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 want to spend a few hours on the water, without the complications and cost of sailing on your own you can take an excursion. Wanting to know more how long you'll spend on the water and what's included? Check out the listing below for contact phone numbers for area providers.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Antigua Ocean Adventures (268) 464-7576 Freeman's Village
Life's A Beach A Water Sports, Cruises & Taxis (268) 784-1406 Freeman's Village
On Deck (268) 532-6696 Antigua Yacht Club Marina - Falmouth Harbour

Seriously considering chartering a boat? The following chart shows how to reach area charter services.

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
Antigua Yacht Charters Limited (268) 463-7101 Turtle Bay - Falmouth Harbour
Cheke's Scooter & Car Rental (268) 562-4646 Freeman's Village
Nicholson Yacht Charters (268) 460-1530 English Harbour
Sunsail Yacht Charters (268) 460-2615 Nelson's Dockyard - English Harbour
Yacht Day Charter Business For Sale (268) 728-2533 Falmouth 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.

Considering sailing to English Harbour in your own vessel, or a vessel you charter elsewhere? Take a look at the chart below for basic information for 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) 481-5028 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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