Despite the fact that it is a very commercial port, San Juan is popular amongst pleasure sailors thanks to its wide entry and calm waters. The easy sailing that comes along with a trip here make fighting for space amongst big barges worth it for many.
If you simply want to enjoy a few hours on the open water, without the complications and cost associated with renting a boat you should take a day sailing excursion. See the chart below to get names and phone numbers for area boating excursions.
|Castillo Tours||(787) 791-6195||101 Calle Doncella - Condado District|
|La Rumba Party Cruises||(787) 375-5211||Old San Juan|
|(787) 340-7567||San Juan Marina - Miramar|
|Sail San Juan Bay||(787) 667-7778||482 Avenida Fernandez Juncos - Viejo San Juan|
|San Juan Water Tours||(787) 624-6295||Pier 6 - Viejo San Juan|
As an official port of entry, if you're planning to spend most of your time on Puerto Rico in San Juan you're in luck because you can sail directly to this destination to gain clearance. Many people believe that because this island is a commonwealth of the United States they can sail in without making themselves known to customs and immigrations, but this is far from the case.
Contact customs at 787-729-6850 or 787-729-6802 Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 24 hours in advance of your arrival so they can prepare for you. It will be $25(USD) for U.S. Sailors and $37(USD) for all other citizens of the world to purchase a 12-month cruising permit. If you aren't from the U.S., you will also have to present a visa.
After clearing customs, you're free to sail around the island and find a place to dock.
Is your plan to sail to San Juan in your own vessel, or one you charter in a different location? The following table contains a list of nearby marinas.
|(787) 791-1015||Isla Verde|
There are both pros and cons associated with sailing into San Juan, so if you're considering making the trip it is important to weigh your options and determine the best course of action for you. Do keep in mind that if you decide not to sail direct on your own, you'll find plenty of opportunity to charter a boat in town, or participate in a sea based excursion as well.
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