Rafael Nadal buys villa in the Dominican Republic

Rafael Nadal, the Spanish tennis superstar, buys villa in the Dominican Republic.

He looked into the Dominican Republic’s excellent real estate market, climate, security and the friendliness of its people.

He liked what he saw and decided to purchase a beautiful waterfront villa in one of the Dominican Republic’s most exclusive resorts.

The Spaniard, the number two tennis player in the world, is now the proud owner of a luxury villa in the “Playa Nueva Romana” resort, a project developed by the Piñero Group, situated in the country’s eastern region.

“The Dominican Republic has extraordinary weather, which is crucial not only for athletes, as well as for everyone else.

It’s almost as if I were near my country because the language is the same, it’s a solid investment and I have full trust in the Piñeiro Group,” said Nadal during a recently held press conference.

 A tennis legend

The Dominican Minister of Tourism, Francisco Javier Garcia, said during the press conference that having someone like Rafael Nadal invest in the Dominican Republic is truly invaluable. He said that Nadal’s confidence in the country is good for Dominican tourism and sports.

“This is a meaningful event for the Dominican Republic, for both the sports and tourism sectors, because this talented young man is an icon, a living legend that honors us with his presence, not as a tourist, but as another Dominican,” Minister Garcia told the press.

 “Playa Nueva Romana”

The “Playa Nueva Romana” features two golf courses, apartments and villas, a shopping center and marina, all on two kilometers of a perfect Caribbean beach.

The resort is situated some 30 minutes from La Romana International Airport, and one hour from Santo Domingo’s international airport.


“Playa Alicia”: Sosua’s latest natural wonder

Sosua beaches – One of them is Playa Alicia


Playa Alicia

As if it wasn’t enough that the Dominican Republic’s north coast offers some of the country’s most beautiful and pristine beaches, now the beachfront tourism community of Sosua has been awarded yet another gift of nature – Playa Alicia.

The new beach began forming in 2003 when, to the surprise of locals and tourists, white sand brought in by ocean currents began to accumulate near the picturesque village of “El Batey.”  The village was founded in 1938 by 500 Jewish immigrants who traveled to this remote area in their attempts to run away from Nazi Europe. The Dominican government allowed them to settle in this particular area.

It took a few years for “Playa Alicia” – or Water Front beach, as it is currently called – to form. During the 1950’s and 1960’s the area was used as a dumping ground for leftovers from a local slaughter house.

This situation attracted lots of sharks to the nearby waters. Sosua is a resort community characterized by small and quaint hotels, apartments and villas.

The town offers visitors a diverse range of local and international restaurants. All-inclusive hotels, such as the ones that characterize the country’s easternmost region, are almost non-existent in this particular town. (Jose Luis Chavez, text, and photos).

Today, Playa “Alicia” has become one of Sosua’s most beautiful natural attractions. The beach can be found at the end of Calle Dr. Rosen in Parque Mirador Sur. The small park is a lovely place to watch the most beautiful sunsets while sitting on a bench and enjoying a cold Presidente beer.

Scientists unearth thousand-year old Taino agricultural field

Taino artifacts that according to experts are over one thousand years old, including an agricultural field that was found intact and dating back to the pre-Columbian period, have been found in an archaeological site project in Rio San Juan, on the country’s north coast.

Taino artifacts, Dominican Republic

Taino artifacts

The Tainos were the original inhabitants of the island. The project is funded by the “Playa Grande Resort,” near Rio San Juan in collaboration with the Museum of Dominican Man and the Institute for Anthropological Research of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo.

The artifacts, unearthed in an archaeological excavation, were turned over to the Museum of Dominican Man in Santo Domingo.

The “Playa Grande” project, currently under construction, will sponsor and open a local museum that will exhibit the Taino pieces.

The collection will artifacts plus to the “Rio San Juan” tourism offer, situated on the country’s north coast.

The archaeological site has also unearthed a field with agricultural lots that have been perfectly preserved for almost a thousand years. The lots are three to four meters wide and some 50 to 70 inches high.

The native population grew corn, cassava, and other vegetables in these plots. It is the first time that they are found intact in the Caribbean region.

Also found in what was once a Taino settlement were the remains of several individuals, as well as a rare coin, minted in 1505 in Seville, Spain for use in the Americas. Ceramics, axes, hammers, grates, shells, Spanish pottery, a Spanish glass bead, and bronze and iron pieces.

Taino, Dominican Republic

Visit “La Isabela,” the first European settlement in the Americas

On January 6, 1494, Christopher Columbus officially founded “La Isabela,” the first European settlement to be built in the New World.

The settlement was named after the Queen of Spain. In spite of the prestigious name, the settlement did not last very long.

By the end of the 15th century, the settlement had been abandoned and the colonizers had moved on to found the cities of La Vega, in the country’s central region, and the capital city of Santo Domingo.

Visitors to “La Isabela” must first stop in the town of “El Castillo,” situated a short distance from Luperon, in the province of Puerto Plata. The highway is in good condition, and getting to it easy.

Today, the ruins of “La Isabela” are there for everyone to visit. The remains of the colonial settlement are situated within the recently established “La Española” National Park.

There is a small museum exhibiting ceramic, stone and iron artefacts discovered during various archaeological excavations. Beside the ocean are the remains of what once were the walls of the settlement.

Also found are the ruins of the home originally built by Christopher Columbus, as well as the foundation of the first church built in the Americas and of the town’s warehouses.

Clearly visible are the remains of the Spanish cemetery and an open tomb with the visible remains of a colonizer who died during the first years of the colonization process.

For more information, visitors should contact the Vice Ministry of Protected Areas: 809 567 4300, or write to them at areas.protedias@ambiente.gov.do