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Dreaming of trading the harsh Canadian winter for the warm Caribbean sun? With generally few days of rain, and a sea temperature varying between 26°C and 28°C, the period from December to April is ideal. It’s a great time to enjoy the country’s most beautiful beaches.

Here are some of the beaches waiting for you.

Ranked one of the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world by Condé Nast Traveler, Playa Rincón, with its whopping five kilometres of pristine, undeveloped white sand beach peppered with coconut trees lining a calm turquoise bay, is a showstopper. One side of the beach has calm, docile waters for snorkelling and sunbathing, while the northern side has rolling waves for bodysurfing fun. Enjoy freshly caught fish at a picnic table on the beach from a couple of casual seafront restaurants or from fire-hearth cook shops.
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While the name “Punta Cana” often refers to the entire 50-kilometre beachfront destination, the eponymous beach—sandwiched between Playa Los Corales to the north and Playa Blanca to the south—is where the area’s tourism got its jumpstart in 1978 with the opening of Club Med Punta Cana. The resort remains open to this day. The same brilliant white sands and turquoise waters all along this stretch are now home to a handful of additional resorts.
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The Caribbean’s hub for windsurfing, kiteboarding, and laser sailing, Playa Cabarete—also known as “Kite Beach” on the western side—is where you can learn and practise wind water sports all year round. There’s plenty of space for swimming and relaxing as well, facing the many restaurants, bars, shops, and lounges on the eastern side of the beach. International kitesurfing championships are hosted here, and guesthouses and hotels line the beach with modern condos available for rent.
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About 120 kilometres northeast of the city of Puerto Plata, between Río San Juan and Cabrera, this wide, golden beach is two kilometres long and known for its swells beloved by surfers. Rows of local seafood shacks are excellent spots to stop for lunch to the soundtrack of blaring music. The perfect palm trees and golden landscape of Playa Grande beach make it a favourite for photographers.
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Located 67 kilometres east of Montecristi, Punta Rucia boasts a brilliant white sand beach and calm turquoise sea, flanked by soaring mountain views. Punta Rucia itself is a delightfully uncrowded beach, lined with a small selection of restaurants and bars. A peaceful, protected mangrove-lined lagoon nearby is also great for bird-watching.
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Whale-watching season, January 15 to March 31, 2023

Watch the 1,500 to 2,000 whales that migrate to the waters of the Samaná Bay on a guided boat tour or from land at the observatory in Punta Balandra. The official whale-watching season runs from mid-January to March, but tours are available as long as whales are in the bay.
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Master of the Ocean 2023 Surf Contest, February 23–28, 2023

Master of the Ocean is considered the most significant open water competition in the region. This race is one of a kind, assembling more than 80 elite athletes from 20 countries in five disciplines: surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, stand up paddleboarding and wing foil. Athletes can participate as part of a team or as an Overall competitor (one competitor mastering all five disciplines). This water sports celebration will take place from February 23 to 28, 2023 in Cabarete, Puerto Plata.
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Golf, all year round

The Dominican Republic’s award-winning courses, along and around sparkling seas, blue lakes and lush green hills, are on every golfer’s bucket list.
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About the Dominican Republic

Popular for off-the-beaten-path excursions, rich culture, endless amenities and year-round perfect climate, the Dominican Republic is a place like no other. Easily accessible via a direct flight from most major airports, it is an ideal oasis for celebrities, couples and families alike. From hiking trails to undiscovered beaches and world-class golf courses, here you can find rejuvenation in our luxurious and diverse accommodations, explore ancient relics of centuries past, feast on Dominican fare, or enjoy ecotourism adventures in our magnificent national parks, mountain ranges and rivers.

Surrounded by the Caribbean Sea to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the north, the Dominican Republic features a variety of sports, recreation and entertainment options; exclusive cultural experiences like dancing and carnival festivities; plus Dominican specialties such as cigars, rum, chocolate, coffee, amber and larimar. Between adventurous Puerto Plata, lush Samaná, historic Santo Domingo, sunny Punta Cana, luxe La Romana, bustling Barahona to name just a few, each area has something for every type of traveler and budget. In addition to offering uncharted experiences coast to coast, the country has also earned a worldwide reputation for its warm, and hospitable people.

With eight international airports and nine distinct ecological zones, the Dominican Republic has never been more accessible or appealing.

To learn more and begin planning your trip visit the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism’s official website at :

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