Surrounded by turquoise waters and containing five separate mountain ranges, the Dominican Republic is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground. When you’re not relaxing on one of the beautiful white sand beaches, you can find many other ways to enjoy and explore the country’s landscape. The possibilities abound.
Perhaps, you’ve always dreamed of taking a horseback ride along the beach. Guided horseback tours can make that fantasy come true. You can also experience far more than just the beach from the back of a horse. Consider booking a tour that takes you on a 2-day trip into the mountains and features a visit to a breathtaking waterfall. If exploring the terrain on your own two feet sounds more appealing to you, then you’re not alone. Hiking is the second most popular outdoor activity among tourists visiting the Dominican Republic, with sunbathing being the number one. Or, maybe you would like to be a quiet observer of the nature that surrounds you. In this case, the Dominican Republic offers bird and whale watching excursions and visits to botanical gardens. But there’s also a relatively new activity that’s been gaining a great deal of popularity over recent years. If you are the adventurous type and are looking for an alternative way to enjoy the water, then you might want to check out kitesurfing.
Kitesurfing, also referred to as kiteboarding, is an exciting water sport and the Dominican Republic is one of the best places in the world to enjoy this activity. As a kitesurfer, you ride the waves on a kiteboard (a small surfboard similar to a wakeboard) as you are pulled through the water by a “power kite.” The differences between kiteboarding and kitesurfing generally refer to the style of riding on the board.
This sport is still considered to be fairly new, but its popularity has been growing at a rapid pace. The Dominican Republic has addressed the popularity of the sport, by designating the main spot for kitesurfing to be Cabarete Kite Beach. Regular surfers enjoy Encuentro Beach in the mornings, but in the afternoon, when the winds pick up, this is also a great place for kitesurfing. And for the top kitesurfers in the world, Bozo Beach hosts the annual Kiteboarding World cup.
As the years go by, safety continues to be improved and many more classes are being offered. You can find many well trained instructors in the Dominican Republic at places such as Kitexite and Kite Club Cabarete. If you have prior experience in snowboarding or similar extreme sports, then you have a head start. But, lessons are essential for the newcomer to the sport. In fact, lessons may soon be required for safety purposes.