Article updated July 9, 2015
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The Dominican Republic has undertaken efforts in recent years to improve the country’s tourism infrastructure. In part, the fruits of these labors can be seen in the much improved transportation system that connects the top tourist destinations of La Romana, Bayahibe, Higuey, Bavaro Cap Cana, Macao and Uvero Alto with Punta Cana. Together these hot spots concentrate 60% of all Dominican Republic hotels and resorts!
On the road again… I can’t wait to get on the road again… Image courtesy of skyscrappercity.com
Inaugurated in 2013, today the Autopista del Coral or Coral Highway is the transit way for approximately 20,000 vehicles a day. One of the best features of the highway is that it cuts the drive from Punta Cana International Airport to La Romana down to about 40 minutes. This alone crushes the previous 2 hour transfer time and gives travelers more options when choosing a destination or airport in the Dominican Republic.
Coral Highway Facts:
- The “Autopista Del Coral” highway has 3 bridges, which cross over the Chavón, Santa Clara, and Duey rivers.
- The highway begins just outside of La Romana, after the main entrance to Casa de Campo, but before the La Romana – Casa de Campo airport, and ends at the Punta Cana International Airport.
- Exits on and off of the highway are located at La Romana, the La Romana – Casa de Campo airport, the entrance to Bayahibe – Dominicus, near Higuey, and at the Punta Cana International Airport.
- There are 2 tolls along the road; the first at km 18, just after Bayahibe, and the second at km 58, close to the Punta Cana International Airport.
- The “Autopista Del Coral” highway has 4 traffic lanes and is designed for cars travelling at a maximum speed of 110km/h or 70 mph.
And whereas most visitors to the Dominican Republic will choose Punta Cana as their destintation of choice, La Romana is one definitely worthy of contention.
About La Romana
La Romana is one of the 31 provinces of the Dominican Republic. It is located 100 kilometers from the capital, Santo Domingo, and is one of the most important tourist destinations in the Dominican Republic. Some of the most important tourist hotels or resorts, among which is Casa de Campo, Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus, Coral Cano, Casa del Mar and Viva Dominicus call La Romana their home.
What to Do in La Romana
Altos de Chavon
Altos de Chavon is a famous artist village where you can appreciate the Taino exhibit at the Regional Archeological Museum. It’s also an excellent opportunity for shopping!
Casa de Campo Golf Courses
Built by the man many consider to be the world´s most renowned golf course architect, World Golf Hall of Fame member Pete Dye, together with his wife, Alice Dye, these spectacular golf courses are considered to be three of the most challenging rounds of golf in the world. Whether Teeth of the Dog, The Links or Dye Fore, you’re guaranteed to an incredible Caribbean golf experience!
Bayahibe is a rural community of fishermen with a fantastic beach. From here, hundreds of tourists set sail each day to enjoy the beautiful beaches of nearby Saona Island or Catalina Island to observe the pristine and protected areas of the Eastern National Park.
Francisco Michelli Stadium
Francisco Michelli Stadium is a private baseball stadium opened in 1979 by then president Antonio Guzman Fernandez. The stadium seats 7,838 people and is proud home to Los Toros del Este (Eastern Bulls).