Boating and Sailing Near Saint-Francois

Sailing is one of the pastimes that St. Francois is best known for

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Set on a picturesque lagoon with easy access to the islands that make up the whole of Guadeloupe, St. Francois is an ideal sailing destination.  This is true for pleasure sailors who plan to make their own way to the island from international waters, as well as for those who simply want to hire a local sailor to show them around locally.

If you're simply wanting to experience some time on the open water, without the stress and cost of sailing on your own you can take an excursion. Check out the listing below for names and phone numbers for area day sailing companies.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
La Paillote Boat (069) 061-5985 Saint-Francois
No Limit Excursions (069) 065-5760 Saint-Francois
Orphee Private Day Tours (069) 698-1730 Port de Pêche - Downtown St. Francois
Paradoxe Croisieres (059) 088-4173 Saint-Francois

If you're starting to research renting a boat, you can call one of these firms:

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
Gwada Loisirs Boats (059) 084-5213 Saint-Francois
La Paillote Boat (069) 061-5985 Saint-Francois
Miami Vice Charters (069) 030-2298 Saint-Francois


If you're sailing internationally, your first stop will be in Pointe a Pitre, which is the island's official port of entry.  As you sail in, you'll have your yellow Quarantie flag hoisted to let customs and immigrations officials know that you have not gained clearance.  When you dock, only the captain is permitted to leave the boat to speak with officials.  The documentation required includes a crew list, each passenger's passport, clearance papers from your last port of call, a list of items to be declared, and the boat's original registration paperwork.  When you've been granted clearance, you'll then be able to sail to the yacht club in St. Francois where you can dock your boat for a fee.

Starting to research sailing to Saint-Francois in your own vessel, or one you charter in a different location? Take a look at the chart below to find summary information for nearby marinas.

Name Phone Location
Port de Pêche -- 97116 Pointe Noire - Downtown St. Francois
Sainte-Anne Marina -- Ste. Anne
YCSF La Marina (069) 050-8515 Saint-Francois

With beautiful vistas and equally as gorgeous sailing conditions, St. Francois is just the type of destination that avid sailors dream of visiting. 


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