Dominican Republic Anchorages

Remember you are only allowed to anchor with the permission of the Dominican Navy.




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Our to 5 Dominican Republic Anchorages are:


YOU MUST GET PERMISSION FROM THE NAVY TO ANCHOR!


A friend of mine had to tun back during a crossing from Turks and Caicos to Puerto Rico and he was boarded. He was then chewed out by Armada officals. If your going to anchor without permission expect to be paying "tips" if anyone comes out to call you on it.


Luperon

Word on the water is that you are allowed to anchor here while you clear in. It is then you should ask for permission to anchor. You will need to tell the customs offical and navy exactly where you plan to anchor, for how long and file a cruising plan if they decide to give you the permit.


Ocean World

You can clear in here. This is also the place you will more then likely be bounced to if you are denied a anchoring permit.It is relatively expensive to stay here so make sure you have a good weather window for quick passage to Puerto Rico. The DR is no place to get stuck.


CapCana

No place to anchor here. It is on the east end of the island. You will get ravaged by the prevailing winds. If need be get into the marina. It's not overpriced but if your stuck here for a week it will put a nice dent in your cruising kitty.


I can't stress enough how important it is to pick the right weather window from Turks and Caicos to Puerto Rico. The best case scenerio is you avoid the Dominican Republic altogether. I'm not saying the Dominican Republic is a bad place. I love it here. The problem is their are little to no places to anchor or hide. You will end up stuck in a marina waiting for the right winds to cross the Mona passage.



Marina Puerto Bahia

This marina is located under the Samana Peninsula. It is a nice marina and hotel. It's not a bad place to get stuck the only problem is they its quite far inland. It is a massive bay and you will loose signifigant travel time if you have bail out in here.


Casa De Campo

This marina in on the underbelly of the Dominican Republic on the south east corner. I don't know many people who take the southern route headed east. If you do this marina is their for you.

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