PHOTOS: 2016 National Carnival Parade in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (Desfile Nacional 2016)

Carnival Portrait DRLast Sunday was the last carnival parade in the Dominican Republic–the grand finale, known as the Desfile Nacional de Carnaval, in Santo Domingo. It landed on the first Sunday of March this year, a week after Independence Day festivities.

The best regional carnival groups from around the country–including Puerto Plata, San Juan de la Managua, Barahona, La Romana, Montecristi, Constanza, Santiago, and San Pedro de Macoris among others–descended on the capital to parade down the city’s grand seafront boulevard (or Malecon). From the devils of the southwest region to the lechones of Santiago and the Guloyas of San Pedro de Macoris, the parade offered a fantastic glimpse into the DR’s diversity. They strutted, danced, chanted, performed stunts and showed off their best–in the hopes of winning the big carnival cash prizes. The Afro-Dominican groups from the southwest and the southeast were the most incredible to witness–from their indigenous outfits and body paints, to African chants, drumming and incense spreading on their path.

Guest of honor Curacao opened the parade, and Continue reading »

Moon Dominican Republic 2016 Has A Book Cover and Is on Pre-Sale

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Here it is–the final book cover for my first edition of Moon Dominican Republic for Moon Travel Guides.

I am thrilled that one of my photographs was selected, and even more delighted that it shows a scene from Puerto Plata, one of my favorite areas of the DR.

The image shows a couple of motorbikes parked along the city’s Malecon or waterfront boulevard, while its owners take a dip in the Atlantic sea, the breeze blowing and waves crashing nearby.

A golden beach sits below, of course, but I love that it shows a more authentic every day scene than a touristy one (and that’s why I also love writing for Moon Guides).

For those who missed the other exciting news on Facebook, this edition will be printed in full color. No drab black and white! From the Continue reading »