Located on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, La Romana was once a sugar cane town that specialized in raising cattle. La Romana transformed into a destination for the rich and famous when Gulf + Western Industries opened the town’s first luxurious resort complex in 1975. Since then, the town has flourished as a premiere vacation destination in the Caribbean.
One of the most popular attractions in La Romana is Altos de Chavón, which is a replica of a 17th century Mediterranean village. The village is a creative Mecca with artists’ studios, craft-shops, galleries and a 5,000-seat amphitheater that attracts big name musical artists. Altos de Chavón also has restaurants and bars to satisfy all types of visitors.
La Romana is minutes away from these great attractions:
Isla Catalina — a small offshore island with an incredible coral reef for snorkeling and diving.
Isla Saona — taking a catamaran, sailboat or speedboat ride to this island will showcase the incredible turquoise water and beauty of the limestone cliffs. You may even see some dolphins following your boat!
Santo Domingo — the oldest city in the New World, where the settlement of all the Americas began. You’ll see the first cathedral and the first hospital. Explore the cobble stone streets that wind through the Spanish colonial architecture and imagine life in the 1600s. There are so many restaurants it is said that even those who live here cannot visit them all.
Higuey– A small town known for its large Basilica honoring the Virgen de la Altagracia, patron saint of the Dominican Republic. Stroll the small streets and sample some of the tasty cheese and fresh fruit from the local markets.
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The Riviera Maya has an activity for everyone—culture and sightseeing, world-class water activities, adventure tours, shopping and exciting nightlife. The difficult part is choosing which excursion is right for you.
For the archeologist at heart: If you want to experience the culture of the ancient Mayans, the Riviera Maya is a perfect launching point for extraordinary visits to nearby Mayan sites like Chichen Itza, Tulum and Coba. Each of these famous archaeological gems offers eye-opening opportunities to step back in time and learn more about these ancient people.
For the Jacques Cousteau wannabe: Just a ¼ mile of shore is the world’s second longest barrier reef—making the Riviera Maya the perfect place to snorkel and scuba dive. You might even have the opportunity to snorkel with the largest fish in the world, a whale shark.
For the thrill seeker: The tropical setting of the Riviera Maya offers guests to this area a chance for adventure. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore underground rivers & caves, rappel into mysterious cenotes, fly across jungle treetops on a zip-line course or hop on a 4×4 ATV for some off-road fun!
For the shopaholic: All along the Mayan Riviera you’ll find plenty of places to shop. You’ll come across everything from modern shopping malls to traditional & colorful markets, where you can buy handcrafts, imitation stone figurines of Mayan gods, hammocks, t-shirts, ceramics, woodcarvings and more.
For the night owl: If you are looking for a nighttime adventure, the Riviera Maya offers romantic sunset dinner cruises or Caribbean-themed cruises, which sail to private beach parties where you can dance the night away.
Puerto Vallarta was once named La Ciudad Mas Amigable en el Mundo, or friendliest city in the world, a name that it continues to live it up to even today. Puerto Vallarta features open-air cafés, chic boutiques and modern art galleries lining the seaside sidewalk. This quaint town is surrounded by the gorgeous natural beauty of the San Madre Mountains, lush jungles and Bahía de Banderas, which serves as Puerto Vallarta’s aquatic playground. It begins where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, forming one of the largest bays in the world and the largest in Mexico. The mountains and jungles offer a wealth of land-based adventures, from canopy tours to cultural exploration of the Huichol. When the sun goes down, the fun continues at Puerto Vallarta’s vast array of nightclubs.
Puerto Vallarta’s mix of cobblestone streets and contemporary zones with its vast array of activities makes it an easy and worthwhile place to visit.
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This year, the ever-popular Puerto Vallarta Film Festival will take place from December 2nd through the 6th. The film festival features independent films from North and Latin America and is dedicated to fiction shorts, feature films and documentaries. Along with the full program of screenings, the festival also features galas, art expo, concerts and culinary events. If you plan on attending this great film festival, Dreams Villamagna and Dreams Puerto Vallarta are two of the best resorts in the area. We still have a few rooms available, so we suggest booking soon. You can learn more about the Puerto Vallarta Film Festival here: http://www.vallartafilmfestival.com/