La Romana is a coastal city on the Caribbean coast of the Dominican Republic. This fascinating tourist getaway features beach resorts, the best Airbnbs and the spectacular Chavon River. On the off chance that you are in La Romana, visit the 16th-century Altos de Chavón Mediterranean village, the wrecked ship of pirate William Kidd, artist workshops, painted obelisk, Catalina Island, beaches, and the coral reefs. You can also enjoy the nearby Cotubanamá National Park and Saona Island. Here’s a rundown of the 11 best things to do in La Romana, Dominican Republic.
Altos de Chavon is an extraordinary 16th-century Mediterranean village, in the center of the Dominican countryside, and one of the most famous La Romana attractions. Chavon was meticulously designed by Jose Antonio Caro, an Italian cinematographer and designer, however, local artisans hand crafted detailed designs. This village is a cultural centre for working artists who learn pottery, weaving, silk screening, and then showcase their unique creations at the street boutiques. Additionally, Altos de Chavon exhibits noted work from Dominican artists, to foster cultural exchange.
Altos de Chavón and Shopping in La Romana Day Tour
Duration: 5 hour
2. Rio Chavon
On the way to Catalina Island, stop by Rio Chavon, a river located in an area called farmhouse. This river is popular for its beauty and crowded with celebrity houses and yachts. In fact, the movie Rambo was also shot in one of the jungles of La Romana. You can also take an exclusive boat ride; you’ll be surprised by the on board Dominican music and food. The cuisine on board includes bruschetta, shrimps, chicken, rice, veggies, cold beer and wine.
Address: Rio Chavon, La Romana, Dominician Republic
Website: Rio Chavon
3. Altos de Chavon Regional Museum of Archaeology
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Those wondering what to do in La Romana can visit Altos de Chavon Regional Museum of Archaeology. It is the best place in La Romana to learn about the initial inhabitants of La Hispaniola. This well-preserved museum features historical pieces and well-done counts of events. In addition, this museum traces the life of the Tainos, along with their disappearance story. Either way, the quality of the artefacts and interpretations will make you want to stay and observe each exhibit.
Altos de Chavon Regional Museum of Archaeology
Address: Apartado Postal 140 | Altos de Chavón, La Romana 22000, Dominican Republic
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4. Ryanna Sun
Tour the island of Saona, and explore the stunning Ryanna Sun. The owners of this place, Mimi and Spongebob, make sure that all their visitors have a wonderful time. You will have the pleasure of experiencing the great boat ride en route to the island. This island is a step away from the sandbar coast where you can dive or take pictures. Once you arrive at the island explore the beach and relish an excellent BBQ lunch that includes delicious lobster dishes.
Address: Calle Jose Brito, Carr. a Bayahibe, 23000, Dominican Republic
Website: Ryanna Sun
5. Teeth of the Dog Golf Course
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Teeth of the Dog Golf Course has a reputation that’s well earned. This Pete Dye Classic is the number 1 course in the Caribbean and attracts the top professional golfers in the world. This masterpiece was built with sledgehammers, pickaxes and chisels and features signature Dye obstacles and the devilish dog legs. The golf course flaunts 18 jaw-droppingly beautiful holes along the ocean. Believe you me, the satisfaction of playing at one of the best courses in the world is unmeasurable.
Teeth of the Dog Golf Course
Address: Carretera de Chavon, La Romana, Dominican Republic
Website: Teeth of the Dog Golf Course
Snorkeling and scuba diving are some of the most popular La Romana activities. Passion Paradise Adventures is a Premier scuba diving & snorkeling excursion operator in Catalina Island of the Dominican Republic. Passion Paradise offers a candid taste of paradise relaxation, with numerous aquatic activities and food options. Book a full day snorkelling on Catalina Island. You will be picked from the resort and taken to La Romana port. The boat stops at “The Wall,” for a quick photo stop. Here you can enjoy one-hour of snorkeling before you head to the island for a swim and delicious lunch. Late afternoon, you will get back to the port, then on the bus and back to the resort.
La Romana: Catalina Island Full-Day Snorkeling Tour
Duration: 9 hour
7. Cueva de Las Maravillas
The Cueva de Las Maravillas is a national park, located in the La Romana of the Dominican Republic. Also, this nature reserve is set on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. These Cuevas have a rich history that your guide will walk you through with lights on. The caves showcase old drawings of the indigenous tribes that once lived on the islands. Please note that you if pay in Dominican pesos, you will save a great deal on the total cost of the tickets. Put on good sneakers since the path ways could get slippery. You can take pictures if you tip the tour guide.
Cueva de Las Maravillas
Address: Carretera La Romana - San Pedro de Macoris - KM 16, Autovía del Este, Dominican Republic
Facebook: Cueva de Las Maravillas
8. Parque Central Duarte
Parque Central Duarte features numerous baseball player statues, benches, restaurants, souvenir stores and Padre de la Patria. You should visit this park to have a good time with your family and friends. Begin by taking the trolley from the cruise terminal. When you arrive at the square, you will notice many street vendors trying to sell their hand crafted products. You can also buy aphrodisiacs and herbal drinks here that contain turtle organs. In the end, visit the beautiful church on the north side of the park that exhibits giant fans.
Duarte Central Park
Address: Calle Duarte, La Romana 22000, Dominican Republic
Website: Duarte Central Park
9. Minitas Beach
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Playa Minitas is a beautiful beach, easily accessible by golf carts. Not only do you get to play golf at an 18-hole course, but you also get to enjoy the beach, with innovative cocktails and lounge chairs. This absolutely peaceful and relaxing beach of Playa Minitas is located in Casa de Campo of La Romana.
Address: La Romana 22000, Dominican Republic
Website: Playa Minitas
10. Playa Bayahibe
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One of the most popular beaches in La Romana, Playa Bayahibe is a beautiful white sandy beach. Playa Bayahibe has turquoise waters that are ideal for swimming and snorkeling, while the long beach is perfect for sunbathing and relaxing. Kids and adults will enjoy spending their time soaking up the sun in this amazing coastal paradise. A few metres from the shore, a variety of marine life can be viewed, so don’t forget to carry your snorkeling gear.
Address: Bayahibe, Dominican Republic
If you’re looking for adventurous activities in La Romana, then consider going on a dune buggy trip. Crazy Wheels will be the best 4 hours of your entire trip. Ride the dune buggies, observe spectacular landscapes, experience the culture and history, chew on a sugar cane, and meet some cool instructors. Yes, it gets a little muddy, however, you will enjoy the ride and have lots of fun. It is a short drive from Bahia Principe, where you choose between buggies or a quad bike and drive through the back streets and fields of the Dominican. A guy films the riding experience, and you can purchase the disc if you want to. You may swap to quads to have the experience of riding both. Wear in-expensive clothes, closed-toe shoes, and a bandana.
La Romana Buggy 4 wheel Tour
Duration: 4 hours
Places that make La Romana interesting
This city is an ideal destination for divers, honeymooners, families and golfers. Furthermore, La Romana also flaunts renowned golf courses, Casa de Campo resort, and world-class marinas. While you are staying here, explore the picturesque beaches of the Bayahibe area where you will find chic accommodation, various attractions and splendid eco-tourism.
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