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.

Friday, August 19, 2016


I thought he was a sexy little go-go boy walking around the club with his shirt off and pants sagging. Turns out he was just a sexy little muchacho. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Art Tours

The Art Galleries Association (AGA) presents the start of its 2016 Galleries Circuit in Santo Domingo on Thursday, 18 August. The art gallery association offers free transport for the event on the third Thursday of each month through December so that art lovers can visit several galleries in a single night.

The event has the backing of the Ministry of Tourism and the National Hotel & Tourism Association (Asonahores). The three-hour tours start at 7:30pm.

For the occasion, the art galleries hold high-quality exhibitions that include well-known artists such as Jose Perdomo, Antonio Guadalupe, Manuel Montilla and Ramon Oviedo. Contemporary artists like Gustavo Pena, Jose Levy, Luz Severino, Miguel Ramirez and Adela Dore will also be featured and the gallery owners will be on hand to give expert explanations.

AGA president Mildred Canahuate has been organizing the event since 2009.

This year 12 art galleries are taking part:
Evaristo Morales: Galeria Bodden, Arawak Arte Contemporaneo and Guillo Perez Arte e Interiores.
Piantini: D'Guillermo and Lyle O Reitzel Gallery.
La Paz: Centro Cultural Mirador.
Gazcue: Galeria Shanell, Galeria Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museo de Arte Moderno.
Colonial City: Colegio de Artistas Plasticos, Mamey and Casa Quien.

For more information and to book a space on the bus, call 809 565-3614

Monday, August 08, 2016

Dominicans In Rio Olympics

The Dominican sports delegation to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics includes 29 athletes competing in 11 sports. The Dominican athletes are competing in: archery, athletics, boxing, cycling road, equestrian, judo, shooting, swimming, taekwondo, tennis and weightlifting.
Luguelin Santos, winner of the silver medal in the 400m dash in the London 2012 Olympics, is the flag-bearer in the opening ceremony on 5 August 2016.
Mark these dates to follow the Dominican athletes.

Judo. Wander Mateo (66kg)
Weight lifting. Luis Garcia.
Weightlifting. Beatriz Piron (48kg)
8 August:
Weightlifting. Yuderqui Contreras (48kg)
9 August:
Johnny Perez (100 freestyle swimming)
12 August:
Athletics. Luguelin Santos (400 meters)
Swimming Dorian McMenemy (50 m freestyle)
13 August:
Athletics. Yancarlos Martinez
13 August:
Boxing. Leonel de los Santos (52kg)
14 August:
Boxing. Hector Luis Garcia (56 kg)
15 August:
Athletics. Mariely Sanchez (200 meters)
Athletics. Jaunder Santos (400 meters hurdles)
16 August:
Athletics. Stanly del Carmen (200 meters)
Athletics. Yancarlos Martinez.
17 August:
Taekwondo. Luisito Pie (58 kg)
18 August:
Track and field. 4 x 100.
19 August:
Judo: Moises Hernandez (80 kg)
Track and field 4 x 400.
Athletics. Mayobanex D'Oleo (Men's 4 x 100 relay)
Athletics: Luis Enrique Charles (Men's 4 x 400 relay)