Tips for activating your smart phone for tourists to the DR
Banreservas Cultural Center presents works of Puerto Plata artists
Dominican lobsters need your help!
Air Century advertises US$99 fares to Puerto Rico

Tips for activating your smart phone for tourists to the DR
Tourists traveling to the Dominican Republic are recommended to get a local SIM card for their smart phone. An unlocked cell phone is needed. A thread in DR1 Forums carries suggestions and costs for different companies that sell the service. Among the recommendations is downloading the app for the different companies, being aware of the prepaid data packages sold with a GB limit or not, hybrid plans for those with short stays, among other tips.

Banreservas Cultural Center presents works of Puerto Plata artists
The Centro Cultural Banreservas inaugurated the collective “Visual Artists of Puerto Plata” in honor of Maestro Jorge Severino, who has served as a Dominican diplomat in Spain. The exhibition is part of the program “Valores de las Provincias” that began in 2005 to celebrate the diverse talent from Dominican provinces.

The exhibition also includes photographs, engravings, works in wood, conch and stone. The exhibition is open in March until 28 March 2018 from Monday to Friday from 8am to 9pm.

In addition to the works by Severino, those attending the exhibition can also enjoy the works ofAdolfo Faringthon, Félix Aramis Ciriaco, Luis Emilio Hernández, Claudio César Rodríguez, Dionisio Henríquez, Luis Emilio Hernández, Francis Michelle Calderón, Geraldo Almonte, Aldrin Lozano and Luis Romero.
Also Jaqueline Cabrera, Leo Díaz, Miguel Guillén, Misael Reyes, Nelson Mendoza, Oriolis Ramírez, Orlando Menicucci, Rafo Castillo, Rissatory Martínez, Salomón Santos, Sole Fermín, Susy Vargas, Teddy Tejeda, Eliu Almonte and Víctor Belén.

The Centro Cultural Banreservas is located on Calle Isabel la Católica 202 in the Colonial City.

Dominican lobsters need your help!
A four-month ban on fishing lobster in the Dominican Republic is in effect. Locals and tourists can make a difference in the conservation of the spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) by doing their part and not consuming lobsters during the ban. The time span corresponds to the major spawning period of the lobster. The ban is regional, and is called for all lobster fishing in the Central American and Caribbean region from 1 March through 30 June 2018.

The measure is championed by the Dominican Republic that for the first half of this year holds the temporary presidency of the System for Central American Integration (SICA). It is the 9th year that SICA countries (Costa Rica, Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama together with the Dominican Republic jointly adopt the sustainable fishing measure.

The measure applies for the capture and marketing of spiny lobster species, Caribbean spiny (Panulirusargus), spotted spiny (Panulirus guttatus), slipper lobster (Schyllarides aequinoctialis) and mother lobster (Parribacus antarcticus)).

Violating the provision carries penalties and fines of up to US$50,000 and from two to ten years in prison.

The measure was regionally adopted in 2010 and the DR joined in 2012 to preserve the species from over-fishing and a decline in the lobster population. It coincides with the time that lobsters located in the Caribbean and Central America are reproducing.

Restaurants, fishmongers and supermarkets across the country with mass stock of lobster, live lobsters or in captivity, are obliged to inform the Dominican Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture (CODOPESCA) its existence and suspend the sale 5 days after the official announcement.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has called the measure an important step for the protection of the most valuable fishing resource in the region and a clear sign of the regional and national commitment with the conservation of the marine ecosystems.

Other annual fourth months bans are those protecting crabs (Cardisoma guanumi) from 1 December to 30 April, river crabs (Epilobocera haitensis) from 1 June through 30 September, conch (Strombus gigas) from 1 July to 31 October and lobster from 1 March to 30 August. Stores with inventories of locally sourced products need to notify the Codopesca for an authorization to sell these species.

Air Century advertises US$99 fares to Puerto Rico
For purchase online from 1 March to 30 March 2018, Air Century is marketing deals for traveling to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) from La Isabela International Airport in northern Santo Domingo (JBQ).

The US$99 fares include the taxes and allows for one personal item and one carry on bag weighing maximum of 30 pounds plus one checked bags that does not exceed 158 cm or 50 pounds.

The airline flies out of JBQ departing at 11:05 and arriving to SJU at 12:15, for a flight duration of 1h 10m. Return flights depart SJU at 14:05 and arrive to JBQ at 15:15.

Air Century offers regular flight service to Haiti and San Juan, Puerto Rico from Santo Domingo. It expects to soon announce flights to Aruba and St. Martin. The company has been flying charter since 1992.