Santo Domingo is a popular destination amongst not only yachters, but commercial vessels as well. This makes this port a busy and, yes, a dirty one. Though this rarely deters anyone from visiting, it may not be your first choice if what you're after is gorgeous waters to couple with your coastal vista.
When sailing into Dominican Republic waters, make sure to fly your yellow quarantine flag and be prepared with the boats official documentation as well as the passport of every passenger and crew member aboard. Customs officials will inspect the paperwork and the boat before providing clearance, sometimes requesting a "gift" for their help, at which point you should offer a generous tip. Officially, you'll pay $10(USD) per person for a 30 day visa and $43(USD) for clearance for your boat.
Is your plan to reach Santo Domingo using your own boat, or one you charter elsewhere? See the table below to find basic information for area marinas.
|--||Malecon Avenue - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) Northeast of Santo Domingo|
|(809) 523-5858||1 San Andres Street - 1.4 mi. (2.2 km) South West of Boca Chica|
|(809) 549-6137||Calle Juan Baron - Andres|
If easy sailing is what you're after, and you don't mind dirty waters, Santo Domingo is a great destination for first time and return sailors to the Dominican Republic.
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