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're just wanting to spend a few hours on the water, without the stress and cost associated with renting a boat you can take an excursion. Check out the table below for contact information for 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're starting to research chartering a vessel, you can contact one of these area firms:
|(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.
Planning to travel to Philipsburg using a vessel you own, or a charter from a different area? The following chart contains a list of places where you might be able to dock.
|(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.
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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