It is a wonder how anyone can visit Pointe a Pitre – or anywhere in Guadeloupe – without the desire to spend some time sailing the gorgeous waters that surround the islands. While some people arrive prepared to hire a charter yacht to take them exploring, others with more experience will make it a point to arrive here at the helm of their private vessel.
Perhaps because there are five different islands that make up Guadeloupe, sailing excursions are extremely popular among tourists here. Some take guests on a sailing trip through the islands over the course of a few hours, while others allow visitors to sail with them for several days and spend extended amounts of time on each island.
If you're simply wanting to enjoy some time on the water, without the cost and responsibility involved with renting a boat you should take a day sailing excursion. See the chart below to find information on area day sailing companies.
|Azimut Croisiere||(069) 041-8808||Baie-Mahault||Grande-Terre|
|Bleu Blanc Vert||(069) 063-8243||Ste. Rose||Basse-Terre|
|Blue Lagoon||(069) 034-9969||Ste. Rose||Basse-Terre|
|Jean Luc et Marie Laure Tours||(059) 028-3961||Ste. Rose||Basse-Terre|
|King Papyrus||(059) 090-7171||Marina Pointe-a-Pitre - Bas-du-Fort||Grande-Terre|
If you're thinking about chartering a boat, you can call one of the following agencies:
|Antilles Sail||(059) 090-1681||Marina Bas-du-Fort - Bas-du-Fort|
|(059) 091-9313||Marina Bas-du-Fort - Bas-du-Fort|
|Karuloc||(069) 043-8438||Marina Bas-du-Fort - Bas-du-Fort|
|(059) 083-0998||Downtown Pointe A Pitre|
Guadeloupe's location in the Leeward Islands makes it easily accessible among pleasure sailors who prefer to sail all the way to the island. If this is your plan, it is important to be aware of local sailing procedures and entry requirements. All ships entering local waters must fly their quarantine flag as they sail into port, and the captain will have to meet with customs and immigrations officials before anyone else can leave the boat. The documents necessary include a crew list and each crew member's passport, the original boat registration, clearance papers, and a list of any items that will need to be declared. If you have any questions as you sail into port, you can contact the Central Office of Maritime Security in the Antiles (better known as the Coast Guard) over VHF Channel 16.
Once you have been granted clearance, you'll be free to cruise throughout the islands, though you'll find Pointe a Pitre to be a perfectly welcoming place to dock. There are several other marinas around Grande Terre, including and .in
Thinking about sailing to Pointe a Pitre using a vessel you own, or a boat you charter elsewhere? This table lists places where you might be able to dock.
|Pointe A Pitre||Grande-Terre|
|Le Mole Portuaire - Bas-du-Fort||Grande-Terre|
|5.4 mi. (8.7 km) Southeast of Pointe A Pitre||Grande-Terre|
Whether you sail yourself or hire someone to show you around in their yacht, there is a whole side of Guadeloupe waiting to be explored when you travel through local waters. Pointe a Pitre is an especially great port for sailing, so if you're visiting this busy town, make it a priority to spend some time sailing.
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