Sailing and Boating Near Saint Lawrence Gap

Proceed with caution as you consider sailing to St. Lawrence Gap

Photo credit: © David Hunt

Barbados is not one of the most popular sailing destinations in the Caribbean thanks to the rough waters that are a reaction to the island's proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Novice sailors are reminded to have a more experienced sailor with them if they do decide to make the journey to this island.

If you're simply wanting to get out onto the water, without the cost and complications associated with renting a boat you can join an excursion. Wanting to know more about taking a boat ride? Take a look at the table below to obtain contact phone numbers for area day sailing companies.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
El Tigre Cruises (246) 417-7245 Cavans Lane - Downtown Bridgetown
Jammin' Catamaran Cruise (246) 422-1152 Cavans Lane - Downtown Bridgetown
Small Cats Catamaran Sailing Cruises (246) 421-6419 28 Prior Park Terrace - Downtown Bridgetown

Seriously considering chartering a boat or yacht? The following chart indicates how to contact area charter services.

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location Island
Good Times Catamaran Cruises (246) 422-1900 First Avenue - Holetown Barbados


...sail south to the Gap...


If you're sailing to the island with the hopes of staying on Saint Lawrence Gap, you'll find the closest port of entry to be in Bridgetown, though you may also choose to stop further north in Speightstown at Port St. Charles, which is a much smaller and newer facility. Regardless, you'll be required to pay BDS$25 to gain clearance, as well as a BDS$8.33 anchorage fee. Once you have your cruising permit in hand, you're free to sail south to the Gap and find a place to dock here.

Note that you should never anchor off coral reef for fear that you will damage a most precious part of the ecosystem, and also that you could be tickets up to $25 thousand. Instead ask the Barbados Port Authority for a list of mooring opportunities and anchorages.

Considering the option of traveling to Saint Lawrence Gap in your own vessel, or one you charter in a different location? Take a look at the chart below to find summary information for marinas in the area.

Name Phone Location
Barbados Yacht Club (246) 427-1125 Bay Street - 1.3 mi. (2.2 km) Southeast of Bridgetown
Careenage Marina -- Bridgetown Harbour - 0.7 mi. (1.2 km) Northwest of Bridgetown

Do you have what it takes to sail to St. Lawrence Gap? Even if you don't, that doesn't mean you can't spend some time out to sea. All you have to do is hire a trusted local sailor or touring company to guide the way and you'll be able to see why so many people can't get enough of sailing and boating during their vacation in this town.


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