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January 14, 2014
  • Laser Regatta in Cabarete
  • Whale-watching begins in Samana
  • Long weekend celebrates La Altagracia Day
  • Holidays in the Dominican Republic
Laser Regatta in Cabarete
Now in its 12th year, Cabarete is hosting the Caribbean Laser Midwinter Regatta from 17-19 January. The event brings together world competitors in the sport for a week of tough competition, good eating and partying on the beach.
The Puerto Plata event attracts more than 30 competitors from nine countries who use the Cabarete competition as a training event for the Miami OCR. This is an ISAF grade 3 event. The Regatta is also a preparatory competition for the Olympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Previous competitors in the Cabarete Laser event include gold medalist Paul Goodison of Great Britain, gold medalist Anna Tunnicliffe of the United States. US champion Peter Seindenberg has confirmed his participation.
There are facilities for chartering laser boats at the CaribWind Center in Cabarete, Puerto Plata.
Whale-watching begins in Samana
Whale-watching boats are authorized to leave Samana port starting 14 January. The excursions offer wonderful views of the Samana coastline and take tourists out to sea for a chance to spot the enormous mammals. Whale-watching usually continues through the end of March. Thousands of humpback whales from the North Atlantic migrate to the waters off the Dominican Republic each winter to mate and give birth and one of their most popular gathering places is Samana Bay.
More than 1,500 humpbacks visit the bay, with as many as 300 present at any given time during mating season. Several companies offer excursions that can be booked from operators in the Samana city center or from excursion desks at most hotels.
Long weekend celebrates La Altagracia Day
Dominicans are preparing to extend the Christmas holidays with the long weekend coming up to celebrate the religious holiday honoring the protector of the Dominican people, Our Lady of La Altagracia. The event falls on Tuesday 21 January and many Dominicans will be taking Monday 20 January off to celebrate. This makes for an extraordinarily long holiday for those who can take the extra days off - Friday, 17 January through Tuesday, 21 January.
Holidays in the Dominican Republic
2014 has seven long weekends for all who can take extra days off work. They are La Altagracia day (17-21 January), Easter (17-20 April), Labor Day (2-5 May), Corpus Christi Day (19-22 June), Constitution Day (6-9 November), Christmas Day (24-28 December), and New Year's Day (31 December-4 January)
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