Caribbean Dreams: Dominican Republic By: Ray Raposo

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Surrounded by nearly 250 miles of coastline on the north, east and south, the Dominican Republic’s beaches are known world wide for pristine white sand beaches that are lapped by the warm blue waters of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Republic of Haiti. The country is the second-largest island in the Caribbean, with a surface area of 48,198 square kilometers. Located in the heart of the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and to the south by the Caribbean Sea.

The Dominican Republic is an incredible island paradise in the heart of the Caribbean. The country shares a border with Haiti on the second largest island in the area, “Hispaniola.” Occupying the eastern two-thirds of the island, the Dominican Republic is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south. As part of the Tropic of Cancer, it has a breathtaking topography. Mountains, valleys and beaches make up the diverse photogenic land. Three large mountain ranges run through the island, including the nearly two-mile high peak of Antilles. In fact, nearly half of the island is taken up by the large mountain ranges that run through it.

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The Dominican Republic also has the lowest point in the Caribbean, Lake Enriquillo. It is one of many lakes, lagoons and rivers that accompany the Dominican Republic’s 1000 miles of beautiful Caribbean beaches.

 

There is plenty to explore, as the country is made up of more than 30,000 square miles of lush tropical islands. Surrounded by the Saona, Beata, Catalina and Alto Velo islands, the country spans 178 miles from north to south and 242 miles from east to west. 

The Dominican Republic’s sunny and warm year-round climate creates the perfect environment for sports. Whether your game is golf, diving, windsurfing, fishing or sailing on the high seas, sports are an exciting way to experience this country’s natural beauty, beaches, mountains, waterfalls and amazing countryside.

Cabarete’s beach in the Dominican Republic is recognized worldwide “as the kiteboarding capital of the world.” That’s because Cabarete offers the perfect combination of beaches, winds and waves to create the best conditions for kiteboarding. The sport is growing faster than ever. Similar to surfing, kiteboarders use a huge kite to catch the wind while they balance on the board. You will find kiteboard rental shops and experienced instructors available in Cabarete, all along the area known as Kite Beach.

Meanwhile, for surfing aficionados, there are 16 fantastic surfing sites located on the northern coast from Puerto Plata to Playa Grande and in Río San Juan, with classic or standard waves. The best season for surfing on the northern coast is from December to March, when waves reach up to 4 meters (about 13 feet).

Of course, the country has been a time-honored destination of fishermen, and for years has hosted several international bill fishing tournaments, such as the blue marlin fishing tournament at Cabeza de Toro, the ESPN Billfish Xtreme Tournament at Punta Cana Resort & Club and the new International Billfish Shootout at Cap Cana Marina, the largest marina in the Caribbean.

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