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    We're going on a cruise from March 18-26 and La Romana will be one of the stops on Tuesday, March 21st. The ship will be docked from 9am-4pm and we would like do (or squeeze in) some bachata dancing with the locals for a few hours.

    Any recommendations on specific places (beaches, bars, car wash, el colmado, etc.) in La Romana and surrounding areas?

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    This is the Dominican Republic. No matter where you go, or where you are at, you will find somebody to dance with you. Especially bachata.

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    Might be tough though based on your limited times (Tuesday between 9am-4pm).
     I'm not familiar with la Romana, but have traveled almost everywhere else all over the island. I don't think I've ever come across a venue with dancing that early on a weekday?
     Evenings?......7 nights a week!
    Afternoons......Saturday and definitely Sundays!
    But on a Tuesday morning/early afternoon??? Not so much.

    Hope you enjoy your trip though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timotero View Post
    Might be tough though based on your limited times (Tuesday between 9am-4pm).
     I'm not familiar with la Romana, but have traveled almost everywhere else all over the island. I don't think I've ever come across a venue with dancing that early on a weekday?
     Evenings?......7 nights a week!
    Afternoons......Saturday and definitely Sundays!
    But on a Tuesday morning/early afternoon??? Not so much.

    Hope you enjoy your trip though?
    All they have to do is hit the first colmado they see, tell them they are there to drink and dance....and Boom!. Of course, it won't be a discoteca (due to the hours), but any place that is open, that serves cold Presidente or Brugal will do. The OP mentioned a carwash, so they obviously know a thing or two, and they're just looking to have fun. I'm not sure where the ship is docking, La Romana yes, precisely no, but I would imagine very close to that port would be some drinking establishments.

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    Thank you sanpedrogringo and Timotero for the replies. I believe the port is at (or by) Casa de Campo Marina and based on research and reviews, I think we will be spending most of our time at the Playa Bayahibe or Playa Dominicus area. As far as establishments are concerned, does Bayahibe or Dominicus have similar establishments to this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4-FnesNU5w)...is this in Caleta by any chance?

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    I'll inbox you.

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    In Bayahibe village you can dance bachata the whole day in front of the Cafeteria where the boats leave for Saona. The girls from the Cafeteria will help you refresh your Bachata :-) Your can also try the colmado in the Center, 200 m away, they play all the day bachata.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanpedrogringo View Post
    I'll inbox you.
    My privileges are still limited/no access to private messages as I don't have 10 posts yet.


    Quote Originally Posted by Salsafan View Post
    In Bayahibe village you can dance bachata the whole day in front of the Cafeteria where the boats leave for Saona. The girls from the Cafeteria will help you refresh your Bachata :-) Your can also try the colmado in the Center, 200 m away, they play all the day bachata.
    Thank you, that is awesome. Will definitely check these out.

    As for a 'refresher', I go dancing on a bi-weekly basis but a lot of the girls up here in Canada cannot follow authentic/traditional (or atleast it doesn't feel right or the same way as when I'm dancing with a girl that knows) since they're all about the 'sensual', turn patterns, etc. bs. We went out a couple of times when we were in Puerto Plata back in 2015 and had an amazing time. So I'm looking forward to dancing with the locals once again.

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    I tried sending you a private message, but you don't have the prerequisite number of postings to receive them. I haven't been to Caleta since 2014, but it was a small, enjoyable location with locals. A one road in, one road out type of place. Not many tourists. Come to thing of it, when I was there, I may have been the only non-Dominican. It's also more of a weekend spot, as of course, most are working on weekdays. There were several shoreline "Plate of the Day" and fried fish locations. At the end of the path was a bar with several pool tables, music, and a few waitresses. This place resembles the location in the video provided, but again you would only see that on a weekend. Also, as I remember they close things down in Caleta at around 6 or 7pm.
    I believe the previous post by Salsafan is 100% spot on. Bayahibe village would be a more enjoyable location for you, especially for the day and time you will be there. It's more in line with what I recommended above. Almost all of my favorite moments over the years in DR have occurred in smaller locations such as colmados, cafeterias, and small restaurants
    So, all in all, I'm with Salsafan, but remember....don't buy sunglasses in Bayahibe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanpedrogringo View Post
    I tried sending you a private message, but you don't have the prerequisite number of postings to receive them. I haven't been to Caleta since 2014, but it was a small, enjoyable location with locals. A one road in, one road out type of place. Not many tourists. Come to thing of it, when I was there, I may have been the only non-Dominican. It's also more of a weekend spot, as of course, most are working on weekdays. There were several shoreline "Plate of the Day" and fried fish locations. At the end of the path was a bar with several pool tables, music, and a few waitresses. This place resembles the location in the video provided, but again you would only see that on a weekend. Also, as I remember they close things down in Caleta at around 6 or 7pm.
    I believe the previous post by Salsafan is 100% spot on. Bayahibe village would be a more enjoyable location for you, especially for the day and time you will be there. It's more in line with what I recommended above. Almost all of my favorite moments over the years in DR have occurred in smaller locations such as colmados, cafeterias, and small restaurants
    So, all in all, I'm with Salsafan, but remember....don't buy sunglasses in Bayahibe.
    Thank you for all the info. I'll let you guys know how it goes.

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