A paradise, only in this way can this region be described, captivating, a dream of a teenager which was realised thanks to her request to her father, Donld Trump, no photo or video can show the excitement of such an exotic place, Elrio is where they filmed part of the movie Apocalypse Now, and part of the Rambo movie, the amphitheater was inaugurated by none other than Mr. Franck Sinatra, and where various world celebrities have appeared, well,,,,,,,,, you just have to get to know it.
Catalina Island has been named as a natural monument, and it is one of the islands belonging to the [poi = 109890] Eastern National Park [/ poi], situated in the southeast of the country. It is a small island of only about 9 km2. It is uninhabited and, for the moment, has not been explored much by tourists. A Channel 2 km wide separates it from the mainland. Its main attraction is the diving (both surface type [poi = 110008] snorkel [/ poi], and deep sea diving), and underneath its warm turquoise waters you can see galleons and thousands of colorfully minnows. Of course, they are also beautiful, unspoiled beaches of fine white sand, palm trees and mangroves (we landed on the [poi = 110012] West Beach [/ poi]). During certain times of the year you can see dolphins and humpback whales. Excursions to Catalina Island leave from the pier [poi = 110002] Bayahíbe [/ poi] or the marina of La Romana. You can go by [poi = 110005] catamaran [/ poi] or in small boats with a transparent bottom, made of glass.
After enjoying the wonderful Western Beach (in Catalina Island) and driven in the catamaran the banks of the magnificent Country House and its luxurious [poi = 110120] Marina [/ poi], we reach a point where we were waiting for the "River Princess", a beautiful boat a replica of steam plied the Mississippi in the nineteenth century, with its impressive blade wheels and majestic fireplaces. Embark on it to make a river cruise on the [poi = 110063] Chavon River [/ poi] until the "dam" of the river, where a bridge through which runs the road (there disembarked to catch the bus that would take us to visit Altos de Chavon). On the boat we expected a hearty buffet, for lunch on board we make. During the cruise, which lasted about an hour and a half, we saw the magnificent greenery of the canyon, and luxurious villas perched on the cliff top, belonging to the village of Casa de Campo.
It is an island that is situated in the southeastern Dominican Republic, and is part of the national park, it has beaches that are roughly in kilometers of fine white sand and thousands of coconut trees, it is a protected island which has no buildings, at least on the coastal areas.
The Regional Archaeological Museum of Altos de Chavon can be found just behind the [poi = 110126] St. Stanislaus Church [/ poi], in Altos de Chavon (an integral village in the luxurious residential [poi = 110119] Country House [/ poi]. It's considered to be one of the best and most comprehensive museums in the Caribbean. The museum was opened in 1982, and it contains a Samuel Pion collection, consisting of more than 3,000 objects related to the pre-Columbian culture and history of the island as well as how to life of the native population before the arrival of the Spanish. Admission is free and the museum is open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.
The luxurious resort of [poi = 110119] Casa de Campo [/ poi] is located at the mouth of the [poi = 110063] Chavon River [/ poi] close to the Caribbean Sea. The most known and popular place in the area is the village of Altos de Chavon, located on the tallest cliff forming the canyon. There are also luxurious villas with private beach access at the bottom, called Lower Chavon. In Lower Chavon, there is a funny contrast between the luxury of these villas and the [poi = 110120] marina [/ poi] with its humble and small fishing boats.
Canto de la Playa is a little ways away from the beach where all of the Saona Island day tours arrive so it's a lot less crowded and a lot nicer. There is a coral reef around so it is great for snorkeling. Near Canto de la Playa, there is also a large sandbar which creates a sort of waist-deep natural pool where you can wade out and play with the starfish.
Luxury and high income levels at the Country House is evident in its marina, located at the mouth of the Chavon River. You can see impressive yachts and boats as well as restaurants, a shopping mall with luxury stores internationally renowned brands, jewelers, ice cream parlors and cafes. There are also private rooms Yacht Club, sailing, and the ability to buy boats.
This church is located in the central plaza of Altos de Chavon, and, like the other buildings of the village, it's built of coral stone. It's beautiful and looks like a gingerbread house! Despite its old appearance, it was only built 25 years ago. It's a Catholic church where many people get married, especially celebrities and high class people. It was named in honour of Pope John Paul II, because St. Stanislaus is the patron of Poland, the Pope's native land. There is mass on Saturday and Sunday at 5:00, but it's always open for the rest of the day and you can see inside through metal bars protecting the door.
There are many places to visit in La Romana, a beautiful city in Dominican Republic. Because of its strategic position, the city has continued to grow over the past century. The tourism sector in Dominican Republic has grown as well, with a high volume of visitors who come for the beaches, which leave everyone happy and tanned! The beaches are among the best of the attractions in La Romana, but there are many, many more!
So, what to do in La Romana? No doubt one of the best La Romana attractions is the wonderful Altos de Chavon, a recreation of a seventeenth century Mediterranean village which contains craft markets, stalls, shops, and an amphitheater where you can enjoy a show. The view of the city from the Chavon River is one of the best things to see in La Romana. If you're after more things to do, you can take a river cruise and enjoy a gorgeous sunny day.
If you're up early and did not know what to do in La Romana, venture out to Catalina Island, which is just half an hour from La Romana. There you can swim and lay on the beach while enjoying a colourful and exotic landscape - a visit to the island is one of the most enjoyable La Romana activities and a must-see for all visitors! The places to see in La Romana will amaze you the first time; but if you have a reason to return, do it. It will be a great time and totally different experience.
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