Home to the island's most popular luxury resort property, La Romana began as a sugar cane producing and cattle raising town. Since Casa de Campo was built, the town has turned towards tourism as a major source of industry. Because the town caters to visitors, all that stands is for you to decide which mode of transportation works best for you.
Direct travel to La Romana is made easy thanks to the fact that all three major forms of transportation are available here. There is an international airport in city limits, a port of entry for yachters at Casa de Campo, and a cruise port is located in town as well.
The bulk of tourists who travel to La Romana do so to stay in Casa de Campo, and because of that will have little use to local ground transportation. Others, staying at rental properties and other hotels in the area can make use of rental cars, taxis, buses, motoconchos, and publicos.
Whether you're visiting from the United States, Canada, Europe, or the Caribbean, there are direct flights from at least one location to the click here to learn more about the process.in La Romana. This is an important fact, because it is not true of all international airports on the island. The airport was opened in December of 2000 and has steadily welcomed between 200 thousand and 400 thousand passengers annually. The facilities are modern, and the architecture is well-known. If you'll be flying to La Romana,
Whether or not you'll stay at Casa de Campo, if you plan to sail a private yacht to La Romana, you'll find the best course of action will be to sail to the marina located at the resort's property. Casa de Campo is an official port of entry and home to a full service marina with 370 slips capable of docking boats that measure 250 feet long. Amenities include electric and cable hook-ups, repair units for damaged vessels, a few shops, fueling stations, and concrete docks. The marina is located at Latitude 18 degrees 23.9 north and longitude 68 degrees, 54.3 west. Be sure to sail in with your quarantine flag flying, and that you have all of the boats official documentation plus the passport and secondary form of identification for every passenger at the ready when you arrive.
...home to its very own cruise port...
As aforementioned, La Romana is home to its very own cruise port, bringing a huge amount of tourism to the town each year, especially during the winter months at the height of cruise season. Cruisers descend upon the town for shopping, golf, watersports, and tours of area attractions, then after a full day of activity board the ship once more and sail on to their next destination. You can easily visit La Romana by planning a cruise that includes this port as part of its itinerary.
Although most tourists do end up choosing to rely on public transportation during their time in La Romana, renting a car is easy and often affordable to do. You'll pay anywhere from $30 to $125(USD) a day, with the price tag varying based upon the type of vehicle you request, the extras you add on, and even the time of year you rent. Two to four door sedans are the cheapest option, but sports utility vehicles are recommended for those who will be out exploring natural sites because of the rough terrain. If you'd like to know more about the process of renting a car, as well as driving conditions in this area, click here.
Lots of people arrive in La Romana with plans of skipping a rental car and using taxi services throughout their trip. While each individual ride is typically very affordable, the cost of only hailing cabs can add up. Still, many tourists feel this expense is justified in that it prevents them from having to navigate unfamiliar roads and learn how to keep up with local drivers. Taxis here are very reliable, clean, comfortable, and air conditioned, plus the drivers are known for being pretty friendly despite the fact that they rarely speak English which can create somewhat of a language barrier. Find out more about taxis in La Romana here.
One of the more unique forms of transportation in La Romana is the motoconcho. Especially popular with cruisers, a motoconcho is basically motor taxi. Young men of the town use their private motor bikes and allow one to two tourists to hop on the back for a short ride anywhere in town. The cost is low at around $0.50(USD) per person, so those who enjoy a thrill will not want to miss a chance for a ride. Be aware that helmets are not provided.
There are two options for buses in La Romana. The first is the guagua, which is the local option. These buses are run down vans that operate just as a typical city bus would traveling along set routes and making previously determined stops to let passengers on and off. The cost is less than $1(USD) per person.
The other bus is actually a full sized coach bus that travels between cities in the Dominican Republic. These buses are clean, comfortable, and air conditioned. In fact, it gets so cold on these vehicles that jackets are recommended. The cost is about $10(USD) per hundred miles traveled, though this isn't an exact science. You can contact either operator by phone: Caribe Tours at 809-221-4422 or Metro Buses at 809-227-0101.
Another form of transportation here is the carro publico. This is a public car similar to a taxi, though you will likely ride with strangers if you don't have a large enough party to fill the five to six passenger vehicle. These cars travel on set routes, but passengers can get on and off as they please. The cost is about $1(USD) per person for a ride.
With so many options with regards both to how to get to La Romana and how to get around, it is important to take the time to learn as much as you can about each form of transportation. As you do this, consider how you'll feel most comfortable, which choices fit into your budget, and the convenience of each. With these thoughts in mind, you'll very soon know exactly which forms of transport work best for you.
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