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Hard Rock Cafe New Tremendous Scenery at Blue Mall Punta Cana

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Hard Rock Café
brings its music, memories and a unique experience in a new location in Punta Cana. The 494.68 square meter cafe has already opened in the new Blue Mall Shopping Center, located on the Boulevard Turístico del Este, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

“The new Hard Rock Café in Punta Cana puts us in a strategic location in the newest and most exclusive shopping center in Punta Cana,” said Tom Perez, Vice President of Operations Area (América) of Hard Rock International. “The brand new establishment debuts with a fresh and invigorating design that reflects the contemporary atmosphere of our brand and its commitment to offer guests music, entertainment and extraordinary dining experience.”

Hard Rock Café will offer Punta Cana residents and their guests a new state-of-the-art facility that features the updated look of Hard Rock and the latest technology, closely following a relocation model used in some of Hard Rock’s most successful properties in cities like New York, Boston, Honolulu, New Orleans and Los Angeles. The interior design will pay tribute to the musical history of America, from the 70’s to today.

The new Hard Rock Cafe Punta Cana will seat up to 262 guests, has a space for private events, free parking, outdoor terrace seating and a live music stage, providing a unique backdrop for the performances.

“Our customers can expect a seamless transition as the management and staff of the cafe continue to provide a high level of quality service and an overall experience on the list,” said Tanya de los Rios, General Manager of Hard Rock Café Punta Cana. “We have enjoyed the opportunity to serve the residents and guests of Punta Cana for more than 10 years and look forward to continuing that service in the exclusive and new location.”

The new location will feature authentic American food and memories of new and legendary artists. The Punta Cana Rock Shop will offer music-inspired items as well as Hard Rock Cafe collectibles at its exclusive retail location.

For more information about Hard Rock Café Punta Cana please visit: www.hardrock.com/puntacana
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hrcpuntacana/

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Posadas enters the DR with the luxurious Grand Fiesta Americana Punta Cana

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Group Posadas
, with its luxury brand Grand Fiesta Americana, is stepping into the Dominican Republic and will be only the first of its projects in the island as part of its expansion plan.

The prestigious group is the largest hotel operator in Mexico, since it has more than 150 hotels in operation and more than 40 projects under development under its different brands. Now confirms his future presence in the Dominican Republic with the location in Bávaro.

The Director of Development of Posadas, Mauricio Elizondo, said: “We are very excited to start the path of our expansion in the Caribbean and what better way to do it with a luxury hotel with the characteristics that support us as leaders in the industry and the service”.

The opening of this complex, scheduled for 2019, generates a great expectation in the market not only for being the first property of Grupo Posadas outside of its country, but also for having among its amenities the first Cristaline Lagoon on the island for recreation and water sports developed by Crystal Lagoons, a company that stands out for developing the unique technology that allows the construction and maintenance of crystalline lagoons of unlimited sizes.

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Caribbean Poker Party back to Punta Cana

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A full week of poker, five tournaments and 5 million dollars guaranteed. The Caribbean Poker Party is back! After the tremendous edition of 2016 that left Niall Farrell with the maximum prize of US$ 320,000, this year the party returns full of poker hand, with 5 million dollars guaranteed in its main event, the partypoker MILLIONS.

The party will be from November 19 to 26 at The Level at Meliá Caribe Tropical in Punta Cana and now, what has just been confirmed, is the tremendous agenda with five tournaments in eight days that will explode pure poker.

For more info:
https://www.partypoker.com/live/events/caribbean-poker-party.html

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It’s Halloween Time in Punta Cana!!

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Dear readers here below some of the Halloween parties taking place in Punta Cana this weekend if you’re thinking for a night out.

Oct 27-Nov 5
Horror Nights Punta Cana 2017
Place: Coco Bongo
Will you survive Coco Bongo Horror Nights? Celebrate Halloween in pure Coco Bongo style!
https://www.facebook.com/cocobongoshow/

Oct 27
Another Way presents Karibik Underwater
Place: Canoa Beach Restaurant
Another Way presents KARIBIK underwater. This Friday 27th it lights up another night to celebrate Halloween accompanied by the best music to dance dressed up!
https://www.facebook.com/canoabybalicana/

Oct 28
Halloween Costume Beach Party!
Place: Huracan Cafe
Do not miss out one the funniest Halloween party! All dressed up on the beach!!!AWARDS for the best costume! Great music for a different night full of fear!
COVER 500 pesos
https://www.facebook.com/HuracanCafe/

Oct 28-29
Halloween Weekend
Place: Pearl Beach Club
A lot of party, live music, costume contest for adults and children, pint face, trick or treat and many surprises! Do not forget the costume!
https://www.facebook.com/PearlBeachClub/

KIDS HALLOWEEN PARTIES

Oct 28
Kid’s Party 
Place: Coco Bongo
Don’t miss the next Kid’s Party Coco Bongo style in Punta Cana to celebrate Halloween!
Price: 21usd (30usd with transportation)
Includes: Entrance, shows and open bar of soft drinks
https://www.facebook.com/cocobongoshow/

Oct 29
Monster Party
Place: Palma Real Shopping Village
An afternoon full of surprises for all the family, presetation of a circus and acrobats, live music, games for children, food, drinks, prizes to the best costumes and many surprises to spend a magic afternoon with all the family and friends!!! Admission is free!!!
https://www.facebook.com/PalmaRealShoppingVillage/

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Barcelo Bavaro Culinary Week 4th Edition coming next week

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With a selection of the most emblematic experts in Dominican cuisine, Barceló Bávaro Grand Resort will start in the next few days the 4th edition of the most important Dominican gastronomic festival of the east: Barceló Bavaro Culinary Week, to be held from the 23rd to the 30th of October.

The participating chefs, who will be offering their exquisite gastronomy during this gastronomic event, were officially announced: Geraldine Rosario, Roberto Cruz, Eliexy Collado, Esperanza Lithgow, Elli Saúl, Jairo Novo, José Joaquín Cortés, Edgard Severino, Michel Hernández, Jacqueline Henríquez, Eneida Martínez, Embert Liranzo, Ana Lebrón, Luigi Puello, Nicole Baba, Leandro Díaz and Xavier Pérez Stone, who will be in charge for a dinner in honor of the this year’s guest country, Mexico.

The Barceló Bavaro Culinary Week will start at the highest level, with a significant fine dining Dominican dinner presented by Esperanza Lithgow, gastronomic director of the Ministry of Tourism, on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 October, titled: “Los Ingenios de mi Vida”.

Other news included in the gastronomic calendar of Bávaro Culinary Week in Punta Cana is the participation of two of the most emblematic restaurants of the destination, represented by Eneida Martínez, founder of the Dominican cuisine restaurant La Casita de Yeya, and Embert Liranzo, for the beach restaurant Little John, in Juanillo. Tasting of chocolate, coffee, rum, cocktail show, breakfasts, lunches and dinners are also part of the program offered in the Barcelo Culinary Week.

Barceló Bávaro Culinary Week, a gastronomic event not to be missed at the Barceló Bávaro Palace and Barceló Bávaro Beach hotels in Punta Cana.

More Info
https://www.barcelo.com/en-us/offers/culinary-week/

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10 Typical Dominican Dishes You MUST Try in Punta Cana

African, Spanish, Taíno, and Middle Eastern flavors come together to make up traditional Dominican dishes. Dominican cuisine resembles that of other countries in Latin America, those of the nearby islands of Puerto Rico and Cuba, most of all, though the dish names differ sometimes. All or nearly all food groups are accommodated in typical Dominican cuisine, as it incorporates meat or seafood; grains, especially rice, corn (native to the island), and wheat; vegetables, such as beans and other legumes, potatoes, yuca, or plantains, and salad. Here below the 10 most popular Dominican dishes you can taste while staying in Punta Cana:

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1- Los Tres Golpes
(eaten specially for breakfast)
A good day starts with a good breakfast. And when you’re in the Dominican Republic “fried” is the rule! A typical breakfast includes fried eggs with a side of fried salami, fried cheese and often mangú.


2- Mangú
“Mangú” is a Dominican staple made from boiled, green plantains that are mashed and topped with sauteed red onions. The origin of the name “Mangu” is very interesting and Americans played a good role (Check it out here).


3- La Bandera
This is perhaps the most commonly eaten meal in the Dominican Republic. “La Bandera” (meaning “the flag”) consists of white rice, stewed beans and a meat dish that’s usually stewed or roasted (chicken or beef). A side salad (lettuce and tomato) or few slices of avocado are often added to the dish.


4- Sancocho
This hearty stew is Dominican comfort food at its finest. The medley of seven meats and varied veggies is usually enjoyed during special events and gatherings with family and friends. It may take several hours to prepare but the result is more than worth it.

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5- Mofongo
Mofongo is made with fried plantains, garlic, and “chicharrones” (fried pork skins) that are mashed together in a mortar and pestle known as a “pilón.” Although it’s originally from Puerto Rico, it’s become a staple of Dominican cuisine.

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6- Moro de habichuelas (or de guandules)
Moro is one of the most common dishes eaten in the Dominican Republic. It’s rice cooked with black or red kidney beans and is a popular dish not only in the Dominican Republic, but throughout Latin America and several countries of the Caribbean as well. Like “moro de habichuelas”, “moro de guandules” (pigeon peas) is also a popular dish enjoyed by Dominicans on a regular basis.

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7- Pica Pollo
Pica pollo is Dominican fried chicken that’s been seasoned with lemon, garlic, and most importantly: Dominican oregano. Dominican oregano (Lippia micromera) is different from that usually sold in the US and is sometimes known as “false oregano” because it does not belong to the oregano genus Origanum. It’s accompanied with french fries or fried plantains “tostones”.

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8- Pescado Frito
If you don’t mind your food starting back at you, make sure to try pescado frito (fried fish). This is a Caribbean staple and in the Dominican is commonly enjoyed at the beach (while staying in Punta Cana you must try this dish in Macao!).

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9- Locrio
Locrio is the Dominican equivalent of Spanish paella. It’s made by cooking rice and meat — usually chicken or pork — all in the same pot so that the rice is infused with the meat flavors. Variations of the dish are enjoyed throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and is known in Saint Martin as lokri or locreo.

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10- Habichuelas con dulce (dessert)
If you think beans can’t be a dessert, you haven’t tried “habichuelas con dulce” — a rich, sweet cream made with slow cooked beans, sweet potato, coconut and sugar.

source: buzzfeed

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New Hotel Hideaway by Royalton Opening Doors on November 1st

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Punta Cana visitors will have one hotel more to choose from where to spend their vacations. Award-winning Royalton Luxury Resorts, providing All-In Luxury® vacations in the world’s most popular tropical destinations, including Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and St. Lucia, is opening on November 1st, 2017 the new 168-suite Hideaway at Royalton Punta Cana.

A luxurious, modern, adults-only vacation destination, Hideaway at Royalton Punta Cana offers complimentary extras such as exclusive restaurant Dorado Seafood and Grill, exclusive pool and beach areas and in-room amenities including aromatherapy, a custom beach bag and upgraded room service. Also Diamond Club™ guests will enjoy premium services include preferred room locations, in-suite liquor, a pillow menu and discounts for spa.

The Hideaway ‘resort within a resort’ experience gives guests full, unlimited access to all facilities at Royalton Punta Cana including restaurants, bars, activities, entertainment, and spa facilities.

Royalton Punta Cana is situated on the white sands of Bavaro Beach, only 30 minutes from the Punta Cana International Airport,  has an impressive array of facilities including the largest onsite waterpark in the Caribbean, the Royal Spa with a hydrotherapy circuit, comprehensive spa packages, beauty and fitness center and Score Sports Bar featuring a “Sports Event Guarantee™” on major games.

Royalton Luxury Resorts by its part will keep expanding its offer of upscale and elegant vacation experiences. It’s already planned in fact the addition of a new resort, the Royalton Bavaro, scheduled to open January 2018.

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Minister of Tourism: sector recalls normality after Maria

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The national tourist industry recovered its normality hours after the passage of hurricane Maria in the Dominican Republic and the visitors who are located in the different accommodations already have started to develop their activities of amusement.

This was announced by the Minister of Tourism, Francisco Javier García, who greeted the good behavior of tourists and the Dominicans people to face the atmospheric phenomenon that threatened to severely hit the country.

He announced that the tourist infrastructure of the Dominican Republic, including hotels, airports, marinas and highways, has not suffered major damages due to the passage of Hurricane Maria this Thursday.

A proof of the fact the damages were minimal is that the Punta Cana International Airport, in the eastern region of the country, resumed its operations several just few hours after the passage of the hurricane

He said that the most important thing is that no tourist, more than 50 thousand, who were housed in hotels and other accommodations, suffered any type of damage.

EXCURSIONS: From today some tours are already running as usual while most of them (specially water tours) will start running properly from next Monday.

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Hurricane Maria approaching the Dominican Republic in the next couple of days

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A new, category 5, storm Maria is hitting Caribbean Islands. After Irma, Maria brings new threat to the Dominican Republic. Forecast predict the hurricane hitting the island of Puerto Rico on Wednesday and the Dominican Republic on Thursday.

Excursions are running regularly till tomorrow. From Thursday will probably be stopped due to the alert. Customers with excursions booked for the weekend will be full refunded as always. For a real-time forecast please check windy.com

God bless us

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Punta Cana resorts and tourism undamaged after Irma’s passage

Punta Cana resorts and tourism attractions are all up and running following the Irma’s passage on Wednesday night. DR experienced no damage from the hurricane. All transportation and communication systems, airports, tourism businesses and medical facilities are operating smoothly. From tomorrow excursions as well will run regularly and can be booked from our website.

Let’s keep praying for the other countries on Irma’s path.

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