An island in paradise and this is my Website
After 10 years on the island, I can offer some knowledge and advice on living or vacationing "the
right way", avoiding the tourist traps and in order to get the best profit from your stay.
will share information, articles, links to other sites and give my frank opinion... good or bad, as I see it.
you are considering vacationing, living, working, investing, retiring here, you will want to come back often to this site,
as it continues to evolve. So, do make sure you click on the links to different pages or websites. The clickable links
are easy to see: they will have this green background throughout this site.
you can always contact me for more information by clicking on the following email address at firstname.lastname@example.org
Who am I?
Raised in France, studied in the United States, worked for many years
for international financial organizations and went on missions throughout the Caribbeans. The back and forth to
countries, gave me the travel spirit, complemented by many vacations in Europe, Central and South America and of course Caribbean
islands. My thoughts and my heart however remained with the Caribbean islands and a few Central and South American
countries and the opportunity came for me and I decided on livng in the Dominican Republic and there started my adventure!
Why the Dominican Republic?
Out of all the many islands in the Caribbean I visited, the Dominican Republic is the
only one large enough not to get this clostrophobic feeling after a
few weeks there. It is a big country with high mountains, lakes, rivers and a huge number of beaches.
Santo Domingo is the Dominican Republic's major
metropolis and is the largest city in the Caribbean by population, counts many large malls, great medical facilities, a subway
system, world stores, arts and culture as well as a preserved historical
past. Get to know the country : The Dominican Republic
Get to know the Capital: Santo Domingo.
PUNTA CANA: NO !
The perfect tourist trap. Yes it is beautiful, hotels and hotels
along the beach with the town miles away from where you stay and no easy way to get there. Its all designed to keep
you in the hotel, they will lecture you on all the dangers of going outside, they will sell you at your arrival all the expensive
tours and they will keep you inside and drain you of every penny you have. Of course if you just want to be in a wonderful
bubble and do not really want to know the people and adventure on your on, that is the perfect place for you. You however
will be missing so much. In my opinion; to do that.....might as well stay in Florida.
I Choose Juan Dolio !
The choices are many in this beautiful island; you have the mountains,
lakes, rivers, desert and of course the beaches. I chose Juan Dolio and its surroundings for the following reasons.
1. The airport is 15 minutes away
2. The proximity of the apital of Santo
Domingo 45 minutes away
3. The port of Caucedo 10 minutes away
shopping malls and the cities of Boca Chica and San Pedro de Macoris
5. Its on the beach on the Carribbean
side of the island
6. It is an area developing rapidly with a large bank project, a major movie studio and two
aquatic parks among other developments
not Fiction !
Indomina Studios (Pirates of the Carribes, Harry Potter, James Bond, etc.) is constructing huge studios in
the beach village of Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic
Pinewood Studios coming to Juan
Dolio is already making a huge impact. It used to be a small fishing village a few years back but with the Minister
of Tourism having decided at the time that Juan Dolio was to be the "South Beach" of the Dominican Republic,
Its location 10 minutes
away from the airport, 45 on the highway, minutes from the very cultural capital of Santo Domingo. You could not find
a better location with miles of sand beaches, newly developped and planned projects such as the Delphines waterpark, the Marbella
condo complex among other large condos, and a bank project near by which would make this area the ultimate place to be in
the Dominican Republic.
The Pinewood Indomina Water Tank, a 60,500 Square foot
pool with blue screen capabilities is close to completion as you can see by these pictures. Said to be the most
technically advanced filming water tank in the world. This certainly will bring very much needed jobs in many fields
and added tourism to the region.
|EL TANKE Entrance
|Pinewood studio Pool construction completed
|Pinewood Studio 100 meter x 100 meter pool completed
What does Pinewood Indomina Studio
says of its new location in the Dominican Republic ? ....
Is the Independent
Financial Centre of the Americas to become a reality ?
According to their Facebook
page dated December 19:
"The first component of the Independent Financial Centre of the Americas, the LAIFEX
Building will be open for business in 2014. Designed by Bernard Tschumi (www.tschumi.com), the offices are arranged in a ring around a central court, which...
contains meticulously groomed gardens as well as some public parts of the program, including a press center and auditorium.
A gourmet restaurant replaces the traditional office cafeteria, and much of the ground floor is given over to an immense data
center, capable of processing the enormous complexity of the changing business of finance." Their Website: http://www.americas.com/ This project would transform the region even further.
Would you Believe Pyramids
in the Dominican Republic?
During a quad expedition with two other friends, not
too far from Juan Dolio, we were surprised to come upon, in the middle of nowhere a construction which in our eyes could not
be other than a pyramid, and as you can see from this picture....it could not be described as anything else. It is not
built from blocks but actually carved into a hill. Is this an ancien vestige, a movie set or some grand scheme that
went nowhere? Some lately have suggested that it could have been constructed by the military... This is not
the first time that pyramid discussions have been held in the DR: http://www.indigenousportal.com/News/Possible-pyramid-discovered-in-Dom.-Republic.html and http://www.zimbio.com/Dominican+Republic/articles/27/Pyramids+Valle+Nuevo+Constanza are dealing with this subject. Ancient pyramid or not, its still a pyramid and worthwile visiting.
The location nearby a no name village could probably be exploited and bring some gravely need tourism and income to the
villagers. Here are some pictures...Judge for yourself, tell me what you think. Mail: email@example.com
The BEST View
of the Carribbean Sea for any Villa in a Country Club in the Juan Dolio area !
Opportunity: Purchase Villa Moringa nearby Juan
on the inside with some 4,500 square feet of habitable surface and 32,000
sq.ft of landscaped gardens
What are you looking for in your villa?
◊ Privacy: with a Magnificent view of the Carribean sea
◊ Luxury: 753 square meter of living space (8,105 square foot) on near 3,000 square meter of land (32,291 square
◊ Convenience: by the airport, near the
beaches, close to Santo Domingo
◊ A large area
to entertain: 7 terraces, 2 living room areas, 2 bars
Additional Comfort: 2 car garage, 4 master bedroom, total of 5 full bathrooms, formal dining room, large kitchen, wine cellar,
pool and Jaccuzzi
◊ Great landscaping: walkways throughout
the gardens, over 120 different species of flowers, fruits and plants
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|3,000 Sq.M of land, 554 Sq.M of Habitable Space
At Villa Moringa,
located on Calle Cachalote in the Country Club Miramar we have built a luxurious villa in harmony with its surroundings
If you are a nature lover, this is your home. The name comes from the dozen of moringa tree we have planted on the
3,000 Square Meter property. This wonderful plant is also known as "the tree of life" for all its
health related values. A click here on Moringa will enlighten you to all its known properties. The name could not be more appropriate to describe this property. The
Country Club Miramar is not your asceptisized Country Club as you find them in the Juan Dolio area. Nature is still
preserved there, along with views of the Carribean sea not to be found anywhere near. Click Here for more info...on the property.
MORINGA....The Tree of Life
The Moringa tree is known as the tree of life. It may not be the
nicest looking but I have found it to be one the most amazing plant in the world for its healing qualities.
It thrives in the Dominican Republic among other medicinal plants, flowers and trees. Some says that this plant could relieve
hunger around the world.
Moringa grows quickly
in many types of environments. Much of the plant is edible by humans or by farm animals. The leaves are rich in protein, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C and minerals. One hundred grams of fresh Moringa leaves have: 2 times the
protein of 100 gm yogurt (Moringa 8.3 g, yogurt 3.8 g); 4 times the calcium of 100 gm milk (Moringa 434 mg, whole cow milk 120 mg); the same potassium as 100 gm banana (Moringa 404 mg, banana 376 mg); the same vitamin A as 100 gm carrot (Moringa 738 mcg, carrot 713 mcg);
3 times the vitamin C of 100 gm orange (Moringa 164 mg, orange 46.9 mg. The leaves also contains
antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and essential amino acids.
Want to know more?.....Click here.
Try Some Nice Places,
in and around Juan Dolio
|RESTAURANTS "Villas del Mar" (New Juan Dolio)
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|RESTAURANTS "old Juan Dolio"
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|BEACHES "Villas del Mar" (New Juan Dolio)
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|BEACHES "Old Juan Dolio"
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|STORES, BANK, etc. in Juan Dolio
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Why the southern coast of the Dominican Republic?
Juan Dolio, Boca Chica, Guyacannes, San Pedro de Macoris, next to
the modern and historic capital of Santo Domingo, on the Carribbean sea with warmer waters and beautiful sandy beaches; warmer
weather with much less rain than the north coast, far from the Punta Cana crowd; an international airport within a 2
hour flight to Miami; live near the embassies, good schools, hospitals, large expat population from around the world,
culture, arts and yet some undeveloped areas at affordable prices.