Monday, September 10, 2018

Puerto Plata. cableway

The Puerto Plata cableway connects the city of Puerto Plata to the top of Mount Isabel de Torres (800 meters or 2625 feet above sea level) , build in 1974 it is the only cableway of the whole Caribeans.
It is open from Monday to Sunday from 8:30 to 17:00 and it is really a worth doing experience for residents and tourists, the view of the whole Puerto Plata province from the top of the mountain is amazing, you can easily view the coast from Amber Cove to Sosua. The cost is 10 US$ for adults and 5 US$ for children between 5 and 10 (ticket prices for residents are lower: 250 DOP for adults and 150 DOP for children). The park on top of the mountain is nice to visit with a wide variety of tropical trees and birds.

Below a video from the cableway:

Friday, September 7, 2018

One year ago hurricane Irma stroke Sosua

One year ago hurricane Irma stroke Sosua : a lot of fear but thanks God only minor damages.
We are now in the peak of the hurricane season in the Carribean and so far so good, Playa Sosua looks quite these days and it gets packed during week-ends.

Friday September 7, 2018: no hurricanes in sight so far

Playa Sosua looking peacefull this morning (picture above) and Playa Sosua this same day one year ago (picture below):

Monday, August 20, 2018

Update: new 120 days limit for tpuorist stay in the DR

We talked about maximum leght of tourist stay in the DR and of overstay risks before here : now we have an official update from the MIREX  which says that the ordinary 30 days tourist stay can be extended up to 120 days through  the DGM . Full release in Spanish below:

Sunday, July 22, 2018

An hot July beach day at Sosua

It is Sunday today and  it is really an hot weather day in Sosua: what's better of a refreshing dip at Playa Sosua! Take a look at a picture of  the crowd in the beach today:

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Basketball in Sosua

With the "Sosua Sharks" winning the XXII Basketball Tournament of Puerto Plato in 2016 and the XXIII in 2017 the basketball fever is high in Sosua these days and guess All Star Games has been organized with a slam dunk and 3 points shot contest. For those interested to see some basketball in Sosua the event will take place Sunday at 19:00 en Los Charamicos.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Sosua sunsets June 2018

Pictures, video e time lapse of sunsets seen from Los Cerros - Sosua (June 2018)

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Dominican Rum Festival

The Dominican Rum Festival will be held on July 6 and 7 at the Puerto Plata Amphitheatre: a room exibition, fine rum tasting among with other events, concerts and show will make this a great event for the summer of Puerto Plata.  Among the special guests for this first version of the festival is Gilberto Santa Rosa.

The Puerto Plata amphitheatre can be easily reached from Sosua  (30 minutes by car or taxi) : more information on the official website of the event: Dominican Rum Festival.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Patronal feast of San Antonio Sosua

We enclose the calendar of initiatives for the week dedicated to the patronal feast at the Catholic  church of San Antonio in Los Charramicos Sosua.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Saturday, April 28, 2018

In recent months, probably because of the massive migratory push from countries such as Venezuela and Haiti, the Dominican authorities, after years of "laissez-faire" have started to apply more strictly the migratory law (Ley 285-04) entered into force 15 years ago but never applied until lately.

The practical consequences of this change of attitude of the migratory authorities closely affect many categories of travelers who habitually reach the Dominican Republic and stay there for long periods, in particular the tens of thousands of retirees and pensioners from North America and Europe who spend between 3 and 9 months a year on the island as tourists without regular residency documents and simply extending their stay beyond the 60 days limit for tourists. In addition to those, there are  plenty of property owners who spend more than two months a year on the island as simple tourists who will soon feel the pain by this new policy: the Immigration Office (DGM) has officially announced that those who extend their stay on the island over the 60 days limit without having the requisites (ie residence documents) can be denied entry at the airport immigration controls  in their next travels to the Dominican Republic. In practical terms: from now on you can overstay and simply pay an overstay tax at the exit from the country the country but you will run into troubles at your next travel when you can be denied entry.  As of writing these some cases of entry denied for previous overstay are confirmed but the application of the law is not yet the rule, there seems to be some discrectionary in its application however the risk of not being allowed into the country is concrete and  those who have affections or properties on the island should take this seriously if they have overstayed in the past.

Below is the official documents of the DGM on this particular issue:

Remedies and / or solutions? There are only three options:

1 - Ignore this and risk   (not recommended).

2- Limit your stay to 60 days if you have never exceeded that limit before.

3- Regularization by requesting a residence visa for study, work, family or investment. 
This third option is the most recommended and  safest (especially for those with properties and affections on the island)  but it is also expensive and difficult.

If this policy does not change or stiffens the backlash will be felt soon because the parties involved are many and there are significant potential side effects (think of the decline in demand and the increase in supply of properties that this policy could cause in the short term).
The Dominican Republic has an immigration law, it has been in force for 15 years and one should not ignore this simple fact, if it has not been applied before it does not mean it is not there.

We will continue to follow developments from this blog and  to publish updates.