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