BONAO DR1 members

ssarkas

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wifes family lives there. i spend lots of time there. i dont think we have many members living there but i could easily be wrong
 

zoomzx11

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Jan 21, 2006
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lived there six months and hated it. Lots of cirme, motos, flooding rains and I was nearly the only gringo. Im sure there are some nice things about the area but I could not find them.
 

frank12

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Sep 6, 2011
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Haha, funny assessment.

A little about Bonao. It's sits in a valley, surrounded by mountains. it rains a lot. a whole lot. as such, its a very green place, with lots of rivers and streams. there's lots of agriculture. my family grows Cacao, Coffee, rice, etc. we used to have dairy farms. Did i mentio that it rains a lot?

if you like motorcycling--enduros in particular, you could take the many, many roads and paths that lead up in the mountains--all the way to piedra blanca, then to constanza, jarabacoa, san jaun de ochoa, etc. you could drive around on enduros until the end of the decade and still not see or experience all of the myriad of trails and paths that lead up in the mountains. there are no rules or laws here so, you cold drive around looking for the passage to Asia if you wanted; i thought i found it back in the 80's when, high up in the mountains, near La Vega, i encountered some Japanese who had been lost for nealry ten years and were trying to find their way out of the mountains, back to civilization. They now own Kamakazi restaurant in Santo Domingo--the best sushi restaurant on the island.

Ok, so assuming motorcycling is not your thing, and owning a farm and growing cacao, coffee, rice etc is not your thing either because, like me, you lack both a green thumb and the capacity to do any hard work requiring one to wake up early, not to mention that hard work has the capacity of messing up one's hair and comb-over. Well, in this situation, you could always run back and forth out of your house to see how far you can make before the screen door closes behind you, or you could sit around and watch the paint dry on the walls. Barring that, you could always hang out at either Monte Carlo Restaurant (same owners as Tipico Bonao) and watch the traffic speed by at the the Speed of Sound as they attempt to beat the traffic light that sits at the intersection of Monte Carlo and the Esso gas station.

However, if watching passolas go past at the speed past of sound is not your thing, you could always find yourself a little girlfriend and take her to one of the dozens of Cabanas that line the highways surrounding Bonao. If, however, hanging out in Cabanas is not your thing becuase, well, let's face it, theres a shortage right now of "Real" Viagra circulating around these days, then you could always hang out at the Falcando club--located in the American Neighborhood (Barrio de Gringos)--where you can play tennis, play golf on their 9-hole golf course, or just lounge around the pool sipping pina colodas. Barring that, remember that your only a 50 minute drive from Santo Domingo, or 35 minute drive from Santiago. So, basically, your in the middle of no where and in the middle of everything at the same time.

Isn't life glorious!

Frank

lived there six months and hated it. Lots of cirme, motos, flooding rains and I was nearly the only gringo. Im sure there are some nice things about the area but I could not find them.
 

John Boyter

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Jun 10, 2008
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Bonao

Haha, funny assessment.

A little about Bonao. It's sits in a valley, surrounded by mountains. it rains a lot. a whole lot. as such, its a very green place, with lots of rivers and streams. there's lots of agriculture. my family grows Cacao, Coffee, rice, etc. we used to have dairy farms. Did i mentio that it rains a lot?

if you like motorcycling--enduros in particular, you could take the many, many roads and paths that lead up in the mountains--all the way to piedra blanca, then to constanza, jarabacoa, san jaun de ochoa, etc. you could drive around on enduros until the end of the decade and still not see or experience all of the myriad of trails and paths that lead up in the mountains. there are no rules or laws here so, you cold drive around looking for the passage to Asia if you wanted; i thought i found it back in the 80's when, high up in the mountains, near La Vega, i encountered some Japanese who had been lost for nealry ten years and were trying to find their way out of the mountains, back to civilization. They now own Kamakazi restaurant in Santo Domingo--the best sushi restaurant on the island.

Ok, so assuming motorcycling is not your thing, and owning a farm and growing cacao, coffee, rice etc is not your thing either because, like me, you lack both a green thumb and the capacity to do any hard work requiring one to wake up early, not to mention that hard work has the capacity of messing up one's hair and comb-over. Well, in this situation, you could always run back and forth out of your house to see how far you can make before the screen door closes behind you, or you could sit around and watch the paint dry on the walls. Barring that, you could always hang out at either Monte Carlo Restaurant (same owners as Tipico Bonao) and watch the traffic speed by at the the Speed of Sound as they attempt to beat the traffic light that sits at the intersection of Monte Carlo and the Esso gas station.

However, if watching passolas go past at the speed past of sound is not your thing, you could always find yourself a little girlfriend and take her to one of the dozens of Cabanas that line the highways surrounding Bonao. If, however, hanging out in Cabanas is not your thing becuase, well, let's face it, theres a shortage right now of "Real" Viagra circulating around these days, then you could always hang out at the Falcando club--located in the American Neighborhood (Barrio de Gringos)--where you can play tennis, play golf on their 9-hole golf course, or just lounge around the pool sipping pina colodas. Barring that, remember that your only a 50 minute drive from Santo Domingo, or 35 minute drive from Santiago. So, basically, your in the middle of no where and in the middle of everything at the same time.

Isn't life glorious!

Frank

Bonao doesn't sound to bad.
 

Africaida

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Jun 19, 2009
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Haha, funny assessment.

A little about Bonao. It's sits in a valley, surrounded by mountains. it rains a lot. a whole lot. as such, its a very green place, with lots of rivers and streams. there's lots of agriculture. my family grows Cacao, Coffee, rice, etc. we used to have dairy farms. Did i mentio that it rains a lot?

if you like motorcycling--enduros in particular, you could take the many, many roads and paths that lead up in the mountains--all the way to piedra blanca, then to constanza, jarabacoa, san jaun de ochoa, etc. you could drive around on enduros until the end of the decade and still not see or experience all of the myriad of trails and paths that lead up in the mountains. there are no rules or laws here so, you cold drive around looking for the passage to Asia if you wanted; i thought i found it back in the 80's when, high up in the mountains, near La Vega, i encountered some Japanese who had been lost for nealry ten years and were trying to find their way out of the mountains, back to civilization. They now own Kamakazi restaurant in Santo Domingo--the best sushi restaurant on the island.

Ok, so assuming motorcycling is not your thing, and owning a farm and growing cacao, coffee, rice etc is not your thing either because, like me, you lack both a green thumb and the capacity to do any hard work requiring one to wake up early, not to mention that hard work has the capacity of messing up one's hair and comb-over. Well, in this situation, you could always run back and forth out of your house to see how far you can make before the screen door closes behind you, or you could sit around and watch the paint dry on the walls. Barring that, you could always hang out at either Monte Carlo Restaurant (same owners as Tipico Bonao) and watch the traffic speed by at the the Speed of Sound as they attempt to beat the traffic light that sits at the intersection of Monte Carlo and the Esso gas station.

However, if watching passolas go past at the speed past of sound is not your thing, you could always find yourself a little girlfriend and take her to one of the dozens of Cabanas that line the highways surrounding Bonao. If, however, hanging out in Cabanas is not your thing becuase, well, let's face it, theres a shortage right now of "Real" Viagra circulating around these days, then you could always hang out at the Falcando club--located in the American Neighborhood (Barrio de Gringos)--where you can play tennis, play golf on their 9-hole golf course, or just lounge around the pool sipping pina colodas. Barring that, remember that your only a 50 minute drive from Santo Domingo, or 35 minute drive from Santiago. So, basically, your in the middle of no where and in the middle of everything at the same time.

Isn't life glorious!

Frank


Off topic but....Frank you you are hilarious AND have a gift with words, love it ! :)
 

DR_Guy

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Feb 17, 2010
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I have lived in Maimon (near Piedra Blanca) for four years. We go four wheeling or jet skiing every weekend. Haltillo reservoir is about 20 mins from Maimon and is awesome. Bass fishing is also excellent, When you see a group of gringos out there every Sunday with halfdozen jet skis. Its us. Stop by and say hi.

Not bad to leave. There is a decent restaurant (La Cascada) owned by a Pommie. And SD is close for shopping and lunch on the weekends. Tipico for dinner isnt too bad also. Probably one of the best overall restaurants in the DR. Cheers!