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Bahia Luperon, which translates as Luperon Bay, is a lovely area popular with yacht owners and sailors on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. Explorer Christopher Columbus originally named the bay 'Bahia de Gracia' when he travelled through here during one of his Caribbean voyages and the area is still called this locally. Puerto Blanco is another alternate name for Luperon Bay and is often used when talking specifically about the marina.
Luperon is still a relatively small village that revolves around the boating community and the bay has developed into a thriving marina and tourist spot attracting water sports enthusiasts from all over the world. It is a popular stopping off point on longer journeys and an excellent staging area for cruising to other areas of the Dominican Republic by boat due to its central location and proximity to all the amenities needed for a sailing trip.
The property industry is growing quickly in Luperon as holidaymakers enjoying their stay in the region see the potential of buying land or a holiday home in the Dominican Republic so new buildings are appearing all the time. There are a surprising number of Europeans and Americans who have taken up residence in the village and they run a thriving little boating community of like minded people alongside the locals.
The village itself is fairly basic as a holiday destination as it is the completely separate Luperon Beach Resort where the luxury all inclusive hotels are located in this area. The shops cater mostly for the boat trade, diving and other water sports and there are a few bars and places to eat too. There are three grocery stores, one of which can arrange to have supplies delivered to the marina if you are docked there.
Luperon isn't far from the largest city on this part of the coast, Puerto Plata, so you are only a short drive away from shopping malls and supermarkets if you need major supplies. There are places to buy holiday souvenirs in Luperon and the village even has its own gift shop, pharmacy, doctor and dentist so the basics are all fairly handy.
The surrounding countryside of Luperon is stunning and the best way to see the best of it is on horseback as a lot of the terrain is inaccessible by any other means. Horse riding trips are run from a ranch in the village and cater for your specific ability as a rider.
is a reasonable enough nightlife based mainly around the bars in Luperon with music and dancing being the main attractions. Bachata is traditionally the favoured music of choice on the northern coastline of the Dominican Republic but merengue and salsa are also hugely popular and it can be heard almost everywhere you go, even through the day.
Water sports enthusiasts enjoy staying at the busy little port of Luperon because it's a fantastic base for scuba or deep sea diving along the reef that dominates most of the northern coastline, particularly if you have your own boat. Likewise yacht and catamaran owners enjoy the freedom of exploring the island from a centralised base and cruisers on a longer journey find it a convenient place to rest and stock up for a few days in the beautiful surroundings of the Caribbean.