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 are just wanting to enjoy some time on the water, without the cost and responsibility of sailing on your own you should take a day sailing excursion. Check out the chart that follows to obtain contact information for area excursion providers.
|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 Punta Cana||(829) 910-2398||Friusa|
|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|
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.
Are you going to reach Punta Cana using your own vessel, or a charter from a different area? Take a look at the table below to get basic information for marinas in the area.
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Are you up for the challenge of a lifetime? If so, Punta Cana may be the perfect choice for your next yachting adventure.
|Macao Beach - 8.3 mi. (13.4 km) Northwest of Friusa||18.7761235294||-68.5336803971|
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