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Title: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: Jethro Gibbs on May 24, 2020, 06:06:24 PM
In a phased re-opening, airports are set to re-open during phase 4 which is July 1. Hotels should start re-opening as well.  This is what I'm being told from local sources.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: ralphie1 on May 31, 2020, 07:14:49 PM
so, anybody here know what is going on with the DR?  is july 1 still holding for commercial flights for tourists?

i emailed blackbeards to see if they have any kind of headsup yet as to when they may open as well

one of the guys has a flight purchased for august 1, so , that appears to be a go, as of now. i guess like with anything, things can change on the drop of a dime, either way, good or bad.

pity the poor saps the first couple weeks things start back up , tourist wise, in the DR.  guys will be like chum in shark infested waters. lol
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: Jethro Gibbs on May 31, 2020, 08:31:54 PM
What I have read recently through various new sources:

-  Puerto Plata airport -- set to re-open July 4.
-  Currency  -- The official rate on 26 May 2020 was RD$56 to US$1, but banks do not have US$ available to meet the demand.  Change houses are reportedly paying premium exchange rates (up to $57 pesos per dollar) to get US dollars.
-  Curfew  --  Extended for another 12 days from June 1. 
-  Iberostar Hotels will begin opening starting July 17.  They are mostly in Punta Cana area.

I have a ticket bought for July,  we shall see.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: ralphie1 on May 31, 2020, 10:57:09 PM
thanks for the headsup jethro.  them doing the 14 day bump thing is not a good sign.  we have some states that are bumping along two weeks at a time, not sure they are ever gonna attempt the norm

the problem with bumping along like that, two bumps and another month is shot in the butt

i wonder if there could be any issues with having to shelter in place for 14 days after getting there or getting back if both ends dont decide in getting back to living normal?
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: Jethro Gibbs on June 01, 2020, 10:05:12 AM
That's my biggest fear -- a forced quarantine there or here. 

My ticket has no change fees so its gonna be a game day decision.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: MarsMan on June 01, 2020, 03:38:20 PM
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In a phased re-opening, airports are set to re-open during phase 4 which is July 1. Hotels should start re-opening as well.  This is what I'm being told from local sources.


I am holding a ticket for mid-August. I called American Airlines, and they gave me dates for when they resume flights. First flights back in are to Santo Domingo, Punta Cana, and Santiago. According to what the agent told me, they resume flights to POP on July 15 or 16 (don't recall which).

I agree that we have not heard whether a quarantine is required on either end, but that would be a "show stopper" for me. And before any of us go, we probably should know what other restrictions are in place (e.g., curfew hours if any, temperature checks which can be notoriously unreliable especially in the hands of inexperienced DR airport workers, open hotels and restaurants, etc.).

Like most of us, these tickets these days seem to be easily exchanged for later dates. I am HOPING that my mid-August trip is not too early. That is about 10 weeks out ...

MarsMan
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: MarsMan on June 01, 2020, 03:46:13 PM
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In a phased re-opening, airports are set to re-open during phase 4 which is July 1. Hotels should start re-opening as well.  This is what I'm being told from local sources.


And has anyone heard about when Blackbeards might re-open? Last that I saw was their letter that indicated that it was dubious that they would be re-open much before July or August. They have said that they are paying a substantial portion of the salaries for their workers, and still have some ongoing expenses (such as security and some maintenance). Which equates to expenses without income, which usually encourages things to get back up and running.

I am not sure how how much things that they depend on (such as food wholesalers and liquor distributors who keep the restaurant and bar running) are going to be re-opened. A pretty complex issue when you shut down a country that is a big island ...

I usually buy my DR pesos at my local Wells Fargo bank before I go, because they give me the current exchange rate (and I pay a $7.00 fee, no matter how much I buy). But the banks are closed for inside business, at least in Texas ... So we will all want to keep each other posted on exchanging money. But, I figure that I am in the "favorable" position of having US dollars (and wanting to buy DR pesos ...).

MarsMan
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: Jethro Gibbs on June 01, 2020, 06:03:57 PM
Blackbeards won't likely re-open until flights start up again, so I'm guessing not before mid-July.  Hotels are in phase 4 of the DR's re-opening plan which begins 7/1.  What I don't know is if the extensions of the state of emergency impact that plan, or if it only applies to the curfew.

A curfew is a deal breaker for me since I'm out and about at night (sometimes late).  For guys confined to a compound, not so bad.  I do know that there are drivers that have special permits to be out during curfew.  Maybe Miguel ?

I'm told most businesses are open or re-opening.

Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: ralphie1 on June 01, 2020, 06:06:48 PM
i got an email from rob at blackbeards today after i asked him when he thought bb's might be opening again.  here is his reply:

Unfortunately at this moment we do not have a definite time frame/date for when the hotel will re-open. We will confirm all future reservations and availability requests ASAP once we have a fixed date.

 

Hope to see you soon....
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: Jett on June 01, 2020, 08:37:16 PM
Why in the world are some of you chomping at the bit to get down there so badly?

Nevermind...I already know.

Look, we all love our Fantasy Island but to go down there just because you "can" doesn't seem like a good vacation get-away. I'm staying out of the DR for the remainder of the year until the north coast gets at least a couple of months of stable financial footing.

Consider the following:
1. Travel in June, July, August, and September is TOO. DAMN. HOT. It's called the "off season" for a reason. If you're OK with 98 degrees and 95% humidity then more power to ya. Me?...I demand air conditioning. How stable do you think the electrical grid is going to be for the first couple of months once when all these hotels/motels start coming back online? Hope you like extended rolling blackouts cuz that's exactly what's going to happen when the "all clear to open' sign comes out.
 
2. Food. You don't know if some of these restaurants/bars/clubs are even going to be open. Many of those bars/restaurants on the strip were already struggling. What leads you to believe they'll be there when you step onto Pedro Clisante? It's the off season and with the few tourists around this time of year anyway why would they even open up? I'd figure most would just ride out until later in the Fall/Winter when the cost of doing business is a better bet.

3. Girls. Why do some assume that these girls are just gonna open their pussy as a "first come/first serve" to any gringo that lands at POP? You have no idea what shenanigans these girls are going to pull. Don't assume that the usual rate you pay for pussy is the same that it's going to be when you hit the spot. Dominicans charge MORE in distressed times not less. These hoes don't take seminars in supply and demand. They figure if you're that desperate to be the first dick off that plane then you are the perfect sucker to pay top dollar. Guys gotta stop thinking these hoes are desperate. They're not! The best ones already pad their nest with Western Union simpfish coinage. The worst ones live with their moms/sisters/cousins and other extended family in the barrio. No, they're not doing great but they're not starving either. Hell, a bag of beans and rice can feed a family for a few days for what 200-300 pesos? C'mon now.

4. Hotel. Is your hotel/AirBnB/Villa even going to be open and squared away? Do the toilets flush? Does the A/C work? Is that black mold growing in the bottom of the shower? DR hotels/resorts have been closed now for 2 months but you wanna be the dude ready to bust through the door for grand opening knowing full well that the entire staff just got there 3 minutes before you did...why?

5. You're going to get hustled...a lot. They see your gringo ass on the strip before anyone else. Congratulations! You're the perfect MARK for every scam, hustler, pickpocket from every man, woman and child there. Look at you, you're everybody's "FREN" now. Have Fun!!!!

Fellas, we all love the Dominican pussy. But for hell's sake, don't put Dominican pussy ahead of your common sense.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: ralphie1 on June 07, 2020, 10:28:05 AM
something i would caution all of those of you that are going to lead the charge in getting back to the DR is to be mindful, very mindful, of your safety.

many expats in the DR and other countries such as columbia talk about how much things have changed concerning safety.  where they once felt safe, now, not so. 

gringos are viewed as being rich and having a pocket full of pesos (we all have a pocket full of pesos, we dont walk around broke) and the locals are more than willing to relieve you of those pesos if given the chance.  the people of the DR have been without income for months now without much of a safety net

keep in mind where you are staying, the safety of the surrounding streets at night if you are prone to run around late night and give a second thought to venturing into the neighborhoods.  many of the people are at or coming to a desperation point.

also, if you rent a car and drive, give that some thought as well.  driving while gringo is a real thing in the DR and i cant help but think that could get a lot worse for the beginning of the return.

just be careful, rethink how you do things, where you go, etc... keep your safety first and foremost so you can arrive back home and let the rest of the world know how our little corner of paradise is doing

i could be all wet with my thoughts, but error on the safe side wont hurt a thing.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: Jethro Gibbs on June 08, 2020, 11:44:46 AM
Point well taken Ralphie.  Extra vigilance for the early adopters is sage advice!
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: oldnewbie on June 08, 2020, 11:43:36 PM
Good advice Ralphie and I would add that even though BB is a paradise for most of us, crime in Costamber was always a concern especially late at night.  A few people I know who live there (Canadian and US)  say that's why residents keep a dog for home surveillance and a gun in the house and that other communities in Puerto Plata are safer.

One chica says she was mugged late at night on her motorbike when someone came out of the bushes by Solo Mio and knocked her off her bike. She showed me the skinned bloodied knees, arms, and hands along with a lump on her head while at the local clinic. Those guards at the gate are not very vigilant.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: jedicobra5000 on June 08, 2020, 11:43:53 PM
Great as is I go to a club and chicas tell me that its a mafia bar and too dangerous for me, then the taxi driver tells me the same thing.  I neively just drink and have a good time then  wake up in my bed fully clothed with all my money and kidneys in tact.  I'm planning on changing things up and skip Blackbeards July 11th and fly into Santo Domingo and maybe spend a couple days in Punta Cana.  I've been using Tinder to line up some chicas before i go.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: oldnewbie on June 08, 2020, 11:57:38 PM
Even there may not be the safest Jedi. I read this about Dengue and malaria worst this year around Santo Domingo. In DR1:

All the attention is on Covid-19, but the Ministry of Public Health reminds the population to exercise measures to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds to reduce the possibility of catching dengue and malaria. In the first five months of this year, with everyone preoccupied with the coronavirus, there have been 560 cases of malaria reported in Greater Santo Domingo. Most of the cases reported are in the locations: Los Tres Brazos and other areas adjacent to the Ozama and isabela rivers in East Santo Domingo, North Santo Domingo, the National District (505 cases) and in La Cienega in West Santo Domingo.

The number of dengue fever cases in the first five months of the year is over 3,000, which is 1,000 more than for this same time of the year in 2019. The dengue cases are more widespread, with many cases located in Moca, La Vega, Pedernales, Santiago, East Santo Domingo and the National District.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: jedicobra5000 on June 09, 2020, 04:23:14 PM
with all my trips to DR i'd count myself lucky if i only caught Denghe fever!  I'm a bit of a germaphobe but when it comes to chicas i seem to dive right in tongue first.  I'll try to be carefull but that place is too powerful for my will power to not go.  I'm torn whether i want to stay in Santiago instead of Santo Domingo.  Even Punta Cana i can take a bus to because i do get bored during the day but if i stay the first few days in Santiago i can esily tax to Blackbeards if i don't have the stamina for the hunt.  Anyone else making the jump to go?
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: Jethro Gibbs on June 09, 2020, 06:20:50 PM
I have a flight booked for July 8th.  Just waiting to see how all the pieces of the puzzle stack up.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: MarsMan on June 10, 2020, 11:20:16 AM
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In a phased re-opening, airports are set to re-open during phase 4 which is July 1. Hotels should start re-opening as well.  This is what I'm being told from local sources.


And has anyone heard about when Blackbeards might re-open? Last that I saw was their letter that indicated that it was dubious that they would be re-open much before July or August. They have said that they are paying a substantial portion of the salaries for their workers, and still have some ongoing expenses (such as security and some maintenance). Which equates to expenses without income, which usually encourages things to get back up and running.

I am not sure how how much things that they depend on (such as food wholesalers and liquor distributors who keep the restaurant and bar running) are going to be re-opened. A pretty complex issue when you shut down a country that is a big island ...

I usually buy my DR pesos at my local Wells Fargo bank before I go, because they give me the current exchange rate (and I pay a $7.00 fee, no matter how much I buy). But the banks are closed for inside business, at least in Texas ... So we will all want to keep each other posted on exchanging money. But, I figure that I am in the "favorable" position of having US dollars (and wanting to buy DR pesos ...).

MarsMan


Hola/Mabuhay Fellow Mongers,

While I am waiting for travel bans to begin to loosen a bit, I was going to post some photos of some pretty Filipina honeys. I have tried to write a new Trip Report, and have tried using Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. When I click the hyperlink "Attachments and other options", the "Add attachments" is "greyed out". No way to add some photos ...

Any help would be much appreciated !! I would normally say "these photos would keep you warm on a cold night", but it is Summer for all of us, so no need for that. I guess that the photos will merely make you HOTTER on a hot night ...

A few of you (like Ralphie and HuskerDude) may know that i am a physician who lives in Texas, and I have Mongered for about 20 years. After my wife died about 20 years ago, I pretty much assumed that I would never have sex again (mind you, she and I didn't have sex that much anyway). I had exactly ZERO interest in ever dating another American woman. So, I resigned myself to raising my two children (who were teenagers/soon-to-be teenagers), as that was the right first priority anyway. And I threw myself into my profession. And then, a friend I know (he lives in Houston) told me about this strange concept called "mongering".

At first, it seemed incredible. Voluptuous, beautiful young women around the world wanting desperately to have sex with me. And, mind you, these aren't sleezy, drug-infested, diseased old hookers. Nope. Beautiful 18-, or 19-, or 20-year-old women in various countries. Hard to believe.

He told me about a place in the Puerto Plata area called "Viking Resort" (they are since out of business - their website used to be "cat69.com", hmmm, that leaves little to the imagination). I eventually went there, and met beautiful, beautiful (stunningly beautiful) young Russian/Ukrainian/Belarusian girls. And from there I learned of Blackbeards. And my Houston friend introduced me to Thailand, where we both eventually purchased condos (side-by-side beachfront condos on the 24th floor of a new condo building in Pattaya - "good boys go to heaven, bad boys go to Pattaya").

I've mongered all over this world (DR, Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Czech Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, etc., etc.).

I now own another business (in addition to being a doctor in the U.S.) on my own - a medical services business. It is highly successful, and I have an office in Clark, Philippines (Angeles City - the Philippine equivalent of Pattaya). I have 16 employees in my Clark Office, and I was going over there about every 8 weeks (yep, flying across the Pacific for a 1-week stay about every 8 weeks).

I can seriously entertain you with multiple trip reports about my many, many times over there, but was going to start with at least a few photos of delicious young Filipinas who I have enjoyed many, many nights with.

But for the life of me, I cannot figure out how to attach a simple photo on this site. Any clues? Anyone?

Mongering will resume soon (I hope). We should have some good therapeutics and vaccines by late this year/early next year. Hang in there Fellow Mongers ...

MarsMan
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: Kozak on June 10, 2020, 04:00:47 PM
As much as I love going down and relaxing with the gang and the ladies sadly with no Vaccine in the near future looks like all my trips will be halted.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: ralphie1 on June 10, 2020, 06:52:32 PM
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As much as I love going down and relaxing with the gang and the ladies sadly with no Vaccine in the near future looks like all my trips will be halted.
   they keep talking "vaccine" but that is all bs.  they dont even have a true vaccine for the flu, how are they going to come up with a vaccine for covid when they truly dont understand how it spreads, etc...???

i wont let the lack of a vaccine stop me.  now, if there are huge outbreaks, that could be a deal breaker. 

sadly, we cant believe the numbers being reported stateside.  it has become so politicized they have made it look way worse than it is.  the bad part, they take away our ability to make risk decisions on our own, the numbers are too skewered.  they just want to tell us what to do. smh
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: Howie Pheltersnatch on June 10, 2020, 07:57:20 PM
Good thread guys.  I miss our paradise and I would love to get down there but the reality is that it’s a while away.

Here’s my two cents on the reopening and I manage a resort here on the states.

The first few months are going to be tough.  We can’t even run at peak occupancy here in the states and the cleaning/turning of rooms takes at least 48 hours.  Laundry and linens and common surfaces are an incredible challenge for any operation right now.

When a property sits for a while (especially an old one) things are more likely to break when they get turned back on.

For all those pioneers going down there early there are probably going to be a lot of headaches.  For the staff managing and working at these places they have their work cut out for them.

I’m going to be monitoring the updates but it’s going to be well into 2021 before I will likely return and that stinks.  I love the DR and especially Bb’s.

I emailed a few weeks back just to check in on everyone.  Haven’t heard back but I hope all of them are well. 

I miss everyone that works there and those that I have met traveling over the years .
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: Jethro Gibbs on June 10, 2020, 08:00:21 PM
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Hola/Mabuhay Fellow Mongers,

While I am waiting for travel bans to begin to loosen a bit, I was going to post some photos of some pretty Filipina honeys. I have tried to write a new Trip Report, and have tried using Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. When I click the hyperlink "Attachments and other options", the "Add attachments" is "greyed out". No way to add some photos ...

Any help would be much appreciated !! I would normally say "these photos would keep you warm on a cold night", but it is Summer for all of us, so no need for that. I guess that the photos will merely make you HOTTER on a hot night ...

MarsMan

Hey Marsman,
The surefire way to attach photos is Internet Explorer.  You can do it in Edge and Chrome as well but you have to go into the settings and allow FLASH.  This site uses FLASH for the attachment feature and many of the browsers don't like it.

In Chrome, go to Settings, Privacy and Security, Site Settings, Flash.  Move the slide bar so it turns on.  Close the browser and re-open it.  When you try to add an attachment you'll get a pop up to allow flash.  After that the site should be added in the allowed list as you see from my screenshot.

Hope that works!  Looking forward to reading your trip reports!  I used Chrome for this message so you can see it works.

Jethro
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: huskerdude on June 10, 2020, 11:46:40 PM
I use internet explorer, but I'm a dumb ass when it comes to computers.  The only problem I have with posting pics is when my file size is too big. Resizing them helps.  :(
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: MarsMan on June 11, 2020, 01:52:36 PM
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I use internet explorer, but I'm a dumb ass when it comes to computers.  The only problem I have with posting pics is when my file size is too big. Resizing them helps.  :(

This worked PERFECTLY !! Thank you for your help, Sir !!

MarsMan
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: MarsMan on June 11, 2020, 01:53:44 PM
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Hola/Mabuhay Fellow Mongers,

While I am waiting for travel bans to begin to loosen a bit, I was going to post some photos of some pretty Filipina honeys. I have tried to write a new Trip Report, and have tried using Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. When I click the hyperlink "Attachments and other options", the "Add attachments" is "greyed out". No way to add some photos ...

Any help would be much appreciated !! I would normally say "these photos would keep you warm on a cold night", but it is Summer for all of us, so no need for that. I guess that the photos will merely make you HOTTER on a hot night ...

MarsMan

Hey Marsman,
The surefire way to attach photos is Internet Explorer.  You can do it in Edge and Chrome as well but you have to go into the settings and allow FLASH.  This site uses FLASH for the attachment feature and many of the browsers don't like it.

In Chrome, go to Settings, Privacy and Security, Site Settings, Flash.  Move the slide bar so it turns on.  Close the browser and re-open it.  When you try to add an attachment you'll get a pop up to allow flash.  After that the site should be added in the allowed list as you see from my screenshot.

Hope that works!  Looking forward to reading your trip reports!  I used Chrome for this message so you can see it works.

Jethro

Thank you Sir Jethro. Your explanation was totally clear, and worked PERFECTLY !! Thank you Sir.
MarsMan
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: Big boy on June 11, 2020, 10:24:37 PM
Puerto Plata airport is to reopen 4 July  West Jet will resume its Toronto-Puerto Plata service on 7 July.  They propose to fly in the summer Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays i.e. their normal schedule.  But who will fly?

1) they are charging $425 one way, which is far higher than the $615 return that I usually paid in the past.
2) DR still has a relatively high infection rate.  The curve has flattened but is only reducing slightly, so the risk of infection is relatively high
3) In Canada at least (I do not know the situation in USA) any returning Canadian has to submit to 14 days of self isolation which is enforced through daily phone calls and "surprise" visits by a public health nurse.

We will see what the uptake is.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: Howie Pheltersnatch on June 17, 2020, 02:01:31 PM
Hi everyone.  I have been going through some old newsletters as I recall there was an email to reach El Captain.  I can no longer seem to find it.

I have the general BB’s email but looking to send him a quick note.  Let me know if anyone can provide.  Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: ralphie1 on June 17, 2020, 06:03:12 PM
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Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: jedicobra5000 on June 21, 2020, 10:01:48 PM
I was planning on flying into Santo Domingo on the 10th of July and back from Santiago on the 20th.  Flights seemed more expensive and limited.  I wanted to spend most of that time at Blackbeards but if my whatsapp is any indication the girls might be extra pushy after no work.  Latest email indicates no planned reopening.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: Big boy on June 23, 2020, 09:56:15 PM
Today's DR News contains an article on the reopening of airports on 1 July.  It says that the original announcement two or three weeks ago was an intention to reopen airports and tourist resorts on 1 July.  So far the government has not confirmed that nor have they issued protocols on cleaning, separation distances, masks etc.  The article ended by questioning whether or not the reopening would actually go ahead.  We will wait and see.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: jedicobra5000 on June 27, 2020, 01:51:51 AM
Costa Rica announced an opening of July 1st but now extended that to August 1st and might be restrictive and not allow from high infection countries like US.  Right now I’ve just reserved rooms in Santo Domingo DR that have free cancelation.  I’m planning on going to Costa Rica about September 14th but at this rate I’m going no where this year.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: Jethro Gibbs on June 27, 2020, 01:05:14 PM
As far as the DR, the state of emergency was not renewed. It will expire on June 30 and the curfew will end.  Even though they delayed moving to phase 3 of their re-opening plan, all reports indicate that the tourism sector will re-open July 1.  The hotel association and the government have agreed on rules for protection of visitors.  Haven't seen anything official regarding arrival in the DR, temperature/health checks, immigration or customs. 

In the DR masks are mandatory in public.


From CNBC:  American Airlines announced Friday that it will resume full flights starting July 1 amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The airline will continue to notify passengers when their planes are full and allow them to switch to less crowded flights at no extra cost through Sept. 30. Passengers with flights booked through Sept. 30 can also change their flights, including adjusting origin and destination cities, without incurring a travel change fee but will have to pay for any difference in the fare.

Starting June 30, American said it will begin asking customers during the flight check-in process whether they have been free of Covid-19 symptoms for the past 14 days. Travelers will be able to complete the coronavirus symptom checklist using self-service machines at airports or during online check-in.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/26/american-airlines-to-resume-full-flights-amid-coronavirus-pandemic.html (https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/26/american-airlines-to-resume-full-flights-amid-coronavirus-pandemic.html)
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: MarsMan on June 27, 2020, 01:36:23 PM
As far as the DR, the state of emergency was not renewed. It will expire on June 30 and the curfew will end.  Even though they delayed moving to phase 3 of their re-opening plan, all reports indicate that the tourism sector will re-open July 1.  The hotel association and the government have agreed on rules for protection of visitors.  Haven't seen anything official regarding arrival in the DR, temperature/health checks, immigration or customs. 

In the DR masks are mandatory in public.


From CNBC:  American Airlines announced Friday that it will resume full flights starting July 1 amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The airline will continue to notify passengers when their planes are full and allow them to switch to less crowded flights at no extra cost through Sept. 30. Passengers with flights booked through Sept. 30 can also change their flights, including adjusting origin and destination cities, without incurring a travel change fee but will have to pay for any difference in the fare.

Starting June 30, American said it will begin asking customers during the flight check-in process whether they have been free of Covid-19 symptoms for the past 14 days. Travelers will be able to complete the coronavirus symptom checklist using self-service machines at airports or during online check-in.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/26/american-airlines-to-resume-full-flights-amid-coronavirus-pandemic.html (https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/26/american-airlines-to-resume-full-flights-amid-coronavirus-pandemic.html)

Hola Sir Jethro Gibbs,

Thank you, Sir !! And I just read online that as of 05:00 am on June 28 (Sunday), the curfew ends. This officially brings them fully into Phase III.

Phase IV, which is scheduled (BUT I AM AWAITING READING IT MYSELF) to begin on July 1, which means that the airports re-open. I have not heard exact dates for all airlines, but when I spoke with an American Airlines representative at the Executive Platinum number, she said that they resume flights to D.R. on "July 5" (or maybe she said July 6 - don't recall which) to Santo Domingo and Punta Cana first, and then to Puerto Plata (something like July 14).

I still have my mid-August ticket, and am hoping that by then things will be a little more open, a little more settled. Not sure that I would want to be the first passenger into D.R. Just sayin ...

I still have heard no word on BB, but expect to hear that they will re-open sometime later in July??? Only IMHO (I have NO facts on this).

MarsMan
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: Jethro Gibbs on June 27, 2020, 07:42:01 PM
Take this with a grain of salt, subject to, subject to, blah blah....

I have a ticket to Santiago on 7/8 and know someone that has a ticket to Puerto Plata on 7/10 on American.

I know an American flight attendant who is scheduled to work DR trips beginning 7/8 out of Miami.  In fact she is working my Santiago flight.

While I don't have any inside info on Blackbeards, my guess is they are waiting for flights to resume before they make an official decision on re-opening.

Interestingly enough supposedly Jet Blue is already flying into Santiago from the NY area.  Go figure.

Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: Jethro Gibbs on June 27, 2020, 07:54:51 PM
JetBlue flight today
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: Jethro Gibbs on June 27, 2020, 09:21:09 PM
Rumour -- Rumour -- Rumour

BB chica claims BB will open July 1. 

Remember - You should only believe half of what you read on the internets!  :motion:
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: Big boy on June 28, 2020, 10:31:56 PM
As far as I know there is no confirmation that flights can resume on 1 July  The original government announcement said that "it was their intention to open the airports on 1 July".  There is an election on 5 July and if the polls are correct the government may change.  It would be an interesting twist to see the old government open the airports and then a new government close them.  Buyer beware.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: MarsMan on June 29, 2020, 03:29:19 PM
Rumour -- Rumour -- Rumour

BB chica claims BB will open July 1. 

Remember - You should only believe half of what you read on the internets!  :motion:

Mabuhay/Hola/Sawasdee Fellow Mongers !!

Well, first, there are MANY weblinks to announcements of the PLANNED re-opening of DR, such as:

https://dominicantoday.com/dr/tourism/2020/06/19/punta-cana-airport-36-commercial-flights-in-the-first-week-of-dominican-republic-border-reopening/

https://dominicantoday.com/dr/local/2020/06/26/state-of-emergency-is-set-to-expire/

https://dominicantoday.com/dr/tourism/2020/06/25/coronavirus-health-protocol-approved-to-reopen-tourism-in-the-dr/

And you can find many more. But because of all of OUR confusion and uncertainty, I simply called the Consulate of the Dominican Republic (they have a number of them in the U.S., so I took 2 minutes out of a very busy day here in the clinic to simply call the one in Chicago - I live in Texas but there isn't one in Texas) and spoke with a Consulate Officer.

She said:

TRAVEL FROM THE UNITED STATES IS ALLOWED EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2020. The visa requirements are the same as before (e.g., we don't need a visa if we have a U.S. passport).

I figure that it is "not a rumor" when I hear it directly from a consular officer.

Mongers, it looks like D.R. is back open again. Now, about hotels, well, you will have to figure that one out for yourselves. My ticket is for mid-August, so I am hoping that (a) many things will be re-open by then (I am guessing that re-opening will take some time, because tourism will be slow to return for a few weeks) and (b) there should be hotels and resorts available by then.

You're welcome.

MarsMan
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: Big boy on June 29, 2020, 11:08:43 PM
Yes you are right DR Government confirmed that they are reopening airports as of 1 July.

In one way I am surprised as cases of Covid-19 have spiked in recent days in DR and cases in USA (their biggest travel market) are going through the roof.  I guess they need the dollars and the government is willing to risk anything.  The other aspect is the Presidential and other elections are on 5 July and if the polls are to be believed the Government is going down to defeat.  So more covid cases when they happen in one, two months time can be blamed on the new government.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: MarsMan on June 30, 2020, 05:11:22 AM
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Yes you are right DR Government confirmed that they are reopening airports as of 1 July.

In one way I am surprised as cases of Covid-19 have spiked in recent days in DR and cases in USA (their biggest travel market) are going through the roof.  I guess they need the dollars and the government is willing to risk anything.  The other aspect is the Presidential and other elections are on 5 July and if the polls are to be believed the Government is going down to defeat.  So more covid cases when they happen in one, two months time can be blamed on the new government.

Mabuhay Hola Big Boy,

You are correct that cases of the corona virus are increasing in both places.

Perhaps DR is looking at this in the same way that I am looking at it: in even the most highly-controlled, monitored, locked-down society on all of the Earth (China, where tens of millions of cameras monitor everything, even going to work is closely monitored, every call and every text is controlled, etc.), they have been unable to contain the outbreaks (which keep popping up - for all intents and purposes Beijing is basically locked down now). Locking down, closing borders, stopping the economy, etc. may have some temporary effect. But their biggest effects seem to be on the economy.

Mind you, as a physician I am not urging mass gatherings. And although I know that we all hate wearing masks, they do have benefits.

But the idea that by limiting international travel (or even local travel) we will control this virus is, well, fallacy.

And, yes, I agree with you: their economy has suffered mightily. They probably cannot afford to keep it closed any longer (it may instill social upheaval if they do).

MarsMan
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: ralphie1 on June 30, 2020, 08:24:43 AM
people are going to get the flu, the same, people are going to get covid19.  it is inevitable.  we can hide out, quarantine, but that does not mean we wont get the flu, or covid.

the quarantine was all about blunting the peak of infections to give the hospitals a chance and not be inundated.  it worked, too well maybe even.   

the only way to beat this is herd immunity or a vaccine. hiding out is not going to work, it will find you.

now that all said, due diligence is required.  i.e. be aware of large crowds, sanitation efforts, etc...  that last thought might leave the DR out of the equation. lol

we might all surprise ourselves, if we were tested, and find that we already had covid or have antibodies present in our bodies.   that is part of the rise, so many people running out now and being tested with many positive results. testing was not so available in the past months.

also adding to the confusion is the skewered reporting of covid by hospitals and caregivers.  we do not have a true baseline to compare anything to.  that line has been very political , hospitals being reimbursed for covid patients (it is in their interest to have covid patients) and anything now is based on a skewered data

at the end of the day, we as mongers have to root out what we determine to be the truth with covid and risks involved and make our own decision based on our risk tolerance, age group, health, etc...

upon hearing of a covid hotspot, a big rise in numbers, i asked  a doctor from that area about two things i would base decisions on, is there a huge corresponding increase in deaths and are the ICU's full.  i was told a BIG NEGATIVE.  figure it out

just an fyi, i am not a follower.  if you want me to do something, give me solid reasons that can be backed up with facts and i will consider. 
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: Jethro Gibbs on June 30, 2020, 07:46:13 PM
I'm changing my routine a bit.  I am mostly going to see known chicas who I feel comfortable with as far as their covid precautions.  I'm trying to avoid new talent but I do have 2 lined up.  We'll see.

Truthfully my biggest fear is the two hours with someone within 2 feet of me in almost every direction -- the airplane.

I stay at a family home and mostly eat there so I can control sanitation.  I don't do beaches, clubs, bars or other crowded locales.  I have access to a vehicle.

I will hit La Sirena when they first open,  Jenny's to change money.  Cabañas for sex (which are typically disnfected with bleach in between rentals), plus I will spray them down with lysol.

I will wear a mask at all times in public, maintain social distance and wash hands frequently.  TSA is allowing up to 12 oz of hand sanitizer through security along with disinfectant wipes.

If after all that I get Covid there, it'll be because of an asymptomatic 20-30 year old.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: huskerdude on June 30, 2020, 11:48:56 PM
Getting on a plane & the airport I think is most dangerous. I would wear a N95 or better on the plane.  I now wear a mask that's like 99.7% whenever I get out to the stores.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: jedicobra5000 on July 01, 2020, 09:46:15 PM
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I'm changing my routine a bit.  I am mostly going to see known chicas who I feel comfortable with as far as their covid precautions.  I'm trying to avoid new talent but I do have 2 lined up.  We'll see.

Truthfully my biggest fear is the two hours with someone within 2 feet of me in almost every direction -- the airplane.

I stay at a family home and mostly eat there so I can control sanitation.  I don't do beaches, clubs, bars or other crowded locales.  I have access to a vehicle.

I will hit La Sirena when they first open,  Jenny's to change money.  Cabañas for sex (which are typically disnfected with bleach in between rentals), plus I will spray them down with lysol.

I will wear a mask at all times in public, maintain social distance and wash hands frequently.  TSA is allowing up to 12 oz of hand sanitizer through security along with disinfectant wipes.

If after all that I get Covid there, it'll be because of an asymptomatic 20-30 year old.

I'm changing things up too. I'll get there July 11th to July 20th if all goes well. Usually i stick to the ease of Blackbeards but i just booked the JW Marriot for 4 days in Santo Domingo.  Flyiing into Santo Domingo then i will stay 2 days in Santiago.  I connected with alot of girls on Dominican Cupid and Tinder.  If they push a video call always point the camera to the ceiling.. i got 3 that tried the porn scam where they play a porn video and try to get you on cam to blackmail.  Then of coarse money for Baby, internet or food.  The 3 out of 30 that don't ask for anything i will meet when i go.  After Santiago maybe i will finish 3 days at Blackbeards and fly back from STI.  So far the girls i plan to meet made it clear they are not looking for any money but it will be a different story when i get there.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: ralphie1 on July 01, 2020, 10:00:55 PM
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I'm changing my routine a bit.  I am mostly going to see known chicas who I feel comfortable with as far as their covid precautions.  I'm trying to avoid new talent but I do have 2 lined up.  We'll see.

Truthfully my biggest fear is the two hours with someone within 2 feet of me in almost every direction -- the airplane.

I stay at a family home and mostly eat there so I can control sanitation.  I don't do beaches, clubs, bars or other crowded locales.  I have access to a vehicle.

I will hit La Sirena when they first open,  Jenny's to change money.  Cabañas for sex (which are typically disnfected with bleach in between rentals), plus I will spray them down with lysol.

I will wear a mask at all times in public, maintain social distance and wash hands frequently.  TSA is allowing up to 12 oz of hand sanitizer through security along with disinfectant wipes.

If after all that I get Covid there, it'll be because of an asymptomatic 20-30 year old.

I'm changing things up too. I'll get there July 11th to July 20th if all goes well. Usually i stick to the ease of Blackbeards but i just booked the JW Marriot for 4 days in Santo Domingo.  Flyiing into Santo Domingo then i will stay 2 days in Santiago.  I connected with alot of girls on Dominican Cupid and Tinder.  If they push a video call always point the camera to the ceiling.. i got 3 that tried the porn scam where they play a porn video and try to get you on cam to blackmail.  Then of coarse money for Baby, internet or food.  The 3 out of 30 that don't ask for anything i will meet when i go.  After Santiago maybe i will finish 3 days at Blackbeards and fly back from STI.  So far the girls i plan to meet made it clear they are not looking for any money but it will be a different story when i get there.
the fact they say they arent looking for money plays a couple of ways. 

for starters, is massages their feelings that they are not a puta and you wont think she is.    then when you get there, the rent is due, baby needs medicine, no food, second child needs an operation and so on.

the fact that she has sex with you and you give her money does not make her a whore because you are giving the money for a myriad of reasons , some mentioned above. 

if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck...
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: jedicobra5000 on July 02, 2020, 08:20:44 AM
i know the routine but when your away from Blackbeards it costs the more for an hour than it does for an overnight at Blackbeards.  This way I've built a little more of a relationship.  So far I've refused any requests to pay their cable bill so they could video call me or for baby food so I've weeded out alot.  Reverse photo lookup i found some scammers using fake photos... this one used a photo in a gym with English writing on the wall.  I called her out on it quickly.  I'm also getting decent hotel rooms but with the Pandemic the poverty, crime and scammers are at an all time high.  If they insist on a video chat never show yourself on camera until you know its really her and Paypal has made it way too easy, no more western union trips.  I'm so used to the laid back Blackbeards this time I will be in Santo Domingo and Santiago mostly.  Hopefully everything is open.. I checked out their Covid and they say its bad but they have almost twice the population of Massachusetts with less than a 1/3 of the infection and much less dead.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: MarsMan on July 02, 2020, 09:21:29 AM
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I'm changing my routine a bit.  I am mostly going to see known chicas who I feel comfortable with as far as their covid precautions.  I'm trying to avoid new talent but I do have 2 lined up.  We'll see.

Truthfully my biggest fear is the two hours with someone within 2 feet of me in almost every direction -- the airplane.

I stay at a family home and mostly eat there so I can control sanitation.  I don't do beaches, clubs, bars or other crowded locales.  I have access to a vehicle.

I will hit La Sirena when they first open,  Jenny's to change money.  Cabañas for sex (which are typically disnfected with bleach in between rentals), plus I will spray them down with lysol.

I will wear a mask at all times in public, maintain social distance and wash hands frequently.  TSA is allowing up to 12 oz of hand sanitizer through security along with disinfectant wipes.

If after all that I get Covid there, it'll be because of an asymptomatic 20-30 year old.

I'm changing things up too. I'll get there July 11th to July 20th if all goes well. Usually i stick to the ease of Blackbeards but i just booked the JW Marriot for 4 days in Santo Domingo.  Flyiing into Santo Domingo then i will stay 2 days in Santiago.  I connected with alot of girls on Dominican Cupid and Tinder.  If they push a video call always point the camera to the ceiling.. i got 3 that tried the porn scam where they play a porn video and try to get you on cam to blackmail.  Then of coarse money for Baby, internet or food.  The 3 out of 30 that don't ask for anything i will meet when i go.  After Santiago maybe i will finish 3 days at Blackbeards and fly back from STI.  So far the girls i plan to meet made it clear they are not looking for any money but it will be a different story when i get there.

Mabuhay/Hola/Sawasdee Jedicobra500, Jethro Gibbs, and Sir Ralphie !!

Thanks, Jedi and Jethro, for sharing your plans. I have travel booked for mid-August, and am hoping by then that things are a bit more "settled out" (like more restaurants open, more beaches open, more hotels open). My plans are to spend the time in the Puerto Plata area.

I have four or five "regular chicas" who are all wanting to stay all of the nights with me, so I will have to "divide up" my time. All are very liberal with me in their "sexual offerings", and I've known each of them for at least 2-3 years (several I have known for more than 5 years) and have been with each multiple times. So I know that I will be highly satisfied, and won't have to "prowl the bars, or the streets, or even BB chicas" (although that might be possible).

My one question at this point is where I stay. It is really hard to beat Blackbeards for convenience (has its own pretty good restaurant and bar, has chicas) and price. But they seem to be opening at their own rate, which is, of course, their choice. My plan is to "lock down my hotel/villa" in the next 2 weeks (about 4 weeks before I go). Blackbeards needs to get their "rear in gear", or I will just simply pass them by. My thoughts and choices include:

Hotel Ultravioleta: in the Cabarete area, truly one of the most beauitful places to stay in the POP area. It is "on the point" where the beach is out the furthest in Cabarete, and it is a wind kite surfer paradise (I do a little of that). Also, very convenient for the beaches in Cabarete, and outdoor restaurants there. And since I have my own Dominicanas, then no worries there. Their rooms are ultra-modern, and ultra-clean.

Blackbeards: We all know this choice. It also offers things to do like going into POP where there are several of my favorite dining places, including Mares (seafood, seafood, seafood, with outdoor seating which I want) and La Tarappa. And with their pool and jacuzzi and a "second rate beach" close by, and our standard favorite of Sole Mio nearby, there is no chance of boredom here.

Casa Valeria: in Sosua. I love this small hotel. Very private. Very clean. Very nice. A great restaurant. Really nice people. But it is in "So-Sewer", and I don't much care for the town. Still, you can go to the beach there. And just relax around their pool.

Private Villas: I know the owners of two "private villas" that cater to VERY HIGH END tastes. The villas are truly world-class places to stay (4 or 5 star) with only a few rooms. They are very expensive, because they offer high-end Dominicans as well as high-end Europeans. However, because I know both owners, and don't need a lady companion, they are each offering me a very slimmed down price because it will just be me and my lady enjoying their food, and lovely scenery. Very private places each of them. They are each between Sosua and Cabarete, on the beach. Again, their standard rates are quite high, but I don't need their girls, just one of their villa rooms.

So now I just wait a bit, Fellow Mongers. If I don't hear any announcements from Blackbeards soon, then they can just keep their rooms, and I will reserve somewhere else. I figure that I am a very good guest, always quite generous, and potential repeat business (also have a ticket for mid-October). If they don't need my $$$, then there are others in the area who do !!

I got my plan working, and nearly complete.

Thanks, again, Fellow Mongers (Jedi, Jethro, and Ralphie) for your thoughts.

MarsMan
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: Jethro Gibbs on July 02, 2020, 06:08:29 PM
Marsman,

I went to this restaurant called Los Tres Cocos which is fairly close to Costambar (Blackbeards). Now it was 2 years ago so no guarantees, but it was mostly outside dining, very romantic.  Food was excellent!

Google "los tres cocos puerto plata" and you'll get some Tripadvisor reviews and photos.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: Jethro Gibbs on July 02, 2020, 07:22:20 PM
There has been some speculation about new requirements for entry into the DR.  I saw an interview with an official from the Santiago airport where he said that all arriving passengers will be thermographically scanned for temperature and if 38 celsius (100.4F) and above, you will be whisked away by a public health doctor who will administer an instant Covid-19 test.  They didn't really elaborate into what happens after that.

Source:  https://youtu.be/r8w1IdiOqps   It's in spanish.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: MarsMan on July 03, 2020, 05:45:17 AM
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There has been some speculation about new requirements for entry into the DR.  I saw an interview with an official from the Santiago airport where he said that all arriving passengers will be thermographically scanned for temperature and if 38 celsius (100.4F) and above, you will be whisked away by a public health doctor who will administer an instant Covid-19 test.  They didn't really elaborate into what happens after that.

Source:  https://youtu.be/r8w1IdiOqps   It's in spanish.

Mabuhay/Hola Sir Jethro Gibbs,

Thank you for the information. Thermal scanning/imaging is done in many international airports (I have never understood why the U.S. doesn't do it). In many of them, they use multiple cameras, and anyone with a higher than normal "heat signature" is pulled out of the line (for either going to the Transfer Area to go from one international flight to the next, or for going to Immigration to enter the country). And the 38 degrees Centigrade is pretty standard.

I am actually hoping that DR does their business this way, too. It makes sense to some degree (no pun intended). We do it in our clinics for all patients.

MarsMan
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: jedicobra5000 on July 03, 2020, 02:14:12 PM
I rushed my plans a bit.. I've been too couped up and needed to get out.  My justification is as bad as the virus is there it's worse here and much worse in Massachussetts but we have better hospitals and treatment.. I booked two direct flights and reserved a nice room in Santo Domingo for 4 days.  I don't see as many great choices in Santiago so I'm a bit nervous because i only have my fights and first 4 hotel days set.  I'm going for 9 days and plan on 2 days in Santiago to hopefully hit their clubs and then finish 3 days at Blackbeards.  Just need to figure if i want to pay more for a tax from Santo Domingo to Santiago or take a bus. I leave in a little over a week so hopefully i hear from blackbeards soon.  I get bored there during the week so opted for a shorter stay so i can explore.  Puerto Plata is the only place I've been in DR so far.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: Jethro Gibbs on July 03, 2020, 08:22:58 PM
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I rushed my plans a bit.. I've been too couped up and needed to get out.  My justification is as bad as the virus is there it's worse here and much worse in Massachussetts but we have better hospitals and treatment.. I booked two direct flights and reserved a nice room in Santo Domingo for 4 days.  I don't see as many great choices in Santiago so I'm a bit nervous because i only have my fights and first 4 hotel days set.  I'm going for 9 days and plan on 2 days in Santiago to hopefully hit their clubs and then finish 3 days at Blackbeards.  Just need to figure if i want to pay more for a tax from Santo Domingo to Santiago or take a bus. I leave in a little over a week so hopefully i hear from blackbeards soon.  I get bored there during the week so opted for a shorter stay so i can explore.  Puerto Plata is the only place I've been in DR so far.

Jedi, That JW is in a pretty good location.  Lot's of nightlife around it in walking distance.  The Metro bus station used to be right down the street but I heard it moved. 

Probably the closest you're going to get to JW quality is going to be one of the Hodelpa properties in Santiago.  They are not very conveniently located but there is one downtown that's decent.  Stayed there about 5 years ago.  Feels like a typical older big city hotel with narrow hallways and small rooms.  I have stayed at Platino a couple of times and if I needed to overnight in Santiago this is where I would stay.  Not too far from the monument and city center.  Hotel Matum I've read a lot about, has/had a very active casino where talent may be available. 

Assuming Blackbeards isn't open,  there is a hotel on el malecon in between La Sirena and Big Lees.  Aparta Hotel Lomar.  Stayed there a couple of times.  Inexpensive and chica-friendly.  Probably a bit beneath the room quality at BB's.

I'll be gone by the time you get to Puerto Plata, but I'll send you my whatsapp number in case I can do any recon for you.  I arrive on the 8th.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: ralphie1 on July 04, 2020, 05:52:02 PM
there are some really low fares out there right now for those that are willing to travel to the DR in the next 4-6 weeks.  low 300's, normal flights, decent flight times
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: jedicobra5000 on July 04, 2020, 10:36:09 PM
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I rushed my plans a bit.. I've been too couped up and needed to get out.  My justification is as bad as the virus is there it's worse here and much worse in Massachussetts but we have better hospitals and treatment.. I booked two direct flights and reserved a nice room in Santo Domingo for 4 days.  I don't see as many great choices in Santiago so I'm a bit nervous because i only have my fights and first 4 hotel days set.  I'm going for 9 days and plan on 2 days in Santiago to hopefully hit their clubs and then finish 3 days at Blackbeards.  Just need to figure if i want to pay more for a tax from Santo Domingo to Santiago or take a bus. I leave in a little over a week so hopefully i hear from blackbeards soon.  I get bored there during the week so opted for a shorter stay so i can explore.  Puerto Plata is the only place I've been in DR so far.

Jedi, That JW is in a pretty good location.  Lot's of nightlife around it in walking distance.  The Metro bus station used to be right down the street but I heard it moved. 

Probably the closest you're going to get to JW quality is going to be one of the Hodelpa properties in Santiago.  They are not very conveniently located but there is one downtown that's decent.  Stayed there about 5 years ago.  Feels like a typical older big city hotel with narrow hallways and small rooms.  I have stayed at Platino a couple of times and if I needed to overnight in Santiago this is where I would stay.  Not too far from the monument and city center.  Hotel Matum I've read a lot about, has/had a very active casino where talent may be available. 

Assuming Blackbeards isn't open,  there is a hotel on el malecon in between La Sirena and Big Lees.  Aparta Hotel Lomar.  Stayed there a couple of times.  Inexpensive and chica-friendly.  Probably a bit beneath the room quality at BB's.

I'll be gone by the time you get to Puerto Plata, but I'll send you my whatsapp number in case I can do any recon for you.  I arrive on the 8th.

Funny you said Hodelpo because I booked the honey moon suit at Hidelpo Gran Amirante for my 5th and 6th days. In case bars and clubs remain closed because I read maybe August 24th.  Maybe good I’m contacting girls ahead of time.. their scam game is though the roof.. now they use regular girl photos but open up several dating and Facebook accounts.  I have the first 6 of 9 days hotels booked Just waiting on Blackbeards for my last 3 days.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: ralphie1 on July 31, 2020, 06:27:11 AM
jedi,   did you end up going to the DR a  few weeks back? 
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: Jethro Gibbs on August 01, 2020, 02:50:14 AM
He did go.  Hopefully we'll get a report soon.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: jedicobra5000 on September 17, 2020, 03:03:35 PM
It’s a quick report.. day 1 didn’t get laid.. day 2 Columbian prostitute at hotel bar.. fucked with mask on.  Lol! Next 3 days the same as the first in Santo Domingo.  Met someone who used to work at BB for 2 days in Santiago and last 3 days in Puerto Plata.  So much was closed and curfews didn’t help.  Thought about BB next week but might call it quits until 2021.  And I broke my ankle on a Harley so that adds to the difficulty.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: ralphie1 on September 17, 2020, 05:04:09 PM
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It’s a quick report.. day 1 didn’t get laid.. day 2 Columbian prostitute at hotel bar.. fucked with mask on.  Lol! Next 3 days the same as the first in Santo Domingo.  Met someone who used to work at BB for 2 days in Santiago and last 3 days in Puerto Plata.  So much was closed and curfews didn’t help.  Thought about BB next week but might call it quits until 2021.  And I broke my ankle on a Harley so that adds to the difficulty.
broken ankle, sorry to hear that.  that has to suck.  might be all the more reason to go to the DR, what better thing to do when you dont feel like getting out and running around than laying on your back and allowing a young hottie suck your dick and then ride it like she stole it?  lol
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: jedicobra5000 on September 18, 2020, 01:12:43 AM
That’s what I was thinking.. with Blackbeards lockdowns don’t matter.  Otherwise it’s boring but my hotel in Santo Domingo had a great infinity roof pool.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: ralphie1 on September 18, 2020, 06:26:45 AM
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That’s what I was thinking.. with Blackbeards lockdowns don’t matter.  Otherwise it’s boring but my hotel in Santo Domingo had a great infinity roof pool.
it will be ineresting to see if things get a bit wilder , more nudity, stuff like that, when the gates lock at blackbeards.

i would imagine when it comes time for "last call, grab a gal" that the full court press will be put on like we have never seen.
Title: Re: DR to re-open airports on July 1
Post by: jedicobra5000 on September 18, 2020, 11:28:13 PM
Before they rushed to get rides home but now they stay in rooms because the curfew is so early no vehicles allowed on the road.  As for wilder I’ve been in the hot tub when 10 girls were sucking a guys dick in order.  So not sure how much wilder it can get.