La Romana is a beautiful resort area in the southeast area of the Dominican Republic and is one of the island’s best kept secrets. Home to pristine white sand beaches and tranquil waters, La Romana is the perfect destination for a relaxing beach vacation, a family holiday, a romantic escape, or a fun-filled adventure.
The nearest point from which to embark on a trip to the islands of Saona and Catalina, La Romana is a haven for water enthusiasts. Enjoy a trip to Saona Island by speed boat, catamaran or “pirate boat” to enjoy this stunning tropical island enveloped by palms, gorgeous turquoise waters, and powdery white sand beaches. Divers can explore the waters near Catalina Island to admire the vibrant coral reefs and colourful marine life, and discover pirate treasures and sunken ships near Dominicus Beach. Eco-tourists will revel in the expansive uninhabited off shore wildlife reserve of Isla Catalina, which can also be reached by boat. Enjoy snorkelling the coral reefs and discovering the colourful fish and exotic marine life.
For a bit of adventure, revel in a canopy and zip lining tour in a protected area at Wild Ranch and encounter medicinal plants, flowers, native trees, birds, wildlife, and more along your way. Another great option is hiking the Padre Nuestro Trail in the Parque Nacional del Este (National Park of the East) in nearby Bayahibe where you can experience a unique dry tropical forest, a landscape of limestone, and a medley of beautiful butterflies and birds. Journey down into the Cueva de Chico, an enchanting fresh water cave at the bottom of an underground lake, and discover the large collection of ancient artifacts and intriguing petroglyphs.
La Romana offers an array of many other fun activities and attractions to enjoy during your stay. Tee up at three golf courses in the area, go horseback riding at one of the equestrian centres, or arrange a fun fishing trip.
An attraction not to be missed is the charming artist village of Altos de Chavon, a cultural community perched above the Chavon River. Stroll along the cobblestone paths and delight in the magical atmosphere created by coral stone fountains, pretty terracotta buildings, and an array of wonderful workshops, studios, galleries, and shops. This is the perfect place to pick up fine handcrafted gifts and souvenirs including jewellery, pottery, artwork, and more. If you can, catch a performance in the village’s 5,000 seat amphitheatre for an unforgettable experience.
The Cueva de las Maravillas (Cave of Wonders) is also a must during your La Romana vacation. Having received the Landscape-Architecture Public award for its design, the attraction is renowned for the cave’s 240 meter footpath that takes you on an exciting journey into a magical underworld of stalagmites and stalactites and a wonderful collection of indigenous paintings.
Shoppers will love the unique gifts and souvenirs found in La Romana and the surrounding areas. From local handicrafts to exclusive brands, you can find it all. Take home beautiful larimar and amber jewellery, unique arts and crafts, and excellent cigars.
When visiting La Romana, make sure to visit the nearby capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo. Proudly calling itself the first European city in the New World, Santo Domingo offers a rich historic culture and heritage. Visit one of the many museums, explore the Zona Colonial (Colonial Zone), relax in the Plaza de la Cultura, visit the Cathedral of Santo Domingo and the Columbus Lighthouse (Faro a Colon), or stroll along the waterfront Malecon to check out the many restaurants, clubs and cafes and the pretty tree lined street of Avenida Independencia with its many shops and restaurants.
With so much to do, see, and experience, this gem of the Dominican Republic is sure to delight you in more ways than one. Let Signature Vacations help you plan your La Romana vacation and experience a unique and memorable holiday.