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Tortuga Bay Puntacana Resort & Club is Recognized as an Ideal Caribbean Getaway

The world renowned Forbes Travel Guide publication recently included the Tortuga Bay Puntacana Resort & Club on the Star Rating listing, as a four-five star facility  that meets the highest standards for customer satisfaction among tourists.

The internationally renowned publication also places the hotel on the list of the Caribbean Winter Getaways 2017, in the “Stylish Caribbean Chic in Punta Cana” category. This prestigious list also includes properties in Europea, Asia and other destinations in the Caribbean.

Throughout the year the Forbes Travel Guide team sends unidentified professional inspectors throughout the world in search of the most prestigious hotels, restaurants and spas.  In total, some 500 basic quality stndards are evaluated in order to determine the facility’s world-class standards.

At the same time, the Forbes website included the Tortuga Bay Puntacana Resort & Club on the list of “Caribbean Winter Getaways 2017” under the category “Elegant Caribbean Chic in Punta Cana” because of the excellent facilities it provides to golfers, tennis players, yoga enthusiasts and that particular person who enjoys the finer things in life.

A luxury hotel

The hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World hotel chain, and the only facility in the Dominican Republic to be awarded during seven consecutive years the AAA Five Diamond Award.

The facility features 13 luxury one, two or three bedroom villas, all beautifully decorated with the colors and ambience of the Caribbean.

Guests have full access to the first class services available at Puntacana Resort & Club, where Tortuga Bay is situated.

Source: Access DR

Jan 9, 2017

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The Mythical Whales Return to the Caribbean

The beautiful Bay of Samana, on the country’s northeast region, is preparing to receive the humpback whales that from January through March make the warm waters off the north coast of the Dominican Republic their home.

During their stay in the region they mate and give birth to their young. Visitors can observe the whales in this natural habitat by visiting the country’s Marine Mammal Sanctuary.

Up to three thousand 40-ton humpback whales travel from the North Atlantic at an average speed of six kilometers per hour to reach the warm, crystalline waters of Samana Bay. They arrive during the month of January to deliver their offspring, after a gestation period that lasts from eleven to twelve months.

February is the best month for observing the whales in the Marine Mammal Sanctuary until their departure in late March. The protected area allows these mythical creatures to give birth and mate in a safe environment.

The sanctuary, one of the largest humpback whale observatories in the world, is a must visit for national and international tourists.

The Bay of Samana is the only place in the Caribbean where the humpback whales can be observed in a completely natural environment.
Each year more and more visitors travel to the country’s north coast to observe the whales. Another perfect observation spot is the Whale Terrestrial Observation Center, in Punta Balandra.

The Center has encouraged the region’s economic development and raised awareness on the need for all to respect and protect these huge marine mammals.

Due to the strict regulations that protect the whales, the authorities only allow guided tours to the Whale Sanctuary.

For this reason, only three ferries per group of whales are allowed. The ferries must maintain a minimum distance of 50 meters, and 80 meters if it is a mother and her calf. There is a 30-minute time limit per observation tour.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, some 50,000 tourists per year are visiting the Sanctuary. At the same time, some 100 direct jobs have been created around the whale-watching tours, as well as many micro and medium-size businesses.

Tour rates do vary, but most tour companies charge an average of US$50 per person, including lunch.

Tour Companies:

Ballenas Samana

Tbeo Tours


Colonial Tours

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Jan 18, 2017

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Amanera, Dominican Republic – A serene escape

A refined breed of retreat is emerging in the Dominican Republic. The arrival of an Aman property, Amanera, signals that the island (a destination long known for its all-inclusives) is ready for top-tier luxury.

An hour-and-a-half drive from Puerto Plata, surrounded by sleepy towns and untamed jungle, Amanera presides on a dramatic cliff on one end of Playa Grande, a crescent-shaped beach that has a rare, wild beauty. Like other Amans, the resort’s aesthetic of sleek minimalism and the luxury of open space hold true to the brand’s philosophy. Amanera was designed by architect John Heah to be integrated into the environment, and it has a fluid indoor/outdoor layout and a palette of muted stone. Amanera is centred around Casa Grande, which houses the lobby, pool, restaurant, and lounge bar. The two-storey structure, all glass and concrete and Indonesian teak, marries drama with understated effortlessness and boasts floating walkways, infinity pools, and a sweeping ocean view.

Twenty-five casitas occupy a hillside facing the ocean. Each offers a water view and most have their own infinity pool. Aman takes privacy seriously and the spacious, minimalist casitas are surrounded by greenery—200 trees and shrubs were planted each month leading up to the November 2014 opening, and the planting continues—and utterly secluded. The first-ever golf-integrated Aman, Amanera boasts a newly renovated 370-acre golf course, where more often than not, you will be the sole golfer. The Amanera spa is a 10-minute golf cart ride away from the guest casitas; there, signature treatments are inspired by the healing traditions of the Dominican Republic.

Amanera, quiet and ideal for those looking for a private and serene escape.

Amanera, Highway 5, Cabrera Rio San Juan 33300, Dominican Republic, +1 809-589-2888


Jan 2, 2017

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Kick-start your healthy New Year’s resolutions at Dominican fitness getaway

Dominican Republic, /PRNewswire.- Dominican Republic’s all-inclusive resorts and world-class, white-sand beaches beckon travelers from all over the globe for rest and relaxation. But with the new year calling – and new fitness resolutions for 2017 – travelers should consider jetting to Dominican Republic for a fitness or wellness getaway. From outdoor activities and wellness retreats to luxurious hotel gyms, there are exercise options for every type of fitness getaway this winter.

“Dominican Republic’s wide range of travel options and activities may surprise travelers. Our country is so versatile, not only are we the premier destination for beach vacations, but we have the natural playground and high-quality service perfect for a fitness trip,” said Magaly Toribio, marketing advisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. “There are so many exciting attractions to explore, you will stay active no matter where your trip takes you.”

Home to both the highest and lowest points above sea level in the Caribbean, the boundless array of outdoor activities will keep your muscles moving. For travelers looking for something less rigorous, yoga classes can be found in tucked-away bungalows. With so much to keep you moving on a wellness getaway in Dominican Republic, you can save the R&R for home.

Hiking Up a Sweat

Dominican Republic’s lush greenery and impressive mountain views can’t be found in any gym, so skip the treadmill and opt for a nature walk or hike. The country’s most rigorous hike, Pico Duarte, located in the central part of the county, is the highest peak in the Caribbean. Reaching an elevation of 10,125 feet, travelers can embark on a two-, three- or four-day trek to the top that is sure to challenge people of all fitness levels. The hike offers views of varying landscapes from tropical trees to cloud forests.

Another popular hike is through the Ébano Verde Scientific Reserve, which is also located in the central area of Constanza. Hiking through the stunning Ébano Verde Scientific Reserve, which is also used for environmental research, is more than just a cardio workout; it will keep your mind active with access to spotting 600 different species of flowers and plants and more than 100 different types of birds. The town of Constanza also recently added a bicycling route that showcases local plantations and educates visitors on the growth of local crops. So, whether you travel on foot or bike, Constanza is worth the stop.

After a hike, visit the Monument of the Pyramids in Constanza, an ecological and tourism destination located at an elevation of 7,217 feet in Valle Nuevo National Park. The Constanza area is bordered by four national parks, so there’s also plenty of wide-open space for pitching a tent and spending a night under the stars. Since Constanza is a mountainous region, its naturally cool temperatures offer brisk sleeping weather perfect for camping.

Hotel Gyms That Carry Their Weight

Dominican Republic’s high-quality hotels cater to a traveler’s every need, so it’s no surprise that hotels are equipped with impressive, full-service gyms. Having access to a gym in your hotel means there’s no excuse for leaving those running shoes at home. What’s more – many resorts offer group exercise programs so travelers don’t have to feel the guilt of missing their morning exercise class. Plenty of the all-inclusive resorts provide group fitness classes like kickboxing, boot camp or group cardio sessions on the beach.

It’s also common for popular fitness experts to bring their classes to hotels so vacationers can try a new and exciting fitness class on their trip. Les Mills, the world’s largest provider of movement-to-music fitness, offers group classes at one of Punta Cana’s newest all-inclusives. Another trendy workout experience, FloYo, the practice of yoga on floating paddleboards, has made its way to a Dominican Republic hotel, providing travelers no shortage of new and exciting exercise classes.

Still looking for more at your hotel? Try going for a run along the beach. Dominican Republic’s white-sand coastline goes on for nearly 1,000 miles, which means there’s more than enough beachline for a morning run.

Exercising Your Mind on a Wellness Retreat

A rising travel trend, wellness retreats offer travelers a chance to forget about the busyness back home and focus on exercising their mind, body and soul. Yoga retreats can be found throughout the country, but are especially popular in the lush ecotourism hotspot of Samaná. The area’s breathtaking landscape, complete with waterfalls, mountains and mangroves, provides the perfect balance of nature and tranquility for a yoga retreat. Travelers can also opt for a yoga class on the beach to unwind. Sometimes, taking a deep breath is just what the doctor ordered.

Classes and retreats welcome yogis of all levels and practices, including acro, ashtanga, ahtah, asan and more. Some wellness retreats even provide health professionals for a complete wellness experience. There are also several meditation centers that offer more wellness retreats to help with pain issues and/or stress management.

So whether you are searching for meditation, spirituality or strength training on your wellness getaway, Dominican Republic has it all.

About Dominican Republic

Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south, our lush tropical and paradisiacal country boasts nearly 1,000 miles of coastline, magnificent resorts and hotels, and a variety of sports, recreation and entertainment options. Here you can dance to the pulse pounding thrill of the merengue, renew in our luxurious and diverse accommodations, explore ancient relics of centuries past, delight in delicious Dominican gastronomy or enjoy ecotourism adventures in our magnificent national parks, mountain ranges, rivers and beaches.

Known for our warm and hospitable people, Dominican Republic is a destination like no other, featuring astounding nature, intriguing history and rich cultural experiences like music, art and festivals, plus uniquely Dominican specialties such as cigars, rum, chocolate, coffee, merengue, amber and larimar.

Dominican Republic features the best beaches, fascinating history and culture, and is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families alike. Visit Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism’s official website at:

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Jan 1, 2017

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VIP Areas in Puerto Plata’s International Airport

The “Beforeboarding” VIP lounge service is now available in the north coast city’s most important airport.

The lounges are available to all interested passengers.

The first lounge opened in Santo Domingo’s Las Americas international airport.

Travelers can wait for their flights in comfortable and relaxing lounges, including the Premium, Business, Victoria and Amber Lounges.

Lounge services include meeting passengers upon their arrival and transferring them to one of the lounges where the staff will take care of their customs and immigrations requirements.

The lounges are fully equipped with snack bars, unlimited WI-FI access, cable TV, free national and international calls, and international magazines.

Also, the purchase of tourist cards, flight information screen, children’s area and transportation assistance, if required by the passengers.

Source: Access DR

Dec 27, 2016

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Viva Wyndham Tangerine Hotel Will Reopen in December

The Viva Wyndham Resorts hotel chain announced that it will reopen in December the 273-room Viva Wyndham Tangerine Hotel, situated in the oceanfront destination of Cabarete – the windsurf capital of the Caribbean – on the country’s north coast.

The chain announced that the overall investment in the refurbished facility is US$9.5, and will offer guests a new category known as “All Together Rooms” where up to five guests can stay in one room.

This new option is a special attraction for family holidays.

In addition, the hotel’s new a la carte restaurant – “Melt” – features a very tasty fusion menu highlighting some of the world’s top dishes.

Other restaurants – such as the “La Bahia,” “Viva México” and the Italian “La Vela” – have been completed refurbished. The hotel is the only all-inclusive resort in this oceanfront destination, and is conveniently located 30 minutes from Puerto Plata’s international airport.

Source: Access DR

Dec 13, 2016

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Trampoline Park opens at Sambil Mall

Sambil Mall on Av. John F. Kennedy in Santo Domingo has announced the opening of the Summit Trampoline Park, a new attraction for activity and entertainment. The center features 200 interconnected trampolines for jumping, backflips, sideslips, bouncing and loads of fun in a 2,962m2 area (31,882 square feet). Other games that can be played include dodge ball, basketball dunking area, children’s court, and foam pits.

“We are excited about the opening of the first Summit Trampoline Park in the Dominican Republic. Santo Domingo is an ever-changing city, in development and Sambil was the perfect place for us,” said park director Adhlyne Mendez. She said that birthday parties, corporate events, church group events, sports tournaments and other events can be held at the park where people can go to jump and burn energy.

Prices are one hour of jumping for RD$500, two hours for RD$935 (Monday to Thursday. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, prices are one hour of jumping for RD$560 and two hours for RD$1,040 plus RD$95 security charge.

Source: DR1

Dec 7, 2016

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Tree Wars of the Dominican Republic

By Phillip Lehman

When it’s really really sunny and in the middle of a prolonged period of waves and wind I must say it’s hard to get the community’s and the people’s attention talking about such seemingly unimportant and boring things, things like the potential for devastating floods caused by deforestation, beach erosion and the potential of new flood paths caused by unhindered sand extraction from rivers, unscrupulous development and last but not least charcoal production.
Now that this flooding of biblical proportions has become a national problem I will take advantage of your seemingly weather induced attention span and give you a little briefing on what the direct causes are of the recent catastrophic floods on the North Coast, it’s was very predictable and was only a matter of time.
It’s been raining here on the North Coast, raining a lot in fact but it has not been anything way above normal, it rains like this every few years and there are floods but there have never been floods of such catastrophic proportions as the ones happening now, ever.
The cause of this unprecedented flooding is actually not the rain but deforestation, as you may or may not know a systematic destruction of pristine rain forests is going on in all areas of the North Coast and all over the country, unfortunately we have now finally reached the tipping point, we are now at a level of deforestation that will result in serious flooding each time there is an above average amount of rainfall, it will now take far less rain to saturate the ground and the lack of trees will ensure that almost all of the water runs directly into rivers guaranteeing flash floods and catastrophic damages every year. The authorities would like to have the people think its all because of the rain, but its not, not at all.
“Just like the water rolls off the duck’s back, so to will the water roll off the treeless hills and into the sand less rivers creating floods of ever growing proportions”
-Mother Nature…
We have finally broken the fragile equilibrium between natural drainage (forests) and runoff (no trees no drainage), I say we because we are all responsible, more on that in a minute.
The way a forest prevents flooding is mostly due to the fact that trees have roots, roots that perforate the ground and even crack open limestone and bedrock allowing water to flow into the ground filling the aquifer, this insures that before water runs off the surface a large amount is first captured into the ground and it takes a lot more rain to saturate the ground were there is a forest present.
Without trees water no longer sinks into the ground but rather rolls off the surface, making things even worse on the North Coast there is a lot of clay, clay is impermeable to water and acts like a sealant and will not allow the ground to absorb water, so when it rains all the water flows downhill and into the streams and rivers which then overflow.
This is no longer a “campo” or small town issue, it is now a country wide issue, an everyone issue, rich, poor Dominican or foreign we will all be affected and from now on large cities such as but not limited to; Puerto Plata, Moca and Santiago are in the cross hairs and will be directly affected by catastrophic floods brought on as a direct result of unhindered deforestation.
Sabaneta, Cabarete, Gaspar Hernandez and Luperon (to name just 4) were all badly hit as well, from now on any area in the path of rivers will fall victim to catastrophic flooding, count on it.
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Think outside the all-inclusive box and visit the Dominican Republic right

Too many travelers to the Dominican Republic skip over the country’s capital and head straight for the beaches. But Santo Domingo is full of historically rich offerings that you not only won’t find at an all-inclusive resort, but won’t find anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere.

Santo Domingo’s centrally located historic district, the Zona Colonial, is the oldest continually inhabited settlement in the New World, a status worthy of a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation.

Set apart from the city’s major commercial and business hubs, it takes no more than a half day to walk the cobblestone streets of this nearly 2-square-mile neighborhood, filled with Gothic, Spanish and Moorish architecture.

Nearly all of Zona Colonial’s sites can be preceded with the descriptor “oldest colonial ____.” These include the Alcazar de Colon (Christopher Columbus’s house) the Convento de Dominicanos, the Catedral Primada de América (the New World’s oldest operating church) and the oldest colonial military structure, Fortaleza Ozama.

Signs of new life in this old city are seen in some of the more contemporary restaurants and clubs, as well as modern stores like Alpargateria, a shop that sells handmade espadrilles in front and in back has a cozy bar-cafe with board games and good drinks.

Fine dining is available, but in the DR, the simpler, the better. Visit any corner store or pharmacy and order a cerveza “vestida de novia” (dressed like a bride) — in other words, a bottle of beer so cold it’s coated in white frost. The country’s preferred liquor is rum, and most Dominicans like to drink Brugal, a typical smooth brand, on the rocks or on ice. You can also order a fruit smoothie (“battita”), which, in the DR, comes with optional evaporated milk for a sweeter experience.

Never skip the traditional Dominican breakfast: two fried eggs, fried cheese, mangu (mashed green plantains with pickled onions on top), fried salami and a piping hot cup of strong, local coffee.

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Puerto Plata: A 3 km boardwalk embracing the sea

The Puerto Plata boardwalk spans three kilometers and it’s suitable for any activity that involves recreation, sports, cultural enjoyment, relaxation … or just have a good time and share unforgettable moments.

Since its inauguration in 1971, it is the focus of recreation for natives and visitors. Shaped as a snake It has a backbone of 1174 cement benches, its head is an attractive tourist park and landscape, and in the tail, we find a sculptural copy of the Michelangelo’s David, guarded by the trident of a Neptune that hails with zeal from a sea-going cay.

This privileged place is the most important tourist icon of the North Coast and has a little of everything: From the square to sit or lie down, to the stage for the most rumbos parties; From bike paths or hiking trails to ramps to 20 exits to the sea, where you can let yourself be caressed by the fine white sand, bathe or fish on the warm beach that offers the Atlantic Ocean.

On the Malecon, in addition, it highlights the building of the Respectable Restoration Lodge No. 11, inaugurated in 1902 and the renewed Barracks of the Fire Department, built in 1930.

The boardwalk has been restored twice (2006 and 2016), each time new attractions have been added. In the first restoration ten booths for small restaurants and bars and public baths; And in the second, La Puntilla Park and an amphitheater for artistic and cultural activities was created, which can house 4,000 people.


This tourist and landscape park has modernized the head of the Malecon. From the square that makes entrance and honor to the late Juan Lockward, to the fort (remembrance of colonial Spain) that since 1577 is committed to protect the bay.

The circular amphitheater seems to be guarded by the luminous eye of a historical lighthouse installed in 1879. An equestrian statue of the hero Gregorio Luperón, a bust of the Cuban independence activist Antonio Maceo, is also highlighted.

The Puerto Plata boardwalk is a beautiful place with cultural attractions, excellent to spend a good time, relax or just to walk … is a popular area that is the pride of the Puerto Plateños.

Source: Access DR

Nov 21, 2016

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