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January 18, 2011
  • Santo Domingo East ecotourism route
  • La Estancia inaugural
  • Badgley & Mischka in La Romana
  • The playoffs in the east
Santo Domingo East ecotourism route
The Ministry of Environment is backing an 'Ecotour' route taking visitors to the National Aquarium, the Los Tres Ojos cave and the Cachon de la Rubia springs. The route uses buses that run on natural gas, costs RD$100 and includes the admission fee to these three natural attractions.
The tours depart on the hour on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9am to 6pm from the Parque Juan Pablo II on Ave. Venezuela in eastern Santo Domingo.
The EcoTour Santo Domingo Este is an initiative by the Ministry of Environment with the collaboration of the OMSA governmental bus company, Santo Domingo East Municipality and the Ministry of Tourism with sponsorship also from Orange Dominicana.
The first tour was on Sunday, 16 January.
At the National Aquarium, visitors can see more than 250 marine creatures exhibited in large tanks and a tunnel for the observation of sharks and turtles.
The Cueva de los Tres Ojos takes visitors underground to explore caverns with stalagmites and stalactites, and underground lagoons. Cachon de la Rubia, the lesser known of the three natural sights, is located on the outskirts of Greater Santo Domingo, with its attraction of springs, natural trails and exuberant forests.
La Estancia inaugural
President Leonel Fernandez was in La Romana last week to formally inaugurate the La Estancia tourism and residential area located between La Romana city and Bayahibe. President Fernandez and Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia cut the symbolic ribbon marking the official opening of the US$120 million development. Once completed the development will feature a 27-hole golf course and 2,500 residences. In the keynote address at the opening, company president Eduardo Morrison highlighted the fact that now it is made up of the Las Brisas Apartments (60 units), La Canada Townhomes (52 units), Par 3 Golf Residencies (12), Las Villas Golf Cottages (18) and 300 lots with already 60 villas so far. He said that some 90 families are living permanently in the residential area. La Estancia golf course is 18 holes. Colegio New Horizons, a school accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, is opening a branch for the 2011-2012 school year. A hotel will be built as part of the second phase.
Badgley & Mischka in La Romana
Mark Badgley and James Mischka will be showing their Spring Summer 2011 Collection and Tiffany jewelry store will take the front stage in Altos de Chavon at 8pm on Saturday, 22 January as part of the Magic Splendor for Life annual benefit held in La Romana. Tiffany has prepared its traditional Mystery Blue Box for ticket buyers. Ticket prices include dinner with Le Cirque cuisine, the fashion show and the after party with DJ Gringo and Los Hermanos Rosario.
The benefit helps sponsor quality educational and vocational education opportunities for underprivileged children and women in La Romana. The Mir Foundation event is in its 20th year. The show is part of activities set for the 21-23 benefit weekend. Tickets are for sale at Casa de Campo.
The playoffs in the east
For the first time in the history of Dominican winter baseball, the playoffs will be played in the southeastern cities of La Romana and San Pedro de Macoris. The Estrellas Orientales won the right to dispute the Toros of La Romana in a final game they won 3-0 on Monday evening against the Gigantes del Cibao from San Francisco de Macoris.
The media has named the playoffs, "The Sugar Cane Series" relative to the sugar-cane producing region of the east.
This is the first time ever that the playoffs are being played away from Santo Domingo, since both the capital city's teams were eliminated early on. La Romana and San Pedro fans are very supportive of their teams, promising an exciting 9-5 playoffs games as the teams have but a half-hour commute between each other. This will be the fourth time that the Toros have made it to the playoffs. They won the Dominican championship for the first time in 1994-95 season. The Estrellas won the championship in 1954 and 1968, and it has been 11 years since they were last in a playoff.

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