Boating and Sailing Near Bridgetown

Numerous excursions and easy international access make Bridgetown an ideal sailing destination

Photo credit: © David E. Marshall
 

The rough waters that surround Barbados make sailing to the island a difficult feat to accomplish, so only the most accomplish sailors should try and make the journey. Those who do venture out have their choice of two ports of entry and numerous marinas throughout the island.

If you merely want to enjoy some time on the water, without the cost and complications involved with renting a boat you should take a day sailing excursion. Check out the chart that follows to find contact information for area boating excursions.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Black Pearl Party Cruise (246) 826-7245 Carlisle House - Downtown Bridgetown
Boatyard Taxi (246) 437-5640 The Boatyard - Downtown Bridgetown
Cool Runnings (246) 436-0911 Carisle Wharf, Hincks Street - Downtown Bridgetown
El Tigre Cruises (246) 417-7245 Cavans Lane - Downtown Bridgetown
Elegance Catamaran Cruises (246) 830-4218 Careenage - Bridgetown
Jammin' Catamaran Cruise (246) 422-1152 Cavans Lane - Downtown Bridgetown
Sail Calabaza (246) 826-4048 Downtown Bridgetown
Silver Moon (246) 435-5285 31E Mario Drive, Rowans Park North - 0.7 mi. (1.1 km) North-Northwest of Bridgetown
Small Cats Catamaran Sailing Cruises (246) 421-6419 28 Prior Park Terrace - Downtown Bridgetown
Tiami Catamaran Cruises -- The Shallow Draft - Bridgetown

Docking

When you arrive in the waters of Barbados, you can head to either the Bridgetown Harbour or Port St. Charles. Port St. Charles is new and just 10 miles north of Bridgetown, but has the added bonus of not being a commercial port, so sport sailors will have an easier time gaining clearance. Keep in mind, however, that whichever port you arrive in, you also have to exit from, so if you don't want to sail back up to Port St. Charles from Bridgetown, you may want to stick to Bridgetown Harbour. It will cost BDS$25 to gain clearance, with an anchoring fee of BDS$8.33, and you'll also have to pay BDS$25 when you leave. If you want to sail around the island, you'll need a cruising permit, and the Barbados Port Authority will offer you a chart of anchorages and mooring spots once you have been approved.

As you sail around the island, it is important to be aware of local rules and regulations. The most important is to never anchor off of coral. If you are caught doing so, you may incur a penalty of $25 thousand. You can find out about all of the other laws by contacting the Barbados Port Authority.

The main marina in Bridgetown is called Careenage Marina right within Bridgetown Harbour and offers a huge array of services to sailors including water, electricity, and a travel lift for boats up to 40 tons. There are 100 moorings available for boats up to 11.6 meters long and a maximum draught of nine meters.

Another options is the Barbados Yacht Club. It also has 100 moorings, and has a draught max of five meters. On site you'll find a market, bar and restaurant, and electricity is available.

Considering the option of visiting Bridgetown using your own vessel, or one you charter elsewhere? This table contains a list of places where you might be able to dock.

Marinas
Name Phone Location
Barbados Yacht Club (246) 427-1125 Bay Street - 1.3 mi. (2.2 km) Southeast of Bridgetown
Careenage Marina -- Bridgetown Harbour - 0.7 mi. (1.2 km) Northwest of Bridgetown
Port St. Charles (246) 419-1000 ext. 2250 Port Saint Charels - Speightstown

When it comes to sailing around Bridgetown there is a lot to consider; don't let it overwhelm you. You can narrow all of your options down quickly by deciding whether you'll sail internationally, or hire a boat when you arrive and whether you'll sail yourself or let someone else do the work. After these two decisions are made, everything else will quickly begin to fall into place.

 

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