Well, it's starting to get hot. Unless you are at the beach.
It has been very quiet here lately. Everyone is telling me how expensive the flights are. All the hotels are struggling. Went to the Caribe Colonial and they told me they had a total of 9 people. Spoke with someone I know who works at the Jaragua and he told me they were just 20% full. So, for those who don't like a lot of people here, now is the time to come down for a visit. All that said, Punta Cana is still kicking ass with occupancy rates in the upper 80's, low 90's.
Memorial Day weekend is the next time where there is an influx of tourists visiting Santo Domingo. Many of my friends are coming for a visit and I can't wait. David Lee is getting things together at the Sports Bar, in anticipation of the tourist onslaught. Make sure to checkout David's website for the latest happenings for Memorial Weekend. With so many things going on in Washington, D.C., Miami and Puerto Rico over Memorial Weekend, I'm always amazed at the crowd that still comes here. Just while typing this entry I have gotten 3 more airport pick-up requests. Come on down!!!!
Now, here comes the difficult part. I have gotten several emails asking me about "Cabarete Gay Pride." I had been hesitant to address this issue because there is a former employee of mine who seems to be a part of it. There are still some questions as to exactly who is behind this, so I don't want to say that it is a scam, or anything like that, but unfortunately some questions have been raised. My former employee works for the new gay resort in Cabarete (we are trying to confirm if he still works there). In his new capacity, he contacted one of the guesthouses here to come down to work out an agreement so that they could send each other business. A couple of weeks ago he comes to stay at the guesthouse as a comp guest. He brings his "boyfriend" with him and so far, so good. I won't get into all the particulars, as I'm sure the owners of the guesthouse will be addressing it soon, but to make a long-story short, at about 4:30am they are awakened by their security guard to tell them there is a problem in one of the rooms. It seems that my former employee and his boyfriend were involved in a huge fight. His nose is broken and there is blood all over the room. The police are called and as you can imagine, it was not a pretty scene. Now, does this mean that "Cabarete Gay Pride" is not a legitimate enterprise? No. But, it does give one pause if this individual is involved. As I said, the guesthouse owners will be addressing this further in their blog.
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