Wednesday, April 22, 2009

LaRomana For Less

Book with CheapCaribbean by Friday at midnight, ET, and get a 4-night all-inclusive Dominican Republic vacation at the upscale Dreams La Romana Resort with air for just $499 per person.

This hotel normally goes for over $300 per night, so this package offers a 40% savings.

Here's what's included for $499 per person:
Roundtrip air on a major airline to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
4 all-inclusive nights at the upscale Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa
An upgrade to a partial Oceanview Room
All meals, drinks (including alcohol) and nonmotorized water sports
Kids 12 & under (maximum of 2) stay and eat free when staying with 2 adults
All tips and gratuities

Dreams La Romana is located beachfront and offers a number of attractive amenities including tennis, a spa, 8 restaurants, 3 pools, 24 hour room service, concierge service, a kids program and a water sports center. All rooms offer patios or balconies.

Depart May 1 - June 20 (+$80: June 21 - Aug. 14) from the following cities: Add $0 from Miami, Add $50 from Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa, Add $60 from New York City, Add $80 from Washington D.C., Add $90 from Chicago, Add $100 from. See Web site for details
Book by April 24 at midnight, ET: Click here for more information or to book online through Or call at 800-915-2322 and mention Travelzoo.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


The Dominican Republic continues to make its mark in the global arena. As the country finds ways to reinvent itself and become a 21st century nation. Here are two articles of interest.

A Dominican has discovered Cleopatras tomb. The archeological find by Kathleen Martinez is sending ripples through history circles around the world, as her discovery could have a major impact on the way that history views Cleopatra and Marc Anthony. In an interview with CNN correspondent Ben Wedeman, Martinez spoke of her fascination with the Egyptian queen, saying that as a child she had heard scholarly discussions about Cleopatra. "They were speaking very badly about her and about her image," she recalled. "I got very upset. I said I didn't believe what they are saying, that I needed to study more about her." Martinez added that because of the negative publicity Cleopatra has received over the centuries she wants to be "Cleopatra's lawyer." Full article HERE.

The 2009 Santo Domingo Book Fair, which opened yesterday, is dedicated to Dominican writer and politician Juan Bosch and features Brazil as the special guest nation. The Fair will continue until 3 May. A special display celebrating 35 years of the Bahia carnival will include costumes from all the samba schools, produced by Brazilian artist Alberto Pitta. The celebration of Brazil as special guest nation comes at a time when DR-Brazilian relations have increased during Leonel Fernandez's tenure as president of the DR and is marked by the recent opening of the Brazilian cultural center, at Calle Hermanos Deligne 52 in Santo Domingo's Gazcue sector. The fair, now in its 12th year, includes 2,300 planned activities with 152 lectures, 175 workshops, 41 debates, 89 readings and 7 panel discussions. There are also expected to be 650 exhibitions and 1,125 artistic performances.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Beautiful Belize

Looking for a quiet get-away in a tropical paradise? Belize might be the place. It does not have the bustling gay scene or night life, but it is a beautiful place to relax or to be an eco-tourist. There is a huge rainforest, great beaches, the second largest barrier reef in the world and Ambergris Caye. There are also Mayan ruins to explore. American Airlines is currently running a nice special from several US cities. Click the link for the details.

Dominicanos Caliente

Sunday, April 05, 2009

US-Cuba Relations

New York Times reports this story which was also seen on

President Obama plans to abandon longstanding restrictions on family travel and remittances to Cuba, an administration official said Saturday, fulfilling a campaign promise in a pivotal swing state and signaling a possible warming of relations with the Castro government.

The White House is expected to announce the action before Mr. Obama travels to Trinidad and Tobago for a meeting on April 17 of Latin American and Caribbean leaders.
The House and Senate are considering legislation that would go even further than the administration and allow all Americans unlimited travel to Cuba.

While precise details of the plan are still being worked out, Mr. Obama is not expected to call for the lifting of the trade embargo on Cuba, which would require Congressional approval, the administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the policy change has not been formally announced.

Cuban-Americans are now permitted to travel once a year to the island to visit close relatives. The Treasury Department also issues licenses to travel to Cuba for specific purposes, including academic research.

“I will immediately allow unlimited family travel and remittances to the island,” Mr. Obama said in Miami on May 23. “It’s time to let Cuban-Americans see their mothers and fathers, their sisters and brothers. It’s time to let Cuban-American money make their families less dependent upon the Castro regime.”

Friday, April 03, 2009


Sorry for the delay, was having PC issues. My, my, if the walls of la cabana could talk...

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

He's Back!!

I hear from a very reliable source that "Dr. Leon" was recently seen in the Colonial Zone. Was he vacationing? Was he tying up loose ends before returning to the States? Was he re-establishing his prescence in Santo Domingo? Does anyone have any more information?