|The Martinique Surf Pro is just one of a trio of enticing sporting events being held in the Caribbean this spring and beyond.|
It's been a busy couple of weeks for sports tourism in the Caribbean as some islands in the region have announced unique sporting events from jetracing to surfing. Travel Agent breaks down the hottest sporting events to tell your Caribbean-bound clients about.
Martinique Gears Up For Second Edition of Martinique Surf Pro
After a successful first edition in 2015, Martinique will again host world class competitors at Martinique Surf Pro from April 17 - 24.
This World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series event will take place along the northeastern Atlantic shores of Martinique, in the town of Basse-Pointe.
It is said to be one of the best surf spots, cherished by the experts, locals and visitors, because of its powerful and long reef break waves.
Organized by Martinique Surfing in partnership with the WSL Qualifying Series, 155 international surfers are registered to date from the United States, Europe, Brazil, Japan and the Caribbean, to compete in one surfing’s best-kept secret destinations, to earn WSL Qualifying Series points toward advancing to the WSL Championship Tour.
“Martinique counts about 14 recommended surfing spots from North to South, and offers ideal surfing conditions in warm waters," said Muriel Wiltord, director for the Americas for the Martinique Promotion Bureau, in a written release. “But the Island has much more to offer, blessed with a rich culture, a strong heritage, breathtaking natural beauty and most importantly, its warm and generous people. Martinique Surf Pro puts Martinique under the spot light as a not-to-be-missed surf destination and beyond.”
Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic to Host Tennis Tournament
Casa de Campo Resort & Villas in the Dominican Republic has announced the return of its 39th Annual International Tennis Tournament at its La Terraza Tennis Center from September 1-4.
The tennis tournament brings more than 10 countries together to share and celebrate their passion for the sport while offering the opportunity to win The Great Cup. The tournament is open to international and local male and female singles and doubles players.
Casa de Campo's La Terraza Tennis Center features 13 fast-dry Har-Tru tennis courts and overlooks the entire 7,000-acre resort and the Caribbean Sea.
The International Tennis Tournament will include eight pro-set games to be played until the quarterfinals with a tie break in seven equals.
The tournament officially starts September 1 at 9 a.m. and hosts its final matches on September 4 at 8 a.m. The La Terraza Tennis Center will host a closing party the night before final matches, which is included in the registration fee.
The 39th Annual International Tennis Tournament accommodation rates start at $243 per night in Pete Dye Golf Lodge Single Rooms and $293 per night in Elite Single Rooms (plus taxes and fees).
St. Kitts and Nevis to Host Inaugural Partner Golf Classic
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One of the Caribbean's newest golf destinations recently announced that it will host the inaugural St. Kitts & Nevis Partner Golf Classic, taking place from May 3-7.
Presented by LINKS magazine, it is a 54-hole partner event featuring play on two golf courses, the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club and the Four Seasons Nevis Golf Club.
Tournament entry for the event includes three rounds of tournament play (two at the Four Seasons Nevis Golf Club and one at the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club); four nights' accommodations in a Deluxe Nevis Peak Room with Private Lanai at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis; all-inclusive meals and beverages; and all ground and ferry transfers between St. Kitts and Nevis.
Package rates start at $1,850 per player and are available through The Golf Connection LLC. For additional details or to enter, call 610-787-9732 or e-mail [email protected]. The deadline for entry is April 15.
The links-style Royal St. Kitts Golf Club is an 18-hole course first designed by Peter Thompson in 1975 and then redesigned by Thomas McBroom in 2003. Its unique layout offers holes on both the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. It was the first Caribbean golf course to earn Audubon Certification for its environmental practices.
The Four Seasons Nevis Golf Club features the par 71, 18-hole Robert Trent Jones II-designed championship mountain-side course overlooking the Caribbean Sea and St. Kitts.
St Kitts and Nevis are separated at the closest point by a two-mile wide channel, making travel between the two islands take just over half an hour by ferry. In addition to the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club and the Four Seasons Nevis Golf Club, St. Kitts and Nevis will soon be home to the hillside Irie Fields championship course designed by Ian Woosnam at Kittitian Hill and a cliff-top Tom Fazio championship course at Christophe Harbour.
Martinique to Host Jetracer World Championship April 15-17
Martinique is set to host the first round of Jetracer World Championship IJSBA, an International Jet Race Competition.
The fishing town of Case-Pilote on the Caribbean Coast will host this three-day event, with two stages in Sainte-Anne and Fort-de-France, the Capital city. This city is one of the earliest settlements of Martinique.
About 50 competitors from the United States, Russia, Canada, Kuwait, Qatar, Belgium, Peru, the United Kingdom, Italy, China, South Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia and France will compete on Martinique’s warm Caribbean waters before the second round in Russia in August 2016.
“Martinique Jet Race 2016 is back with an exciting race program, with over 500 kilometers of a mixture of calm to very tough sea riding on the amazingly beautiful Caribbean island of Martinique," said Russell Marmon, the 2014 Martinique Jet Race champion, in a written release, "the incredible welcome and friendliness from the local population who supported the first edition in 2014 was very apparent and will be repeated again this year without doubt.”