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July 24, 2007
  • Sports fishing in Punta Cana
  • True ecotourism
  • Hard Rock Cafe in Punta Cana
  • Escada for Casa de Campo benefit
Sports fishing in Punta Cana
The XVII International Blue Marlin Tournament is ready for 26-28 July in Cabeza de Toro, announced organizers of the Santo Domingo Yacht Club. This is the leading fishing tournament held in the Punta Cana area every year. The Santo Domingo Yacht Club is host to the event from its Cabeza de Toro facility, right on the beach. Expected are around 80 fishermen from the DR and abroad. Some 25 fishing yachts are expected from Puerto Rico alone. The tournament's opening party is set for Thursday, 26 July at 6:30 pm at the Cabeza de Toro facility. The sports fishermen take off on Friday, 27 July at 7:30 pm, with fishing continuing on Saturday, 28 July. To be eligible for a prize, the blue marlin must weigh at least 400 pounds. All marlins weighing more than 400 pounds can be boated, with a point per pound. In case the fishermen decides to release the marlin, they will receive an additional 450 points per marlin returned to the sea.
True ecotourism
Loma Quita Espuela is open to true lovers of eco-tourism. By participating in the programmed excursions, visitors are contributing to preserve the mountain. Mountain trails with guided tours open up the 942-meter mountain to slow-paced day or intense hiking trips accessible to most everyone. The mountain is located 15 kilometers from the city of San Francisco de Macoris, about a two hour drive from Puerto Plata or Santo Domingo. Groups of 5 tourists, can take a guided tour for RD$1,050, with additional persons at RD$160 and participate in a 2.8 km hike through the scientific reserve. The tourists can choose how long they want to hike. The complete hike takes approximately seven hours. There are shorter visits. The reserve has 18 streams, for cooling off with the pure waters coming from 60 rivers that are born in the mountain. This is a rain forest where horizontal rains can be observed. Mules and horses can be rented for RD$250. Lunch takes place on site at a creole restaurant with organic products prepared by the wives of the park rangers. One of the highlights of the route is to observe the production of organic chocolate, from the tree to a cup of hot chocolate at the restaurant.
To book a trip, see http://www.flqe.org.do, or call 809 588-4156.
Hard Rock Cafe in Punta Cana
Hard Rock Cafe opened this month at the Palma Real Shopping Village in Bavaro. This is the second Hard Rock Cafe to open in the DR, following in the footsteps of the Colonial City Santo Domingo franchise. It is also only the sixth Hard Rock Cafe in the Caribbean. Transfusion rock group gave the opening concert that also included a performance of Pablito Drums on percussion in electronic music. Reggae, funk and electronic music delighted those attending the opening that ended with a fireworks show.
Escada for Casa de Campo benefit
The latest Escada collection will be on stage for the 16th Annual Por la Vida Fashion Show Weekend, a benefit for the MIR Foundation at Casa de Campo. The event is booked for the weekend of 3-5 August. The modern elegance of the Escada fashions will be complemented by the glistening gems of Tiffany & Co, in its second year at the benefit.
International Rescue Charity (MIR) is a not for profit charity that helps resolve poverty, abandonment and medical problems among women, children and families in the Dominican Republic. MIR is proud of strong partnerships that have been forged and lead to its five life-changing programs: Casa de Paz, a place of recovery for sex workers; Centro de Familia, a family clinic run by Columbia University International AIDS program; Maria Auxiliadora vocational/technical High School for girls; Campo Nueva Esperanza Orphanage and Centro de Promocion Rural Max Simon, a vocational/technical high school for boys. For advance reservations or additional information, contact the Casa de Campo sales office at 305-856-7083 or [email protected]

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