Dominican Republic Luxury Yachting Guide

As steeped as it is in glorious tradition, the Dominican Republic is just as famous for the luxurious beachfront resorts that line its resplendent coastline. But behind this opulent front is an intriguing jumble of small villages, natural delights and the biggest cigar-producing land in the world.

The second-largest island in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic (DR) is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the warm, clear waters of the Caribbean Sea to the south. In classic Caribbean style, the Dominican Republic is blessed with dazzling white beaches and beautiful scenery, but is also enriched with a deep sense of culture the causes the island to pulse with an addictive atmosphere captured in the music, dance and food that define it.

Regions and Geography
At times overlooked by those sailing the Caribbean waters, this enchanting destination is a diamond in the rough. Consisting of six complementing regions, the DR is an intriguing combination of towering mountains, vast plantations, coral reefs, and sparkling beaches existing side-by-side in one glorious country. Home to such geographic treasures as both the highest and lowest point in the Caribbean, the DR is a land of dramatic wonders, rich with opportunities from north to south.

Santo Domingo
The beating heart of the Dominican Republic is undoubtedly the captivating capital Santo Domingo, the oldest European city in the New World. More sophisticated and stylish than its neighbouring towns, this south coast city is where the most luxury can be found.

An urban soul in a mostly rural country, Santo Domingo features a compelling union of green parks, ancient streets, elegant restaurants and chic clubs. The Port of Santo Domingo accommodates yachts up to 229 metres and provides an exceptional jumping-off point for the south island.

Samaná Peninsula
One of the newest port destinations to cause a stir in the Caribbean is the Samaná Peninsula. Unlike the more tourist-dominated areas of the DR, Samaná is a naturalist’s delight, with unspoilt beaches, clear mountain streams, and an absurd amount of marine life spread along the gorgeous peninsula. Only 40 kilometres long, Samaná hums with a strong European vibe and draws yachts to the north east for its sheltered beaches and world-class whale watching.

Las Terrenas and Las Galeras
Las Terrenas, is the most well-developed town on the Peninsula and the place to head for a lively social scene, while the sleepy Las Galeras provides some of the best beaches on the island, which are worth the effort it takes to reach their secluded sands.

Amber Coast
Although the Dominican Republic’s remarkable coastline stretches for more than 1600 breathtaking kilometres, the island’s most sublime beaches can be found on the north Amber Coast. The main port for visiting this deeply striking area is in Puerto Plata, an area featuring all-inclusive resorts, first-class casinos and golf courses, acting as an excellent base for exploring the fabulous North Coast.

Cabarete
Situated on this gorgeous stretch of coast are the tiny, colourful town of Cabarete, a water sports and socialite heaven, and the excellent dive sites of Sosua.

Damajagua Waterfalls
The Amber Coast is also the gateway to the celebrated 27 waterfalls of Damajagua, awe-inspiring pools etched out of limestone that offer the ultimate in island adventures.

Nightlife
Entertainment in the Dominican Republic centres around the bigger hotels, where the majority of shopping and nightlife options can be found. Colourful and lively, the island’s nightlife swaps the glitz and glamour of its Caribbean neighbours for a more laid-back and comfortable, but non-the-less delightful atmosphere.

 

Dominican Republic Area Information

Currencies:
  • Dominican Republic Peso (DOP)
Timezone:
  • America/Chihuahua(GMT-07:00) Chihuahua La Paz Mazatlan - New-7

Dominican Republic