Thursday, January 31, 2008


There is yet another option in the plethora of accomodations springing up throughout Santo Domingo. One might overlook this miniscule offering when passing by. However, what it lacks in size it seems to make up for in style.

The Coco Boutique Hotel is located in the colonial zone with panoramic views of the sea and the Ozama River. There are only about seven rooms, but all are appointed nicely. The rates are $70-$90 US dollars, including free breakfast!

I spoke with the manager to inquire about guests, due to the latest trend of surprising hotel patrons with additional costs at the end of their stay. She stated that having guests is not a problem. There is a fee for overnight guests. (but as always, use discretion and common sense)

Of course, policies are subject to change. The hotel number is 1-809-685-8467. The office number, for english, is 1-829-968-4767.

If you need airport transfers, or a ride across town, Julius Fields has a nicely air-conditioned Nissan minivan. 1-809-686-0136 or He is an ex-patriate that is fluent in spanish.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Gay Unions In Uruguay

It is the first country in Roman Catholic-dominated Latin America to approve such a measure nationwide. The Uruguayan President, Tabare Vazquez, is now expected to sign the bill into law. Under its provisions, couples who have lived together for five years will have rights similar to those already enjoyed by married couples. Couples will have to register their relationship with authorities to gain the cohabitation rights - covering areas such as inheritance, pensions and child custody - and will also be able to formalise the end of their union.

Several cities across Latin America, including Buenos Aires and Mexico City, have recently adopted similar measures, but Uruguay holds the distinction of being the first country to do so.

Above is the Urugauyan flag. Long may she wave!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

A Liquor Law Twist reports:
Deputy Minister of Interior and Police and director of the Alcoholic Beverages Control Program Jose Pantaleon Maria Arias says that all the bars, clubs and nightspots that operate within a resort or hotel, like the Hotel Hispaniola, aren't required to obey alcohol decree if they are a five-star hotel. This effectively allows them to sell alcohol without any restrictions. Quoted in Listin Diario, Arias responded to claims made by the Bars and Restaurants Association that the Ministry of Interior and Police is allowing the LED Nightclub on the premises of the Hispaniola Hotel to operate without any restrictions. According to the Association, this is unfair competition with other popular nightclubs that have to close at midnight or at 2am on weekends. The Deputy Minister said that if they wanted to operate like LED they should move their business inside a hotel.

So, how long before the gay folks invade a hotel on the malecon?

The Ministry of Tourism has sent the Interior and Police Ministry a memo stating that the Hispaniola Hotel is not a five-star hotel as had been reported. This means that LED night club, located within the hotel, and which operates 24 hours a day, despite the time limits on alcohol sales currently in place, might be closed or forced to adjust their club schedule. Last week it was reported that any disco could operate 24 hours a day if it is located within a five-star hotel. Tourism Minister Felix Jimenez said that the Lina and Jaragua Hotels have been offered the exemptions, but neither is interested. LED will continue operating as usual until investigations are complete.

Saturday, January 12, 2008


Spirit Airlines announces the Ultimate Fighting Ocho Sale. If your area is served by Spirit Airlines you might want to jump on this incredible opportunity.

Many destinations are included, but you know I am advocating my beloved Dominican Republic. Examples of fares are: Roundtrip Atlanta to SDQ $88, Roundtrip Chicago to SDQ $99. Taxes and fees are not included in that price.

The fares are good for Tuesday/Wednesday departures through May 21, 2008 and must be purchased by 11:59pm ET on January 14th.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008


$9 pppn includes breakfast in the DR
Rancho Wendy in Bonao, Dominican Republic

Some time ago I did a post about Bonao and Rancho Wendy. This may be a great time to check them out and experience the awesome beauty of the area.

Details: Book now for the exciting Bonao Carnival starting Feb. 3 thru Mar 2. Visit the Humpback Whales with tours starting Jan 15 thru Mar 15. If you like adventures, whitewater kayaking, flying fox (zip line), repelling, Pico Duarte climbing (the highest mountain in the Caribbean), biking, hiking, horseback riding, camping, work on a ranch, then you will like us! Rancho Wendy is committed to offering extraordinary "off-the-beaten-path" adventures that fulfill your dreams. Regular rate is $26 pppn. Offer valid from 01/08/08 to 03/15/08, is subject to availability, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. For reservations contact hotel directly at 305-851-3304 and ask for the Top Picks special. For additional hotel information, click here.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Anguilla Anyone?

With a population of just 12,000 people, Anguilla is part of the Leeward Islands near St. Martin/St. Marteen. The island has a growing number of luxury resorts and villas, but maintains a laidback attitude. There are still goats wandering the streets and there are quaint little beach homes.

American travelers rejoice! The official language is English. Similar to other small islands throughout the caribbean, raggae can be heard blaring from passing cars.

The best beaches are Shoal Bay West, which is one of the biggest. It is two miles long of perfect white sand. Tourist magazines consistently rate it one of the best in the world.

Sandy Ground is the "party" beach. There are lots of locals and a big boat race in August. Johnnos nighclub is also a popular spot on the beach.

April and May are best for weather and prices. Check here for all things Anguilla.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008


Aston is a sexy guy I came across on Hi5. Now, if we get a Democratic president and if the ailing Fidel should meet his demise then perhaps I can finally get to Cuba!

Oh well, if "if's" and "buts" were candy and nuts we all would have had a merry Christmas.