Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Independence & Carnaval

The Dominican Republic celebrates Independence Day on February 27th. Many people will take this opportunity to have a very long weekend as Carnaval is to be held Sunday along the Malecon.
The Ministry of Culture has announced that 180 dance troupes from 31 provinces and the National District will be parading along the Malecon on Sunday 2 March. The event brings together the best of carnival from all around the country. The Ministry of Culture announced that this year's parade would begin at 10am from Malecon Center to the Obelisco Macho. TV host Frederick Martinez (El Pacha) is the King of Carnival this year. The queen is former Miss World Mariasela Alvarez.

Catch the live broadcast Sunday afternoon on HERE.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Vacation Planning 101

Be sure to visit the Travel Info Page for helpful tips when planning your vacation to the Dominican Republic. Click on the ads for great deals!

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Barahona In The News

Barahona, on the southwest coast of the Dominican Republic, has made the list of The New York Times 52 Places To Go in 2014. The places are chosen by the newspaper's travel editors by asking dozens of their contributing editors and then aiming for a selection of places that they expect to be particularly compelling in the coming year; reasons might include a museum opening, a new transportation option or a historic anniversary. The main goal is to have a variety of regions and interests, with some surprises mixed in. They also try for a mix of scale, including cities, regions and even entire countries. 
Barahona is mentioned for being a "scenic, low-key destination on the verge of discovery." 
Editor Sanjay Surana writes: "Most vacationers to La Republica hole up in the all-inclusives north and east, overlooking the rarely traveled southwest. The port town of Barahona is the gateway to the cactus-strewn region's riches, like the hauntingly beautiful Bahia de las Aguilas beach and the eight climate zones at the geological depression Hoyo de Pelempito, both blissfully devoid of people. But there are signs of the government's vision to develop the area. The abandoned former Barcelo Bahoruco Beach Resort will partly open in 2014, and two separate 300-room projects - near La Canoa and San Rafael Beach - are in the final stages of design approval. For now, you can experience the quiet life at the thatch-roofed Casa Bonita, or at Rancho Platon, which has a tree house raised between the palms."