East of Santo Domingo
is La Romana, an area that has become world famous
for being the location of the massive Casa de
Campo Caribbean resort, which sprawls across 2,833
hectares (7,000 acres). The town of La Romana
was a small sugar port until the 1970s when Gulf
and Western developed the major resort.
The area has some excellent
beaches, including the tiny Minitas beach and
lagoon, and the scenic palm-lined beach of Bayahibe
where visitors can enjoy the Dominican people's
rythm of life despite the recent tourist development.
La Romana also boasts an unusual medieval cliff-top
village, reminiscent of the south of France, built
overlooking the Chavon River.
Quaint buildings of
rusty rock line cobbled alleyways; the village
also boasts an ancient-looking amphitheatre.
The village of Altos
de Chavon gives the impression of age and atmosphere.
The town is, however, a modern creation designed
and sculpted in 1978 by Roberto Coppa, an Italian
movie set designer. It does include an archaeological
museum of Taino artefacts, some good restaurants
and is home to a colony of artists.
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