Set on the Samana peninsula, Las Galeras is a great sailing destination within easy access of an official port of entry. Those who are uninterested in sailing directly to the Dominican Republic on their own can wait until their arrive and book a local excursion to get out on local waters.
Whale watching is a popular pastime in the Dominican Republic and especially in the Samana peninsula, plus it is a great way to get out and spend some time sailing. If you're visiting Las Galeras between January and March, you'll find this to be the perfect time to view whales as they pass through on their annual migration path.
If you're simply wanting to spend a few hours on the water, without the cost and responsibility associated with renting a boat you can take an excursion. Want to know more what's included and how long a trip lasts? Take a look at the chart below for contact information for area day sailing companies.
|(809) 538-2302||3 Calle Avenida Malecon - Samana|
|Whale Samana||(809) 538-2494||Avenida La Marina - Samana|
Your first stop when sailing to Las Galeras will be at the Puerto Bahia Samana Marina to clear customs. After arriving with your yellow Q flag flying, you'll meet with a customs official who will ask to see your crew list and their credentials, and a list of the boat's stores. Boats are rarely inspected, but there are plenty of fees to pay. After everything official has been taken care of, you'll be permitted to sail around the Dominican Republic and head over to Las Galeras.
Considering sailing to Las Galeras using your own boat, or one you charter elsewhere? The following table provides a quick summary of area marinas.
|(809) 732-2010||1.5 mi. (2.4 km) South West of Samana|
Located just five minutes from the center of Las Galeras is Amhsa Marina Grand Paradise Beach Resort, where sailors planning to make this the way they'll get to town will likely dock their boat. The marina is located at an all-inclusive resort, but it is not necessary for your to pay for a full-service package in order to find anchorage here. Rather, you can pay for a slip, then use local ground transportation to make it to other pre-arranged accommodations in Las Galeras.
Whether you'll sail yourself or you're excited to participate in a whale watching tour, the waters off the coast of Las Galeras provide a great place to spend some of your precious vacation hours.
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