As the capital of Guadeloupe, Basse Terre is a popular vacation spot all its own. Add in the fact that it is an official port of entry and home to a full service marina, and few sailor can resist planning their next adventure to this picturesque destination.
Don't know how to sail yourself, or simply want to relax while someone else does the work? No problem! There are several tour operators in the area that specialize in sailing trips. Some are simple tours along the coast, others are sunset dinner tours, and some are more adventurous, with stops for snorkeling and swimming.
If you simply want to experience some time on the open water, without the complications and cost involved with renting a boat you should take a day sailing excursion. Check out the chart below to obtain names and phone numbers for area day sail providers.
|Le Nautilus||(059) 098-7034||Plage de la Malendure - 11.9 mi. (19.2 km) North-Northwest of Basse Terre|
|Whale Watching Guadeloupe||(069) 030-0991||Rocher de Malendure - 1.7 mi. (2.7 km) South of Basse Terre|
If you do have the skills to sail but don't want to make the journey all the way to Guadeloupe, you can wait until you arrive in Basse Terre and charter a boat. There are several different operations in the area that offer a variety of vessels perfect no matter what your sailing knowledge is.
If you're starting to research a charter boat, you can call one of these area firms:
|Naviguez Anne Caseneuve||(068) 269-3813||Anse a la Barque - Vieux Habitants||Basse-Terre|
|(059) 098-8243||Plage de Malendure - Bouillante||Basse-Terre|
|Rêve de Nav’||(069) 091-1100||Petit-Bourg||Grande-Terre|
Basse Terre is an official port of entry, so if you're planning to sail to this destination instead of fly or cruise you should be able to do so with ease. As you sail in, you'll fly your yellow quarantine flag and the captain of the boat will meet with customs and immigrations officials while anyone else onboard stays on the boat. Necessary documentation includes the clearance form from your last port of call, the boat's registration, and passports for all crew and passengers. All of this can now be handled by computer at the marina.
Planning to visit Basse Terre in your own vessel, or a charter from a different location? The following table provides a quick summary of marinas in the area.
|(059) 086-7943||Route D6 - 1.8 mi. (2.9 km) South of Basse Terre|
As a whole, Guadeloupe is known for its excellent yachting facilities, and those who stay in Basse Terre will certainly experience this. If you're planning to sail to your next vacation destination, there is no better stop to choose than Basse Terre.
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