La Romana: The Country’s City of Sugar

The province of La Romana, on the country’s eastern region, offers visitors a long list of attractions, excellent cuisine, and a wide menu of exciting tours.

Short History of La Romana:

During the final years of the 19th century the Port of La Romana was officially inaugurated. Its strategic and geographical importance, and the impressive jump in the town’s commercial activities, led the government to concentrate and eventually begin to build what is now the city of La Romana.

In 1911, the South Puerto Rico Sugar Company opened the “Corporacion Central Romana,” the company responsible for the growth of the once small village.
The sugar company was also responsible for the town’s first tourism projects. In 1974, Casa de Campo – one of the Caribbean top luxury resorts – opened its doors for the first time.

In 1980 the complex inaugurated its “Altos de Chavon” cultural center and, in the year 2000, the city opened its first international airport.

Years later, the cruise ship industry discovered La Romana. The first cruise ships arrived in 1992 with the arrival of the “Costa Clasica” cruise ship at Catalina Island, situated a few miles off the coast of La Romana.

In 2002 the city’s official Tourism Pier opened, annually ushering in thousands of tourists from all over the world to the city.

La Romana, because of its world-class sugar industry, its lifestyle and its tourism projects, is a “sweet” town to visit.

Cultural Tours

Altos de Chavon Regional Archaeological Museum. The tour offers visitors a historic, cultural and literary tour of the region.

Folklore Academy of Dominican Music and Dance. The academy offers visitors classes on some of the most important dances of the Dominican Republic.

“La Casa del Artesano y Artesana de La Romana” (La Romana’s Artisan’s Workshop). This special center brings together local artisans, where 90% of all members are independent artisans who offer visitors their innovative products.

Santa Rosa de Lima Temple. Construction on this beautiful temple concluded on June 24, 1906. Its history is closely linked to the people of La Romana. The church holds annual religious, cultural and sports-related events during August 22-30.

Santa Rosa de Lima Cultural Village. The cultural center is situated next to the port of La Romana.

Corporación Central Romana. Special tours take the visitor through this world-class agricultural and tourism-related company, which began operations in the town of La Romana in 1912. Today, it is the country’s most important sugar-producing company.

Duarte Central Park. The town’s main square, also known as Central Park, features a statue of Juan Pablo Duarte, the Dominican Republic’s founding father. The park also features the “Path of the Immortals,” exhibiting the statues of Dominican baseball greats.

Garcia Cigar Factory Tour. The tour provides the visitor a complete walk-through of the cigar industry, beginning with the plantation and ending with a view of how some of the best cigars in the world are made.

Cigar Country Tours. Visitors will visit various cigar factories, some situated as close as five minutes from Casa de Campo.

Adventure Tours

Wild Ranch Zipline Canopy. This special tour begins with a 20-minute ride on an all-terrain vehicle to Wild Ranch, a special eco-friendly center that offers zip-line rides across the lush vegetation.

Ship Cruise to Saona Island. The boat tour will take visitors to the nearby island, situated off the coast of La Romana. The island is part of the National Park of the Eastern Region and is one of the country’s most important sanctuary for migrating birds.

Ron Barceló Factory Tour. The tour provides all the necessary information on how this famous Dominican rum is made.

Cueva de las Maravillas (Cave of Wonders). The cave is situated 25 meters underground and is 800 meters long. Visitors can walk through 240 meters of the beautiful cave.

Buggy Rides. The Crazy Wheels company offers wonderful tours through local sugarcane fields and along the Chavon River, where the classic movie Apocalypse Now was filmed.

Catalina Island. Also known as Serena, this beautiful white-sand island is also situated off the coast of La Romana, and is part of the National Park of the Eastern Region.

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