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February 19, 2013
  • DR keeps Miami-Santo Domingo AA link
  • President Medina visits Playa Grande's Costa Norte development
  • Carnival time in the Dominican Republic
  • Master of the Ocean at Playa Encuentro
DR keeps Miami-Santo Domingo AA link
American Airlines and US Airways officially announced their merge on Thursday, 14 February. Once the largest carrier to the Dominican Republic, American continues to transport local passengers. While American Airlines announced it was cancelling its routes from JFK International to Santiago and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic with the last flight on 1 April 2013, its Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico routes will remain in place. The airline is promoting the merge with US Airways on its newly designed website. The new airline will be known as American.
On the website, American is promoting its flights to SDQ/La Guardia flights for US$463. But this flight involves a connection through Miami. The airline also offers its SDQ/MCO (Orlando) for US$392 (also required a stopover in Miami) and Santo Domingo non-stop flight to Miami and others with a connection through San Juan, Puerto Rico. The airline informed that Dominicans who have Frequent Flyer miles with American Airlines could continue to use them for the Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico flights (US$385) and on the extensive American Airlines-One World network of airlines. There is speculation US Airways passengers that are now affiliated with the Star Alliance will be merged into the One World alliance.
President Medina visits Playa Grande's Costa Norte development
President Danilo Medina visited the province of Maria Trinidad Sanchez on Sunday, 17 February for a ceremony marking the start of construction of the Costa Norte beach and golf development in Playa Grande beach. The project, which includes a boutique hotel and vacation property, will be developed in three phases by a US company, North Shore Land Holdings Inc. The company expects the completed investment to reach US$400 million over its 1.2 million square meters. The project is regarded as the largest investment ever carried out in Maria Trinidad Sanchez province, located to the east of Puerto Plata, since the completion of the Puerto Plata Airport and the Playa Dorada hotel complex in the 1970s.
Project director, Engineer Adolfo Ramirez said it would become a model for high standards and community involvement, with a first being the public beach access and facilities, a reported investment of US$2.3 million in new facilities. The first phase is located along the beach on the east side of Playa Grande. A boutique hotel will serve as beach club, with sports facilities. A second phase will be developed in the Punta Preciosa area with vacation homes and facilities including an equestrian center. A third phase includes the construction of four luxury villas on the mountainside of the property.
Ramirez said that while the Ministry of Tourism has authorized a room density of 30 rooms per hectare, Costa Norte will only be building eight rooms per hectare. He said they have worked closely with experts from the National Botanical Gardens to identify the areas of lower environmental impact for most of the construction to take place. This has resulted in irregular trails to prevent affecting native tree species.
Ramirez says they seek to attract 'Gypsetters,' or people who fuse the ease and carefree lifestyle of a gypsy with the sophistication of the jet set. These trendsetters are regarded as people with high income, solid cultural background and leadership in their countries. The community founders already include Boykin Curry IV, Scott Nathan, Jonathan Soros, Mike Novogratz, Charlie Rose, Fared Zakaria, Richard Mier, Chris Melony and Mariska Hargitay.
Carnival time in the Dominican Republic
Every weekend in February is carnival in the Dominican Republic, with the biggest displays now going on Sunday afternoons in La Vega (diablos cojuelos), Bonao (diablos cojuelos) and Santiago (lechones). There is also carnival in the smallest towns - Montecristi (toros, civiles), Puerto Plata, Salcedo, Cotui (Platanuses, papeluses) on Sundays. In Samana and Rio San Juan (Maria Trinidad Sanchez province) carnivals, maritime motifs take prevalence. The Rio San Juan Carnival will be 21-24 February. And then in March, the best parading groups come south to strut their stuff in the carnivals of Santo Domingo on the Malecon on Sunday, 3 March, and other places such as Punta Cana (Sunday, 9 March) and La Romana (23 March). Check for Carnival parades also on Wednesday, 27 February, like the one that is scheduled for Puerto Plata.
Master of the Ocean at Playa Encuentro
The toughest and bravest of the sea meet at Playa Encuentro, in Cabarete, Puerto Plata from 23 February to 3 March for the annual Master of the Ocean competition. Over the five days of competition, the regional best will be competing in surfing, wave riding, kite surfing and stand up paddling. There are competitions for men and women with four categories this year, including a new class of elite and multi-sport waterman/woman and the future master of the ocean.

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