In the last decade or so, the yachting industry surrounding St. Martin, and especially Marigot, has exploded. Most visitors find one way or another to spend some time out on local waters, whether it be hiring a tour operator to show them around, or to hire a charter when they arrive in the area and spend sometime sailing themselves. Even sailing internationally to Marigot has become a popular transportation option.
If a day of sailing is appealing to you, but you don't have the skill or desire to sail yourself around, you can hire a local sail boat tour operator to do the job. In this area, a tour will usually include visiting the waters that surround St. Martin, St. Maarten, and nearby Anguilla.
If you just want to spend a few hours on the water, without the stress and cost associated with renting a boat you can join an excursion. See the chart below for names and phone numbers for area boating excursions.
|Scoobidoo||(059) 029-1576||Quartier D'Orleans - Marigot|
|Temptation Charter||(069) 088-8822||Marina Royale Hotel - Downtown Marigot|
|(059) 087-4345||Rue de la Republica - Downtown Marigot|
If your skill set includes sailing and you'd like to test it out in the waters of the Caribbean, your visit to Marigot it a great time to do so. There are numerous companies in the area that offer tourists the chance to charter a boat for a day or more on local waters.
If you are contemplating a boat charter, you can contact one of these firms:
|(609) 033-4338||Fort St. Louis Dock - Downtown Marigot|
|(059) 087-9174||Marina Port Royal - Marigot|
|(059) 087-5949||6 Rue du Palais de Justice - Marigot|
|(059) 029-3593||3 Rue du President Kennedy - Marigot|
|(059) 027-1194||Marina Port Royal - Marigot|
|(059) 029-5193||Marina Port Royal - Marigot|
|(059) 039-7005||Marina Fort Louis - Marigot|
|(059) 029-0996||Marina Port Royal - Marigot|
|(059) 087-7854||Morne Rond - Marigot|
|(059) 087-8521||Rue de Hollande - Marigot|
|Sunsail||(059) 087-8341||Rue de la Republica - Downtown Marigot|
If your travel plans include sailing yourself to Marigot, there are a few things you need to know before making the journey. Marigot Bay is a port of entry, and it is located on the west coast of the island, just north of the Sandy Ground Bridge. Although there are plenty of places where you can dock around the island for free, including in Grand Case, there is a fee for docking in Marigot Bay – although it is based on the honor system.
St. Martin has recently enacted a Customs computer system, where sailors can handle their own entry paperwork and simply have it stamped by a customs official. For immigration purposes, everyone aboard your boat will need a passport. If you need to visit the customs office, which is not always necessary due to the computerized system, you can do so between the hours of 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. as well as 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8:00 a.m. to noon on Sunday. It is located in the ferry building on the ferry dock right in Marigot.
Planning to reach Marigot in your own vessel, or a charter from another location? See the listing that follows for information on marinas in the area.
|(059) 029-3593||BP 939 Marina Port la Royale - Downtown Marigot|
|(059) 087-7047||Downtown Marigot|
After clearing customs and finding a place to dock, you'll want to remember to keep your boat locked up and remove all valuables if possible. After the sun goes down, thefts have been known to happen. In fact, if you can remain on your boat over night, you'll find your possessions will be at their safest.
It is hard to resist spending some time sailing when you visit a place like Marigot where the surrounding sea is a major fixture in every day life. Fortunately, getting on the water is easy and there are multiple ways to do so, you just have to decide which option is best for you during your St. Martin getaway.
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