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La Romana

La Romana Holidays

A visit to La Romana brings with it the most beautiful beaches and warm waters. If you're planning to take your holidays to the Dominican Republic here, you can go on a safari trip or wander around the reproduction Medieval village. Just along the coast from Santo Domingo, La Romana's laid-back atmosphere is never too far away from the action.

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The brightest and best beaches

Natives to La Romana genuinely claim that their town has the best beaches in all of the Dominican Republic, which really is quite a claim. Once you lay eyes on the golden sands, set foot in the tranquil water or shade from the sun under one of the many tall palms, you'll soon see why it's one of their beloved trophies.

Bayahibe steals the show when it comes to sandy shores. The glistening white sand and towering trees dot the coast make for the perfect desert-island scene, welcoming you to roll out your towel and relax. Bayahibe is a small fishing village which stands on the east of the La Romana coast, and is well worth the walk for its wooden huts and beach bars.

Every beach on the La Romana coast is ideal for families, couples or individuals just looking to get away from it all. The shallow shelving of the crystal clear sea and hammock-ready trees offer the safe and sound environment necessary for little ones to run wild. Settle in to luxurious All Inclusive holidays to the Dominican Republic, and you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes hand in hand with this beautiful resort.

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Souvenirs and miniatures

La Romana's centre is made up of ribbons of small stone buildings, snaking up the coastal hills and around picturesque ancient monuments. In the heart of La Romana sit busy streets with market traders calling you to haggle for their fresh produce and handicrafts. A day in the town commonly ends with a bag full of fruit and veg, a box of cigars and a few glasses of beer in your belly to aid with the balmy trip back down to your hotel near the beach.

An unmissable photo-opportunity is the reproduction Medieval European Village of Altos de Chavon, which sits above the town offering incredible views. It provides an interesting day out as it houses a Cultural Centre, archaeological museum, and an amphitheatre.

Safari and high stakes

In La Romana you can benefit from some seriously good days out. One of the local favourites is a trip to the Outback Safari, which is ideal for kids with a keen interest in wildlife. You'll come to face to face with all the local wildlife, be given a unique opportunity to tour the landscape, and even see a crocodile smile.

If you fancy trying your luck, a visit to Casino Dominicus might repay you in more than monetary ways. It's the Dominican Republic's only standalone casino and it's a big one. Try the poker, slots and other casino games then you can head to the disco and make use of the complimentary drinks until 3am.

A vibrant neighbouring capital

Two hours drive west of La Romana is the capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, a bustling city with plenty of opportunities to turn up the action or otherwise experience a slow and sauntering tour of the historical and cultural hotspots. The beautiful thing about Santo Domingo, is you can easily do both.

Santo Domingo was in fact the first city in the Caribbean, and it's very proud of that fact. Its Colonial Zone boasts UNESCO World Heritage status and some of the most impressive monuments in the New World. It offers the Alcazar de Colon, Convento de los Dominicos and the Parque Colon all in one district. Your camera is a must in this neighbourhood, that's for sure.

If you're after an upbeat day, or fancy a really banging night out on your cheap holidays to the Dominican Republic, then Santo Domingo will have you more than satisfied. Spend a day at the markets, eat well in one of the fabulous restaurants, or party hard in the Santo Domingo clubs.