Casa de Campo is what put La Romana, Dominican Republic, a sugar-mill town 50 mi/80 km east of Santo Domingo, on the tourism map. An internationally known resort that touts itself as the finest in the Caribbean, Casa de Campo is set in vast grounds (7,000 acres/2,800 hectares) and was partially designed by fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, a Dominican native who is invested in the property. Altos de Chavon is an extension and integral part of Casa de Campo, as is the marina, and both offer world class sports and outdoor activities ranging from watersports to polo.
This southeastern region of the Dominican Republic has long grown beyond Casa de Campo, and has become one of its prime destinations—for good reason. Just 10 mi/16 km east of La Romana city, hugging the Caribbean Sea, is the fishing village of Bayahibe, with its two principal beach areas of Bayahibe and Dominicus. Bayahibe attracts thousands of visitors who seek out a Caribbean setting and outdoor activities, not to mention the idyllic offshore islands of Saona and Catalina. Aside from long, fine white sand beaches, the friendly pedestrian Bayahibe is lined with local and international restaurants, and offers a slew of adventures in nature thanks to the nearby Parque Nacional del Este's trails and islands, teeming with mangroves and marine life.
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