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SUMMER 2012 | Year 2 | Nº4

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Punta Cana Lifestyles

Summer 2012 | Year 2 | Issue Nº4

Features

Lifestyle REAL ESTATE

06 Dr. Christoph Sieger,

How this German Expat made

Punta Cana his home.

10 House Hunters International

Karen Ann and Cory check out

Bavaro´s best Real Estate options

when House Hunters International

Makes another visit to Punta Cana!

20 Hidden Treasure in Bavaro!

One of the most complete resort

residential projects in Bavaro, The

“Residencial Esmeralda” offers sales

and rental opportunities.

Lifesyle THE GOOD LIFE

26 Hole in One!

How a new business venture, turned

into a new life for Heather Hafner in

Punta Cana!

28 Beach Weddings in Punta Cana

Irina Avvakumova, a local destination

wedding coordinator and General

Director of Yacht Charter DR.

32 Ron Mi Amor

In the center of Bavaro is a unique,

historical and magical place. Take a

trip to one of Bavaro’s best kept se-

crets!

32 Koldo’s Vegetarian Recipies

Cold Cantaloup Soup.

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Welcome to Issue 4 of Punta Cana

Lifestyles. We want to extend our

thanks to our sponsors, who have

made this issue a success.

Punta Cana Lifestyles provides information

on visitors and residents

in Punta Cana, as well as introduce

expats´ relevant services and products

through editorials and advertisements.

Bienvenidos a la edición Nº 4 de Punta

Cana Lifestyles. Agradecemos a todos

nuestros patrocinadores su participación

en esta edición.

Punta Cana Lifestyles ofrece información

sobre visitar y vivir en Punta

Cana, y también presentamos a extranjeros

residentes con sus respectivas

experiencias, negocios, y trabajos.

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Lifestyle REAL ESTATE

Dr. Christoph Sieger, how this German expat chose

Punta Cana to start his new life –and a family!

Following his passion for windsurfing,

German expat Dr. Christoph Sieger

landed on the beaches of Cabarete in

1994. He has felt the gamut of social and

cultural challenges that expat life can

bring, but continues to experience the

positive aspects of living in the Dominican

Republic. Dr. Sieger cites the healthy

way of living, new friendships with locals

and fellow expats, and the excellent career

opportunities that the country has

given him.

“I was born in Western Germany in 1967.

I grew up in Pirmasens, which is a small

town on the border of France. At the age

of 18, I moved to Kiel to study German

law and pursue my great passion, windsurfing.

I started visiting the Dominican

Republic in 1992 and then moved to the

Dominican Republic on August, 1994.”

Dr. Sieger is the resident partner at the

law firm of Guzmán Ariza in the Bavaro,

Punta Cana office, located in at the Palma

Real Shopping Center in Bavaro. He received

his Doctorate in Law at the Christian

Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany

(magna cum laude, 1995), “I took the oral

exam after I had moved to the Dominican

Republic”.. Then he did postgraduate

studies in International Tax Law at the

Robert Kennedy University in Zurich,

Switzerland (2002). “I obtained my degree

in Dominican Law at UAPA University

in Santiago, Dominican Republic

(magna cum laude, 2005) where I had

studied Dominican law for 5 years. I was

registered at the Dominican Bar Association

(Colegio de Abogados) in 2006 under

number 32774-304-06.”

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Dr. Christoph Sieger

“We opened our office in Punta Cana in

2004. Punta Cana was a natural step in

the expansion of our firm to cover all tourist

areas of the Dominican Republic. I

personally liked the area because of its

potential and its natural beauty.” Dr.

Sieger explains. “I became a part of

Guzman Ariza in December of 1997. My

initial role was to help the firm with their

German and North American clientele.”

According to Dr. Sieger Punta Cana still

has an enormous potential and is also at

the crossroads, with both very positive

area projects like the new highway to La

Romana, and very negative examples like

Roco Ki . In order to maintain its position

and to continue to attract tourists and

investors, the infrastructure and the entire

business climate need continued improvement.


When asked about the challenges he has

had to cope with, he replies; “The main

challenge is the entirely different culture.

It requires a constant evolution and openness

to understand and adjust while

maintaining one’s values and integrity. It

is a daily practice and I do not always

succeed in doing so.” Successfully overcoming

the cultural challenges that expat

life can bring, Dr. Sieger has managed to

establish himself as a top notch lawyer in

the area, specializing in Real Estate and

International Tax Law. He’s known to

have a great understanding for these

fields and is especially adept at negotiations.

“The first thing that comes to mind is patience.

The clock ticks differently in the

DR. Furthermore being confronted and

challenged by an entirely different culture

is always a humbling experience that ex-

Lifestyle REAL ESTATE

pands one’s horizon “Before moving to

the DR, I could never really see myself

getting married and starting a family.

There is much to be said about the family

values in the Dominican Republic. Moving

to Punta Cana implied giving up windsurfing

on the beaches of Cabarete, my passion

that had initially brought me to the

Dominican Republic.”

Guzmán Ariza was founded in 1927 and

has become the leading real estate firm in

the Dominican Republic. It is the first and

only national law firm in the Dominican

Republic with eight offices located in

every major business and tourism center

in the Dominican Republic. The firm is

devoted to representing international cli-

ents in the Dominican Republic.◘

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Lifestyle REAL ESTATE

Dr. Christoph Sieger elije Punta Cana y empieza su nueva vida.

Siguiendo su pasión por el Windsurfing, el

alemán Dr. Christoph Sieger, llegó a las

playas de Cabarete en 1994. Él ha sentido

el reto social y cultural que a

cualquier extranjero le puede atraer, aunque

continua experimentando los aspectos

positivos de vivir en la República

Dominicana. El Dr. Sieger cita aspectos

como la manera saludable de vida, calidad

de vida, nuevas relaciones de amistad,

con residentes locales y otros extranjeros

residentes, y las oportunidades excelentes

de desarrollar su carrera profesional

que el país le ha brindado.

“Nací en el Oeste de Alemania en 1967.

Crecí en Pirmasens, un pequeño pueblo

al lado de la frontera con Francia. A los

18 años de edad, me fui a Kiel a estudiar

Derecho, y a disfrutar de mi pasión por el

windsurfing. Empecé a visitar la República

Dominicana en 1992, y finalmente

me mudé a ella en Agosto de 1994.

Él es socio de la Firma de Abogados

“Guzmán Ariza” en la oficina de Bávaro-

Punta Cana, situada en el Centro Comercial

Palma Real en Bávaro. Se Doctoró

en Derecho en la Universidad Christian

Albrechts de Kiel, Alemania (magna cum

laude, 1995),” Pasé mi examen oral

después de mudarme a la República

Dominicana”. Después Chris cursó estudios

de Postgrado en Derecho Fiscal Internacionales

en la Universidad Robert

Kennedy en Zurich, Suiza(2002).”Obtuve

mi título de abogado dominicano en la

UAPA-Universidad de Santiago, República

Dominicana(magna cum laude,

2006) donde estudié Derecho durante 5

años, y me registré en el Colegio de

Abogados en 2006 con el nº de

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asociado 32774-304-06.”

“Abrimos nuestra oficina en Punta Cana

en 2004. Punta Cana era un paso necesario

dentro de la expansión de nuestra

Firma con el objetivo de cubrir todas las

áreas turísticas importantes de la República

Dominicana. A mí personalmente

me encanta la zona debido a su potencial

y a su belleza natural. Chris Sieger explica:”“Me

convertí en parte de Guzmán

Ariza en Diciembre de 1996. Mi primera

ocupación fue ayudar a la Firma con clientes

de Alemania y Norte América.”

Según el Dr. Sieger, Punta Cana todavía

posee un enorme potencial de crecimiento

y está en un cruce de caminos

tanto con proyectos de área muy positivos

como la nueva carretera a La Romana,

como con ejemplos muy negativos

como Roco Ki. Para mantener su posición

actual y seguir atrayendo a turistas e inversionistas,

la infraestructura y el ambiente

de negocio necesitan una mejora

continuada.

Cuando le preguntamos sobre los retos

en el cambió que dio a su vida, él nos

contesta:”el desafío principal es la cultura

completamente diferente. Esto requiere

una constante evolución y la franqueza

para entender y adaptarse manteniendo

los valores y la integridad. Es una práctica

diaria y no siempre tengo éxito en

alcanzarla.” A pesar de los desafíos culturales

para un extranjero, Dr. Sieger ha

conseguido establecerse como persona

como un gran abogado de primera categoría

en la zona especializado en Derecho

de Inmobiliaria y en Impuestos Fiscales

Internacionales. Es conocido por su

gran capacidad de entendimiento en esas

áreas y especialmente fiel a las negocia-


ciones.

“La primera cosa que me viene a la cabeza

es la paciencia. El paso del tiempo

es diferente aquí en la República Dominicana.

Estar siempre expuesto a adaptarse

y a retos culturales diferentes es

una experiencia que amplía el horizonte

de cualquier persona con humildad. Antes

de mudarme a la República Dominicana,

nunca pensé en casarme ni formar

una familia. Hay muchas cosas que decir

sobre los valores familiares en República

Dominicana. Mudarme a Punta Cana

implicó tener que dejar apartado el windsurfing

en las playas de Cabarete, mi

pasión que inicialmente me trajo a República

Dominicana.”

La Firma de Abogados Guzmán Ariza fue

fundada en 1927 y se ha convertido en la

Lifestyle REAL ESTATE

Firma principal especializada en Inmobiliaria

en República Dominicana. Es la

primera y única Firma de Abogados en la

República Dominicana con 8 oficinas y

presencia en las principales zonas

turísticas del país. La firma está dedicada

a representar clientes internacionales en

República Dominicana.◘

Dr. Christoph Sieger

Attorney, Senior Partner

Guzmán Ariza, Attorneys-at-Law

Palma Real Shoping Village. Business Center.

2nd Floor. Suites 8, 9 and 10

Bávaro (Punta Cana), Dominican Republic

Tel: (809) 552-8900 | Fax: (809) 552-8894

CSieger@drlawyer.com | www.drlawyer.com


Lifestyle REAL ESTATE

House Hunters International, back in Punta Cana!

Punta Cana's newfound popularity as a

place to live has landed the town on Hollywood's

radar, once again!

HGTV's House Hunters International

recently followed Indiana native Cory St.

Clair and his fiancée, Karen-Ann Peterson,

former Miss Aruba and current managing

director of an international multiservice

company, 7 Incorporated

(www.7incorp.com), as they worked with

Jocelyn Hernandez at Punta Cana Lifestyle

Real Estate to find their dream home

in Punta Cana.

House Hunters International, episode

HHINT-3508H, "Choosing Between Sand

Traps and Sandy Beaches as a Young

Couple Plans a Wedding," features an

appearance by celebrated golf course

designer P.B. Dye and first aired on April

5, 2012, on HGTV.

"Punta Cana is not just for vacations anymore,"

said Hernandez. "There is a nice

expat community, and young entrepreneurs

are increasingly looking to invest

and take advantage of the business opportunities

available in the area." Hernandez,

a New York City expat of Puerto Rican

descent, moved to Punta Cana in

2006 and works at Punta Cana Lifestyle

Real Estate shortly after. The agency

offers real estate for sale and rent and

has earned a solid reputation among colleagues

and clients as one of the few fully

staffed, truly full-service agencies in the

Bavaro-Punta Cana area to sell only properties

with clear title deeds.

"This is an exciting time to start a brandnew

life in Punta Cana," Hernandez said.

"Real estate prices are still affordable, the

community is safe and increasingly family

-oriented, and the market is wide-open for

people wanting to start their own businesses."

Those interested in Punta Cana can see

videos of Punta Cana Lifestyle Real Estate's

exclusive properties on the

agency's YouTube channel at

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“puntacanalifestyle” and learn more about

the area at www.puntacanalife.com.◘

Next air dates: July 04, 2012 at 10:30

PM and 1:30 AM e/p.

House Hunters International, el programa

internacional inmobiliario de la cadena

Americana HGTV, se traslada a Punta

Cana nuevamente, y sigue a Cory St.

Clair de Indiana, EEUU y su novia, Karen

Peterson-Ann, la ex-Miss Aruba y actual

directora ejecutiva de la empresa multis

e r v i c i o s 7 I n c o r p o r a t e d

(www.7incorp.com). Junto a Jocelyn

Hernández, de Punta Cana Lifestyle Real

Estate lanzan la búsqueda de su residencia

permanente en Punta Cana.

El episodio de House Hunters Internacional

(HHINT-3508H) cuenta con un aspecto

por el famoso diseñador de campos de

golf PB Dye y salió al aire el 5 de Abril

2012, en HGTV.

"Punta Cana ya no es sólo para vacaciones",

dijo Hernández. "Hay una comunidad

de expatriados, y jóvenes empresarios

que llegan a invertir y aprovechar las

oportunidades de negocios disponibles en

la zona."

Hernández, de origen puertorriqueño, se

trasladó a Punta Cana en el 2006, y trabaja

en Punta Cana Lifestyle Real Estate,

una Agencia Inmobiliaria que ofrece inmuebles

en venta y alquiler y se ha ganado

una sólida reputación entre sus colegas

y clientes como una de las pocas

agencias del área de Bávaro-Punta Cana

especializada en vender sólo propiedades

con títulos.

Los interesados en Punta Cana pueden

ver videos de propiedades en el canal de

You Tube de la Agencia en

"puntacanalifestyle" y aprender más sobre

la zona en www.puntacanalife.com ◘

Próxima emisión del programa 4 de

Julio del 2012, a las 10:30 PM /1:30 AM


As seen on


Lebron & Jiménez

Consultoría Legal & Fiscal

Legal & Tax Consulting

Av. Barceló, Res. Miramar C-4, Bavaro

(809) 466-0009

www.lebronjimenez.com


Full of luxury amenities, including marble floors, air-conditioned living space, spacious

interiors, and a gorgeous outdoor environment, no detail has been spared in

this beautiful golf resort condo.

This 2 Bedroom condo has 110m2 (1185 sq ft) and is located at Cocotal Golf &

Country Club, Bavaro’s leading gated community, built around a 27 hole golf

course, offering 24 hour security and exclusive Owner Benefits such as access to 5

star hotels, use of pools, sports facilities & private beach club.

Ref Nº 01-121 MIL Vila Birdie Unit Milo A USD$ 160,000

Paola Gil Fernandez

(809) 552-0421 Office

paola@puntacanalife.com

Only Properties with Titles!

Plaza Gran Caribe Nº4, Bavaro | (809) 552-0421 | www.puntacanalife.com


Amazing Golf Estate

6 Bedrooms | 500 m2 | Golf Views | Asking price USD 1,300,000.00

This picturesque setting overlooking the carpeted fairways of the course is alluring.

This golf villa comes fully furnished and offers very comfortable living space to

lounge, entertain or watch the scenery. Spacious rooms, private pool, gazebo… a

solid investment and even more attractive proposition for those wishing to reside

within a beautiful and secure, Caribbean Golf Resort Community!

Francisco Lorenzo at (809) 754-6654 at francisco.lorenzo@hospiten.com

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FOR SALE by OWNER

FOR SALE by OWNER

Villa Mare Beach Condo

2 Bedrooms | 112 m2 | Beach Views | Asking price USD 329,000

This beach condo is just steps to all area restaurants, bars and to the beach!

Gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops, Italian custom cabinets, water purification

systems, washer/dryer, air conditioning, cathedral ceilings with crown molding

throughout, all furniture from very high end stored or custom made, 2 queen sized

beds, completely equipped kitchen and most decorative accents will remain.

Contact Rita Fox at ritasfox@hotmail.com


Apartamentos de 2 habitaciones desde USD 160,000

CONSTRUCTORA E INMOBILIARIA ING. CARLOS J. MONTILLA C X A

Ing. Carlos J. Montilla Chevalier

Plaza Naútica, Local # 13, Bavaro

829-552-6847 / 809-222-3388


Only Properties with Titles!

Palma Cana 3EA, Cocotal USD 160,000

1 BR/ 99m2/ Furnished/ Golf View

Gema Lodge 38, Cocotal USD 180,000

2 BR/ 91m2/ Furnished/ Golf View

Jocelyn Hernandez Irizarry

Condo Sales

(809) 552-0421 Office

jocelyn@puntacanalife.com

Golf Suites 7095, Cocotal USD 125,000

2 BR/ 94m2/ Furnished/ Garden View

Ocean Bavaretto 4, Cortecito USD 130,000

2 BR/ 118m2/ Furnished/ Pool View


¡Sólo Propiedades con Títulos!

Golf & Beach Resort Condos

Beach Access, Security & Solid Rental Income Potential

Gema Bahia B1, Cocotal USD 190,000

2 BR/ 138m2/ Furnished/ Golf View

Gema Bahia B8, Cocotal USD 200,000

2 BR/ 138m2/ Furnished/ Golf View

Vila Birdie Mag A, Cocotal USD 195,000

2 BR/ 110m2/ Furnished/ Golf View

Stanza Mare 406G USD 285,000

2 BR/ 105m2/ Furnished/ Beach View

Punta Cana Lifestyle Real Estate, SRL

Plaza Gran Caribe Nº 4, Bavaro

Dominican Republic (809) 552-0421

United States (305) 600-4852

www.puntacanalife.com


Only Properties with Titles!

Villa Bonita,124, Cocotal USD 550,000

3 BR/ 400m2/ Partially Furnished/ Golf

View/ Single family home on 2 Levels.

Koldo Mirena Ucedo

Sales

809) 552-0421 Office

koldo@puntacanalife.com

Villas Alba 509B, Cocotal USD 299,000

3 BR/ 215m2/ Furnished/ Golf View/

Duplex Villa on 2 Levels.


¡Sólo Propiedades con Títulos!

Villas Alba 506A, Cocotal USD 275,000

3 BR/ 215m2/ Furnished/ Golf View/

Duplex Villa on 2 Levels.

Villas & Duplex Villas

Beach Access, 24 Hour Security & On-Site Golf.

Villa Duplex 57, Cocotal USD 275,000

2 BR/ 200m2/ Un-furnished/ Golf View/

Duplex Villa built on 2 Levels.

Punta Cana Lifestyle Real Estate, SRL

Plaza Gran Caribe Nº 4, Bavaro

Dominican Republic (809) 552-0421

United States (305) 600-4852

www.puntacanalife.com


Hidden Treasure in Bavaro

On-site amenities include bar, restaurant with room

service, wireless internet, maid service,...


Lifestyle REAL ESTATE

Hidden Treasure in Bavaro

There is a hidden treasure in Bavaro,

located on at the White Sands Golf &

Beach Resort. Residencial La Esmeralda

(Known also as KARIBO PUNTA

CANA) is a luxurious 66 unit residential

property , featuring spacious common

areas, adult and children pools, lush

tropical gardens, private parking, and 24

hour security.

An elegant Lobby Lounge Bar sets it

apart from any other project in Bavaro.

The Esmeralda team gladly offers its

tenants and visitors all the services they

need. On-site amenities include bar,

restaurant with room service, wireless

internet, maid service, linen services and

other maintenance related services. Residents

and visitors enjoy a spectacular

white sandy beach just a 5 minute golf

cart ride away!

Esmeralda residents also enjoy preferential

arrangements with 6 different on-site

resorts that include Breakfast, Lunch and

Dinner, and access to sports facilities, a

gym, spa, and water activities at Bavaro

Princess, Punta Cana Princess, Caribe

Club Princess, Melia Paradisus

Punta Cana, Ocean Blue & Sand,

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and VIK Hotel.

All apartments feature similar layouts with

145m2, that offer cross ventilation and

lots of light.

These fully air-conditioned units are built

with quality materials, and all units are

tastefully furnished with high end pieces

made of solid wood. All units have two

bedrooms with en-suite baths, a large

open living/dining area, fully equipped

kitchen with European appliances and

some units feature private terraces with

Jacuzzi for 2 people.

Residencial La Esmeralda, where the

pampering by their staff will ensure you'll

never want to leave! ◘

For Sales and Rental Information contact

(829) 761-4549 or rainsa@atobi.es

———

Hay un Tesoro escondido en Bávaro,

situado en White Sands Golf & Beach

Resort.

El Residencial "La Esmeralda", -conocido

también como KARIBO PUNTA CANAcon

66 apartamentos de lujo, cuenta con


áreas comunes espaciosas, con piscina

para adultos y niños, jardines tropicales,

parking privado y servicio de seguridad

24 horas todos los días.

Dispone de un elegante Bar-Recepción

siendo un lugar de reunión del Residencial

que lo diferencia de cualquier otro

proyecto en Bávaro. El equipo de "La

Esmeralda" están encantados de ofrecer

todos sus servicios tanto a visitantes

como a residentes habituales.

Ofrece los Servicios de Bar, Restaurante

con servicio de habitaciones, limpieza de

habitaciones, cambio de sabanas, internet

wifi y mantenimiento integral.

Los residentes y visitantes pueden disfrutar

de una espectacular playa de arena

blanca a tan sólo cinco minutos en carro

de golf!

Los residentes habituales pueden disfrutar

del acuerdo exclusivo de diferentes

servicios con 6 Resorts que incluyen

servicios de desayuno, almuerzo, cena,

acceso a las facilidades deportivas, gimnasio,

spa, y actividades de agua en los

Hoteles Bávaro Princess, Punta Cana

Princess, Caribe Club Princess, Meliá

Lifestyle REAL ESTATE

An elegant Lobby Lounge Bar is the heart of

residential and sets it apart from any other

project in Bavaro. The Esmeralda team

gladly offers its tenants and visitors all the

services they need.

Paradisus Punta Cana, Ocean Blue &

Sand, y el VIK.

Todos los Apartamentos están distribuidos

de una manera similar con una superficie

de 145m2, ofreciendo una gran

ventilación y mucha luz natural.

Están construidos con excelentes calidades

y amueblados con mucho gusto con

muebles de madera maciza. Todos los

Apartamentos tienen dos habitaciones

con sus baños en-suite, un gran salóncomedor,

y cocinas totalmente equipadas

con electrodomésticos de marcas europeas.

Algunos Apartamentos, disponen en su

terraza de Jacuzzi privados para 2 personas.

"Residencial La Esmeralda" te invita a

disfrutar de nuestro equipo, quienes te

atenderán haciéndote sentir como si estuvieses

en tu propia casa.◘

Para información de Ventas y Alquileres,

podéis contactar al (829) 761-4549

o por correo rainsa@atobi.es


Palma Cana, Cocotal

1 BR Furnished Apartments from us$650.

3 Bedroom Condos +maid room, Cocotal

3 BR Unfurnished Apartments from us$800.

Vila Birdie, Cocotal

2 BR Furnished Apartments from us$750.

Villas del Eden II, Cocotal

2 BR Unfurnished Apartments from us$800.

Emma Espinal Inoa

Sales and Rentals

(809) 552-0421 Office

emma@puntacanalife.com

Great Rental Properties, Great Service!

Plaza Gran Caribe Nº4, Bavaro | (809) 552-0421 | www.puntacanalife.com


Lifestyle THE GOOD LIFE

A Hole in One!

How a new business venture, turned into a new life!

Heather Hafner’s journey began almost 6

years ago, when she moved from the

United States to the Caribbean after

coming across a business opportunity at

one of most popular Golf Courses in the

Dominican Republic.

“We were seeking a winter hideaway to

get away from the Chicago winters and

stumbled across GO GOLF TOURS. We

had never been to Punta Cana before,

but knew the weather was great. We did

a lot of due diligence on the business

before the purchase with visits, meetings,

etc. as we love to golf and thought

it would be a fun business to own.”

These days dynamic Heather lives with

her husband and their two children in

Punta Cana, where Heather juggles her

roles of wife, mother and entrepreneur.

“The biggest challenge 6 years

ago, aside from being away from friends

and family, was the lack of resources --

grocery stores of magnitude, things to do

in terms of entertainment outside of

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golfing, not knowing too many people

and certainly not knowing the dominant

language.”

A lot has changed in Punta Cana since

then, “Over the past 6 years the grocery

shopping has changed significantly, we

have met a lot of interesting people, and

have had 2 children who were born in

Centro Medico Punta Cana. Movie theaters,

shopping and a great wine shop

have all opened. It takes time to get used

to it, but Punta Cana is very much a tourist

destination so you will find that many

people are bi-lingual or multi-lingual.”

She ads, “One of the biggest challenges

is that all binding contracts (legal) need

to be in Spanish. You learn to adapt to

another culture, this is not the U.S., nor

should you ever think it is. Being an expat

has it challenges from time to time,

but for the most part it has been quite

rewarding!”

White sandy beaches and great weather

aren’t the only things Punta Cana has to


offer. With new schools, family activities,

and affordable housing, Punta

Cana is increasingly attracting families

to this growing tourist community. A

beautiful international airport is 15 minutes

away as are Cap Cana and Punta

Cana Village, which offer beautiful shops

and excellent restaurants. Within a two

hours drive are La Romana and Higuey

when you want a change of scenery.

With the Coral Highway expected

to be opened before the end of 2012,

driving to the capital, Santo Domingo,

will only take two hours and it’s a great

day trip whenever the call of the big city

is beckoning! There are many cultural

events including theatre, concerts, ice

skating shows, and the country offers

everything from the beaches of the Atlantic

to the Caribbean sea, waterfalls,

mountains, lakes, communities founded

by Germans, Spaniards and even

French and Italian influences abound. A

rich history, a democratic government

and the natural beauty make this a place

to consider investing in and moving to.

Go Golf Tours, located at the Cocotal

Golf & Country Club's club house, is a

12 years incoming Golf Tour Operator

managing golf tee time reservations

and transportation for over 40,000

rounds of golf per year.◘

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El viaje de Heather Hafner comienza

hace 6 años, cuando viajó desde Estados

Unidos al Caribe con una oportunidad

de negocio, a uno de los más significativos

Campos de Golf de la República

Dominicana.

“Estábamos buscando un refugio de

invierno para escapar de los inviernos

de Chicago y nos encontramos con la

venta de un negocio de viajes organiza-

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¡Cómo un nuevo negocio, se convirtió en una nueva vida!

dos ‘GO GOLF’… y como nos gusta el

Golf, pensé que sería un negocio divertido.”

Nunca habían estado en Punta Cana

antes, pero les atraía el buen clima”.

Heather, vive con su esposo y sus 2

hijos en Punta Cana, donde Heather

hace el papel de esposa, madre y empresaria.

"El mayor desafío de hace 6

años, además de estar lejos de familiares

y amigos, fue la falta de recursos -

supermercados, y actividades que hacer

en términos de entretenimiento fuera del

Golf, sin conocer mucha gente y, desde

luego sin saber el idioma. "

Desde entonces, han cambiado muchas

cosas en Punta Cana, "En los últimos 6

años las cosas han cambiado de manera

significativa, hemos conocido mucha

gente interesante, y he tenido 2 hijos

que nacieron aquí en el Centro Médico

Punta Cana.” Con una mejor infraestructura

de todo tipo, Punta Cana se convierte

en una comunidad turística con

entidad propia, destacando la oferta de

escuelas, actividades familiares, aeropuerto

internacional, centros comerciales,

tiendas internacionales, y excelentes

restaurantes. Sin olvidar que con la

Autovía del Coral llegaremos a Santo

Domingo, la capital, en aproximadamente

dos horas.

GO GOLF TOURS se encuentra ubicado

en el residencial Cocotal Golf

&Country Club House, lugar que cuenta

con doce años de experiencia y servicio

al Golf, donde se dan más de cuarenta

mil vueltas-rounds por año a su campo

de Golf.◘


This stunning location really fulfills the dream.

Pledge your vows to each other surrounded

by the ocean.

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Photo by Katya Nova


The popularity for destination weddings

has been growing every year. Couples

choose a destination wedding which

means they’re getting married in a place

where neither the bride nor the groom are

originally from or where they don’t currently

live. There is a big demand for

unique, intimate, luxury weddings, with a

romantic Caribbean flavor.

The main advantage of using one of the

local destination wedding coordinators,

as opposed to those services provided by

the hotels, is privacy on the beach and

exclusive attention to client needs. These

local companies offer services to custom-

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Luxury Wedding Ceremony in Punta Cana

Photo by Katya Nova

ize every aspect of your wedding and

fulfill the needs and dreams of each couple.

Their expertise and local knowledge

to ensure that your dream wedding will

be a success.

“We don’t do huge weddings for 50-70

people like the Canadians and Americans

seem to prefer.” Says Irina Avvakumova,

a local destination wedding coordinator

and General Director of Yacht Charter

DR. “The demand for the exclusive wedding

we offer is consistently growing. It’s

becoming more

and more popular

in Russia to have

Irina claims her personal achievement is learning Spanish. “We

are very proud and happy that our son who is 6 years old

speaks three languages fluently- Russian, Spanish and English.

It’s very important for us to embrace our new country without

forgetting our roots.” Photo by Dmitriy Filippov


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a destination wedding in exotic places

with the Dominican Republic being in

high demand.”

With a cabin cruiser in the Marina at

Cap Cana and a sailboat docked in Bayahibe,

Yacht Charter DR offers a variety

of options to arrange private, romantic

trips to Saona Island, and Cap Cana,

where she organizes symbolic and official

wedding ceremonies on the beach

at Cap Cana, where she works in cooperation

with their partners Scape2Cap-

Cana.”

Prior moving to Punta Cana, Irina had

established herself with a graphic design

company in Cabarete, providing

web and print design services, which

publishes the well known ‘Lagoon

Magazine’, a Russian and English publication

about the Dominican Republic,

with distribution at the Punta Cana International

Airport. “We relocated to

Punta Cana because we felt there

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would be a greater demand for our ser-

vices here.” ◘

For more information about their services,

you can write to info@caribbeanwedding.ru

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Las bodas exóticas en el Caribe son un

destino que ha crecido en popularidad en

los últimos años, con una gran demanda,

con la característica que el novio y la novia

son de otra parte del mundo.

La mayor ventaja de usar los servicios de

un coordinador local de bodas en relación

a esos mismos servicios que ofrecen los

hoteles, es la privacidad en la playa y la

atención exclusiva a las necesidades del

cliente. Estas compañías locales ofrecen

servicios a la medida de cada cliente,

cumpliendo con todas las necesidades y

sueños de pareja. Su experiencia y conocimiento

local aseguran que la boda sea

todo un éxito.


“No hacemos bodas para 50

-70 personas” comenta Irina

Avvakumova, coordinadora

local de bodas y directora

general Yacht Charter DR.

“La demanda para bodas

exclusivas que ofrecemos

está en constante crecimiento.

En Rusia, se está

convirtiendo en algo muy

popular en casarse en lugares

exóticos del Caribe siendo

la República Dominicana

un destino muy solicitado.

Con un yate en la Marina en Cap Cana

y un barco de vela en Bayahibe, Yacht

Charter DR ofrece una amplia variedad

de viajes románticos a Isla Saona, y a la

playa de Cap Cana donde organiza

ceremonias de boda privadas y

simbólicas , trabajando junto a sus socios

Scape2CapCana”.

Antes de venir a Punta Cana, Irina se

estableció en Cabarete estableciendo

una compañía de diseño gráfico, ofreciendo

a través de su web servicios de

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diseño gráfico, publicando la popular Revista

´Lagoon Magazine´, una publicación

en idioma ruso y en inglés sobre la República

Dominicana, contando con distribución

en el Aeropuerto Internacional de

Punta Cana. “ Nos vinimos a Punta Cana

porque considerábamos que aquí, había

una gran demanda de nuestros servi-

cios.”◘

Para más información sobre sus servicios,

podéis contactar vía correo a

info@caribbean-wedding.ru


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It is a natural cave, several thousand of

years old, which was the habitat of the

Tainos Indians, the first people to live in

this area. This magnificent cave preserves

the rites and the everyday life of these

pre-Colombian people before the arrival

of the Conquistadores who decimated

them.

The period in which Christopher Columbus

and the Tainos existed will first be

explained to you, then you will be taken

inside the cave to discover it's luxuriant

vegetation, the waterfall and the everyday

objects used by the Tainos, along

with the sound, lights, stalactites and

stalagmites which will amaze and delight

you.

On the side of the of Tainos’ cave entrance,

is a home-made factory of pirates

rum. This factory, named Recetas Mi

Amor, uses old recipes of rum blended

with tropical fruits, created in the Caribbean

islands during the 17th centu-

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Ron Mi Amor

In the center of Bavaro is a unique, historical and magical place

ry. It offers eight flavors :Punch Coconut,

liqueur of Coconut, Chinola (Passion

Fruit), Pineapple Banana, Coffee, Mamajuana,

and Lemon, which are created in

both white and dark rums.

The process of distillation of these rums

is explained to you and a free tasting is

offered. Haitian painters decorate the

various bottles by hand in front of you

and they will even paint a name on the

bottle if you wish to give a very special,

personalized gift or to keep one for yourself!

Unlike many prodcts offered for sale on

this island, you will have no problem taking

these bottles of Rum home with you

because these products are considered

part of the small business sector known

as Crafts. You can also visit the small

Rum bar as well as the shop of the statues

of the Tainos from the Guillén brothers.

Courtesy of this magazine, a 10 % dis-


count will gracefully be offered to you by

Wilson, the manager of Recetas Mi

Amor. ◘

For more information contact:

MI AMOR RUM

Avenida Barcelo/Coco Loco

Tel: (809) 466-1102

www.miamorrum.com

En el centro de Bávaro, se encuentra un

lugar único, mágico, y cultural.

Una cueva natural, con varios miles de

años de antigüedad, que servía de refugio

a los primeros habitantes de la isla,

los Indios Tainos. Este magnífico lugar,

preserva los ritos y costumbres de la

vida cotidiana de este pueblo pre-

Colombino antes de la llegada de los

conquistadores que los exterminó.

Le explicaremos el encuentro entre

Cristóbal Colón y los Tainos, le llevaremos

dentro de la cueva donde descubrirá

su preciosa vegetación, su cascada

de agua, sus objetos de uso habitual,

estatuas tainas, junto a

sonidos, luces, estalactitas

y estalagmitas, y muchas

sorpresas más que le encantarán

y le harán retroceder

en el tiempo….

A lado de la entrada de

esta cueva Taina, se encuentra

otro lugar único

que usted puede visitar,

una fábrica artesanal de Ron de los

Piratas. Esta fábrica, llamada Recetas

Mi Amor, utiliza las viejas recetas de ron

combinadas con frutas tropicales, creada

en la isla del Caribe, durante el siglo

XVII. Ofrecemos ocho sabores: Punch

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Coco, Licor de Coco, Chinola, Piña,

Banana, Café, Mamajuana, y Limón,

que son elaborados en nuestro laboratorio

, a base de los mejores rones blancos

y morenos.

Le explicaremos todo el proceso de

destilación del Ron, y se le ofrecerá una

degustación gratuita del mismo. Nuestros

pintores haitianos, están especializados

en decorar y pintar a mano las

botellas de ron, delante suyo y a su

gusto, aquellas botellas que le guste, y

quiera comprar para regalar, o como

recuerdo personal de su visita a nuestra

Cueva Taina.

Es importante que sepa que una vez

comprada cualquier botella de Ron mi

Amor, podrá llevarla a su país, ya que

nuestros productos son considerados y

catalogados como productos Artesanales

llamados Crafts.

Puede también visitar nuestro pequeño

Bar de Ron, y nuestra excelente tienda

de Estatuas Tainas de los

artistas hermanos Guillén,

donde descubrirá sus variedades.

Por cortesía de esta Revista,

le ofrecemos un descuento

del 10 %, presentando

esta revista a Wilson

el gerente de Recetas Mi

Amor.◘

Para más información contacte

con:

RON MI AMOR

Avenida Barceló/Coco Loco

Tel: (809) 466-1102

www.miamorrum.com

Get a 10% Discount Un 10% Descuento

When you bring this Magazine! Presentando esta Revista!


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The Caribbean is an emporium of fruits

and vegetables, which add flavor and

distinction to the Caribbean table.

This delicious and beautiful recipe is perfect

for hot summer days in Punta Cana!

This Cold Cantaloupe Melon Soup can

be prepared in 20 minutes and kept in the

refrigerator for an hour before serving.

Ingredients include: 1 cantaloupe, 2

chopped basil leaves, 6 cardamom

seeds, 1 small seedless chile finely

chopped, 1 garlic clove, 1 small pinch of

fresh dill herbs finely chopped, 1 tablespoon

extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 tea-

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Delicias Vegetarianas d’Koldo

Koldo’s Delicious Vegetarian Recipies

Sopa Fría de Melón

Cold Cantaloupe Soup

spoon salt, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1

teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, and 2

pieces of green pepper.

To prepare, cut melon in half horizontally

and remove the pulp with a spoon from

the center of the melon, leaving the edge

uncovered, put the leftover pulp in a

bowl, in a food processor, grind the cardamom

seeds, basil, chile, garlic, and dill.

With the leftover pulp, oil, and salt make

a mixture, and pour lemon juice and

Worcestershire sauce.

We all in the shell of the melon, add two

chopped green pepper, and cool it in the

fridge for an hour before serving. ◘


Sopa Fría de Melón

El Caribe es una Isla llena de variedad

de frutas y vegetales, naturales y únicos,

que llenan de sabor y color la gastronomía

caribeña.

Esta maravillosa y deliciosa receta vegetariana,

es perfecta y refrescante para los

días de calor en Punta Cana! Se prepara

en 20 minutos y se mantiene 1 hora en la

nevera antes de servirlo en la mesa.

Ingredientes: 1 melón, 2 hojas de albahaca

troceadas, 6 semillas de cardamomos,

1 chile pequeño sin semillas finamente

cortado,1 diente de ajo, un puñado

de eneldo finamente cortado,1 cucharada

de aceite de oliva extra virgen,1/2

cucharada de sal, 1 cucharada de limón

exprimido, 1 cucharada de salsa inglesa,

y 2 trozos de pimiento verde.

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Preparación: Cortar el melón horizontalmente

por la mitad. Guardamos la cáscara

del melón. Sacamos con una cuchara

la pulpa del centro del melón, dejando el

borde cubierto. Colocamos la pulpa sobrante

en un tazón. Ponemos en un procesador

de alimentos a moler las semillas

de cardamomo, la albahaca, el chile,

el ajo, y el eneldo. Añadimos la pulpa del

melón sobrante, con aceite, y sal haciendo

una mezcla, y echamos el limón y la

salsa inglesa haciendo una mezcla final.

Servimos todo ello en la cáscara del

melón, añadimos dos trocitos de pimiento

verde, y lo enfriamos en la nevera

durante una hora antes de consumirlo.◘

Fresh Dill Herbs


Now in Cortecito!

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we love to share info about the best restaurants, beach clubs, and events our area has to offer to

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We'll help you with booking excursions too! Whether it be educational, adventurous like Zip-lining,

relaxing sea escapes, dune buggy drives, horseback riding on the beach or helicopter rides for an

aerial view of the most visited beach in the Caribbean, we can make your dreams a reality.

We also offer special prices for residents because we want to save everyone time and money!

We have a free-exchange library and a free classified bulletin board and we invite YOU to visit

us soon.

We speak French, English, Spanish and our smiles are understood by all!

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ocio que necesites o quieras participar !

Disponemos de información y reserva de hoteles todo incluido, b&b-habitaciones con desayuno

incluido-, alquileres vacacionales, alquileres de coches… y una amplia lista de los mejores restaurantes,

playas, discotecas, centros comerciales, y eventos especiales en nuestra zona que

harán que tus vacaciones aquí sean inolvidables !

Y por supuesto, le ayudamos también a reservar sus excursiones ! ya sea una excursión cultural,

de aventura como Zip-lining, excursión de playa, en barco, en buggy, montar a caballo en la

playa, o viajar en helicóptero para ver las playas más visitadas del Caribe, podemos hacer de tus

sueños una realidad. También ofrecemos precios especiales a los residentes de la Zona, para

ahorrarles dinero y tiempo !

Contamos con un servicio de Librería, intercambio gratuito de libros, y un boletín de anuncios

clasificados a disposición de todo el mundo, así que esperamos tú visita pronto.

Hablamos diversos idiomas, francés, inglés, y español, pero sobre todo nuestras sonrisas son

entendidas por todos !


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Teléfonos de Interés

Hospitals | Hospitales

Hospiten Verón-Punta Cana (809) 686-1414

Centro Médico Punta Cana Av. Espana (809) 552-1506

Emergency | Emergencias

AMET/ Politur (809) 552-1303

Marina de Guerra (809) 593-5900

National Police Policia Nacional (809) 455-1097

Bus Stop Estación de Autobuses (809) 552-1678

Punta Cana Airport Aeropuerto Punta Cana (809) 959-2376

Fire Fighters Bomberos (809) 682-2000

Consulate & Embassies | Consulados & Embajadas

Canada Canadá (809) 685-1136

United States Estados Unidos (809) 221-2171

France Francia (809) 687-5270

Spain España (809) 535-6500

Italy Italia (809) 682-0830

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