Wednesday, November 30, 2005

DOMINICAN LOVE


















At first glance it may seem as though Dominican men are only looking for one thing: tourist dollars. Whereas many, if not the majority, of the men will take advantage of the opportunity to make, beg for, or steal your cash, some of them are genuinely interested in making friends.

Now, if you hang in certain places you will never see, or get to know, this type of Dominican hombre. Most guys that identify as gay Dominicans don't frequent certain establishments or areas. If you get off the beaten path, or leave the routine, you may be fortunate enough to meet some nice guys.

There is a common assumption among tourists that the guys are all hustlers because that is what one usually sees in the clubs, etc. This is not true at all. It's just that the hustlers/buggarones are very outgoing, to say the least. Look closely and you see the other faces in the crowd.

And there are those who openly display their love for one another. Yes, there are Dominican lovers in the midst of all the madness.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

WHO KNEW?

A few years ago I saw an interesting ad in a magazine and decided to correspond with the company to get further info about their product. In doing so, I had an exciting conversation with the company's namesake. I discovered that he alone was doing all the leg work; the photography, the marketing, everything! And this was in addition to holding down a demanding job. Though he never said what that job was.

Well, a couple of years ago I was boarding a plane in Miami (headed for Santo Domingo) and was approached by a handsome young man who asked me if I could be the same Mr. Washington he had spoken to on the phone about his photography endeavor. After some laughter and chit-chat, he showed me some of his latest handywork and promised to call me at my hotel the next day so he could take me and my friends to dinner.

The next evening we were escorted around town by Jorge and two of his "friends". We had a great time discussing SD and the various nuances of getting what you desire out of your vacation, Dominican politics and social issues. It was our first time eating at Polo Victoria and we were pleasantly surprised. Though our chicken of choice remains Polo Rey's.

Who knew I would actually meet the man in person. It is truly a small world. And the man is a phabulous cook. Thanks for the hospitality Jorge.
Subsequently, he started a website that featured Dominican/Latin/Brazilian models. It appears that it was short-lived, but may re-launch in the future. The following pictures are just a few from his vast collection.

If you still want a taste of the real deal you can check out dominicanboys.com You must be of legal age.




















Thursday, November 24, 2005

SPIRIT AIR


Hola amigos. Just wanted everyone to know that Spirit Air has announced new service to Punta Cana from Florida beginning next month. You may want to keep checking their site for special fares. Punta Cana is a popular resort area. If you don't mind the crowds it's another one of those beautiful places in the D.R. As with most areas of this type, they have great all-inclusive packages at most of the resorts.

All-inclusive means just what it implies. Your hotel fee, taxes, gratuities, meals, beverages (even alcoholic ones) and activities are all included in the price. Several airlines offer vacation packages, which include air/hotel and airport transfers.

Your options are numerous and there's something for everyone. Here are some more scenes to
intice you to vacation in the Dominican Republic.








Tuesday, November 22, 2005

SOSUA BEACH


















Whereas Boca Chica is conveniently located to the capital city of Santo Domingo, there are other beaches of interest on the island. If you have time during your vacation, you may want to consider a day trip or an overnight stay to one of the many beautiful locations in the Dominican Republic. Sosua Beach is one such spot. It is one of the most scenic beaches in the country. It's on the north coast and offers many resorts and villas.

Friday, November 18, 2005

What, No Beach?

















Donde esta la playa? People that visit Santo Domingo for the first time are often surprised to discover that there is no beach inside the city-proper. But, fret not! Boca Chica is just a 25 minute drive away. There are shuttle services available, cabs are reasonable, or maybe you'd like to be adventurous and ride the autobus. However you get there, you will surely have a great time in Boca Chica.

There are a variety of shops and restaurants in the quaint little town. But one doesn't have to leave the beach to eat or get souvenirs. There are vendors/peddlers that frequent the beach and quite a few nice places to chill and have seafood, Italian, caribbean, American, even asian cuisine.

The beach itself is scenic and expansive. It offers affordable hotels and villas, as well as more expensive resorts. Just don't expect to use their facilities when you're on a day trip. Most of them require you to be a guest just to take a whiz. So, be prepared to hold your breath for as long as it takes you to use the public toilet.

I enjoy Boca Chica on Sundays. That's when the locals frequent the beach. After all, that's why I travel. Who wants to see a bunch of tourists. Do be careful though. There's everything from shoeshine boys, the "braid your hair" girls, hookers and the like. It's all part of the experience.
If "no" doesn't get rid of them, try using the word "policia". Usually works like a charm. LOL

Monday, November 07, 2005

Especiales














What a great time to travel. The brisk autumn wind, the first frost (or first snow for some) has one desiring to get to a warmer, more tropical climate. Like the commercial says, "want to get away?"

As mentioned in an earlier blog post, American Airlines has lowered their rates to the Dominican Republic. Better make reservations while the rates are low. And now, to tempt one further, Monaga is offering a special on their great apartments. If you've never stayed with Monaga you will find that apartment dwelling is quite an experience, especially for long vacations.

Also check out the activities going on at the Sports Bar during Thanksgiving weekend. This place is fast becoming the spot to chill.

HOMBRES DOS


Sunday, November 06, 2005

Saturday, November 05, 2005

GOTCHA!!!

I hear you, I feel ya, I dig where you comin' from. Alot of response I've gotten is about the hombres bonito. Okay, Okay. The next few posts will focus on the beautiful men of the Dominican Republic. Some of the pics are personal, some aren't. Stay tuned and ENJOY.


Thursday, November 03, 2005

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

I guess you can fight corporate America!! After several of us communicating our dissatisfaction with the published fares of our carrier of choice, they have lowered fares to Santo Domingo to match their competitors. We can now travel via our favorite airline as well as accumulate more frequent flyer miles.

Be sure to look on American Airlines website to check rates and make reservations for your next vacation in paradise. Todays rate from DFW airport was listed as $278.00 before fees and taxes. If you've traveled to SDQ before, you know that's a great rate!!