Top Day Trips from La Romana

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With its strategic location on the Caribbean coast of the Dominican Republic, La Romana is ideally situated for boat tours to the islands and day trips around the region. Here are some great options for La Romana tours.

Saona Island—22 miles (353 kilometers) southeast
With white-sand beaches, swishing palm trees, and calm turquoise waters, Saona Island is the quintessential tropical island paradise. Located off the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, it’s reachable only by boat, so set sail on a scenic catamaran cruise and enjoy a full-day Saona tour, stopping to swim and snorkel in the Caribbean and admire the lush landscapes of the Del Este National Park.

Santo Domingo—78 miles (125 kilometers) west
Swap the beach for an urban adventure with a day trip to Santo Domingo, the largest city in the Dominican Republic. History buffs will enjoy the Catedral Primada de America, one of the oldest cathedrals in the Americas, and Alcazar de Colon, an ancient structure built by Christopher Columbus’ son. The city's Colonial Zone, meanwhile, is home to striking Victorian architecture. 

Catalina Island—12 miles (20 kilometers) south
The tiny island of Catalina (Isla Catalina) could have been purpose-made for snorkeling and scuba diving, and its warm waters are teeming with vibrant coral and exotic marine life. Take a full-day Catalina Island tour and discover The Wall and The Aquarium, both famous dive sites.

Samaná Peninsula—145 miles (234 kilometers) north
Curling out around Samana Bay on the Atlantic Coast of the Dominican Republic, the Samana Peninsula is a wildly beautiful headland. Opt to fly in to maximize your time, and spend the day horseback riding through the jungle, swimming beneath waterfalls, and relaxing on deserted beaches. Alternatively, take a sightseeing cruise around Los Haitises National Park, where you can explore the protected forest, mangrove swamps, and caves at the southern foot of the peninsula. 

Punta Cana—47 miles (75 kilometers) northeast
Punta Cana is the adventure capital of the Dominican Republic, and those seeking an adrenaline burst will find plenty of water sports and outdoor activities. Soar through the jungle on a zipline canopy tour, try horseback riding, or hop aboard an open-air safari truck to venture off-road along the coast. 
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