Casa de Campo Living

Welcome to June

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altos_de_chavonJune is the sixth month of the year, which means we’re already halfway through 2014! So in addition to being the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, what else can we expect for this month of June?

Below we bring you a complete overview of all you can expect in this month… the weather, seasonal fruits and flowers, holidays, social events, and also our top 10 memories of June 2013.

Weather

Rainfall: 57.1 mm (La Romana has the lowest of all areas in the Eastern region of the Dominican Republic)

No. of rainy days: approximately 3 days per month

Temperature range: 

  • Max. 32 ºC
  • Min. 25 ºC

Humidity:

  • Day: fluctuates between 77 and 79%
  • Night: fluctuates between 82 and 84%

Sunrise: Approximately at 5:59am

Sunset: Varies between 7:09pm and 7:12pm

Conclusion:

Sunday June 1st, marks the official start of the hurricane season in the Dominican Republic. Over the last few days we have seen several downpours throughout the country [click here to check out the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast]… but according to forecasts, among the provinces in Eastern Region, La Romana city has the lowest occurrence of rain; which means that we’ll enjoy a great weather here in Casa de Campo!

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Fruits of the season

The following fruits are currently in season, meaning that not only is NOW the best time to enjoy them, but also that you’re likely to spot them growing all over the Casa de Campo resort.

Mangos

mango fruit

Mango is a popular tropical fruit, with a slightly acidic and fleshy pulp. The fruit is usually green at first, and yellow or orange when ripe. Mangos originate from Asia, mainly India, and there are numerous varieties – many of them created by grafting (a horticultural technique whereby tissues from one plant are inserted into those of another so that the two sets of vascular tissues may join together.)

Mangos are in season from April to September.

Cashews

cajuiles_fruits

The cashew tree is a tropical evergreen that produces the cashew nut and the cashew apple. Officially classed as Anacardium occidentale, it can grow as high as 14 metres (46 ft), but the dwarf cashew, growing up to 6 metres (20 ft), has proved more profitable, with earlier maturity and higher yields.

In Casa de Campo we can see the cashew, Cajuiles in Spanish, growing on the Teeth of the Dog

Avocados

Avocados are commercially valuable and are cultivated in tropical and Mediterranean climates throughout the world. Commercially, they ripen after harvesting. Trees are partially self-pollinating and are often propagated through grafting to maintain a predictable quality and quantity of the fruit.

Here in Casa de Campo, avocado trees are hard to spot because the fruit is green and doesn’t stand out against the green of the leaves. However, we have spotted avocado trees on hole #2 and hole #13 of the Teeth of the Dog, although of course there must be many more!

Avocados are in season from June to November.

Limoncillo (Quenepa)

limoncillo

Limoncillo is a fruit-bearing tree in the soapberry family, Sapindaceae, native or naturalised over a wide area of the tropics including South and Central America, Puerto RicoDominican RepublicHaiti and other parts of the Caribbean, and parts of Africa and the Pacific.

Now that they are in season we can expect to see them for sale on the side of the road throughout the Dominican Republic.

Limoncillos are in season from June to September.

Flowers of the season

Thanks to countless numbers of flowering trees and plants, Casa de Campo is always a colorful paradise, but as the seasons change so do the flowers we see brightening the roads, golf courses and villas.

flamboyant treeThe Flamboyant:

  • Flowers between May and August
  • Spreads widely, and its dense foliage provides full shade
  • Fern-like leaves
  • The flowers are large, with four spreading scarlet or orange-red petals up to 8cm long, and a fifth upright petal called the standard, which is slightly larger and spotted yellow and white.
  • The seed pods are dark brown and can be up to 60cm long and 5cm wide
  • Used for ornamentation for streets, avenues and parks.

Click here to read more about the beautiful Flamboyant tree!

Dominican National Holidays

Thursday June 19th – Corpus Christi

“Corpus Christi” Day, is a feast day based on Catholic traditions and religious beliefs – also shared among many European and Latin countries. On this day many attend church to commemorate Jesus’ last supper as a way of showing love and gratitude; a principal Christian ritual. 

International Days

June 5th – World Environment Day

World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries. It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.

June 8th Día – World Oceans Day

The official designation of World Oceans Day is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans. The lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe, the oceans are also a major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere.

June 30th- Teachers’ Days in the Dominican Republic

Teachers’ Day (or Teachers Day) is a special day for the appreciation of teachers, and may include celebrations to honor them for their special contributions in a particular field area, or the community in general.

Upcoming events

Collective Art Exhibit by the Altos de Chavón School of Art and Design graduates
When:Wednesday, June 04 – Tuesday, June 24
Where: The Gallery, Altos de Chavón

Café de la Leche
When:Friday June 6th, 5pm
Where:Casa de campo Yacht Club , Marina Casa de Campo

Abraham Lincoln School – Graduation 2014
When:Friday June 13, 7pm
Where:Flamboyan Conference Center, Casa de Campo Hotel

Abraham Lincoln School Graduation Party at Genesis!
When:Friday June 13, 11pm
Where: Genesis Nightclub, Altos de Chavón

Casa de Campo Summer Camp
When: Monday, June 23 – Friday, August 01
Where:Casa de Campo Hotel

Art exhibit by Wilfredo Torres and Daniel Infante
When: Thursday, June 26 – Tuesday, July 29
Where: The Gallery, Altos de Chavón

GTA the Sports Academy Summer Camp
When:Saturday, June 28 – Saturday, July 12
Where:Casa de Campo Hotel

Remember! Check out www.TODO.fm for the complete calendar of events and activities.

Our top 10 memories of June 2013

1. A full house at the Altos de Chavón amphitheatre: Ricardo Arjona

ricardo_arjona_1

2. Justin Bieber, Jaden Smith and T-Junior in Casa de Campo! 

justin bieber casa de campo

3. Café de la Leche at the Casa de Campo Yacht Club 

cafe de la leche

4. Kehinde Wiley visits the Altos de Chavón School

kehinde wiley

5. The 10th National Youth Tennis Tournament in Casa de Campo! 

torneo juvenil tenis

6. The 31st Abraham Lincoln School Graduation Ceremony

abraham lincoln school graduation

7. The 4th Buen Samaritano Golf Tournament in Casa de Campo

torneo golf buen samaritano

8. Elaine and Joan’s La Romana – Casa de Campo wedding

elaine ceballos y joan leonardo

9. Giacomo and Alice’s Great Gatsby birthday party! 

great gatsby party

10. The 3rd Marina de Guerra Golf Tournament on the Dye Fore! 

tercera copa marina de guerra

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