Category Archives: Dominican Republic

Los Haities National Park, Dominican Republic

We sailed overnight to Samana bay.  Cruise ships stop at Samana so their passengers can go whale watching in this bay where humpback whales nurse their calves.  We spent a few days in the main town of Samana before deciding to see more of the bay.

Los Haitises, Dominican RepublicWe sailed across the bay to Los Haitises National Park which Bruce van Sant called the “Bora Bora of the Caribbean”.  There were 4 boats that sailed with us that day and we out sailed them all…the nearest boat to us was Broad Reaching…fortunately we reached the objective bay and stopped the “race” before they could catch us!

 Los Haitises, Dominican RepublicLos Haitises, Dominican RepublicWe toured into the mangroves in our dinghies to see the caves and pictographs left by the indigenous Taïno. 

Los Haitises, Dominican RepublicPictographs in the Cuevas Ferrocarril (Railway Caves, named such because a railway used to run past the mouth of the caves) show that herons were common in those days as well.

Los Haitises, Dominican Republic  And of course we socialized with other boaters that we have met along the way…

 

 

 

Samana

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We did some sight seeing as well while we were waiting for a weather window in Samana, Dominican Republic.  Several boaters hired a driver and a guide for a day. We went to a beach, Playa Escondido, for lunch. While the restaurant was preparing our fish meal, Playa Escondido, Dominican Republicseveral of the men went on a hike to get a better view of the bay. Fellow cruisers had anchored here while working their way along the north coast of the Dominican Republic and experienced large, uncomfortable swells.

Playa Escondido, Dominican Republic After lunch we went to a waterfall for a pleasant, cool fresh-water swim.

Samana, Dominican Republic We meet interesting sailors along the way.  One man that we met, Jack (72 years young), is sailing his home made boat Fleet Wood around the world by himself.  He started in Seattle and he has made it about 3/4ths of the way.

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Ocean World, Dominican RepublicDominican RepublicIt was another overnight sail, complete with frightening thunder cells and rain squalls, to get to Ocean World Marina near Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.  Ocean World Marina has a Marine Park, similar to that in San Diego including friendly dolphins, and a casino.  The marina was clean and secure and fairly empty, so we were able to negotiate a reasonable rate with them.  But there WAS a lot of surge here and the authorities (Coast Guard/Military) will not issue a clearance to leave this marina if the swells/seas are too large.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Puerto Plata, Dominican RepublicRichard and I hired a taxi for a day to explore Puerto Plata that included a visit to the central square, the old Spanish fort, a cigar factory and the requisite visit to the local rum distillery.  The Brugal Rum Distillery was actually a blending and bottling plant, the rum having been distilled far away amid the cane fields.  But we were able to taste and purchase their product.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We rented a car one day with the crew off Broad Reaching: Steve and Jerry.  Richard drove around the area and we experienced the local parade at Luperon for their Independence day. Luperon, Dominican Republic We ate dinner at a truck stop – lots of meat and rice.  For vitiamins one needs to eat the marvelous local fruits.

 

Puerto Plata, Dominican RepublicThe driving in the DR is quite different than at home.  The locals use mainly motorcycles and scooters, even most taxis are motorcycles…  It is like a race when the lights turn green and all the motorcycles try to get out in front of the cars.