If you're starting from Tórtola, I'd suggest the south side of PR. From Crown Bay St. Thomas to the West end of PR and the Mona Passage
is 24 hr @7 Knotts. It's much more comfortable of a journey, gives you this time of year a beam reach point through the Mona, and has some excellent stops off along the way should you desire. Bio-Bay in Vieques is one. Everybody should see bio bay. I also like Ponce and there's anything you may find that you need there after being out for you or the boat. Up TCI (Provo) after reaching the DR coast is a good 48 hrs. Once you reach the caicos banks, there's a huge current
helping you along this time of year. Turtle Cove can be a little tricky to get into, but all you have to do is give crazy George a call at the marina and he will come get you. Give him a bottle of rum
or two, and you'll have a friend for life.
North coast is rougher and depending on if something comes up weather
wise, ducking into a place to hide is more difficult. This time of year however, there are a lot of Humpback whales off Silver Banks PR . It's pretty cool to see them and just bob around watching them. However, once you reach the DR cast, you can sail off the coast to Samana and see the Humpbacks too. Taking the north side may save you a day, but it won't be as comfortable. Either way north or south, make sure you check the weather
before crossing the Mona. You will love it!! It's a great circumnavigation
If you're sailing straight through like on a delivery
, take the north side and just go. Save you three days easy.
Hope this helps..