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 merely want to spend some time on the water, without the cost and responsibility associated with renting a boat you can join an excursion. Curious what it's like to go along for the ride? See the table below to obtain contact information for area providers.

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 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

Envisioning chartering a boat? The following table indicates how to get a hold of a local charter company.

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location Island
WannaBoats (829) 537-2233 Marina Cap Cana - 2.6 mi. (4.2 km) South-Southwest of Punta Cana Hispaniola

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.

Docking

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 visiting Punta Cana using your own boat, or a boat you charter in a different location? Check out the listing below to find information concerning marinas in the area.

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.

Nearby Anchorages
Name Location Latitude Longitude
Anchorage Macao Beach - 8.3 mi. (13.4 km) Northwest of Friusa 18.7761235294 -68.5336803971
 

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