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November 4, 2008
  • DR Jazz Festival
  • Cruise visitations to La Romana
  • Las Arenas in Juan Dolio
  • Baseball Season
  • Marbella apartments in Juan Dolio
DR Jazz Festival
The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival starts Friday, 7 November in Puerto Plata with performances in Cabarete Beach. Since its first year, the festival has presented a score of notable players, including Chuck Mangione, David Sanchez, Ray Baretto, Nestor Towers, Gossipy Valdes and Arturo Sandoval, some Grammy award winners. The Festival of Jazz is the most anticipated cultural event on the north coast and the only festival directed to tourists and local residents. And for seven years, the DR Jazz Festival has been host to legendary musicians with an impeccable technical production, sound and professional stenography. As part of the festival, educational workshops with the performers geared to the local youth are held, to encourage them to get involved in the arts.
Performances are scheduled for the weekend evenings at Cabarete Beach starting at 8:30pm. They are free. Friday, 7 November: Ambar Jazz Group (DR) opens with at Cabarete Beach, with performances by Dave Valentin & PR All Star Latin Jazz (USA, DR), and then Eric Figueroa, Endel Dueno, Javier Oquendo, Ramon Vasquez and Eddy "Guagua" Riera. Special guest is Luis "Perico" Ortiz. On Saturday, 8 November, Sandy Gabriel & Electric Jazz (DR), Giovanni Hidalgo & Descarga Boricua Quintet (PR), Eric Figueroa, Tito de Gracia, Piro Rodriguez and Eddy "Guagua" Rivera, and then the magic of the drums with Giovanni Hidalgo, Tito de Gracia, Javier Oquendo and Guarionex Aquino, with special guest Puppy Santiago. On Sunday, 9 November, Fidel Morales Trio (Cuba), and Prodigio en Jazz (DR).
On Saturday, 8 November, there will be a jazz workshop at 10am for young musicians. And then a Youth Concert at Cabarete Beach at 12:30pm.
Cruise visitations to La Romana
The 2008-2009 Caribbean cruise ship season promises to bring increased visitations to the Casa de Campo Cruise Ship Port, as reported in Casa de Campo News. The season opened in late October with the arrival of the 2,758-passenger Victory part of Carnival's SuperLiner ships. With more than 120 arrivals, the 2008-09 season is slated to be one of the best yet for the port since its opening in 2002. The port will also be homeport to four vessels: German-based Aida Cruises with two ships - Aida Vita & Aida Aura; France-based Pullmantur's Bleu de France and British Thomson Cruises" Destiny. Passengers arrive by air to the La Romana International Airport, take the cruise, and then return by air to their home country. Homeport arrivals are especially desirable to a destination because tourists spend more time in the destination, and cruise ships source supplies locally.
Las Arenas in Juan Dolio
New on the market in Juan Dolio is the Las Arenas luxury complex with 206 condo-hotel type operated apartments. Most of the apartments feature panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. They are available in prices that range from US$210,000 to US$750,000 with dimensions from 70 to 250 square meters in one bedroom lofts to 4 bedroom apartments and penthouses. Located on the beach of Juan Dolio, 35 minutes from Santo Domingo and 15 minutes from Las Americas International Airport, the complex was designed by Jorge Mesa Regueiro, from the firm GAT Consulting. Mesa is recognized for his vast knowledge in the area of luxury construction.
For more details, see the DR1 message board: www.dr1.com/forums/south-coast/...
Baseball Season
The Winter Professional Baseball Season continues in the DR with weekend games (7, 8, 9 November) scheduled for stadiums all around the country. At the Quisqueya stadium in Santo Domingo: Estrellas Orientales vs. Licey/7Nov, Escogido Licey/8Nov at 7:30pm and Aguilas vs. Licey at 5pm. In Santiago at the Cibao stadium: Sunday 9 Nov Aguilas vs. Estrellas at 5pm. The Santiago stadium is less than an hour from Puerto Plata, making it accessible to tourists staying in north coast resorts. In San Francisco de Macoris, two hours drive from Samana, the Estrellas match the Gigantes on Friday, 7 Nov and the Aguilas on Sat, 8 Nov at 7:30pm. For tourists staying in San Pedro de Macoris (Juan Dolio resorts), on Sat, 8 Nov there is a game of Azucareros vs Estrellas at the Tetelo Vargas stadium at 8pm and another matching the Gigantes against the home-based Estrellas on Sunday at 5pm. A Friday, 7 Nov game is set for the La Romana Francisco Micheli stadium with Aguilas vs. Azucareros at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Nacional/Jumbo Supermarkets or at the stadiums.
For more scheduled games, see http://www.lidom.com/calendario.htm
Marbella apartments in Juan Dolio
Group Metro recently held a cocktail gathering at the future site of the Marbella apartment complex in Juan Dolio. The exclusive project will consist of five towers of 12 floors with views of the Caribbean Sea and Juan Dolio Beach.
The 460 apartment Marbella project will showcase two and three bedroom apartments ranging from 120 square meters to over 400 square meters. Owners will also enjoy an excellent rental program and membership to the Metro Country Club, replete with its clubhouse, 18 hole par 72 golf course, swimming pool, restaurant and bar, tennis courts, spa and the five star Embassy Suites Marlins Hotel & Golf Resort.
Marbella will be completed in two phases with the first phase's completion projected for mid 2009 and the second phase in mid 2010. Construction prices begin at US$300,000.
Call the Group Metro sales office at (809) 689-9000 or visit their website at http://metrocountry.com for more information.

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