When coming up to the entrance, say 2nm away, you can call “Safe Yachts” on ch 68 day or night for assistance with guiding you in through the entrance then into the harbor which has some shallow mud spots but at night it is very confusing re boats moored so close to each other and no wind, where we can find you a good anchor spot, pick-up One of the 3 local harbor guys moorings or take you onto the Puerto Blanco Marina docks then we can asssist you with check-in info all at no cost along with loads of other useful information on Luperon and the rest of DR, repairs, tours, motor bike and car hire, etc.
*Anchoring in the bay: Once you are settled down and if you should decide to move again, please note that there are some shallow mud spots (see Bruce van Sant’s map above) but mostly 12–22ft and it often runs deeper by the mangroves. The bay has a 2.5ft tidal change twice a day. If you want to re-anchor then remember, in the morning that the boats point West towards the government dock and they may lie over their anchors therefore set your anchor to the East trade winds with a scope that includes the height of your bow over the water. Lay the anchor on the bottom, its shank pointing West and don’t move otherwise it may plug up. Then layout a scope of 10:1 due West. Back down on it with successively stronger pulls until you get up to half your HP, then come back to 5:1 scope for chain and 7:1 for rode and then after all of this, change your watch to EST + 1 hour.