Dominican Republic Sports

Baseball, Swimming, Scuba Diving, Windsurfing..


From all of the Dominican Republic Sports and recreation, baseball is the favorite sport of the Dominican people.




There are over 65 Dominican baseball players in the United States Major baseball league.







The Dominican Republic sends more players to the majors than all other Latin American countries put together.



Pedro Martinez, Many Ramirez, and Alphonso Soriano are just a few of the Dominican players that are playing in the big leagues.


We cannot forget to mention Sammy Sosa who in 1998 along with Mark McGuire surpassed Roger Maris record of 61 home runs, a record that stood for 37 years.

Then in 1999 he hit over 60 home runs, the first player to do so in two seasons.

The United States Minor baseball leagues has approximately 450 Dominican baseball players.




Dominican Republic Sports

Water Sports


Dominican Republic Sports and Recreation.


Water sports range from snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, windsurfing, kite boarding deep sea fishing and whale watching. 




Many of the hotels and resorts offer these water sports.

Tourist visiting the Dominican Republic should request a vacation package that includes any water sports offered by most of the resorts.

Dominican Republic Sports are very important to all inclusive package deals.

The northern resort of Cabarete is the windsurfing capital of the Americas and the venue for the Cabarete Race Week and the Encuentra Classic, both major world competitions.   










Mountains

Dominican Republic Sports also includes many mountain activities.

The country has five mountain Ranges that are popular for mountain biking, horseback riding, and trekking. 

Almost every all inclusive beach resort will either offer or be able to recommend horseback riding facilities.




Diving and Snorkeling Dominican Republic Sports

West of Puerto Plata between La Isabela and Monte Cristi you will find a large system of coral reef, this system of coral reef is difficult to get to, however you can find a number of tour operators that can take you to the reef.

Along the southern coast the best snorkeling is in Bahia de Neiba, just east of Barahona, where you may spot manatees.

An excellent place to dive is Pargue Nacional La Caleta located 13 miles east of Santo Domingo, where the National Parks Department sank a retired treasure hunting ship called the Hickory in 1984, which has since been calcified with new reef that is a feeding ground for an array of sea creatures.

This is less of a formal park than a strip of beach used as a popular launching pad for divers.

The ship is 38m (127ft.) long and in it's heyday it was used for the recovery of Spanish galleons sunk off the coast of Bahia de Samana in the east.



For those who snorkel or dive, one of the best outfitters is Treasure Divers at the Don Juan Beach Resort, Calle Abraham Nunez 4.) 809-523-53200 a beachside outlet offering an array of aquatic sports.







The well established Dolphin Dive Center offers dives on local reefs and wrecks for US$25-45/dive.

809-571-0842




Diving tour operators contact telephone numbers:

Juan Dolio area - Treasure Divers at Playa Boca Chica 809-523-5320


  • Isla Catalina - Several tour operator run trips to Isla Catalina, which is just off the coast southwest of La Romana.

    Experienced divers can see a 130 foot drop off known as the wall - Casa Daniel based in Playa Bayibe 809-833-0050 or Circe WaterSports - 809-813-2001


  • Isla Saona - This island is part of the (The Dominican Republic National Park)Parque Nacional del Este - commonly reached by boat from Bayahibe. ScubaFun 809-833-0003






  • Golf

    The two top courses are a major part of the Dominican Republic hot tourist industry, they are located in some of the best resorts, and are open to non residents.

    Designed by Pete Dye, Casa de Campo's challenging golf course, three 18-hole championship golf courses in the famous La Romana lies right next to the sea, as does the Robert Trent Jones course at Playa Dorada.            





    Casa de Campo 809-523-333

    Golf Magazine declared Casa de Campo " the finest golf resort in the world "

    Casa de Campo courses are the following:

    Dominican Republic Sports

    • The Links - This course is modeled after some of the sea side courses in Scotland.

    • Teeth of the Dog - The rugged natural terrain has seven holes near the ocean.

    • La Romana Country Club - built in the late 90's this course is widely popular with residents of the surrounding country side.



    You can also find excellent golf courses in Punta Cana and in Playa Grande.








    Tennis

    You'll find tennis courts at all major hotels and the biggest one is at Casa de Campo where you will be advised by professionals.


    Dominican Republic Sports and Recreation.




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