Themed events are held at
each of the resorts on a regular basis throughout the year.
There is golf, tennis, polo,
scuba diving, snorkeling, horseback riding, skeet and clays shooting, deep-sea
fishing, sailing, bicycling, bowling and parasailing. Adventurers may go
trekking, hiking, rafting, tubing, canyoning, caving, mountain biking, camping,
paragliding and cascading. Baseball is the national sport and passion. The
Dominican Republic outnumbered all other Latin American nations with the most
ballplayers (over 50) playing in the North American Major League last season.
If you are planning on
snorkeling, find one of the locals on the beach who owns a boat. They will take
you snorkeling for about $US10-15 for about 1 hour. Or conveniently book an
excursion, more expensive, at your hotel.
Diving is good for
beginners. In spite of the barrier reefs, the waters are shallow and easy to
navigate. It is a great place to learn since the waters, even far out, are so
shallow. Excursions will take you to discover a shipwreck and lots of nice coral
formations, channels and tunnels. Not a large variety of fish, due to the spear
fishermen you pass on the way out. Water temp 75 F.
If you are more advanced
in scuba diving, and still want to vacation in the Punta Cana area you may
participate in dive excursions to Catalina and Saona islands, a two hour drive
away. These dives are attractive to both beginners and advanced scuba divers.
In this region, big game
fishing is unsurpassed and tournaments draw international participants in the
summer. You can look forward to catching blue marlin, barracuda, and dorado
among others. Best fishing is in the summer. Arrangements can be made at hotel
front desks or at the Cabeza de Toro Yacht Club or Punta Cana Marina for a full
day or half day of fishing. The Cabeza de Toro Yacht Club is the site of the
World Light Tackle Tournament.
Windsurfing and parasailing
At the point where the
Caribbean and Atlantic Oceans meet, the winds are powerful so this is a good
area for windsurfing and parasailing.
There are three 18-hole
golf courses and one 9-hole course in operation the area: El Golf de BĂˇvaro (Barcelo
hotels), Cocotal (Melia hotels), Punta Cana Golf (Club Med, Punta Cana Beach
Resort, Marina, Corales hotels), and Catalonia Golf course.
Punta Cana features the
longest coral reef in the whole island - about 30 kilometers long.
Snorkeling is so-so from
shore, decent out at select areas near the reef.
200 meters from the coast
there are corals and colorful fish at the 1-2 meter depth. (One of the best
places for snorkeling is near the Rio Taino hotel.)
An excursion will take
you to the corals just off the Cabeza de Toro yacht club.
horseback riding trips by the ocean, water skiing and scuba diving are available
at an additional charge. Reservations required through Guest Services.
The La Cana Golf Course
is the spectacular new seaside golf course designed by the talented P.B. Dye, of
golf's illustrious Dye family. Fourteen holes feature breathtaking views of the
Caribbean Sea, and four play along the ocean itself. P.B. Dye has crafted each
hole to present its own unique challenge: sometimes frustrating; always
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