Recent content by pelaut

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    When POP was POP

    I came to Puerto Plata 34 years ago on a sailboat. I bought my first property from the venerable Don Luis Pelegr?n 30 years ago. If you want a snapshot of how ex-pats fared back when Puerto Plata was still Puerto Plata (40,000 inhabitants versus ~480,000 today), here is the story from a...
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    Possible Claro Scam

    At 5:08pm yesterday afternoon a man called my cell phone. My cell showed "number unknown". With office-like hubbub in the background he declared my Banda Ancha account would be canceled if I didn't pay up by the close of business that day, a Friday. He quoted the exact sum that was due. Since it...
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    Haiti then . . .

    I sailed into the DR in 1980, but didn't return until 1984 when I dawdled in the Greater Antilles. I was wasting time until the season was ripe for a Canal transit and Pacific passage, the objective being a return to Indonesia. However, the DR caught me in its maw, and here I am to today...
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    Some Nostalgia

    While updating my website with a different story as I do from time to time, I imagined that some whom I know on this board might get a kick out of my first hand observations of the impact of AI tourism here on the north coast, the cradle of DR tourism. And for those that didn't know early...
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    Wanted to Buy: 2BR/2Bath house

    Need a turnkey deal on a 2BR/2Bath small house in Santiago or Puerto Plata city, unfurnished single level open plan (aka "great room" with kitchen breakfast bar) . If not a single open area ("great room") plan, it must be able to be renovated to one. Must be a secure area near to clinics and...
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    Need furnished apartment ASAP

    For immediate occupancy ​by senior couple. 1-2 Bedrooms, open plan Living/Dining/Kitchen with terrace. Puerto Plata or Santiago, not far from shopping, medical, etc. View and a breeze appreciated.
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    CLARO movil wireless in the Campo

    I'm in the campo, no landline available, but the CLARO tower is only a kilometer away, on a hilltop visible to my hilltop. I've had CLARO wireless with the old Alcatel USB modem (silver color, playing card size) for several years. At a normal speed of 256KB it's been only tolerable, especially...