Puente Flotanante Opening

I have never caught the Puente Flotante / Floating Bridge opening or closing until today.

The Puente Flotante connects Santo Domingo Este, Ave. España (Ave Malecon), to Districo Nacional, Zona Colonial and Av Francisco Alberto Caamaño Deñó (El Malecon). It has had many problems and is not in the best shape. Large trucks are not permitted to use the bridge and it is shut down often for repair work.

Walking the dogs, Inteliperra and Buenagente (Dominican Dog Blog) this morning the motors were running as we crossed the bridge. This never happened before.

The motors and cables of Puente Flotante over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo

We just made it across as they closed the blockades stopping humans, dogs and traffic from crossing.

They put the barricades down before all the vehicles had passed through so some of the fishermen came and lifted the block so the 3 vehicles could get out.

The road blocks are down at the Puente Flotante over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo

There were many official looking humans on the bridge as we crossed. It looked like they were doing an inspection because I saw no large boats approaching the bridge.

A Harbor Pilot, what I would call a tug boat, ship pulled up to the bridge then a larger boat with large vehicle tires surround it came and ran into the bridge.

The Harbor Pilots at the Puente Flotante over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo

The middle platform connecting both sides of the bridge slowly lifted.

Puente Flotante deck rising over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo

The large boat kept pushing the bridge and it was moving.

The opening of Puente Flotante over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo
The opening of Puente Flotante over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo
The opening of Puente Flotante over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo

It was interesting to watch.

Picture of the Day – View of the Caribbean From Above

The spectacular view from high atop the Tower of Homage/ Torre del Homenaje located inside the Fortaleza Ozama, one of the oldest forts in the Americas.

This UNESCO World Heritage site is the first fort build in the Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic because of its vantage point.

You can see the Caribbean Sea at the mouth of the Río Ozama, The Marina de Guerra (Navy) ships in port, the old wall of Fortaleza Santiago and the grounds of the Fort.

The view from high atop the Tower of Homage/ Torre del Homenaje in Fortaleza Ozama, Santo Domingo
The view from high atop the Tower of Homage/ Torre del Homenaje in Fortaleza Ozama, Santo Domingo

For the exact location check the Colonial Zone Map #56.
The history of the Fortaleza Ozama




Sea Cloud II Coming To Port

This morning the beautiful Sea Cloud II came into port at Santo Domingo. I did not get to see this luxurious private yacht, 5-star cruise ship with its sails up. But these are pictures of it coming into port in Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo this morning as seen from Fortaleza Ozama in the Colonial City.

Spotting the masts of the Sea Cloud II at Fortaleza Ozama
Spotting the masts of the Sea Cloud II at Fortaleza Ozama

Sea Cloud II getting closer
Sea Cloud II getting closer

The sun was just rising over the Ciudad Colonial as the Sea Cloud II entered Rio Ozama from the Caribbean Sea in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The 347 ft. yacht comes into full view
The 347 ft. yacht comes into full view

The ship has five decks. Restaurants, boutique, bar, lounge, library, fitness room, sauna and more.

Luxury at Sea.
Luxury at Sea.

The Sea Cloud sails mainly in the Mediterranean in summer and in the Caribbean in winter.

The sun rising behind the Sea Cloud II
The sun rising behind the Sea Cloud II

The sea Cloud holds a maximum of 96 passengers.

Sun rising over the Colonial Zone and the Sea Cloud II comes into port
Sun rising over the Colonial Zone and the Sea Cloud II comes into port

Sea cloud coming inot port at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Sea cloud coming inot port at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Their Caribbean cruise includes Santo Domingo and La Romana, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica, many locations in the Lesser Antilles and more.

Sea Cloud entering port at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Sea Cloud entering port at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Altamarna Yacht Show 2012

The first ever boat and yacht show comes to Dominican Republic. The Altamarna Yacht Show Dominican Republic 2012. This spectacular event will happen on Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 in July 2012 at the Plaza Marina Bartolomé Colon Sans Souci. This is the newest port in Santo Domingo on the Rio Ozama.

This event is has fun for the entire family. They are planning many for young and old alike.
The activities include:
*Yachts, boats and Cars will be on display
*Race Boats
*A live DJ
*Musical Performers by local artists
*Jazz
*Marine Dance Show
*Inflatable Games
*Magicians
*Percussion
*Lectures
*Fashion show of renowned fashion designers: Sissy Bermúdez, Giannina Azar, Juan de Dios y Lucas Marcini and more.
and much more.

There will also be many contests and drawings for everyone to take part in including:
*Drawings for cruises
*Trips to Paris
*Weekends in the some of the best hotels in Dominican Republic *Memberships for the gym Body Shop.


For more information
email: info@altamarna.com
contact: 809-334-1806 and 809-662-6483

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $500 RDP per person at Ticket Express.