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Punta Cana District has ten 18-hole golf courses and two 9-hole golf courses in operation: Green Fees shown include transportation to and from your resort to the course as well as other inclusions such as a golf cart. Almost all golf courses includes club house, pro shop, bar and golf school. Golf carts mandatory. Fast greens, paspalum grass, white-sand bunkers, wide fairways and fine-gravel out-of-bounds. Must take into consideration strong breezes in ocean-front golf courses.
Barcelo: first ever, built in 1991 and redesigned by P.B. Dye last year inside Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort. $130.- per round, special offers to guests of the Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort. Driving and putting ranges.
Iberostate Golf Course: A beautiful P.B. Dye design over rolling hills located in Iberostar Bávaro Golf & Spa Resort. Driving range.
Cocotal Golf & Country Club: a Pepe Ganzedo design with 27 holes located in front of the Melia International Resort. Driving and putting ranges. $156.- per round
La Cana Golf Club: at Puntacana Resort & Club, P.B: Dye ocean-front designed in 2000. Green Fees from $140, $105 for guests. Transportation not included.
La Hacienda: a P.B. Dye design in Puntacana Resort & Club. Rolling hills and the tropical forest. Green fees from $140 per 18 holes.
CORALES: an exclusive for-members-only Tom Fazio 18-hole masterpiece design, ocean front. By invitation.
Catalonia Caribe Golf Club: two golf courses, 9 holes near of the sea in Cabeza de Toro at the Catalonia Bavaro Resort (eastbound Punta Cana), $136 depending in season. A second 18-hole golf course in the coastal plains. Off season as low as $40 and $25 for residents. Special offers for clients of the Catalonia Bavaro Resort. A 9-hole Pitch & Putt, also.
White Sands Golf Course: a 9-hole for beginners course located in Bavaro, near of the Ocean Blue & Sands Resort, $118.
Punta Espada: top 5 star Jack Nicklaus's masterpiece course, Cap Cana, considered among the best 50 golf courses worldwide. $375 ($275 off season), bottled water included. Driving range.
Punta Blanca Golf Course: Nick Price design nearby the Bahia Principe Resort, $176.- per round, special deals for clients of the Hotels Majestic, Barcelo Punta Cana Premium and Bahia Principe. Driving range.
Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana: a Nicklaus' signature design over rolling hills near of the ocean. Some deep greens and narrow fairways cut through the tropical forest. Green fees from $150. Driving range.
Two more designer golf courses are under construction: Jack Nicklaus' Iguana Golf Course in Cap Cana (southwest coast) and Nick Faldos' Rocoki, over the north coast.
Punta Cana features the longest coral reef on the whole island - about 30 kilometers long.
Snorkeling from Shore is limited at all resorts to the marked swimming areas due to heavy all day long boat traffic(only exception is the boat traffic free Catalonia Royal Beach section), decent at select areas near the reef. Snorkeling excursions take groups to a area in front of the Melia Resort and mostly to the prepared and secure snorkel sites in the Cabeza de Toro area, nice wide shallows full of fishes. a smaller shallow is also located near the Club Med on the Punta Cana side, top snorkel area is the huge wide and all around the year calm shallow at the Catalonia Bavaro Resort in Cabeza de Toro, specially the boat traffic free side of the Catalonia Royal Beach section, of course accessable for the public, this is the snorkel area from the beach, no boat ride/excursion needed.
Diving is good, not great, because right in front of the Beaches Punta Cana is protected by a closed Barrier Reef. The area though is most appropriate for beginning divers. It is a great place to learn since the waters near to shore offer shallow beginner friendly dives full of smaller colored reef fishes/spezies. Excursions will take you to discover a shipwreck and lots of nice coral formations, channels and tunnels..
If you are serious about scuba diving, but still want to vacation in the Punta Cana area you may participate in dive excursions to Catalina Island, a 90 minutes drive away, the 2 top dives there are named the "Aquarium" and the "Wall", great diving sites, for acompaning non-divers great snorkeling is also available there. These dives are attractive to both beginners and advanced scuba divers.
In this region, big game fishing is very good and annual tournaments draw international participants in the summer. Punta Cana counts within the world's Top 5 Destinations in case of the Famous White Marlin Fishing with it's peak season late March-end June. You can look forward to catching blue marlin, white marlin, dorado(mahi), wahoo, yellowfin tunas, bonitos, barracudas and others. Best fishing is the long lasting Billfish season end March til end September. Arrangements can be made at the Marinas Cabeza de Toro, Punta Cana and Cap Cana, the still only secure and professional operating Marinas on the Dominican East Coast. the professional operating Marinas also started to offer their services with a few touroperators and at the guest services of some hotels. just make always sure that you really get contacted/hooked up by a fully insured Outfitter operating at a real Marina. end May 2009 the German Big Game Championship will be held in Cabeza de Toro.
Several Ranches are located in the Punta Cana/Bavaro for all tastes and price ranges. In Punta Cana itself you have PUNTACANA Ranch which belong to PUNTACANA Resort & Club. The horses here are well taken care of and for beginner or advanced riders alike and all groups are always accompanied by 2 guides. The rides go down to the beach and through part of the gated community, offering a bit of everything and for all tastes.
There is a Surf Camp operating in Macao Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Punta Cana area; you can get Surfing lessons or rent a surfboard. MACAO SURF CAMP is run by Surfers with more than 30 years of experience, and really help you to learn this extreme sport as safe as possible, and if you already know you can rent a surfboard and even receive some coaching from the experts. Macao is a beach break with different "peaks" and you can ride left and right waves, when the wind is off-shore you can ride very nice tubes.