Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Autumn in the Dominican Republic

Pauhana surf contest 2014The Northern Hemisphere is preparing itself for the imminent arrival of autumn which always spells out the beginning of having to wear woolly hats and scarves but luckily here in the Caribbean the approaching fall has little impact. The days remain very warm, some scattered showers are always welcome, especially if you keep in mind that we are still experiencing a drought in the region despite some recent rainfall, and despite the fact that low season is starting in terms of tourism, there are still many interesting events being organized in the next couple of months, ranging from extreme sports to fine culture.


Pauhana Surf Contest
25-26 September on Encuentro beach
Join local surfers in this first surf contest of the season at world famous Encuentro beach. Enjoy the laid-back easy-going atmosphere either as a competitor just by having a fun weekend watching surfers show off their best tricks. Competitors for the 5th Pauhana Surf Contest should sign up before the 25th of September at Pauhana Surf School in Playa Encuentro or at Carib Wind in Cabarete. Also bodyboarders are welcome to inscribe. Inscription fee is RD $500.

Watch this video of last year’s contest
Pauhana surf contest 2015

Brugal Festival of Merengue and Caribbean Rhythms
25-26 September, Puerto Plata
Enjoy a weekend of Dominican music ranging from merengue to Dominican rap. With many well-known Dominican artists topping the bill, this is a festival to look out for.
 Mozart La Para at a Brugal festival
Oktoberfest 2015 DR
3 and 4 October, starting at 11am at Hacienda Urbana, kilómetro 6 1⁄2, Santiago de los Caballeros
Can’t make it to Germany to celebrate the world-famous Oktoberfest in Munich? Just go to the Oktoberfest in Santiago instead! With a wide range of beers, including some Belgian beers, this Dominican version of the Oktoberfest is sure to satisfy any beer lover. Entry costs 250RD per person.



Clasico de Campeones 2015
4 October, Puerto Plata
This international mountain bike event is the first Caribbean bike event to ever get UCI classification class 1. Organizers are expecting more than a thousand participants from over 12 countries.
Check out the promotional video
Clasico de Campeones 2015 - Puerto Plata

10KM of Sosua
11 October in Sosua, start at 8am in Calle Pedro Clisante
Join other runners in the 10 kilometers of Sosua, a long distance race organized by the Association of Sustainable Development of Sosua. To participate send an email to ADSS (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with your name, age, city or club and sex. The 300 peso participation fee must be paid on Saturday 10 October from 2:30pm to 9pm at the Plaza Galería La Fuente. After payment, participants will receive their number and timing chip.


Octubre Extremo 2015
17 October, starts at 9am in the Mirador Sur, Santo Domingo
This extreme sport contest will give a platform to all local skate and BMX talent. Prepare to be amazed.


TRIPoP 2015
18 October, Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata at 7am
This triathlon is the first ever organized in Puerto Plata and will see competitors competing in cycling, swimming in open waters and running.
TRIPoP 2015

6to Enduro Las Mercedes pal Monte 2015
20 October, starts at 10am at Las Mercedes pal Monte, Santiago
Join other enduro bike aficionados on two different hardcore trails.
6to Enduro - Las Mercedes pal Monte

19th Dominican Republic Jazz Festival
4-8 November, Santiago, Sosua, Puerto Plata and Cabarete
This Jazz Festival, with free concerts for all during five nights in four different cities, attracts some of the biggest names of the jazz scene. This year we’ll be able to enjoy listening to the music of David Sánchez, a Grammy-winning jazz tenor saxophonist from Puerto Rico, Josean Jacobo, whose music has been described as Latin Jazz Nouveau, and Pedro Martinez from Havana, Cuba, who has been awarded “Percussionist of the Year” by The Jazz Journalists Association, among many other fine musicians.


Santo Domingo Colonial Fest
20-22 November, starting at 10am in the Colonial City of Santo Domingo
For the third time, visitors and locals will be able to experience the best of what the country has to offer in terms of music, gastronomy, art and culture while re-living the history of the city during the Santo Domingo Colonial Fest.

Santo Domingo Colonial FEST - 20-22Nov2015


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