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The Dominican Republic

By Patrick Van Roy On June 12th, 2019

Half of a beautiful Island dedicated to vacationers tourists. It is a paradise of beaches and booze.  I have always loved the DR as long as you stay on that side of the Island even if you wander out of the resorts they are very friendly people.

The other half of the Island is Haiti, not exactly a spot anyone would choose for anything let alone vacation. That however is another post.

I have vacationed in the Dominican Republic at least a dozen times when I worked for the Airline.  Most of the resorts are all inclusive, the cost of the hotel includes all the food and drink that you can consume. I went the first time to the Island as an act of spite…..

One of the things about the DR is it has no restrictions on it from the U.S. except there is no decent mail or efficient delivery service of goods to the Island.  The Dominican’s have solved this problem. 5 days a week the hotels and resorts send people on planes to the U.S. to buy goods.  They fly out of Santo Domingo into Philadelphia buy everything they need and then fly home.

This always made this flight one of the most difficult to deal with. Every flight the passengers are specially screened. They come wearing money belts and there is a legal limit to the amount of cash a person can travel with. The plane always comes in empty of luggage, but when it leaves to return to the DR it is packed with duffle bags stuffed with meat, cheeses and specialty items. Big screen TVs, Stereo equipment, and oddball things.  I once loaded a Transmission for a 71 Impala as luggage onto a flight. Every ramp agent that works this flight hates it.  For several years it was my job to get this flight out on time…. I hated it.

So my first trip to the DR was both done as a joke and for spite.  I bitched about this flight everyday, but I brought it from a 20% on time departure rate to up over 90% on time rate.  As a bonus my boss thought it would be funny to make one of bonuses a week at one of the All Inclusive Resorts.  It was wonderful. I still hated the flight, but loved the Island.

As an Airline employee my family and I flew for free, also we got a major discount on the resorts, so I went there at least a dozen times.

Now there may be a serial killer preying on Americans in the DR at the inclusive resorts.  6 people have been poisoned through what it looks like at this time through the mini bar in the rooms. The minibars in these rooms aren’t the little booze bottles you get on the plane or in most room minibars. Since the booze is included in your room bill the minibar is stocked with full size liquor bottles that aren’t replaced until they are empty.   This leaves them vulnerable to tampering.

Right now everything is speculation as to who, what, and why, but this is a story worth following…

Trouble in Paradise.

12 Responses to “The Dominican Republic”

  1. I have to say, I’ve always found Haiti pretty fascinating.

  2. Great post and wonderful picture. I’ll comment later.

  3. Who could be targeting those souls who seek to vacation like gluttons in splendid resorts set among abject poverty? Does God have an alibi?

  4. “Who could be targeting those souls who seek to vacation like gluttons in splendid resorts set among abject poverty? Does God have an alibi?”

    If you kill the tourism industry in the Dominican Republic then you will make that abject poverty even worse. 12% of their GDP is tourism.

  5. Yup

  6. if it is a killer it’s a psycho.

    Everyone in the airline industry love this Island and these resorts. They go out of their way to cater even more to airline employees.

    Each one is setup to spoil everyone that stays there, but the airlines all have ties to the resorts and we would get away with everything short of murder.

  7. Who could be targeting those souls who seek to vacation like gluttons in splendid resorts set among abject poverty? Does God have an alibi?

    A secretary here has been to Punta Cana twice in the past year, a young marine that I know just off a tour in Afghanistan will be visiting the Dominican soon. I assure you that they’re not ” gluttons “, nor are they rich in any way. But the modest dollars that they bring with them while on holiday mean jobs for Dominican workers. The GDP per capita in the DR is multiples of what it is in Haiti, and is higher than a number of Caribbean and Latin nations in the region.

    This is a good industry, not a bad one, and thumbing one’s nose at it is a bit like AOC saying that Amazon jobs are bad for Queens.

  8. I’m sure you all know the famous satellite photo of the island, with a totally bare landscape one one side (Haiti) and lush forestry on the other (DR).
    You may think that 25 years of US occupation left its mark; but a bigger reason is the lack of proper government legislation on deforestation, which led to massive soil erosiion and the loss of a reliable food supply on Haiti. DR has a much greater economic output, higher literacy levels and greater longevity.
    Leave nature alone.

  9. You may think that 25 years of US occupation left its mark

    The US has still ” occupies ” Guam and the US Virgin Islands, but they don’t look anything like Haiti.

  10. I have always loved the DR as long as you stay on that side of the Island even if you wander out of the resorts they are very friendly people. The other half of the Island is Haiti, not exactly a spot anyone would choose for anything let alone vacation.

    Yes Patrick. The DR has the rule of law, property rights and relatively low rates of corruption and is relatively prosperous. Haiti has none of these and is relatively poverty-stricken. As a result, biodiversity and living landscapes have been preserved in the DR and trashed in Haiti. The contrast between the two parts of the island of Hispaniola is very obvious from an arial picture of one of the border areas:

    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=dominican+repubpic-haiti+picture&t=ffsb&ia=images&iax=images&iai=https%3A%2F%2Frepeatingislands.files.wordpress.com%2F2011%2F11%2Fhaiti-island-0013.jpg

  11. Phantom – lighten up, I’m simply pointing to the unseemly habit of these resorts built among the native poor for the entertainment of the foreign rich. Though the cleaning people must be happy.

  12. so Peter should I have chosen to lay on the beach drinking and ogling bikini clad women on the shitty side of the Island…… ?