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Zain Deane

Niche Travel: Sport Tourism

By February 10, 2013

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When people think of Puerto Rico, several things come to mind: the colonial splendor of Old San Juan, the azure beaches of the Caribbean, the piņa colada... all worthy associations with my favorite island. But I don't think Puerto Rico gets the credit it deserves as a major destination for sport tourism.

Now, there's a difference between visiting Puerto Rico and playing a round of golf while you're here and what the travel industry refers to as sport tourism. The latter involves coming here to take part in a sporting event, as a participant or to watch. And for athletes around the world, Puerto Rico offers a diverse menu of sporting events that are open to pros and amateurs alike. Golfers, surfers, runners, cyclists, swimmers and other athletes come here for friendly competition in an unbeatable setting and near-perfect conditions.

And when you think about the number and variety of sports you can try while you're here, the appeal of the island as a place where people can escape, relax, and flex their athletic skills becomes undeniable. I'm a terrific case study: I had my first experience diving, surfing, kiteboarding, rappelling, caving and climbing via ferrata in Puerto Rico. And I'm no athlete!

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