You know the beach, sun, and vacation time are headed your way this Semana Santa, but so is an amazing concert in Altos de Chavón! Surely, you’ve heard Jennifer Lopez will be here in Casa de Campo on April 15th! The entrepreneur does it all – J.Lo’s a singer, actress, dancer, fashion designer, model, mother, philanthropist, and more, and we’ll have the chance to see her perform live in just a few short weeks!
Tickets are ON SALE STARTING TODAY, February 14th, at UEPA Tickets, the Casa de Campo Villa Owner’s Club, and CCN Services at the Supermercado Nacional and Jumbo. Also, Mastercard users can enjoy a 15% discount for 15 days only! To further encourage visitors to a no-doubt incredible concert, Casa de Campo offers an additional 15% discount for those who book their stay within the resort. President of Casa de Campo, Andrés Pichardo, says: “The resort is preparing to offer special packages that will include tickets in order to complement an unforgettable stay.”
Sponsored by Brugal & Co. and Mastercard brands, ticket prices for J.Lo’s first major concert in the Dominican Republic are: General Area RD $8,900; and VIP $17,900. The show is scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m.
We can’t wait to see Jennifer Lopez perform some of her top songs from the early 2000s like “I’m Real”, “Ain’t It Funny” and “If You Had My Love,” plus newer hits, and hopefully some from her in-the-works all-Spanish album set to debut in 2017! Producer of the production, Gamal Haché acknowledges Edgar Andino for helping secure the sultry star in Altos de Chavón, and supposedly an incredible after-party is in-store!
It’s a Valentine’s Day treat – Get your tickets for Jennifer Lopez Altos de Chavón concert today!!
What: Jennifer Lopez Concert in Casa de Campo!
Where: Altos de Chavón amphitheater
When: Saturday, April 15th, 2017 8:30 PM
Tickets: General Area RD $8,900; and VIP $17,900
Points of Sale: UEPA Tickets, Casa de Campo Owner’s Club, CCN Services at the Supermercado Nacional and Jumbo
Source: Casa de Campo Living
Feb 17, 2017
The organizers of the annual Casa de Campo International Blue Marlin Classic, dubbed as “The Reel March Madness” because of the incredible blue marlin action that takes place offshore of Marina Casa de Campo from February to May, officially announced the dates for the 2017 edition of this elegant event from March 16th to the 20th. Many of the top name boats that fish the Caribbean Circuit are expected with new slip reservations at the Marina coming in every day. For those who want to participate but cannot bring your boat, there are several top-notch boats available for charter with highly experienced crews (contact for details below).
The event is not only well known for its fabulous blue marlin action (85 blue marlin released in 3 days at the 2016 event, plus it once again ranked as one of the Top 10 Billfisheries of the Year), but also for the fun filled activities that are scheduled on shore, such as Happy Hours at the docks after fishing, the Fiesta in the night after the second day of fishing, activities on the Lay Day like the Sporting Clays competition in the morning, and in the afternoon the now infamous and grueling Donkey Polo match, culminating with the Awards Banquet on the night of the third and final day of fishing.
Tournament Director Rick Alvarez of International Billfish Tournaments, Inc. pointed out that:
“We are particularly characterized in the Dominican Republic thus far because we actually donate part of the proceeds to reputable Dominican underprivileged children’s charity foundations. In the case of the Blue Marlin Classic, the Patronato Oriental – Hogar Del Niño has received generous donations each year from our event. Other distinctive features are that we bring a group of international Certified Observers so each competing boat has an observer aboard every day of competition to prevent rule infractions and identify species before the fish are carefully released to swim away and reproduce. We also give a cash award to the crew that applies the most tags to the fish for conservation and scientific studies.”
The Casa de Campo Blue Marlin Classic continues to grow in participation and notoriety each year uniquely generating a substantial amount of press in both print and electronic local and international publications adding to the image of the sport, to the popularity of the fabulous Marina, and to the growth of an important segment of this highly specialized type of sport tourism. “Add social media to the equation and it is no wonder that since we started these international-style events three other new tournaments have been added in the Dominican Republic,” Alvarez concluded.
More and more visiting boats are staying in the Dominican Republic for longer periods of time with Marina Casa de Campo experiencing a record number of visiting boats during the 2016 Fishing Season. This no doubt translates into a greater socio-economic impact to the area that creates good jobs. Jose Gonzalvo, Marina Casa de Campo General Manager, confirmed “the presence of high end sport fishing boats for an average of 3.5 months of the year, consuming local goods and services, yields a very considerable sum of revenue for the local economy.”
Blue Marlin Classic Tournament
When: March 16th – 20th, 2017
Where: La Marina, Casa de Campo
Contact: (809) 523-2111
Source: Casa de Campo Living
Feb 17, 2017
Punta Cana’s 10th annual popular carnival will take place in the town’s “November 1 Boulevard” on March 4, starting at 3 p.m. National and international representatives from various Caribbean islands will participate in the colorful activity.
Punta Cana’s carnival celebration has become an important national and international attraction, bringing some 20,000 visitors to the country’s easternmost city to participate in the colorful festival.
Punta Cana’s Carnival Representatives
Punta Cana’s top representatives in the local festival are headed by such carnival groups as “The Muses of Punta Cana,” “The Three Faces” and representatives from Puntacana’s International School.
The Muses consist of national and international women who live in the Punta Cana region. The Muses design their own carnival costumes and prepare their own float. Teachers and students from Punta Cana’s International School are active participants in carnival activities. Their carnival themes concentrate on protection of the environment.
The members of the “The Three Faces” carnival troupe are the traditional protectors of “The Muses.”
Source: Access DR
Feb 17, 2017
Friday, March 10th at 7:30pm at Casa Marina Reef, Sosua
The capital city’s most important culinary, “Taste Santo Domingo,” has announced the celebration of the popular event. The Festival will be held from March 16-18 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Convention Center, sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, the Association of Hotels and Tourism of the Dominican Republic (ASONAHORES) and the Association of Hotels of Santo Domingo.
This time around the event will share the Festival platform with “Hub Santo Domingo,” an important multi-sectorial business fair organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Production of Santo Domingo.
This popular annual food fair brings together national and international representatives from this very important sector. The program will include exhibits of goods and services linked to the food industry, food tasting events and workshops led by chefs and food experts.
Source: Access DR
Feb 14, 2017
Uruguayan writer Jose Cantero has stated that when the carnival spirit is unleashed, festivities abound.
His statement perfectly describes Dominican carnival, the country’s most popular and traditional holiday which dates back to the Spanish colony. Back then, on the eve of the Catholic celebration of Lent, the residents of Santo Domingo would disguise themselves according to the traditional European customs of the period. The carnival celebrations took place three days before Ash Wednesday when, according to Christian believes, the holiest of Catholic rituals begins.
In the Dominican Republic, carnival officially begins the last weekend of January in the city of La Vega, situated approximately 1.5 hours north of Santo Domingo. In the country, carnival celebrations are closely tied to February 27, which is National Independence day. The close ties between the official and popular holidays take to the streets to the rhythm of carnival dances, floats, parades, masks where both young and old actively participate in the celebrations.
The traditional costumes used during carnival are a mixture of African, Indian and European cultures. The devil’s costumes originated as a way of ridiculing the Spanish colonizers.
Carnival in Santo Domingo
In the First City of the Americas, carnival begins with the coronation of King Calife, a traditional figure that appears dressed in black coat tails. The city’s beautiful seaside boulevard becomes center stage for the carnival parade, which takes place the last Sunday in February.
Carnival in Santiago, the Country’s Second Largest City
Situated two hours north of Santo Domingo, in the very heart of the country, carnival celebration in Santiago is just as colorful but with its very own distinct characteristics. This year the carnival will feature a contest to promote the country’s typical music. In Santiago, carnival parades are held every Sunday in February
Thousands of Dominican and foreign visitors visit the La Vega carnival, perhaps the most iconic of all local festivals. The parade of the devils, dressed in beautiful handmade costumes, is a true expression of European medieval traditions. The devils take to the streets with animal skin balloons, which they use to strike carnival participants. Celebrations are also held every Sunday in February.
The town of Bonao, situated one hour north of Santo Domingo, takes its name in honor of a Taino chief. The Tainos were the original inhabitants of the island. Again, carnival celebrations are held every Sunday in February.
Situated in the country’s northwest region, during carnival celebrations the town’s iconic devils “Los Toros” (The Bulls) take to the streets to provide color, music and flavor to the festivities. All carnival celebrations are held every Sunday in February.
This small centrally-located town features a truly colorful carnival celebration because of the wide variety of “devils” that participate in the Sunday parades.
The north coast’s most important city has managed to bring in to the local carnival the various traditions brought to the island by the Spanish and Africans, mixed with the traditions of the Taino Indians. Carnival celebrations in Puerto Plata begin the second Sunday in February.
“Rio San Juan”
Also on the north coast, this small oceanfront town celebrates carnival by providing locals and visitors with open-air concerts. Concerts are held every Sunday in February.
Carnival celebrations in the Caribbean’s most important tourism destination takes place in the town’s main boulevard in Puntacana Village. The carnival parade takes place on Sunday, March 4, at 4:00 p.m., with the participation of local carnival groups as well as representatives from such neighboring islands as Aruba, Curacao, and Puerto Rico. An impressive delegation from Haiti also participates.
Source: Access DR
Feb 7, 2017
Pop star Justin Bieber is bringing his concert to Punta Cana’s Hard Rock Café on April 15.
In Santo Domingo, Jose Luis Perales is scheduled to perform on February 10 at the Nuryn Sanlley Amphitheater and Ricardo Montaner in the city’s Sports Palace on March 18.
Also at the Hard Rock Café, the electronic music festival “Day Dream Festival 2017,” scheduled for February 25-26.
Source: Access DR
Jan 27, 2017
PUERTO PLATA.- Despite the fact that the Ministry of Tourism has not yet fulfilled the payment of the last year’s sponsorship, the Puerto Plata Carnival Union (UCAPPLATA) announced that the carnival parades will return against the wind and tide every Sunday in the month of February.
The president of UCAPPLATA, Dr. Juan Oscar Souffront (Yanco), said that the assembly of the carnival of this Atlantic province involves an investment of more than 8 million pesos.
Yanco Souffront said that the “Puerto Plata 2017 Carnival” will begin on Sunday, February 5, where details about the event will be announced at a press conference scheduled for Tuesday, January 24.
The president of the Carnival Union of Puerto Plata (UCAPPLATA), said that the authorities of the Ministry of Tourism are still pending the payment of two million for sponsorship, which was destined to reward the groups, Devils Cojuelos and individuals who were Winners of prizes in the edition of the carnival in 2016.
Source: Puerto Plata Digital
Jan 20, 2017