The Caribbean is beloved amongst American yachters who can make a trip from the east coast of the United States down to this group of islands in a relatively short period of time. The trip from south Florida to Jamaica is just a few days, and after a meeting with customs in which officials go over all of your documentation and inspect the boat, you will be granted access to the island.
The nearest port of entry for yachters is at the Montego Bay, right along the island's northwest coast.in
The Montego Bay Yacht Club is open from 9:00 a.m. To midnight every day, and can be contacted as you draw close at Channel 16. Let them know that you are arriving shortly and if they can offer clearance. Customs officials are almost always available here, though they may give you direction to go to the airport for immigration services instead.
Do you plan to travel to Falmouth using your own vessel, or a charter from another location? This next table provides a quick summary of nearby marinas.
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|(876) 954-3229||2.1 mi. (3.4 km) East of Falmouth|
Regardless, once you have been cleared to officially enter the country, you have the option of staying at the Montego Bay Yacht Club for a small fee, or sailing back over to Falmouth where the awaits your arrival. You can contact them on VHF Channel 68 to let them know you are on your way, but if you'd like to speak with someone to inquire about availability and pricing before you leave for your trip, call 876-954-3229.
With this information in mind, you're better prepared to decide if sailing to Falmouth is for you. If you're up for an adventure, this is one that truly can't be beat.
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