Boating and Sailing Near Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata is an official port of entry and home to a major marina

Sailing to Puerto Plata is an attractive option for those who have the skills to sail, own their own private  yacht, or have the means to hire a crew to do the sailing for them.  It can be both adventurous and relaxing to plan a sailing trip, but there are a few things you should know before you commit.  

Docking

When you arrive in local waters, you'll need to fly your yellow quarantine flag and have all of the appropriate documentation available to share with customs officials.  This includes the proof of ownership for the boat, a list of the ship's stores, a crew manifesto, and a passport plus secondary form of transportation for each person aboard.  You will also be subject to a few fees before you are given clearance.  

Puerto Plata is an official port of entry, and you can clear in at Ocean World Marina.  You can contact the dockmaster at VHF channel 16/68, and instructions will be given to you regarding how so safely dock.  Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., but there is security 24 hours a day, a fuel dock, and easy access to car rentals, a dove shop, provisions, and laundry. 

Considering the option of sailing to Puerto Plata in your own vessel, or a charter from a different location? This table contains a list of marinas in the area.

Marinas
Name Phone Location Island
Ocean World Marina -- 3.9 mi. (6.3 km) Northwest of Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic
Nearby Anchorages
Name Location Latitude Longitude
Anchorage Bahia de Puerto Plata - Puerto Plata 19.8034060336 -70.6981909275

Puert Plata is a busy commercial port and not the most ideal for clearing in, but it is possible to do so safely, making this one of the destinations in the Dominican Republic that you can sail to directly and avoid wasting any extra time that you could be spending exploring the island. 

 

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