Dominican Republic

Picture perfect Sandy Beaches and brilliant azure seas, offering the perfect environment for enjoying your yacht and its facilities to the full. This beautifully attractive and historic country with regal mountain ranges, verdant river basins, crystal blue anchorages, fine sandy beaches and historic cities continues attract crewed yachts to its recommended choice of first class marina facilities secluded cruising grounds and fine selection of shore side attractions.

CRUISING GUIDE DR BY FRANK VIRGINTINO

Dedicated to:
All the cruising sailors who have a desire to sail for a wide. May this gruide provide you with insights that will make your voyage to the Dominican Republic, an unforgetable experience

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a beautiful country with numerous anchorages that are still virgin. They are well worth your time and expense to see. You will discover uncrowded anchorages, clear clean water (with few harbors being the exception), breathtaking views, really wonderful people and much more. This beautifully attractive and historic island with its regal mountain ranges, verdant river basins, azure anchorages, fine sandy beaches and historic cities continues to attract crewed yachts to its recommended choice of first class marina facilities, secluded cruising grounds and fine selection of shoreside attractions.

The relatively large size of the island requires pre-planning of any cruise; but with nine international airports on hand and an even larger network of domestic flight transfer networks, clients and owners can conveniently fly in to within easy reach of the yacht. Recommended marina destinations include Casa De Campo (south coast - La Romana),Cap Cana Marina (south east coast – Punta Cana), Marina Zar Par (south coast – Santo Domingo), Puerto Bahia (east coast – Samana) and Ocean World Marina (north coast – Cofresi).

It was noted by several Captains that securing the services of a good yacht agent here in the Dominican Republic is essential, and this is why we are here !!! 

For assistance planning a Taylor Made cruising itinerary at Dominican Republic, contact Wendy or Miguel Morales at: moraleswendy20@yahoo.com and Cel 829-747-8459 @ 829-360-3467 

Coast Characteristics

NORTH COAST

The North coast has wonderful harbors at the western end (Monte Cristi and Manzanillo). From Luperon heading east, the north coast is an extremely difficult coast. The waters of the Atlantic are rough and when the Trade wind is blowing or a Norther’’ comes down from United States, the north coast can be dangerous.

 The north of the island offers some great kiteboarding and surfing opportunities for crew, owners and guests alike; and furthermore, the Samana peninsular on the north east coast was said to be the most beautiful sub-tropical part of the country - also noted as being one of the best places in the world for whale watching! 

EAST COAST

The east coast has one grand and beautiful harbor at the NE end. It is the Bay of Samana. In the bay are the wonderful town of Santa Barbara, and the incredible national park, Los Haitises. There are many anchorages and quaint town up bay.

Additionally, at the entrance of the bay is Cayo Levantado, a wonderful day anchorage for swimming, fresh fish, enticing beach etc.

 The Marinas of the east coast, Punta Cana and Cap Cana have narrow shallow entrances that are difficult in settled weather and impossible if a sea is funning from the NE or E. The east coast of the Dominican Republic borders the Mona passage. It an be very challenging !!

SOUTH COAST

Nothing in life is perfect but in the south coast of the DR is a good as it gets. You are in the lee of the big island of Hispaniola, YOU WILL FIND THAT THE Caribbean sea is more’’user friendly’’ than the Atlantic Ocean.

At the West end of the south coast of DR, lies Bahia de las Aguilas. It’s big remote bay that is easy to access and is absolutely stunning. Beata Island is just south of this bay and is easy to anchor behind, out of the Trade Wind. The Cape at Beata sets this island nearly 60nm offshore. It is a s close to idyllic as it gets. Going east and north from Isla Beata, there is a large bay, the norther part of which is referred to as Bahia de Ocoa. On the West side of the bay is the town of Barahona, which is close to Lago Enriquillo (the only sub-sea level lake in the Caribbean and a national park with live crocodiles—very unexplored). On the east side of the bay is Palmar de Ocoa and Las Salinas, both beautiful excellent stops.