La Romana Journals

AZUCA! Sweet Success in the Sugar Capital

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A July 2003 trip to La Romana by Jose Kevo

Outdoor Amphitheater Photo, La Romana, Dominican Republic More Photos
Quote: More travelers are finding La Romana listed on iteneraries with flight schedules, cruise ports of call, and organized tour stops. Guidebooks haven't been able to keep up with rapid growth of the DR's newest tourist boom area. These days, it's more than just a sugar town; it's something for everyone!

AZUCA! Sweet Success in the Sugar Capital

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Overview

Outdoor Amphitheater Photo, La Romana, Dominican Republic
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Andalucia in the Caribbean is what you'll experience at Altos de Chavon; an artist community modeled as a small village from southern Spain.Elevated Clifftop Views from Altos de Chavon looking over the lush Rio de Chavon valley, Casa de Campo's newest golf course, and distant Oriental mountain range were definitely what I liked best, but take my word for it. Photos were on one of my rolls of Film which came back blank.Take a Trip Down Memory Lane in La Romana where many local businesses functionally operate within appearances/environments from the U.S. 60's. Step fur...Read More

JUMBO Stores

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Restaurant | "One-Stop EVERYTHING With a Few Surprises!"

JUMBO Stores Photo, La Romana, Dominican Republic
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It didn't take long back in my village to notice everyone carrying/using pink plastic shopping bags. Turns out, JUMBO is the newest one-stop shopping plaza in La Romana not only catering to locals, but also travelers staying anywhere within the region. Comparable to Wal-Mart Super-Centers, Jumbo's chain is rapidly spreading across DR and waging price wars against long-standing grocery/department stores Orenses and Iberia; both found in La Romana. In addition to credit cards readily accepted, open cash tills also revealed US$ with amount determined by daily exchange rates, change returned in RD-pesos. Jumbo's biggest advantage is convenience of location along the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 21, 2003

JUMBO Stores
Along Highway 3, Avenida De Libertad
La Romana, Dominican Republic

Altos de Chavon

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Attraction | "Beyond Alluring Postcards of Altos de Chavon"

Altos de Chavon Photo, La Romana, Dominican Republic
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Unsuspecting DR travelers in the southeastern region will likely be surprised to leave gorgeous beaches and countryside poverty behind when stepping into an entirely different continental setting. Altos de Chavon is an upscale artists' community designed as a Spanish Andalucian village perched on cliff tops overlooking the Rio de Chavon valley.Built on property owned by nearby Casa de Campo, the country's most exclusive resort community, admission is free; open to the public though signs and security guards quickly remind you if you've ventured anywhere off-limits. Getting here is also regulated described in a separate entry.Tucked away inside the various buildings are classrooms fo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 21, 2003

Altos de Chavon
Highway 3
La Romana, Dominican Republic

Altos Sightseeing

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Attraction | "Making the Most of Your Altos Efforts"

Altos Sightseeing Photo, La Romana, Dominican Republic
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Following Saona Island, Altos de Chavon is the second most popular daytrip in the southeast. Just because I wasn't overly impressed doesn't mean you won't enjoy your time here; perhaps even more so with a Schedule of Events and my observations, suggestions: Planning/Timing Your ArrivalOrganized excursions are usually during the daytime -- expect to have your motivation for enjoyment further usurped traipsing around under the intense Caribbean sun. From nearby Bayahibe, you can book a visit to Altos de Chavon for RD1000 on a speedboat ride over the sea and up the lush valley...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 21, 2003

Altos Sightseeing
Highway 3
La Romana, Dominican Republic

Taking Local Transportation

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Attraction | "Advisory Suggestions for Local Transportation"

Taking Local Transportation Photo, La Romana, Dominican Republic
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Without access to private rental transportation or booking an excursion, getting to Altos de Chavon is rather costly and inconvenient. Just like DR's airports, all forms of public transportation have been banned from entering the expansive grounds. Taking a publico to the turn-off and walking isn't a choice unless you're up for about a 3 km one-way jaunt in the blazing sun. Negotiating a taxi is the only other option for arriving; somewhat confusing since you might find yourself in a beat-up publico van allowed to double for private hire. From Bayahibe, a driver I knew cut me a deal of RD350 for the one-way trip. I chipped in RD50 as tip. The round-trip cost of RD800/$23 was...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 21, 2003

Taking Local Transportation
Around Altos de Chavon and the City
La Romana, Dominican Republic

Hanging On for the Ride of Your Life!

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Story/Tip

Middle of the Pack Photo, La Romana, Dominican Republic
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Standing at the intersection, my arm hadn't even reached a full upwardly extended position when no less than four motoconchos came screeching to a near-collision halt at the curb. Passing a moment's worth of judgment over which driver might not only accommodate the safer passage but also be willing to provide more than just a ride, I climbed on behind, held on, and was off at a frenzied pace. To where? Sometimes it just doesn't matter! Without the motoconcho (motorcycle taxi), Dominican life would all but come to a stand still! Most travel guidebooks warn that these should only be used for transportation as a last resort due to the danger levels of riding helmetless behind what's often perce...Read More