Activities & Sports
Resorts and beaches provide every water sports like kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and powerboats to name a few.
All resorts have dive centers and a few diving schools are situated in Bayahibe, the departing point for scuba and snorkeling excursions. Catalina Island is best appreciated by experienced divers with its wall and large fish such as groupers. Shallow dives let you discover purple sea fans, orange, brown and grey gardens, and a variety of multi-coloured, fluorescent fish. In Bayahibe the large schools of fish are accustomed to bread feedings from local divers this practice is being discouraged. Other popular areas for diving are Saona Island, which can only be reached by boat, and the sunken St. Georges barge near the Club Viva Dominicus.
La Romana has three 18-hole championship golf courses open to the public and they are all run by Casa de Campo. They are the Dientes de Perro, the Links and the Dye Fore, the last being designed by Pete Dye. Outside the town you will find more golf courses in Juan Dolio and on the East Coast.
The Casa de Campo's Equestrian Center offers excellent horseback riding, as does the Rancho Cumayasa and Guavaberry Equestrian Center in Juan Dolio.
Fishing excursions are offered where you can reel in your own barracuda, tuna or dorado.
Dining & Nightlife
Most hotels have themed nightly shows with usually the best ones at Casa de Campo.
Many discotheques are situated in La Romana's resorts like the La Locura and the Casa del Mar. The chic Genesis Discotheque is in Altos de Chavon.
The home of the Performing Arts Department has performances at the Altos de Chavon's amphitheatre.
This destination attracts a richer clientele therefore you will find many gastronomical restaurants. More restaurants are located in Altos de Chavon (Cafe del Sol and Giacosa), La Marina de Casa de Campo (El Pescador and Lago Grill), and the towns of Bayahibe and Dominicus.
The Saturday morning market is a must for your shoppings. La Romana largest shop is called Jumbo.
La Marina located at Casa de Campo resort offers upscale Dominican crafts and apparel.
Altos de Chavon's artist community is strongly dedicated to the Dominican culture. Many work in their shops and galleries where you can purchase these works of art and handicraft.
Language: Spanish; English widely spoken in tourist areas, although a Spanish/English dictionary can be helpful.
Currency: Dominican peso. The Canadian dollar is easily exchanged into Pesos, so no need for US funds.
Climate: Sub-tropical with some rain in May/June and November/December.
Electricity: Same as Canada and the U.S.
Canadians entering the Dominican Republic for tourist purposes must purchase a tourist card, at a cost of $10 US, which is valid for 30 days. It is strongly recommended that all Canadians be in possession of a valid Canadian passport while abroad. However, for direct air travel to the Dominican Republic, Canadian tourists are only required to be in possession of valid official photo identification (such as a drivers licence) and proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate). Canadian tourists must also be in possession of a return airline ticket.
All other nationalities please consult a vacation specialist or the Dominican consulate at 1-888-494-5050.
Note: Some hotels require credit card imprint upon check-in for any incidental charges. Hotel check-in is typically between 3pm and 4pm. If your flight arrives early, it is a good idea to pack essential items in your carry-on luggage (i.e. bathing suit, suntan lotion, medications, etc.), so you do not miss any valuable vacation time.
There is a 16% sales tax in the Dominican Republic.