La Romana - Bayahibe, Dominican Republic

La Romana Bayahibe Dominicus beach

Things to do in La Romana, Dominican Republic.

La Romana is a province in the east of the Dominican Republic, famous for its cane sugar production, is 90 minutes from Punta Cana and 90 minutes from Santo Domingo. It is one of the most important tourist centers of the Dominican Republic. It is characterized by its great influence in tourism and because it is bordered by beaches and beautiful localities, home to Casa de Campo, one of the largest and most complete resorts in the Caribbean. It also has Altos de Chavon, Cueva de Las Maravillas, famous golf courses, tourist ports where cruise ships dock, a major international airport and marinas. Bayahibe and Dominicus, are two wonderful fishing villages belonging to the Province of La Altagracia, near La Romana. Despite being such a small country, 29 beaches in the Dominican Republic proudly display their Blue Flag status, becoming the Latin American nation with the highest number of certified beaches. Dominicus Beach was the first to receive a Blue Flag in America. These places are terrestrial paradises with white sand beach and crystalline waters, so beautiful that it is hard to believe they exist. The climate of La Romana is wonderful, has an average temperature of 26 gr C, ideal for bathing on the beach every month of the year. La Romana is one of the Dominican cities of greater international renown, despite being one of the youngest in the country. Its urban development began in the first decades of this century with the establishment in the town of Puerto Rico Sugar Company, which establishes the largest sugar mill in the private sector, the Central Roman. The city was quickly populated with Puerto Rican immigrants and English-speaking West Indies, who developed a village with a culture of their own.

La Romana was a prosperous sugar port until the 1970s, when Gulf & Western developed Casa de Campo, one of the most famous resorts in the world. The city owes its name to an old Roman scale of large size that in the sixteenth century served to weigh the goods that passed through the port, very important at that time, and owned by a family originally from Rome.

It is striking in La Romana that there are so many places called "bateyes" within its political division. The reason for this phenomenon is that most of the provincial territory is dedicated to the planting of sugar cane. The bateyes are colonies of braceros that establish themselves in places located adequately for the handling of the agricultural works of the sugar cane. In the bateyes there are houses and facilities for agricultural work, such as collection centers, balances, etc.

Altos de Chavon
Also called The City of Artists, Altos de Chavon is another of the wonderful tourist attractions of La Romana, it is a replica of a medieval village built in stone and gives it a colonial air that dazzles whoever visits it, Altos De Chavon has the most prestigious school of art and design in the Caribbean, this design school has an affiliation with "Parsons School of Design" in New York which gives more preparation to the graduates of this one. A place where art is breathed, a community of artists dedicated to cultural exchange, a work of great architectural value, evoking the creative spirit. At the edge of a canyon that flows dramatically into the Chavon River, we find the home of the Amphitheater of Altos de Chavon, one of the most important stages in the world, where important international outdoor artists such as Frank Sinatra, Sting, Elton John, Carlos Santana, Heart, Spiro Gyra, Duran Dura, Juan Luis Guerra, Placido Domingo, Jennifer Lopez, among other great stars.

Caves of Maravillas
Formerly called Jagual Cave, "Cave of the Wonders" is of great tourist value, well-known for its old paintings realized by the aboriginal Tainos. Within the cave you can see around 500 paintings on the walls and engravings where black and red predominate, made by the Tainos, former inhabitants of the island already extinct. It has 10 petroglyphs, that is, engravings on the rock, and 472 pictographs, that is, paintings on the walls. Of these 472 pictographs 144 were cataloged as enigmatic or abstract and 69 of capricious groupings of points. In addition you can see 135 pictographs with human face, 18 animal, 41 human and animal, 18 geometric and 38 geometric and human. The attractions that the wonderful cavern offers are: the Pictographic Gallery, The Water Mirror, which consists of an artificial lake that reflects like a mirror the top of the cave and The Great Panel, in the latter you can see a cave painting Created by the Tainos, which represents a funeral ritual, among others.

Bayahibe and Dominicus Beach

Bayahibe and Dominicus are two coastal towns belonging to the province of La Altagracia, but because of its close proximity to La Romana and similar coastlines are associated with this province. Bayahibe and Dominicus were rural fishing communities, with spectacular beaches of white sands and crystalline turquoise waters. On the shores of the island, there are important hotels such as the Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus, Viva Dominicus Beach and Palace, Catalonia Gran Dominicus, Be Live Canoa, Dreams The Roman. The local people are hospitable and live from artisanal fishing, humble housing, modern hotel and floristic endemism (Pereskia quisqueyana or Bayahibe flower) are combined. Place where hundreds of tourists go daily to enjoy the paradisiacal beaches of Saona Island. On the transparent beaches of Bayahibe and Dominicus guests can easily travel to the Catalina and Saona islands to observe the unspoiled and protected areas of the Eastern National Park. In June 1999, the Saint George ship sank 35 meters deep in front of the Viva Resorts (Club Viva Dominicus and Club Viva Dominicus Palace). The sinking seeks to recreate a protected habitat for marine flora and fauna, thus preserving the environment of the area. This artificial reef can be visited by tourists from the area.

Bayahibe is a bay of beauty that surprises those who visit it, from its shores depart the boats of hikers who are going to visit Saona Island and Catalina Island, in addition to its beautiful beaches of soft white sand also has abundant coral reefs populated by fish, molluscs and crustaceans, the land area with mangroves and areas susceptible of being cultivated. The first time the Europeans visited the Bayahibe area between 14 and 15 September 1494. Christopher Columbus, who came to explore the islands of Cuba and Jamaica, during the course of his second trip to America, decided to recognize the south coast Of Hispaniola. On September 14, she arrived at Labanea Island, giving her the name of Catherine in honor of the daughter of the Catholic kings.

Bayahibe has now put aside fishing as the first activity to devote itself fully to the tourism industry. Beginning in 1990, organized excursions to the National Park of the East began, starting from the town and logically the boats were navigated by the inhabitants of the place. The arrival of the large hotels diversified the activities of the population, who largely work in the hotel zone or have business related to the visits that tourists of hotels regularly perform in the picturesque village.

We'll be close!
Yes, we will always be close, Colonial Tour and Travel also has a branch office in Dominicus, in Plaza el Castillo, Dominicus, in front of Viva Dominicus Resort. Tel 809-688-7802. Visit us, our assistants will show you a rich catalog of excursions, as well as air ticket, transport and activities that you can do directly from the hotels.  

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Hotels La Romana Bayahibe

La Romana - Bayahibe Hotels 

Book your hotel now in La Romana, Bayahibe or Dominicus with Colonial Tour and Travel. Here we present our catalog of hotels of different categories in this beautiful coast of Dominican Republic Hotels in La Romana - Bayahibe  

Tours from La Romana Bayahibe

Tours from La Romana

Colonial Tour and Travel has prepared for you a spectacular program of marine excursions, exciting, cultural, ecological and cultural that you can do from La Romana and Bayahibe departing directly from the lobby of your hotel.  Book a tour now !  

Altos de Chavon

Altos de Chavon

Also called The City of Artists, it is a wonderful replica of a medieval style villa that fascinates everyone who visits, transports us to Mediterranean Europe with beautiful views of the Chavon River and the Caribbean Sea. The tour is included in several tours of Colonial Tour and Travel more 

Dominicus Beach

Dominicus Beach

This white sand beach is so beautiful with crystalline waters that it has received has been certified ten times as Blue Flag, was the first in the country and in the region of America to obtain this award as one of the best beaches in the world

Marina Chavon

Marina Casa de Campo

It is a very chic place, has bars and restaurants of high gastronomy, 370 docks and boats up to 250 feet, is a marina that combines a lifestyle of elegance, prestige and luxury. The marina has a dock for guest boats.

Caves of Maravillas

Caves of Maravillas

It is a beautiful protected park near La Romana, the caves have more than 500 paintings on the walls and engravings made by the Tainos. It is included in the tour Altos de Chavon de Colonial Tour and Travel more

Catalina Island

Catalina Island

It is a beautiful island with diverse natural beauties, paradisiacal beaches of white sands and crystalline waters, live different species of birds, fish and raccoons. Colonial Tour and Travel offers an excursion to Catalina Island departing from your hotel with all the amenities included more 

Saona Island

Isla Saona 

It is the most excursion made by tourists in the Dominican Republic, it is fascinating and charming, when you get to the natural pool of the Saona Island, you will not believe what your eyes see, you will be impacted by such beauty. Colonial Tour and Travel offers the excursion to Isla Saona from your hotel with all the comforts.. more

La Matilda, Cigar Factory

La Matilde Cigar Factory 

The Dominican cigars are among the most prestigious in the world, the Matilde in La Romana, is the largest handmade cigar factory in the world. It is part of the Dominican Tastes  Tour of Colonial Tour and Travel to visit and try these prestigious Dominican cigars.. more


Golf at La Romana, Dominican Republic

In 1971 Dogtooth opened at Casa de Campo in La Romana, and put Dominican Republic on the golf map. The field appeared again in the Golf Magazine and Golf Digest magazines, where it is included in the top 50 in the world in 2013. La Romana also added The Links in 1975 and the popular Dye Fore in 2009. The newest course is Playa Nueva Romana (9 holes).

LA ROMANA COUNTRY CLUB
It is a private club, exclusively available to the owners of the villas. The field has four zones to suit the different levels of play of its members and guests. The par 5 of the 18th hole and the par 4 of the 17th hole are the most outstanding in the field. The 17th hole is one of the most difficult because it has a raised green and a long slope to its right.

TEETH OF THE DOG
Announced as a "must-play field" and ranked by golf magazines among the top golf courses in the Caribbean and the world, this old course attracts both professional and amateur players. In 1971, Teeth of the Dog launched the stardom of the golf world to the Dominican Republic and Casa de Campo. Hole Five has been made famous by the incredible combination of difficulty and ocean view. The course has consistently ranked among the top 100 in the world and ranked number one in the Caribbean. It has seven holes that play directly in the sea.

Links
Many say that this field, with its small hills and vistas, is reminiscent of the traditional Scottish countryside of the United Kingdom. But the view of the different blues will remind you that this is definitely the Caribbean. The Links is inland and is the shortest of Casa de Campo golf courses. Although it has no intimidating hole at the edge of the sea, appearances can deceive: the combination of tall grasses and greens protected by bunkers ensures that this field will not be "eaten." The countryside is famous for building its traps.

DYE FORE
This course has stunning 360 degree views of the Chavon River hills, the village of Altos de Chavon, the slopes and the Caribbean Sea as the greens unfold to the horizon. It is the country's longest course, with seven holes along the edge of the cliffs. Its designer, Pete Dye, took full advantage of the unique geography and atmosphere of Altos de Chavon, a replica of a Mediterranean village. The height of the course and the open space make the wind a challenge aggravated by the design of Pete Dye, who made the greens wider and more uneven, for an incredible final challenge.

PLAYA NUEVA ROMANA
This is a 9 hole course, par 3, which is part of the residential project of Playa Nueva Romana developed by Grupo Piņero (Gran Bahia Principe hotels). The course was designed by architect Jack Lund and has 13 acres planted with grass Paspalum Seashore. Wind comes into play while golfers are challenged by strategically placed bunkers and greens.