La Romana is a city on the Domincan Republic’s Caribbean coast with a population of about 130,000. It is the Dominican Republic’s youngest and wealthiest city and has a well-developed tourism infrastructure. It was founded in 1897 as an oil town and later turned to sugar production, but now its main industry is tourism, as its beautiful beaches and large collection of hotels and resorts attract travelers from around the world.
Many travelers come to La Romana to relax, and many hotels are located right on the ocean so they have their own beaches. But travelers looking to be more active have many options as well.
La Romana is home to the Teeth of the Dog golf course, the Caribbean’s highest-rated golf course. The city has other world-class golf courses that make La Romana a paradise for golf lovers. Diving is also a popular outdoor activity and La Romana has many dive sites where divers can explore colorful and exciting marine life like coral formations, dolphins, nurse sharks and manatees.
The National Park of the East, established in 1975, is the most visited natural attraction in the Dominican Republic. There, travelers can see the rare bayahibe rose, a cactus-shrub that serves as the country’s national flower. The most popular area of the park is Saona Island, which has a settlement of about 500 people and is also home to a turtle sanctuary. Throughout the nesting season, which lasts from March to November, green turtles, leatherback turtles and the endangered hawksbill turtles lay their eggs on Saona Island’s beaches, making it the most important area for marine turtles in the Dominican Republic.
There is also an exciting dining scene in La Romana. Bakeries, cafes, Italian restaurants and restaurants with classic Dominican cuisine can keep any foodie busy. Travelers looking for arts and culture can visit Altos de Chavon, an artists’ village with many galleries and shops that are very welcoming to tourists.