Known for its excellent docking and repair facilities, St. Maarten has become a top yachting destination in the Caribbean in recent years. Philipsburg is a great choice for sailing, whether you're hiring a charter or sailing yourself, thanks to its location on Great Bay.
If you just want to enjoy a few hours on the open water, without the cost and complications involved with renting a boat you should take a day sailing excursion. See the listing that follows to obtain information on area day sailing companies.
|Blue Safaris||(721) 526-2749||Bobby's Marina - Philipsburg|
|Pirate Tours||(305) 879-0941||Dock Maarten - Philipsburg|
|Robinson Speed Boat Tours||(721) 581-3798||Juancho Yrausquin Boulevard - Philipsburg|
|Soualiga Destinations||(631) 458-0543||Philipsburg|
Not everyone has the time and experience to sail internationally, so a great way to be able to captain a boat and see local waters is by hiring a charter when you arrive in Philipsburg. There are more than half a dozen charter boat rental services in town, so you shouldn't have trouble making arrangements to do so either before or when you arrive.
If you are contemplating a boat charter, you can call one of these companies:
|(721) 547-0210||Dock Maarten - 0.5 mi. (0.9 km) South-Southeast of Philipsburg|
|Eagle Tours||(721) 542-3323||Dock Maarten - Philipsburg|
|(721) 545-2510||Airport Road - Philipsburg|
|(721) 542-0046||Bobby's Marina - Philipsburg|
Philipsburg is located on St. Maarten's southeast corner at the center of Great Bay. A buoyed channel leads traffic into the Bay, running from Captain Hodge Wharf to the marinas on the northeast end of the bay. Red and green lights flash at the seaside entrance to the channel.
The immigration department is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day of the week, while the clearance office is open from 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday. They will assist you in clearing in when you arrive, but if you have any questions as you sail into Great Bay you can contact them over VHF Channel 12. Note that a valid passport is necessary for every person aboard your vessel.
Are you going to visit Philipsburg using a vessel you own, or a charter from another location? Check out the listing below to get information on area marinas.
|(721) 545-2890||Simpson Bay Lagoon - Philipsburg|
|(721) 542-5705||Juancho Yrausquin Boulevard - 0.5 mi. (0.9 km) South-Southeast of Philipsburg|
|(721) 542-2167||26 Juancho Yrausquin Boulevard - Philipsburg|
While there are two marinas available for use in Philipsburg, those who do not wish to use them may anchor in Great Bay despite the limited space thanks to the cruise ship dock. Do be aware, however, that anchoring is not permitted inside the buoyed channel.
|Great Bay - Philipsburg||18.0201303262||-63.0492925539|
|Oyster Pond - 2.2 mi. (3.6 km) South of Orient Bay||18.0551264536||-63.0174922943|
|Simpson Bay Lagoon - Cole Bay||18.0355763306||-63.0878090858|
|Baie de Marigot - Marigot||18.0664384876||-63.0902552605|
Whether your choice is to sail to the island yourself or wait until you arrive and charter a boat, getting out on the waters that surround Philipsburg is a must for those whose passion is yachting.
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