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The Tourists ARE Coming!

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A December 2005 trip to La Romana by Jose Kevo

Avenida Libertad Photo, La Romana, Dominican Republic More Photos
Quote: Tourists are swarming into La Romana these days, and if you're anywhere within the southeastern region of DR, expect to likely be one of them! The country's new travel frontier is booming in a city that's no stranger to sweet success. Now, hospitality also tops their list!

The Tourists ARE Coming!

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Overview

Avenida Libertad Photo, La Romana, Dominican Republic
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Putting La Romana on the MapNumerous travelers have sent me messages about an unfamiliar port of call showing up on cruise itineraries. Invariably, everyone asks, "Where is La Romana and what's there to do?" Some have even been ready to change tours based on this unknown destination.For those who haven't researched, I can imagine apprehensions when a ship steers into the Río Soldado and drops anchor next to tankers and freighters. An industrial park waits to the east; the country's largest sugar-processing factory, belching smoke into what should be a mesmerizing tropical blue sky, dominates the west. Let me assure you, paradise still waits n...Read More

Romana Cigars

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Attraction

Romana Cigars Photo, La Romana, Dominican Republic
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What was once considered a hidden find is by far no longer a secret. Romana Cigars is now included as a major stop on most organized city excursion tours, and for good reason. This cigar factory makes for an interesting visit whether you're a smoker or not. Perhaps more of an incentive than watching the start-to-finish process is their store, where products are said to be cheaper than at tourist outlets. The small warehouse was basically abandoned the day I passed by. Rows of rolling stations dominate the central area, enough to accommodate 56 employees who can twist upwards of 1,500-plus cigars on any given day. Since this was the holiday season, most were still on vacation, but I was ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 20, 2005

Romana Cigars
Lopez 31 And Tribuciomilloa 24
La Romana, Dominican Republic

Caleta Beach

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Attraction

Caleta Beach Photo, La Romana, Dominican Republic
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The questionable public beach in La Romana is worth mentioning only because unsuspecting tourists might be bamboozled into going there and would be highly disappointed by what they found. The name Playa Caleta is the first deception, not to be confused with one of the country's most popular dive sites named Parque Nacional Submarino La Caleta farther down the Caribbean coast between Boca Chica and Santo Domingo. But with local tourism's uncharted boom, innocently questioning where the nearest beach is could...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 20, 2005

Caleta Beach
South of Town
La Romana, Dominican Republic

Walking & Shopping Highlights Tour

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Story/Tip

Off to the Side Photo, La Romana, Dominican Republic
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Parque Central is heart of the downtown area and a recognizable landmark from which to base explorations of the city. Locals flock to the shaded benches concealed by lush vegetation all but shutting out traffic buzzing around the square. Under the gazebo are restrooms which tend to be hit-and-miss for availability. As a traveler, you'll attract much attention from shoeshine boys. Either wear comfortable sandals or tennis shoes, or be prepared to repeatedly make or break these childrens' survival efforts; a thorough spit-shine polish costing RD10. Banks, internet cafes, Casas de Cambios for exchanging currencies, and Codetel telephone can be found in the immed...Read More

The Chavón River Valley

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Oops... Photo, La Romana, Dominican Republic
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One of the country's best public beaches and departure area for water excursions is in the nearby village of Bayahibe. A público ride, departing from La Romana's Avenida Libertad, costs RD35/US$1.15 per person, and a taxi could run as little as US$30. The one-way ride takes about 30 minutes. If you've got a rental car, head east from La Romana along Highway 3. The Bayahibe turnoff at Highway 815 is clearly marked. Veer to the right and follow signs another 15km to the village waterfront. Outside La Romana is the gated entry to Casa de ...Read More