Wow…look at all these accolades!!!

Dominican Today News – Santo Domingo and Dominican Republic
August 14, 2010, Updated 7:33 AM
Tourism – 2 August 2010, 3:10 PM

SANTO DOMINGO.- /PRNewswire/ — Thousands of readers from around the world elected the Dominican Republic (DR) as the Best Value Destination, according to Budget Travel’s “Readers Choice Awards.” Budget Travel’s Editor in Chief, Nina Willdorf, stopped by NBC’s “The Today Show,” on Thursday, July 29, to announce winners of the magazine’s “Readers Choice Awards” and recognize DR as an affordable and easily-accessible destination for U.S. travelers.

The DR Minister of Tourism’s Vice Minister of International Promotion Magaly Toribio mentioned, “We are honored to be voted a ‘Best Value Destination’ by Budget Travel readers. The award is so meaningful to us because it comes from savvy travelers who have visited the DR and experienced firsthand our refreshing offerings and lively culture. The DR Ministry of Tourism will continue to exceed expectations so that visitors can enjoy our country’s diverse eco-activities, magnificent nature, world-class beaches and sophisticated accommodations to suit every budget and taste.”

Nina Willdorf, Budget Travel editor, noted, “Budget Travel readers are always looking for affordable, exotic vacation ideas and the DR was the

clear front-runner

in the category for best value destination. The DR is an easy island escape that’s close to home.”

“With eight international airports, the DR is an easy, direct flight from most major U.S. gateways. With sophisticated cities, resort communities and charming towns and villages in a country with warm, friendly people, the DR is receiving accolades from many top travel organizations as a must-see destination,” Toribio added.

The DR’s luxury accommodations, unique culture, rich history and natural beauty have not gone unnoticed. Other top rankings and honors for the DR in 2010 include:

Lavish Accommodations & Locations

USA TODAY included Excellence Resorts’ Excellence Punta Cana on its “10 Great Places to Get Everything Under the Sun” and “10 Great Resorts for Warm-Weather Escape.”

Conde Nast Traveler named the Peninsula House in Samana on the DR’s stunning Northeast Coast as the most luxurious place in the Caribbean and the top-scoring property in the Americas on its venerable Gold List 2010 issue.

Travel Agent Magazine named Barcelo Punta Cana one of the top five green resorts in the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Bermuda in 2010.

USA TODAY included the Golden Dolphin Villa in Cabrera on the DR’s North Coast on its list of “10 Great Places for a Family Reunion” in 2010.

Punta Cana Resort and Club’s posh Tortuga Bay Hotel in the DR received the AAA Five Star Diamond Award.

Luxury Living International mentioned Coson Beach in Las Terrenas, DR and Juanillo Beach in Punta Cana, DR on its list for the “Top 10 Beaches to Live on in Paradise,” in 2010.

Teeing Off

GolfWeek selected Punta Espada Golf Course in Cap Cana as the best course of the Caribbean and Mexico for 2010. This acknowledgment marks the second consecutive year that the course has earned the top spot in the magazine’s annual ranking.

GolfWeek has included nine Dominican golf courses on its “2010 Best Courses of the Caribbean and Mexico:” Teeth of the Dog Golf Course (Casa de Campo) in La Romana; Dye Fore Golf Course (Casa de Campo) in La Romana; Playa Grande Golf Course in Rio San Juan; Roco Ki Faldo Legacy Golf Course in Macao, Punta Cana; La Romana Country Club (Casa de Campo); Guavaberry Golf & Country Club in Juan Dolio; La Cana Golf Course (PUNTACANA Resort & Club); and Links Golf Course (Casa de Campo) in La Romana.

Top Travel Destinations

Santo Domingo received the 2010 Cultural Capital Award from the American Capital of Culture. (

Budget Travel named Samana Peninsula, DR one of its “Top Budget Travel Destinations for 2010.”

CNN included the DR as one of its recommendations for “Affordable and Accessible Vacations in 2010.”

Travel + Leisure named the DR and Los Haitises National Park on its list of “30 Romantic Dream Trips 2010.” listed Punta Cana, DR as number eight on its list of “Top 10 Spring Break Destinations for 2010.”

Coastal Living named Saona Island in the DR on its list of “Top 31 Best Beach Vacations,” in 2010.

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Written by: Ricardolito, 2 Aug 2010 3:31 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Boca de Chavon
For those golfers who have not yet tried the new Jack Nicklaus course Cana Bay ,,you are in for a real treat ,,it is as good as Dye Fore in my opinion ,,and that is far better than Punta Espada, day in , day out ,but not advertised as much .

From: Dominican Republic
I cannot believe you can even compare the Cana Bay course or even suggest it is better than Punta Espada or the Dye Fore course. I take it you are not that good of a golfer and had a good round at Cana Bay?

La Estancia is a much better course than Cana Bay for the money.

Written by: xwill7, 2 Aug 2010 4:08 PM

Make sure your insurance is paid up.
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Written by: underpar, 2 Aug 2010 5:02 PM
From: Dominican Republic
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Written by: Blutarsky, 2 Aug 2010 5:56 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Barbacoa Samana in the Hills
The DR is all things to all groups …..Low end to Carriage trade and everything in between
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Written by: Ricardolito, 2 Aug 2010 8:13 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Boca de Chavon
underpar ..firstly are we talking about the same course ;;I am talking about the course just inland from Macau beach . secondly ..I consider the design of the course and it´s condition , even in it¨s first four months to be outstanding .
I was invited there to give an assessment of the course so I did not pay and I played from the middle tees , not right at the back .Dye fore and Punta Espada are top courses but I felt that the variety of holes was better at Cana Bay and it tested out the mid irons very well .It is a much tighter course than Dye Fore and longer than Punta Espalda .I also liked the use of false fronts on quite a few greens and I thought the ninth hole quite exceptional , I was surprised that all the pathways for the carts were so well done and that there was no scruffiness ,,it was also free of mosquitos that ruin the Faldo course next door .
La Estancia is a cheap golfing day and has a few good holes in rather dreary surrounds but we are lucky to have all.
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Written by: Ricardolito, 2 Aug 2010 8:15 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Boca de Chavon
ah yes ,,my golf has seen better days as ,indeed I have myself but I still can hold my own with almost all in the DR ..thank goodness for my caddy and a good carrito de golf
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Written by: abc200, 2 Aug 2010 9:21 PM
From: United Kingdom
DR is going from strength to strength!
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Written by: underpar, 4 Aug 2010 12:19 PM
From: Dominican Republic
You are talking about the course at Moon palace now Hard Rock correct?
The course is brand new so the cart paths should be perfect! That course is resort style and far from Nicklaus best work and not even close to Punta Espada but hey we all have a diffrent opinion of beauty I guess. La Estancia you say has drab surroundings really? Its a new project so it take tme to mature but I wonder if you actually played the same course the views of the chavon river and gorge carries are simailar to the dye fore. Holes 2,3 ,4, 5 and the 6th are wonderful. The 10th 11th 13th 17th,18th are great holes so I am not sure what you see in a golf course. The condition off all of these courses is excellent with the new paspalum. The club house and driving range at La Estancia is also excellent how about at the Cana bay course? The practice facility at Cap Cana is tremendous and the colors of the ocean something you cannot compare. Cap Cana is a gem period! I personally love the Teeth
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Written by: underpar, 4 Aug 2010 12:23 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Maybe we can play for a few bucks?
I always enjoy a good match and making a little walk around money afterwards.
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Written by: abc200, 5 Aug 2010 4:03 PM
From: United Kingdom
DR tourism is growing fast with new facilities coming on stream!

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Written by: Atabey, 5 Aug 2010 9:39 PM
From: United States

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