Friday, February 20, 2015

The Best Fantasy

He has been featured before, but he deserves another look. This, to us, is the best model of 2014. See even MORE.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Carnaval 500

The Santo Domingo Carnival begins this Sunday afternoon, 8 February 2015 along Maximo Gomez Avenue, filling the street with color and joy. 

This year Santo Domingo is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the first carnival in the Americas. The city government says that the first ever carnival was held in 1515, just 23 years after the European settlement in 1492. 

The 2015 Santo Domingo Carnival celebrations are scheduled for Sunday, 8 February 2015 and will continue for two more Sundays (15, 22 February) along Maximo Gomez Avenue from 3 to 7pm. This year the National District (ADN) city council has ordered the parade area to be extended to 1.1 km for the 116 troupes and characters that will be parading along the Maximo Gomez Avenue between Jose Contreras Avenue and the Malecon, or George Washington Ave. The prize money for the best groups will come to some RD $900,000.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Dominicans In The News

 28-year old Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford has been chosen to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Stars game on 15 February 2015 in New York City along with teammates Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague. This is the third time Horford has been chosen for the game (also in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons). 

Puerto Plata-born Horford has been selected as the Eastern Conference player of the week twice this season. Standing 6'10, Horford has helped the Hawks to 17 straight wins and a 38-8 record, the second-best in the NBA.  

Horford has played in the Dominican national basketball team since 2008. He is married to Amelia Vega, the Dominican Republic's only Miss Universe.
Dominicans Dascha Polanco (Dayanara Diaz), Jessica Pimentel (Maria Ruiz), Selenis Leyva (Gloria Mendoza), Jackie Cruz (Flaca) and Diane Guerrero (Maritza Ramos) are part of the cast of Orange is the New Black TV show that shared the SAG Awards for outstanding performance in a comedy series announced on Sunday, 25 January 2015. The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards honor the best achievements in film and television performances in 2014. 
The series was nominated alongside ABC's Modern Family, CBS' The Big Bang Theory, HBO's Veep and Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Juan Pablo Duarte Day

Monday, 26 January is a holiday in the Dominican Republic. It celebrates the birthday of the nation's founding father, Juan Pablo Duarte. Duarte was born in 1813 and his affluent family sent him to Europe from 1828 to 1833 for his education. On his return he made it his mission to free the eastern part of Hispaniola from Haitian domination and organized the secret society La Trinitaria to work towards this goal. The movement succeeded in 1844, but Duarte lost power and died in exile in Venezuela in 1876. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Vacation Planning 101

Be sure to visit the Travel Info Page for helpful tips when planning your vacation to the Dominican Republic. Support the links for great deals and great experiences!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Domiciliating In The Dominican

HuffPost: Buying property in DR is good value
Writing in the Huffington Post, Kathleen Peddicord of Live and Invest Overseas includes the Dominican Republic as one of the world's top five places for buying a second home in the sun. She says you can get great deals on second homes that also qualify as top retirement options for 2015. In addition to the DR, she also recommends buying in Argentina, Turkey, Spain and Colombia. 
She says that there are still finds for US$100,000 that are within walking distance from the beach and can be rented out for rental yield.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Fotos Favorite

One of my favorite photographers is Paul Culver. He captures his models in their raw beauty without a bunch of fuss. Here he lenses Jeison and Frank in the Dominican Republic. Visit his website to see more and to order some of his works.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Ready For Cuba?

If you are like many people and want to get to Cuba before commercialization takes over, you may wish to consider insightCuba. Visit their website and sign-up for email notifications. They sent me the following info.

insightCuba and many of our American guests celebrated the New Year across the island of Cuba. It was a night they will never forget. They didn't waste any time, why should you?

After 50 years of travel restrictions, a new era of travel to Cuba for Americans has begun, and there simply isn't a better time go. Cubans across the country raised their glasses to celebrate the New Year and a new beginning.  The spirit of Cuba is now even closer. Capture it for yourself.

Join us for this unprecedented chance to make history and discover Cuba on one of our acclaimed people-to-people tours, before it changes forever.

You've waited long enough. Grant yourself the greatest New Year's resolution of all!

From all of us at insightCuba, we wish you a Happy New Year!