Must-see places in the DR for water sports

Dominican Republic is the place where you can be whatever you want because it is the place that has it all, and it is so not only for its tourist attractions, but also for all the activities that can be done under the majestic waters of the Caribbean Sea that surround this beautiful country. Currently, the Dominican Republic has more than 200 beaches where you can practice water sports, including surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, diving, snorkeling, paddle boarding, among others.

This opens the doors to Colombians passionate about adventure and the sea, to visit the country and have an unforgettable travel experience. Currently, Colombia is the third country with the most visitors to the Dominican Republic, and in 2022, it was recognized as the Caribbean destination with the highest sales in this market.Lugares Imprescindibles de RD para Deportes

From the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic, we tell you which are the unmissable destinations for water sports and everything you should keep in mind when visiting them.

Scuba diving and kiteboarding in Punta Cana: the place where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea.

In Punta Cana, the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea. The coastline is white and soft sand, and offshore corals form an underwater barrier that runs parallel to the coast. A coral garden, deep-sea shipwrecks and caves are some of the attractions you can enjoy while diving in Punta Cana.

If you are looking to learn more about some of the jewels under the sea, you cannot miss the work being done on the most impressive shipwreck in the area, the Punta Cana PewterWreck, a Spanish ship that was lost in 1540 when it reached the end of its voyage from Seville to the colonies of the New World. Today, some 1,200 pieces of pewter tableware have been recovered from the ship.

Also, to the north, you will find two modern vessels, the Astron and Monica, both of which are covered with marine plants and tropical fish. The Astron continues to be popular with experienced divers, but only when the water is calm as the area has strong currents. One of its features is its giant propeller, said to weigh more than 20,000 tons.

But if you are looking to venture into more remote places, we recommend you visit La Cueva Taina Macao, an underwater cave a short distance from the tourist area of Bávaro. With a depth of no more than 8 meters (26 feet) and about 50 meters (54 yards) long, this cave has an impressive variety of stalagmites and stalactites in its crystal-clear waters.

On the other hand, if beyond diving you want to do another of Punta Cana’s own activities such as kiteboarding, you can visit Playa Blanca, since it is the ideal place for kiteboarding enthusiasts. The beauty of its landscapes, the white sand of its beaches and the regular winds make this place ideal for practicing this sport, and you can also find several places to book your lessons, such as the Puntacana Resort & Club.

Get to know Cabarete in Puerto Plata: the capital of watersports

Cabarete is a Caribbean town located in the province of Puerto Plata, considered the City of Wind and Waves of the Dominican Republic. Thanks to its magnificent winds and waves, this paradisiacal destination in recent years has gained popularity among those who enjoy adrenaline, as it is the favorite place for the practice of water and adventure sports such as windsurfing, kite surfing, snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, among others. So, if you love this type of adventure you can not miss the beaches of Cabarete.

If you love kitesurfing, you must visit the beaches of Kite Beach and La Boca, because to practice this sport that consists of gliding over the water, sailing with a board and a kite, you must have strong winds and large waves to achieve the different tricks and handling on board.

On the other hand, if what you enjoy most is windsurfing, you should visit Playa Cabarete. Considering that windsurfing is one of the most important sports of the North Coast and its practice consists of moving over the water with a board and a sail that is hinged at the foot of the mast, it is necessary that the wind conditions are favorable. For this reason, the best dates to practice this sport are from January to March and from June to September.

For those whose favorite sport is snorkeling and appreciating the underwater beauty, one of the best coastlines to visit is Playa Sosúa, as it has coral reefs, ravines, several representative shipwrecks and gardens at depths ranging from 15 to 39 meters and with adequate temperatures.

Likewise, stand up paddle boarding is a sport that is gaining more and more followers every day in the Dominican Republic and specifically in Cabarete. This sport is ideal to practice when the wind and waves are hidden, in order to show the tranquility of the waters in which the practitioners of the sport have tours in which relaxation prevails.

Enjoy Las Terrenas in Samaná: the paradise of kitesurfing and paddle boarding.

The most visited and developed part of Samaná is Las Terrenas. This place is the perfect mix of a dreamy beach town and a cosmopolitan city. Its coastline has multiple stunning beaches, which hosts a variety of entertainment activities, but the most characteristic for its visitors are its white sand beaches located in the center of the city ideal for swimming, but also ideal for water sports.

When visiting this destination, you must visit Playa Punta Popy, the social and water sports center in Las Terrenas. Adorned with a maze of giant palm trees, and with its white sandy shores, it offers wind and wave conditions ideal for kitesurfers, novice or experienced. On the west side, calmer waters attract swimmers and paddleboarders.

Similarly, Playa Bonita is another ideal place to practice water sports, especially kitesurfing. Although it is a beach known for its calm waters that resemble swimming pools to enjoy a relaxation plan, on the west side, the waves can reach great heights and the winds are ideal for this sport. There you will also find instructors to perform this sport properly.


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