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THE BEST BEACHES IN THE SPANISH CARIBBEAN

CARIBBEAN TRAVEL – THE BEST BEACHES IN THE SPANISH CARIBBEAN

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. July 6, 2018: With temperatures sweltering across many U.S. states, it certainly seems like a great time for a beach vacation somewhere – especially in the Caribbean. Here are the best beaches in the Spanish Caribbean nations you should know according to TripAdvisor travelers.

1: Varadero Beach

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Taking the number one spot for the Spanish Caribbean and second for the Caribbean region is Varadero Beach in Varadero, Cuba. Varadero Beach stretches almost uninterrupted for 13 miles along a shoreline framed by mangrove forests. Varadero is best known as a tourist resort town, with more than 20 km of white sandy beaches. Soak up the sun while sitting on the soft, white sand, enjoy long walks and cool off in the alluring blue water. Spot colorful aquatic creatures on snorkeling trips and join sailing charters to remote cays. Varadero also has natural attractions such as caves and a chain of easily accessed virgin cays. It is also a free port that possesses facilities for scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, yachting and other water sports. Sun loungers and palapas (thatched-roof umbrellas) are available to rent. Hotels also offer these facilities to guests free of charge. Many hotels have direct access to the beach. There is parking available, for a fee, for those arriving by rented car on day trips.

 

2: Bavaro Beach

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Ranking at number 2 for the Spanish Caribbean island and 6th regionally, is Bavaro Beach in Bavaro, Dominican Republic. Bávaro is located in La Altagracia province, the easternmost province of the Dominican Republic and was developed together with the resort area and tourist region of Punta Cana, as a town for resort workers. As hotels started to rise along the east coast, north from Punta Cana, Bavaro itself became a center of services. This beautiful area has a high concentration of beaches with white sands and turquoise blue colored waters that are so beautiful that they seem unreal. Bavaro beach also has jungles of mangroves and coconut trees. A coral reef helps protect the beach. The resorts Barcelo Bavaro Beach and Palace Deluxe Resorts share a section of the Blue Bander. The Punta Cana International Airport is 20 kilometers away from hotels and hotel complexes.

3: Playa Paraiso

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At third and seventh region-wide, is Playa Paraiso beach in Cayo Largo, Cuba. This beach has grown extremely popular with Playa del Carmen and Cancún daytrippers, as well as Tulum vacationers. Here you will find plenty of opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving plus a few hammocks, lounge chairs and umbrellas to choose from that you can rent. For about 200 pesos (about $11), you’ll get a couple chairs, an umbrella and parking.

 

4: Flamenco Beach

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Flamenco Beach in Culebra, Puerto Rico takes the fourth spot and 8th in the region. This is a public beach on the island of Culebra that is known for its shallow turquoise waters, white sand, swimming areas, and diving sites. It stretches for a mile around a sheltered, horseshoe-shaped bay. Playa Flamenco is a popular beach destination for both Culebra and Puerto Rico. The waters off Flamenco beach are home to species of parrot fish, blue tang, multiple species of wrasse and other Caribbean sea fish. Crustacean species such as Ghost Crab are also observed. Some 50,000 seabirds visit Culebra’s Flamenco Peninsula each summer to nest – mostly sooty terns and other migratory species. Summer visitors to Flamenco Beach are familiar with them as they often feed in the area in large numbers. One of the most distinctive views of the beach include two rusting carcasses of old Sherman Tanks that were left behind by United States Navy in 1975, when they left after using it as weapons testing ground for more than 30 years.

5: Playa Pilar

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Ranking at fifth and 12th in the wider Caribbean, is Playa Pilar in Cayo Guillermo, Cuba. It is dubbed one of the most spectacular beaches in Cuba. This pristine beach is located at the north-western end of the island of Cayo Guillermo. It is about 1 km long and faces north and is known for its powdery white sand and shallow and calm waters that are perfect for swimming and water sports but there is natural shade at Playa Pilar. You can rent lounge chairs for 2 CUC per day and sunbeds for 10 CUC per day that comes with 3 drinks and palapas. A water sports center where you can rent many types of equipment is also located here.

6: La Chiva

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La Chiva takes the sixth spot for the French Caribbean and ranks at 15th regionwide. It is located on Isla de Vieques in Puerto Rico and is voted as one of the best beaches in Vieques. The waters are a deeper turquoise with tones of navy blue on the horizon.  The first few stops on the west side of La Chiva beach are great spot for those who want the most solitude since most beach goers head to the other end to snorkel.

As you begin to walk to the east end of the beach, the color of the water gets lighter. By the time you get to the parking spot 15, the waters are crystal clear almost like glass on a clear day with no clouds. La Chiva Beach is great for snorkeling but bring lots of sunscreen. The best spots for snorkeling are along the rocky areas and near the small cay at the end of the road. Restrooms are available at the entrance of the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge. The roads leading to La Chiva are covered in gravel and you can travel here by scooter or car.  Stay off La Chiva Island as it is prohibited to enter this area.

7: Caracas Beach

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Ranking at 7th for the French Caribbean and 17th regionally is Caracas Beach in Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico.  Playa Caracas, previously known as ‘Red” Beach,’ is a family friendly beach accessible on the National Wildlife Refuge on the south side of Vieques along the Caribbean Sea.

The waters have beautiful tones of turquoise, and the sand is a very soft and light white coral.  The waters offer gentle waves offering fun for children wanting to do a little boogie boarding.  The beach is wide offering plenty of sand for families to spread out and have fun, on Sundays you may often find families playing beach volleyball. Facilities include gazebos for picnics. There aren’t many so get here early, especially on the weekends to grab one. Take bags with you for trash and kindly drop it on the trash bins provided.  There are no bathroom facilities at the beach, a short drive back to the entrance of the refuge you may use the bathrooms at the office of the Wildlife Refuge. Get here off Route 997. Caracas is the first beach on the refuge that can be accessed by car. Look for the sign and drive all the way down to the end of the road and enjoy.

8: Juanillo Beach

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Rounding out the Best Beaches for the Spanish Caribbean list is Juanillo Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, which ranks at 23rd in the wider Caribbean. It is actually located in a former fishing village on the east coast of the Dominican Republic but today is one of the region’s most desirable stretches of white-sand beach. Juanillo Beach is located in Cap Cana, about 15 minutes from Punta Cana International Airport by road. The easiest way to reach the beach is by taxi or on a catamaran ride from Punta Cana.

It is considered a hidden gem for its wide open, powdery soft, and lined with palm trees, which run from Cap Cana Marina to the Sanctuary Cap Cana Golf & Spa Resort. While open to the public, the beach is only accessible through Cap Cana Resort, making it a calm and quiet place to soak up some rays. Cabanas and loungers are available for rent along the beach but public restrooms are not available on the beach. Take your ID as you might need it when entering Cap Cana Resort.

November 16, 2018 / by / in
Los Establos Equestrian City Inaugurated

Considered as an internationally unique project, Los Establos aims to position the Dominican Republic as a global equine destination.

Los Establos, Equestrian City is considered as the most monumental and complete Equestrian Center in the Caribbean and Latin-America, framed in a land lot of three million square meters located inside of Cap Cana, was officially inaugurated within the framework of a series of equestrian activities.

Mr. Abraham Hazoury Toral, President of the development group of Los Establos, along with Mrs. Maria Amelia Hazoury Delgado, Executive Vice President, welcomed all guests.

Maria Amelia Hazoury, Executive Vice President, on her keynote address expressed that “the equine world has the virtue of being multidisciplinary: Jump, Polo, Paso Fino, Race, Dressage, Reining, Enduro, Cross Country, among other disciplines which are contained within this deep passion and all of these will have their space within Los Establos”

“We want to be a community that gyrates around the horse, where its members can share the admiration and passion in common for this noble being. This without forgetting that Los Establos finds itself located within a mayor community  as Cap Cana is, which will provide you the opportunity to enjoy of golf, sport fishing, the sea and many other complimentary activities” she added.

Los Establos, Equestrian City, is a community that gathers in one place, eight of the mayor equestrian disciplines unified with the multiple amenities for each family member and equine care, surrounded by the security and privacy offered by this tourist destination.  Its facilities, have been developed to the highest international standards with special attention to infrastructure, materials used and particular requirements of each and every member.

With its opening, Los Establos, Equestrian City contributes to the country’s positioning as a new equestrian destination, touristic reference for important international competitions. Its facilities harbors sporting, recreational, training and instructional areas as well as an equine quarantine and veterinary clinic with an operating room, being the only project in the country that lodges such equine health services.

Los Establos Club  will count with invitation only membership, which will be available soon.  The project will offer as well, real estate options adapted to the equestrian world.

Selected as the venue for the 2015 Paso Fino World Championship, Confepaso ’15, Los Establos will continually lodge a series of transcendental sporting and social  activities and events, among those the Polo Challenge  to be celebrated starting the 30th of December.

As part of the inaugural act, a series of exhibitions were performed including a Paso Fino, Jump and Training demonstration as well as a Polo match, concluding with a western themed party.

November 13, 2018 / by / in
Properties for sale in Dominican Republic
Properties for sale in Dominican Republic

When it comes to my mind the best place where I could live in a near future I always think in the Dominican Republic.

Living in this country for three years had made me open the eyes and realize many reasons why staying here forever could be possible.

There are properties for sale in the Dominican Republic that looks like a dream for people from countries where they barely see the sun or just enjoy the sun during summer. In the Dominican Republic you will find sun almost every day. Also, spaces here are bigger than anywhere, while in Spain my house would be 1,000 Sqft, here I could buy a house of 3,000 Sqft. And what about people: Dominicans are so nice, always smiling and ready to help you, even if they are not able to. Those would be one of the main reasons for buying a property here.

This magic island is growing fast. Many new projects are developing and Dominican Republic is expected to become the main destination of the Caribbean. Punta Cana International Airport is the second airport in the Caribbean. It offers direct flights from 28 countries and 96 cities around the world.

Properties for sale in the Dominican Republic are mostly offered in the touristic areas and Santo Domingo, the capital. Touristic areas are located in the north and East of the Island: Puerto Plata and Samana in the North, while Punta Cana, Cap Cana and Casa de Campo are in the East. The East of the Island is very safe. These tree destinations are gated communities with private security. Also highest luxury in island is located there finding best properties for sale in Dominican Republic.

 

In order of my preference I would say that Cap Cana is the perfect place to live during the working life, pre-retirement and of course to invest.

Cap Cana is a gated residential and hotel community, with its own security, which has the safest Marina in the Caribbean (in-land); the best golf course in Latin America and one of the best in the world (Punta Espada); the most famous beach of DR (Juanillo, with 5 km of white sand coral beach) and the most modern equine facilities.

Cap Cana has invested more than $ 1 billion in high-quality infrastructures, from roads to power generation with underground distribution (like fiber optic), hurricane-proof.

Its great natural beauty is surpassed by its unparalleled climate. The wind is always fresh because it comes from the East (from the sea) and creates a microclimate in which the vast majority of rains occur at dawn and temperatures remain stable between 22-27 degrees in winter and 26-32 degrees in summer.

There are 4 hotels including Eden Roc, a Relais Chateaux. In addition, Hyatt has begun the construction of two new hotels and so has Karisma.

There are more than 25 residential communities of beach, marina, golf and countryside, which are already consolidated, as well as more than 30 restaurants, numerous shops and several beach clubs. We can find really nice properties for sale, best in Dominican Republic,  all of them with very high standards of luxury and quality.

New developments are on the way and ready in the near future.  5 new residential developments have started construction (Il Lago, Iguanas Gardens, 7 Mares, Ocean 21 and Serenissima) as well as 17 new villas, which gives a good idea of ​​the dynamism of the destination. Those properties for sale swing from $USD 250,000 up to $ USD 5,000,000.

Around Punta Espada Golf Course and Juanillo Beach you can find the top properties for sale in Dominican Republic: big luxury houses with gorgeous views towards the ocean in 7,000 sqf lots. Prices are over $10 million and average $15 million.

 

Punta Cana is another great community where you can find very nice properties for sale in Dominican Republic. It is also a gated community, with its own two golf courses ‘La Cana’ and ‘Corales’. La Cana Golf Club is a 27 holes golf course consisting of three nines; Tortuga, Hacienda and Arrecife. Designed by P.B. Dye, son of great Pete Dye, these courses combine the ocean and cute villas around their greens.

Tortuga and Arrecife showcase mid- average villas from $1.5 million to $4 million both ocean front or golf course front, while Hacienda which is farer from the beach, has developed new apartments.

Greatest Properties for sale in this area of the Dominican Republic are located in Corales, a great golf course designed by Tom Fazio. Most of them face the Ocean and the golf course which give them extra value. High standards and luxury finishes are common in this top Villas with prices starting at $3.5 million.

Casa de Campo is located in the South Coast, East of Santo Domingo, 50 miles from Punta Cana Airport. This gated community offers the wider range of properties for sale you can find in Dominican Republic, from small apartments to huge houses. Completely consolidated, owners are moving to Cap Cana to find fresh air, nouveauté and fun. Nevertheless, you can enjoy Pete Dye’s golf courses: most famous Teeth of the Dog, impressing Dye Fore and The Links.

So there are mainly three places to go if you want to find a property for sale in Dominican Republic: Casa de Campo, Punta Cana Resort and Cap Cana. And I would choose Cap Cana over the others

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