Three museums in Altos de Chavon are dedicated to art. There is a famous school of design, a branch of the Parson School of Design in New York.
There really are students. The full course at this design school is 2 years and consists of four disciplines. Interior design, clothing design, graphics and illustrations.
The museum exposition consists almost entirely of the works of school pupils created during the training. In total, about 100 students study here. 50 of them Dominicans, are selected according to artistic talent and study for free. The remaining 50 study on a fee basis, and can be from any country.
This school has given "a start in life" to many talented Dominicans. All of them, of course, are trying to move to live in the USA. Dominicans do not hide that most of them dream of leaving for the US, and many have already done so. In the last election in 2012, 100,000 people voted at the Dominican Embassy in New York.
There are many craft workshops where you can see firsthand the creation of objects and many shops where you can buy souvenirs. Of course, local shops sell both clothes and cigars, but prices are higher than hotels. We recommend regular souvenirs to buy in regular stores, and in Altos de Chavon you can buy products of local artisans.
On the territory of Altos de Chavon there are two restaurants in the Mediterranean style, where you can eat or just sit over a cup of coffee. Prices in them are quite acceptable.
The most interesting place in Altos de Chavon is the amphitheater, an exact copy of the Greek amphitheater. There are concerts here, Frank Sinatra, Julio Iglesias, Pat Shop Shop Boys, Durand-Durand and other famous artists performed here.
This amphitheater was opened in 1982 with the performance of Frank Sinatra and Carlos Santana.
Altos de Chavon is near the resort of La Romana, but excursions here are organized from all the resorts of the Dominican Republic. Punta Cana resorts can be reached in less than an hour. Usually this tour in the Dominican Republic is combined with an excursion to the island of Saona, these two places are close to each other, and in one day you can safely see both sights.
The size of the village is not very large, but there is much to see. We recommend that you expect to stay in the village for half a day. In this case, you will have the opportunity to see all the exhibitions and shops and fully enjoy the atmosphere.
About other excursions in the Dominican Republic, read in our articles ( links below ).