Monday, May 29, 2017

Orange Is The New Gone

Altice announced on Tuesday, 23 May 2017 that Tricom and Orange would be rebranded to be known under the Altice brand of the parent company. Tricom and Orange together have more than 4.8 million customers in the country, who subscribe to cable TV, fixed line, mobile and internet services.

The name change would be completed before the end of the first half of 2018. Altice has announced this is part of a worldwide strategy for the brand. The rebranding comes as Altice USA prepares to go public, with its stock to be traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

Altice, based in Luxembourg, acquired 100% of the French company Orange Dominicana in November 2013. In the previous month it had bought the Dominican telecom firm Tricom.

Michael Combes, executive director of Altice, said in addition to a new logo, the rebranding includes a new musical theme and slogan – "Together has no limits.”

In making the announcement in the United States, Patrick Drahi, founder and controlling shareholder of Altice NV, stated that the rebranding will help the company better compete against Internet giants Facebook, Google and Spectrum and other cable television providers.

The company is now waiting for the approval for the change from the Dominican Telecoms Institute (Indotel).

Friday, May 19, 2017

Punta Cana sale

For those of you who like to save money on travel, (one of my favorite sites) has weekly deals that are incredible! Visit their site and sign up for email alerts and weekly notifications like this great deal for a vacation package to Punta Cana for only $599, including airfare, taxes, food and drinks. Click HERE for details.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

T&T Experience

Many people know the islands of Trinidad & Tobago for their awesome dive experiences, but there is much more to do and see in these culturally diverse destinations. Click HERE for more details and happy traveling!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Cuban beach retreats

Sometimes you need to recover from all the “go here, go there, go everywhere” stress of vacation—and where better to take a breather than on a beach? Each of Cuba’s distinct regions boasts impressive stretches of magnificent sand where you can kick back with a beverage and find some simple peace of mind after enjoying the complexity of the country’s interior. We rounded up the most pristine, picturesque beaches so you can plan some fun in the sun for your time in Cuba. 

For travelers who enjoy all-inclusive resorts and spring break scenes, Veradero’s got what you’re looking for. As the most popular resort town and beach in all of Cuba, Veradero’s 12-mile stretch of all-inclusives and coral reefs make for the perfect mix of tourist attractions and natural beauty. There are more than 60 hotels running along the Hicacos peninsula where Veradero is located making it tourist-friendly (albeit not the best bet for one-of-a-kind experiences).
Cayo Largo del Sur
A small island off the south coast of Cuba’s northwestern coast, Cayo Largo del Sur is best described as a pure Caribbean paradise. The jewel-tone water is nothing short of crystal clear and the powdery white sand makes the beaches glitter. A stay on Cayo Largo del Sur is a guarantee to experience not only the peace of the island’s large, uncrowded beaches but also the excitement of native wildlife such as nesting sea turtles and flamingos.
Playa Sirena
Playa Sirena is only a short ride away from Cuba’s most popular tourist hubs but it feels leagues away from the hustle and bustle of Havana. Day trips to the beach are offered daily from Veradero and Havana—allowing travelers to enjoy kayaks, sun-soaking, bouts of beach football, and tropical drinks from a ranchón-style bar and restaurant before you’ve even had a chance to dust the city off of your shoes.
Playa Girón
If you like to inject your travels with adventure and adrenaline, Playa Girón is the beach for you. Situated on the east side of the notorious Bay of Pigs in the province of Matanzas, the beach has a sharp offshore dropoff that makes for the perfect snorkeling and scuba diving setting. The underwater caves are there just waiting to be explored.
Rancho Luna
Located five miles south of Cienfuegos, Rancho Luna is best described as a toned-down, low-key version of Veradero. It’s beautiful without boasting. Along with no-frills hotel complexes, guests can chose to go for the real Cuban experience and stay in the casa particulares that are available in the area.
Playa Perla Blanca
Nestled within a nature reserve, Playa Perla Blanca is a textbook example of Mother Nature’s pure beauty with its soft sand, lush flora, and refreshing breezes. As of now, there are no hotels or resorts tarnishing the environment, and the beach is relatively accessible despite being located in the northern cays.
Playa Ancón
Located only seven short miles away from the can’t-miss colonial town of Trinidad, Playa Ancón is tucked away on an impressive peninsula that fosters a sense of seclusion from the rest of the world. Playa Ancón is the definitive stretch of white sand, blooming acacia trees, quaint fisherman, and a tranquil atmosphere.  
Playa Los Pinos
We’re giving away a hidden gem here, but this list would not be complete without including Playa los Pinos—located in Camagüey. It’s dreamily picturesque and almost unbelievably empty. But once making the trek to Playa los Pinos, you’ll realize why this beach isn’t in much danger of being spoiled by the masses. If you make it to the end of the impressively bumpy and unkempt dirt track, you’ll be gifted with the playa’s beauty, your own private beach, and the opportunity to explore the surrounding salt marshes where native deer and other wildlife roam.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Vacation Planning 101

Be sure to visit the Travel Info Page for helpful tips when planning your vacation to the Dominican Republic. Support the links for great deals and great experiences!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Taxi, Taxi!!

I have updated the Travel Info Page to include the contact information of Mr. Antonio Bautista. He owns a nice, air-conditioned taxi and will transport you from the airport to your hotel, or provide other transport services with courtesy and reliability.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Caribbean Easter Dish


2 pounds mashed potatoes (hot)

  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 3 tablespoons butter (or margarine)
  • 4 teaspoons corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 tablespoons sofrito
  • 4 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying

  • How to Make It
    1. Mix together the hot mashed potatoes, eggs, butter and 2 teaspoons of cornstarch. Set aside and let cool.
    2. In a frying pan, heat the olive oil. Add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Stir to break up the meat.
    3. Add the sofrito, tomato sauce, oregano and salt to the cooked ground beef. Mix thoroughly. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
    4. Spread a spoonful of the potato dough mix in the palm of your hand. Make an indentation in the middle and stuff it with the meat mixture.
    5. Cover the filling with more potato dough. Shape into a ball. Dust the ball lightly with the remaining cornstarch.
    6. Repeat until mix is used up.
    7. Deep fry the stuffed potato balls until golden (about 2 minutes).
    8. Remove and drain on paper towels.

    Monday, April 10, 2017


    The former Monaga Guesthouse is for sale after many years operating as The Foreigner's Club Hotel. It comes fully furnished, is in a good location just off The Conde and a few blocks from the Malecon, and appears to be a great investment opportunity for the right person. We would love to see it back in the hands of gay-friendly owners. Oh... the memories of the old Monaga. The good, the bad and the ugly. LOL

    Click HERE for details

    Friday, April 07, 2017