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Summer Cruise: La Romana, Dominican Republic

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Hello loves! Hope you enjoyed my last post of two of the stops on my 7-day cruise with Carnival. If you haven’t click here to see the beauty of Grand Turk and Curacao. Our third stop was to an up and coming tourist stop in the Dominican Republic. The city La Romana. We only had about 7 hours to do any kind of exploring or choose to go to popular beaches about an hour away.

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We decided to go for the exploring. Why? Well for one the day was kind of gloomy and not really amazing for tanning and beaching. Secondly, we didn’t want to drive an hour away and take up more time. We got an excursion to explore the sights La Romana and the nearby city has to offer, the best part, we had air conditioning the whole time. A motor coach bus took about thirty of us around the city.

La Romana Sights:

The first sight was of an Obelisk, modeled after the George Washington monument here in D.C. It’s a much smaller version but the beauty of it is that on all four sides there are paintings of contemporary and historical depictions of Dominican history and life. Next was their version of Central Park, here is where all the people would come to celebrate any national holidays and party all into the night. Right across the park was St. Rosa Lima Church, this was the first church to be built-in La Romana to honor Santa Rosa de Lima, the first patron saint of Peru. (Cool little fact since my heritage is Peruvian)

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Dominican Baseball:

Next, was my groups favorite stop! We’re all from New Jersey and in Jersey, when you’re born you’re automatically a baseball fan. Why? The New York Yankees! As a kid, our families would get together and go to games, grill out at the stadium, or get everyone to go over someone’s house and watch the game. Being in the Dominican Republic, we got to see first-hand where many of the greats once played before making it big in the MLB.

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Los Toros:

Los Toros del Este is one of the top teams in La Romana and they took us around their whole stadium and to where many contracts were signed and showed us many items that could easily be found in Cooperstown. We were standing on the field where Robinson Cano, Gary Sanchez, Manny Ramirez and Pedro Martinez all played for or against the home team. There were obviously many more players and seeing the city youth playing and training across the street was amazing. They start playing at a young age to hopefully get the chance to one-day leave for the MLB and provide a better life for their families.

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Fundacion Corazon:

Our next stop was Fundacion Corazon, here is where many of the children and people come to better themselves, get educated or help work to create some kind of profit for their families. The children would be in the school learning all day long. The adults would be found making jewelry, food, paintings, anything able to sell to help bring in a profit. The good thing about this foundation is whatever the families made and sold they got to keep all of the profits. The foundation itself runs on some small government funding but mostly by public donations directly to the foundation.

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Vegafina Cigars:

This next stop was actually pretty cool; we went to a huge cigar company in the Caribbean. We got to see exactly how the Vegafina cigars were made and how the whole process happens. None of us, actually tried the cigars but a couple we became friends with said they were almost as good as a Cuban cigar. Here, we were able to shop around and got some snacks and did a little gift shopping as well.

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Altos de Chavon:

This stop was my favorite hands down! The city was said to be built as a gift from the ruling father to his daughter for her 15th birthday. (I just got a house party, not even a car. Haha!) He styled it after a Mediterranean European Village with a famous Italian architect and Dominican engineer working on the construction. A popular attraction because inside the city it holds a cultural center, an archeological museum, an amphitheater, St. Stanislaus Church and so much more. Nearby is the famous Casa de Campo resort, where stars like Alex Rodriguez, Marc Anthony and others have summer homes and many other stars like the great Michael Jackson have visited. The amphitheater had many star performances, the most popular being Frank Sinatra, Santana and Julio Iglesias. There’s so much to see and explore here it truly does take your breath away. The nature is breath taking, the little shops adorable and even the weather couldn’t make it ugly.

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Final Thoughts:

I was extremely happy we choose to explore the beauty of La Romana instead of just heading to another beach. I’ll be back to visit la Casa de Campo. I got to learned a lot about the people and culture of the Dominican Republic. Most importantly, it made me appreciate the sacrifices my parents made for me by coming to the United States. You get to see a different form of living and poverty at another level.  The people, however,  smile and believe in one another and their way of life. We were all extremely grateful to experience this and it made us realize how great we truly have it in our everyday lives. A part of me will always be with La Romana and here’s until next time.

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Stay tuned soon for my final stop on my summer cruise with Carnival.

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XOXO

Karen Giuliana

82 thoughts on “Summer Cruise: La Romana, Dominican Republic”

  1. That looks like a fun trip, the pictures are amazing! The Dominican Republic is on my list, but I’m not too sure about going on a cruise. Especially if you’re only given 7 hours to explore somewhere, I would feel too rushed. But wow you did so much exploring in 7 hours!

    1. It really was! I agree with you, I would’ve love to been able to stay and see more. We just opted for the excursion over anything since the time frame. Thank you for reading! 😀☺️

  2. The story about father building city to his daughter is something to remember. Love the photos, I can see you had great time.
    Thank you for sharing 💕

  3. I friggin LOVE cruises!!!!!!! And I have never been to the Dominican, so now I am envious in all the ways! (I don’t know why this initially was commented as ASHLEY)

  4. I have never been to DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, La Romana. Great to learn there are so many places for tourists to explore. I would love to visit the stadium and see how the Los Toros team play.

    1. I definitely recommend visiting. We all wished Los Toros we’re playing while we were there. We heard it gets packed and the food is to die for!!!!!

  5. I love to see how things were made! Interesting you got to see cigars despite not smoking yourself-just the kind of experience I would have had haha. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Haha I personally am against smoking, but it’s still cool to learn and see how things are made. I’m super open! The whole process is actually super cool!

  6. Love these photos! Really making me want to go back to the DR sooo much 🙂 I loved my time there and loved how beautiful the island was.

  7. And this is just what you’ve experienced on the 3rd day? Just wow, the place must be filled with everything beautiful. That monument and church really looks like it holds a lot of history and culture. Here’s to Day 4, cheers!

  8. Dominican Republic is amazing! I love it there and the people, food, sights, and nature are incredible. It is so cool that you went on a cruise! I’d enjoy that very much.

  9. Such a nice place to visit and it looks like you are really enjoying every single itinerary that you have it that place.

  10. I’m hoping to go next year and this would be perfect place to start! This is truly a bucket lists material.

  11. It looks like you had an awesome time visiting the Dominican Republic, there looks to be so much culture to explore and lovely things to see. Definitely somewhere everyone should visit.

  12. Great post about your short visit to La Romana & Casa de Campo. I live and work in Punta Cana so it’s always fun to read about other people’s travel experiences and impressions on this destination. Whenever you want to come back, feel free to e-mail me if I can help you out in any way. X, Rawnie

    1. Omg Rawnie, yes I definitely will! I want to go back soon 🙂 honestly I loved it, the people, culture and things to do was a lot! So much fun!

  13. Wow, I love how much there is to do in La Romana! I would love to see the Toros play and tour all the historic sites. I also agree that it’s good to break from the beach sometimes and get a little culture.

  14. A cruise there sounds amazing and I love that there’s plenty of things to see and explore. It’s been such a long time since my husband and I have been on a cruise. Time to go planning!

  15. Wow looks like you had a great time! I have been to La Romana and many other places in Dominican Republic and there are definitely great spots and so much beauty to explore. I am glad you had fun can’t wait to see your next stop 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Leslie! It was so beautiful and I’m anxiously awaiting to go back! 🙂 ahh stay tuned my last stop was by far my favorite island.

  16. My cousin served an LDS mission in the Dominican Republic. I’m going to have to ask him if he’s ever been to La Romana. Loved the photos!

  17. I just took my first cruise in Feb and I am hooked! I agree, it’s sometimes better to explore a city than just to lie on the beach

  18. How gorgeous! Looks like an amazing trip! I laughed out loud – I think I got a beeper for my 15th birthday LOL

  19. Wow! I’m ready to pack my bags and go! I was very impressed with the Fundacion Corazon. It makes a profound positive impact on so many lives.

  20. What an amazing trip! It looks like you had an amazing time. Reading about your trip makes me want to visit. Thank you for sharing with us!

  21. These pictures are awesome. Sounds and looks like you had a fabulous experience. The Dominican Republic is really high up my travel bucket list. These just serves to further whet my travel appetite.

  22. I have never been on a cruise but it looks very interesting and fun. The photos look like all of the spots are beautiful and makes me want to visit Dominican Republic.

    xo Sheree
    PoshClassyMom.com

  23. Such an amazing trip! I would love to visit all of these places on one cruise, that’s why they’re the best!

  24. What an exciting adventure! I have a bucket list of exciting places I would love to visit and the Dominican republic is one of them. Your pictures are so lovely.

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