Boating and Sailing 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 simply want to get out onto the water, without the cost and complications of sailing on your own you should take a day sailing excursion. See the listing that follows to find names and phone numbers for area boating excursions.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Treasure Island Cruises (268) 461-8675 Downtown St. John's
Wadadli Cats (268) 462-4792 Upper Fort Road - St. John's
West Coast Tours Antigua (268) 728-5239 Golf Course Way - Jolly Harbour

If you're considering a charter boat, you can contact one of these area firms:

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.

Is your plan to reach Dickenson Bay using a vessel you own, or a vessel you charter elsewhere? See the chart below to get 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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