The city La Romana, at the same time capital of the province of the same name, lies in the southeast of the Dominican Republic. City sizes vary. La Romana is undoubtedly a big city. According to different sources, the fourth largest city in the country is said to have between 140.000 and 190.000 inhabitants.
The region around La Romana was first settled in 1502. The city of La Romana was only founded in 1897 due to the construction of a sugar refinery. The sugar production developed continuously in the following years, especially after the conglomerate in 1967 Gulf & Western the South Puerto Rico Sugar Company took over. Animal husbandry and cement production were added. The sugar complex has now passed into other hands.
Part of the sales proceeds will go towards founding the community House have flowed. Hotels, villas, a marina and several golf courses made Casa de Campo one of the most exclusive communities in the Dominican Republic. Tennis courts, a polo club, equestrian sports and well-tended beaches complete the picture. The newspaper Harpers Bazaar is quoted with the statement that Casa de Campo is one of the 10 best holiday resorts in the world.
La Romana - Big Sugar
Under these conditions it happened, as it had to, meanwhile tourism is mentioned as the most important source of income for the city and the region, even before the large industrial complex. La Romana International Airport and Port benefit cruisers departing from there on Caribbean cruises. AIDA Cruises and TUI Cruises use La Romana as the base port for their ships.
La Romana - port
Finally: where does the name La Romana come from? In earlier times there was a trading house with a scale (Spanish (Balanza) Romana) near today's sports harbor. A wide variety of goods were weighed there. Since then, the residents have spoken of the place where the scales are, La Romana.