The spectacular beaches along the Dominican Republic's southern shores are probably why you're looking to book vacations to La Romana, but exploring the town itself can be as much fun as your days on the beach. No two streets look the same and the narrow alleys connecting the main road are great to find hidden shops, cafes, and bars. For a glimpse of local life away from the traditional tourist haunts, peruse the wares at the open-air market where you can find special deals on everything from wooden figurines to cheap fruits and vegetables.
The town may have been built around the local sugar factory, but today it is the cigar factories that warrant a visit. You can get a guided tour to see cigars expertly rolled by hand, and perhaps even buy a few at a discount to enjoy at home while savouring the memories of your La Romana vacations. Visit the artist village of Altos de Chavon which, despite its relatively recent origins in the 1970s, has an old-world charm and where you can enjoy incredible views of the Rio Chavon river rushing by below. Away from the mainland, go snorkeling off the national park area on the Isla Catalina or venture farther out to the quaint fishing village on Isla Saona.
After taking in yet another magnificent sunset on the beach, explore La Romana's wide variety of nightlife options ranging from dance clubs to quiet bars and when you've exhausted all of these, head out to nearby Bayahibe for even more nightclubs and beach parties.