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Old 07-18-2019, 08:14 AM
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Plaza de la Bandera

This monument from the air looks like a giant Christian cross. In the sides it has some gardens which consist primarily of Sabal Dominguensis palms. In the center is a big arch with the Dominican flag right under it. At ground level is a statue of a woman holding her dead son on her arms. The woman represents the Dominican Republic and the dead son the soldiers and people that gave their lives for the country. On the columns of the arch facing outwards are two statues of angels. In front of the main statue is a small monument dedicated to the soldiers that gave their lives and history didn’t remember their name. In certain parts around the monument are many smaller Dominican flags. The monument makes the largest rotunda in the country and possibly in the hemisphere, part of which is an underpass. A vehicular tunnel plus Line 3 of the Metro of Santo Domingo is suppose to pass underneath this monument connecting Santo Domingo with Santo Domingo Oeste in a east-west direction.

The Dominican flag has the following representation: Blue = liberty, red = sacrifices for the country, white giant cross = the different colors and races that keep the country united. In the center of the flag is a coat of arm with the following: on top is a ribbon with God, Country, and Liberty written. Underneath is a Christian cross and underneath that the Bible open to the John book where it says “The truth shall make you free”. There are many Dominican flags without the coat of arms. On the sides is a branch of the Royal Palm tree (a native species) and a branch of the Laurel tree. Underneath is another ribbon with Dominican Republic written.






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Old 07-18-2019, 10:44 AM
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Parque Independencia

Independence Park is right outside of the Colonial City, in fact Calle El Conde pedestrian street ends right there. One side of the park has some of the walls that surrounded Santo Domingo and Puerta del Conde, the main door to the old city. In 1586 Sir Francis Drake and his men stormed into the city using two doors, one of them was Puerta del Conde. Walls and doors help to save a place from the enemy, but if the enemy is able to enter the city at that point there is nothing that can be done. The authorities couldn't believe what they were seeing happening in that moment. In the middle of the 1600 William Penn's troops were beat before they could reach the city, but later on and on the same voyage they successfully invaded and took over Jamaica for England. The park itself has a moat (sometimes with water, other times it's empty). There is a Kilometro Cero (Zero Kilometer) dial from where all the distances of the country are measured. On the sides are busts of some people important to the country's independence. Elsewhere in the park there are other statues to people that play a role. In the center of the park is the Altar de la Patria with statues of the three main founders of the country and an eternal flame devoted to them.

The photos are from Google Street View.







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Old 07-18-2019, 05:00 PM
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Bolsa de Valores de la República Dominicana

The Dominican Republic Stock Exchange is in this highrise building. On its facade the logo of this financial institution is displayed (unfortunately the sun light makes it hard to see in the images) which moves billions of dollars every year. The top floors of the building are residential apartments. Many of the most important companies participate in this stock exchange.

Photos are from Google Street View.




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Old 07-18-2019, 05:53 PM
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Torre Anacaona 27

This is the tallest building in Central America and the Caribbean (minus Panama City, Panama) and one of the tallest buildings in Latin America. All the modern amenities are available because its apartment sell for more than $1 million each. It even has a heliport on its roof and the ceiling of the lobby extends several floors to create a grand entrance to the building. This building is peculiar for three reasons. First, it is a black structure from top to bottom. Not many buildings are like that in the world. Second, it has a Taino empress name. Third, it is situated in the first city founded by Europeans in America. All three origins of most of the Dominican people in one building and at once. It can be seen from the Caribbean Sea in front of the city and from the building itself there are spectacular views of the city, the mountains that are far from the city, and the glimmering sea. Across the avenue is Parque Mirador del Sur , specifically where the long and ample park has the artificial lake. Next to the lake is also a restaurant. The structure was built by the Rodríguez Sandoval company, very respected company in Santo Domingo. The architect and founder of the company is the engineer Jesús Rodríguez Sandoval, a Dominican that became famous for his record breaking buildings.










Jesús Rodríguez Sandoval, famous Dominican builder for several buildings, Anacaona 27 among them.
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Old 07-19-2019, 03:27 AM
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Bocao Food Fest Santo Domingo

Every year event takes place on one weekend of July in a stretch of the Malecón of Santo Domingo. Mostly Dominicans go to this event which includes live music and overall a festive atmosphere. The most important aspect of the event are many of the city's restaurants and some of the country's most popular foods have stalls where their product is offered. Other companies also advertises at several places. This is one of many events th are celebrated through the year and in open air in Santo Domingo, including concerts ranging from Los Hermanos Rosario, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Akon, Snoop Dog, Jennifer López, Luciano Pavarotti, Maná, Milly Quezada, Shakira, and many others.

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Old 07-19-2019, 11:46 AM
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Kah Kow Experience

The main showing of several elaboration of Dominican chocolate. The name is derived from Cacao, which is the Spanish name of cocoa. It's mostly grown outside of San Francisco de Macorís in the eastern Cibao Valley. Traditionally, hot cocoa is drank as part of the breakfast in the Dominican Republic since very early in colonial times. It even predates drinking coffee, which the plant and the habit was first introduced on the French colony and in the 1700's made it to the Spanish colony until this day. During the 1600s and much of the 1700s Santo Domingo was the main supplier of Cacao to Spain. Today, Dominican chocolate has a robust sale within the DR in its various form and is exported as a finished product or as an ingredient to foreign markets. In Japan Dominican Cacao is exclusively used in the elaboration of a Japanese gourmet chocolate. Dominican chocolate brands, such as Anacaona bars, has won international prizes due to its flavor. Hot chocolate Embajador, which is sold all over the DR and Puerto Rico, is leading in the market (made by Hermanos Cortés & Co., a competitor). There is also a luxury hotel named like that in Santo Domingo. The Godfather was filmed there in part in the 1970's and the Queen of Spain stay there in 2018. The products of Kah Kow are also on sale here. While they have other outlets, this is the only place where they show Cacao elaboration.

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Old 07-19-2019, 08:37 PM
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Silver Sun Gallery

One of the most unique tall buildings in the city. It quickly became a landmark and it isn’t hard to figure out why. On top it has the Embassy Suites hotel for which no photo is able to show this building as it looks in person. It has a large infinity pool that isn’t visible at street level but the street is visible from the pool area. At the bottom is the small shopping center Silver Sun Gallery with a movie theater, a gym, and some shopping, entertainment, and eating options.












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Old 07-20-2019, 08:35 AM
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Santo Domingo's Riviera

The city itself doesn't have good beaches. There is small playa Güibia and the artificially made playa Sans Souci and it's access through a private social club. As a result, Dominicans from the capital head east for the beaches. The most popular spots includes Boca Chica, Juan Dolio, La Romana-Bayahibe, and the Punta Cana-Bávaro areas. Dominicans are the majority owners of the villas and apartments, mostly in gated communities and some with public access. Some developments have a foreign majority. The foreign buyers tend to be mostly Canadians, Americans, Puerto Ricans, Haitians, Cubans, Colombians, Mexicans, Spanish, Italians, Germans, and French. In recent years there has been an uptick of Russians too. Some of the famous people that owns a home in the eastern DR includes Henry Kissinger, Julio Iglesias, Shakira, Carlos Slim, Rafael Nadal, Shaqueel O'neil, King Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, Miguel Siguala, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Carlos Cisneros, among others. Some developments, such as Playa Nueva Romana, are relatively new and have strict architectural standards, and stand alone. Others are in the middle of the action. Dominicans get a discount at many of the resorts if they show their cédula (ID card) that has every citizen of the DR.

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Boca Chica started as a beach area for the rich in the 1940s that the rich had beachfront villas. It's around 30 minutes from the capital. The Hamaca Resort is very historic and dates to this time, though now it's much bigger. The area had also a large sugar mill nearby, though except for the tall chimney and the train tracks has been dismantled. On one side is the Santo Domingo Nautical Club, the most exclusive of the yacht clubs around Santo Domingo that caters to a mostly Dominican clientele. On the other side are still some homes of Dominicans that look over the Caribbean Sea and some restaurants that spill over the sea with Neptunos becoming the most famous one. In the middle is the beach, a small part for use of the Hamaca Resort guests. This beach is famous with Dominicans of all types and on weekends and holidays it gets filled to the max with people. The beach looks towards the Andrés Bay and its known as the biggest natural swimming pool in the Caribbean.











Juan Dolio is a much more recent development and more of a Dominican middle class and upper middle class vacation here. The beach is much longer and have some wave action. It takes about 45 minutes from the capital. Most buildings by the beach are apartments with a mostly Dominican clientele. Nearby are two golf courses, The Marlins and Guavaberry. The president also has a mansion by the beach that is owned by the government. On weekends and holidays this area gets its action, but it's never as crowded as Boca Chica. This area is often referred to as the South Beach of the DR, mostly because of its highrises by the beach, a rarity in this country where resorts tend to be low rises by law. This area is one of the exceptions.













Some of the developments that attract rich Dominicans are gated, but Casa de Campo can be accessed for people wanting to play its Teeth of the Dog golf course, one of the top courses in the world that has won many prizes and can be played in Microsoft golf game for the PC. Altos de Chavón is a small Mediterranean like village with a branch of NY's Parson School of Design within Casa de Campo. Altos de Chavón also has an open air amphitheater, inaugurated in the 1970s by a concert by Frank Sinatra. In this place they also held many concerts by Dominican and international famous people year round. Like I said already, most developments have Dominicans as the majority with the case of Casa de Campo reaching over 60%. Other places are over 80% while others Dominicans are definitely a minority. Further afield is Cap Cana with its Punta Espada golf course, not only a top course in the world but the only one outside the USA that has been home to the PGA Tours. Cap Cana also has one of the best private schools in the country and a branch of a top Dominican university. Generally there are many areas along the coast where Dominicans either own a beach home or stay at a resort, go dining, shopping, etc. The Bávaro-Punta Cana area most of the area is developed as gated communities, as it becomes very clear to anyone that does a helicopter tour of the place. The area isn't developed with pedestrians in mind since there is no real city there, just various developments with several areas that have a high store/restaurant/entertainment center. People tend to zip in their private cars wherever they are going.





















There are also other destinations on the islands northeast, north, and southwestern parts plus in several mountain valleys. With the exceptions of some places in the northeast and northern parts, most of these destinations are overwhelmingly filled by Dominicans. Some are day events by rivers with dance and eating clubs next to them, others are resorts in the mountains, hotels in secluded areas, etc with all types of natural and man-made attractions bringing all types of Dominicans from the capital and elsewhere.

Beaches in the Caribbean side tend to have smaller waves than many beaches on the Atlantic side. Caribbean beach water is also warmer than in the Atlantic side, almost like a bathtub in many places. There are more white sand beaches on the Caribbean side than on the Atlantic side. Beaches near Baní tend to have very brown sand and one beach is black sand. In the Barahona area the beaches have small pebbles instead of sand and the Bahoruco Mountains drop on the coast, contrary to most coastline in the DR which is either flat land or the mountain ranges are a little set back from the coast.

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Old 07-20-2019, 10:30 AM
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I forgot to say that the Punta Cana-Bávaro area is about 2 hours from Santo Domingo taking the route RD-3. There is one toll at the end of Autopista de Las Américas and a few tolls on Autopista El Coral. There might be some traffic in the Santo Domingo area, but other than that is smooth sailing. The eastern DR is sparsely populated. The region is about the size of Connecticut or Puerto Rico, but has a population of about 1.5 million. Most live in just three cities, so you have most of the region very sparsely populated and it is noticeable from the highway. Some rich people will zoom by you in the highway on a sports car, because all know that the police will not stop you due to that.

Sometimes it is deadly, as happen to this guy heading to Punta Cana who had his Porsche go out of control. Single car accident where the driver died.



Other than that, it’s smooth sailing, maybe a little boring because the highway passes through the biggest plain in the Caribbean outside of Cuba.

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