Activities in the Dominican Republic

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A great vacation in the Dominican Republic can be anything you want it to be, from a few days of blissful relaxation, to an itinerary-packed site-seeing tour. However active you choose to be, no matter the time of day, there is something for you in the Dominican Republic.

Bike and Scooter Rental

If you are intrigued by the idea of exploring a new environment with the wind in your face, you're in luck -- there is an agency that can help you. Take advantage of this article about bike and scooter rentals if you'd like to discover additional facts.

Diving

The Dominican Republic Diving

You'll find 46 dive services and at least 82 interesting dive sites in the area. Read this page dedicated to diving in this area if you're looking for more facts.

Events and Festivals

The people of the Dominican Republic are a celebratory people, proud to honor their culture and heritage with numerous events throughout the year. Visitors will find that these events and festivals are a great way to learn about the country's traditional music, dance, and crafts, as well as sample local fare and mingle with the people.

Fishing

Island Marine Punta Cana

If you would rather catch tropical fish than swim with them, a day of fishing and sailing might be a better choice for you. Consider hiring a captain to take you out on a fishing tour of some of the best known spots for big game fishing. Many packages include equipment, tackle, meals, and drinks.

Plenty of fishermen frequent the area, as indicated by the presence of 9 charter fishing services located in this area. To see our page about deep sea fishing, go to this article.

Golf

Playa Dorada Golf Course

Golf is another popular activity on the islands, and there are over a dozen courses available for you to get in a round or two, even on your vacation. Read more about golf by clicking here.

If you have some golfing fans in your group, they'll be pleased to know 24 golf courses are located in this area. Some of the area courses include Casa De Campo Resort Teeth of the Dog, Punta Espada Golf Club, and Santo Domingo Country Club. For more detail concerning the course, including location, number of holes, and more simply click on the name of the course. If interested, you can get more information about golfing throughout the Caribbean can do so by clicking here.

Sailing and Boating

Pedrito Punta Cana

The following chart offers some key facts concerning area firms that can help you get out on the water.

Boating Opportunities In the Dominican Republic
Name Phone Location
Bebe Catamaran (809) 299-2668 3.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Friusa
Capitan Gringo (809) 753-9469 0.2 mi. Northwest of Central Bayahibe
Escape Tours Samana (849) 206-9361 1.5 mi. West-Southwest of Central Samana
Hispaniola Aquatic Adventures (829) 305-2804 Bavaro
Mariposa Tours (809) 660-5343 0.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Bayahibe
Moto Marina Tours (809) 538-2302 0.4 mi. Southeast of Central Samana
Ocean Adventures (809) 390-7418 1.9 mi. Southeast of Central Bavaro
Passion Paradise Adventures (809) 446-9602 2.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central La Romana
Pedrito Punta Cana (829) 910-2398 0.2 mi. West-Southwest of Central Friusa
Pelicano Sport Excursions (809) 729-4242 1.5 mi. North of Central Friusa
Pro Excursions Bayahibe (829) 659-4688 0.1 mi. West of Central Bayahibe
Pro Excursions Dominicus (829) 659-4688 1.6 mi. Southeast of Central Bayahibe
Ryanna Sun (829) 655-6730 0.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central Bayahibe
Seavis Tours (829) 714-4947 5.0 mi. Southeast of Central Altos de Chavón
Weiler Caribbean Sea (829) 766-8470 1.7 mi. East of Central Friusa
Whale Samana (809) 538-2494 Samana, Northeastern part of the Dominican Republic

If you want to read about charter operators and local marinas go to this page.

Shopping

Arte Berri

There is a long list of goods that the Dominican Republic specializes in, and foreign shoppers are known to purchase them in abundance due to their low prices. Faceless dolls, locally produced artwork, jewelry, mamajuana, herbs and spices, alcohol, and coffee are all a part of this list. While you are shopping, be on the lookout for the best deals so you can stun your friends and family with top-of-the line souvenirs.

If there are some folks who enjoy window shopping traveling with you, they can "discover" some of the area's 74 retail stores. Visit this article if you'd like to find out more about shopping in the Dominican Republic.

Sightseeing

Museo Mundo De Ambar

Yet another great option for visitors is simply enjoying the area's sights and natural beauty. The area features 62 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to vacationers. Nature enthusiasts may enjoy spending some time at the area's waterfalls, outdoor parks, and botanical gardens. To learn more about area sightseeing attractions, check out this page.

Information concerning a firm that can provide a guided tour of some of the most enjoyable sites can be found here:

Sightseeing Services In the Dominican Republic
Name Type Phone Location Island
Davelba's Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (809) 585-7188 2.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central Jaibon the Dominican Republic
Dive Cabarete Snorkeling Excursions and Sightseeing Service (809) 915-9135 6.9 mi. West of Central Cabarete the Dominican Republic
Explora Ecotour Nature Tourism Service (809) 567-1852 Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Iguana Mama Nature Tourism Service (809) 571-0908 6.1 mi. West-Northwest of Central Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic
Mariposa Tours Travel and Tour Operators (809) 660-5343 1.7 mi. Southeast of Central Bayahibe Hispaniola
Marivanna Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (809) 538-3087 Samana, Northeastern part of the Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Mike's Marina Land Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (829) 350-0179 1.0 mi. Northeast of Central Juanillo Hispaniola
Rancho Baiguate Excursions and Sightseeing Service (809) 574-6890 1.4 mi. East of Central Jarabacoa the Dominican Republic
Rancho Jarabacoa Excursions and Sightseeing Service (809) 707-5523 1.7 mi. East of Central Jarabacoa the Dominican Republic
Rio Blanco Ecotourism Complex Nature Tourism Service (809) 296-8208 Blanco, Central the Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Ryanna Sun Excursions and Sightseeing Service (829) 655-6730 0.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central Bayahibe Hispaniola
Tour Samana With Terry Excursions and Sightseeing Service (809) 538-3179 0.3 mi. South West of Central Samana Hispaniola
Xaviel Tours Travel and Tour Operators (809) 725-0158 The Eastern side of the Dominican Republic Hispaniola

Snorkeling

Dive Cabarete Snorkeling

If you enjoy snorkeling there's good news -- you'll have plenty of chances to do so during your vacation in the Dominican Republic. To learn more about snorkeling opportunities, click this link.

Spas

Solaya Spa

Going to a spa might be one of the most enjoyable parts of your entire vacation. It shouldn't be hard to find a spa you like, given the fact that there are 19 different spas in this area. Anyone who needs to find out more concerning this topic can do so by clicking on this link.

Sports

There is more to do in the waters of the Dominican Republic than swim, that's for sure. Water sports are a great way to spend your beach-going days. Many resorts include equipment for various water sports in the price of the room, such as kayaks, snorkeling equipment, boogie boards, and sometimes even water or jet skis. It is also possible to hire a local dive company to train and license you, then take you for a day of diving amid the brightly colored tropical fish, coral reefs, and shipwrecks. Surfing, kite surfing, windsurfing, and stand up paddling are also popular water activities.

The active traveler won't have to hang up his athletic shoes before heading to the Dominican Republic, because there are plenty of opportunities to get that heart rate up. Many resorts offer fully equipped gymnasiums, sand volleyball courts, lap pools, and tennis courts. Don't discount the amount of work it takes to do a bit of site-seeing or hike a trail.

If you prefer to watch sports rather than participate in them, this can certainly be done in the Dominican Republic. Baseball is especially popular, and visitors can check out the Dominican Winter Baseball League between the months of October and January, when it is baseball season on the island. Vacationers will also be able to catch basketball and soccer games, as well as boxing matches if they travel to the islands during that particular sports season.

Tennis

Majestic Colonial Punta Cana Resort All-inclusive

If you want to play some tennis you might want to stay at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 48 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The following table can help clarify your options. At a glance, you'll see the number of courts available, whether lights are available for evening play, and some other helpful details. Click on each name to learn more details concerning the property.

Accommodations with Tennis In the Dominican Republic
Property Location Island Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe 3.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central Friusa Hispaniola 4 check
Hotel Catalonia Bávaro Resort 5.1 mi. Northeast of Central Los Manantiales Hispaniola 2 check
Occidental Grand Punta Cana 1.1 mi. Northeast of Central Friusa Hispaniola 2 check
Paradisus Punta Cana 1.1 mi. Northeast of Central Friusa Hispaniola 4 check
Majestic Colonial Punta Cana Resort All-inclusive 3.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Friusa Hispaniola 2 check
Excellence Punta Cana 1.2 mi. North of Central Uvero Alto Hispaniola 3 check
Riu Palace Punta Cana 2.6 mi. North of Central Friusa Hispaniola 4 check
Hotel Riu Taino 2.3 mi. North of Central Friusa Hispaniola 4 check
Bahía Príncipe San Juan 4.4 mi. West of Central Rio San Juan Hispaniola 4 check
Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection 2.6 mi. North-Northwest of Central Friusa Hispaniola 3 check

For instance, Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.

Other Activities

Take a moment to look through the following chart to learn about other activities.

Other Activities In the Dominican Republic
Name Type Phone Location Island
Alianza Francesa Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers (809) 532-2844 Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Altos de Chavon Amphitheater Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers -- 1.8 mi. East of Central Casa de Campo Hispaniola
Bavaro Cinaemas Srl Movie Theater (809) 466-2067 2.5 mi. Northwest of Central Los Manantiales Hispaniola
Big Air Kite School Watersports Operator (809) 866-1754 0.4 mi. Northwest of Central Cabarete the Dominican Republic
Biofit Sport Club Fitness Centers and Instructors -- Santiago De Los Caballeros, Northwestern part of the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Bobo Surf's Up Watersports Operator (809) 882-5197 3.1 mi. Northwest of Central Cabarete the Dominican Republic
Body Line Gym Fitness Centers and Instructors -- Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Body Shop Bella Vista Fitness Centers and Instructors (809) 541-0101 Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Broadway 8 Movie Theater (809) 872-0000 Downtown Santo Domingo the Dominican Republic
Casa De Teatro Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers (809) 221-3056 Downtown Santo Domingo the Dominican Republic
Centro Cultural BoMana Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers (809) 556-2834 La Romana, Eastern part of the Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Centro Cultural Brasil-Republica Dominicana Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers (809) 682-1128 Downtown Santo Domingo the Dominican Republic
Cine Rhand Movie Theater (809) 558-2896 San Jose De Ocoa, Central the Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Cinema Centro Malecon Movie Theater -- Downtown Santo Domingo the Dominican Republic
Cinemateca Movie Theater (809) 689-6102 Downtown Santo Domingo the Dominican Republic
Colinas del Rey Pool Swimming Pools (809) 553-1039 1.6 mi. Southeast of Central Hato Mayor Hispaniola
Cueva De Las Maravillas Amusement/Theme Park (809) 951-9009 San Pedro De Macoris Hispaniola
Cultural Center of Spain in Santo Domingo Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers (809) 686-8212 Downtown Santo Domingo the Dominican Republic
Dressel Divers Bavaro - Punta Cana Watersports Operator (+34) 963 561 496 1.5 mi. Northwest of Central Bavaro Hispaniola
Dressel Divers Bayahibe - La Romana Watersports Operator (+34) 963 561 496 2.0 mi. South-Southeast of Central Bayahibe Hispaniola
Eduardo Brito National Theater Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers 1 809-687-3191 Downtown Santo Domingo the Dominican Republic
Emmanuel Gimnasio Fitness Centers and Instructors -- Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Estadio Cibao Sporting Event Venue (809) 575-4310 Santiago De Los Caballeros, Northwestern part of the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Estadio Francisco Micheli Sporting Event Venue (809) 556-6188 La Romana, Eastern part of the Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Estadio Julian Javier Sporting Event Venue -- San Francisco de Macoris, Northern part of the Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez Sporting Event Venue (809) 540-4010 ext. 2013 Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Estadio Quisqueya Sporting Event Venue (809) 616-1224 ext. 11 Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Estadio Tetelo Vargas Sporting Event Venue (809) 529-3618 San Pedro De Macoris, Central the Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Fine Arts Novo-Centro Movie Theater (809) 540-6964 Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Flying Tony Adventure Sports Provider (809) 848-3479 3.4 mi. Southeast of Central Jarabacoa the Dominican Republic
Grand Theatre Of The Cibao Movie Theater -- 0.9 mi. Southeast of Central Santiago De Los Caballeros the Dominican Republic
Gymnasio 7-14 Fitness Centers and Instructors -- San Pedro De Macoris, Central the Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Hollywood Diamond Movie Theater (809) 565-8877 Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Jose Briceno Stadium Sporting Event Venue -- Puerto Plata, Northern part of the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Kennedy Billar Club Billiard Hall (809) 540-0702 Downtown Santo Domingo the Dominican Republic
Kukua Beach Club Recreational Organizations and Clubs (829) 943-8118 2.7 mi. North of Central Friusa Hispaniola
La 37 Por Las Tablas Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers (809) 587-3033 Santiago De Los Caballeros, Northwestern part of the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
La Casona Aquapark Amusement/Theme Park (809) 970-4224 Moca, Northern part of the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
La Vega Hard Body Fitness Fitness Centers and Instructors -- La Vega, Northern part of the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Mambo Ranch Amusement/Theme Park (809) 572-6422 Mao, Northwestern part of the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Manati Park Amusement/Theme Park (809) 221-9444 2.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central Friusa Hispaniola
Mundo Acuatico Park Amusement/Theme Park (809) 570-7070 4.4 mi. Southeast of Central Santiago De Los Caballeros the Dominican Republic
Ocean World Park Amusement/Theme Park -- 3.7 mi. Northwest of Central Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic
Palacio De Bellas Artes Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers (809) 687-0504 Downtown Santo Domingo the Dominican Republic
Palacio de Deportes Sporting Event Venue 47431100 Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Parque Acuatico Colinas Del Rey Amusement/Theme Park (809) 553-1039 Hato Mayor, Eastern part of the Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Platinum's Gym Fitness Centers and Instructors -- Sosua, Northern part of the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Privilege Club Billiard Hall (809) 471-8732 Santiago De Los Caballeros the Dominican Republic
Teatro Guloya Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers (809) 685-4856 Downtown Santo Domingo the Dominican Republic
Villar Flores Billiard Hall (809) 557-7095 San Juan de la Maguana, Western part of the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic

The fun doesn't stop here. Your explorations of the Dominican Republic will likely introduce you to many more activities that you can participate in. Get out of your comfort zone, and give something new a try; it's a great way to make a memory on your Dominican Republic vacation.

 

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