investors waiting for green light for 14 tourist projects in pedernales

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My 2 cents...i would love to see a resort town modeled after the hi rise area in aruba, or a beach town like in virginia beach. A nice commercial strip dotted with a resturaunts and entertainment would be awesome. Cabarete has a good style layed out at their beach, and it seems to work.
Let see if the developers can stay away from the all inclusive and still make money.
 

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My 2 cents...i would love to see a resort town modeled after the hi rise area in aruba, or a beach town like in virginia beach. A nice commercial strip dotted with a resturaunts and entertainment would be awesome. Cabarete has a good style layed out at their beach, and it seems to work.
Let see if the developers can stay away from the all inclusive and still make money.

Wont happen west of Santo Domingo and hopefully nowhere in DR God help us. There is enough of that sort of loud tourism in PR and the Dutch Antilles so settle there. The South West maybe only has a few hundred tourist beds now and with sustainable tourism and the inftrastructure development planned it can and likely will add several hundred more with the small hotel model or the boutique spa hotel and villas resort model. What happens at Bahia de Las Aquilas is the unknown. This region is a destination best suited to Europeans who are into ecotourism, well heeled travelled North Americans in the Aman junkie mold, locals, Latin Americans and specialist travellers such as hikers and bird watchers. The area has a small poor population and any additional tourism investment along with planned international aid to the borders regions will enhance their lives greatly. It won't suit many on this forum especially since many North Americans find the Semana peninsula not to their liking but places with such diverse ecosystems and attractions virtually untouched within a limited area are not found so easily anywhere in the Caribbean and are very attractive to a small and often high spend tourist sector
 

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And then along with a similar article today in almomento.net there is this.....

http://almomento.net/empresario-poc...o-para-desarrollar-turismo-en-barahona/232403

or also in more detail...

http://diariodigital.com.do/2016/08...iernos-del-pld-abandone-proyectos-turisticos/

.....the PLD is not interested in developing the Barahona region apparently....

......Resort Eden 1 and Resort Eden 2 are mentioned and think they relate to proposed developments near San Rafael reported by acento.com in February.....

http://acento.com.do/2016/economia/...plejo-de-apartamentos-turisticos-en-barahona/

.....which additionally refers to another 'english' group investment nearby....

I recall someone posting that powerful interests from the East Coast did not want developments in the South West.......
 

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Wont happen west of Santo Domingo and hopefully nowhere in DR God help us. There is enough of that sort of loud tourism in PR and the Dutch Antilles so settle there. The South West maybe only has a few hundred tourist beds now and with sustainable tourism and the inftrastructure development planned it can and likely will add several hundred more with the small hotel model or the boutique spa hotel and villas resort model. What happens at Bahia de Las Aquilas is the unknown. This region is a destination best suited to Europeans who are into ecotourism, well heeled travelled North Americans in the Aman junkie mold, locals, Latin Americans and specialist travellers such as hikers and bird watchers. The area has a small poor population and any additional tourism investment along with planned international aid to the borders regions will enhance their lives greatly. It won't suit many on this forum especially since many North Americans find the Semana peninsula not to their liking but places with such diverse ecosystems and attractions virtually untouched within a limited area are not found so easily anywhere in the Caribbean and are very attractive to a small and often high spend tourist sector
I love the SW---actually, I love the entire diverse and socially dysfunctional island---and you speak to many fact, but one other fact needs to be mentioned: a few hundred more tourists won't change the lives of the poor people who live in the region. A few hundred thousand will.

That kind of growth won't happen with a couple of more boutique hotels.

Fact is the eco-tourists are a teeny weenie % of the overall tourism market, not enough to make much economic difference in an area.

Fact also is that the SW has changed very little over the years despite the explosion of tourism elsewhere, and despite the constant chatter about how "this will be the year it'll change." There is a reason for that.

Capital seeks the safest and greatest return. Seems those capitalists have been voting with their wallets. Maybe this will be the year it'll change...
 

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Great start, if they actually do it. They're big on promises, not so much on delivering.
A dam would be a necessary to support the water needs of increased tourism and a healthy starting point. There is very little water in the region. The aquaduct project to Barahona 12 years ago has not delivered the water it promised.

Individual desal units for resorts is a spendy & complex proposition.
 

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Although I?ve never been to the south west coast, I?d say the place looks like a pizza
fresh out of the oven just waiting to be carved up with a few crumbs left over for the
locals to share amongst themselves.
 

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I recall someone posting that powerful interests from the East Coast did not want developments in the South West.......

I thought just the opposite was true. Isn't Frank Ranieri involved in the big development in Bani area? To me, it was the toe in the South West waters, so to speak.
 

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I thought just the opposite was true. Isn't Frank Ranieri involved in the big development in Bani area? To me, it was the toe in the South West waters, so to speak.
Bani is barely in the SW. It's sorta kinda on the fringe of the arid region, and isn't that far from the population of Santo Domingo or the airport there. Bani is not Barahona or regions further south.
 

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Bani is barely in the SW. It's sorta kinda on the fringe of the arid region, and isn't that far from the population of Santo Domingo or the airport there. Bani is not Barahona or regions further south.

I realize that - I was referring to the fact that people from PC are investing there. It's certainly not Barahona, but it's the SW [some even consider San Cristobal to be SW, the entire province].

In my totally unresearched opinion, Bahia de las Aguilas holds the key to the entire SW's potential future. Time will tell, but that time might not be in my lifetime.
 
Like Matilda said the south west is a very beautiful and much different part of the DR. I love going to Barahona to relax and hang out for a day or so, I usually stay in a very nice small hotel on the cliffs overlooking the beach, its called playa azul The road after Barahoana is a winding one lane each way all the way to Perdonales so they would have to expand that road if they wanted to increase tourism but that would also take away alot of the regions charm, at least to myself
 

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Precision approaches are for sissys! Do a really loose right hand pattern. Fly over Bahia Las Aguilas go out to sea, turn right and line up on RWY 12. The view is breathtaking.

Kinda like Saba island and Virgin Gorda. less than 10 pilots worldwide are approved to fly into Saba island, and VG is a great landing.. Banking left around a rocky cliff point as you lose altitude before coming right and setting down on a dirt landing strip on the beach.
 

jstarebel

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A problem with pebble beaches in the DR is they are not compatible with glass (beer) bottles like sand is.

The numerous times we've been to Los Patos & Paraiso (which is NOT Paraiso) is broken glass is everywhere, wedged between the pebbles. I've witnessed, every visit to the beach, someone getting their foot cut by glass---thankfully not one of our guests.

On the positive side, I give great kudos & props for the city fathers who were responsible for the great improvements to Los Patos over the years.

Oh, and I DO enjoy the sound created by the wave-on-pebble action...

Give the broken glass some time, and you end up with a beach like these. http://traveltips.usatoday.com/sea-glass-beaches-106573.html
 

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A dam would be a necessary to support the water needs of increased tourism and a healthy starting point. There is very little water in the region. The aquaduct project to Barahona 12 years ago has not delivered the water it promised.

Individual desal units for resorts is a spendy & complex proposition.

Desal systems are not spendy at all from a resorts perspective. Especially with BOO. Build, Own, Operate. The resorts just pay for the water. In fact, all of this new resort talk makes my mouth "water"..
 
This aint going to happen in our lifetimes so lets all stop with the pipe dreams, The DR would be better served fixing up the north coast and making a 4 lane hwy from Santiago to Puerto Plata and also building a road between the north coast and San Juan De Maguana, if this were done then the South West part of the Country could truly be accessible and then you can start talking about resorts down there
 

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I can imagine. But as you know airlines won't fly into airports without one, even in a desert.

Those days are disappearing now,
All the nav systems can invent an RNAV approach for you.POP only has a non-precision VOR DME which gets you below the clouds but most use the RNAV approaches.
The problem would be to get the approach calibrated, published and agreed to enable airlines to plan it as an all weather destination.
Unlikely I think in Barahona, but its 10.000 foot runway at sea level can accept just about any type of plane.

As far as I know,only Las Americas and Santiago are equipped with ILS. (Instrument Landing System.) for precision approaches in low visibility conditions.
Airlines really,really hate diversions...