Orient Bay attracts a specific type of crowd thanks to its very French style and sensibilities. Sailing is one of the top vacation activities, mainly among groups who hire out boats to take them out on excursions. Those who want to sail themselves will also find it possible to hire a charter on the island or sail themselves thanks to easy clearance procedures.
Those who hire a local sailor to take them on a tour of the area will find that their day of sailing includes views of not only St. Martin and St. Maarten, but the nearby island of Anguilla as well. Add in the usual drinks and snacks that are included as part of the trip, and you'll find that a say of sailing near Orient Bay is always a day of fun.
If you are just wanting to spend a few hours on the water, without the cost and responsibility of sailing on your own you should take a day sailing excursion. See the listing that follows for names and phone numbers for area day sailing companies.
|(721) 542-3323||Bobby's Marina - Philipsburg|
|(069) 088-2054||From the Radisson Marina - Anse Marcel|
|(059) 087-4345||Rue de la Republica - Downtown Marigot|
If sailing is a favorite pastime of yours, you may have the skills to sail yourself around rather than hire someone to captain the boat for you. If this is the case, you'll find that there is at least one charter service directly in Orient Bay and several others in the surrounding area.
Envisioning renting a charter boat? View this next table to help you call area charter companies.
|(059) 027-1563||Baie Orientale - Orient Bay|
|(059) 087-3526||La Croisade|
|(059) 087-3548||Anse Marcel|
|(059) 029-5231||Anse Marcel|
|(059) 029-4135||Anse Marcel|
Your Orient Bay adventure may well begin miles and miles and days away when you set sail headed towards the island. After some time at sea, most yachters are happy to find that the procedures for clearing into Orient Bay are quite easy thanks to their computerized customs system. Stop in Marigot Bay first, which is the main port of entry, and there you will be able to fill out all of the apporpriate paperwork yourself on a computer, present your passport (and the passport of everyone aboard), then simply have the customs official on duty provide their stamp, and you can be on your way to Orient Bay.
If you need to visit the Customs office for some reason, you'll find it at the Marigot ferry terminal, open from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday. When you do finally dock in Orient Bay, make sure to lock up all of your valuables to prevent theft.
Do you plan to sail to Orient Bay using your own vessel, or a charter from a different area? Check out the table below for information concerning marinas in the area.
|(059) 087-3347||2.2 mi. (3.6 km) South of Orient Bay|
|(059) 087-3194||Radisson Saint Martin Resort - Anse Marcel|
|(059) 087-3737||Anse Marcel|
A vacation in Orient Bay is only made better by at least a few hours of sailing, so if you can swing it, make sure to sign up for an excursion, hire a charter, or even sail yourself to the energetic town.
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