Thursday, September 03, 2015

Puerto Plata Means Music

Merengue Festival in Puerto Plata
If you're in Puerto Plata on the weekend of 25-26 September 2015, check out the merengue music festival at La Puntilla.
25 September 2015: Hector Acosta, Chiquito Team Band and La Nueva Escuela (urban music).
26 September 2015: Merengue Big Band with Dioni Fernandez, Aramis Camilo, Benny Sadel, Rasputin, Feny Ortiz, Diomedes, Tito Gavy "Los Kenton," urban music star Mozart la Para and grassroots music by Banda Real.
Dominican Republic Jazz Festival in Puerto Plata
Now in its 19th year, the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival promises four nights of free concerts from 4-8 November 2015 in Santiago, Puerto Plata, Sosua and Cabarete. Confirmed artists for 2015 include international jazz players David Sanchez Quartet and John Patitucci, and the Pedrito Martinez Group. From the Dominican Republic, Pengbian Sang and Retro Jazz, and Manuel Tejada will be playing, as well as Josean Jacobo, Javier Vargas and the Big Band of the Santo Domingo Music Conservatory. Marco Pignataro and Matt Marvuglio of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute will also be playing.
This year the festival will pay tribute to saxophone players Juan Colon, Crispin Fernandez and Sandy Gabriel.
The event is sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism.
Jazz dates are:
4 November Santiago
5 November Sosua
6 November Puerto Plata
7-8 November Cabarete

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

First Flight

Pawa Dominicana had its inaugural flight from St. Martin to Santo Domingo, yesterday, Monday, 17 August 2015. Following the landing of Pawa Dominicana Flight 72l there was a special ceremony at the Las Americas International Airport, in which Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez blessed the airline's fleet of planes, each of which prominently displays the Dominican Flag.

The airline will initially have direct flights from Santo Domingo to Aruba, Curacao and St. Martin. A spokesperson for the airline promised that within six months Pawa Domincana will introduce new routes to San Juan Puerto Rico, Havana, Cuba, Miami and New York.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Vacation Planning 101

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Friday, August 07, 2015

Tuesday, August 04, 2015


The Ministry of Environment has inaugurated new installations at the Three Eyes (Los Tres Ojos) natural monument in Santo Domingo east. The renovations were carried out with RD$2 million provided by the United Nations Development Fund.
Environment Minister Bautista Rojas Gomez and the representative in the country of the United Nations Development Fund, Lorenzo Jimenez de Luis attended the opening last week.
The new installations at the park include a square for sales of local works of art, the reconditioning of the trails, the entrance and the garden and the replacement of the signage. In addition the guides have been trained so that they can offer better service to visitors.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Pre Clearance in Punta Cana

Punta Cana could soon become the first Dominican airport to offer pre-clearance facilities for entering the United States. This means that passengers flying out through PUJ would clear US immigration and customs in the Dominican Republic, allowing for an expedited entry into the United States. The facility at the present time is offered in 15 international airports around the world.
The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it has begun negotiations to expand its Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) preclearance program to ten new foreign airports, Punta Cana International Airport included. Other airports are Brussels International Airport (Belgium), Narita International Airport (Tokyo, Japan), Amsterdam Schipol International Airport (Netherlands), Oslo International Airport (Norway), Madrid Barajas International Airport (Spain), Stockholm Arlanda International Airport (Sweden), Istanbul Ataturk International Airport (Turkey) and London Heathrow International Airport and Manchester International Airport (United Kingdom).