Marina Puerto Bahia

Marina Puerto Bahia, Santa Barbara de Samana: Address, Phone Number, Marina Puerto Bahia Reviews: 4.5/5

Marina Puerto Bahia
4.5
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Imagine a place in the Caribbean surrounded by a contrast between the mountains, the sea, and a beautiful marina in Dominican Republic, bringing to life the perfect harmony between natural beauty and human creativity. A place where summer lasts all year long and every day begins with a new experience; exploring incredible destinations, enjoying a safe and familiar environment. Well, stop imagining, that’s Puerto Bahia. Puerto Bahia is also a full service marina in the north end of Samana Bay, in Dominican Republic. Samana is widely known as the top cruising ground of the Dominican Republic. Located in Samana, Dominican Republic, Puerto Bahia offers the highest standard in commodity and luxury whether it’s in its exclusive Bannister Hotel or in any of its many residences; apartments, villas and townhouses.
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Edgar
New York City, NY7 contributions
Picture Perfect
Dec 2019
Marina Puerto Bahia is picture perfect! The infinite pool, the food and service make this place the best brunch place to chill with your family and or friends.
Written 4 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Sam
Austin, TX86 contributions
Wonderful Puerto Bahia with Bannister Hotel Amenities
May 2019 • Friends
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The stay here was amazing! The location makes it a bit more difficult to get to beaches, but we loved how secluded the marina felt! It was so nice to have three restaurant options AND have the help of Nancy. Nancy was available 9-5 unless asked to come earlier or stay later. She cooked us dinner one night, made us breakfast one morning and went out to get us fresh fruit and cut it all up for us!!! With a group of 8, we all slept very comfortably, most of us in our own individual beds. With 3 and 1/2 bathrooms, we found it very easy to coordinate short showers (to conserve hot water).
Everyone here for the most part was very friendly and helpful. We did have two Spanish speakers traveling with us, which in this area seemed more important than not.
First day of traveling, we used Ken’s company Santo Domingo Taxi. $195 each way from the Santo Domingo Airport. Which is an awesome deal for a big 12-person van all the way out the 2 hour drive to Samana. The driver brought an English translator and they stopped at a mini market along the way for us to grab some snacks and rum/drinks.
Second day, we took the $20 ferry ride (roundtrip 11am-4pm) to Cayo Levantado from the Puerto Bahia Marina. Cayo Levantado was very nice tourist spot. Fun and lots to eat and drink. After one day, that was enough.
Third day, we use Raymond Tours to go to Los Haitises National Park. It was a pretty neat walk through of beautiful caves and boat through peaceful mangroves. Because we spent the day prior on Cayo Levantado, Raymond set us up with a ride to Playa Rincon! Raymond was so amazing! He personally escorted us to Playa Rincon and took us to a couple local spots. It was a beautiful day!
The next day we used to hang out at the villa, enjoy the sun by the infinity pool and drink pina coladas. There is an empty pool near the top of the sprawling complex. Another large pool near the bottom. An infinity pool by the ocean. And a small pool on the second floor near the gym of the Bannister hotel. The only thing that would make it better was to have a hot tub! Our villa had a small pool which was nice to stick our feet in when we were waking up and drinking coffee.
The final day of Dominican fun, Raymond arranged an escort to take us to Las Terrenas for shopping and food. Las Terrenas was such a cool town! It was more touristy, artsy and accessible to explore. I think would definitely come back and either spend a couple nights there or use that as home base. The beaches surrounding the town were gorgeous but more populated than the others we have seen. Around 2, we had our escort drive us to Playa Bonita. Playa Bonita was a quieter spot and so beautiful. There are hotels and houses lining the beach though. It was still secluded and made it easy to relax. Playa Bonita was a good beach to walk for miles and just forget all the stress from back home.
Final day, we had Nancy cook us a last breakfast and we packed up before our ride from Santo Domingo Taxi picked us up for the airport.
I think the best parts of the trip were the days Raymond took us to Playa Rincon and a little fresh water inlet to the ocean nearby Playa Rincon. And when we went to Playa Bonita. Seeing the endless beaches really made us all feel so fortunate!
When it comes to the currency, none of us traded US dollars into RD$. However, they do give you RD$ back in change, so download a currency app. Having the app really helped us all out!!! Make sure you double check the change because there were a couple times someone tried to give us back wrong change. Tipping is 28% in Dominican. Rather than the normal 20% we use in US. Taxes are high, as well. Ordering one beer at the resort cost $7 without tip. Just so you have an example of the price.
The mini market at the resort was nice. Pricier than the ones in town, so it was good to be able to stop before you go to the resort. We got lots of American snacks, like Mac n Cheese, Pringles, sour patch kids. And we got lunch meat and bread. Coke, sprite, milk, sugar, coffee and filters. Nancy went and got the vegetables, chicken, eggs, and fresh fruit for us.
There was no wifi at the villa which was somewhat annoying because the villa was supposed to have it, so no one had pre-booked the international plans on their phones. So we all had to go down to the lobby where WiFi was available and pay an extra $10/day for adding the international plan. Unexpected costs. The host was apologetic but nothing was actually attempted to fix the issue. First world problems, I know. But we all have kids to check in on so it was necessary to get internet. We still had a great time.
The views from two of the bedrooms, and downstairs were breathtaking. Ocean and lush jungle foliage everywhere. The ocean is very rough around here, so no ocean swimming by the marina. There is no beach within walking distance. There’s a small “beach” but filled with debris from the ocean, not usable.
There is a billiard room with a foosball and pool table. We spent two evenings here drinking tequila, listening to music, playing pool, cards and foosball. We thoroughly enjoyed this part of the resort amenities!
The restaurant by the ocean has a small menu of tacos, fish, apps etc. we typically ate at the restaurant on the ground floor by the mini market. This had the most wide variety options of beef, fish, pasta, delicious pizza, drinks, and dessert. The service was great, but the taxes definitely sneak up on you! When traveling with a big group, tell them when ordering if you’re paying separately!!! The staff were mostly friendly. We did not try the upstairs restaurant, which I believe is only breakfast and lunch.
We spent 5 nights here and I think 6 or 7 nights would have been better. I feel like just one more day would have been satisfying. I wasn’t quite ready to come home.
Thank you for such a wonderful stay!
Written 8 May 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

wanterer44
Vancouver, Canada100 contributions
Beatiful
Jun 2016 • Friends
This Marina is a hidden gem. Inexpensive by American standards and really clean. Security is around the clock and the staff shield you from the corruption of the port entry BS by having a member of the navy in an office right at the marina.
Written 6 April 2017
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Courtney C
156 contributions
Off the beaten path
Dec 2016 • Couples
We rented a villa here for a New Year Vacation. This property is about a 2-3 hour drive from SDQ airport. A journey through the city, but beautiful once you arrive. The property is safe and gated. For the holiday, the property had a New Year Bash with open bar and buffet.

The property has a nice mini market to do your shopping which also has wine and liquor. There are 2 restaurants that are OK. The breakfast location I did not find to be good. We cooked our own breakfast after that. There is a ferry that will take you to Cayo levantado for $15. Convenient and easy!

Overall a great choice for a relaxing and peaceful holiday.
Written 9 January 2017
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Lisa B
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic42 contributions
If you want peace and quiet
Aug 2016 • Family
Puerto Bahia has apartments and villas in a private gated community. The project has been unable to sell all its properties so it is rarely crowded or busy.Villas have their own little pools and the project has 3 big shared pools. There are 2 pricy restaurants on site. Food is not great. As a local I recommend having breakfast and driving to one of the many beaches to spend the day.Then return for a pool dip and get ready for dinner.
Beaches? There are many.Take a boat to Cayo Levantado or go to Las Terrenas which is 40 minutes driving.La Playita is another option.It takes about half an hour to arrive.
Written 9 November 2016
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Maria B
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic15 contributions
Great place, super quiet and safe
Feb 2016 • Family
We rented a house at Puerto Bahia. The place is absolutely nice, really quiet and low level of occupation. Buildings are quite new and at least our house was super well equipped, overseeing the bay and the marina.
Views are great. Restaurant is not very good, OK for pizzas. The mini market has a good variety, but is quite expensive. Therefore, you may want to bring your own food to cook and just shop for what you may have missed.
Written 19 February 2016
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MichelleO1212
Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic3 contributions
Relax
Jan 2016 • Family
Went for New Year's Eve with my family and thought the place was beautiful. We stayed at a villa with an incredible view, and it had everything we needed to enjoy our stay. I enjoyed riding my bike all over Puerto Bahia and recommend watching the sunset while having a drink by the endless pool at cafe del mar or having a nice cup of cappuccino by the marina. You can pay US$15 for a boat ride to Bacardi Island or as us local know as Cayo Levantado, where you can spend your day enjoying the beach.
You can go to many of the best beaches in Dominican Republic, like Playa Rincon, Las Terrenas, Las Galeras, Portillo, but you will need a car or to purchase a tour at the hotel.

Don't forget your bathing suit, camera and plenty of sunscreen.
Would definately go back.

Pros
Peaceful and Beautiful
Access to Bannister Hotel and Cafe del Mar and to its atractions
Mini Market
Private Pool or Jacuzzi
Fully equipped kitchen
BBQ
TV/Home Theater
wifi
Laundry room

Cons
Not a nice Beach compared to DR standards
45 minute ride to the closest beach
A bit pricey
Written 9 January 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Dave H
San Marcos, TX34 contributions
Outstanding marina, staff and amenities
May 2015 • Couples
We docked our sailboat here for 2+ weeks in May (2015) waiting for a weather window to cross the Mona Channel to Puerto Rico. This is one of the nicest marinas we've stayed at since leaving the US more than a year ago. Great docks, amazingly helpful and friendly staff. It is part of a beautiful resort, so we had access to 3 restaurants, two pools, spa, gym, and even a small, well stocked grocery on the property. Good clean fuel available (diesel and gas). The marina manager, harbormaster and all the dockhands were on the spot if you needed anything. Can't say enough good things about this facility and staff. Thanks, we plan to stop here again on our return voyage.
Written 29 June 2015
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Denice S
DeWitt, MI1,596 contributions
Worth the Visit
Feb 2015 • Solo
During our visit to the Dominican Republic, Puerto Bahia was the last stop on our shore excursion. The building we stopped had an inviting outside seating area. I could see me sitting on these comfy sofas sipping a cool drink while reading a book or watching the boats in the marina. At the café, we had pizza and soda pop … on its own would not entice me to come here … but the view is worth the visit.
Written 4 March 2015
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