Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New Way to See the Colonial Zone


Two companies are offering drinks and bike tours in the Colonial City of Santo Domingo. These are La Coroleta (Beer Bike) and Bike Party, as reported in Diario Libre.

The Beer Bike has capacity for 16 persons that can pedal away, while enjoying snacks, soft drinks, hydrating drinks, water or beer while touring the city. The company offers wi-fi service so participants can up load their photos and share the experience as they go along. A Go-Pro camera videos the tour and shares this with the participants. The tours for 30-45 minutes start at RD$400 per person.

Party Bike is a new product by Trikke Dominicana and has capacity for 14 persons. Soft drinks, juice and light beers are served. The duration is 1:30 minutes and costs RD$550 per person.

There are also individual bikes for rent if you wish to see the Zone without the buzz of other tourists as a distraction.


Tuesday, August 01, 2017

On High Alert




dr1 reports: Business owners in Boca Chica are complaining about the high level of crime in the municipality. Representatives of the business community argue that the police, rather than preventing crimes, are aggravating the situation by demanding handouts.

Enrique Félix, president of the Union of Small Businesses in Boca Chica, highlighted that on Saturday morning, 22 July 2017, two individuals held up a tourist at gun point, stole her bag and left shooting in the air, all this only 500 meters from the police station.

He said that rather than the police protecting the tourists that some of their members blackmailed and extorted the tourists. Felix cited an example a group of firefighters from New Jersey who the police threatened with guns and demanded US$200 not to be taken to jail.

Felix reported low occupancy in Boca Chica, estimating this at 50% due to the insecurity.

https://www.diariolibre.com/noticias...cial-MY7706493

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Day At The River


I've said it before, there is nothing like an experience on one of the many rivers running throughout the Dominican Republic.





Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Vacation Planning 101

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Take Your Papi to Dinner

The Billini Hotel is inviting the public to a plated three course dinner to be prepared on the evenings of Friday, 28 July, Saturday, 29 July and, Sunday, 30 July 2017 to celebrate Father's Day in the Dominican Republic. Father's Day in the Dominican Republic falls on the last Sunday in July, this year is 30 July.

The dinner cost is RD$2,490 plus government taxes and includes a bottle of red or white wine and a surprise gift. Reservations to 1-809 338-4040



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Smooth Sounds in SDQ


Will you be in SDQ this July? Looking for a classy, cultural alternative to the club scene? Fiesta Sunset Jazz at the rooftop of the Dominican Fiesta Hotel presents a selection of guest jazz musicians from Puerto Rico and the United States on Fridays at 8:30pm. Admission is free to listen to great jazz music. These are presentations by Jazz en Dominicana.

This July the schedule is:
Friday, 7 July: Richard Peña Latin Jazz Band (From San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Friday, 14 July: Peter Novelli´s History of the Blues (From New Orleans, Louisiana)
Friday, 21 July: Rafa Patán Trío (From Troy, New York)
Friday, 28 July: Pavel Polanco-Safadit Latin Jazz Quintet (From Indianapolis, Indiana)

Also enjoy jazz music at O.Livia restaurant on Av. Lope de Vega on Mondays, and Thursdays in July at the Casa de Teatro Jazz Festival.
http://jazzendominicana.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Caribbean Tourism to Meet in Santo Domingo


dr1 reports: The 21st Caribbean Tourism Exchange (Bolsa Turística del Caribe) opens on 22 June 2017 at the Dominican Fiesta convention center. BTC 2017 will continue through 24 June. Coming for the event are buyers and sellers from the Caribbean, Central America, North and South America.

There will be a workshop on Accessible Tourism Congress, with the theme, "Social Innovation for Development” focusing on sustainable tourism. There will be an artisan exhibition, activities for travel agents, and a gastronomy festival with five chefs from five countries.

The event is organized by Luis Felipe and Luisa Aquino. See the program at
http://btc.com.do/