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La Romana
Harbor at La Romana
La Romana is located in Dominican Republic
La Romana
Coordinates: 18°25′48″N 68°58′12″W / 18.43°N 68.97°W / 18.43; -68.97
Country  Dominican Republic
Province La Romana
Municipality since
Area [1]
 - Total 276.36 km2 (106.7 sq mi)
Elevation [2] 10 m (33 ft)
Population (2002)[3]
 - Total 202,488
 Density 732.7/km2 (1,897.7/sq mi)
 Urban 191,303
 - Demonym Romanense
Distance to
 – Santo Domingo

210 km
Municipal Districts
1

La Romana is the third-largest city in the Dominican Republic with a population estimated in 2005 at 250,000. The city is capital of the southeastern province of La Romana, opposite Catalina Island. The name Romana comes from a balance that was used to weigh merchandise for export. Santa Rosa de Lima is the patron saint of La Romana.

The modern La Romana International Airport was opened in 2000 and the city is near several other cities, such as San Pedro de Macorís and the national capital, Santo Domingo de Guzmán. The city is a hub for a growing tourist industry with several nearby local resort spots, such as the beachfront Bayahibe, Dominicus, Casa de Campo, and the growing number of Golf Resorts that surround the area.

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Economic Development

La Romana hello Dominican town; instead, it is a company town, with the Central Romana Corporation owning the majority of the town. It is a town with nearly 100% employment, mostly in the tourism industry or with The Central Romana Corporation, the Duty Free Zone (Zona Franca Romana), or one of the service businesses there.

La Romana has been a one-company town since the South Puerto Rico Sugar Company built the mammoth Central Romana mill in 1917. It was the only sugar operation not taken over by Rafael Trujillo during his reign. From 1964 to 1967, the South Puerto Rico Sugar Company, including properties in Florida, Puerto Rico and the Dominican republic became part of the conglomerate Gulf+Western. In 1984, the Gulf+Western Corporation sold their stake in the Central Romana Corporation to a group of local and foreign investors which includes The Fanjul Brothers.

Gulf+Western acquired Consolidated Cigar in 1968 and shifted the Canary Island cigar-making operation to its Tabacalera de Garcia tobacco plant in La Romana. The Tabacalera de Garcia factory is currently one of the largest cigar factories in the world, and has been owned by the biggest cigar marketing company in the world, Altadis, since 1999. Three world famous brands are produced in La Romana: Montecristo, H. Upmann, and Romeo y Julieta.

This town is characterized by its tremendous influence in the country's tourism programs. It's filled with beautiful beaches and many hotels and resorts. There are also many growing suburban areas and fenced communities This town has a large population, and all the problems associated with high-density areas. It does not have many notable sights in terms of architecture or urban spaces, being barely 100 years old. It grew very fast compared to the much older and slower-paced La Vega or Seibo, which are more typical Dominican towns.

Sports

Estadio Francisco Micheli is home to the Azucareros del Este, a baseball team in the Dominican Winter League.

In 1983, the government of Salvador Jorge Blanco, through the fund for development of this region, built the Polideportivo de La Romana (La Romana Sports Center), which was named after Eleoncio Mercedes in honor of the flyweight boxer who became world champion. The Caneros de La Romana, a Dominican basketball team, play their home games here.

Tourism

La Romana has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country because of the beautiful beaches and the tourism infrastructure that has been put in place.

Casa de Campo : Resort complex is the flagship of the La Romana All Inclusive Resorts area. Built in 1975 by Gulf+Western to be the premiere destination in the Caribbean, it has lived up to the hype. The resort houses 3 championship golf courses, one of them being the famous "Teeth of The Dog" which is ranked 25th in the world. The Casa de Campo resort also houses its own polo fields and a private airstrip. In 1984 Casa de Campo was purchased by the Central Romana Corporation which is co-owned by The Fanjul Brothers.

Altos De Chavón River View

Altos de Chavón : it is a replica of a 17th century Mediterranean village located just minutes from La Romana. Here you’ll find artists’ studios, craft-shops, galleries, restaurants and bars to satisfy all types of visitors. Take in a show at their 5000 seat amphitheater that still attracts big name artists. Altos de Chavón is one of those must-visit locations on a trip to La Romana All Inclusive Resorts.

Casa de Campo International Tourist Port (Muelle Turístico Internacional Casa de Campo) : Over the last century, The Port of La Romana (located on the West Bank of La Romana River or Rio Dulce) has been utilized primarily for the docking of commercial ships, primarily for the transport of sugar and molasses. Upon exceeding the capacity of its port, the Central Romana Corporation built its new tourism focused port on the east side of the river. The platform on the western bank was renovated and the river channel was dredged to a depth of 10.50 metres (34.4 ft).

Inaugurated with the arrival of the vessel Costa Marina on December 2002, the Central Romana Corporation invested US$12 million to extend the existing port by over 40,000 square metres (430,000 sq ft). The port is a modern platform and harbor terminal, with a capacity for two large modern cruise ships.

Today the new facilities boast two docking platforms (East Dock: 255 metres (837 ft) in length, West Dock: 225 metres (738 ft) in length), a 1,000 square metres (11,000 sq ft) passenger terminal and parking facilities which accommodate 24 buses.

Demography

  • 1981 : 91,571
  • 1993 : 140,200
  • 2004 : 171,500

Notable residents

References

  1. ^ Superficies a nivel de municipios, Oficina Nacional de Estadistica
  2. ^ De la Fuente, Santiago (1976) (in Spanish). Geografía Dominicana. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Editora Colegial Quisqueyana. 
  3. ^ Censo 2002 de Población y Vivienda, Oficina Nacional de Estadistica

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Simple English

La Romana
Harbor at La Romana

La Romana
La Romana in the Dominican Republic
Coordinates: 18°25′48″N 68°58′12″W / 18.43°N 68.97°W / 18.43; -68.97
Country  Dominican Republic
Province La Romana
Founded n.a.
 Municipality since n.a.
Demonym Romanense
Area [1] 276.36 km² (106.7 sq mi)
Elevation [2] 10 m (33 ft)
Distance 210 km to Santo Domingo
Population (2002)[3]
 - Total 202,488
 - Urban 191,303
 - Density 732.7 inhab./km²
Including population of its municipal district
Municipal Districts 1

La Romana is a Dominican city along the Caribbean Sea, in the southeastern part of the country. It is the head municipality of the La Romana province.

The town was built on the right (western) side of the mouth of the river Dulce (now also called Romana).

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Geography

La Romana is located in the region known as Llano Costero del Caribe (in English, "Caribbean Coastal Plain"), with only few low hills and many savannas. The small islands of Catalina and Saona are part of this municipality but nobody lives in Catalina.[4]

La Romana has the municipality of Guaymate to the north, the La Altagracia province to the east, the Caribbean Sea to the south and the Villa Hermosa municipality to the west.

The city is at 35 km to the east of Santo Domingo and also at 35 km of Higüey.

The municipality has a total area of 276.36 km².[1] It has only one municipal district (a subdivision of a municipality): La Caleta.[4]

Population

The municipality had, in 2002, a total population of 202,488: 98,113 men and 104,375 women. The urban population was 94.5% of the total population.[3] In this numbers are included the population of its municipal district.

History

Economy

The most important company in La Romana is the Central Romana that produces sugar. This factory was built in 1917 by the South Puerto Rico Sugar Company.

There is also here an important Free Trade Zone, a place where there are different companies that made different products to send to other countries and do not pay taxes in the Dominican Republic.

The La Romana International Airport is very near the city and there are several important tourist places such as : Casa de Campo and Alto de Chavón.

Sugarcane is an important crop in the municipality and also cattle raising.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Superficies a nivel de municipios, Oficina Nacional de Estadística
  2. De la Fuente, Santiago (1976) (in Spanish). Geografía Dominicana. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Editora Colegial Quisqueyana. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Censo 2002 de Población y Vivienda,Oficina Nacional de Estadistica
  4. 4.0 4.1 Oficina Nacional de Estadística. "División Territorial 2008" (in Spanish) (PDF). http://www.one.gob.do/index.php?module=uploads&func=download&fileId=1098. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 


Provincial capitals of the Dominican Republic
Azua • Baní • BarahonaBonao • Comendador • Cotuí • Dajabón • El SeiboHato Mayor • Higüey • Jimaní • La Romana • La Vega • MaoMocaMonte CristiMonte PlataNaguaNeibaPedernalesPuerto Plata • Sabaneta • Salcedo • Samaná • San Cristóbal • San Francisco de Macorís • San José de Ocoa • San Juan de la Maguana • San Pedro de Macorís • Santiago de los CaballerosSanto DomingoSanto Domingo Este

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