- May 7, 2016
Mexican entrepreneurs and brands have used to good advantage the arrival of sargassum to create different kinds of products with it.
You hate places you have been to 20 times? How is that?I really question whether you have spent a lot of time in DR to make this post. I don't actually like beaches all that much and that's why I hate islands like Antigua (been there 9 times) Barbados (11 times) Dominica (4 times). Absolutely zilch to do in those places. DR, in my opinion, is packed with things to do that don't involve beaches. The capital is a huge city, almost the same size as Los Angeles, with a world of things to do, great nightlife (normally in any case), good shopping, parks, museums, historic sites, bars, restaurants, the list goes on. The interior of the island is fascinating, the mountains are breathtaking, a drive through the agricultural areas is interesting. You can do adventure sports like whitewater rafting in Jarabacoa, mountain biking, rock climbing. You mention safety, but compared to countries like Jamaica or even Mexico we are way safer and especially for tourists in AI's it is rare to hear of anyone having serious problems. Anyone who interferes with the tourist dollar on DR gets dealt with very quickly by the police.
I would also take issue with the idea that the seaweed will ever cause tourists to stop coming. I believe that some airlines and holiday companies have always sent their customers an advisory that there is a risk of seaweed in Punta Cana, and so far it doesn't seem to have put people off.
On your final point, have you not noticed that the current president is trying to do just that? Eliminate corruption. Ensure rules are enforced. Sure that can't have passed you by?
You can clean the beach, but you can't clean the water. Nobody wants to swim in brownish bad smelling water. Caribbean tourism is seriously fcuked up. It's only a question of time when tourists stop coming to resorts, maybe a few years from now.Certainly the DR would be one up on other tourist resorts if it invested in some machines as I see are used in South Florida on a daily basis.
Damned those racist.About as racist as one could get with-in the rules of TOS. BTW, it is their beach, remember? Only IMO, of course I could be wrong.
Correct. They are everyday....but here we have "rasists lite" Keyboard only. The wimpy kind.Damned those racist.
They're everywhere these days.
Beaches should be public access
for all. Though there is nothing wrong with enforcing clean/ orderly behaviour.
It takes a shift in the winds Eugene. The summer winds (sargassum season) are generally south-southeast, which makes the east and south coast vulnerable. The north coast remains protected unless a storm rolls through.I think it's only a question of time when seaweed will invade the North Coast and Samana. Actually, some members reported that it's already started in some places there. It will be just one big Sargasso Sea all around here in a few years.
We also seem to have a lot people who are suffering from a major inferiority complex.Correct. They are everyday....but here we have "rasists lite" Keyboard only. The wimpy kind.
Agree that most are aware of the seaweed issue, but I disagree that this is not a problem for future visits or continued travel to the greater PC area. It is not a small investment to take a vacation to the DR, and the Beach is the reason for coming, the seaweed can and will endanger that tourism. JMONot sure about the "Seaweed is the karma" comment as many areas/countries are also dealing with this issue. The comment "Actually that's good, less Dominicans on the beach = less trash and noise on the beach." truly has to be one of the most ignorant/rude comments I have come across on DR1. Sorry mods but had to say it. There has been a lot information/news about the seaweed situation in Punta Cana so most travelers are aware of the situation before they travel. Sure they are disappointed but most were aware of it before they went.
Time will tell.It takes a shift in the winds Eugene. The summer winds (sargassum season) are generally south-southeast, which makes the east and south coast vulnerable. The north coast remains protected unless a storm rolls through.
This is exactly what's gonna happen, some stinky seaweed will ruin all their multi-billion $ investments. Maybe it will happen even earlier than some recently announced new projects in Punta Cana area will be completed.Completely agree. It's a solution waiting to happen. They ain't gonna let some stinky seaweed ruin their multi-billion $ investments.
I was staying there for a month, now I am back to Santo Domingo. One month of enjoying rotten seaweed smell is enough for now.Eugene A . I am presuming that you are staying somewhere in the Cap Cana Resort to be able to see at close range the problems with the seaweed at Juanillo Beach .
I can not imagine that the owners of all the hotels in the Caribbean are going to see their asset values diminished because of this.
Playa Sosua,Playa Alicia,Playa Chiquita in Sosua and all the beaches in Cabarete are and have been free and clear of any sargassum. It has been a little while since I went to the beaches in Rio San Juan but they were completely free of seaweed at that time..I can vouch that it IS here on the north coast...
La Entrada is a mess on some parts of the beach.... western part
Cabo Frances is a mess
Playa Grande (I hear) is free of it
Speak up Cab/Sos.... what there ??
I posted the pics of the seaweed issue on a Facebook page moderated by someone with obvious business interests in Punta Cana/Bavaro. They lasted about 3 seconds. Money talks. I do hope they can overcome the problem, rather than just cover it up by not mentioning it.Completely agree. It's a solution waiting to happen. They ain't gonna let some stinky seaweed ruin their multi-billion $ investments.