Details for Ocean World Marina and Casino
Name

Ocean World Marina and Casino
Position

Display in The Interactive Cruising Guidebook
Average rating 3.6 stars from 34 reviews

Address Calle Principal Playa Cofresi
Puerto Plata

PhoneUS 1-809-970-3373

After hours contact



Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - YES
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

VHF channel

16

Web sitewww.oceanworldmarina.com

Email contact

vmontesino@oceanworldmarina.com

Owner, manager

Wilfredo Nieves

Harbormaster



Dockmaster



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info



Payment discounts



Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:

Approach

Straight forward and well marked.

Tide

Unknown

Current

Strong

Tide & current additional info



Depths

Approach: 12
Transient dockage: 10
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - YES
Floating - NO
Fixed - YES
T/Alongside - YES
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 250
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: 17 berths over 100 feet. Maximum draft 12 feet. No maximum on beam.

Slips

Transient: Unknown
Total: 104
Transient price: $1.83/ft (2015-05-02)

Other price info: $1.66 per foot + 10% dock tax, reduced to $1.26 per foot + tax for stays in excess of 7 nights.

Moorings

Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

No

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Yes

Water (and pricing)

Yes - R/O potable water according to their information - but not recommended to drink.

Dinghy access

Yes

Liveaboard info



FuelGas: AVAILABLE
Diesel: AVAILABLE

Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:

Propane



Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access



Launch service



Pump out

Yes

Ice

Yes - Free delivery.

Trash

Yes - Bins are provided along the walkways. Contact the office for disposal of oil.

Showers

Yes

Heads

Yes - Only one toilet in each of the shower facilities.

Laundry

Yes

Grocery

Yes - The marina can arrange free transportation to an excellent grocery store (Tropical Supermercado) in Puerto Plata. Down the road from Tropical is La Sirena, which is similar to a mini Walmart where everything is available.

Hardware



Restaurants

Yes

Bars

Yes - Pool bar, inside bar and casino.

Hotels or motels



Repair capabilities

Yes

Haul out capabilities



Storage facilities



Fishing supplies

Yes

Chartering capabilities



Internet access

Yes - WiFi - one antenna for the marina, resulting in poor reception unless close to the antenna. Requires a WiFi extender to receive a good signal.

Boat ramp availability



Transportation

Yes - Car rental.

Other services



Attractions

Marine shows are conducted next to the marina (seals, dolphins, etc).

Reviews for Ocean World Marina and Casino
Friendly Marina, 2016-05-04
Captain: , Melbourne FL (120)

Easy entrance although reefs to starboard seem close. Friendly staff help mooring then easy quick clear in. Supermarket provide car to Puerta Plata we explored on foot then shopped next day rented a car $70/day incl insurance and went up to the mountains amber mines. Great! Bravissimo show and dinner great value at $60/person. Check out easy no requests for gifts.



Ocean World Marina, 2016-04-15
Captain: , Leamington, Ontario (620)

We are a 47 foot sailboat, 6 foot draft, 66 foot air draft. Easy harbour entrance, cement docks. Easy to check in/out. Great staff, Eddie is the best. The use of the pool is cheeky...they demand you purchase drinks/food to use the pool. Surgy marina, even with chafe guards dock lines get chafed. Good fuel, cheap. Grocery store will pick up and bring you back to the marina.



Good experience and friendly staff, 2016-01-19
Captain: , St Pete Beach, Florida (256)

We arrived in the morning and were directed to the fuel dock. The price is very low. Within an hour, two government officoials came aboard, and Victor from the marina came with them to interpret. We walked to the marina office and met with immigration, all done in less than 2 hours. Our slip has power and non-portable water. The wi-fi is excellent at our slip on E dock. We were told that we could use the casino's pool if we bought a drink at the bar, no problem. Laundry service is provided or do it yourself. The showers were clean with pleanty of hot water. There is a gym as well. Rental cars, although sparse, are a fair $60/day for 2 days or more. The grocery store will pick up marina guests, and the marina will take guests to buy bottled water. There is a 20% discount for ocean world and dinner theater onsight attractions. The casino restaurant is pricey, but the terrace cafe is reasonable. A small store on site sells liquor, chips, ice cream and bottled water. There are three restaurants within walking distance. There is a surge most of the time.



The one star is given for the staff being nice, 2015-12-22
Captain: , St Augustine, FL (73)

NO hot water for laundry facilities or showers for over two weeks. LONG dock walk to those facilities. Arrived and learned the swimming pool had just been jackhammer removed. Nothing was wrong with it. Have watched the rest of the beautiful Ocean World building art being destroyed with hammers since arriving. Nothing was wrong with it. It was beautiful before destruction. Currently, they are jackhammering out the pretty tropical planted islands in the the dock patio walkways. Surge is an issue as others have stated. The sea life shows are on very loud mikes affecting the docks. The disco, the casino, the pool are all closed indefinitely. There was nothing wrong with them.

No R/O water here as is stated in the Marina brochure. Office states it is not potable water any longer. Pump out isn't working.
WiFI is not working on D dock, and is sporadic at best on others.
The office lounge where there is wifi is not providing a/c. The doors are standing open all day. There is no realistic way to use the coin laundry. It is under the constant use by the Marina to do commercial laundry. When they walk away for what ever sudden reason the doors are locked. With their 28% added fees it is $6.40 per load for them to wash and $6.40 to dry if you trust them to do it. They do not want you in
their way doing your own coin laundry. Gave up on that after two attempts. Their friends all gather in the tiny space at the coin machines to chat when you try to go in there. The room is locked most of the time: always after 4pm and weekends through Monday, plus randomly daily. You can walk all the way with your laundry (no carts) and find the door locked at 'open' hours.
There are no golf carts for rent contrary to their current brochure.
Their is no free transportation to a yacht chandler contrary to their on line brochure. Jose Luis provides to his grocery store but the very best store is La Sirena which is a very expensive taxi ride...no shuttle.
Docks are quite high and very dangerous to get on and off your boat at low tide. The marina's beach is filthy with extreme high piled trash and open sewer drainage there.
Some days there is no water at all in the marina facilities or on the docks.
There are large marina patio areas, but no furnishings to sit and enjoy. A few lonely cheap plastic chairs are occupied by workers.
No dock carts. The terrace patio wifi is unusable for calls, as the music there is turned up very loud to please the locals. This loudness goes until three in the morning.
Even with a rental vehicle to see the area, the marina is so void of conveniences it is a mistake to stay here. Check in is efficient and they have fuel. After that it is time to leave. No discounts are offered in spite of the lack of amenities they have falsely advertised in their brochure. 28% fees are added to your dock fee.
Feeling badly for the staff since it is obvious they are next to be removed. This is a place wanting to do business with only the very large self sustaining yachts that don't need the amenities....just a lot of fuel. We will not return. We came here for the beauty of their facility and amenities. They have neither at this time.

Update. There is no use of the pool by Marina guests. Lifestyles resort took over most of the building.



Good place to enter the DR., 2015-12-15
Captain: , Kemah, TX (20)

As mentioned by others, Victor and Eddie make Ocean World a very simple and straightforward way to enter the DR. The officials were courteous, helpful, and professional. Any rumors about other ports of entry do not apply here. Within an hour, we were cleared in, cleared back out for a morning departure, fueled, and headed to our slip where Eddie and Pedro were, again, waiting. The docks are fixed concrete and a little high, but the fuel dock and our transient slip were fendered, and all docks have a wooden sill for the lines to pass over. There was a mild surge. it's also hard to complain about the prices after the Bahamas. Three of us dined at the on-site OW Terrace for a grand total of $35.



xlnt summer hurricane hole, 2015-09-15
Captain: , santa cruz california (10)

Here now, my FP Orana Cat, ALUNA, grt location in area of almost no safe marinas, xlnt staff, able to have Furuno serviced, rare indeed xlnt security, isolated from Puerta Plata, mega blue marlin/blue fin tuna catches offshore, good hurricane hole, DR very special place, grt people, safe.



Best of the Best, 2015-08-13
Captain: , ocean ridge (119)

Casino and Restaurants (2) open. Fuel, water, Ice electricity. Delivery of Ice and laundry pickup free. Fees extremely reasonable. Staff incredibly helpful. Ocean World park fun, close and discounted for marina. The Best place we have stopped since BVI, (we are headed west).

Staff just did everything possible. We arrived at dusk, not recommended as surf is high after 10am. Marina office closes at 5pm, but 2 staff helped us tie up, and the paperwork was no problem to do maņana.

Do not miss this place. Besides DR is awesome.





I think the future is very uncertain here, 2015-07-03
Captain: , Hampton, VA (2492)

We stopped here late April 2015 on the way back from Puerto Rico and literally watched the facility being transformed. Apparently, a time share resort and bought the majority of the property except the marina and dolphin park. Casino is closed, and everything is getting a facelift...but the end result so far doesn't look better.

Dockmaster is friendly and helpful. Officials behaved appropriately and office staff helpful.

Cruisers in the marina at the time we were there got ill. Long term liveaboards staying here boil their water for drinking. Apparently the water isn't safe. Luckily we had full tanks.....no icy drinks at the cantina.



Renovations with a smile...mostly, 2015-06-17
Captain: , Annapolis (30)

This was our first stop in the DR. Nothing to write home about; made the rounds to a great grocery store (not the one providing a courtesy lift -- the other one). The marina itself has only a small mini-mart with an ATM which we found to be very convenient. Additionally, if inclined to listen to a sales pitch, the Lifestyles Resort is nearby, but not worth the walk IMHO.

What is worth the walk (approximately 2 miles?) would be Le Papillon. To get there go to the end of the road, then a quick left and right, up the dirt road. It will be on the right. Then again, I'm sure a cab would be easy and cheap enough too. It was a great treat after a month or so working our way through the Bahamas. If you'd prefer not to venture off the marina grounds, they do have a decent bar and grill between the Casino and Marina office.

As for the amenities, the laundry as previously stated is available however you%u2019ll need to share it with someone who seems to be working there. The showers are another low point for this marina, minimal hot water if any at all and low pressure make it so that one might as well shower on the boat. After all the water is a flat rate, wo might as well use it?




Great staff, facilities lacking, 2015-05-08
Captain: , San Marcos, TX (865)

We arrived pre-dawn from South Caicos and went to the fuel dock at first light to check-in to DR. Staff was friendly, professional and helpful. Check-in took 2 hours with Customs and Immigration but was relatively painless. We docked on the t-head of D-dock for 6 nights (4/25-30/15). As previously mentioned, the casino, pool and much of the property is under re-construction. Wifi worked sometimes. Did not get fuel. There are several restaurants within walking distance. The area seemed very secure, with several gates to go through and many security people in the vicinity. Weather was calm while we were there and there was some surge. Good idea to have good chafe protection and lots of fenders. Rented a car to get provisions in Puerto Plata and do some exploring. (Do not miss the 27 Chacos in Imbert). The marina is in pretty rough shape, but the marina employees are terrific and are doing the best they can to help out and make you feel welcome.



Great staff, bleak setting, bring chafe gear, 2015-04-16
Captain: , Mallets Bay (60)

The approach is exciting, but no big deal. If north swell, you surf a bit, but calm when you round the beak water. the bigger problem is terrible chafe. the concrete can cut through a dock line in a fe hours if it's windy. you might even want to use chain.

The staff and clearing is where the marina shines. the staff are great, and speak very good English. the official are pleasent, don' keep asking for "something for me" and even wear shirts with collars. contrast with, say Samana, where the narcotics officer wears skin tight white jeans with a automatic stuffed in his pocket and the commendante has gold bling, and both, literally, ask for beer money before giving you your clearance.

Mind you, the concrete docks and empty offices are a bit bleak.

Mind you



enjoyed our stay, 2015-04-10
Captain: , Kingston,ON (20)

our first entrance into DR from TCI. Eddie the dockmaster was helpful and fruendly. Victor brought Customs/Immigration and Navy to the boat and translated for us. They are working on the marina and Casino. There is a shuttle to the grocery store. they take you and wait for you. Walked to off site restaurant and bars, gift store and convenience store.



nicely protected, 2015-03-19
Captain: , Meridian, ID (488)

Customs was good. Found a taxi outside that could take us to town for church. Coming into the marina towing a tender through the waves was stressful. Restaurant was good. 27 charcos was fantastic. A highlight of the whole Caribbean trip.



The place to clear in from T&C, 2015-01-28
Captain: , Tarpon Springs (250)

Good facilities, great staff. Victor the concierge meets you at the fuel dock upon arrival and serves as your interpreter with all the officials as you are cleared in. Everyone was professional and courteous. Eddie the Dockmaster is very hard working and helpful. There is surge but it is manageable. we have been to Luperon and there is simply no comparison. Ocean World, although more expensive is far less hassle with superior options in almost every category. we will definitely return.



Good facility, fine people, 2014-12-29
Captain: , Miami Beach (213)

Cleared into the DR at Ocean World Marina (Cofresi, Puerto Plata) just after Christmas. Good facility with friendly, bi-lingual staff; Eddie is the dockmaster and Victor is the concierge, both quite helpful.

Approach from the northeast, keeping the marina%u2019s outer rock wall close to port. Some of the offshore floating aids were missing and the inshore aids are small, easily lost from view in any kind of swell until close by. The marina entrance to port is hidden until you%u2019re quite close to the southwestern (near shore) end of the rock wall. Once inside, the fuel dock is immediately to starboard. Eddie helps you tie up there for clearance formalities. Victor accompanies the Navy and Customs officials%u2019 visit to the boat, provides Spanish-English interpretation, and then escorts you to the Immigrations office where fees are paid; $75 entrance fee for the boat (90 day cruising permit) plus $12.50 per person for crew. All officials were friendly, professional and seemed to sincerely appreciate the snacks and soft drinks offered.

Once cleared-in, Eddie will direct you to a slip and help with lines. Yes, there is surge throughout the marina and high, fixed concrete docks. But, that%u2019s why you carry plenty of fenders, lines and chafe gear, right? Complaining about it won't change anything, so focus your energy on tying-up with proper springs and chafe protection and you%u2019ll be fine. If in doubt, ask Eddie for help.

Casual and formal restaurants, liquor store, swimming pool, laundry and showers all on-site. The casino has closed but a Vegas-style dance review performs three times a week. Ground transportation is required to reach shopping and attractions in Puerto Plata, 20 minutes away. Victor can make arrangements for car rental or driver.



Best on the north coast of DR, 2014-04-17
Captain: , miami (120)

After two days in Luperon, we were ecstatic to find this place. Good docks, shore power, water, wifi at the marina office (but not all the time, and very slow), transportation to grocery shopping, terrific staff, sail repair on site!!! I recommend it highly



No Brainer, 2014-04-16
Captain: , Washington, DC (840)

Update: Let me begin by saying that all of the staff at Ocean World Marina were very friendly. However, Ocean World, like many of the resort type marinas in the Caribbean and Bahamas is overbuilt and under booked (mega docks empty and other docks less than 50 % occupied). Consequently, the infrastructure is suffering from deferred maintenance and management is looking for new income streams. The concrete docks with nice long finger peers need the cable trenches recovered and the meters are not working. In an attempt to do a work around Ocean World takes an amp reading when you plug in and when you get ready to leave and then does some sort of averaging. In my case they came up with a reading that would put my electric bill in the neighborhood of $2,000 USD per month if I stayed that long. When I pointed out how insane their method was, all I got was the %u201Cminimum-wage stare%u201D and overpriced fuel as a compensation (they had already ran my credit card). The water usage they wanted me to estimate. The shuttle to the grocery store takes you to Tropical, a store going out of business. The shelves looked like the old Soviet Union. A taxi ride to an actual operating grocery is $40 USD paid to the marina. They skim $8 and then pay the taxi driver. When you arrive, you must go to the fuel dock for check in. When I asked why, because at Puerto Bahia you are allowed to go to your slip, I was advised it was a customs requirement. But, the marina seemed disappointed that I did not use the opportunity to buy fuel. Upon check out, there was a 10% %u201CDock Tax%u201D added to the $1.66 per foot dockage making the slip fees actually $1.83 a foot. Evidently, the %u201CDock Tax%u201D is only in effect on the north coast because I was not charged in Puerto Bahia. So IMHO, if you are not into gambling or watching enslaved sea creatures perform for their dinner, Ocean World does not warrant the prices charged and Lupron deserves a chance. What was my overall feeling leaving Ocean World? SCREWED!

Two years previous: After all of the negatives we had heard about Luperon (corrupt officials, tricky unmarked entrance, and trash strewn harbor) Ocean World at $1.66 per foot for our 49%u2019 trawler seemed like a no brainer. When we arrived 4 line handlers greeted us and tied us off to the concrete docks. Customs and immigration was a snap under the supervision of a marina representative. The only one that wanted to inspect the boat was navy intelligence. I think he just wanted to see the engine room. The marina staff is very helpful and went above and beyond with every one of our requests. Yes, when the wind and waves are out of the north, expect some surge in the marina.



Perfect Port of Entry, 2014-03-11
Captain: , Afton, MN (120)

Nice facilities and great staff! Eddie (Dockmaster) and Victor (Concierge) make certain anything you need is taken care of without any hassles. Customs, immegration, navy, and drug enforcement personnel are very professional making this an ideal DR port of entry. A Puerto Plata grocery even picks you up at the marina to assist wiith your provisioning. Remember your chafe gear for the high docks.



beautful marina but a bit secluded, 2014-02-04
Captain: , Philadelphia (10)

Kind of like the DR's version of Sea World. A far cry from Luperon with not nearly the local charm but many more modern conveniences. Staff is very friendly and accomodating. Kind of far removed from everything and can start to fee a bit clausterphobic. We're here in the beginning of February and the wind howls every day. I need six dock lines to keep our boat in place.



A Home from Home, 2013-12-29
Captain: , Morgan City, Louisiana, USA (50)

Roberto and the rest of the staff are incredibly helful, clearing in / out is a breeze.
Everything you need is available in POP.
The Marina guys looked after my boat during a Tropical Storm and made sure she wasnt damaged....awesome people.
Sadly, I will never be back that way as the Pacific calls.....



Clean and well kept marina, 2013-04-28
Captain: , capetown (450)

Surge a bit uncomfortable but everything else top notch. Nice to take a break from the big cities and enjoy the Dominican hospitality. Shopping available in town with free transport. People at Ocean world marina aim to please.



Ocean World Marina, 2013-04-19
Captain: , Crown Bay Marina, St. Thomas, USVI (100)

Great place to check into the DR...Staff very friendly and outgoing to please their guests. Great Ocean Park and Restaurants, very reasonable prices and quality of food and service very good. Staying 3 nights.



Would not go back, 2013-02-17
Captain: , Texas (80)

We stayed here for almost the entire month of January. The staff and facilities are top-notch. After sparse accomodations in Bahamas and T&C, this was a real oasis.
However, very serious pitfalls here. The wifi is poor if your not close to the office, the advertised cable TV has been removed and the big one - surge like I've never experience. I got my first good nights sleep after we checked out and headed to Samana. A 28 day stay here cost us just shy of $1800. - they will not deal on the price unless you stay at least 3 months.
For one or two nights - its ok I guess but if I passed that way again, I would stay in Luperon Bay.



Extremely Accommodating, 2012-06-14
Captain: , St. Thomas, USVI (624)

We found the dock master here to be exceptional. He not only found us a person to repair a sail, but also was able to point us in the right direction on many other things including a special type of engine oil. The marina itself is clean and nice as was the adjacent hotel/casino/restaurant. Everyone we encountered was helpful, pleasant and eager to please. We stayed 2 nights.



Nice place, 2012-05-03
Captain: , Little River, SC (131)

Entered Oceanworld after a brief call to Roberto, one of the staff dockmen. Approach and entry was straight forward w/o challenge.

OW staff took care of the government requirements, Navy, M3, customs, and immigration in short order.

OW arrainged a ride to POP for reprovisioning at no cost.

Great place wish we had more time to spend.



Better than Luperon, 2012-03-14
Captain: , Halifax, NS (400)

We moved here after less than a week at Luperon. Good value for the money. The people were very kind.



Ocean World madness, 2011-06-02
Captain: , Newark, DE (250)

Coming into the marina single-handed was a bit overwhelming. There were 6' seas and I was surfing them in to the approach. Once you get closer you can see that they flatten out in the channel and it wasn't so bad. The staff were very accomodating and extremely helpful! No issues with customs or the navy, which I had heard other not-so-great stories about. The marina and resorts in the area were top notch, but the beauty of the country lies in the countryside and surrounding cities. Be sure to go explore. A tour is a must for the faint hearted driver. The marina can have a rental car delivered, but sure you are confident in you driving. "The English drive on the left, the Americans drive on the right, we Dominicans drive on the best side." We had no problems driving, but getting use to it took a few hours.

The surge in the harbor can be a problem, I saw many boats bouncing around, but we were in the north end of the marina, and although it was a long walk to the boat, she moved very little, comparatively. We still moved around more than my liking, but I also came in surfing 6' waves.



Beware the north swell, 2011-05-28
Captain: , Baddeck, Nova Scotia (160)

Mixed feelings about our recent visit to Ocean World. On the one hand the marina is clean, well maintained and staffed by friendly courteous staff. The facilities include almost everything we were looking for. Costs were more than acceptable. On the other hand turning an underpowered seventy foot boat in the channel with four foot swells coming in from the north was intimidating and resulted in us bumping in a trough mid channel on the way out.

I took 1500 gallons of fuel and changed filters and drained my Racors all the way to Clarencetown, Bahamas.

We were there "off season" and as a result the attractions were mostly deserted with about forty percent of the slips occupied and few people in the bars or casino.

Still, I'm certain to be going back again



Disney world??, 2011-04-23
Captain: , Kemah, TX (20)

The marina is good, open to swell from the North, well marked entrance. I found the staff helpful. Check in and out were a breeze with on site customs & immagration. The waterpark and casino were a bit over the top.



nasty surge, 2011-03-05
Captain: , Seattle (180)

nice marina but surge makes it lousy. I have never moved nor had to tie a boat down this badly in over 30 years. I would stay on Ocean before ever putting in to this marina.



Actually a little less than 4 star but not much, 2011-02-28
Captain: , Port St Lucie (514)

Easy night access in good weather. If you enter after hours security personnel help you tie up to fuel dock. Service and access to stores close by and Pueto Plata make this an easy stop. US mainland quality grocery store in Puerto Plata. Access to land excursions to water falls and cable car ride up the mountain are must do. Plus sea lion show and show at the marina are great. The only drawback of this marina is a persistant sea swell that can really move you around and cut lines on the concrete docks. Customs and immigration are done by marina based officers that work from a price list. No monkeying around and negotiating. Clearing in cost $43 plus $10 per person. Departure dispachio was $20. You will need this! Only other drawback was 6 am to 6 pm departure.

We'd definitely stay here again.



Ocean World Marina, 2010-06-23
Captain: , SW FL (541)

Ocean World is an excellent facility with courteous and efficient staff. We enoyed our stay and reprovisioned in nearby Puerto Plata courtesy of free transportation arranged by the marina to a good grocery store in town. All customs and immigration services are provided on site with the assistance of bilingual marina personnel.



Expensive, Marginal service, 2010-06-15
Captain: , The World (214)

Spent two nights never got the water turned on or power adaptor, requested many times.

Clearance went well, very easy since all government parties are there.




Very nice, 2008-07-13
Captain: , Sarasota, Ft. Lauderdale (643)

Great marina. But open to any swell out of the north.

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