This year Cabarete will be celebrating the holidays with new shine and glow. Apart from the new sidewalks being finished in the town, there is also a nice Christmas tree and light installation in front of Fresh Fresh Cafe and next to Helados Bon in the town center. It’s a great spot where families can take Christmas photos and get into the Christmas spirit. It adds joyfulness and conviviality to the town look.

Cabarete Christmas tree and Full Moon

 

At Velero Beach Resort, we also got ready for the holidays season. Look how we’ve decorated our lobby. What do you think? Do you like it?

 

Taino Bay Puerto Plata Cruise Terminal

This week Puerto Plata has become the only town in the whole Caribbean with 2 functioning cruise ports.

The President of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader led this Wednesday the inauguration of the new tourist and cargo terminal Taíno Bay in San Felipe de Puerto Plata with the arrival of a MSC boat with capacity for 5,000 cruise passengers. Although due to the COVID-19 protocols and security measures, it only brought about 1,700 passengers.
The Taino Bay terminal is part of a multipurpose project that will allow the docking of cruise ships, containers and the loading of products, which will make it one of the most attractive and active ports in the country. Taino Bay with an investment of more than 80 million dollars is part of the government initiatives.

During the inauguration of the terminal, President Luis Abinader reiterated his commitment and that of his government to generate more jobs and increase the arrival of tourists to the country. This terminal will generate 1,500 direct jobs and 3,500 indirect jobs.

Through the gates of this port terminal, it is projected to receive over 750 thousand cruise passengers by 2022, which will represent an average income of US $ 75 million. Among the carriers that have confirmed their routes are Royal Caribbean Cruises, Virgin Voyages, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, TUI Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

We’re very happy and proud of this new cruise terminal. And we hope it will give the local economy a necessary boost so much needed after the pandemic.

Our Sunset Grill restaurant reopens its doors to the public, after over 2 months of the kitchen and bar remodeling. Offering one of the most privileged views of Cabarete beach, the restaurant arrives with a fresh and totally transformed concept.

The space reinvents itself and adapts to the modern times while maintaining the same essence of one of the iconic restaurants in the Cabarete tourist district. Vintage elements, cheesy sofas and soft tones have resulted in a very comfortable bright and open space, perfect for the Caribbean climate.

The Sunset Grill restaurant is led by the chef Víctor Artiles, together with the Captain of the Bar, Carlos Cuevas. They present a high quality gastronomic proposal, with a clear prominence of international cuisine but with an island touch, always highlighting its specialty in paellas and seafood.

The remodeling was based on the inclusion of the following elements: an industrial kitchen, divided into a cold kitchen section and a hot kitchen section. The latter has under its design a glass window so customers can observe how their order is being prepared in the kitchen. In addition, a room for cuts of meat, an area for seafood as well as bar improvements were parts of the project.

Sunset Grill at Velero

Check our social media to see more photos and video from the event: Facebook and Instagram.

This week the Gregorio Luperon International Airport received Air Canada that resumed its Montreal – Puerto Plata route.

154 passengers arrived on this new Air Canada flight demonstrating a continuing growth of tourist flights available between Canada and Puerto Plata. While Canada remains one of the main tourist source markets for the North Coast.
This new Air Canada operation is being served on a modern Air Canada Rouge Airbus A321 aircraft, which includes Premium Rouge and Economy services, with entertainment options and high-speed Wi-Fi.

When welcoming the new flight, the director of AERODOM North Cluster Airports, Carlos Rodolí Conde, expressed his satisfaction at seeing the recovery of airlines and routes at Gregorio Luperón airport operated by AERODOM.

This news came after another important breakthrough for the Dominican tourism industry. The Dominican Republic Tourism Minister David Collado reported that the Caribbean nation broke its historical record in tourists arrival in the month of October. The historic and unprecedented October brought 443,018 tourists to enjoy the tropical climate and stunning beaches of our island. The recovery of tourism is a great reality and we should all support it.

We hope to see you soon enjoy the best of our country at Velero Beach Resort. Please feel free to contact us to help you with accommodation organization. We still have some availability for the Thanksgiving holidays.

Contact us: 1-809-571-9727 or [email protected]

The Canadian airline WestJet resumed its services from the Gregorio Luperón International Airport in Puerto Plata (POP) to the Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), marking the restart of tourist flights between Canada and the North Coast of the Dominican Republic.

With this WestJet flight, operations are resumed between Puerto Plata and Canada, one of the main tourist source markets for the North Coast.

This new WestJet operation is being served in a Boeing 737-800 aircraft with capacity for 174 passengers. It arrives every Tuesday from Toronto at 1:25 pm and leaves for this same city from POP at 2:15 pm.

The weekly flight that was inaugurated this week will have an additional frequency in November, offering direct flights to Toronto on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Starting December 16, WestJet will have a daily flight to / from Toronto Pearson Airport.

When welcoming the flight, the director of North Cluster Airports, Carlos Rodolí, expressed his satisfaction at seeing the recovery in routes and the number of passengers that maintain the Gregorio Luperón airport operated by AERODOM, a company that is part of VINCI Airports.

“We are excited to welcome Canadian tourists again, so important to our area. We continually seek to offer more options to all those interested in flying through our airports. We hope that the commercial and tourist exchanges generated by this new route will contribute to the economic growth of our province,” he said.

Seems like it’s time to start planning your winter vacations! Contact us today, we still have a few units available.

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Accommodation in a double room for 1, 2 or 3 nights between 9th-11th July : breakfast, taxes and service charges included for only $95.00 /night.

Please book via our reservations page quoting the promotion code BUTEF in the box provided.

We are also offering 10% Discount off ALL Accommodation Room Types from 6th July 2015 until 9th July 2016 : Please book via our reservations page quoting the promotion code VBR.

Velero Hotel are also delighted to welcome The Butterfly Effect to Cabarete and will be hosting their registration at the hotel on the 9th July 2015 between 6.30 pm and 9.30 pm.

For those who may not have heard of this movement their website states “The Butterfly Effect is a worldwide movement hinged on empowering and inspiring athletic women everywhere, to grow together as a community and to use their collective drive to give back to local charities, all while encouraging a healthy lifestyle, a vibrant community, and active local involvement.”

Their program whilst in Cabarete includes:

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

10:30am: Beach Clean Up
11:30am: Group Yoga & Hula
2pm: Downwinder from Cabarete Beach to Encuentro Beach
8pm: Closing Festivities & Auction for the DREAM Project at EZE BAR

This will be the 7th Event for the Butterfly Effect in Cabarete and full details can be found on their website betheeffect.com.

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