Dominican Republic

Sail with us in February 2020! February is a perfect month to visit the Dominican Republic. Carnival every sunday, best weather and affordable flights to several airports. There are a lot of beautiful anchorages and some marinas in the south of the the Dominican Republic. A good coast for sailing, snorkeling, visiting the countryside, relaxing and enjoying.

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Southcoast (best sailing) *anchorages and *marinas

  • Barahona: harbour, well protected and easy to visit. Excursion to Lago Enriquillo, possible (wildlife, crocodiles). Snorkeling nearby.
  • Palmar de Ocoa: beautiful anchorage.
  • Salinas: beautiful anchorage and clear water. Salt Lake, Nightlife.
  • Puerto Palenque: wonderful stop and a great anchorage at daytime
  • Marina Zarpar: excellent facilities, near airport and Santo Domingo.
  • Rio Cumayasa: remote river, anchorage.
  • Casa de Campo: marina, excellent facilities
  • Bayahipe: large bay, anchorage
  • Isla Saona: excellent anchorage and snorkeling, national park.

Eastcoast (ambitious sailing) *anchorages and *marinas

  • Boco de Yuma: anchorage
  • Cap Cana Marina:With strong prevailing winds from the east the entrance channel can be a challenge if a sea is running.
  • Samana Bay: numerous anchorages, national park. Whale watching (humpback wales, Buckelwale) is possible there in February.
  • Marina Puerto Bahía in Samana Bay: a condo development with slips, a few miles up bay from the harbor, 4NM west of the town of Samana. It has a deep entrance channel with inside depths ranging from 9-15 ft – straightforward to enter. Protection is excellent and security reported to be good. Services are limited, but it is in nice surroundings. It’s a 30 to 40 minutes walk from here into town.

#Snorkeling Places (see map)

  1.  Playa La Ciénega
  2. Catalina Island
  3. Saona island
  4. Salinas

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General Information

There a three international airports with flights from Europe. Daytime wind is mostly trade winds from the East, after sunset there often is a light “katabatic” wind from North, allowing to sail the coast in light winds at night. Nautical information: and Literature: Virgintino, Frank. A Cruising Guide to the Dominican Republic.

Sailing Time Schedule

  1. Week: Feb. 8th – Feb. 14th
  2. Week: Feb. 15th – Feb. 21th

Combinations of sailing weeks are possible. Starting point week 1 is Marina Zarpar near airport Santo Domingo and end point week 2 is Casa de Campo. Other starting or end points of trips will be arranged according to requests of sailing guests and Orinoco’s time schedule.

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