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Now this is how you throw a party! Great music, a huge crowd, cold Presidente Beer.
Just a great show and a huge thanks to Presidente for keeping the party alive. All the
acts were excellent with Motzart La Para putting on a great final act and bringing down
the house. The admission was 100 pesos or about two dollars and you got a free beer.
Our message to Presidente is keep these events going on all year. We just cant get
enough. And after the show, the Malecon was alive and partying all night long. Puerto
Plata on Sundays is the hot party spot. Bars full, pretty girls, beer and live music. Many
more pics to come here. We want to get back to being a party site. Also a new disco
opened up in PP named 30-40 Disco and it looks great. But as far as the cruise ship
passengers go, these are a bit too small venues to handle a huge crowd. And dont
forget Big Lees Bar on the Malecon. A good time here always. And a small crowd in
Sosua this weekend for labor Day Weekend. AND MORE NOTES HERE. The Presidente
Verano Tour 2015 had ten stops. Their website did not recognize Sosua as a stop, only
the other nine. No promotion, small crowds and a tiny little stage. We dont think
Presidente was too happy about this. It could have been a huge blowout.
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NEW ! THINKING OF STARTING A BUSINESS IN SOSUA OR CABARETE?
REMEMBER THESE DAYS IN SOSUA ?
WE ARE WAITING THE LINEUPS FOR VERANO PRESIDENTE 2016
YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE THIS. IF YOU LIKE DOGS AND CATS
Readers, This morning we were walking down the street and heard what sounded like a kitten in distress. We
heard the squeals but could not find where they were coming from. Then we saw some movement from a
trash bag sitting on the curb. We ripped the bag open and pulled a newborn kitten from the trash. Just born
and its eyes were not even open. Unbelievable. And what do we do now? Well, by some miracle the mother
cat emerged. recognized it and carried it back into a crevice. so fast we could not get off a picture. Here are
the shots we took. You have to live here to see stuff like this. The plight of dogs and cats here in the DR is
dire. Oh, what you dont see during your five days at the all inclusive resort. Can you believe someone just
threw this cat into the garbage, like it was a piece of trash. Whoever did this is trash or basura!
STILL NO HOSPITAL IN SOSUA. 2016 UPDATE
NO ONE HAS SUPPORTED SOSUA LIKE BOBBY FROM RUMBA BAR
AND A SHOUT OUT TO BOBBY FROM RUMBA BAR!
And no one spends money in Sosua and the whole
island for that matter like our army of single guys who
come here and spend like theres no manana. Bobby,
owner of Rumba , who was deported about a year ago
now, has been the biggest supporter of Mustard
Seeds. This great charity supports mentally and
physically disabled children in the area. Bobby also
financed a new sports field for area kids. AND WE
ARE PROUD TO SAY OUR MONEY AND TAX DOLLARS
HELPED FINANCED THESE PROJECTS. These pathetic
Christian Missionary Groups come here and do
nothing but recruit and take money from poor
people. These groups do nothing for Sosua or the DR
We used to have real concerts on
the main beach in Sosua. These
pics go back about five years
now. Please bring back the good
old days. These were fun times
here. Sosua these days is just
plain boring. We havent had a
good bikini contest in how many
years now years now! Zzzzzzzz.
We are going back to bed
PRESIDENTE, WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE 2016 CONCERT SEASON
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AND WHERE ARE THE BIKINI CONTESTS?
And on the subject of droughts, we havent had
a good bikini contest here in a few years.
These are huge fun. We have a great idea.
Lets have a contest and invite Mayor Neuman .
If she shows up she will have one great time.
They have these all over the world., every
weekend. No harm done. Just Fun! The beer
is on us. No harm in a little fun.
SCENES FROM A GREAT HALLOWEEN 2015 IN SOSUA
And go ahead and
enlarge this one.
In the nearby city of
Imbert the leading
candidate for Mayor
is named Ceasar
Terror !!!!!. Yes
terror. We dont want
to mess with a guy
named Terror ! Yes
this is real. Just
proves politics is
Can you believe it?
MAYOR TERROR !
SCENES FROM A GREAT CARNIVAL SEASON 2016 PUERTO PLATA
OH MAX, WHERE ARE YOU? The culture clash just never ends. When you live here the Gringo vs. Dominican
culture clash never ends. We were recently at a local print shop working on a flyer project. The Photoshop guy
was named Max. We were working and everything was going along just fine. Then where is Max? No more Max.
This was about 2pm and we were on a deadline. He just disappeared. I asked the owner of the shop where he
was, he replied Max is at his house. SAY WHAT??? Max will be back tomorrow at 9am. This guy just cut out
without telling us he was off work at 2pm. Oh the crazy things that happen when living in a place like this. The
only things we have in common are Beer, Sex and Baseball. And they love to party. The Dominicans can drink
up under the table. WOW can these folks party. it just gets crazier everyday. whats next?
SUMMER BEACH FESTS
JUST A LITTLE BUSINESS NEWS PLEASE HAVE A LOOK
OUR FREE SOSUA, PUERTO PLATA, CABARETE AND D.R. SAFETY TIPS
OK Readers, Here are some tips to keep you safe in the DR. First off as mentioned above last week a
76 yr old man and his wife were walking on a street in Puerto Plata, not too far from Central Park. He
was gunned down and robbed. This was 10 am, Fortunately, security cams identified the killers. Police
tracked down one of them, a 22 yr old Dominican man, then shot and killed him. There were two. The
other one is stiil on the loose. Congrads to the Policia National for some great work.
First off, LEAVE THE ROLEX AT HOME AND BRING THE TIMEX ! No one cares about your bling here.
One guy in particular that comes to Sosua must have 2 lbs of gold chains around his neck and a
diamond studded watch. This guy is crazy. Just asking to get robbed. Good thing there are lots of
people and cops in the Sosua Party Zone. No body cares about your bling here except thieves.
Nobody in impressed. And carry only small amounts of cash. 1000 pesos is about $22 US. Thats alot of
beer and Hennesy. Put the rest in your lock box. You can always go back for more. Do not let your
wallet dangle out of your back pocket. We see this stupidity all the time. And the iPhones. These are
also hanging out of too many pockets. These are probably the most stolen item. Can we suggest a
holster? They are about $10 on Ebay. When in your hotel room. Lock up everything of value. Dont
take anything for granted. When using the ATM, do this during the day, not at night. Do not flash
cash. When a tourist goes to the ATM, trust us, somebody is watching you. Make it quick. Last year
another German, who carried large amounts of cash was gunned down and robbed in the La Sirena
parking lot in Puerto Plata. Someone probably tipped these guys off that this guy was carrying large
amounts of cash. They then followed him to this location. This was 2pm in the afternoon. la Sirena is
similar to a Target or Walmart.
If you are renting here, better stick with a condo or apartment. Only rent a villa in a guarded gated
community. Do not isolate yourselves in an unguarded stand alone place. A friend of ours and a long
time resident of Sosua was robbed recently. He rents a house up a dark road outside of Sosua. He
was in town and his daughter at school, when five armed robbers broke in. Pistol whipped his wife
and stole laptops, cash, cameras and a flat screen. Stay in a guarded development. Especially if
your a couple. There are a thousand condos , apartments and hotel rooms available. Much Much
safer. Out in the countryside you are a sitting duck.
These tips are good wherever you travel. If you are in the DR and staying in an All Inclusive resort
you have little to worry about. And if you are on a cruise ship. The high traffic areas are loaded
with cops. Central Park in Puerto Plata is very safe. As are the high traffic areas of Sosua and
Cabarete. Just do not isolate yourself day or night in a low traffic area. Oh and yes the US has one
of the highest crime rated in the world if not the highest. This is not just a DR problem. Abide by
these tips and you will have a much safer trip. But nothing is guaranteed. Just be aware at all
times. This is a great spot to visit and . Oh, and stay sober too. Dont get loaded.
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SOSUA BEACH, CABARETE, PUERTO PLATA
SURF LIQUORS SOSUA
PUERTO PLATA MUSIC THEATER. FOUR MONTH UPDATE
Well Readers, Here we are at the two
year mark on building the Music Theater
and still not done. Since we last reported
there has been some new landscaping
and light poles installed and a little work
on the actual arena itself. Just some
wood caps over some of the benches to
the left . But not yet ready to open
MORE BUSINESS BLUNDERS AND COMMENT ON A RECENT EMAIL
We just received an email from a gentleman who sold his hotel in Colorado and is thinking of moving
to Sosua Beach or Cabarete, finding a fixer upper hotel and going into business here. Well, the
problem, is there are no bargains. There must be at least one hundred builders and developers in
the area. If a property was worth the investment it has been picked over by every one of them. The
low hanging fruit was been snatched up long ago. The few that are left are just too far gone to fix up.
The repairs are just too expensive. We told him to rethink this idea. Or buy a hotel that is turnkey
and ready to go. We have been writing about another businessman who opened up a Mexican
restaurant on Sosua Beach. He flew in a chef from Mexico and was really going to make it big here.
Well, two months later, he had to shut his doors. We predicted he would bite the dust, but we gave
him at least six months. The site is now being turned into a pizza joint. There is just no market here
for Mexican food. He is the third such place to close here in Sosua. Now Gortidos Fresh Mex in
Cabarete is a huge hit. A giant success. Its a mystery why Sosua shuns Mexican food. We love it. And
these places were very good. Dominicans dont like it. So success depends on Gringo traffic. We will
see if a pizza place makes it. This is a tough market. About 10% of the start ups make it here.
STILL NO SERIOUS TALK
ABOUT A PUBLIC HOSPITAL IN
SOSUA. LOTS OF MONEY
GETS SPENT ON OTHER
PROJECTS. BUT NO SIGNS OF
A HOSPITAL FOR SOSUA. ITS
ABOUT 25 YEARS PAST DUE !
BEACH FEST CABARETE WAS A HUGE HIT, BIG CROWD IN SOSUA BEACH
PLEASE DO NOT DRINK THE HAITIAN MOONSHINE !
And the wild and crazy political rallys just
are happening more and more and get
nuttier all the time. We need to get Willie
elected Mayor and get Sosua Beach back
on track. The economy is on life support.
We need a business man in charge, not a
bunch of polititions Kind of like the US,
right? Willie is the best choice for jobs.
and bringing back the party. Go Willie !
There is never a
shortage of pretty
ladies here in the
Girls. Santiago, RD
Just a massive crowd for Beach Fest 2016 in
Cabarete. Two large sound stages with all the
latest equipment on hand. Beer, Rum, Sun, Music,
Hot Dominican Ladies and a good time was had by
all. Only one fight broke out on the street. But with
a crowd this size it was very orderly. And Sosua
Beach also drew its usual huge Semana Saturday
crowd. Once again a great time was had by all.
Two great parties in Puerto Plata. Sorry we couldnt
make these. Parties all over the Dominican
Republic. We need to clone ourselves to make all
of the great Fiestas going on here in the Sunny DR
A NEW CURB ALONG THE HIGHWAY. NOW THIS IS EXCITING NEWS
Oh Yes, the Haitians make Moonshine. Its not just a
Gringo thing. In a recent Miami Herald article ,the
Haitians are making moonshine for a meRE $1.50 per
bottle. The problem is that its made from the toxic
industiral alcohol methanol. One swig and you could
go blind. pass out and lose your liver. And is often
served by friendly roadside bartenders. So far 21
recent deaths. Sounds yummy where can we get
some? Who needs a liver and eyesight anyway?e from
We are looking for
beach fests going on
this summer. We cant
find anything . We are
scouring the whole
island and nothing so
far. No Presidente
Verano Concerts this
Summer? Cant find
any news here. We
need to keep busy so
we dont get into too
much mischief . If you
hear of anything going
on email us asap.
Often there are major
events and no signs or
publicity. The locals
always know. But us?
Forget it. This island
should be one giant
beer party. So far
nothing. of course
Sosua is quiet. maybe
Willie can pick things
Just an update on the Sosua Beach erosion problem. There
was plenty of sand for the Easter Weekend. Some of this we
be restored naturally. But the rock to the right is 3 feet high
and is normally buried. It is entirely exposed. The rocks the
the left have been exposed for the first time as far as we
know. But the Easter or Semana Santa crowd was huge as
usual. Just a great time in Ssosua and Cabarete for Beach
Fest. See Pictures above.
A TRULY HEART WARMING STORY OF SOSUA LOVE AND MARRIAGE
We have a great buddy here in Sosua. He is a retired fire fighter from the States and just an up guy all
the way. Just the perfect situation for a single guy. For you who dont know. Police and Fire fighters
can begin their careers at 21 or 22. After 20 years they get an immediate pension if they retire. Not bad
for a guy in his early or mid 40s. Well, a few years ago out friend decided to buy a house, a car and
really settle into Sosua. We were thinking, are you sure you want to do this? You should be traveling
the world. OK, so he partied for a few years then met Ms perfect. A very pretty Dominican girl. And
decided to get married. Huh? Yes he took the plunge. His wife and her two kids moved into the house.
Well, she immediately got really lazy, spending the whole day eating and watching Latin soap operas on
TV Novelis. Soap operas are just sickening to begin with but the ones here are just excruciating. The
actors are either making love or beating each other up. So our friend will go to the store, buy over
$100 worth of groceries. The wife and her kids just attack the food. They rip open the packages and will
devour it all in two days. She rolls up monster cell phone bills and burns up his entire pension check
and then some each month. He is now scrounging around looking for a job just to cover all this. He will
hand her the car keys just to get rid of her for a few hours. You just cannot believe how miserable he
is. He is going back to the states for ten days this month just to get away from the situation. And
speaking of miserable, we are getting indigestion and a migraine just writing this.
SOSUA STORIES. CAREFREE APARTMENT LIVING IN PARADISE?
Oh how could we ever forget this one. Several years ago we had a a decent apartment in probably
the best party complex in Sosua. It was party central. Just too much fun, right? Well, one day the
entire place ran out of water. Nothing, no showers, no nothing. What happened? It turned out the
landlord was stealing Sosua city water, So they promptly shut off the water. This went on for a few
days. Of course we were bitching and complaining and stinking. As you can imagine in the tropical
heat. So he decided to bring in a truck load of water. And it had been raining heavily and the trail in
was badly flooded. So they sent the truck through a side gate and over the lawn. And you guessed
it. The truck got stuck in the mud. And the only way to get it out of the muck was to lighten up the
load and empty the entire tankof fresh water. Have mercy, still no water. We got the problem
solved eventually. Its funny now to look back on this but at the time it sure was aggravating. Oh yes,
care free Caribbean living. Many more Sosua stories coming. After en years here we have a bunch.
WE CANNOT WARN YOU ENOUGH . DO NOT DRIVE A
SPORTS CAR OR EXPENSIVE CAR IN SOSUA OR THE
DR. DO NOT SHOW WEALTH OR FLASH EXPENSIVE
BLING. AND DO NOT RENT VILLAS OR HOUSING IN
ISOLATED AREAS WITHOUT SECURITY . WE ARE
TRYING TO KEEP YOU SAFE. STAY TUNED.
The Policia National are doing a great job catching criminals
these days. These guys are making on average $500 per
month. Yah, you read this right. Just crap. When you see
them and the Politor or The Tourist Police, please hand
them a few hundred pesos. These guys appreciate it.
Please scroll down and read our Sosua-DR safety tips. And
stay tuned for Sosua, Cabarete and Puerto Plata news.
MORE ON THE ABOVE MURDER AND ON SOSUA AND DR SAFETY
As it turns out this was a 75 yr old Canadian retiree living with his Dominican Girlfriend. Now we often
write that when coming here for an extended visit you must make sure your residence has 24 hr
security. If you are on a cruise ship or in an all inclusive you have little to worry about unless you
wander too far away or at night. Just stick with the crowd. But, Sosua is full of these old guys. Most of
them are in bad health. They smoke and drink and are basically defenseless. Just sitting ducks for
thieves. This latest victim most likely had valuables and or large amounts of cash in his place. Word of
this gets out fast. Someone tips off the wrong people and you might just have a problem. Was it the
girlfriend? We just dont know. But the Policia National caught the two perpetrators and are now under
arrest. Great police work here. If you are a tourist staying here and renting you are being watched and
followed. Take this for granted. There are some not so trust worthy security guards the will tip the bad
guys off. We lived in an apartment complex where ten laptops including our own got stolen. Turns out it
was the two maintenance guys. They would get the keys open the doors and steal. And then make a
mess to make it look like a break in. No matter your age, do not flash money or exhibit wealth. A bad
idea here. And come to think about it, the USA has quite a crime problem as well. Be safe.
SO WHAT IS GOING ON IN SOSUA THESE DAYS? GETTING YOU CAUGHT UP
Well the big news is the re opening of legendary Sosua bar El Flow.
It is going to be in the new strip mall next to D Latin Drink. Now the
question is. Is this going to be a big enough place. It is small even
with tables set outside. And its not on Pedro Clisante. But we 100%
behind these guys. And will support them anyway we can. The ols El
Flow site is now being occupied by Premium Bar and Disco.
Have mercy, the city is building a curb along the highway above
Sosua Beach. .And it looks like maybe a sidewalk. The problem is no
one is going to walk or run on this smoggy, hot stretch of road when
you can enjoy a nice walk on the beach. The biggest problem is on
Sundays the tour buses will be forced to park in the middle of the
road. They jam in on both sides of the highway. The 180 beach
business owners are furious. Sunday is their big money day. This
will create a major parking shortage. And of course there is no
progress on a public hospital for Sosua. Tax dollars for a curb. No
money for a hospital. People are dying every week due to this.
PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR ALL THE SOSUA, CABARETE AND PUERTO PLATA NEWS
Well they gave the election to Llana Neumann for another four years as Sosua Beach Mayor.
Bad news except the election was so close that Willie and Melania Guzman will have a say so
in what goes on in Sosua. thats is the report we got. Now lets reopen DLatin Drink. Go Willie!
OPPORTUNITIES IN SOSUA, PUERTO PLATA AND THE D.R.
AND TWO DOMINICAN KNUCKLEHEADS
IT WAS A WILD AND CRAZY POLITICAL SEASON. SURE IS QUIET AROUND HERE
ZIKA VIRUS UPDATE SOSUA AND THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Well, so far it doesnt seem too prevalent. It is here in the Dominican Republic. It doesnt seem as
bad as Puerto Rica and Cuba. So far no cases we know of on the North Coast including Sosua,
Puerto Plata and Cabarete. Surprising seeing we sit right between Cuba and Puerto Rico. So far
an astounding 47,000 hotel bookings in Puerto Rica have been cancelled due to the virus. But we
have had huge rain falls the last two month. Lots of mosquitoes around, but no outbreaks so far.
And what a disaster it would be. There is always a baby boom going on here. Everywhere you look,
lots of pregnant women. And few have screens on their windows. We know several who have
contracted Dengue. But this is not connected to birth defects that we know of. We will keep you
posted here. We had two years of drought. Now it rains almost daily. Lots of standing water.
First off The Dominican Republic is a 2nd world developing Country. Not a 3rd world country as we
hear often. Also, there is a tremendous amount of wealth here. The Ex Pats talk about this all the
time. The cars on the highways are just as nice as the US, Canada and Europe. OK maybe a few more
clunkers, but lots of shiney new cars and iPhones too. Everyone feels sorry for the poor Dominicans.
But please do not. Opportunities are here for those who want to get off their lazy rear ends. In
Puerto Plata alone there are three universities, including a technical university students can learn
dozens of trades. There are no fewer than six foreign language institutes And of course you can go
to work and pick up trades on the street and start small businesses of all kinds.
OK Readers, Lets clear some confusion. The Dominican Republic is a Second World Developing
Country. It is not a Third World Country. Far from it. There is a growing economy and opportunity
abounds for those with a little ambition. I said for those with ambition. Puerto Plata alone has three
universities, including a technical university where dozens of skills are taught. And at least six foreign
language institutes. All cost very little money or free if you cant afford tuition. Or many skills and trades
can be learned right on the street. Learning to build or be a mechanic. And there is a boom in small
business. Lots of young guys starting various businesses and making a solid living. Unfortunately,
these are the minority. Too many here would rather street hustle, deal weed and steal anything not
bolted to the ground. We know two guys who speak German, Spanish and English. But they would
rather sell bags of weed and fake Cuban cigars to tourists and steal everything they can get their
hands on. Just too lazy to get a real job. We are always giving these two pocket change so they can buy
a bowl of spaghetti or a few cigs. One wants to be a rapper. He is about thirty with two babies. But he
is convinced he is going to make it big in the music biz. Come on. The bottom line here is dont feel
sorry for Dominicans. If they want to get ahead they can. We do not have one bit of pity except for
maybe someone too old or handicapped. Lots of lazy knuckleheads here. Watch your property!
THE REPUBLICA DOMINICANA IS NOT A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY !
Southwest Airlines has received permission to fly into Havana. A Carnival Cruise ship has
already been there. Just about all the major American airlines will be flying into Cuba in mass
very soon. If the Cuban government does this right it will be a major blow to Mexico and
Caribbean Tourism. Cuba will be taking away tourists in droves. Maybe its time to be nice to
the existing tourist base. just a hint. But cuba needs to make it a great experience.
Just some more Sosua Beach and puerto Plata updates. So far 74 carnival Cruise ships have
docked in Amber Cove in the past 8 months. Another news site thinks this is really great. 74?
Thats less that 3 per week. This number needs to go up to have a big economic impact. Four
per week would be much better . But some of the tour companies and places like Ocean
World are seeing a nice bump in business. Puerto Plata needs all the tourists it can get.
Few places party
like The Dominican
Republic. we need
more parties and
more beach fests.
The lead story
here in Sosua
Beach is new
sidewalk tiles on
Clisante. This is
really sad how
slow things are
It has been HOT
here in the DR. Mid
90s and humid.
during the day. Hot
at night too. Just
like Verano got
here early this
year. But you can
always jump into
the gin clear waters
of Sosua Beach