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    Hi, everyone. . . I posted this thread in travel and got no responses

    Could someone please fill me in? Thanks a million. . . K

    Hi everyone.

    Four questions:

    1. What is cheapest way to get from Santo Domingo to La Romana? Are buses good and if so where do you catch them in SD?

    2. Casa de Campo, worth staying at? Or just visiting for lunch?

    3. Your favorite hotel in SD. I read about a recent DR1 meeting at a hotel there that sounded like a local's favorite, in the thick of things in the city, within walking distance to the sights.

    4. La Romana to Semana -- also by bus? Or are there better ways to go. We do not want to rent a car.

    Thank you!

    K

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    Default bus is best

    You can catch the local buses if your on a budget but since you mentioned la romana I don't think you are. If money is no object, get a taxi. This way they can take you door to door. It should run about $60 US. But ask a few cabs for a price before agrreing to go. La romana from my memory is very nice to stay at but it's very touristy. You should be able to find someplace decent for under $50 us a nite.

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    You can take Metro Tour Bus to La Romana from Santo Domingo. Any taxi should be able to take you to the "terminal" (the bus is parked on the street and there is a little ticket booth across the street from it) in Santo Domingo. To go all the way by taxi, we were quoted 1500 pesos.

    I don't know about hotels in Santo Domingo or Casa de Campo but we stayed at the River View Hotel in La Romana for about 900 pesos/night.

    I think it would be best to take a plane from La Romana or Punta Cana to Samana otherwise you will need to go back to Santo Domingo and take Caribe Tours bus to Samana (likely a 10 to 12 hour trip).

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    Default Whoa. Wrong info there

    Neither Metro nor Caribe Tour buses go to the East of the DR.

    Local bus syndicates burned their buses when they tried to offer the service.

    The buses to La Romana are located in San Carlos, if memory serves, but you would be much better off just hiring a taxi and going straight from the airport to La Romana.

    You asked if Casa de Campo was worth staying at? Does a bear schitt in the woods? Heck yes it is! It is a really great place to stay if you like golf, horseback riding, tennis, "the good life" and pampering.

    There are other options such as one poster has suggested. YOur taxi could take you to see the options before deciding.

    Now from La Romana to "Samaná", that is another thing. YOu can take buses from La Romana to Sabana de la Mar, leaving real early in the morning and then taking the ferry across to Samaná. It will be a really interesting a wonderful trip.

    The other alternative is to go back to Santo Domingo and get the afternoon Metro bus to Samana!

    HB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbilly
    The buses to La Romana are located in San Carlos, if memory serves, but you would be much better off just hiring a taxi and going straight from the airport to La Romana.HB
    Hire a driver (taxi) avoid San Carlos!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbilly
    Neither Metro nor Caribe Tour buses go to the East of the DR.

    Local bus syndicates burned their buses when they tried to offer the service.

    The buses to La Romana are located in San Carlos, if memory serves, but you would be much better off just hiring a taxi and going straight from the airport to La Romana.

    You asked if Casa de Campo was worth staying at? Does a bear schitt in the woods? Heck yes it is! It is a really great place to stay if you like golf, horseback riding, tennis, "the good life" and pampering.

    There are other options such as one poster has suggested. YOur taxi could take you to see the options before deciding.

    Now from La Romana to "Samaná", that is another thing. YOu can take buses from La Romana to Sabana de la Mar, leaving real early in the morning and then taking the ferry across to Samaná. It will be a really interesting a wonderful trip.

    The other alternative is to go back to Santo Domingo and get the afternoon Metro bus to Samana!

    HB
    My apologies. I just took a taxi from Caribe Tours in Santo Domingo, to the bus stop for those heading for La Romana last Friday, and I ***-u-me d that it was a Metro Tour bus that I was on. We had A/C, movies and music. Sorry for any confusion.

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    Default That is exactly the way to do it!

    Those buses are now really good rides. Otherwise the government would have broken the syndicate and forced them to admit Metro and Caribe Torus into "their" area.

    They wised up and did the work. Glad you had a good trip.

    A question: Where did the bus leave you?

    Another one: Don't you think, for this tourist, it might just be easier to talk to two or three taxis at the airport and go from there to La Romana? Pure spec on my part would say take the taxi, if you feel that time is money and vacation time is double!

    HB
    Note to La Pinea San Carlos is a nice area, what do you mean? And, anyway, I am not all that sure that the stop is in San Carlos. I was hoping that the last poster knew the street the buses were on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kellieLL
    Hi, everyone. . . I posted this thread in travel and got no responses

    Could someone please fill me in? Thanks a million. . . K

    Hi everyone.

    Four questions:

    1. What is cheapest way to get from Santo Domingo to La Romana? Are buses good and if so where do you catch them in SD?

    2. Casa de Campo, worth staying at? Or just visiting for lunch?

    3. Your favorite hotel in SD. I read about a recent DR1 meeting at a hotel there that sounded like a local's favorite, in the thick of things in the city, within walking distance to the sights.

    4. La Romana to Semana -- also by bus? Or are there better ways to go. We do not want to rent a car.

    Thank you!

    K
    I'll address questions 2 and 3.

    Casa de Campo is great. Of course, I am partial to this resort because it brings back unforgettable memories - my husband proposed to me there If you like the sports Hillbilly suggested, then you will have a divine time. Back in 1997 when we stayed there three nights, we played tennis and went horsebackriding. Unless things have changed, this is not the place where you will get a lot of pampering per se since it is such a LARGE resort, but the services here are top notch nevertheless. Even if you don't stay here, I would try to take a day to visit. Head to Altos de Chavon, have lunch, and take a tour of the resort. The villas are awesome.

    I have two favorite hotels in SD. One is Hotel Santo Domingo and the other one is Sofitel Nicolas de Ovando in the Colonial Zone. The latter has been recently remodeled and its guestrooms are the most beautiful I have seen in the DR. Let me repeat that - they are possibly the most beautiful and luxurious I have seen in my country. They are not very large, but they are oh so gorgeous!

    Hope that helped.

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    Default Hotel in Santo Domingo

    I have stayed several times at Plaza Florida on Av. Bolivar N. 303. Price for a good size room, with kitchen and dining area is 57 US$. You can negotiate a discount for an extended stay (= 1 week or more).

    Many of the tourist sights are in Zona Colonial and that is for sure not within walking distance from Plaza Florida. I suggest that hotel anyway, beause it offers good value for money, it is situated in a peaceful and quiet (by SD standards) area and taxi to Zona Colonial is not too expensive. Also, shopping centers are close by, for example Plaza Lama. For me at least, up to 30 minutes walk is "walking distance".

    Finally, whether a place is worth staying at is of course a highly individual choice. Hillbilly mentions that Casa de Campo is a "...great place to stay if you like golf, horseback riding, tennis, "the good life" and pampering."

    Well, for somebody like me, who do not play golf (I did try it a couple of times and was bored to death!), who find horses scary and don't play tennis, it seems doubtful if I'd like the place. I enjoy hiking in rough terrain, long distance running, mountain biking AND a good dinner at night, with a bottle of Chianti. Anyway, my point is of course, to always check what is on offer as related to what you are looking for. Pretty obvious advise, I know, but worth repeating.

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    Default Cost, cost, cost...

    dcareamama wrote:
    I have two favorite hotels in SD. One is Hotel Santo Domingo and the other one is Sofitel Nicolas de Ovando in the Colonial Zone. The latter has been recently remodeled and its guestrooms are the most beautiful I have seen in the DR. Let me repeat that - they are possibly the most beautiful and luxurious I have seen in my country. They are not very large, but they are oh so gorgeous!

    Let me just make a quick comment here:
    Hotel Santo Domingo is for sure a nice hotel, and/but luxurious, so look at the price!!! I have never stayed there, but two weeks ago I had a beer at the pool bar. I payed 122 pesos (!) for a small Presidente! Ay, Caramba! I never asked the price before I ordered the beer, stupid me!
    Last edited by Voyager; 09-01-2004 at 11:25 PM. Reason: name of quoted person

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