DOMINICAN BASEBALL

Baseball or “la pelota” as this sport has been named by the national culture, is one of the great passions and favorite pastimes of Dominicans, arousing great joy and enthusiasm in fans that really enjoy the “king sport” in which on each winter season six teams compete for the glory of the victory, that starts in mid October and ends in January. 

The baseball history is as old as varied are the theories describing
its origin, among them the one that specified that in 1891 baseball began in Santo Domingo; another one indicates that by 1886 already the game was played in “San Pedro de Macorís” and another says that it arrived in the Dominican Republic with the U.S. occupation of 1916. 

The truth is that the first teams that we have knowledge were “Ozama” and “Nuevo Club” as well as “Licey” which was formed in 1907 to confront the first two, which later disappeared. 

By 1923 was held the first offcial championship between teams rep- resenting Santo Domingo, Santiago and San Pedro de Macoris. In 1936 was organized the rst national base- ball tournament with teams “Licey”; “Escogido”, “Estrellas Orientales” and “Sandino” which later changed its name to “Aguilas Cibaeñas”. 

In 1955 was inaugurated the first baseball park with a lighting system: “El Estadio Quisqueya” which marked the beginning of modernity of the sport and its entrance to the organized baseball. 

Dominican baseball has leading gures that have excel with great merits in the Major Leagues: Felipe Rojas Alou, Tony Peña, George Bell, César Cedeño, Ricardo Carty, Juan Marichal, Julio Franco, Moisés Alou, Pedro Martínez, David Ortiz, Sammy Sosa, Albert Pujols, Manny Ramírez, Vladimir Guerrero, Julián Javier, Alex Rodriguez and many, many more. 

In the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic has been the most successful country in the tournaments of the Caribbean Series where we have competed against Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Mexico obtaining more than 18 crowns so far. 

If you want to go to one of the games or need any information, visit the web page of the Baseball League of the Dominican Republic: www.lidom.com

GOLF

Dominican Republic has become the golf destination of choice for both experts and beginners of this sport.

The golfer’s Paradise in the Caribbean has a name: Dominican Republic for having the largest number of courses and for their quality and standards designed by the famous legends of the sport as Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Gary Player, Tom Fazio, Nick Faldo, Nick Price and Greg Norman, among others. If you love golf you are welcome to try your game in one of these courses that make the following routes:

SANTO DOMINGO

Santo Domingo Country Club

Number of Holes: 27
Designer: H. N. Hansard Description: this club has two courses: the Senior and the most recent “Los Robles” which is surrounded by many trees, hills and sand traps.
www.countryclub.do

Las Lagunas Golf Club

Number of Holes: 18
Designer: Pete Dye and Jack Corrie

Description: is surrounded by lagoons, its last nine holes are spectacular and in some of them you will certainly fell the pressure of the game.
www.laslagunas.com.do

Naco Golf & Country Club

Number of Holes: 18
Designers: Carlos Grullón and Ricardo Orellana
Description: this course is surrounded by a housing Project of tourist residences. www.nacogolf.com

JUAN DOLIO

Guavaberry Golf & Country Club

Number of Holes: 18
Designers: Gary Player and Warren Henderson
Description: in this course the designers integrated the natural resources of the area into the course including a beautiful waterfall. www.guavaberrygolf.com

Los Marlins Golf Course

Number of Holes: 18
Designer: Charles F. Ankrom

Description: is an excellent course for all types of golfers, from beginners to experts.

www.groupmetro.com

Costa Blanca Golf Course

Number of Holes: 18
Designer: Greg Norman

Description: is located within the tourist Project “Costa Blanca”,
has eight holes bordering the Caribbean Sea.

www.costablanca.com.do 

LA ROMANA – BAYAHIBE

Teeth of the Dog (Diente de Perro)

Number of Holes: 18
Designer: Pete Dye
Description: is one of the favorites in the country. It was ranked at position No 8 in the list of the best golf courses in the world for the last 50 years by Golf Magazine.

www.casadecampo.com.do 

The Links Course

Number of Holes: 18
Designer: Pete Dye
Description: is a short course with greens protected by sand tramps designed Scottish style with many small hills and a lot of undulations.

www.casadecampo.com.do

Dye Fore

Number of Holes: 18
Designer: Pete Dye
Description: this course is in the reefs facing the “Chavon” River with a breathtaking view, his 7,770 yards makes it one of the longest.

www.casadecampo.com.do

La Estancia Golf Club

Number of Holes: 18
Designer: P. B. Dye
Description: its designer used the natural settings of the irregular topography to create a spectacular course where there is not an easy hole.

www.legr.com 

BÁVARO – PUNTA CANA

Punta Espada

Number of Holes: 18
Designer: Jack Nicklaus

Description: it has hosted several PGA Champions Tours. As per the Planet Golf Magazine is #46 in the top 100 courses outside of the United States and the second best in the country.

www.capcana.com

Las Iguanas

Number of Holes: 18
Designer: Jack Nicklaus

Description: its 14 holes are played along the coast and the wind is the enemy in the game.

www.capcana.com

La Cana Golf Club

Number of Holes: 18
Designer: P.B. Dye
Description: has 4 holes facing the sea, its hole 7 was named “Golfer Purgatory” and the par 3 hole 12 as “Green Island”.

www.puntacana.com

Los Corales

Number of Holes: 18
Designer: Tom Fazio
Description: has nothing to envy to the best courses in the world. is course has seven oceanfront holes on cliffs and with shots over water.

www.puntacana.com

Hard Rock Golf Club Cana Bay

Number of Holes: 18
Designer: Jack Nicklaus
Description: in 2012 was the o cial host of the Dominican Republic PGA Tour Latin America. e course is surrounded by stunning tropical scenery and native wildlife.

www.puntacana.com

Catalonia Caribe Golf Club

Number of Holes: 18
Designer: Alberto Solá
Description: its narrow fairways and lakes become the biggest obstacles throughout the game.

www.hoteles-catalonia.com

Golf Club Cabeza de Toro

Number of Holes: 9
Designer: Alberto Solá
Description: is a small course with many lakes and lush trees.

www.hoteles-catalonia.com

Barceló The Lakes Golf Course

Number of Holes: 18
Designer: Juan Ml. Gordillo. Redesign by: P.B. Dye, 2010

Description: was redesigned by
P. B. Dye, adding yards to make it more challenging. It offers a unique experience.

www.barcelo.com

Cocotal Golf & Country Club

Number of Holes: 27
Designer: José “Pepe” Gancedo
Description: Have wide fairways but the wind is a factor that requires a lot of effort from players.

www.cocotalgolf.com

Iberostar Bávaro Golf Club

Number of Holes: 18
Designer: P.B. Dye
Description: is course combines the green of the course with the natural stones of the area.

www.iberostar.com

Punta Blanca

Number of Holes: 18
Designer: Nick Price

Description: its greens have a lot of movement and are surrounded by a large number of natural lakes.

www.punta-blanca.com 

White Sands

Number of Holes: 18
Designer: José “Pepe” Gancedo

Description: was designed keeping the natural conditions of the terrain with a marked variation in the style of its holes.

www.whitesands.com.do

The Faldo Legacy Course

Number of Holes: 18
Designer: Nick Faldo
Description: in this course is mixed the strategic game with the beautiful view to the ocean, the beach, the mangroves and the “Morro” of “Macao”.

www.rocoki.com

Puerto Plata

Playa Dorada Golf Course

Number of Holes: 18
Designer: Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Description: its view to “Loma Isabel de Torres” is splendid, has many mahogany, sea grapes, almonds, cayenne, coconuts palms and “Flamboyanes” trees.

www.playadoradagolf.com

Playa Grande Golf Course

Number of Holes: 18
Designer: Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Description: is called the “Pebble Beach of the Caribbean” and offers a view where the Atlantic Ocean,  its lush trees and the tall palm trees mixed.

www.pgresorts.com 

Santiago – Jarabacoa

Las Aromas-Santiago Golf Club

Number of Holes: 18
Designer: Pete Dye
Description: is located between the hills, providing an unparallel look into the “Cibao Valley” and the “Yaque del Norte” River.

E-mail: lasaromasgolf@gmail.com

Jarabacoa Golf Club

Number of Holes: 9
Designer: Luis de Pool
Description: is the only course set in an area of mountain tourism; among large pine trees.

E-mail: jarabacoagolfclub_1@ hotmail.com

GOLF

The Dominican Republic is an ideal setting for extreme sports, as it has extraordinary conditions for these activities and where the more daring and adventurous may practice the sport of their choice, be it kite boarding, paragliding, ballooning, rafting, surfing or mountain biking, and live an experience that besides raising the adrenaline will allow them to be in full contact with nature. 

Kiteboarding 

“Cabarete” ranked as the kite boarding capital of the world, is located approximately 30 kilometers of “Puerto Plata”, annually hosting thousands of amateur and professionals of this sport that have made this beach the epicenter for tourism of adventure because of the impetuous force of its wind and waves. 

is coastline besides kite board- ing is ideal for surfing, windsurfing, skateboarding and many more, besides is the small beach Kite Beach also visited for those who enjoy these practices. 

Many hotels in “Puerto Plata and Cabarete” o er packages that include these sports. Here you will also find shops for selling and renting of equipment and also experienced trainers. 

On the south coast of the island is “Playa Salinas” in “Bani” another place you may select to enjoy great waves with your board. 

Paragliding 

In a paragliding you can enjoy the multiple sensations that causes being suspended in the air, either in the mountains or in the coast, what- ever you choice may be. No special requirements are needed to lean to fly, just enough to be able to run and be fairly t to climb small slopes carrying the equipment. 

The destinations to y are diverse, choose the most convenient and be ready to enjoy in areas like “Jarabacoa and Constanza”. At each location you will nd training centers and facilities. 

Ballooning 

Flying on a balloon gives you a glimpse of the place like you never imaged, one of a kind experience that you may live at “Punta Cana and Bavaro”, seeing the sugar cane plantations, cattle pastures, the “Higuey Basilica”, miles of white sandy beaches and many more attractions. 

These balloons have a capacity ranging from 2 to 14 people. To fly you need to wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. Before boarding the Dominican Balloons staff , the company responsible for these flights, will give you safety instructions for the trip. 

Rafting 

“Jarabacoa” will welcome aboard a raft where the adventure and fun into the cool waters of the “Yaque del Norte River” (the largest in the Caribbean), will make you live unforgettable moments filled of pure sensations. Accompanied by professional guides you will go through the water rapids, where in addition to experiencing the speed of the current will be impressed by the stunning scenery of the region. 

If you choose rafting you will have to take into consideration some pre- cautionary measures offered by the guides, also you must know how to swim, be over 14 years old and be in good health and physical condition, among other requirements. 

Surfing 

Challenging the waves at gusty winds without losing balance is what makes this extreme sport one of the most interesting. From the north to the south and east coasts you will nd excellent beaches for its practice, that provoke to fulfill the needs of any surfer who chooses to slides into the waters of each cardinal point of the Dominican Republic. 

The best beaches for this sport are: “Cabarete and La Puntilla”, both in “Puerto Plata”. In the northeast: “Caletón Beach in “Cabrera” and “La Preciosa, Beach in “Rio San Juan”. 

Mountain Bikes 

Traverse the mountains of the country on a mountain bike will be a totally different activity which will allow you to explore the most remote roads and pathways of our geography, enjoying the beautiful scenery at the same time that you exercise. 

“Jarabacoa” is one of the most important destinations for this sport. You will have routes to select accord- ing to the level of difficulty you can handle in “Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and Samana”. 

Thee diversity of the marine ecosystems and the great beauty you will appreciate in the waters of the Dominican Republic will let you know that you are in the best diving destination. 

With a great and interesting marine life and important treasures in its pristine waters, which we invite you to enjoy taking the following route: 

South Coast 

Here you will nd “La Caleta” one of the most important dive sites in the country and the Caribbean with a depth ranging from 10 to 50 meters and 12 km2 of underwater national park. 

In these waters you will be delighted with a variety of corals
and multicolored shoals and may contemplate the remains of sunken ships; the Hickory at about 60 feet deep, Lemon and Captain Alsina, about 100 feet, and “Don Quico”, about 190 feet. You will also see several submerged sculptures allusive to the Taino Culture. 

Another impressive place is Bahamas with a depth of 60 to 120 feet, and as beautiful as the island of the same name. The Seven Coconut Trees is another site where you can dive to 30 feet. 

In “Boca Chica” is the ship “El Catuan”, about 60 feet deep and
the “Barracuda” reef where some of these species appear. While in “Juan Dolio” you will also nd various remains of sunken ships such as the “Tanya V”. 

East Coast 

The “Cueva del Padre Nuestro” and ship “Saint George” are the major underwater attractions that you will nd in “La Romana” and “Bayahibe”. e ship is about 266 feet long and abound barracudas, moray eels, king fish, groupers and other large species. 

A great site is “La Pared”, on the islet “La Catalinita”, where diving ranges from 15 to 140 feet deep. On “Catalinita Island” is the Aquarium where seahorses, lion fish and frog fish live. 

In the “Saona” Island you will nd beautiful coral reefs and the ship Captain Kidd at about 20 feet deep. 

North Coast 

In “Las Galeras” in “Samana” is “Cabo Cabrón” with depths up to 20 feet, an area for experts, in which large coral reefs and rock formations known as “Las Tres Puertas” and “La Piedra” are appreciated, with stunning views and an intense marine life. 

“Las tres ballenas”, three stones to 20 feet deep and beautiful coral reefs are in “Portillo” , “El Fronton” is another site but this one is more suitable for snorkelers and first time scuba divers. 

For those who wish to dive shallow, one of the right spots is “Nagua” and “Bahoba Del Piñal” with a wide variety in marine species and caves “Lily” and “Cueva Antilla”. In “Sosua” is beach “El Canal”, ideal for snorkeling and admiring its corals and fish. 

A place you must see is “Punta Rusia” where “Cayo Arena” is, a captivating area, which also keeps several wrecks, including one of the Spanish fleet than sank in 1563. To the northeast in “Montecristi” there are also beautiful coral reefs. 

Southwest Coast 

In “San Cristobal”, “Playa Najayo”, “Las Chapas” with canals ranking from 40 to 120 feet deep and ex- traordinary corals. 

In “Azua”, “Bani” and particularly in “Barahona” there are beautiful places, but “Pedernales” is an exceptional place with beaches such as “Cabo Rojo” and “Bahia de las Aguilas” with spectacular views, underwater scenery and abundant wildlife. 

For the experts is “Cabo Falso” with its great current, where you may nd an interesting cave system, there is also “Beata” Island with pristine waters and the area of “Los Frailes”, white rocks emerging from the ocean with large fish and the small island “Alto Velo” with abundant marine life, but this one is for experts. 

Most resorts offered dive packages and guided tours, but we recommend you consult with your tour operator representative. 

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