Founded near the end of the 19th century as an oil town, La Romana sits on the south eastern coast of the island of the Dominican Republic. In 1911, the town saw a mass influx of persons into the area due to the establishment of the largest sugar mill on the island and other industry such as tobacco, coffee, candles, beeswax and hides.
The town’s prosperity encouraged workers from all across the island and neighboring islands such as Puerto Rico to migrate to La Romana in search of better lives. Owing to this increase in population, the need for services increased and as a result schools, clinics and other infrastructure were constructed for the workers and their families. A few years later, La Romana was transformed from a town dependent solely on primary industry to a city, in about the mid 1970’s as the economy began to diversify and large tourist resorts were constructed.
La Romana is accessible by the La Romana Airport or by taking a bus from surrounding areas such as Punta Cana to the city. Home to a variety of attractions, La Romana is considered one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Dominican Republic. Tourists flock to the island for the historical significance of places such as Central Romana Sugar Mill, the luxury of Casa de Campo, the artistry of Altos de Chavón and the beauty of its beaches.
Central Romana, one of the world’s largest cane sugar mills, was constructed by the Puerto Rican company Central Romana Cooperation in 1911.The company’s success contributed significantly to the development of La Romana and the Dominican Republic as a whole and in the late 1960’s, the company became part of the conglomerate Gulf+Western who sold their stake in the Central Romana Cooperation in 1984. The sugar mill is still in operation but does not hold the position as the mainstay of the city’s economy anymore. It has managed to continue operations despite competition from other economies of scale and still benefits the residents of La Ramona. In, 1975 some of its land was developed by Gulf+Western and from that the Casa de Campo resort was born.
A seaside resort on La Ramona’s coast developed by Gulf+Western in 1975, Casa De Campo is regarded as one of the most exclusive resort destinations in the Caribbean. Situated on 7000 acres of land, the hotel, resort and residential community is home to over 1700 private villas, a 400-berth marina and shipyard , pristine guestrooms with garden views, a swimming pool complex, glass pavilion lobby, etc setting a high standard for resorts in the Dominican Republic and the wider Caribbean.
Home to one of the world’s top 50 golf courses, golfers from all across the world flocks its course to engage in friendly and competitive games with other guests and even professional golfers.
With spas which offer massages, grooming, manicures, pedicures and whatever else required for guest relaxation, Casa de Campo is ideal perfect for persons who wish to have the Caribbean getaway many desire after working hard all year.
Casa de Campo may also be the point from which tourists explore the rest of what La Romana and the Dominican Republic has to offer.
Along the banks of the Chavón River lies a replica of a Mediterranean style European village constructed in 1976 under the supervision of Gulf+Western, Charles Bludhorn. Here lies a cultural hub for locals and tourists alike with art studios and display showcasing the various talents of pottery, painting, weaving, silk screening, etc. With a capacity of 5000 guests in its amphitheatre, famous artists and dancers perform live shows for patrons. The property also houses an archeological museum filled with Taino, African and European artifacts found in and around the area. Another popular site in Altos de Chavón is the ‘Iglesia San Estanislao de Cracovia’ or ‘St. Stanislaus Church’ which is a popular wedding venue and tourist hot spot. Altos de Chavón is especially ideal for those who wish to enjoy more of the local cuisine from any one of the many restaurants and shops which overlook the river.
A city port located on the Dominican Republic’s southeastern coast, washed by the Caribbean Sea is bound to have beautiful beaches. Ideal for snorkeling, floating, swimming and many other water based activities the white sand beaches of La Romana receive rave reviews every year especially because of its cleanliness and clear water. The most popular beaches in the area include Playa Caleta, Playa La Minitas, Playa El Caleton, Bayahibe and Catalina Island which is just a tour boat ride away.
The Dominican Republic has several beachfront towns with white sand beaches and fancy hotels yet La Romana is one of the most frequently visited and has the highest ratings because there is simply no place like it in the entire world.
Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic