Boating and Sailing Near Simpson Bay

Sail in yourself or charter a boat when you arrive to see Simpson Bay from the sea

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As an official port of entry, Simpson Bay is a great destination for international sailors, but the opportunity to charter local boats and even sign up for a sailing tour hosted by an islander are other great ways to explore the area from a different view point. 

Boat Trips and Day Sailing

Sailing tours and excursions are a great way to see Simpson Bay and the island of St. Maarten.  When you sign up for one, it will typically include drinks and snacks, plus a knowledgeable tour guide and captain who will take you along the coast for several hours.  Some tours even include extras like stops for snorkeling and beach pit barbecues.  

If you just want to experience some time on the open water, without the complications and cost involved with renting a boat you can take an excursion. See the listing below to get contact information for area day sailing companies.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Aqua Mania Adventures (721) 544-2640 Simpson Bay Resort and Marina - Pelican Key
Bluebeard Charters (721) 587-5935 10 Billy Ford Road, next to the Buccaneer Bar - Pelican Key
Captain Morgan Charters (721) 526-2467 Simpson Bay
Offshore Sensations Simpson Bay (721) 527-1444 Airport Road - Simpson Bay
Out Island Charters (721) 543-0068 Simpson Bay
Passaat Classic Schooner (721) 580-3301 Simpson Bay
Sugar Rush Charters (721) 580-4404 Wellfare Road - Cole Bay

Boat Rentals and Charters

With nearly a dozen charter companies located in and around the Simpson Bay area, you won't have to work very hard to find a boat to captain when you're visiting.  If you've got the skills, this is a great opportunity to get out and explore Simpson Bay in a unique way.  

Considering the option of chartering a boat or yacht? Be sure to look at this chart to reach area charter companies.

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
Bay Island Yachts (069) 047-7145 Simpson Bay Yacht Club Marina - Cole Bay
Celine Charters (721) 545-3961 19 Corner Road - Simpson Bay
Lambada (721) 544-2640 Billy Folly Road - Pelican Key


Construction seems to be a constant in Simpson Bay, so sailors are warned to always use caution and say in the marked channel.  There is a bridge that blocks main access to the Simpson Bay Lagoon from this side of the island.  It can accommodate vessels up to a maximum beam of 56 feet and a maximum draft of 17 feet.  When closed,  there is 8.6 feet of clearance in the port channel and eight feet clearance in the starboard channel.  All others will have to await the opening of the bridge to sail in and out.  This occurs at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 4:30 p.m. For outbound boats, and 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 5:30 p.m. For inbound boats between the months of December and April.  From May through November, these times are 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 5:30 p.m. for both inbound and outbound boats.  You can contact the bridge operator at VHF Channel 12.  There is a speed limit of three miles per hour for all vessels.  

To officially gain clearance to the island, you'll find the immigration department and clearance office located adjacent to the channel into Simpson Bay Lagoon.  They are open from 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the weekends.  

Considering the option of sailing to Simpson Bay in your own vessel, or a charter from a different area? This chart lists marinas in the area.

Name Phone Location
Cupecoy Yacht Club (721) 545-2315 Rhine Road - Simpson Bay
Igy Portofino Marina (721) 545-2500 46 Airport Road - Simpson Bay
Igy Simpson Bay Marina (721) 544-2309 Airport Road - Simpson Bay
Isle Del Sol Marina (721) 544-2408 Simpson Bay
Palapa Marina (721) 545-2735 28 Airport Road - Simpson Bay
Pelican Marina -- Pelican Key
Port De Plaisance Yacht Club (721) 544-2953 Princess Port de Plaisance - Cole Bay
Simpson Bay Marina (721) 544-2582 Simpson Bay
Simpson Bay Yacht Club Marina -- 0.7 mi. (1.2 km) Southeast of Simpson Bay
Nearby Anchorages
Location Latitude Longitude
Simpson Bay - Simpson Bay 18.0349846328 -63.1011128426
Simpson Bay Lagoon - Cole Bay 18.0355763306 -63.0878090858
Baie Nettle - Sandy Ground 18.0624250736 -63.1019496918
Baie de Marigot - Marigot 18.0664384876 -63.0902552605
Baie Longue - Las Terres Basses 18.055998886 -63.1410884857

The bridge may make sailing into Simpson Bay Lagoon a bit more of a hassle, but the possibility of staying in such a picturesque location with otherwise excellent sailing conditions is worth it to many.  And if you do not find this desirable, there are other options available that should in no way prevent some time spend sailing during your Simpson Bay getaway. 


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