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November 13, 2012
  • Blue Jack Tar for Playa Dorada
  • Lonely Planet chooses DR in its Best in Travel 2013 list
  • Come and see Manny Ramirez play
  • Zumba at Viva Tangerine in Cabarete
  • Puerto Plata Provincial Tourism Festival
  • Seth Kugel of NYTimes likes what he sees in Bayahibe
Blue Jack Tar for Playa Dorada
Puerto Plata investors have announced plans to convert the original Jack Tar Village, the first resort in the Playa Dorada hotel, golf and beach complex to a mix of 120 apartments, 12 lots for villas, a boutique hotel with 70 rooms and shopping areas.
President Danilo Medina was there for the launch of the new initiative. The investors are Pablo Brugal, Juan Morales Trio, Paul Brugal, Rafael Octavio Silverio and Abraham Selman who announced the start of the major overhaul. The new project will be known as the Blue Jack Tar.
Lonely Planet chooses DR in its Best in Travel 2013 list
Influential Lonely Planet travel guide publisher has included the Dominican Republic in their Best in Travel 2013 list. The editors describe the Dominican Republic as "The Caribbean's 'Next Big Thing" and say it is best for: activities, value for money and events. Lonely Planet writes: "In the first quarter of 2012 the Dominican Republic saw an 8.4% increase in tourism. With more airlines offering stops to the country's eight international airports, as well as cruise ships adding the DR as a major port of call, more people are escaping to the land of sun, sand, and surf comparable to anywhere else in the Caribbean."
Other countries listed are Sri Lanka, Montenegro, South Korea, Ecuador, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, Iceland, Turkey and Madagascar.
Come and see Manny Ramirez play
One of three Dominicans who helped the Boston Red Sox win the 2004 World Series (alongside Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz), Manny Ramirez will be playing ball in the Dominican Republic starting mid-November. In a press conference earlier last week in Santo Domingo he announced he would play for his old team, Aguilas Cibaenas. As of 11 November, the Aguilas were first in the league.
"I will continue training to get ready to play, and we'll be there," Ramirez told the press. He said he first wanted to see live pitching before joining the game.
"I feel pretty good physically and I've come to play hard and help this team win a championship," said Ramirez, who has compiled 555 home runs and 1,831 RBIs in 19 major league seasons. "I thank God for the privilege of playing in my hometown." The last time Ramirez played winter ball for Las Aguilas was in the offseason between 1994 and 1995. For the schedule of baseball games in the DR, see
Zumba at Viva Tangerine in Cabarete
If zumba is your thing, then Viva Resorts Tangerine in Cabarete is the place for you.
The all-inclusive resort announced the launch of its Zumba Week with free lessons from world-class instructors. Zumba Week is taking place from 10-17 November. The days are filled with Zumba and aqua Zumba and stretching on the beach. The instructors include Nathalie Chenier, Stephanie Daoust, Leticia Nieto and Marie-Josee Legault.
Nathalie Chenier has been a choreographer since 2001 and a Zumba instructor since 2010. She made the Top 100 of "So You Think You Can Dance?" and is a two time national championship in Acrobatic Rock & Roll and is certified in Zumba training.
Stephanie Daoust received her Zumba certification in 2012 and is a Zumba instructor. Her dance background includes hip-hop, contemporary, jazz and ballet.
Leticia Nieto has participated in ballet, jazz, gymnastics, aerobics and hula dance competitions and Miss Fitness Pageants. She is a certified trainer and fitness instructor and is one of the pioneers of the Hula and Zumba fitness programs in Montreal.
Marie-Josee Legault began dancing at four years of age. She has been a licensed Zumba instructor for nearly three years and was certified in Zumbatomic in 2011.
Puerto Plata Provincial Tourism Festival
Nine municipalities in the province of Puerto Plata and 200 local institutions are preparing to showcase local culture over the weekend of 16, 17 and 18 November. During the FEPP event more than 60 new arts and crafts will be on sale, there will be bachata dancing contests and a drumming performance with a jam session featuring 15 leading percussionists from the province.
A model of Puerto Plata province is being created in the Central Park in Puerto Plata City for the three-day event.
The event is being sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, municipal governments and the Japanese cooperation agency, JICA. They are working towards including the municipalities in the TURISOPP project with the municipalities of Imbert, Luperon, La Isabela, Altamira, Guananico, Villa Isabela, Estero Hondo, Los Hidalgos, Cerro de navas, Sosua, Villa Montellano, Maimon, San Felipe de Puerto Plata, Yasica Arriba and Pedro Garcia de Santiago, among others.
The inaugural event takes place on Tuesday, 13 November at 5:30pm at the Casa de la Cultura in Puerto Plata.
Seth Kugel of NYTimes likes what he sees in Bayahibe
The frugal travel editor for the New York Times has reported back on his budget travel to Viva Wyndham Dominicus. For him it was too good, but was true. He was attracted to the all-inclusive beach resort by an enticing promotional package but describes how to his surprise he got more than he expected.
"The beach was palm-saturated and fine-sanded; the water, pastel-colored and just cool enough to refresh. The food was tolerable and certainly plentiful. Alcohol - this was where I was sure they would get me - was free. My room, with a king-size bed and perfectly acceptable bathroom, was maybe about Holiday Inn-level, which is better than I'm used to," writes Kugel who benefitted from a four days and three nights deal for $561.86.

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