Marinas

Sailors aren’t the only ones who can enjoy the Dominican Republic’s multiple, full-service marinas. World-class facilities in Punta Cana and Cap Cana present a world of entertainment—from waterfront fine dining to shopping, fishing and diving excursions, movie theaters, and bars. The most prestigious Casa de Campo Marina offers an incredible view along the mouth of the Chavón River where it meets the Caribbean Sea, for its dockside restaurants and shopping plazas. Puerto Plata’s Ocean World Marina livens up with a casino and weekly dance show, while Puerto Blanco Marina in Luperón is popular for its Dominican-themed food and dancing nights. Samaná’s Puerto Bahía Marina is conveniently close to popular attractions, such as Cayo Levantado and Los Haitises National Park.

The DR’s marinas are a wonderful added perk for year-round entertainment.

The Arrival Process

Upon arrival at an authorized entrance port, you can expect:

  1. A boat check by the Armada or Navy, M-2 (Intelligence), and the Department of Drugs. They reserve the right to board your boat, inspect it and check below deck. There is no charge for their service, as the marinas cover for the cost of their presence; and
  2. A boat visit by Immigration to stamp the crew’s passports–there is usually a set fee for this per boat (approximately US$75). In addition, there is a US$10 tourist card fee per arriving passenger, valid for 30 days. Both fees are only paid once, on arrival.

Note that moving the boat to another official entry harbor requires advance clearance–also known as a despacho. This is given at no charge, but you can tip the officers for the service, if you please.

Some marinas may also assess charges pertinent to the harbor, such as waste disposal, or a harbor anchoring charge. Contact your chosen marina for details.

Anchoring

Boaters may anchor along the way, with a valid reason, before arriving at their next official harbor or despacho. Each boat must show papers to the official that will come out to visit after anchorage. There is no charge for this service, but again, a small tip to the official and to the captain bringing him out to the boat is acceptable.

Choosing a Marina

From the Punta Cana shoreline to the Samaná Peninsula, Santo Domingo, La Romana, or the north coast of Puerto Plata, find the marina that meets your needs and fits your personality.

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Bahía de Las Águilas

Recognized as the most beautiful beach in the Dominican Republic, this diamond-white stretch runs a whopping five miles, boasting crystal clear turquoise waters and no hotels, shops, or restaurants. Protected as part of the Jaragua National Park, a spectacular rocky karst landscape hugs this beach all along the coastline. You can reach Bahía de Las Águilas by an all-terrain vehicle, or by boat from the shores of Cabo Rojo. Bring plenty of sun protection for this unshaded piece of paradise. Turtles nestle by a dry forest, showcasing the same flora and fauna that existed even before the Spanish settlers arrived. It is part of the Jaragua-Bahoruco-Enriquillo Biosphere Reserve that was added to UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves in November 2002.

Pedernales, Boating Attractions

Cayo Arena

Off the northwestern shores, Cayo Arena is a popular spot for local boaters to bring tourists for the day. Also known as Cayo Paraíso, it offers exceptional diving for beginner levels, starting at five meters (16 feet). Schools of tropical fish can also easily be seen in shallow turquoise waters, making this spot a paradise for snorkeling fans. This area boasts some of the most abundant marine life in the DR, with corals and sponges that surround the cay, where octopuses, crabs, schools of surgeonfish, sergeant majors, damselfish, angelfish, and yellowtail snappers all swim around your feet. This tiny sandbank is also a dreamy spot to relax and take plenty of beach selfies.

Puerto Plata, Boating Attractions

Isla Saona

Saona’s picture-perfect beaches attract more visitors than all of the DR’s national parks combined. A protected site and part of Cotubanamá National Park, the island is a dream tropical escape.

Bayahíbe, La Romana

Marina Bartolomé Colón

Part of the Sansoucí Santo Domingo Port, this small marina, located at mouth of the Ozama River, boasts panoramic views of the Colonial City. It offers parking space for up to 29 boats, and 33 moorings for medium length vessels, with water and electricity facilities. Take advantage of the proximity to the Colonial City, the first in the new world, and explore this historic site populated by museums, landmarks, restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops. http://www.sansouci.com.do/index.php/marina/marina-bartolome-colon/

Santo Domingo, Marinas

Marina Zar Par

Just past the private Club Náutico de Santo Domingo, Marina Zar Par is located in the Bahía San Andrés, in the beach town hub of Boca Chica, and offers 150 slips for boats up to 100 feet. Marina Zar Par is a fully equipped marina allowing the user full use of the facilities. Conveniences include free Internet, a waterfront restaurant, laundromat, and free rides into the town of Boca Chica for errands. With the international airport just seven miles away and Santo Domingo at just twelve, you will find this a convenient stop for maintenance projects and perhaps a long term stay. http://marinazarpar.com/

Santo Domingo, Marinas

Ocean World Marina

Located adjacent to the Cofresí beach resort area, the Ocean World Marina complex features a host of entertainments day or night, including an on-site casino and nightclub, a restaurant and bar with a weekly Bravíssimo show, and an adjacent marine adventure park. Visit in the daytime to swim with marine life and watch dolphin shows, or enjoy the seaside setting at night with cocktails, dinner, and a dance performance.

Cofresí, Puerto Plata

Puerto Blanco Marina

The Luperón harbor, West of the tourist town of Puerto Plata, is a large enclosed bay that provides excellent shelter for boaters. Protected by mangroves, it is known for being a safe zone for yachts during hurricanes and tropical storms. Inside the bay, Puerto Blanco is a fully enclosed marina with the ability to moor yachts with drafts up to eight feet. The marina is popular for hosting lively nights with Dominican food, merengue dancing, and local attractions, for those docking their yachts here, serving as the headquarters for the cruising community. http://puertoblancomarina.com/en/marina/

Puerto Plata, Marinas

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