Monday, January 26, 2015

Juan Pablo Duarte Day

Monday, 26 January is a holiday in the Dominican Republic. It celebrates the birthday of the nation's founding father, Juan Pablo Duarte. Duarte was born in 1813 and his affluent family sent him to Europe from 1828 to 1833 for his education. On his return he made it his mission to free the eastern part of Hispaniola from Haitian domination and organized the secret society La Trinitaria to work towards this goal. The movement succeeded in 1844, but Duarte lost power and died in exile in Venezuela in 1876. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

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, January 13, 2015

Domiciliating In The Dominican

HuffPost: Buying property in DR is good value
Writing in the Huffington Post, Kathleen Peddicord of Live and Invest Overseas includes the Dominican Republic as one of the world's top five places for buying a second home in the sun. She says you can get great deals on second homes that also qualify as top retirement options for 2015. In addition to the DR, she also recommends buying in Argentina, Turkey, Spain and Colombia. 
She says that there are still finds for US$100,000 that are within walking distance from the beach and can be rented out for rental yield.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Fotos Favorite

One of my favorite photographers is Paul Culver. He captures his models in their raw beauty without a bunch of fuss. Here he lenses Jeison and Frank in the Dominican Republic. Visit his website to see more and to order some of his works.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Ready For Cuba?

If you are like many people and want to get to Cuba before commercialization takes over, you may wish to consider insightCuba. Visit their website and sign-up for email notifications. They sent me the following info.

insightCuba and many of our American guests celebrated the New Year across the island of Cuba. It was a night they will never forget. They didn't waste any time, why should you?

After 50 years of travel restrictions, a new era of travel to Cuba for Americans has begun, and there simply isn't a better time go. Cubans across the country raised their glasses to celebrate the New Year and a new beginning.  The spirit of Cuba is now even closer. Capture it for yourself.

Join us for this unprecedented chance to make history and discover Cuba on one of our acclaimed people-to-people tours, before it changes forever.

You've waited long enough. Grant yourself the greatest New Year's resolution of all!

From all of us at insightCuba, we wish you a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Wild Pricing

Travel Zoo has announced a nationwide sale on airfares to the Caribbean. Click HERE to see what destinations have been greatly reduced from your area. You must hurry, sale ends January 3, 2015.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Obama Does It

Though his opposing political party will challenge him, President Obama has held true to his word of opening relations with the island nation of Cuba. Which ever side one is on socially or politically one thing has been certain, the embargo has done nothing but caused the citizens of Cuba to suffer. It has done nothing to drive out the Castro regime. Therefore I support this new initiative. Obama has been all about trying something different when its obvious the "good old boy" method (the current methods) have not succeeded.

"I was very insistent with him that we would continue to promote democracy and human rights and speak out forcefully on behalf of the freedom of the people of Cuba," Obama told ABC's World News Tonight in an interview conducted Wednesday.
Obama -- who announced Wednesday that the United States would seek to normalize relations with Cuba after more than 50 years of tensions -- said he and Castro delivered "lengthy" opening statements before having a dialogue during their Tuesday phone call.
"I think there's the possibility, by engaging, by making sure that the American people are able to travel to Cuba, that the Cuban people are able to see, firsthand, what American values are," Obama said. "That is going to spur change among the people of Cuba. And that's our main objective here."

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Connecting To Haiti

Regional airline InterCaribbean Airways is starting services from Kingston, Jamaica to Santo Domingo with a stopover in Port-au-Prince. There are Thursday and Saturday flights. The flying time from Jamaica to Haiti is 1 hour and 20 minutes, while the flight to Santo Domingo is another 55 minutes. In the past a longer flight to Puerto Rico or Miami had to be taken in order to connect. The flights are being added as Haiti seeks to develop tourism. 
The return flights are on Friday with a direct flight from Santo Domingo to Port-au-Prince. 
The flights provide Haiti with nonstop connections to Jamaica and the DR. 
Mr. Trevor Sadler, CEO of interCaribbean Airways, said: "We are pleased to offer these new routes to give travelers more choices and more connectivity across the Caribbean and support Haiti as it grows its appeal to the vacation visitor, while opening up new business opportunities. We look forward to increasing the frequency and number of destinations we serve in the new year".

Friday, December 12, 2014

Welcome To Miami

We welcome Miami Boyz to our links section. Check the link for a look at their wonderful world of hot latin guys in solo and group action!