Bordered to the north by the Atlantic Ocean and to the south by the Caribbean Sea, the Dominican Republic reveals the highest peaks in the Caribbean – Pico Duarte (3175 m) and Las Rucillas (3049 m) – located in the Central Cordillera. With, between the Central Cordillera and the Northern Cordillera, the Cibao Valley which is the largest and most fertile in the country. That is to say that this geography full of contrasts suggests a fabulous diversity of landscapes and natural sites conducive to sports activities in the very heart of this privileged nature.
Without forgetting the possibility of attending a baseball match – a real passion that unites all Dominicans – or of sharing unforgettable moments as a couple, with friends or family in one of the leisure parks. Ask for the program!
With its 1,600 km of coastline sublimated by 400 km of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the Dominican Republic is a destination of choice for the practice of all water sports: sailing (mini catamaran cruises), windsurfing, water skiing, surfing, kitesurfing, stand up paddlesnorkeling, scuba diving, big game fishing.
Internationally renowned spots
Surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing: on the northeast coast, Cabarete, with its very international atmosphere, is considered one of the ten best spots in the world for nautical wind sports (schools with qualified instructors). Here, the absence of a coral reef and the winds provide superb waves throughout the year. On the peninsula of Samaná, in Las Terrenas, there are spots for kitesurfing at Punta Popy and surfing at Playa Bonita. In Punta Cana, Macao is a famous beach for surfing, while Playa Blanca attracts more kitesurfers.
Also unmissable: Playa Caribe east of Boca Chica for surfing, Playa Buen Hombre in the Montecristi region for kitesurfing, Playa Los Patos in Barahona for surfing…
Scuba diving : the waters of the Dominican Republic offer both magnificent coral reefs and shipwrecks, including Spanish galleons stranded between the XVIe and the XVIIIe century. You can discover a wide variety of fish and animal species (groupers, barracudas, turtle rays, sponges, etc.) and corals, visit underwater caves, take part in night dives. The most remarkable sites are found off the islands of Catalina and Saona, the Samaná peninsula, the regions of Boca Chica, Bayahíbe, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, Montecristi…
To know : in the Dominican Republic, PADI-approved scuba diving clubs and schools meet international management and safety standards and offer courses in most foreign languages, including French.
Sport fishing: Boca Chica, Bayahíbe, La Romana, Punta Cana (including Playa Cabeza de Toro south of the resort), the Samaná Peninsula, Puerto Plata and Montecristi are known destinations for sport fishing for marlin, swordfish, barracuda, grouper, dolphinfish…
In the center of the Caribbean archipelago, the Dominican Republic meets all the expectations of your customers who wish to practice sports and do activities while enjoying landscapes and ecosystems of remarkable diversity. A great “nature” destination for lovers of hiking, horseback riding or mountain biking, trekking, canyoning, rafting, paragliding and climbing.
For all the desires of escape
Hiking and trekking: spread throughout the Dominican territory, the 29 national parks are natural sites particularly popular for hiking or trekking in all its forms and suitable for all levels of practice. Some essential examples: for mountain biking, do not miss the regions of Barahona, Cabarete, Constanza or Jarabacoa; in the peninsula of Samaná, the excursion on horseback to the waterfalls of El Limón is a must accessible to all travelers; and, for the more adventurous, the two or three day expedition to Pico Duarte, the highest peak (3,175m) in the Caribbean, is magical.
Rafting and canyoning: in the Jarabacoa region and the Constanza Valley, strong emotions are guaranteed when descending the turbulent waters of the Jimenoa River and the Yaque del Norte River in an inflatable raft. Did you know ? It is also possible to combine canyoning and abseiling in the northern and central regions: Puerto Plata offers perfect sites for this kind of adventure; and, in Jarabacoa, the landscape of the Baiguate Canyons is even more rugged.
Paragliding : offered all year round, paragliding excursions offer exceptional views of the mountainous towns of Jarabacoa or Constanza. Qualified instructors lead the adepts to the take-off point where they are released into the open air, securely attached to their guide.
Passion for golf
Between the Caribbean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, tropical vegetation and mountains, the Dominican Republic reveals more than thirty golf courses (including some by the sea or the ocean) spread throughout its territory. They were designed for the most part by renowned designers and former players such as Gary Player in the Santo Domingo region, Pete Dye in La Romana within the high-end tourist complex Casa de Campo Resort & Villas, Robert Trent Jones Sr in Puerto Plata and Playa Grande, Jack Nicklaus, José “Pepe” Gancedo, Nick Faldo, Tom Fazio or PB Dye in Punta Cana. Internationally recognized quality courses that appeal to professionals, amateurs and beginners alike.
Where to golf (some examples of 18-hole courses recognized by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators – IAGTO)? In the Santo Domingo region: Cayacoa Golf Club (25 minutes from the capital), Guavaberry Golf & Country Club and Los Marlins Golf Course in Juan Dolio.
In La Romana: the three masterpieces (Dye Fore, Teeth of the Dog and The Links) by Pete Dye at Casa de Campo Resort & Villas. In Punta Cana: Corales Golf Club and La Cana Golf Club at Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Espada Golf Club at Cap Cana, Cabeza del Toro Golf Club and Caribe Golf Club at Catalonia Bávaro Resort, The Lakes Barceló Golf Course at Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort , Cocotal Golf & Country Club (Meliá Hotels & Resorts) and Iberostar Bávaro Golf Club in Bávaro, Punta Blanca Golf Club and Hard Rock Golf Club in Macau. In Puerto Plata: Playa Dorada Golf Course and Playa Grande Golf & Ocean Club.
Leisure parks for the whole family
Dominican leisure parks, designed in total harmony with their natural environment, are open all year round. They compete in attractions for the time of a day to share moments of pure happiness with the family. Punta Cana has the widest offer: Bávaro Adventure Park (zip line, climbing garden, Segway circuit, paintball, bungee trampoline, flight simulators, mountain bike track, etc.), Scape Park (hiking on foot or on horseback, zip line, swimming in the cenote Hoyo Azul), Rad Park (water sports), Seaquarium, Monkeyland (with two families of squirrel monkeys), Manatí Park (with 150 tropical animal species), Dolphin Island Park, Dolphin Explorer, Buccaneers Caribbean (“Pirates of the Caribbean” style show).
In Puerto Plata, don’t miss the Ocean World Adventure Park, which is very popular with children, who can get up close and personal with dolphins and seals or take to the pool slides; Fun City for go-karting; Monkey Jungle Park (monkey park between Sosúa and Cabarete) which is home to sapajous and capuchins and includes a seven-platform zip line, a botanical garden and an ancient Taino cave.
Did you say baseball?
Dominican professional baseball has existed since 1955, when the Professional Baseball League of the Dominican Republic (LIDOM) was created. It is the national sport, an institution, and a real passion! The ‘pelota’ (Spanish for ‘ball’) season takes place from mid-October to the end of January, with six teams battling it out at major pro baseball stadiums across the country. So, for your customers who go to the Dominican Republic during this period, advise them to go see a “juego de pelota”, as the Dominicans say.
The main stadiums are in Santo Domingo, Santiago, San Pedro de Macorís or La Romana. Two players inducted into the Cooperstown Hall of Fame are the pride of national baseball: Juan Marichal, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants in 1983, and Pedro Martínez, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in 2015.
Words from pros to pros… with Jakaira Cid, Sales Director Manureva Tours Dominican Republic
“The Dominican Republic, as a playground off the beaten track. Whether you are a lover of thrills or more relaxing activities, the Dominican Republic has something to amaze your customers.
Our tailor-made production offers you multiple possibilities:
Take advantage of heavenly beaches spectacular sights of Puerto Plata, nicknamed the “Bride of the Atlantic”. This northern province has, in addition to its dream beaches, natural sites preserved from mass tourism.
Practice your swing in Puerto Plata, at Playa Dorada Golf Course and Los Mangos Golf Course, in Costambar: the two best courses in the area, offering superb facilities, as well as incredible ocean views and a natural setting pleasant.
Explore the interior of the island with its rivers, springs, mangroves and forests by following the path of the 27 “charcos” of Damajagua, a succession of natural pools and waterfalls which runs along the river, from the highlands of Puerto Plata to the plains.
Meet and swim with dolphins, sea lions, sharks, manta rays and other marine animals, at the ocean world adventure park. Much more than just a water park, the park has all the services to spend a perfect day: restaurant, live music, shows and a fantastic terrace overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Exploring one of Puerto Plata’s best-kept secrets: El Choco National Park and its landscapes that beckon hiking, cave exploration, lagoon boating and bike tours. Its trails cross tropical forests with cocoa and coffee plantations that are home to hundreds of species of birds, lizards and other animals.
Getting started or perfecting many water sports in Cabarete. Thanks to its favorable waves and winds, this small town is the best destination in the Dominican Republic for surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing.
Get in the water with fins and snorkel or scuba diving to observe the colorful spectacle of incredible coral reefs full of marine life such as Cayo Arena and Sosúa Bay.
Feel the adrenaline rush 9 ziplines on an exceptional course whose grandiose finish is in a refreshing swimming pool designed especially for adventure.
Manureva Tours Dominican Republic
Director of Sales
Such. : +1 809 467 4568