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Events

Themed events are held at each of the resorts on a regular basis throughout the year. 

 

 

Sports

 

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.

 

Scuba
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.

 

Fishing
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.

 

Golf
There are three 18-hole golf courses and one 9-hole course in operation the area: El Golf de Bávaro (Barcelo hotels), Cocotal (Melia hotels), Punta Cana Golf (Club Med, Punta Cana Beach Resort, Marina, Corales hotels), and Catalonia Golf course.

 

Snorkeling
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. 

Other Sports

Night tennis, 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 memorable.


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