We welcome all cruisers to the safe bay of Luperon.
Please feel free to Safe Yachts on vhf 68 when you are close to the entrance for free guidance into the harbor. We can then put a call out to both of the mooring contractors if needed or advise re anchor spots, assist with information re check -in procedures as the port officers for the Ocean Cruising Club and the host station for the Seven Seas Cruising Association and if you are not a member of these two associations, then we will also gladly assist you.
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 many 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 hotels ceased trading many years ago and lay 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 including turtles and manatees.
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 to 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.
You will find the local people in this little rural town to be super friendly and town is very safe 24/7 so you do not need to worry about crime (Even so just always be aware of expensive personal items like anywhere else in this world which you must secure on your boat under lock and key and an alarm if fitted plus get into the good habit of locking your dinghy on the govt. dock which is important the further south you go), plus DR is totally affordable compared to so many other places in the Caribbean (58 pesos to USD1 December ‘20) so a lovely lunch special is just under USD3/plate! 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 a long standing highly reputable estate agent who speaks English who can assist you with same and we can assist with the sale of your vessel. Here are some video's of cruisers over the years experiencing Luperon for the very first time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se0EwIqiPpk