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Old 18-11-2019, 15:55   #1
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Safety at Dominican Republic for Sail yachts and anchoring

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - my destination, my headache.

Firstly, currently in Puerto Rica (PR) at Palmas del Mar. Our visas expires 20 Nov 2019. Awesome marina. Super quiet. Felt we had the place to ourselves. Nice suburb and lucky enough to made friends with Joe and Awilda , contractors to the boat yard. Amazing people.

Now: My wife and I needs to go to Dominican Republic (DR) to renew there our USA visitors visa.

Currently, our PR friends advises against going to DR, almost against any price.
Many bureaucracy and fraud and bribes, especially (apparently) against private boat owners.

Any updates on taking the south route in DR (Santo Dominico), being there with a sail yacht, and bureaucracy and their bribes? Even talks off boat confiscating etc.
Any news of late, recommendations on anchorages at Casa de Campo , or Bocha Chico nearer to the Capital?

May have to wait some 2 weeks in the vicinity to obtain outcome of our visas renewal applications.
Thus marimas less of an attraction.

Should leave for DR from PR 20 Nov'19. Have a few days at sea to finalise any strategies.
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Old 18-11-2019, 16:58   #2
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Re: Safety at Dominican Republic for Sail yachts and anchoring

Take a look at noonsite.com in the cruisers comments at the bottom of the DR page it appears that there were some issues noted with asking for extra "fees," particularly in Luperon. Note that these are related to a particular Port authority figure there. Basically it looks like a mixed bag, but none of these reports mention safety issues.
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Old 19-11-2019, 10:33   #3
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Re: Safety at Dominican Republic for Sail yachts and anchoring

Thank you, saw that too.
Received so many conflicting stories, from other sailors and including residents. All say "Third World", "Bureaucracy", bribes, suicidal road users, etc. Others say close guarded marinas who is totally against foreign visitors. Casa De Campo Marina is South (where I need to pass on our way to Santo Domingo, is Ultra Luxurious private marina who will accept no Anchoring etc. Anchoring seems very limited on the South and if Marinas won't allow you in for Anchoring, creates a problem even before I can deal (or not deal) with the bribes issue.

I have country fellow men living in DR who denies such claims, but then they are not there on a boat. (Another passport holder told me it is a great place, nice people, love visitors and groups, but hates individual boat owners. Even talks of boats being confiscated and only returned months later.

My visa application will take about 2 weeks, so I require Anchoring in safe areas.
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