Tuesday, October 18, 2016


The Tropical Desires blog has an anniversary this month, October 24 (2005). We wish to thank all of you for your support, whether old friends or new readers.

It is our hope that the blog has been helpful to travelers as well as entertaining for mature audiences.
In a time when there is so much drama and calamity the blog seeks to provide a respite from your troubles. Thanks and enjoy!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Changes in Hotel Industry

dr1: The Colonial City's iconic 104-room Hostal Nicolas de Ovando has been rebranded as Hodelpa Nicolas de Ovando and is now managed by Hodelpa Hotels. The hotel was previously operated as an MGallery hotel by AccorHotels, a French chain.

Hodelpa Hotels, the Santo Domingo-based hotel chain, has been operating another property in the Colonial City, the 54-room Hodelpa Caribe Colonial on Calle Isabel la Catolica.

Located on Calle Las Damas, the Nicolas de Ovando overlooks the Ozama River and is located in the historic palace of the first governor of the city of Santo Domingo in colonial times.

Hodelpa will also be operating the Mercure Hotel on Calle El Conde and the closed Hotel Frances, the 16th century hotel that suffered major damage during excavations as part of the Colonial City restoration program, as reported in Infotur Dominicano.

Hodelpa has three hotels in Santiago (Gran Almirante, Garden Court and Centro Plaza) and two in Juan Dolio (Garden Suites and Emotions).

Monday, September 05, 2016

Progress or Impediment?

THIS is a very good editorial letter written in Trinidad & Tobago regarding Multi-Nationals and their effect on the local economy and culture.

There has been the same concerns expressed in the DR and now in Cuba as it begins to prepare for an influx of tourists and foreign investors.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

AIDS Update

dr1 reports:
The national branch of the Family Health Society (SFH) says that since the condom distribution program carried out by Population Services International (PSI) was launched, the prevalence of HIV in the Dominican population stands at 0.8%, and the rate of new cases has dropped by 35% since 2003.

A press release stated that the program has prevented 807 deaths, 66,063 pregnancies and helped protect nearly 1.5 million couples a year.