Playa de arena negra en puerto rico: Playa Negra (Negrita), Vieques, Puerto Rico

Playa Negra (Negrita) / Black Sand Beach – Vieques, Puerto Rico

One of the Most Dramatic & Beautiful Beaches in Vieques, Puerto Rico

You don’t have to fly all to a faraway place or Hawaii to appreciate and experience what it feels to sink your toes on black sand.  Areas on the island like Monte Pirata are volcanic and some of this amazing volcanic material is washed down through a quebrada (stream) during heavy rains, ending up at this gorgeous beach.  You’ll see a little black sand on other beaches around the island such as Playa Cofi on the north coast and Punta Arenas Beach on the far west end of the island but not as much as you’ll see at Playa Negra. When you arrive at Playa Negrita (Negra) you will see traces of black that looks like a work of art on the sand.  Contrasting shades of deep golden honey with dark black sand being are touched by foamy white water… it is quite a sight for sand lovers.

Keep walking to the right and the concentration of black sand gets greater and more striking.

Behind you are cliffs with ridges carved by mother nature.

Bring your camera, the landscape is so awe-inspiring.  You’ll find beautifully shaped driftwood, rock cliffs, desert-like bushes covering the cliff wall behind you, all contrasting against deep black, golden sand, turquoise waters and foamy white waves… simply magnificent. Visitors are enchanted by this beach, Playa Negra is definitely among the top three beaches to visit.  Recently the Victoria’s Secret Angels filmed the Victoria’s Secret Swim Special and Playa Negra was one of the locations.

Sit on a rock, and dig your feet on the soft glimmering black sand.  Vieques has a way of forcing people to slow down and learn to enjoy the simple yet richer things in life.

Many locals did not even know there was black sand in Vieques. Those that knew about it did not have a name for it, so we named it Playa Negrita (Little Black Beach) back in 2004.   Presently the beach is called “Playa Negra” or in English “Black Sand Beach”.    This beach was truly a secret beach until we published it on this article, word spread, and for the past years, it is the beach that most visitors don’t want to miss.  We hope you enjoy your visit.

Directions to Playa Negra / Black Sand Beach

You can access Playa Negra in two ways.

Option #1 – The Long Way – You can start your walk from Esperanza Beach or Playa Grande, it’s a long walk but well worth it and very scenic.  On high tide the walk is harder, do at your own risk, there are no lifeguards around so practice common sense. If something does not feel safe to do, then don’t do it.

If you decide to make the walk, be sure to wear Non-Slip Beach Sandals / Shoes.  Again during high tide, you will have to walk your way around rocks and small boulders.  During high tide, you’ll have to walk on beaches with a rocky bottom, please walk with care and don’t make the walk alone in case you need any help. No special hiking skills are necessary, individuals with average physical ability will have no problems getting there.

Option #2 –  Easier and Short Route – If you’re driving from Esperanza head west on Rt. 996.  At the end of the road, make a left towards La Hueca on Rt. 201. Follow the road, watch for Kilometer sign 7.0.  Soon you’ll get to the sign “Playa Negra”.   There’s enough space for about 2 cars right at the entry.  The dirt road leading to Playa Negra is actually a quebrada (stream).  During rainy season or when it rains, there may be water on the way and you’ll have to walk around the sides, be sure to wear adequate footwear.  See picture below for spotting the entrance.

Playa Negra en Vieques — Adictos a Descubrir

Sin duda, Puerto Rico es uno de los países con más playas alrededor del mundo. Enumerarlas sería un trabajo difícil pues esta pequeña isla está rodeada por agua …. ¡y playa es algo que nos sobra! Aquí en Puerto Rico tenemos playas reconocidas a nivel mundial, playas con bandera azul y playas que llaman la atención por la manera tan singular que son. Una de estas playas lo es la Playa Negra en Vieques.

 

 

Playa Negra en Vieques

Playa Negra es un atractivo para todos los que pisan Vieques. La misma está localizada al sur de la isla, en el pueblo Esperanza. Encontrar la playa es fácil, pues solo tienes que ubicar a la hospedería Gallery Galleon. Justo al lado hay un letrero que indica el camino hacia Playa Negra. El trayecto hacia ella es corto; dura aproximadamente de 8 a 10 minutos caminando. No obstante es un poco solitario pues es un sendero de tierra que cruza alrededor de un pequeño bosque y no es muy frecuentado por muchas personas. Aparte de que si llueve, se forma una pequeña quebrada que inunda un poco el camino.

Sin embargo, llegar hasta la playa vale la pena pues la arena, aunque blanca al inicio, se va tornando negra según se va caminando hacia el este de la playa. La vista en este lugar es impresionante: puedes apreciar las grandes formaciones rocosas que se encuentran cerca de la playa, relajarte con el vaivén de las olas y si tienes tiempo, darte un zambullón en las aguas claras.

 

 

¿Arena negra y no blanca?

Pero, ¿Cómo es posible que una playa tenga arena negra en lugar de blanca? Debemos empezar a mencionar que la arena proviene de las rocas que se trituran a causa del agua, el viento y de los golpes. Una gran cantidad de arena proviene de la erosión que causa el agua cuando está cerca de los acantilados de rocas que están cerca de las costas. Poco a poco se van erosionando las rocas y la arena va descendiendo al mar. Con el vaivén de las olas y el viento, esta arena se va depositando en las costas de la playa. Por eso es que hay playas con mucha cantidad de arenas y otras que tienen poca; porque todo dependerá de la cantidad de rocas cerca del lugar.

Debido a que la arena proviene de la erosión de las rocas, el color de la arena dependerá del tipo de roca que se encuentre cerca de la playa.  Especialmente de la composición geológica del lugar. Hay playas con arenas de color:

  • Sumamente blanca, la cual proviene de piedra caliza o de los arrecifes de coral.
  • Amarilla, la cual proviene usualmente de concentraciones de cuarzo y conchas.
  • Verde, la cual proviene de la olivina.

 

 

¿Cómo se origina la arena negra?

¿Y la negra? La arena negra proviene de zonas con actividad volcánica, arena que contiene la Playa Negra de Vieques. La misma contiene magnetita, un mineral de hierro completamente natural que es atraído por un imán. Debemos recordar que islas como Haití, República Dominicana, las Antillas Menores y Puerto Rico se encuentran en la placa tectónica del Caribe. Hace millones de años atrás, esta placa tuvo un choque con la placa tectónica de Norteamérica. Esto propició la formación de volcanes submarinos quienes, con el pasar de los años, fueron depositando lava hasta que la misma se endureció y sobrepasó el nivel del mar. Luego de varios fenómenos como el desgaste de la roca volcánica, la formación de playas, el crecimiento de vegetación y varios movimientos de las placas tectónicas, dieron paso al crecimiento de nuevas islas.

En resumidas cuentas, como Puerto Rico está sobre una de las placas tectónicas y fue originado a causa de la lava de volcanes submarinos, no es de extrañar que en Vieques tengamos rocas que con la erosión del agua den paso a la creación a la arena negra, un componente principal y el mayor atractivo de la Playa Negra en Vieques.

 

 

Sobre la playa

La playa queda en el pueblo Esperanza, por lo que debes tomar la Ruta 996. Al final debes doblar a la izquierda para manejar por la Ruta 201 (La Hueca), y en el kilómetro 7.0, justo frente a Gallery Galleon está el estacionamiento para ir a la playa. Luego de pasar la hospedería verás un letrero indicando el camino del lugar. Como recomendaciones, puedo sugerir que lleven un repelente de mosquitos, zapatos cómodos que sean de agua por si hay agua durante el camino, bloqueador solar y lo que necesiten para comer e hidratarse, pues no hay quioscos en la playa. Durante el trayecto podrán observar vegetación como plantas, flores, árboles y hongos, y animales como jueyes y mariposas. Como advertencia, debo recordarles que es un área un poco solitaria la cual, aunque es frecuentada por turistas y locales, no siempre hay muchas personas en un mismo día.

 

 

Para llegar al estacionamiento, puedes usar mis coordenadas. Para llegar a Playa Negra, presiona AQUI para que el mapa lea las coordenadas. Puedes ver el recorrido hacia la playa en el siguiente video:

 

Referencias:
Horno 3. ¿Por qué el color de la arena de cada playa es diferente?. Obtenido de la página electrónica http://horno3.ensi.com.mx/apps/newsletter/idem.php?module=Newsletter&action=ReadNewsletter&newsletter_id=3486

Proyecto Salón Hogar. El origen geológico de Puerto Rico. Obtenido de la página electrónica http://www.proyectosalonhogar.com/Enciclopedia_Ilustrada/Origen_Isla_PR.htm

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Pearl In The Ocean, San Bartolome

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Set in San Bartolomé de Tirajana, within 300 meters of Playa El Pirata and 300 meters of Aguila Beach, Pearl In The Ocean offers accommodation with free WiFi, air conditioning and an outdoor swimming pool. This beachfront property offers access to a balcony.

The holiday home features 1 bedroom, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 1 bathroom with a shower. Towels and bed linen are featured in this accommodation.

San Agustin Beach is 1.5 km from the holiday home, while Yumbo Center is 6.9 km away. The nearest airport is Gran Canaria Airport, 25 km from Pearl In The Ocean.

Couples especially like the location — they rated accommodation in the area for a trip as a couple at 9.6 .

Pearl In The Ocean has been welcoming Booking.com guests since Jan 20, 2018 2022.

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Wi-Fi is available in the hotel rooms and is free of charge.

Eat when it suits you

  • High chair for children

  • Dining table

  • Coffee machine

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  • Socket near the bed

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  • Tiled/marble floor

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Currency and policy

Currency
The monetary unit is the Dominican peso (RD$), 1 RD$ = 100 centavos. In circulation there are banknotes of 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 and 2000 pesos, as well as coins: 5, 10, 25 and 50 pesos.
1 US dollar = 34 pesos.
In many shops and in the markets of the Dominican Republic, American currency is accepted for payment as freely as the peso. Hotels in this country often offer currency exchange services, where you can profitably change a large amount of money without any fear. Many restaurants, hotels, and shops accept credit cards.

Policy
The President is elected for 4 years on the basis of universal direct suffrage, passing in one round, as well as senators, deputies and mayors. The office of prime minister does not exist. The president himself performs the functions of head of government, appoints and recalls ministers. If necessary, he is replaced by the vice president, and in the absence of the latter, by the chairman of the Supreme Court.

Visa and customs regimes

Visa is not required for Russian citizens to enter this country. For visa-free and visa-free entry into the territory of the Republic, it is necessary to buy a tourist card for 10 USD, and when leaving the country, pay 20 USD during registration.
These rules apply not only to Russians, but also to citizens of Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Estonia and Lithuania, who can stay in the Dominican Republic for 90 days. The international passport must be valid for the entire period of stay in the country. This means that last-minute tours to the Dominican Republic can be bought a few days before departure with great benefits.
Citizens of other states must apply for a visa at the Consulate of the Dominican Republic in Moscow. Without a Dominican visa, citizens with open visas to the USA, Great Britain and the Schengen countries can enter the country.
As those who visited the wonderful place called the Dominican Republic say, the prices for alcohol and cigarettes are quite acceptable here. You can bring into the country no more than 2 liters of alcohol, 200 cigarettes and gifts worth no more than 1000 US dollars

Customs
There are no restrictions on the import and export of foreign currency. Tourists can carry with them up to 1 liter of alcoholic beverages, 200 pcs. cigarettes or 250 gr. tobacco. The import of drugs and weapons is strictly prohibited. The export of items of historical and artistic value, without special permission, is prohibited by law. The import of foreign currency is not limited (the declaration is obligatory), the export — in the amounts declared in the declaration (export of more than 10 thousand US dollars in cash is prohibited). Import and export of local currency is prohibited.

Time

The country is located in the Eastern Caribbean Time Zone (GMT — 0400). The time is 8 hours behind.

Geography

The Dominican Republic is located in the West Indies and occupies the eastern part of the island of Haiti, being the largest state on it (occupies 74% of the entire island). The area is 48,730 km² [1] (land — 48,380 km², water — 350 km²) and among the states of the region, the Dominican Republic is second only to Cuba in area. In the west, there is a land border with the Republic of Haiti; in the east, there is the Mona Strait, which separates the Dominican Republic from the US possessions — Puerto Rico. In the north, the land of the country is washed by the Atlantic Ocean, in the south — by the Caribbean Sea.

Attractions

*Santo Domingo is the oldest and largest city in the Caribbean, with an area of ​​230 sq. km. and a population of more than 2.2 million, was declared by UNESCO a city of «cultural heritage of the New World». Of great interest are the Torre de Omenahe tower, the Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor (1514-1520) with the remains of Christopher Columbus, the ruins of the palace that belonged to the brother of Christopher Columbus — Diego, the church of the 16th century. San Nicolas and San Francisco, the remains of the Spanish fortifications, the oldest American University of Santo Domingo (1538) and the first cathedral and hospital in the New World. Santo Domingo has the largest commercial centers where you can buy clothes, shoes, light industry products of national and foreign firms, of good quality and at affordable prices. The famous beaches of Bavaro, Macau, Arena City, Cortecito, Cabeza de Torro and Punta Cana are 32 kilometers of pearly white sand, new tourist centers located on the coast itself, but not less than 60 meters from the coast, since It is forbidden by law to disturb the natural landscape.
* Natural attractions — the beaches of Puerto Plato, the salt lake of Lago Enriquillo. National parks — Armando Bermudez, Del Este and Los Aitises.

History

The island, where the Dominican Republic is now located, was discovered by the great navigator and traveler Christopher Columbus on December 5, 1492, after long months spent at sea on an exhausting journey. The discovered island was named by him «La Espanola» («La Espanola»). The Taino Indians, who inhabited it at that time, called the island «Quisqueya» («Quisqueya»), which means «Mother of all lands.»

Initially, the relations of the Spaniards with the locals were quite friendly, but then quite understandable disagreements began between the caciques — the leaders of the local Indian tribes and the Spaniards, which led to the first battle in world history between the Indians and the «pale faces».

In 1682 La Hispaniola was divided into two colonies by Spain and France. The western part of the island with an area of ​​27,750 sq. km became a colony of France, and the eastern part with a territory of 48.734 sq. km remained with Spain. Gradually, a new ethnic composition of the island began to form — a people in which the blood of the natives was mixed — the Taino Indians with the blood of European conquerors and black slaves, who were brought here in large numbers to work on sugar cane plantations.

On January 1, 1804, the western part of the island declared its independence and called itself the Republic of Haiti. In 1821, the Dominicans also gain independence, but not for long, since the very next year the Haitians seize control of the entire island for a long 22 years. Only in 1844, thanks to the heroic activity of Juan Pablo Duarte, as well as Sanchez and Mella, who were later proclaimed fathers of the motherland and became national heroes, the country was liberated from Haitian rule and, after spending two years as a colony of Spain, on February 27, 1863, received the long-awaited independence. Since then, this day has been celebrated every year with a carnival procession and many other magnificent celebrations.

The history of the Dominican Republic, like that of most other Latin American countries, is rich in dictators and upheavals. The most famous dictator was Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, who ruled from 1930 for more than 30 years. In 1961, Trujillo was overthrown and shot, and since then the Dominican Republic has remained a peaceful and calm country, preferring democratic forms of government.

Climate

In the Dominican Republic, due to the mountainous relief, there are various natural zones — wet and dry steppes, tropical jungle, forest zone and savannah. The climate in this country is associated with the ocean and is a temperate tropical, maritime, trade wind. Air humidity averages from 65 to 80%. The rainy season comes in May and lasts until August-September. This period is characterized by powerful and frequent showers. In July and August, the island of Haiti is in the path of tropical typhoons, frequent but short showers sometimes continue until December. From December to the end of April it is dry and very sunny. Holidays in the Dominican Republic are most popular at this time of the year.

The average annual temperature in the Dominican Republic ranges from +25 to +27°C. In August, there is heat up to +31 ° C, softened by sea winds. The water temperature in the Caribbean Sea is from +25 to +30°C. The warm tropical climate, the abundance of moisture made the nature of this state very rich: lush vegetation, diverse wildlife and an interesting underwater kingdom for diving enthusiasts. Dominican beaches are endless sandy spits with snow-white fine sand, the azure of the sea and the rustle of slender palm trees. What always, at any time of the year, the Dominican Republic offers its guests a vacation by the warm sea on the pure white sand of wonderful beaches.

Cuisine

National food is very simple. It is always rice, meat, smoked chicken, a lot of exotic fruits: papaya, passion fruit, melons, mangoes, pineapples, watermelons, coconuts. There is a universal dish, tostones — slices of fried banana, with honey for dessert and just in oil for a side dish. Sweet tostones are the best accompaniment to fine bitter Dominican coffee. Mangu is the national dish. Puree from vegetables and fruits. Taste for an amateur (reminiscent of semolina porridge with mashed potatoes and powdered sugar). The Dominican Republic is known for its exotic and varied cuisine. Thanks to the mild climate and fertile land, a wide variety of fruits are eaten. The most favorite dish of the locals is «Sancocho». It includes rice, beans, meat, vegetables and «fritos verdes» — fried green bananas. Another dish is Sancocho Prieto. This is a broth that is brewed using seven types of meat: pork, beef, old chicken, goat meat and several others. Beans, rice and avocado are served as a side dish. Special attention should be paid to drinks. Of course, this is rum and cocktails derived from it, of which there are a great many in every hotel. Usually a «cocktail of the day» is offered every day in addition to the extensive menu. Rum itself is divided into blanco — clean, relatively young, without a particularly strong color and smell.

Shops and banks

Tourist areas of the country offer tourists numerous boutiques and souvenir shops where you can buy various products made of wood, bone, amber, larimar, and ceramics. Those who are not satisfied with folk art take with them the products of the local industry: coffee, rum, cigars. And those who, in the eyes of their compatriots, are not afraid to seem eccentric, go home with souvenirs from the Tainos Indians and Creole dolls. Disks with music are popular, mainly merengue and salsa, as well as colorful paintings in the style of Haitian naive. In Santo Domingo there are the largest commercial centers where you can buy clothes, shoes, light industry products of national and foreign firms of good quality and at affordable prices.

Shops in the Dominican Republic are open on weekdays from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00. On weekends, opening hours depend on the profile of the store. Commercial banks are open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Population

Population 9. 79 million (July 2010 est.).

Ethno-racial composition — mulattoes 73%, whites 16%, blacks 11%.

Useful information

The main rule that you must learn when going to the Dominican Republic is that you cannot drink tap water here.

Tip:
In most hotels, a tip is already included in the cost of service. There is no such practice in restaurants, so it would be a good idea if you leave a tip in the amount of 10% of the cost of your order. Housekeepers and porters usually charge 1-2 US dollars.
Electricity :
110-120 V, frequency 60 Hz. To use electrical appliances, you must have special adapters for American-style plugs with flat pins (not available in hotels, can be purchased at local stores). It is recommended to bring an adapter with you.
Phones
Telephony is well developed and allows you to contact any part of the world. Phone calls can be paid for with cash or credit phone cards, which can be purchased from the telephone company. To call from the Dominican Republic to Russia, you need to dial 011 — access to an international line, 7 — Russian code, area code, phone number.
Code of the Dominican Republic — 1809.

Holidays and weekends

January 1 — New Year.
January 6 — Epiphany (Baptism).
January 21 — Our Lady of Altagracia.
January 26th is Duarte’s birthday.
February 27 — Independence Day.
March-April — Easter.
May 1 is Labor Day.
end of May — beginning of June — Feast of the Body of the Lord.
August 16 is the Day of the Restoration of the Republic.
September 24 — Our Lady of the Mercedes.
November 6 is Constitution Day.
December 25-26 — Christmas and New Year.
Starting from December 15, almost the entire country is preparing for Christmas and New Year — no one works, all the places in the hotels are booked in advance and it is very difficult to rent a room, shops and markets are filled with people, and there is real pandemonium on the roads. The same picture is observed on Easter — at this time many entertainment establishments even close.

Entertainment

The Dominican Republic is a country with a well-developed tourism infrastructure, which has chosen the all-inclusive system as a basis — almost all local hotels operate on this principle. All food and entertainment, from a light fruit cocktail on the beach, a beer in the morning in the room, tennis courts, to a hearty candlelit dinner and a bridge lounge, are already paid for. And therefore, going on vacation to the Dominican Republic, try to prepare as much as possible and improve your health — in the next two weeks you will have to eat and drink a lot.

Almost the entire coast of the Dominican Republic is one continuous beach. And no matter what resort a tourist chooses here: Playa Bavaro, Playa Dorada or Puerto Plata — everywhere he will find fine white sand, pure warm water and preventive maintenance. The Dominican Republic is an exotic land of luxurious nature, hundreds of kilometers of snow-white beaches protected by coral reefs, clear waters of the lagoon, rivers, lush forests and majestic mountains. Of the natural beauties of the island, you can not get around the Lemon Falls: after swimming in it, according to the locals, you will live comfortably until the end of your days. And a boat trip through the Gris Gris Lagoon, an intricate labyrinth of mangroves, lianas and palm trees in the river delta. Climbers and just mountain lovers climb Duarte Peak. Routes of varying difficulty lead to the top, and everyone can choose their own path according to their strength.

Breaking away from lying on the beach, it is worth visiting the capital of the country — the city of Santo Domingo. Its main attraction is the Basilica Higuey city cathedral, unusual in architecture, which looks like arched arches strung on top of each other. In the presence of an intelligent guide, visiting the colonial part of Santo Domingo can be a great pleasure. This area just breathes history. The first street in the New World, the first Church in the New World, the first customs house in the New World.

In terms of the number of attractions, the Dominican Republic prevails over other Caribbean countries. The ancient history of the island is closely intertwined with the life of the great traveler Christopher Columbus, so there are a lot of architectural monuments associated with him and his family. A very popular way to brighten up the evening among tourists is to visit the tomb of Columbus. During the day, this gray concrete building makes a very gloomy impression. But at night, powerful multi-colored searchlights hit the sky from the roof. And at the top of a colored luminous pillar, three hundred meters high, a bright white cross appears. Eyewitnesses claim that for the first time, “just a frost breaks through the skin.”

Entertainment in the Dominican Republic is plentiful. First of all, this, of course, is a magnificent sea fishing, which is organized literally everywhere — both on the northern and southern coasts of the country. Dominican Republic

Nightlife in the Dominican Republic is also available. To be convinced of this, it is enough at dusk to go to the embankment of Santo Domingo, which is located at the confluence of the Rio Ozama River into the Caribbean Sea. At night, a diverse audience hangs out here, drinking chic Dominican coffee, rum, eating mangoes and cashews, listening to merengue and salsa and dancing. In any settlement there are a lot of discos that do not close until the morning. So the nightlife in the Dominican Republic is all right.

Beaches with palm trees, turquoise water, cheerful people, excellent cuisine — and most importantly, everything is already paid for from the very beginning. The Dominican Republic is a real paradise for vacationers.

Religion

Religion — 95.2% — Christians (includes 88.6% Catholics and 4.2% Protestants), other 4.8%. Ancient cults have also survived, such as voodoo.

Transport

Taxi ranks are located in all hotels. Locals use «guaguas» (small buses), «motoconchos» (motorcycle taxis). There are representative offices of all internationally known rental car companies in the country. A credit card is required to rent a car. Intercity flights are carried out on comfortable buses with air conditioning Metro bus or Caribe Tours. Public transport is poorly developed, practically does not operate in tourist areas. There is no rail connection. The local population mostly uses very old mini-buses, cars, motorcycles and motor scooters for transportation. The fleet of cars is outdated, but taxis for tourists are offered in fairly good condition. Traffic rules are not respected by drivers very often, especially on non-main roads, so driving on your own in rental cars can be unsafe.

Language

The Dominican Republic is almost entirely Spanish-speaking. Due to longstanding and ongoing immigration from Haiti, Creole is spoken by several hundred thousand immigrants and their descendants. There is a community of about 8,000 native English speakers on the Samana Peninsula. They are the descendants of freed American slaves who arrived in the Dominican Republic in the 19th century. A large number of tourists from the United States, as well as the country’s economic ties with the United States, motivate a significant number of Dominicans to learn English.

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