Sailing and Boating Near Arecibo

Sail yourself into Puerto Rico's most sizable city

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Located on the north coast of Puerto Rico, Arecibo has a lot to offer its visitors.  One of its best features is that watersports are easily arranged here, and those who are interested in sailing into town should be able to do without any trouble at all. 


If sailing to Arecibo is on your bucket list, your first stop will have to be to the nearest port of entry in San Juan.  Customs officials request the sailors contact them 24 hours in advance to make them aware of your arrival.  You can do so at  787-729-6850 or 787-729-6802, keeping in mind that customs is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a one our break for lunch at noon Monday through Saturday.  

When you arrive, you'll have to purchase a 12 month cruising permit for between $25 and $37(USD) depending upon your country of origin.  Keep in mind that sailors from the United States will still have to clear customs despite Puerto Rico being a commonwealth of the U.S.  After being granted entry to the county, you'll be free to sail to your marina or anchorage point.

Planning to sail to Arecibo using your own vessel, or one you charter elsewhere? The following table lists potential docking spots.

Name Phone Location
Arecibo Yacht Club (787) 878-8465 2.6 mi. (4.2 km) East of Arecibo
Rancho Marina (787) 894-8034 4.8 mi. (7.7 km) North-Northeast of Utuado

Though you may have to travel a ways from San Juan to Arecibo along the coast after clearing customs, most sailors note that they enjoy the journey thanks to the beautiful sites and easy waters.  Don't let the distance be a deterrent that may keep you from visiting the town – you've already come this far, after all.


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