The Dominican Republic is a unique tourist destination in the Caribbean. Its benign climate allows you to watch or participate in a variety of sports and recreational activities year-round. Throughout the country's vacation and tourist hubs, different excursions to various sports activities and tournaments are regularly organized.
Baseball, be it professional or amateur, reigns supreme as the number one sport in the Dominican Republic. We are proud to have legends like Juan Marichal inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and modern greats such as Sammy Sosa, Pedro Martínez, David Ortíz, Alex Rodríguez, Manny Ramirez, Albert Pujols, Miguel Tejada and others playing in the Major Leagues.
The national baseball season starts in October and ends in January. Games are played in the Estadio Quisqueya in Santo Domingo, Estadio Cibao in Santiago, the Tetelo Vargas in San Pedro de Macorís, Francisco Micheli in La Romana and at the Julian Javier Stadium in San Francisco de Macorís.
Info: Liga Dominicana de Beisbol Profesional (National Professional Baseball League) | www.lidom.com
The annual international calendar for sporting events celebrated in the country is quite extensive. In Santo Domingo there are many good sporting facilities, such as the Centro Olímpico Juan Pablo Duarte, the Coliseo Carlos Teo Cruz and Sebelén Bowling Center, where gymnastics, basketball, boxing, fencing, judo, karate, tennis, billiards and bowling, among other sports, are practiced.
For those with a need for speed, there's the Kartodromo Julian Barceló, located in the Autopista 30 de Mayo. Here, important Go-Kart and Karting competitions take place and it is also an ideal spot for good, clean fun with one's family. Meanwhile, the El Higuero International Motocross Track hosts several international events and the Autodromo Mobil 1, located in the 16th Kilometer of the Autopista Las Américas, is the ideal venue for automobile racing. Horse races are held at the Hipódromo V Centenario, right in front of the Caribbean Sea.
For golf lovers, the country boasts magnificent 18-hole courses designed by the most well-known designers and golf professionals in the world, such as P.B. Dye, in Casa de Campo, (5 courses); Robert Trent Jones, in Playa Dorada and the already internationally recognized Punta Espada by Jack Nicklaus in the Cap Cana area, considered by Golf Magazine as one of the best in the world.
Within the metropolitan Santo Domingo area, golf is only played in the Santo Domingo Country Club, a private club that requires membership or a member's invitation, in the par-3 holes of Isabel Villas and in Las Lagunas.
In the Eastern region, in Juan Dolio, The Guavaberry Resort & Country Club and Los Marlins Metro Country Club are located. In La Romana, inside the famed Casa de Campo complex, the La Romana Country Club, the Links and The Teeth of Dog are found. The Dye Fore course is in lush Altos de Chavon, along with another nine holes. In the El Limon area, we find the La Estancia Golf Club & Resort. In the Bavaro region, golfers can enjoy the Catalonia Golf Club (two courses, one an 18-hole course and the other a 9-holer that are within the Catalonia Resorts), the Bávaro Golf Course- belonging to the Hoteles Barceló chain, the Cocotal Golf Club (three designs of 9 holes each), White Sands and Punta Blanca. Heading towards the Punta Cana area, we find the Punta Cana Golf Club and Los Corales (designed by Tom Fazio), as well as Punta Espada at Cap Cana. Also, in Macao we have Roco Ki, Cana Bay and the Iberostate Bávaro Golf Club.
In the Cibao region, there's the 18-hole course of Las Aromas Golf Club located in Santiago; the Bonao Golf Club, in Bonao and the Jarabacoa Golf Club in Jarabacoa. The latter two are both nine-hole courses.
Further north, we have the Playa Dorada Golf Club in Puerto Plata and a Dominican golf course with the most beautiful scenery you could ever imagine: the Playa Grande Golf Club, located in the Río San Juan area. See the Golf Course directory in page 80. | Info: Federación Dominicana de Golf (Dominican Golf Federation)
Info: 809-383-1004 | www.fedogolf.org.do
If you a habitual jogger or a walker, there are places in the capital city where you can exercise safely, both at dawn and at dusk: the Centro Olímpico, the Malecón, the Paseo de los Indios or Mirador Sur, Boulevar Winston Churchill And The Núñez de Cáceres Enviromental Park.
The cockfighting season starts in November and ends in July. Cockfights are use held on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The cockfighting Club of Santo Domingo is located in the Avenida Luperon.
Info: 809-565-3844 | www.gallerosoy.com
Polo: Facilities and good coaches are available at Sierra Prieta and Casa de Campo, in La Romana. Info: 809-523-8951.
For those intrepid adventurers, and even for less daring folks, Rancho Baiguate organizes outing to suit all tastes. The choices available include kayaking, whitewater rafting, dirt-bike and four wheel riding, and tubing down the Jimenoa River. It can also include a visit to a coffee factory or a climb up to Pico Duarte. Paragliding— generally beginning from a hill 200 meters above sea level— is an intense, exhilarating experience that allows for the contemplation of nature's splendor: flowers, plants, fruits and vegetables for your eyes and mind to feast upon throughout the fertile Jarabacoa Valley.
The impressive countryside that offers locals and visitors the crystalline waters that surround our island, make it a paradise for those who enjoy aquatic sports. Beaches with tranquil waters or with a strong surf, seduce the aficionados and professionals of windsurfing, jetskiing, sailing, sport fishing, deep-sea fishing and diving.
Annually, the Marlin Azul (blue marlin) classic, as well as the Dorado and the Marlin Blanco (White marlin) tournament, are held in Cabeza de Toro. Info: Club Náutico de Santo Domingo, in Andrés, Boca Chica.
Info: 809-523-4226 | www.clubnautico.com.do
For deep-sea fishing and diving, almost all hotels along the littoral offer excursions to the coral reefs, fish sanctuaries, and treasure-laden sunken vessels from the age of high sea piracy. On the Atlantic coast are sites of remarkable beauty that span five provinces, from Montecristi to Samaná. Along the Caribbean coast are La Caleta, Bayahíbe, Punta Cana, Bávaro, and the Saona and Catalina islands.
Convert sport diving into an unforgettable experience and enjoy the underwater world's fauna and flora, coral reefs, fish sanctuaries and the treasures of the galleons which sailed our coasts.
Specialized companies such as Scubacaribe, present in more than 50 of the most prestigious hotels and resorts in 6 different countries, also offer waterside excursions.