The Dominican Republic is not only a great place to provision on the Southern Passage from the United States to the Caribbean Islands, it is also a great place for full-time residency and seasonal visits. Because of the large size of the island, and the hundreds of miles of pristine beaches, private coves, and vacation spots, the boating possibilities are endless. The sections below present our version of the yachting lifestyle in each of our featured communities.
Although known for wind surfing and kite boarding, Cabarete is not known as a popular area for yachting. Quite frankly, the winds are too strong and the waters outside the protective reefs are too rough. In fact, you will rarely see a cruising boat pass by during the day-time, because they use night hours when headwinds are at their lowest. A popular area to the west of Cabarete is Luperon Bay. This delightful spot is only 60 miles south of the Turks & Caicos and is both a great provisioning spot and protection area in hurricanes. But again, cruising in these waters may not be a pleasurable experience for the family type cruisers.
Marina Cap Cana on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic offers over 130 slips and accommodates yachts up to 150 feet in length. It also has complete services for captains and crew. Surrounding the marina is an enchanting village with gourmet restaurants and elegant boutiques. The coastlines and proximity outside the marina are considered among the best spots in the world for fishing and deep-water diving.
The Marina Casa de Campo has a total of 370 slips and is capable of receiving ships from 30 to 250 feet in length. This large capacity marina combines a lifestyle of elegance, luxury, safety and warmth. This very chic yachting community is situated where the ChavÃ³n River meets the Caribbean Sea. The boating waters outside the marina lead to the classic blue-water Caribbean lifestyle. Isla Saona extends to the east and south and creates a protective barrier from the strong easterly trade winds. Trips to Santa Catalina Island are great fun.
Many people on the north coast of the Dominican Republic use Samana Bay as their boating home. Yachtsmen from Santo Domingo also drive north to enjoy the boating in Samana Bay. The most popular marina for boats of all types is Puerto Bahia on the bay side of the Samana Peninsula. This popular marina is 2-1/2 hours east of Cabarete and 2 hours north of Santo Domingo. The exciting part of Samana Bay is the easterly trade winds, but calm waters like you would find in a large lake. In addition to the great fishing are the 11 over-night anchorages surrounding the Puerto Bahia marina. A popular anchorage is Cayo Levantado, a 45 minute boat ride away at 10 knots.