Recognized fishing destinations in the DR include Bayahíbe, a village founded by fishermen in the 19th century, as well as Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, and Samaná, all of which offer sports fishing with the possibility of hooking marlin, barracuda, and dorado or mahi mahi, among others. Freshwater river fishing is popular in La Romana, and in Río San Juan, to catch snooker or wahoo. Reef trolling and deep sea fishing opportunities abound along the reefs of Cabarete and Sosúa.

Fishing tournaments are popular in the Punta Cana, La Romana and Bayahíbe areas, when it gets lively with beachside music, and plenty of fresh catch cooked on site. A great way to experience traditional fishing is to find the fishing cooperative in your chosen destination, and learn from the best.

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Chasing tail—marlin, wahoo, and mahi mahi, among others—reveals the pulse of our fishing villages.


Fishing in Bayahíbe

From local fishermen who head out every morning to return with the day’s catch, to sports fishing centers who take visitors out to see the abundant waters off these southeastern shores, this is an angler’s paradise.

Bayahíbe, La Romana

Fishing in La Romana

La Romana is an ideal base for sports fishers; deep sea or river fishing trips are available year-round from the marina, though the best season ranges from February through May to hook marlin, barracuda, kingfish, sailfish, or river snooker.

Bayahíbe, La Romana

Sailing & Fishing in Boca Chica

Boca Chica is the prime sailing destination for the south of the Dominican Republic. It is home to the Santo Domingo Yacht Club, with its Sailing School that is open to the general public. Calling ahead is recommended to reserve lessons with the instructors since this is a private club. World-class instruction is available all year round. Boca Chica was the site of the sailing events for the Pan American Games 2003 and the World Optimist Championships in 2011. The Santo Domingo Yacht Club also organizes several international fishing tournaments during the year. The Zar-Par Marina, next to the Yacht Club, also serves sports fishermen and boating needs. Both facilities are located at Playa Andrés, on the western side of Boca Chica beach.

Boca Chica, Fishing & Sailing, Water Sports


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