Dive Into La Romana
At the center of La Romana tourism is golf at the resort Casa de Campo. World-renowned golf course designer Pete Dye created Teeth of Dog, Dye Fore and The Links, some of the top golf courses in the world today, all located on this massive resort property. But that doesn’t mean you have to be a golfer to enjoy La Romana. For those who want both relaxation and adventure, the warm and clear water makes for great snorkeling, cave exploring and scuba diving. Along with museums, art galleries, shopping, quaint restaurants and more, La Romana offers both golfers and the casual traveler plenty to do for a great all-inclusive vacation.
La Romana Overview
Exciting Underwater Surprises
If you stay at Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach or Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace, you may run into a pleasant surprise snorkeling off the coast. The world’s first underwater shipwreck museum gives you an up-close and personal view of the remains of the early-18th century Guadalupe and Tolosa Spanish galleons. The ships, which originally wrecked off the Samana Bay, have been moved to the Bayahibe beach area to let the public see the wreckage in its original form. The Guadalupe Underwater Archaeological Preserve together with the Captain William Kidd 1699 shipwreck makes this region an exciting place to snorkel and dive.
Step Back in Time in Altos de Chavón Village
One of Casa de Campo's most interesting facilities is the Altos de Chavón Village. It's a living recreation of a 16th century Spanish village and features artisans, performers and more. You'll love strolling through the cobblestone paths and enjoing the vintage-romantic look of the amphitheater and church that make up most of the property. A cool feature of the village is the Altos de Chavón School of Design, an affiliation of the Parson’s School of Design in New York. Make sure to browse the art galleries and little shops and stop in at an eatery for a good meal. Experiencing the village is like a step back in time to a place where peace and beauty are first priority.
Wander Through the Cave of Wonders
Don't miss out on the Cueva de las Maravillas (Cave of Wonders) on your trip to La Romana. It's a path of underground caverns that features original drawings from the native people of the island of Hispaniola before it was settled by Christopher Columbus. Part of the insides have been remodeled to accommodate visitors but much of the original stalagmites and stalactites are still there to give you a true vision of history. The railing guides you along the amazing cave system with award-winning architecture complete with professional lighting and a museum. Stop by the gift shop at the end to commemorate the experience.
Teeth of the Dog: The No. 1 Golf Course in Caribbean
La Romana is home to resort Casa de Campo’s famous Teeth of the Dog golf course. Designed by world-renowned designer Pete Dye, the course is the No. 1 golf course in the Caribbean (ranked by Golf Magazine) and gets bonus points for its scenery. The gorgeous greens featured by the towering cliffs jutting into the ocean marked the start to La Romana’s tourism when it they opened in 1971. And since then, La Romana’s been a boom town that people travel to from all over for the best experience in golf.
La Romana Quick Facts
Currency: Peso (RD$)
Electricity: Same voltage as North America, but the sockets are two pronged.
Passport/Immigration: All U.S. citizens must have a valid passport when traveling to and from the Dominican Republic.
Drinking Water: Drink only bottled water. Avoid tap water and drinking beverages with ice cubes.
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (UTC/GMT -4 hours)
Peak Season: December to February, July to August and Semana Santa (the week before Easter)
Things to Do in La Romana
Set sail for Saona Island, where white beaches, shallow turquoise waters and shady palm trees combine to create a Caribbean oasis. When the catamaran lands on Saona, you can relax in a hammock, join in on a game of volleyball, work on your tan or swim! Be sure to enjoy some mouth-watering barbecue and keep the cocktails coming. Hop aboard a speedboat ride to a natural swimming pool in the middle of the ocean where you'll find huge starfish in the clear water. Make sure to take a stroll along the sand before you leave to wrap up your incredible experience on this gorgeous island.
- Transportation to and from the hotel
- Catamaran and speedboats
- Lunch and national drinks
Don't Forget to Bring:
- Sunglasses and sunblock
- Beach clothing and towel
Hours: Daily, 7:30AM-7:00PM.
Duration: Approximately 11 hours including pick-up and drop-off
Where to Go: Hotel lobby (confirm with Amstar rep)
Restrictions: Not advised for pregnant women.
Additional Information: Fuel Supplement charges apply Dominican Republic - Amstar DMC SA - La Romana Punta Cana: (01) 809 221 6626
Tips & Transportation
Best Cigar Hotspot: La Tabacalera de Garcia Cigar Factory
Learn about the cultural history of La Romana with a visit to the world's largest hand-rolled cigar factory. Tour the grounds and learn about one of the Dominican Republic's most important exports. You'll see the entire process from start to finish. This is definitely a stop you'll want to make if you want to interact with and learn from the Dominican people.
Best Cheap Seafood: Restaurante Marinelly
If you need to save a bit of cash on your trip but still want the taste of delicious fish and lobster, make sure to try Restaurante Marinelly. The family-run restaurant has its own fishing boats and serves up yummy seafood meals for great prices. It's a popular with locals so you know it's good.
Best Natural Monument: Catalina Island
Take a day to visit Catalina Island National Park off the coast of La Romana. The six-square-mile tropical island has soft white sand to dig your toes into and calm water to enjoy. The clear-blue ocean and coral reef make it great for snorkeling, and it's so close to La Romana, you shouldn't miss it!
Las Américas International Airport (SDQ) is a major regional airport for Dominican Republic several destinations. It’s located 20 minutes from Santo Domingo in Punta Caucedo. It’s about 45 minutes to an hour from La Romana, along the coast.
Immigration & Customs
At the immigration desk, you’ll have to purchase a $10 USD 30-day tourist card instead of a visa. The DR requires a $20 USD departure tax that’s usually included in your airfare. Your flight attendant will typically give you customs paper work to fill out on the plane. After you’ve been through the immigration desk at the airport and you’ve picked up your luggage from baggage claim, you’ll go to customs, where officers will possibly check your bags.
Getting to Your Hotel
CheapCaribbean.com has partnered with Amstar as our premier transportation company in La Romana. They’ll provide you with safe, comfortable and professional transportation, from the airport to your hotel and back. They’ll also provide transportation to any excursions booked through our site that you’d like to take while you’re in your destination.
It’s easy to find your Amstar team when you arrive at the airport. They’ll be standing in the ground transportation waiting area, holding a CheapCaribbean welcome sign. They wear floral shirts. All drivers are fluent in English, friendly and knowledgeable about the culture, history and things to do while you’re there. By the end of your ride, you’ll have made a new friend. Vehicles are all clean, modern and reliable.
Amstar is also the official transportation rep for CheapCaribbean.com excursions when you book vacations to La Romana on our site. The majority of our partner hotels have an Amstar desk in or near the lobby so they’re easy to find, should you need them. For this reason, we suggest that our guests do not rent cars while in the Caribbean or Mexico as traffic laws and road quality and street signs are not the same as they are in the US.
Getting Around La Romana
You can get around your resort area most conveniently on foot, but if you plan on taking trips outside of the resort area, we recommend you use Amstar Tours. Excursions to fun activities include transportation to and from the hotel, so you can count on a convenient and dependable ride.