Boating and Sailing Near English Harbour

Be a part of history by sailing to English Harbour

Photo credit: © Dwight D. Semple

English Harbour is home to the most popular marina on the island, even amongst those who generally have no interest in sailing. Nelson's Dockyard is located in town, and draws a great deal of visitors each year to learn about the island's military history. Many seasoned yachters make it their goal to sail into this marina, but even if you can't sail yourself, you can enjoy a view of the harbor from the sea by taking part in a sailing excursion.

If you're just wanting to enjoy some time on the water, without the cost and responsibility of sailing on your own you can take an excursion. Wondering about day sailing options? See the listing that follows for information on area day sailing companies.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Life's A Beach A Water Sports, Cruises & Taxis (268) 784-1406 Freeman's Village
On Deck (268) 532-6696 Dockyard Drive - Falmouth Harbour
Pirates Of Antigua (268) 562-7946 Freeman's Village

If you're contemplating a charter boat, you can call one of these firms:

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
Cheke's Scooter & Car Rental (268) 562-4646 Freeman's Village
Day Yacht Charters (305) 515-4735 Falmouth Harbour Marina - 0.4 mi. (0.7 km) Northwest of English Harbour
Nicholson Yacht Charters (268) 460-1530 Nelsons Dockyard Marina - English Harbour
Ondeck Antigua (268) 562-6696 Nelsons Dockyard Marina - 0.5 mi. (0.8 km) Northwest of English Harbour
Sunsail Antigua (888) 350-3568 Nelsons Dockyard Marina - English Harbour


As you sail into Nelson's Dockyard you have every right, and should, make sure you have a moment to take in the scenery and revel in the importance that this location has played in the history of Antigua. In order to enjoy that moment; however, it is best to be prepared to meet with customs well before you arrive in local waters. As you sail towards the coast, make sure your yellow "Quarantine" flag is flying and that all of your paperwork is stacked and ready to hand over to customs. This includes the ship's registration and release form from your last port of call, a list of the ship's stores, a crew manifest, and a passport for every crew member and passenger. After all of this has been approved and you've paid your post fees, you will be cleared to sail to your marina of choice.

Most sailors will try and get a spot in Nelson's Dockyard Marina, which is located within Nelson's Dockyard National Park. It is the only working Georgian Dockyard in the world and features 54 slips, bow moorings, electricity, cable television and Internet, oil disposal, shower and laundry facilities, restrooms, and more. Of course, there are several docking options to choose from, allowing a bit of variety for those who can't get a slip or who want to stay in a less busy part of the island.

Contemplating sailing to English Harbour using a vessel you own, or one you charter elsewhere? Check out the chart below to get summary information concerning marinas in the area.

Name Phone Location
Antigua Slipway (268) 460-1056 English Harbour
Antigua Yacht Club Marina (268) 460-1544 Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort - Falmouth Harbour
Falmouth Harbour Marina (268) 460-6054 Falmouth Harbour
Nelsons Dockyard Marina (268) 481-5035 Nelson's Dockyard National Park - English Harbour
St. James Club Marina (268) 460-5000 St. James's Club - Mamora Bay

A historic yet charming atmosphere is what draws such a large following amongst the hundreds of sailors who make their way to English Harbour each year. Even those who don't have the skills to sail themselves are fortunate enough to find excursions available to them, so no one is left out of the chance to see Nelson's Dockyard from the sea.

Nearby Anchorages
Name Location Latitude Longitude
Anchorage Falmouth Harbour - Falmouth Harbour 17.0141736566 -61.7741060205

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