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Damajagua’s Joe Kennedy wins US Congress seat

Joe Kennedy spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer organizing the Damajagua Falls ecotoursim attraction near Puerto Plata

Police major busted at airport

PUERTO PLATA– National Police major Jose Antonio Polanco Rodríguez was charged Wednesday with helping a drug trafficking network ship narcotics to Europe and Canada, allegedly using his post as Assistant Security director at Puerto Plata International Airport. He’s accused together with other junior officers and enlistees, in the cocaine shipments for an alleged ringleader, which […]

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Puerto Plata Region at a glance

What to expect on a visit to these shores

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Dominican Republic Video

A video introduction to the Dominican Republic… dorky lyrics but great imagery

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Carnival breaks ground on new cruise center in Dominican Republic

The Amber Cove Cruise Center at Bay of Maimon is scheduled to open in 2014

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La Citadelle

Cap-Haitien, Haiti.- The sun rises slowly over the bay in Cap-Haitien casting a soft golden light over the town as the car trundles laboriously along potholed streets. All around us the city begins to stir, vendors appear on the street corners and groups of schoolchildren, books in hand, shield their eyes against the glare as […]

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Luperón: a Hurricane Hole And An Adventure Of A Lifetime

You had planned to stay a week or two, but you lose the urge for going. Your boat throws down roots like a mangrove… it happens all the time in Luperon’s harbor…

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Retired teacher organizes “Helping Hand Vacations” for youth

Judy Warrington’s students do “extreme school makeovers”

People Making a Difference: Bob Hildreth and Lisa Ballantine

These two innovators, working independently, provide cheap, effective filters that make polluted water potable.

Japan helps relaunch Puerto Plata region’s tourism

Japanese representatives began to implement a sustainable tourism program in Puerto Plata, with the participation of the public and private sectors, to relaunch the country’s north coast as a tourism destination.

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New route guide highlights the Santiago-Puerto Plata panoramic mountain pass

Spectacular views: this mountain pass takes you through sugar and coffee plantations and up into amber mine country. Photo: Kieren Barry

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Local hotel & restaurant association publishes guide book

Find lots of interesting information in the official guide

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Our quest for the ‘right’ cigar

After a year of legwork we discovered an ideal combination of quality, price and consistency from a small, Cuban family-run factory hidden away in the Cibao Valley

Carnival announces $65 million cruise port for Maimon Bay

The facility is expected to open in Fall 2013

Timeline: Dominican Republic

Historical timeline of the Dominican Republic

Air Turks & Caicos to fly Puerto Plata – San Juan PR

Turk and Caicos announced that it will start daily flights from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic to the popular Caribbean hub of San Juan, Puerto Rico from April 15th

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AAAS raises funds for animal neutering and care

This non-profit provides an important service in the control of a community’s animal population

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New arrival at Ocean World, a baby sea lion

Ocean World Adventure Park executives announced the birth of a baby sea lion. This is the second event of its kind to be recorded at the site, as in 2006 a bottlenose dolphin “Lili.” was born under human care at the park.

Lifestyles: a visit to Rancho Nazdrovie

On a countryside drive we come to an unusual rest stop, run by an English heiress

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A family trip to Cabrera

You’d be surprised how much vacation you can squeeze out of a four-day getaway. Behold New York city designer Cynthia Rowley and her family, who spend a long weekend in the Dominican Republic hopscotching nonstop from surfing to horseback riding to swinging Tarzan-style through the jungle. And that’s just between breakfast and lunch.

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Canadian publisher honored for cultural contribution

The ceremony, held last week at City Hall, commemorated El Faro’s 40th year in circulation and marked the paper’s formal designation as part of the city’s Cultural & Historical Patrimony. Five other past and present Directors were also honored.

Flash floods damage homes in Puerto Plata, one dead

Civil Defense director Hugo González said flash floods damaged 34 houses totally, and 850 partially, whereas 635 families lost their belongings and 6,435 others had partial losses.