This time of the year is usually slow anyway, but it is really slow in the colonial zone. You don't see as many tourists as usual. The government has been touting numbers showing more people arriving this year as opposed to last. Nobody knows what the impact of this global economic slowdown will have on the Dominican economy. I don't think people really understand what potentially is about to come. Less remittances, fewer travelers and free trade zones losing jobs. You couldn't tell that there were any problems this past weekend. Most places (bars/clubs/restaurants) were filled with people spending money and having a good time. Even the upscale beach haunts were packed.
Other than that things are pretty much the same.
All the same places are open. Bar Friends is still open, though no one knows why. Eukliptus is still open, and on some weekends it can be festive if tourists are in town. Jay Dee's is still going strong, though without its former hostess, Coqui (spelling?). I love Coqui, but I think it was time to pass the wig to someone else. And Cha is as happening as ever. Last Saturday they had a best "ass" contest. $3,000 pesos went to the winner.
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