Puerto Rico and Spanish Virgin Islands

Discover Puerto Rico and Spanish Virgin Islands

Clearance Puerto Rico Culebra Vieques

Puerto Rico islands, and the Spanish Virgin Islands of Culebra and Vieques in particular, are great pleaces for sailing!

The archipelago of Puerto Rico counts a total of 143 islands, islets and cays, of which Puerto Rico is the main island. The coasts and islands truly offer natural untouched beauty, with many aficionados coming back every year. Vieques and Culebra in particular have incredible beaches.

Clearance in Puerto Rico

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There are strict security procedures for leisure yachts arriving in Puerto Rico, which are executed by the United States CBP, Customs and Border Protection.

Unless previously authorized to report arrival by app or phone, you are requested to report physically for inspection when arriving to Puerto Rico islands, either from USVIs or foreign ports. The Alternative Inspection Programs which are accepted in Puerto Rico are:

  • the CBP Reporting Offsite Arrival - Mobile (CBP ROAM)
  • the Verified Traveler (including LBO, and I-68 numbers)

Consult this link for more information.

Report by phone upon arrival

When arived at a designated inspection site, the Master of the vessel needs to call by phone to report arrival, and to report:

  • LBO or Float Plan number (when applicable)
  • Name, date of birth and citizenship of all persons on board (including passport number and visa information if applicable)*;
  • Name of the boat and/or boat registration number and nationality
  • CBP user fee decal number (if vessel is 30 feet or longer);
  • If qualified foreign vessel, cruising license number
  • Return contact number


Designated sites for inspection at ports of entry for private boats operators in Puerto Rico

Call 1-877-529-6840 or (787) 729-6840, 7 days a week from 8am to 00am.

When arriving later, 

  • if you have a US phone number: leave a message with boat name, registration number, date and time of arrival and a return telephone number. 
  • if you do not have a US phone number: call again after 08am upon arrival. 

Instructions on entering procedures will be given to you for the following inspection sites:

Port of Fajardo
Puerto Real Municipal Pier
In front of the Custom House
(787) 863-0950
(787) 863-0102

Vieques Station
Mosquito Pier
(787) 741-8366
Alternate: (787) 863-0950

Culebra Station
Dewey Dock Ensenada Honda
(787) 742-3531
Alternate: (787) 863-0950

Port of Ponce
Ponce Pier
Caribbean Image Marina
(787) 841-3130
(787) 841-3131

Port of Mayagüez
Mayagüez Seaport
(787) 831-3340/3368/3369/3370
(787) 882-3556/76 (Airport Phone#)

Port of San Juan
San Juan Marinas:
San Juan Bay Marina
Club Náutico de San Juan
Cangrejos Yacht Club
Alternate: (787) 729-6840

Decal stickers

These stickers apply to all private vessels of 30 feet and over, and indicate that the entry in the US has been paid for the calendar year.

If the vessel does not have a decal yet, you must fill in an application and pay for the User Fee when reporting to CBP.

There are two ways to obtain your decal:

  • Online on the Decal and Transponder Online Procurement System (DTOPS)
  • Via a paper application 
    • by post with the Renewal sent automatically to you,
    • by claiming a form  from a local CBP port office,
    • through the Help Desk (Phone (317) 298-1245 or email decals@dhs.gov )

Failure to Report:
Please note you risk civil penalties. Report to the official page for more information.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Marinas

Puerto del Rey Marina

This place is our favourite, and that is why Caribbean Multihulls has chosen to locate its office in Puerto del Rey marina. It is based on the coast in Fajardo on the east of Puerto Rico island, and conveniently close to Vieques and Culebra islands. 

San Juan Bay Marina

San Juan Bay Marina is located on the coast of Puerto Rico's capital San Juan, only 15mn by car/taxi from international airport Luis Muños Marin! This is perfect for those who would like to leave their yacht in the marina and be able to access it fast any time.

Club Nautico de San Juan

Also located in Puerto Rico's capital of San Juan close to the airport, the Club Nautico de San Juan has been running for over 85 years. It is open to vessels from 30 feet to 250 feet.

Yacht Club Marina of Palmas del Mar

Located on the coast in Palmas del Mar, south east of Puerto Rico island, the Yacht Club Marina has direct access from the ocean. The yacht club offers a relaxed, family oriented atmosphere.

Island of Vieques

Docking on the island of Vieques

Vieques in an incredible place, but there is no marina. Sailors are begged to respect its gorgeous natural beautiful environement.

You may anchor:

  • in Esperanza, which is located on the South coast. There are two offshore cays.
  • in Isabel II which is located on the North coast of the island.

Whether in Esperanza or Isabel II, you will find bars and restaurants that you can reach by foot. 

Island of Culebra

The island of Culebra is located 23 miles west of St Thomas (US Virgin Islands).

Docking on the island of Culebra

The island of Culebra is renown for its hurricane proof harbour. However there is no marina as such. You may dock at the following:

Culebra Dinghy Dock (Restaurant)

As indicated in the name, you can conveniently dock your tender at Culebra Dinghy Dock restaurant and enjoy a great view.

Casa Enseñada

The Casa Enseñada guest house offers accomodation, docking for your boat and hight speed internet.

Dewey Boatyard

Duwey boatyard is located in Dewey harbour, the capital of Culebra island.