La Romana, Dominican Republic

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Explore La Romana, Dominican Republic

Cruise to La Romana to play on some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches and lush terrain. La Romana, Dominican Republic, is a captivating slice of the tropics on the island’s southeast coast. On your Carnival® Dominican Republic cruise, you can comb the cobblestoned streets of a re-created medieval village, hunt for craft treasures, and thrill to the pampered luxury of Casa de Campo, the 7,000-acre resort next door.

  • Relax on the tropical hideaway of Saona Island.
  • Wander the streets of a re-created 16th-century Spanish village.
  • Take to the turquoise Caribbean Sea by snorkel, sail, or kayak.
  • See cigars being rolled by hand with cruises to La Romana.
  • Buy handmade pottery from the artists themselves at Altos de Chavón.

Things To Do

Local Attractions

Explore the medieval charms of the Altos de Chavón artist colony and relax on sun-splashed white-sand beaches in Casa de Campo when you cruise to La Romana. The Dominican Republic’s third-largest city is nestled in soft green hills overlooking azure Caribbean seas. Come to play in warm, clear waters or comb 16th-century streetscapes.

  • Snorkel the crystalline shallows of Saona Island.
  • Explore the flower-filled nooks and crannies of Altos de Chavón.
  • Be a castaway for the day on Catalina Island
  • Time-travel back to Spanish colonial days in Old Santo Domingo.
  • Dine in the luxe surrounds of neighboring Casa de Campo resort.

Fun Facts

  • Former Paramount set designer Roberto Copa designed the village of Altos de Chavón and also created movie sets for famous Italian film director Federico Fellini.
  • While in La Romana, keep your ears trained for the sounds of bachata, the DR’s unique romantic music of heartbreak.
  • The Dominican Republic’s Parque Nacional del Este, which includes Saona Island, is home to 112 species of birds, including the Hispaniolan lizard-cuckoo.

Within Walking Distance

Around the Port Area

Currently, the Port of La Romana has only a small shopping area in the terminal complex. A short distance from where your Carnival La Romana Dominican Republic cruise docks, excursions wait to take passengers to Altos de Chavón, Casa de Campo, and the area’s other sights and attractions.

Beyond the Port Area

The big attraction in La Romana is Altos de Chavón, an outstanding re-creation of a 16th-century Spanish colonial village. Altos De Chavon & River Boat Cruise takes you to this Mediterranean village where you can stroll along the cobbled alleyways and snap photos of the quaint stone houses. Altos de Chavón is also a genuine artisans' colony and a great place to shop for handicrafts. The picturesque village overlooks a wide and lazy river—ideal for a riverboat tour.

Beyond the Port

Go underground in the Las Maravillas Cave with Taino Indian Cave & La Romana to see the West Indies’ first natural museum of Rupestrian artwork. Inside this 100,000-year-old cave are wall pictographs left by the native Taíno Indians who lived here before the arrival of Christopher Columbus. During a tour of the Tabacalera de García with Altos de Chavon & Cigar Factory, you’ll see the largest hand-made cigar factory in the world, and learn how tobacco goes from rolling fields to fragrant cigars. With Casa de Campo Horseback Riding excursion you’ll ride horses on flower-filled trails on the grounds of the glamorous Casa de Campo resort. Explore the history of Old Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, through Santo Domingo City Tour with Lunch. Walk on the cobblestoned streets of the oldest city in the New World, and the first European city in the Americas, and see centuries-old Spanish monuments.

Beaches In La Romana

Caribbean Beaches

Take a two-hour Speed Boat to Saona Island from your Carnival cruise to La Romana. The offshore island and park preserve has pristine beaches and exotic wildlife. Swim and snorkel at Natural Swimming Pool, just off Saona. This tiny sandbar has crystal-clear shallows and calm waves for watching tropical fish underwater. Or take a day trip to lovely Catalina Island with Catalina Island Beach Break. Tall palm trees fringe this island’s six square miles of powdery beaches. About a 30 minute drive to Bayahibe, a picturesque fishing village. Bayahibe Beach Break with Lunch and Drinks takes you to this five-star resort.

Shopping in La Romana

Caribbean Shopping

The best shopping near La Romana, Dominican Republic, is in Altos de Chavón, thanks to some 45 boutiques selling crafts by local artisans. In town, you’ll find a cigar lounge and linen shops filled with linens made by local plantation workers. Watch artisans making ceramics, brightly colored tapestries, and other crafts in the Altos de Chavón Art Studios.

Travel Tips


  • The official language of the Dominican Republic (DR) is Spanish, although many people speak English.
  • U.S. dollars are the most frequently traded currency, although the official currency is the Dominican peso.
  • La Romana, Dominican Republic enjoys a warm, sunny climate, with temperatures ranging from 65 degrees in the winter to midday highs of 90 degrees in summer.
  • Dominican Republic cruises dock in the brand-new terminal at Port La Romana.