Here is some information, which we trust will make your introduction to the safe and friendly little town of Luperon much easier. Over and above this, please feel free to drop on by our boat in the harbor "Fair Lady” (the White Morgan Out Island ketch with burgundy canvass and grey shade cover) or Tel/WhatsApp Denise & Michael on + 1 (829) 926-9392 and we will try to assist you or point you in the right direction plus we have made up a map of the most important places in town and can provide you with contact details on all recommended contractors.
The bay is mangrove water so many chose not to swim in it, but there is a lovely beach a couple of minutes dinghy/motor bike ride away which you can also walk to or hire a motor bike/3 wheeler motor bike taxi to enjoy BBQ’s, swimming, kayaking and have a great day out on the beach with your family, pets plus friends.
It is not just a safe anchorage, but also a very safe little rural town (farming and fishing) in the day or at night where you will find the local people so humble and friendly plus you do not have to worry about not being able to speak Spanish, or not speaking it that well, as there are people to assist you all around 😊
Why not see what Luperon, Dominican Republic has to offer you (check out the below link to a lovely drone video taken Nov. 2019 showing you the town and anchorage). Firstly, it is considered one of the safest hurricane anchorages in the world! (see Passage Makers link below with Chris Parker’s thoughts on same). The bay is mangrove water so many chose not to swim in it, but there is a lovely beach a couple of minutes dinghy/motor bike ride away which you can also walk to or hire a motor bike/3 wheeler motor bike taxi to enjoy BBQ’s, swimming, kayaking and have a great day out on the beach with your family, pets plus friends. A lot of cruisers buy motor bikes which are so reasonable here and then participate in fun rally’s. It is not just a safe anchorage, but also a very safe little rural town 24/7 (farming and fishing) where you will find the local people so humble and friendly plus you do not have to worry about not being able to speak Spanish, or not speaking it that well, as there are people to assist you all around. Due to the increasing severity of summer storms across the US East coast, cruising Bahama’s all winter and then ducking across via the Turks & Caicos or sailing up from other locations into Luperon is looking much more attractive than ever before plus Luperon can offer you: Excellent prices on everything with the exchange rate currently being at 50/1 (Dec. ’19) Free assistance with entry in the harbor: the entrance is clearly marked with standard navigational buoys and once you are in then you can call out “Safe Yachts” on Ch 68 and someone can guide you around some shallow spots in the anchorage and settle you down either on a mooring, on anchor or on a marina, then run up your Q flag and DR courtesy flag and stay on-board then you can get; Free assistance with check-in by “Safe Yachts” who will arrange same with the Navy and Luperon’s town councilman, who is fluent in English and French. The approx. cost for a 40ft sailboat with 3 crew = USD150 then USD20/month for the boat and budget for USD10/person for the visa/month, which decreases in cost with the amount of time you spend in DR plus you can stay here for as long as you want. There is also free assistance with check-out procedures if required (allow a 1-2 day’s notice for check-out as the officials need to inspect your vessel again). Plus, a big bonus is that if you want to go for a day sail down to the beautiful Cambiaso beach (it can roll there at night!), just go and see the Navy and chat with them; A visa is not required to enter Dominican Republic https://www.dominicanrepublic.com/dominican-republic-visa-2/ however upon arrival then one purchases a Tourist visa card for USD10 which lasts a month and then when it comes time to sail or fly out, the time you spend in the country is worked on a sliding scale so the longer you stay, the cheaper it becomes every month with your tourist visa! Here are the A very well protected anchorage which is virtually crime free being a small rural town (In Dec. ’18 there was petty theft on some empty vessels and a live-on-board but the perpetrator was caught very quickly and is still in jail and will probably be there for a lot longer as this small rural community and officials do not tolerate theft from cruisers); If you plan on flying back home, there are numerous well priced international flight’s from Puerto Plata which is 45 mins taxi ride or other major cities; There is a longstanding renowned boat services company (Safe Yachts) if you decide to fly home, who can offer full boat services such as mechanical, electrical, polishing, refurbishment, assistance with the “private sale” of your vessel, guardianage/boat watch, alarm systems for heading South plus lots more who are based on the water 24/7 with branches down the island chain and they can put you in contact with the local contractors for all other jobs. Excellent historical and adventure daytime or overnight tours in an airconditioned vehicle by our town councilman, who is also a fully accredited tour guide for many years; There is refrigeration, haul-out at the boatyard on a trailer (monohulls), canvass work, sail repairs, bottom and dinghy cleaning (this harbor is alive but it is so cheap to get bottoms cleaned here compared to down South!), etc; It is very easy entering Luperon with pets (Luperon is very dog friendly so they are welcome at most restaurants on leashes) but rather ask on the FB group “Luperon Sailors & Cruisers” re vaccinations required etc. as a lot of the long term live-on-boards with pets on-board will be more versed to provide full information on same; It’s a quick dinghy ride to the Puerto Blanco Marina to get your bearings (approx. USD0.50c/ft/day for monthly dockage up to USD1/ft/night for less than a week with free electricity – you must have insurance), a superb restaurant with lunch specials at USD3 (which is the case for most places in town), happy hour on Thursday afternoons from 4pm (lots of other drink specials in town also) free wi-fi, shower facilities and a small laundry machine plus superb hotel facilities ranging from USD25-100/night incl. breakfast and they can arrange a motor bike, 3-wheeler taxi service if required; Luperon is a mangrove harbor that gets 2 tidal changes a day with the gentle Trade Winds in the daytime and no wind at night (all you hear are tree frogs and rays leaping out of the water and the blow holes outside the bay, plus there are turtles in the bay and now and again manatee’s plus dolphins), so sometimes small patches of diesel hang around that are pumped out by the fishing boats and cruising boats alike. Unfortunately there is no “heads” holding tank pump out facility (which is the case in most of the Caribbean islands) so you can take a day sail out (just speak to the Navy as it is very easy to arrange with no problems re lots of paperwork etc.) and empty your holding tank 5nm off-shore or cruisers pump out into the bay or some have composting heads which they say are more friendly, but it is not as bad as the stories you may hear and you definitely cannot smell it! For the first few weeks you may smell the natural mangrove on low tide, but after a while you do not even notice that and there is no sewerage pumped into the bay by the town plus “the sea of cups” as it earned its name many years ago with styrofoam is now a lot less with wash off after the rain than say back in 2000; Excellent very well priced dental care for all procedures with “same day” or short waiting periods by the two dental clinics in town; A brand new “free” clinic/basic hospital (perhaps buy a small gift for the staff to say thank you). For any other serious problems, then it is a taxi ride away to the superb large modern hospital HOMS in Santiago or there is another smaller private hospital in Puerto Plata and one can get reasonably priced medical coverage here from approx. USD35 no medical check – USD125/month medical check required; Pharmacies that sell most script drugs over the counter; Gentle massage by a visually impaired lady in town plus an excellent resident EU chiropractor/firm massage therapist, haircuts by a UK lady, pedicures/nails, facials etc; RO fresh water for “drinking” from the ROYAL water plant (they put fresh water through a RO process) and then tap water from underground springs/rainfall for “washing” purposes only. Some cruisers make their own water 2-3 hours after high tide for “washing” purposes only but be prepared to change filters often with it being a mangrove harbor, or you can go and anchor out in the entrance of the bay to make water, clean the bottom and have a fun day of snorkeling, kayaking, etc.; Fuel, propane plus methanol for use in Origo stoves which burns clean that you can source locally, can be delivered to your boat at very reasonable rates by the 3 contractors in the harbor (try to use a portable filter/separator or Raycor filters on your engine for fuel as in the rest of the Caribbean just to be safe). A transport company with 5-7 day shipments direct from Miami to Luperon on smaller items at USD3.40/pound plus they will handle incoming courier packages (Fedex and DHL) or on larger items, a shipping company with 30-day delivery and cheaper rates; Wi-fi in the anchorage to your bullet (USD24/month) plus free wi-fi at the marina and most restaurants in town plus the 2 mobile phone companies have data packages or a little unit that broadcasts wi-fi at various rates depending upon the speed you require which seems to work very well for some people out in the bay and another option is to use your phone as a hotspot if you do not need to worry about taking it off the boat; Numerous exceptionally well-priced restaurants/café’s with specials and happy hours; 4-5 supermarkets plus little local shops; 2 x Banks/3 x ATM’s (you get a max. of 10,000 Pesos/draw (USD200) but you can put your card back in to try again and it usually gives you another USD200 so you never, know, perhaps third time lucky as well, however, 30,000 Pesos will go a long way in Luperon! Rather draw cash as there are some places that charge a high percentage to accept overseas debit or credit cards due to bank costs from this side; A well-stocked hardware store; Western Union; Two mobile phone providers with data and wi-fi services either from your phone as a hotspot or via a little unit for stay-on-the-boat use; Laundry facilities in town near to the security gate on the govt. dock or the 3 x local contractors can help you with same with collection and delivery; Motor vehicle Taxi’s to take you down to Puerto Plata or elsewhere at good rates (USD40 odd return to Puerto Plata); Various overseas consulates in Puerto Plata (45 min. drive) plus embassies in the major cities; International courier services for sending packages overseas can also be found in Puerto Plata; Car and motor-bike hire; Local motor bike taxi’s or 3-wheeler taxis to take you anywhere in town at very low rates; Free Yoga classes, movie nights, poker games, pool tables, motor bike off-road get-togethers, kayak outings, music jam sessions, dominoes, etc. and if you come to visit us, then whatever else you can share with everyone such as socials re tying knots and fancy ropework, etc. as it will be enjoyed by many 😊; A lot of cruisers arrive here and fall in love with Luperon due to the low cost of living plus the super friendly local people (when you have been here over a month it will take you longer and longer to walk through town due to having to stop to greet people back, especially if you do not wear dark shades!) and a lot of cruisers end up “swallowing the anchor” and moving to land, so if that is what you decide, then assistance is at hand to market your vessel for sale “by owner” at low rates by Safe Yachts, plus we have Jose and Rosa van Sant who are the two long standing property specialists in Luperon who can assist with house or land hunting. To see our anchorage and little town then visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4F4oO9wBng and to see the passagemaker report and comments by Chris Parker: https://www.passagemaker.com/trawler-news/dorian-hurricane-hole-luperon You can also visit our resident friend and author Bruce van Sant’s website http://www.thornlesspath.com/ Dominican Republic Cruisers FB group page https://www.facebook.com/groups/502195700382567/?ref=bookmarks Plus Luperon cruisers FB page https://www.facebook.com/groups/luperon/ to find out lots of information from the resident live-a-boards who will be only too happy to help answer any questions. NB: For any “NON” USA/Candian passport holders who do not hold a B1/B2 USA visa but can qualify for a USA ESTA visa https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/ which you buy on-line cheaply to be able to sail to Puerto Real, PR (currently the only check-in on the West coast as at Nov. ’19) from Dominican Republic , then you can get an ESTA visa and then either catch the ferry across to San Juan Puerto Rico https://ferriesdelcaribe.com/main.php to activate it to be able to sail into USA territory on your own boat or else you can catch a flight from Puerto Plata near to Luperon and fly to San Juan PR which is probably cheaper than the ferry. If you should be sailing up the island chain from down South, then you can check-in at BVI Roadtown, buy an ESTA visa on-line as above, catch the cheap ferry for the day to USVI to activate it and then you are free to sail to USVI, Culebra and PR by just phoning in whenever you drop the hook (they will give you their phone no.) and when it comes time to cross the Mona Passage to DR then you can “only check out at Puerto Real Marina on the West Coast” so easily via fax as the other office is closed.
So now we are home with our family and Dominican friends to find that sadly not much marketing was done on Luperon as a cruising destination since Michael left in 2006 so it’s now time for us to put the town of Luperon back on the cruisers map to make it as successful as our Grenadian branch is. Denise & Michael