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.