Dominican Republic to transform Arroyo Barril and Barahona Ports for cruise ship tourism
Pedernales.- Following the successful completion of the first phase of the Port of Cabo Rojo in Pedernales, marked by the arrival of the first cruise ship, the Dominican government is now focusing on redeveloping the Arroyo Barril port in Samaná. The aim is to convert the existing loading dock into a modern infrastructure for tourist boats.
Jean Luis Rodríguez, director of the Port Authority, announced that the transformation of Arroyo Barril into a cruise ship port is slated to begin in 2024, with completion expected in 2025. The government also aims to finalize the transformation of the Barahona port within this year. The upgraded Barahona port will be equipped to accommodate medium-sized cruise ships, enhancing its capacity to welcome tourists.
Furthermore, Rodríguez emphasized that with these developments, the Dominican Republic is set to have eight ports capable of receiving cruise ships. Notably, four of these ports will be able to accommodate the largest and most modern cruise vessels, carrying up to seven thousand passengers.
These expansions and improvements signify a significant boost to the nation’s tourism infrastructure, positioning the Dominican Republic as a major cruise destination in the Caribbean.