A Journal, with Pictures

Dominican Republic

by on May.07, 2013, under Flying

On Wednesday, May 1st. we left Treasure Cay for a fuel stop at Stella Maris a two hundred twenty mile flight. We met some of the Jim Parker group that were refueling on there way from Florida. We then took off for La Romana, MDLR for the four hundred ninety mile flight to the Dominican Republic. Joe McMonigle, enlisted Jim Parker to organize this part of the trip and it was a great decision. Our arrival was a breeze, customs a non-event and the Dominican Aviation Authority greeted us and hosted a cocktail party that evening at our resort hotel Casa de Campo. There were seven COPA airplanes with eight members on this leg of the trip and a number of other aircraft filling out the group. After the reception, we enjoyed dinner at the near by outdoor restaurant, the food and wine were very good.

Dominican Reception

Casa de Campo is a resort with just about everything you could ask for, including world class golf. We had been there before and on Thursday decided to play the new Pete Dye course, Dye Fore. A few others made the same choice. We met again for cocktails and another fine dinner, this time at the Beach Club, again, great atmosphere, food and drink.

Golf at Casa de CampoDye Fore, Casa de Campo

 

 

Friday there was an optional trip to the capitol city Santa Domingo, which we joined. The hour and a half bus trip took us through the town of La Romana, and the country side, which displayed the typical Caribbean extremes.

Our first stop was the Dominican Aeronautical Administration headquarter, for a demonstration of their tower and ATC training simulators. They hosted lunch and we were off to tour the central city.

Dominican Aeronautics AdministrationTower Simulator

 

The tour took us to the Cathedral of Santo Domingo an impressive four hundred year old structure, the Christopher Columbus square and museum, the building that houses the Domincan country hero’s, and ended at the family palace of Christopher Columbus.

Chapel in Cathedral of Santo DomingoChristopher Columbus SquareDominican children feed the pigeonsSchool excursions to MuseumColumbus family Palace

 

 

After the tour we stopped at a sidewalk café for a cold Dominican beer and enjoyed the street music.

Street Music

Then we returned to our resort to get ready for dinner, which was at a replica of a sixteenth century European village, called Altos de Chavon.

Altos de ChavonDinner at ChavonFriday dinner ChavonEntertainment

 

Saturday, most of the group flew one hundred twenty six miles to the town of Barahona, for lunch, zip lining and relaxing at the pool. Joyce and I elected to chill out at Casa de Campo after going to the airport to refuel.

We toured the beautiful marina, had lunch at the Beach Club, got some sun at the pool and had a great day. We joined part of the group for dinner at the outdoor restaurant that we enjoyed the first night for our fare well dinner.

Casa de Campo MarinaBeach Club at Casa de CampoLunch at the Beach Club

 

Sunday we departed La Romano for Stella Maris at nine A.M. . again Jim Parker made sure everything was painless, filing our flight plans, and getting us through customs at warp speed. We climbed out on a beautiful day for the three and a half hour flight to our refueling stop. We were feet wet at Ponta Plata in about an hour, then skirted the Turks and crossed Crooked Island an hour out. We dodged a few build ups, but otherwise it was a great flight.

Feet wet at Porta PlataCrooked Island 1 hour to Stella Maria

 

We refueled and were in the air in thirty minuets and arrived at Fort Lauderdale at three P.M. We cleared customs, checked into the hotel and then met our daughter, grand daughter, and son-in-law for dinner. Monday we took off for Hilton Head and arrived at eleven A.M., completing our twenty five hundred mile journey with a great flight up the coast. Thanks to the good work of the COPA Bahamas committee and our friends in Florida it was another great flying trip. Flying and visiting great places is fun, but being able to visit friends and make new friends is priceless.

 

 

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