Sports in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico sports

SPORTS

Golf

Among the many sports in Puerto Rico golf is one of the biggest for visitors. The Island has 20 golf courses with 18 holes, all of championship level, some public and others in “resorts”. The Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort is only 30 km from San Juan and offers two 18-hole courses designed by Greg Norman and Tom & George Fazio. In Dorado you will also find two 18-hole courses each designed by Robert Trent Jones. Close to San Juan lies an 18-hole course at Bay Beach Plantation at the St. Regis Resort. The Berwind Country Club, near Rio Grande, opens to the public its 18-hole course on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, except on public holidays. Also in the east area we have the Trump International Golf Club which has 36 holes. To the northwest of the island, in Aguadilla, is the Ramey Golf Club, an 18-hole course near the former base of the Ramey Air Force. The last of the golf courses to be inaugurated is the lujuso Royal Isabella in Isabela. The prices and equipment hire vary according to the season. Near Ponce, in the village of Coamo, lies the Coamo Springs Golf & Tennis Club, with dramatic design and spectacular views.

Water Sports

Puerto Rico offers hundreds of beaches along its 500 km of coastline and virtually every water sport you can imagine. The spas have lockers, showers and parking at a reasonable price. They are closed on Mondays, on Good Friday and on the day of the general election. The Puerto Rico Water Sports Federation offers guides and standards for its members specialized in diving, snorkeling, sailing, fishing, wind surfing, and other water activities. Members of the Federation, including those belonging to the Caribbean School of Aquatics and Coral Head Divers, can make arrangements for surfing (the 2010 Rip Curl Surfing World Championship was held in Isabela), diving, sailing, etc.

Fishing

Puerto Rico serves as host to countless marine fishing tournaments, which have surpassed 30 world brands. The Puerto Rico Blue Marlin Annual Fishing Tournament is the largest tournament of its kind held without interruption. You can rent fishing boats in San Juan, Fajardo, Humacao, Mayagüez and other towns. Also fishing is popular in lakes, where you can find sea bass, moonfish, barbs and tilapias.

Horseback riding

Puerto Rican beaches, lined with palm trees, invite horse riding. You can get lessons in horseback riding or horseback riding in the eastern area of the island, at the Palmas del Mar Equestrian Center or Hacienda Carabali (787) 889-5820, and in the northwest area with Tropical Trail Rides 787) 872-9256.

Tennis

There are more than 100 tennis courts around the island, including 17 in the Central Park of San Juan. Some hotels with tennis courts are: Caribe Hilton, The San Juan Marriott, Condado Plaza Hotel & Casino, Wyndham San Juan Hotel & Casino and the Ritz-Carlton. On the rest of the island, you can find courts at the Westin Rio Mar Beach Resort in Rio Grande; The Conqueror in Fajardo; The Hotel Copamarina de Guánica; Hyatt Dorado Beach and Hyatt Regency Cerromar Beach in Dorado; The Best Western Mayagüez Resort; Palmas del Mar Resort in Humacao; The Parador Guajataca in Quebradillas; The Parador Villa Antonio in Rincon; And Punta Borinquen in Aguadilla. Many courts have night lighting.

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