Getting to Know La Romana
-Altos de Chavón. This hidden gem La Romana is a stunning replica of a sixteenth-century European village, with its cobbled streets and buildings blocks of coral stone and terracotta. It was built in 1976 as was imagined by Roberto Copa, a former Paramount Studios designer, and Charles Bludhorn, an American industrialist. With its magnificent view of the Chavon River, the City of Artists, as is well known, has become an important cultural center, which hosts interesting artist studios, craft workshops exceptional and influential art galleries. Annually it receives about 600 students from all over the world who come to compete for a place in its intense two year-curriculum covering ceramics, fashion, design and various crafts. Its School of Design is associated with Parsons School in New York, where students complete their studies. In the center of the village, there is a Greek-style amphitheater and the Church of St. Stanislaus.
– Our Father Eco and Archaeological Trail. This trail of about 2 km allows visitors to appreciate the flora and fauna that are unique to the region and explore areas that were once inhabited by Taino Indians.
– Las Maravillas Cave. Located between San Pedro de Macoris and La Romana, this fascinating cave system contains hundreds of very well-preserved petroglyphs, pictographs and prints , created by the Taino Indians who inhabited it thousands of years ago. You can still visit it as it’s in perfect condition (excellent lighting system, ramps, roads and a modern elevator). It contains the most important examples of rock art and has amazing rock formations, especially stalactites, stalagmites and geological columns.
– Deep Sea Fishing. The waters around La Romana are among the best places in the world to fish offshore. Each year major fishing tournaments are held, include the Blue Marlin, Blue Marlin Classic, Gold and Bonito, attracting anglers from all over the world. While the chances of catching a marlin are best during the summer, in winter the mahi-mahi, barracuda and sailfish abound.
– East National Park. We could not miss an appointment with nature and the exotic. This park is home to over 500 varieties of flowers, 300 species of birds and long stretches of beaches where, if you dive, you’ll find underwater wonders, besides being one of the most visited, maintained and protected areas in the country.