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Old 07-01-2019, 12:26 PM
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A handful of years ago the United States built a new embassy in the suburbs of Santo Domingo and moved there from the center of the city. Everything was designed and imported from the USA. Even the royal palm trees were imported from south Florida to a country where the royal palm is in its natural environment and grows widely in huge numbers on 80% of the country, not to mention that close to the new embassy are nurseries that sells that and other trees. It is huge.

American tax payers paid to build this quite recently. I think the US ambassador (right now is a woman that is a neighbor of Trump in Palm Beach, Florida) lives in a huge mansion with a pool and giant yard/garden by the country's Central Bank (the Federal Reserve of the place). They closed part of the avenue that gets close to the mansion as part of the new US security measures.







That's where the US ambassador lives with the Central Bank literally across the street.








That's the Central Bank that monitors and directs the national economy.
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Old 07-01-2019, 04:11 PM
 
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This street would look amazing with some effort https://goo.gl/maps/thpihyCcYjR2
It's beautiful the way it is.
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Old 07-04-2019, 08:20 AM
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In this video you can see what most of the country looks like. Obviously, two-thirds of the country is mountainous, which is not visible in the video, and most of the population concentrates in something like 15-20% of the country. There is also different climates ranging from cold with mostly pine trees in the highest valleys and mountains to semi-arid deserts. The change in climate is also very fast, but in most places its a variation of tropical. The people look different in different areas, but the mulatto types predominates in most areas (although there is even a difference how most mulattoes look like depending of the area).

The video is of mostly rural areas in María Trinidad Sánchez province in the northeastern of the country.



This is what is like in the colder regions of the mountains. This video was done in the Central Mountains, which are the highest mountains in the Caribbean with the highest mountain surpassing 10,000 feet. Most of this area is protected in several national parks. It also have the Yaque del Norte River, which is the only whitewater rafting river in the Caribbean. You have to go to the western US to find valleys and mountains that are higher than these.

If you wonder why they sell coats in many stores where the weather is tropical, now you know. lol


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Old 07-04-2019, 09:56 AM
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In this video he crosses Santo Domingo Oeste and Santo Domingo in the Ave Prolongación 27 de Febrero and Ave 27 de Febrero, respectively. 27th of February is the national independence day. I think he was crazy for doing this, but whatever. You will notice that in Santo Domingo Oeste it looks like a normal avenue while in Santo Domingo there are plenty of tunnels, overpasses, and express lanes to move the traffic. Line 3 of the Metro is suppose to run underneath this avenue whenever they built it.


The city of Santo Domingo starts in this rotunda/monument on Ave General Gregorio Luperón. It is suppose to be an arch and at the bottom is a woman that represents the Dominican Republic holding one of her dead sons. In front of her is a monument to all the men that have given their life for the country. From the air it looks like giant Christian cross with the arch in the middle.


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General Gregorio Luperón was this military general. There are statues, streets, avenues, parks, schools, etc named after him all over the place.


https://www.biografiasyvidas.com/bio.../l/luperon.htm


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Old 07-04-2019, 01:25 PM
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This is what most people see when they go to the DR. Playa Bávaro has to be the most internationally known beach in the DR. It also has the most resorts lined up along it and the most visited place on the island and one of the most visited in the Caribbean. It’s suppose to be the longest natural white sand coastline in the world. Santo Domingo is about two hours from a there.

I guarantee most people don’t know where they are at. They don’t know how that place impacted the modern world at least two different times in history. If anything, some become aware once they are there and want to visit the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo and other sights nearby, but I can guarantee that most have no idea from the moment they get off the plane until it’s time to go home again.

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Old 07-05-2019, 12:01 PM
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Aerial Tours of Jardín Botánico Dr Rafael María Moscoso

The Japanese Garden forms part of the massive Dr Rafael María Moscoso Botanical Gardens. At the time of its inauguration in the 1970's it was the largest botanical gardens in Latin America and at its entrance had the world's largest floral clock. While its still one of Latin America's largest botanical gardens (as far as I know, it's the largest botanical gardens in the Caribbean), the floral clock has been beat several times in other parts of the world. It's still by the entrance to the place. All the floral specimens found on the country are in this garden and it also has a big collection of the butterflies. A lot of people, mostly middle class and up, go there in the early mornings and/or the early evenings for jogging. Many families and couples visit this place, especially in the weekends. There are few tourists though. The garden also conserves the forest that is present in many areas of the gardens. There is a train that takes people around the gardens. It may seem it is for lazy people, but the place really is massive.

Rafael María Moscoso was a famous Dominican botanist, hence the name. This was him.

https://es-la.facebook.com/JardinBot...1316325263143/



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Old 07-09-2019, 12:38 PM
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Walmart Inc offered $800 million for their La Sirena stores that about a decade ago were 20-something and now are 30-something stores spread through the country. The owner of the group also owns the Super Pola and the Aprezio chains, plus varios Multiplazas shopping centers. He said that while the sons of the Walmart company and his son were seen together in Santo Domingo, he rejected the offer. That group is the largest company giving to the national Social Security and the largest national private employer.

The original owner of La Sirena was a Spaniard that arrived from Spain with the name. He basically copied a business in Spain with the same name and created a small store in Santo Domingo. Then in the 1960s another Spaniard that married a Dominican woman bought the business and turned it to the large business it is today. The first hypermarket was open in Churchill Ave in Santo Domingo in 1999. They also have the headquarters above, you can see the offices windows from the outside. Since then he has expanded that format where there is a large Dominican middle class. Super Pola is a little more expensive and expanding. Aprezio stores is smaller and geared towards to lower middle class and the poor, also expanding.

The guy that made this into big business was heading specifically for Santo Domingo. People talked a lot about it in his town. He was dropped off in Puerto Rico because at the last minute the captain of the ship said he wasn’t going to Santo Domingo. A few days later he figured it out to reach Santo Domingo with the old lechero airplanes that used to fly between PR and DR every morning. Had he change his mind this company wouldn’t exist today. One of his kids (a grown up now) studied economics at a university in the USA and return to the DR when she graduated. I think they applied some of the things she learn.

All photos are from Google Earth.

This is what a typical La Sirena hypermarket looks like. Older stores each had their own style, then they gave up on that and put these boxes. The original designs are on the original stores, but most stores look like this and new ones look like this too.


This is one of the Super Pola. Its between the trees and the parking lot. All those stores have that orange color.


Now he has competition from other national chains, such as Jumbo. It is expansion mode too. At least this group still keeps each store with a design of its own. By the way, this has nothing to do with the Jumbo chain in Chile. Some people think they are related.


Price Smart was created by a group of Americans that used to work for Costco. They went to Central America plus the DR to basically do the same thing. They became very rich and they are still expanding in the DR. I think right now they have six stores in the DR. Unfortunately, their stores have the same design.


Carrefour, which is a French company, has a few stores in the DR too (you see them in Martinique and Guadalupe, some countries in Latin America, and all over Europe). In a way Carrefour is like the Walmart of Europe.


There are other companies too. Some are national while others only focus in certain region, such as Iberia which is only in the eastern DR. Why? I don’t know.

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Old 07-09-2019, 02:28 PM
 
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This is what is like in the colder regions of the mountains. This video was done in the Central Mountains, which are the highest mountains in the Caribbean with the highest mountain surpassing 10,000 feet. Most of this area is protected in several national parks. It also have the Yaque del Norte River, which is the only whitewater rafting river in the Caribbean. You have to go to the western US to find valleys and mountains that are higher than these.
If you wonder why they sell coats in many stores where the weather is tropical, now you know. lol

Wish Google would hurry this project along, I'd like to see an updated Constanza/Jarabacoa; and the newly paved road to Manabao. I recall rain and 40's; but it has snowed atop Pico Duarte.
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Old 07-09-2019, 07:53 PM
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Teatro Nacional Eduardo Brito

The Teatro Nacional Eduardo Brito is the main performing arts center in the country. When it was inaugurated in the 1970s it had the world’s largest performing stage, but it has been beat since then. It has several stages and then the big one. Its outer facade is made entirely of marble. The building is often used for theatrical performances, original and traveling around Latin America.

The most famous activity that this is used for is Premios Soberanos. It host many Dominican, Latin American, and some non-latin people that have done an outstanding job in music, movies, televisions, etc. This is the Dominican version of the Oscar, the largest of its kind in the Caribbean.

There is an identical one built in Santiago. Don’t ask me why they do that, more so in the same country. It is called Gran Teatro del Cibao.

The other interesting feature is that when the theater is looked from above it has a Latin cross shape on its roof.


This was Eduardo Brito. He was the most outstanding of Dominican artists in the first half of the 20th century.
Se cumplieron 69 años del fallecimiento de Eduardo Brito - Puerto Plata Digital

The following two photos are of Google Earth.


Facade of the theater.


The theater from above.









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Old 07-10-2019, 03:56 PM
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The hotels in Santo Domingo are too many to count. I will simply put some of them in this thread. All hotels in the city are like hotels anywhere, you pay for the hotel room and breakfast. Many hotels have restaurants at their bases where non-hotel patrons usually go as well. There is no standardized for vehicles to arrive at the main door. Due to this you must put attention at the signs in city hotels, because some have the traditional US style of the passenger side facing the main door while other hotels have the driver facing the main door.

All photos are from Google Street View.

Hodelpa Nicolás de Ovando Hotel

Hodelpa is a Dominican chain (stands for Hoteles del País) with several city hotels and resorts along some areas of the coast. The Hodelpa Nicolás de Ovando Hotel was the home of one of the first Spanish governors of the island. It is sandwiched between the historic Calle Las Damas and the Ozama River, overlooking where Christopher Columbus used to tie his caravels. Today much of that area is the Don Diego Colón Port. The ferry from Mayagüez and San Juan, Puerto Rico docks here. Its one of the few hotels where a person can sleep in a room built in the early 1500s.

Hotel Francés

You will read about this hotel in centuries old description of the city. Original owner was a Frenchman that turned this early colonial building into a hotel. When the street was being done I think within the last decade, the engineer promised that the historic building was safe. A few days after the part facing the street went tumbling down. Time, wars, hurricanes, earthquakes left the building with minor damage. Human stupidity did the trick. The building was rebuilt again using the original materials, that’s why it looks new even though it is one of the oldest hotels and oldest building in the hemisphere.

Hodelpa Novus Plaza Hotel

For many years this was part of the Mercure Hotel chain based in France, but a few years ago the Dominican Hodelpa bought it and completely renovated the place. It even has new paint on its facade. The hotel is on the pedestrian Calle El Conde and within walking distance of the historic sights. This street and area is slighted to be upgraded (like in the previous hotel area), so the area could be under construction for some people that might read this in the future.

Hotel Napolitano

This is a traditional hotel in the modern part of the city. It was established by an Italian immigrant from Naples, Italy; hence the name. It is where the malecon starts and just outside the Colonial Zone.

Crowne Plaza Santo Domingo Hotel

This building won a Latin American prize for one of the best architectural designs in the 1990s. All rooms are facing the front because the Caribbean Sea is on the other side of the palm-lined avenue.

Sheraton Santo Domingo Hotel

Beautiful American-chain hotel on the malecon. All rooms facing towards the Caribbean Sea. For people staying on the right side they are basically looking towards Venezuela and those on the left towards Colombia.

Renaissance Jaragua Hotel

This hotel has a coconut grove on its premises. It was a much smaller and historic hotel in the 1940s and 1950s, an icon in Latin America. In the 1980s the hotel was bought by the Marriott company from the USA, rebuilt it and made it bigger, and put on it the Renaissance label. It is a luxurious place with much greenery.

Catalonia Santo Domingo Hotel

The Spanish Catalonia Hotel brand owns several resorts in the DR plus this single city hotel in the country. All rooms have views of the Caribbean Sea, in fact it looks as each room floats above the sea. The only statue by the Colombian Botero in the DR is next to the hotel and visible in the photo. The hotel is attached to the Malecón Center complex.

Occidental El Embajador Hotel

Very historic from the middle of the 20th Century. Ob top of this hotel was filmed part of The Godfather movie in the 1970s. Last year (2018) Queen Letizia of Spain stay here when she visited Santo Domingo. Occidental Hotels is a Spanish chain. You can still see part of the Mirador Sur Park and the Caribbean Sea, even though its not on the coast and the skyline has grown through the years. When the hotel was built this was a rural area outside of the city.

Holiday Inn Santo Domingo

This is a very nice and relatively new Holiday Inn. It is on Abraham Lincoln Ave in Piantini. It has a roof top terrace where much of the city is clearly visible.

InterContinental Santo Domingo Hotel

This is one of the newest buildings built in Santo Domingo. It is in Piantini on Winston Churchill Avenue. Above the reception area it has a nice infinity pool. The chain is American, but this and another building diagonally from it was built and is owned by Grupo Real from El Salvador.

JW Marriott Santo Domingo Hotel

Above Blue Mall Santo Domingo, the most luxurious mall in the DR and in the Caribbean until The Mall of San Juan was built in Puerto Rico, covering many floors of the office tower is the JW Marriott Hotel. This is one of the swankiest hotels in Santo Domingo. The chain and the owner/manager is an American.

Embassy Suites Santo Domingo Hotel

Above Silversun Gallery shopping center on Tiradentes Avenue is the Embassy Suites. The building is very new and one of the most interesting in Santo Domingo.

Hotel Delta

Hotel Delta is a nice Santo Domingo hotel for someone that is more budget oriented. It does have a restaurant at the bottom and a rooftop pool area. The hotel is on Sarasota Avenue.

Like I said in the beginning, this is a small sample of the hotels in this city. There are plenty more from luxurious to budget friendly option scattered through the city.
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