In the October 2010 issue of All At Sea we suggested a route that will take you marina hopping around Puerto Rico. You could start the route from anywhere; it just depends where you are sailing from.
Assuming you are approaching Puerto Rico from the west, your first stop might be the new Marina Pescadería, whose logo is: Change your waypoint. The new marina is located on the island's southwest corner in the quiet and quaint Puerto Real Bay in the town of Cabo Rojo.
Jose A. Méndez, President of Marina Pescadería, is really excited about the marina opening in January because it will fill a void that existed up until now for boats going from Puerto Rico to the Dominican Republic or beyond, or boats returning from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico, and continuing east to the Virgin Islands.
Jose commented: "Marina Pescadería has a privileged location on the southwest coast of Puerto Rico, from where you can experience beautiful anchorages like Boquerón and Combate beaches, or make a convenient stop after a day of fishing in world renowned locations such as Pichincho, Desecheo Island, and Mona Island.
This area is a perfect place for marine activities such as sports fishing, sailing, diving, or just anchoring at one of our many pristine beaches. Marina slips on this side of the island were almost non-existent until now because the only marinas were private yacht clubs with no slips available for transient boats."
Plans for the marina started back in 1997 and construction was completed late last year. One of the marina's many advantages, besides its location, is that most employees are life-long residents of Puerto Real and have a life-long relationship with the sea, fishing, and both commercial and pleasure boating.
â€¢ Concrete docks with 97 slips
for vessels up to 76 feet.
â€¢ Slips fitted with dock boxes, water and
electricity from 1-30 amps up to 2-50 amps
for permanent and transient vessels.
â€¢ Daily to yearly rates.
â€¢ Diesel and gasoline.
â€¢ Free pump out station.
â€¢ Parking for 120 vehicles.
â€¢ Fishing supplies store, dive shop,
grocery store, and maintenance shop.
â€¢ Bar and restaurant.
â€¢ Transportation services.
â€¢ Controlled access and Security guard.
For more information and rates email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 787-717-3638.
Capt. Tony Miró is a life-long sailor, photographer and web developer who currently lives in Puerto Rico with his family, where they sail aboard their Hunter 376 Â¡Nada Mas! He runs sailboatspecs.com, caribesailingadventures.com and tonymiro.com