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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MARINAS & BOATING IN
Dominican Republic

From Punta Cana to Puerto Plata, and Samaná, world-class marinas offer a world of entertainment, from dining to movie theaters.

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Cayo Arena

Cayo Arena offers schools of tropical fish that can also easily be seen in shallow turquoise waters, making this spot a paradise for snorkeling fans; the area boasts some of the most abundant marine life in the DR, with corals and sponges, and schools of tropical fish swimming around your feet.

Montecristi, Puerto Plata

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

Ocean World Marina complex features a host of entertainments day or night, including an on-site casino and nightclub, a restaurant with a weekly Bravíssimo show, and an adjacent marine adventure park

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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