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La Romana

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La Romana, one of the country’s top travel options, is brimming with natural resources, from a postcard-worthy Caribbean shoreline to world-class golf courses. From Dominicus to Bayahbe, sugar cane fields lead to endless white sand beaches. Fresh water springs and Taino rock art may be seen in the cave-riddled woodlands of Cotubanamá National Park. Offshore, the islands of Saona, Catalina, and Catalinita are surrounded by turtle nesting stretches and virgin coral reefs, while shipwrecks filled with marine life lie at shallow and extreme depths.

The biggest sugar cane factory in the Americas was originally based in La Romana, until its owners diversified and delved into tourism in 1974, when they opened the luxury Casa de Campo Resort, a celebrity favorite and recognized destination for its award-winning Pete Dye golf courses. Following that was the neighboring 16th century Altos de Chavón, a beautiful reproduction of a Mediterranean hamlet towering above the Chavón River and packed with entertainment, featuring an outdoor Grecian amphitheater where Grammy-winning performers play each year.

Tourism

The Casa de Campo resort complex is the crown jewel of the La Romana All Inclusive Resorts region. Gulf+Western built it in 1975 to be the best Caribbean vacation, and it has lived up to the expectations. The Central Romana Corporation, co-owned by the Fanjul brothers, acquired Casa de Campo in 1984.

Altos de Chavón, situated only minutes from La Romana, is a reproduction of a 16th-century Mediterranean town.

Casa de Campo International Tourist Port (Muelle Turistico Internacional Casa de Campo), situated on the West Bank of the La Romana River or Rio Dulce, has been used largely for commercial ship docking, particularly for the transportation of sugar and molasses. The Central Romana Corporation established its new tourism-focused port on the east bank of the river when its port capacity was exceeded. The western bank platform was repaired, and the river channel was dredged to a depth of 10.50 meters (34.4 ft).

The Central Romana Corporation committed US$12 million to expand the existing port by about 40,000 square metres, which was inaugurated with the arrival of the vessel Costa Marina in December 2002. (430,000 sq ft). The port has a contemporary platform and harbor terminal capable of accommodating two big modern cruise ships.

Today, the new facilities include two docking platforms (East Dock: 255 metres (837 ft), West Dock: 225 metres (738 ft), a 1,000 square metre (11,000 sq ft) passenger terminal, and parking for 24 buses.

Economy

La Romana is not your normal Dominican town; instead, the Central Romana Corporation owns the bulk of the town. It is a town where practically everyone works, either in the tourist sector or for The Central Romana Corporation, the Duty Free Zone (Zona Franca Romana), or one of the town’s service firms.

Since the South Puerto Rico Sugar Company erected the massive Central Romana mill in 1917, La Romana has been a one-company town. It was the only sugar factory that Rafael Trujillo did not take over during his rule. From 1964 to 1967, the South Puerto Rico Sugar Company, which included estates in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic, was absorbed into the Gulf+Western conglomerate. The Gulf+Western Corporation sold their interest in the Central Romana Corporation to a collection of local and international businessmen, including the Fanjul brothers, in 1984.

In 1968, Gulf+Western purchased Consolidated Cigar and relocated the Canary Island cigar production to its Tabacalera de Garcia tobacco facility in La Romana. The Tabacalera de Garcia facility is now one of the largest in the world, and it has been owned by Altadis, the world’s largest cigar marketing firm, since 1999. La Romana is home to three world-famous brands: Montecristo, H. Upmann, and Romeo y Julieta.

This town is notable for its enormous effect on the country’s tourist initiatives. It has various hotels and resorts as well as gorgeous beaches. There are also several expanding suburban regions and gated communities. This town has a huge population and all of the challenges that come with living in a densely populated location. Being just 100 years old, it does not have many outstanding architectural or urban sites. It expanded far faster than the relatively older and slower-growing Dominican communities of La Vega and Seibo.

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