Friday, August 29, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Felix Diaz, pictured here, is the first Dominican to win olympic gold in boxing.
The videos below are Nelson Evora of Portugal who won gold in the triple jump, and Usain Bolt of Jamaica who set world records in both the 100 and 200 meter dash races.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
The start of a Caribe Tours bus on the Santiago - Dajabon - Cap-Haitien route opens up the Citadelle Haitian monument as a new attraction for visitors to the Dominican Republic. The schedule, does not permit a one-day trip, however, as it is about a seven-hour bus ride. Thus, tourists going that way would have to plan on three days, including the two days for traveling by bus. But one can arrive one day, relax at a Cap-Haitien hotel, make the excursion the next day, and then take a 9am bus back to the DR. The Caribe Tours bus leaves from Santo Domingo and makes a short stopover in Santiago to take on additional passengers, and then another at the Dajabon border crossing before continuing on to Cap-Haitien, Haiti. The 6-7 hour trip costs US$40 one-way and US$75 RT when departing from Santo Domingo. You may also catch a bus from Puerto Plata to Santiago for the Haitian connection. The buses leave at 9am from Cap-Haitien and Santo Domingo, arriving at approximately 4-5pm. Reservation 24 hours in advance is required. Caribe Tours also offers a daily departure to Petionville, near Port-au-Prince. For information and reservations, call 809 221-4422 Ext. 2003-2023.
JetBlue's new Boston flight
JetBlue announces it will offer service this winter holiday season to Boston from Santo Domingo. This route is subject to government approval. The airline has also said it will add more flights on existing routes from New York to Puerto Plata, Santiago and Santo Domingo, again filling in for AA that is suffering from high fuel costs, older airplanes, and high labor costs. The once a day Boston "holiday shuttle" will test the market in December and January. The airline also has plans to bolster its frequent service between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and the Dominican Republic by adding a fourth daily departure to Santiago, a third daily departure to Santo Domingo, and a second daily departure to Puerto Plata over the holiday season.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Inversiones Rockport has announced the construction of a luxurious high-rise apartment on Juan Dolio's beach. Consisting of 206 apartments, Las Arenas will feature one bedroom lofts, two, three and four bedroom condominiums, as well as penthouse apartments.
Promoted as the residential building that offers "everything," Las Arenas boasts a shopping area, business center, two-level gourmet restaurant, meeting rooms, gym, spa, infinity pool, beauty salon and beach club.
All these amenities will be housed in Las Arena's oval building design that offers panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and Juan Dolio Beach. Property prices range from US$210,000 to US$750,000 with dimensions from 70 to 250 square meters. For more information contact Sharlyn Rodriguez: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, August 11, 2008
Thursday, August 07, 2008
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Monday, August 04, 2008
Magens Bay is ranked one of the top 10 beaches in the world. Morning Star Beach, maybe because of difficult access, is known as a more liberal beach. It has young crowds, with many gays.
Activities include Coral World Marine Park with an 80,000 gallon coral reef tank. More recent island history includes Mountain Top for a famous banana daiquiri. This site has offered their legendary concoction of local rum, cane sugar and bananas since the 1960's.
St. Peter Greathouse and Botanical Gardens contains local art and over 200 kinds of West Indian trees and plants. Paradise Point Tramway takes you up a 700 foot peak over Charlotte Amalie (capitol of the USVI), offering views of the town, the island and the caribbean.
There are many gays and lesbians still drawn to St. Thomas, but attend mostly straight establishments, such as The Greenhouse. Much of the focus has shifted away from the capitol and onto Frenchtown, which has great restaurants and bars. St. Thomas has no real gay bars or clubs. Attitudes are tolerant and it is a great place to relax and enjoy a great caribbean experience.
Accomodations include: Treetops, a gay owned rental villa with awesome panoramas. Danish Chalet Inn, an intimate and gay-friendly guesthouse with a fantastic view of the harbor. Bolongo Bay Beach Resort is quite gay-friendly and has an all-inclusive option.
St. Croix seems to be the new gay destination. There is quite a selection of accomodations for the gay traveler. Villa Greenleaf is a gay owned bed & breakfast. All of its rooms have incredible caribbean views.
Sand Castle On The Beach is a lesbian owned resort hotel on the beach. It has 2 pools, one is clothing optional. The phone number is 1-800-524-2018.
Birds Of Paradise, a gay-friendly vacation rental villa in Christiansted, has secluded lodging with stunning seaviews.
Five miles west of Christiansted is the renown Cormorant Beach Club Hotel (now the Palms At Pelican Cove), where some 1,200 feet of white sand shaded by palm trees attracts a large gay crowd. Because a reef lies just off shore, snorkeling conditions are ideal. The hotel is more diverse since a straight person bought it, but continues to have many gay tourists. They even offer committment ceremonies.
For more adventuresome beaches try Cramers Park. This is where the locals spend time, especially on Sundays. Also visit Jacks Beach, there is a nude section at this scenic spot.
For nightlife you may venture into any number of clubs and bars. Remember, attitudes are relaxed and tolerant. If you want gay-specific then Club Reflection is for you. There is live entertainment three nights a week and there is a beachfront restaurant. It is located in Frederiksted in a pink gingerbread house. Just look for the rainbow flag!
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