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April 5, 2016
  • Travel & Leisure promotes DR beaches
  • 100 km del Caribe trail run
  • Best regional beach volleyball in Punta Cana
  • Whale-watching more popular in DR
  • Riu Hotels & Resorts to open Adults only hotel
  • New flights to DR announced
  • Ari Barshi and laser sailing
Travel & Leisure promotes DR beaches
Travel & Leisure online magazine is promoting Dominican beaches with a selection of what they call "the best beaches" in a slideshow. The beaches in the slideshow include Boca Chica, Rincon, Playa Grande, Punta Cana, Bahoruco, Cabarete, Sosua, Minitas, Cayo Levantado, Juan Dolio and Bahia de las Aguilas.
100 km del Caribe trail run
If you are a serious running enthusiast, consider visiting the Dominican Republic during the second week in June to take part in the Third 100Km of the Caribbean Dominican Republic Trial Run. The event is scheduled for 7-11 June 2016 with stages throughout the north coast. Last year, 350 runners took part, including 38 foreigners.
The stages on the 100 km program are:
10km in Cabarete
17km up from Puerto Plata, up Mount Isabel de Torres and back
18km Sosua to Laguna de Navarrete
45km in Las Terrenas starting from Playa Punta Popy to Punta Popy in Samana.
As set up, it is possible to run in only one or two stages, but competitors in the race will accumulate points for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc race in Switzerland. The 100km del Caribe race is certified by the International Trail Association.
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Best regional beach volleyball in Punta Cana
The Norceca Beach Volleyball tournament is scheduled for 29 April to 3 May with the 32 best duos in women and men categories from North, Central America and the Caribbean playing. The competition will be held in Punta Cana.
Whale-watching more popular in DR
According to the Ministry of Environment, the 2016 humpback whale season set a new record in terms of visitor numbers. Minister Bautista Rojas Gomez said that 55,519 tourists went on whale watching trips, which is 19% more than 2015 when 44,900 tourists took the excursions.
Tourists watched whales in Banco de la Plata, Banco de la Natividad and Samana Bay, a 32,892 square kilometer marine mammal sanctuary in the Atlantic Ocean, the largest protected area in the Dominican Republic.
Of the visitors, 42,056 took boat trips in Samana Bay.
The whale watching season started on 15 January and ended on 15 March 2016. The whales migrate to the warm Dominican waters from Iceland, Greenland, Canada and the east coast of the United States to mate and give birth to calves.
Riu Hotels & Resorts to open Adults only hotel
Riu Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of its new Riu Republica at Arena Gorda beach this summer with 1,000 rooms catering exclusively to adults (over the age of 18). The hotels will offer 24-hour service and free wi-fi throughout the complex. Some of the special design features include infinity pools with large sunning terraces, free steam bath and Jacuzzis in the rooms, and a major wellness center.
New flights to DR announced
The Civil Aviation Board has approved new flights for Orbest and Aerolitoral. Orbest will fly Madrid-Punta Cana and Aerolitoral will add a second option to Aeromexico flying direct from Mexico City to Santo Domingo. New flights by Aerolineas Argentinas between Buenos Aires-Caracas-Punta Cana from 1 April to 31 October 2016 have also been confirmed. Aero Republica from Colombia will now be flying the Medellin-Santo Domingo route, while Air Canada has been approved to fly from Montreal and Ottawa into Punta Cana and La Romana. The Civil Aviation Board says that 53 foreign airlines currently serve the Dominican Republic.
Ari Barshi and laser sailing
Dominican masters sailor Ari Barshi of Cabarete has made the cover of the spring issue of The Laser Sailor Magazine, the leading publication for laser class sailors around the world that was covering the recent Caribbean Laser Midwinter Regatta. Interestingly, though, the photo caption erroneously identifies him as Laser masters sailing legend, 11-time world champion Peter Seidenberg. In the feature, Seidenberg is quoted praising Cabarete: "Cabarete is everything that a sailor wishes for: dependable wind, huge waves, warm water and sunshine."
In its story on the race and the ambience in Cabarete, the magazine writer Jerelyn Biehl describes the location as "laser sailor heaven".
Meanwhile, for followers of the sailing career of Barshi, owner of the Laser Training Cabarete center, he is preparing for the World Laser Championships being held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. His next race will be the Regatta Las Terrenas from 30 April to 2 May 2016 hosted by the Las Terrenas Sailing Club headed by Jan Salin. The event is run by the Dominican Sailing Federation under president Irina Perez.
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