Sailing and Boating Near Punta Cana

Punta Cana is not known for offering the easiest sailing conditions

Photo credit: © J Pierre Brunet

Sailors that frequent the waters of the Dominican Republic have one thing to say about sailing to Punta Cana: avoid, Avoid, AVOID! Located along the country's east coast, the town is located down a risky channel with difficult entry. Of course, this doesn't mean that those with the know how can't give it a shot, and in fact, one of the areas largest marinas is set in local waters.

If you're just wanting to get out onto the water, without the cost and complications involved with renting a boat you can join an excursion. Take a look at the table below to find contact information for area excursion services.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Hispaniola Aquatic Adventures (829) 305-2804 Bavaro
Ocean Adventures (809) 390-7418 Los Corales Beach - 2.4 mi. (3.8 km) East of Friusa
Pedrito la Ostia (829) 910-2398 Punta Cana
Pelicano Sport Excursions (809) 729-4242 Ocean Blue Golf and Beach Resort All-inclusive - 1.5 mi. (2.4 km) North of Friusa
Punta Cana Expert (849) 889-5892 4.4 mi. (7.0 km) North of Punta Cana
Weiler Caribbean Sea (829) 692-8468 Punta Cana

Entry Requirements

Punta Cana is an official port of entry in the Dominican Republic, making the clearance process a bit easier for international sailors. When you arrive, you'll enter local waters sailing your yellow "Q" flag, and when you dock meet with a host of government officials. This includes Customs, Immigrations, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Drug Enforcement, and the Coast Guard, which are called Marina de Guerra. Each has the authority to inspect your boat and your documentation if you would like to clear. The cost is $10(USD) per person for a 30 day visa, and $43(USD) to clear your boat.


The Punta Cana Resort and Club is home to a full service marina featuring two docks and moorings for 43 boats that measure up to 70 feet long. This is the ideal place to stay for those who'd like to dock and then sleep in the comfort of a hotel room that night.

Considering the option of traveling to Punta Cana using your own vessel, or one you charter elsewhere? Check out the listing below for basic information for nearby marinas.

Name Phone Location Island
Cap Cana Marina -- 2.7 mi. (4.4 km) South-Southwest of Punta Cana Hispaniola

Are you up for the challenge of a lifetime? If so, Punta Cana may be the perfect choice for your next yachting adventure.


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