Novice sailors may want to make their first solo journey to another island in the Caribbean. The waters that surround not only Bathsheba but all of Barbados are quite rough thanks to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. For this reason, it is recommended that only seasoned pros sail to this island.
Never fear. If you were looking forward to spending lazy days bobbing out on the waters off the coast of Bathsheba, or if you want to make plans for snorkeling or fishing can still do so. Instead of sailing yourself, simply hire a local who is familiar with the island's conditions and your plans will be back on track.
If you are just wanting to experience some time on the open water, without the cost and responsibility involved with renting a boat you can join an excursion. Take a look at the chart that follows to find names and phone numbers for area excursion providers.
|Good Times Catamaran Cruises||(246) 422-1900||First Avenue - Holetown|
|Jammin' Catamaran Cruise||(246) 422-1152||Cavans Lane - Downtown Bridgetown|
|Silver Moon||(246) 435-5285||31E Mario Drive, Rowans Park North - 0.7 mi. (1.1 km) North-Northwest of Bridgetown|
If you are experienced enough to make the trip yourself, or you have hired a crewed-yacht, you have two port of entry options on the island. The first is in Bridgetown at the , and the second is further north in Speightstown at . Both are located on the west coast, which is the complete opposite side of the island from Bathsheba, however, Speightstown will offer you less sailing time to get around to this town, so it is the recommended port.
It will cost you BDS$25 to gain clearance, and you will also need to pay a base anchoring fee of BDS$8.33. Once you have paid for clearance, you will then need to obtain a cruising permit in order to sail around the island.
Evaluating the option of sailing to Bathsheba using your own boat, or a charter from another location? This chart contains a list of places where you might be able to dock.
|(246) 427-1125||Bay Street - 1.3 mi. (2.2 km) Southeast of Bridgetown|
|--||Bridgetown Harbour - 0.7 mi. (1.2 km) Northwest of Bridgetown|
|(246) 419-1000 ext. 2250||Port Saint Charels - Speightstown|
One of the most important things to remember as you sail around Barbados is that the coral reef plays a huge role in the marine Eco-system, and it is very well protected. It is never okay to anchor off coral, and those caught doing so will be charged a penalty of $25 thousand.
With this information in mind, it is time to decide. Will you sail yourself, or take the safer route of hiring a local to guide you when you arrive? The choice is yours.
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