One of Antigua's most popular pastimes is sailing, which means there are plentiful opportunities for tourists who enjoy the sport as well. In fact, quite a few people choose to sail to the island aboard a private watercraft, rather than fly. Although Dickenson Bay is not specifically a port of entry, there are two very close by at Heritage Quay and Deepwater Harbour.
If you're simply wanting to enjoy a few hours on the open water, without the complications and cost involved with renting a boat you should take a day sailing excursion. See the listing below to find names and phone numbers for area day sail providers.
|Adventure Antigua Day Sails||(268) 726-6355||Freeman's Village|
|(268) 562-7946||Freeman's Village|
|Treasure Island Cruises||(268) 461-8675||Redcliffe Quay|
If you are starting to research chartering a boat, you can contact one of these companies:
|(268) 562-4646||Freeman's Village|
|Jabberwocky Yacht Charters||(268) 764-0595||Woods Center - Redcliffe Quay|
|Virgin Island Sailing||(268) 813-1230||Freeman's Village|
When you arrive in Antiguan waters, make sure your yellow “Q” flag is flying and you have all of your ship's registration, stores, and manifest paperwork in order to present to customs officials. They may or may not ask to inspect your boat, and you will definitely have to pay post fees.
The list below gives you an idea of what you'll be expected to pay.
|Up to 20 feet||$2 (USD)|
|More than 20 to 40 feet||$4 (USD)|
|More than 40 to 80 feet||$6 (USD)|
|More than 80 to 100 feet||$8 (USD)|
|More than 100 to 120 feet||$10 (USD)|
|More than 120 to 150 feet||$12 (USD)|
After you've paid your fee, you'll be cleared to sail around the island, and it is time for you to find a marina where you'll dock your boat. North Sound Marina, and Nelson's Dockyard are all nearby.
Are you going to sail to Dickenson Bay using your own boat, or a charter from a different location? This next chart provides a quick summary of places where you might be able to dock.
|(268) 462-6042||Jolly Harbour|
|(268) 562-0185||4.7 mi. (7.6 km) East-Northeast of St. John's|
The great thing about Dickenson Bay is that you have options. Whether you'd like to get out on the water for a few hours, have an experienced guide sail you around the area, or make the journey through the Caribbean to the island of Antigua, you'll find all to be very real possibilities.
|Deepwater Harbour - St. John's||17.1189468791||-61.8465793133|
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