Why choose a cruise to La Romana?
With bright blue seas, silky-soft sands and a sultry atmosphere, La Romana gives you a different experience of the Caribbean. You can explore gorgeous beaches and try your hand at all sorts of water sports, including snorkelling over the reef and seeing all the brightly coloured fish. There’s plenty of history and culture to take in, too. You can tour the world’s largest cigar factory; head to Altos de Chavon, a charming replica of an Italian village; or Zona Colonial – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And La Romana has another side: rolling hills filled with sugar-cane fields, cocoa farms and traditional villages.
A guide to La Romana’s hotspots
The beaches at La Romana are said to be some of the best in the Dominican Republic. And once you arrive, you’ll quickly see why: picture long sweeps of white sand, warm gentle waters and glossy palm trees. Bayahibe Beach is picture-perfect with its pristine sands and chilled-out beach bars.
By day, you can relax in the balmy weather or join snorkelling trips to the reef. When the evening comes, things liven up: the seafood restaurants serve up fresh fish and the night-long dancing begins! Dominicus Beach is next door, and its soft pinky-white sand and green-blue waters are worth a visit – especially as it has a Blue Flag award.
Once you’ve soaked up the sun, explore La Romana’s traditional ways of life. Truck safaris take you around rolling hills, sugar-cane fields and small villages. You’ll get to stop for lunch and enjoy a quick dip at beautiful riverside spots. An hour’s drive from La Romana is the capital, Santa Domingo. Founded in 1504 by Christopher Columbus, it’s full of architectural wonders. Visit the Americas’ first cathedral, Alcázar de Colón, and the Columbus Lighthouse – home to some of the adventurer’s bones.
A must-see for any trip is Tabacalera de Garcia. It’s the world’s biggest handmade cigar factory, where 5,000 experts make them from start to finish.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of La Romana
The best time to visit La Romana
Whenever you decide to visit La Romana, you’re guaranteed gorgeous sunshine. On average, temperatures sit at around 29°C, with May to October the warmest. There’s rain in summer, but the scorching weather dries it up quickly. The best holiday weather is between November and April: the days are warm with low levels of humidity. The official hurricane season falls between June and September, although the hotels and facilities are well prepared to keep visitors safe.
Did you know?
- La Romana has the largest cigar factory in the world, with more than 5,000 experienced craftsmen and women hand-making cigars
- The city has its own carnival, where the seafront turns into a giant procession of twirling dancers and colourful masks
- Off the shore is the Dominican Republic’s longest reef – the 39km stretch is home to sharks, turtles and eagle rays