The Dominican Republic
As we near landfall, the smell of flowers greets us on the predawn breeze and as we get closer I detect the smell of smoke, inoffensive and almost like a pleasant cigar smell. The vegetation covered volcanic mountains are a nice change after the low shrubs and coral of The Bahamas.
Clearing into Customs and Immigration is quick and easy at this marina – everything is on site. There seems to be lots and lots of rules and money requests when it comes to leaving a port and entering another. Stopping at an anchorage (where there is no Customs) is not allowed. That means our next hop will have to be another overnight. Ahhggh!
The othe three boat left the following day for Samana, but I’m too tired to think straight. We miss the chance to get a dispatcho so we can leave the marina and catch the small weather window. There will be high winds and big seas for the next week or so. So hear we stay.
This marina has lots of things to see and do. There is a sea lion show twice a day that we can hear from our dock.
Atop the casino is a lovely cigar bar with a magnificent view.