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by Brandon Yano

An Insider’s Tour of the Dominican Baseball Machine

November 10-17, 2022

A baseball pilgrimage to the Dominican Republic is like a soccer fan’s trip to Brazil or a pizza lover’s trip to Italy. Join us for a tour of this beautiful, baseball-crazed Caribbean island and see béisbol in its most vibrant form.

You’ll receive an insider’s experience of the island and its baseball culture, including visits to rocky sandlots with cows grazing the outfield, pristine development academies of MLB teams, and raucous professional winter league (LIDOM) games. All the while, we’ll enjoy visits with Dominican baseball players and executives, and immerse ourselves in the D.R.’s unique, Latino-Caribbean culture.

Check out our 2021 Tour recap for an idea on what to expect.

The Dominican Republic’s climate is very hot and humid, even in the winter months. We will spend a lot of time outside and have a full schedule of activities. We do not recommend this trip if you have health issues that may be strained by being active in a tropical climate.

Local Spend

We at JapanBall feel that it’s important to intentionally support the Dominican economy with tour funds. At least 40% of Dominicans live in poverty and, even with a wealthy upper class buoying the statistics, the average monthly salary is under $400.

Rather than just skim the culture as fortunate tourists, our tours will benefit the local communities we visit. Approximately 70% of our tour price is earmarked as “local spend” that will stay in the Dominican Republic.

Carbon Offset Program

Tourism is responsible for approximately 8% of the world’s carbon emissions. To reap the myriad rewards of travel without contributing to the problem, we started JapanBall’s Carbon Offset Program.

The Dominican Republic is a beautiful island that already sees its share of environmental challenges and is particularly vulnerable to extreme weather. JapanBall  wants to contribute to the solution rather than the problem.

To mitigate our tour’s environmental impact, a portion of the profits will go towards purchasing a carbon offset on behalf of each guest from Sustainable Travel International.

*Itinerary

  • Thursday, November 10: Arrival to Santo Domingo (Las Américas International Airport); if you can’t arrive by 2:30 PM, I recommend arriving a day early to not miss the evening’s welcome meeting and dinner.
  • Nov. 11: Visit amateur prospect baseball academy + Estrellas Orientales home game in San Pedro de Macoris
  • Nov. 12: Visit youth program for equipment donation + historical baseball stadium tour + Tigres del Licey home game in Santo Domingo
  • Nov. 13: Colonial Zone tour + Estrellas Orientales home game in San Pedro de Macoris
  • Nov. 14: Hotel beach day + rum factory tour + group dinner
  • Nov. 15: MLB official bank tour + MLB team academy tour + “the best ribs in the Caribbean”  + Toros del Este home game in La Romana
  • Nov. 16: MLB team academy visit + amateur prospect academy visit + Diego Colón palace tour + visit the Museum of the Dominican Ballplayer + Leones del Escogido home game in Santo Domingo
  • Thursday, November 17: Departure from Santo Domingo (Las Américas International Airport) or join the optional Outdoors Adventure Add-On Tour (see tab below for itinerary)
  • Nov. 18: Outdoors Adventure Add-On Tour Day 2
  • Saturday, November 19: Outdoors Adventure Add-On Tour guests departure from Santo Domingo (Las Américas International Airport)

*This itinerary, including games and daily activities, is subject to change. 

Price

$3,644 Double Occupancy

$506 Single Supplement

$760 “Outdoor Adventures” add-on excursion (see tab above for details)

Sign up if you’re interested in attending but aren’t quite ready to commit. The no-obligation list simply allows us to plan better and assures your spot on the tour. You’ll begin to receive trip information emails, and if you find you cannot go on the tour, no worries.

Questions?

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