Sailing and Boating Near Dickenson Bay

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 just want to enjoy some time on the water, without the cost and responsibility associated with renting a boat you can take an excursion. Wondering what's included and how long a trip lasts? Take a look at the chart below to find contact phone numbers for area excursion services.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Life's A Beach A Water Sports, Cruises & Taxis (268) 784-1406 Freeman's Village
Pirates Of Antigua (268) 562-7946 Freeman's Village
Treasure Island Cruises (268) 461-8675 Downtown St. John's

If you're thinking about renting a boat, you can call one of these agencies:

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
Cheke's Scooter & Car Rental (268) 562-4646 Freeman's Village
Jabberwocky Yacht Charters (268) 764-0595 Woods Center - Downtown St. John's
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.

Post Fees and Vessel Size
Vessel LengthCost
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 visit Dickenson Bay using your own vessel, or one you charter elsewhere? Check out the listing below to find basic information for nearby marinas.

Name Phone Location
Jordan's Pier Marina -- Parham
North Sound Marina (268) 562-3499 4.3 mi. (6.8 km) Northwest of Willikies
Shell Beach Marina (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.

Nearby Anchorages
Name Location Latitude Longitude
Anchorage Deepwater Harbour - St. John's 17.1189468791 -61.8465793133

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