Dominican Republic bans Jet Skis for Easter Week safety

In order to enhance the safety of the throngs of domestic tourists joining foreign tourists at beach destinations nationwide, the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Tourism announced on Monday, 23 March 2015 that the use of jet skis and similar motorized equipment such as jetlevs, flyboards and jetovators is prohibited.

The decision is based on the high accident rate abroad, the high risk of a jet-ski driver losing control, and the noise they create, as well as their effect on natural currents and the environment.

The DR’s Ministry of Tourism published a list of specific beaches, but it is understood that the ban covers all beaches for the safety of the large number of beachgoers from 27 March 2015 through Sunday, 5 April 2015.

South and eastern coasts:
Boca Chica, Caribe, Guayacanes, Juan Dolio, Villa del Mar, La Romana, Isla Catalina, Bayahibe, Boca de Chavon, Dominicus, Saona Island, the coastal stretch from Punta Cana to Boca de Maimon, Macao, Punta Palmilla.

North, northeastern and northwestern coasts:
Cayo Levantado, Las Terrenas from Playa Moron to Playa Coson, Matancitas, Playa de los Gringos, Caleton (Ruo San Juan), Playa Breton, El Caliche, Diamante, Magante, Cabarete, Sosua, Playa Dorada, Costambar, Cofresi, Long Beach, Poza del Castillo (Puerto Plata), Luperon, El Morro, Estero Balsa (Montecristi).

Southwestern coasts:
Playa Najayo, Palenque, Monte Rio (Azua, Salinas de Bani, San Rafael, Los Patos (Barahona), Bahia de las Aguilas (Pedernales).

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