Sailing and Boating Near Marigot

Thanks to computerized clearance, Marigot is an ideal sailing destination

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.

Boat Trips and Day Sailing

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 merely want to enjoy some time on the water, without the stress and cost associated with renting a boat you can join an excursion. Curious how long you'll spend on the water and what's included? Check out the chart below for information on area day sailing companies.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Garfield Fun Charters (721) 587-1503 Simpson Bay
Offshore Sensations Simpson Bay (721) 527-1444 Airport Road - Simpson Bay
Passaat Classic Schooner (721) 580-3301 Simpson Bay
Scoobidoo (059) 029-1576 Quartier D'Orleans - Marigot
Voyager Charters (059) 087-4345 Rue de la Republica - Downtown Marigot

Boat Rentals and Charters

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. 

Seriously considering a boat or yacht charter? View the following chart to call regional charter services.

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
Catamaran Charters (059) 029-3593 3 Rue du President Kennedy - Marigot
Grenadine Sarl (059) 027-1194 Marina Port Royal - Marigot
Sunsail (877) 796-9259 Rue de la Republica - Downtown Marigot

Docking

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. 

Seriously considering sailing to Marigot using a vessel you own, or a boat you charter in a different location? See the chart that follows for information concerning marinas in the area.

Marinas
Name Phone Location
Any Way Marine (059) 029-3593 BP 939 Marina Port la Royale - Downtown Marigot
Marina Fort Louis -- Marigot
Marina Port Royal -- Marigot
Regie Du Port De 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.  

Nearby Anchorages
Location Latitude Longitude
Baie de Marigot - Marigot 18.0664384876 -63.0902552605
Baie Nettle - Sandy Ground 18.0624250736 -63.1019496918
Simpson Bay Lagoon - Cole Bay 18.0355763306 -63.0878090858
Simpson Bay - Simpson Bay 18.0349846328 -63.1011128426
Grand Case Bay - Grand-Case 18.1042249733 -63.0562663078

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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