The recent removal of a high number of heavy fees has opened up the idea of sailing to Jamaica to a whole new wave of yachters. Now, there is just one fee to pay, and if your yacht is less than 25 feet long, you pay nothing at all to sailing around the island for less than two years.
If you merely want to get out onto the water, without the cost and complications involved with renting a boat you can take an excursion. Want to know more how long you'll spend on the water and what's included? See the chart that follows for information on area excursion services.
|Cool Runnings Cruises||(876) 974-2446||1 Marvins Park - Port Royal||Jamaica|
If you're starting to research a charter boat, you can call one of these companies:
|Kingston Boats||(876) 539-8001||Port Royal||Jamaica|
If you're planning to stay in Kingston, you can sail right to Port Royal, flying with your "Q" flag, to meet with immigrations and customs. Here, you will need to present customs a crew list and declaration, departure permission from your last port of call, a list of the ship's stores, and the ship's registration paperwork. If you pass inspection, you will be issued a Coast wide Clearance form, which will allow you to sail freely in Jamaican waters.
The Royal Jamaican Yacht Club, located near the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston is one of the best top marinas on the island, and a great place to dock your vessel during your time on the island. The facilities are top notch, and include 150 berths that can accommodate vessels up to 50 feet long. You can contact the Royal Jamaican Yacht Club at 876-924-8685 for further details.
Planning to travel to Kingston using your own vessel, or one you charter? This table provides a quick summary of places where you might be able to dock.
|(876) 924-8685||4.8 mi. (7.7 km) South-Southeast of Kingston||Jamaica|
Kingston is not one of the most popular destinations for yachters in the Caribbean -- yet. Now is the time to be one of the first to experience this port before it becomes crowded with independent sailors who want the experience.
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