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Runners Adventures - La Romana and Altos de Chavon Shopping Half Day Tour
Ranked #1 of 3 Shopping in Bayahibe
Type: Shopping, Tours
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Owner description: Breathtaking views are bellowing to be revealed from place to place in an unparalleled blissful dominion. The way par excellence of knowing its people is by immersing oneself in their beliefs and customs. Dovetailing round the baroque Chavón River lays Altos de Chavón, a faithful replica of sixteenth century Mediterranean villa. Cobblestone streets take us back to yesteryear, gazing at its architecture and high-quality traditional craftwork and wrought iron accents. Shops within the historically re-created walls sell fine cigars, embroidered linens, jewelry and clothing. And the design school has its Altos de Chavon Studios here as well, offering pottery, fine arts, woven crafts and more.
Salisbury
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Xmas in the Dominica Republic”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

My husband and I took our first cruise last week during xmas and the day after xmas, we were in the Dominica Republic. The weather was hot but there were nice winds and we immediately found an onshore excursion that seemed to fit us. We took the half day tour and we were amazed by the natural beauty of the county side and the historical landmarks. We shopped with local vendors and explored the city. We were even able to take in part of a prized futbol game and although we are not fans of soccer, we were caught up in the passion of the natives who seem to love the sport. It was a very nice visit. We hope to return for a more in depth visit.

Visited December 2012
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Runners_Adventures, Manager at Runners Adventures - La Romana and Altos de Chavon Shopping Half Day Tour, responded to this review, January 3, 2013
Thank you for your comment! This island definitely has a lot to offer, and I am very glad to hear that with the little time you had on shore, made you wanting to discover some more. See you soon for another adventure!
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Montpelier, Virginia
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“A very fun and informative tour!”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

We took this ½ day tour recently and really enjoyed it. Our guide, Hector, was knowledgeable and entertaining. We first went to a small cigar factory for a tour. It was surprisingly interesting to see how they are made and how the tobacco is dried and processed. At the end of the tour is an opportunity to purchase some cigars, which we did. Next we visited the Jumbo store in La Romana for shopping. We picked up some coffee, rum, hot sauce and Dominican candies to being home as souvenirs for our family members. Prices were very good and most everything is priced in US dollars. Easy no-haggle shopping! Then we got back on the bus for the short ride to Casa de Campo to visit Altos de Chavon. It was a beautiful village built to resemble a medieval Mediterranean village. There was a huge outdoor stone amphitheater, fountain, gardens, art galleries and shops, and several restaurants. I wish we had been able to spend more time here so that we could have eaten lunch there. The views above the Chavon River are gorgeous! All of the buildings were built to look old, so it was a very authentic experience and very enjoyable. Afterwards, before boarding the bus, we were given a cup of “Dominican champagne” (rum and sprite). It was very refreshing and they pour it as strong as you want!
We also walked along the streets of La Romana to experience their outdoor “market” where the locals go to buy their fruits, vegetables, eggs and meats. Very interesting. We then were taken to a small, rather expensive, shopping center called Columbus Plaza. We did find a few unique gifts here and it was nice shopping atmosphere – no-pressure sales. Once again, before boarding the bus for our return to our hotel, we enjoyed another cup of Dominican champagne. It was a fun and interesting tour and one of the highlights of our trip. Go...you'll have a great time!

Visited October 2012
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New York City, New York
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4 reviews
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“what a gorgeous village..”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

I highly recommend to visit this amazing little village, such romantic place it really looks like a small french riviera. You will find nice restaurants, Quaint shops, boutiques, art galleries ,museums, a Grecian-style amphitheater & the Chavon School of Design affiliated with Parson´s School of Design in New York it is a place to be inspire...

Visited July 2012
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