby beaches like La Laguna, Cumayasa and Catalina Island offers various water activities such as swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling and fishing
You can also visit the nearby Santo Domingo where Spanish architecture awaits you. This old town has some of the oldest buildings in the region
Restaurant and Bars
La Romana’s local restaurant offers Spanish cuisine with a Dominican twist. If you love seafood, Captain Cook has a wide array of fish caught in the region. Fish and pasta are also served in La Casita Restaurant. If you’re craving Caribbean foods, Veranda is the place for you. If you want something spicy and flavorful, try El Sombrero with its traditional Mexican foods seasoned with spices.
La Romana Port is sure to win your heart with its old world charm combined with the many things to do and sights to enjoy.