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“Big Letdown” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Altos de Chavon

Altos de Chavon
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La Romana City Tour
Ranked #2 of 33 things to do in La Romana
Certificate of Excellence
Middletown, Ohio, United States
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74 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Big Letdown”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2014

We were on a cruise and thought this sounded like a great cultural learning experience. But once on the bus, could tell this wasn't going to be exactly what we imagined. if you want to go to a poor country and see how the better, the much better, half lives, this is definitely the place. Built by a movie mogul and styled after an Italian village, the streets are paved in cobblestone and the buildings all have an Old World feel. We were shown the amphitheater where Beyonce, Elton John and Alicia Keyes and others have performed. Unfortunately, I doubt if any of the locals in La Romana were able to come see them. We were shown million doors homes and a multi-million dollar golf course leading up to the village where multi-millionaires, or as our driver liked to say, multi-multi millionaires like Bill Gates, have homes. There was a beautiful church that was blocked so you couldn't enter, an exhibit a stones native to the Dominican the souvenir shops, if you wanted to call them that, were fashioned more like they were boutiques and way overpriced for tourist shopping. There were only 2 restaurants and they were small and one was costly. The actual Altos de Chavon Museum, which should some history of the first natives, was small and while our guide had us wait an hour for him to walk us through, we could have walked through it ourselves and simply read the exhibits and got as much out of it, if not more. Everyone on our cruise who took this tour was thoroughly disappointed and wanted their money back!

Visited August 2014
3 Thank Rhonda F
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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“breath taking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2014

If you like to travel in time and experience a town built into the past surrounded by an exhuberant landscape andh many of the modern conveniences around you. This is the place. A true architectonic achievement.

Visited August 2014
1 Thank El_Tico2014
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Phelps, New York
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“The Church”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

The church was beautiful as well as the view of the river below. It reminded me of an old Roman arena. And the river view came right out of a prehistoric movie!. What a grand sight!

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Donatile Q
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Jacksonville, Florida
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful scenery but not much else”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

On a recent cruise ship stop to La Romana , DR we decided based on reviews to take a trip to Alto de Chavon. We did not do a tour. We just took a bus over for $5.00 pp. Alto de Chavon was beautiful. It's a great photo opportunity, but not much more. We were there, walked around and got on a bus back to La Romana within an hour. There were not too many artists in what was billed as an artist colony. What was there was overpriced. But the $5 was a definite bargain in that it provided for a nice ride through the countryside, time to wander around Alto de Chavon, take a lot of pictures and get back into town to do some shopping.

Visited July 2014
2 Thank Thomas V
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Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Apocalypse Now!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2014

Im a big fan of Francis Ford Copollas films and to be able to go to a set or faux 19th century city he built for a few of his movies was great! The place is absolutely gorgeous! Great place to spend a few hours and get some magnificent photos and do a photoshoot with. I got a chance to do a set with my wife and I there and the backdrops were incredible and made out pictures pop and look tremendous.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Alfred C
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