You can also tune into our Luperon Cruisers radio net which will be announced prior to the start on Ch 68 then it is usually broadcast on Vhf 72 on Wednesday at 8am and Sunday at 9am as we would love to hear from you plus you can hear all of our local news.
Welcome to our safe anchorage and quaint little country town of Luperon, 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 as a tourist destination over the years. 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 we 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.htmplus you can also see this report from Passage Weather together with these superb video's of Luperon anchorage and the town and further down the page you can see video's taken by cruisers over the years, plus if you want to travel further afield to see more sights, such as the waterfalls, amber mines, etc. then feel free to speak to us to put you in contact with our friend of many years who is an excellent local tour operator/town council member and he speaks English, Spanish and French plus will teach you the history of the Dominican Republic and show you the sights all in one go. https://www.facebook.com/375692749183126/videos/1541802709238785/
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 "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 strong mooring, on the Puerto Blanco Marina, hotel and restaurant dock and then we can assist you with checking-in which is a simple procedure. If you decide to re-position then there is a 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 pesos to USD1 Oct. '19 so 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 an English, Spanish and French speaking Dominican lady estate agent which makes it easier for you. Here are some video's of cruisers over the years experiencing Luperon for the very first time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se0EwIqiPpk