No matter what kind of traveller you are, the all inclusive or the bed and breakfast type. I truly believe everyone likes that singular adventure or unique place to be visited, and to get a "real" taste of the country you are in.

 For those staying in Bayahibe, Dominicus or Casa de Campo, at an arm's lenght you have La Romana, this town was founded in the early 1900's and gets its name from the weighing system used to figure out sugarcane production. Today it's a blooming town, the main industry it's still sugar (Central Romana Corporation) but tourism also plays a major role in the economy, while still not the predominant activity. That's the reason why when you visit La Romana, you are truly seeing a Dominican city, all pros and cons.

You can get to La Romana by taxi or public bus. Main square La Romana is layed out as most spanish founded towns, a grid type layout of streets running from north-south and east-west. Altough there is not a major "Main Street", most economic activity takes place on Avenida Santa Rosa and Duarte Streets. Around main square, you will find the curch (Catholic, Santa Rosa de Lima), the Town Hall, the two major phone companies offices (Claro and Orange) and the three major banks, Scotiabank, BHD, and Banco Leon. Banco Popular has a big branch office, all equipped even with a drive-tru bank on Calle Doctor Gonsalvo, the one that leads to Main Square.

At Main Square, in the corner closer to the Town Hall, you can get free internet Wi Fi access through INDOTEL (Dominican Institute of Telecommunications). Simply find iNDOTEL network and click go. No need for password. Depending on the number of users around, you can even make Skype phone calls though your laptop or smartphone if you have the app. Just be sure to sit down somewhere or watch around you. Many people hang around the park with nothing to do, and although it is unheard of anyone being robbed their phone, it{s better to be safe than sorry.

La Romana still lacks a public museum, and you always have to remember that the town is still quite young. But you can still see some wooden houses on Doctor Gonsalvo or Calle Eugenio Miranda, that will give you an idea of its history. On the stretch from Main Square to Avenida Santa Rosa, you will find some gift shops with wood carvings, naif paintings, cigars, mamajuana and jewelry ornaments.

 For places to eat, try Restaurante Marinelly, it has a selection of seafood and fish (the family also runs some fishing boats and has a fish freezing wharehouse next door to the restaurant) Prices are reasonable and remember that in most restaurants, you will be added from the prices in the menu a 16% VAT Tax and a 10% compulsory gratuity. Another popular place is Trigo de Oro, run by two frenchmen entrepreneurs. The place has some salads, croissant and baguette sandwiches and cold meat cuts. This is also a very popular hangout place for locals, you will see all types here, from politicians, to businessmen and tourists. 

 By night, you can arrange a taxi cab to take you and wait for you. Again, altough La Romana is usually very quiet, it is not advised  to walk around downtown at night . 

 The night selection of places to eat is a bit more ample at night. Italian ex pats are predominant in the restaurant business, so you will find very true and well prepared italian food, including wood oven pizza and fresh pasta, at many places. The main selections are: Pizzeria Al Rio, run by their owners, Renato and Claudio (Renato, a former naval engineer, besides running the place also paints and decorates crafts) Pizzeria Lucas in Bueva Vista Norte (a wealthy neighborhood in La Romana) a true Mom and Pop italian restaurant, run by Sandro and Lisa, an older couple retired from Italy in the DR. Sandro changed his musician carreer in cruise ships around the mediterranean in this nice, open court yard restaurant. 

 Very popular and also a long timer in business is "La Casita", offering lobster, italian and Dominican cuisine. Located on Eugenio Miranda, past the police station and the Scotia Bank office. Newer in town, with a fusion menu and a chill out ambiance is Borghatta (formerly La Carreta, cab drivers may be more familiar with its former name), this place offers U.S meat dishes and has a very good wine selection. 

 About Casa de Campo, it can be a bit frustrating to get in if you a re not staying in the resort. Lately, they have established a fee of USD 25 per person, just to get in. La Marina has very nice and very expensive restaurants, Altos de Chavon is a recreation of a florentinian village with an amphiteater that has heard the voices of stars like Julio Iglesias, Sting and Shakira. It is a very nice community for the wealthy and affluent, with a large population of U.S. Ex-pats.

 So, many more interesting thins are also to be seen in other parts of the country. Dominican Republic offers you very different landscapes and flavors throughout this small but varied country. Just be patient and remember time has a different pace in this culture. If you are prepared to deal with this, your experience can be tremendously satisfying and rewarding.