i'm not on my boat but i am currently on the north shore.
and frankly, i love it here...enough, that its on my short list of places i want to retire.
(away from marinas/resorts)..gorgeous beaches, gorgeous people, perfect weather, and the constant 15-30knots onshore winds practically every afternoon make this place heaven on earth(at least for a male kiteboarder)
if you are unfamiliar with area...Bruce's guide is a necessity.
his contact info is posted on his website...just email
or ask questions directly
the thermal winds and offshore reefs
which makes this place wonderful for surfing and kite sports can make for a rather uncomfortable(but not impossible) place to sail. (think north shores of hawaii
islands..but without monster swells)
luperon is filthy...and the marina @pto plata is expensive to me. that animal attraction is a huge turn off to me also..
but those are the only long term options i know of..
sosua and maybe
rio san juan
can be used as overnight anchorages
..however both have reef concerns
if going into tradewinds u NEED to keep tacks within wind shadows of the two capes. ideally from ~7pm-12pm (is very simple..but vant sant guidebooks
explains it very well)
no experiences with authorities..and i'm still trying to figure out the "regalo" culture here(being able to "grease"...can be very useful in terms of getting things done the way u want)
maybe this is a better place to visit when *not* arriving by boat...