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Dominican Republic - Getting There by Sea
The cruising season begins in November and lasts until the end of April. There are now plans by Carnival Cruise Line to build a new cruise terminal in Maimon just outside Puerto Plata which should be ready in a couple of years.
There is also a car and passenger ferry which sails from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico, leaving from Santo Domingo. It takes around 13 hours and is an overnight journey. As well as seats it is also possible to book cabins in order to arrive refreshed in Puerto Rico. It has been known to go out of service for six months or so at a time, so it is always worth checking if it is still running. Whilst there are regular air flights the ferry can be useful if you have a lot of things to buy in Puerto Rico, avoiding the baggage limit. Users of the ferry should however be aware that the same customs restrictions apply.
Ferry Santo Domingo to Puerto Rico
Tel: 809 688 4400
This guide was compiled with the help of Lindsay de Feliz, a British expat blogger living in the Dominican Republic. Visit her blog at yoursaucepans.blogspot.com.
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