The bay is an excellent hurricane hole and food, drinks and apartments are extremely affordable. We were told that you can live very nicely on around $1,500.00 per month.
We went on an excursion into the mountains to visit the 27 waterfalls (www.27charcos.com). You first take a short two mile hike up the mountain to begin your journey down. The park has a total of 27 waterfalls and natural water slides that while wading and swimming down the river, you can decide to either jump off of the falls or take the natural slide to the next section. There hasn’t been much rain in Luperon this year so we were only able to visit 12 of the 27 falls. The highest falls we jumped off was around 30 feet. Not a fan of jumping off things, when it was my turn I felt I had no choice because the small 8 year olds that were in our group jumped off without any problems. So I sucked it up and just jumped. It was a blast and should be on your Must Do list if visiting this area.
We finally got the weather window we were looking for to allow us to safely make the next leg to Samana, about 150 nautical miles. We would leave Luperion and spend the first night at the Rio San Juan anchorage. This allowed us to knock off 54 miles and do the remaining 100 miles the following day. This turned out to be the best decision. Over the next week I made 3 trips to the emergency room, 2 to a lab for testing and 5 to the pharmacy. The result is that I had Blastocystis (parasites). Here is a link to WiKi’s explanation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blastocystis. The first round of medicine made it somewhat better but I was not feeling totally better so I got a second round of meds. Now after 10 days I am feeling just about 100%. Not sure exactly when I got the parasite, could be something I drank or ate or possibly floating down the river at the waterfalls.