Then, welcome to our safe anchorage and quaint safe little country town of Luperon,
Luperon is located in the Puerto Plata province of Dominican Republic which is also often fondly referred to by the locals as "Gracias a Dios" which translates to "By the grace of God" or "Thanks to God" due to her being so well protected from hurricanes over the years.
Although there is no record of early inhabitants, the name Puerto Blanco (white town) possibly came about after the many Spaniards who came here to trade timber.
It is also said that in 1492 Christopher Columbus brought his 2 ships into Luperon anchorage for protection from a storm and we can all see why! He then went on to name it "Bahia de Gracias" (Thanksgiving Bay) which is also used to this day.
Luperon's beaches have made it well known over the years as a tourist destination but sadly the big beach hotel ceased trading many years ago and lies partially derelict.
The bay contains extensive mangroves (hence the color of the water which is really alive with "little critters" and it is an ecological habitat for many species.
At night it becomes so calm in the bay that the stars are reflected in the water like diamonds.
If you dinghy out to the beach by the entrance (a couple of minutes dinghy ride) then you can find lovely sand and clear water to have fun in and one can have spit roast and BBQ parties out there with music and games.
For lots of useful information on Luperon you can visit our good friend Bruce van Sant's website (Bruce is the leading cruising guide publisher for many years on the area from Bahama's down to the Spanish virgin islands such as Culebra, Puerto Rico) http://www.thornlesspath.com/index.htm
The topography of Hispaniola means that hurricanes coming from the South are broken up by the time they have crossed over 150-200 miles of large mountain ranges on their way to the North coast so they just bring lots of rain. When they pass Luperon out at sea on their way to the Bahamas, everyone will rush into the mangroves just to float gently out again after winds of 40 or 50 knots if that. So right in the middle of the hurricane belt there is little Luperon which is a safe haven from the worst the hurricane season has to offer.
Coming into Luperon anchorage you can call "Puerto Blanco Marina/Safe Yachts" on channel 68 and we can come out by dinghy to guide you into the harbor to either go on anchor (very good holding in mangrove mud), on a mooring of one of our 3 local guys, on the Puerto Blanco Marina, hotel and restaurant docks and then we can assist you with checking-in which is a simple procedure. Just come on over to the Puerto Blanco Marina Cruisers Information Center/office where we are based and where we are also management of the marina and hotel and we can help you with bookings and services at the marina and book taxi’s/tours/car & bike hire and can assist you with all of your needs And information on Luperon and the whole of the DR with our link up with the dept. of Tourism.
If you decide to re-position your anchor then there is an approx 2ft tide twice a day with depths of 12-22ft (refer to Bruce van Sant's information on the harbor regarding the position of a couple of shallow mud banks which you may be stuck on until the next high tide!)
You will find the local people in this little country town super friendly and Luperon is very safe 24/7 so you do not need to worry about crime plus it is totally affordable compared to so many other places in the Caribbean (50 odd pesos to USD1 Oct. '19 so a lovely lunch special is USD3/plate !) However do get into the habit here of locking your dinghy to the government dock on a long chain as you will need to do this further down South for sure!
A lot of cruisers have sailed in here, fallen in love with Luperon and have hung up the ropes and moved to land to either rent or buy, so if you should ever think of doing that, then feel free to speak to us as we know estate agents that speak English and French who can assist you with same. Here are some video's of cruisers over the years experiencing Luperon for the very first time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se0EwIqiPpk