With warm and sunny weather all year round, the Dominican Republic is ideal for practicing water sports. Diving, windsurf, fishing and sailing out to sea are exciting ways to experience the natural beauty of this country. It houses important international events such as those dedicated to windsurfing and kitesurfing in Cabarete, or the famous fishing tournaments at Cabeza de Toro.
Diving in the Dominican Republic is spectacular, often being considered one of the best places to practice this sport in the Caribbean thanks to great visibility in the crystal-clear waters, the reefs full of marine life and the remains of historic shipwrecks. The north of the island near Sosúa is visited by whale sharks, giant rays, dolphins and countless species of tropical fishes. There are reefs with shallow waters that are perfect for beginners, and for the more experienced divers there are many water tunnels from 12 to 30 meters long near the coast. In the south, on the island of Saona, around 30 minutes off the coast of La Romana, there are huge amounts of tropical fishes, corals and sponges, plus a shipwreck, that of the San Jorge. The island has beautiful beaches with calm waters that invite you to go diving. East of the city of Santo Domingo, in Boca Chica, the small yet fabulous La Caleta Underwater National Park is considered by many as one of the best diving spots in the country. The best season for diving in the Dominican Republic is from June to September.
For those fond of extreme water sports, the Dominican Republic is renowned worldwide for more than just its beaches: the city of Cabarete is considered the ‘world capital’ of kitesurfing. Cabarete features a perfect combination of beaches, wind and waves, creating the best conditions for kitesurfers and windsurfers.
The Dominican Republic has fantastic fishing grounds for deep sea fishing. You can charter a boat with all the necessary fishing gear. Blue marlins, white marlins, giltheads, sailfishes, wahoo and yellow fin tuna are just a few of the species you can fish in these waters.
For kayaking and rafting you have to go to the turbulent waters of the Río Yaque, in the north of the country near the Jarabacoa Mountains. Professional guides will accompany you along the canyons and currents of the river. You can take refreshing swims in the crystal-clear waters of the natural water holes that form as the river meanders amidst the virgin forest.
Water sports are a different way to enjoy the paradisiac beaches and the idyllic landscapes of the Dominican Republic.
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