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Dominican Republic gearing up for whale watching season

Dominican Republic gearing up for whale watching season
3 Jan 2014

The Dominican Republic's whale watching season is about to commence in the Bay of Samana. 

Each year, majestic humpback whales flock to the warm waters off the country's north-east coast, where they stay until March, in order to mate. 

The arrival of the whales sees a surge in tourists, with 40,000 visitors expected to come to watch the show this year. 

To ensure the tourist boats don't disturb the whales, the Ministry of the Environment enforces a code of conduct and charges a fee to each visitor. 

As incredible as they are, the humpbacks are far from the only reason that more than 220,000 Brits catch flights to the Caribbean island of Hispaniola each year. 

Golf

The Dominican Republic is home to some of the world's top golf resorts, with no fewer than 26 golf courses to choose from. 

Five of these were built by world-renowned golf course designer Pete Dye, including the legendary Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo. 

As well as great courses, the Dominican's sunny climate is perfect for playing a round or two. 

Beaches

Of course, this Caribbean location also has its fair share of beautiful sandy beaches. Expect to find sugary sands and clear blue waters along 250 miles of stunning coastline. 

As well as reclining on a sun lounger, there are plenty of sports you can try in the warm waters including diving, snorkelling, fishing, kite boarding, windsurfing, surfing and sailing. 

History

Although its golf courses and resorts are modern, the Dominican Republic has plenty of history too. The UNESCO World Heritage colonial city of Santo Domingo was founded in 1498 after the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492, and its grid pattern became the model for the rest of the New World. 

Highlights include the Ozama Fortress and the Tower of Homage, which form the oldest formal military outpost still standing in America, and the city's cathedral, another of Santo Domingo's building that can claim to be America's oldest. ADNFCR-408-ID-801678346-ADNFCR

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