Docked at Ocean World Marina

Ocean World at Confressi, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, how do we describe it? A new friend, Hans from Holland, put it simply -“Over the Top”. Almost everything you might want in the way of amenities is here, fantastic showers, big laundry, restaurants, pool, casino, dancing girls, marine park, dolphin shows, helpful staff, but little in the way of marine services. 

Ocean World Marina Resort
Ocean World Marina Resort

The offices, shops, laundry, showers and conference rooms are housed in the three story building to the left. On the hills behind are hotels and condos.
The Casino
The Casino

A massive restaurant and function hall lies between the casino and office buildings; the marine park and water shows are off to the left of the Casino.
Ocean World Administration
Ocean World Administration

Just an amazing facility, but all this majesty comes at a price many are unwilling to pay. We stayed at the docks there for just over a month, putting a major dent in our cruising budget for the year, but staying here gave us an opportunity for exploration and friendship that can only be attained when you stay in one place for a considerable period of time.
Our Friends at Ocean World
Our Friends at Ocean World

All the staff knew us; we developed a close friendship with the concierge who invited us to her home one night for dinner, although we were unable to join her. We were able to explore the country, one of our primary reasons for cruising to other lands.
Marine and Theme Parks
Marine and Theme Parks

Though all the photos we have of Ocean World show a quiet, peaceful marina, these photos are not an apt description of the marina itself. There is an almost constant surge rolling off the Atlantic around the corner and into the marina. Most days the waves and swell crashing against the breakwater sound like vicious thunder claps rumbling over the horizon. Spray constantly blasted over the top of the massive rock wall, and the 20 to 30 knot wind would send the spray streaming over our boat, some 100 yards from the eastern wall. Ocean Angel was constantly moving and covered with spray while here. We installed chafe protection on every line, all 10 of them and dangled every fender we owned to protect our topsides from the solid concrete docks. Our only complaint was that the docks were too high for the average 40-something foot cruising boat; great for a 60 footer or more, but not for us. I had to be an acrobatic climber at low tide to get on the dock. For Joy, access at low tide was an impossibility.  Meters169
Here’s a little hint; we always take a photo of the meter readings when we first plug in at a marina; that way if there is ever a dispute, you have the date and time of your meter reading digitally stamped on your camera. This little trick saved us nearly $100 on a power bill at a marina in Central America. 

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