Beach & Ocean Sports
With 1288 km of Caribbean coastline and a balmy annual average temperature of 28 degrees C at sea level, it’s no surprise that beaches are one of the Dominican Republic’s top features. The country is surrounded by the ocean on three sides, and has more than 200 amazing white sand, azure beaches, and just a few black sand ones as well, all perfect for catching sun, surf, and relaxation. No matter where your Dominican Republic travel itinerary takes you, a beach is sure to be close by. The southern beaches, lapped by the Caribbean sea, are tranquil year-round, while northern Atlantic ocean beaches may have heavier surf and winds during the winter months.
Besides pulling up a beach towel for a relaxed day of swimming and vitamin D, there are plenty of ocean activities to enjoy. Top snorkeling and diving spots can be found in the long reefs off of Punta Cana, and the more protected Sosúa, as well as southern spots like La Romana, Isla Catalina, and the remote protected nature reserve, Isla Saona.
If you’re visiting sometime in January to March, visit the fishing town of Samaná to see the annual migration of humpback whales who come south to sing, mate, and give birth in the bay. The humpback’s mating and birthing season is amazing to watch, as whales leap out of the water, and breach in spectacular displays. They also sing a shared song, unique to the Atlantic Humpback group. You can also take in the lovely and undeveloped Playa Rincon outside the nearby town of Las Galerias.
Kite surfing, wind surfing, and surfing are best on the northern shores where the winds and surf are stronger. Check out beaches around Las Terrenas, Cabarete, Perla Marina, and Buen Hombre for the best of these high adrenaline sports.
Fishing, kayaking and sailing are also available in many places around this island nation.