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 cafe 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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