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The Dominican Republic is located in the north of the Caribbean Sea, south of the Atlantic Ocean, and has the largest number of islands in Latin America, as well as the second largest population of Dominicans. Known as the "way off - the beaten path" and a destination for tourists and tourists from all over the world, it has always been a place that is unlike any other.
The Dominican Republic is lively, mixing rainforest, mountains, colonial architecture and beaches, meaning there is something for everyone, from the avid adventurer to the history buff. From bustling Barahona in the north of the country to a small village in Santo Domingo, the area has something to offer for every type of traveler on a budget.
You can take shared or private charter flights to some of the major resorts, including Punta Cana, where a series of fishing tournaments are held every year, or you can spend a week at a rancho. During the day, sailors regularly find small groups of passengers who take day trips and whale watching - during the high season, boats depart every day from the city of Samana. You will also find tour operators offering kayaking trips on the Cordillera Central, where you can swim with whales. Prices can range from $1,000 to $2,500 per person per day, depending on the location and length of the excursion, according to the tour operator's website. Prices range from $500 for a day trip to Barahona and $3,300 for an eight-hour drive from Santo Domingo to San Juan Rodeo Rancho, a popular tourist destination.
During the summer, you can take turns visiting one of the many Major League Baseball camps operated by the Dominican National Baseball League (NBL), the National League of the Dominican Republic. The standard of play in these games is pretty high, and the teams are Dominican kids who are rising and have promising North American prospects sent here by their organizations.
Some of the cities that have professional teams are Santo Domingo, which has two, and other prime places to explore are the city of San Juan, the capital and the second largest city in the country. Other popular venues include the National Baseball Park (Paseo Nacional de la Paz) in Punta Gorda, a popular tourist destination. The other popular parks are Ponce de Leon Park, Ponte Vedra Park and Puebla Park in Santa Cruz.
The amateur winter season takes place in the town of Punta Gorda, a popular tourist destination and home to the Dominican national team. The resort also has the National Baseball Park (Paseo Nacional de la Paz), Ponte Vedra Park, Ponce de Leon Park and Puebla Park.
Cabarete is also a popular destination for surfers who come from a few minutes drive west of town. Surfing is less organized and mainly done by locals, although there is now a surf camp in Cabaretes. It has also become a centre for windsurfing, with a large number of small windsurfing clubs, mainly used by wealthy Dominicans.
This fast-flowing river offers a variety of water sports, including kayaking, rafting, canoeing and swimming. There are 27 Charcos de Damajagua, where you can wade down or slide down a series of waterfalls.
The best hiking trails lead from the various parts of the Cordillera Central to Pico Duarte, the highest peak in the Caribbean. Excursions suitable for all levels explore the walls that fall to the sunken wrecks, especially on the protected islands of Catalina and Saona. If you are not looking for a day trip, you should take the two-hour hike from San Pedro de los Caballeros, a popular tourist destination.
The best months for fishing are from June to early September on the south coast, but the peak season is from January to February. You should expect to catch blue and white marlin, dorado and barracuda, and you will find a wide variety of fish species such as tuna, mackerel, snapper, shrimp and snails.
While many beaches are protected from strong ocean currents by natural barriers, others have dangerous raging tides and should be avoided by strong swimmers, and although many beaches typically have a natural barrier between them and the coast, strong swimmers can still visit them. It is also noteworthy that the waters of Santo Domingo are infested with sharks, so you should avoid them. In any resort you can enjoy exciting diving and snorkeling experiences, but less experienced divers will find that the diving time is about one and a half to two hours per day or even less. Many all-inclusive resorts offer daily deep-sea fishing tours that cost about RD 1500 per day per person, although you usually need to stay in a hotel to book them. However, tickets are available depending on seat and a variety of other activities.
One example is the 14-metre deep blue hole surrounded by rainforest, which is not coincidentally one of the most popular tourist attractions in Santo Domingo.