Well kept marinas, pleasant sailing conditions and easy access to neighboring islands makes St. Maarten a popular sailing destination in the Caribbean.
With its good winds and overall excellent sailing conditions, St. Maarten is a sailor's dream and in turn has the leading sailing venue in the Caribbean. St. Maarten hosts several annual sailing regattas, including the Heineken Regatta. This event, which is held in March, is one of the largest sailboat races in the Caribbean, and brings about 200 boats from two dozen different countries.
There are smaller sailing events throughout the year that are popular among boat owners and renters. Those interested in finding out more information about any of the island's sailing competitions can contact the Sint Maarten Yacht Club Philipsburg at 599-0544-2079 or Dockside Management at 599-542-4096. Due to the popularity of the island's boating contests, those who don't have their own vessels and want to participate or watch from the water should make sure to reserve a boat early.
If you want to spend a few hours on the water, without the stress and cost associated with renting a boat you can take an excursion. Curious about day sailing options? Check out the table below to get contact phone numbers for area providers.
|Aqua Mania Adventures||(721) 544-2640||Simpson Bay Resort and Marina - Pelican Key|
|Blue Safaris||(721) 526-2749||Bobby's Marina - Philipsburg|
|Bluebeard Charters||(721) 587-5935||10 Billy Ford Road, next to the Buccaneer Bar - Pelican Key|
|Captain Alan's Boat Charters||(721) 580-0377||Great House Marina Dock - Oyster Pond|
|(721) 526-2467||Simpson Bay|
|Celine Charters||(721) 526-1170||0.9 mi. (1.5 km) South West of Philipsburg|
|(721) 547-0210||Airport Road - Simpson Bay|
|Garfield Fun Charters||(721) 587-1503||Simpson Bay|
|(721) 552-0875||John Craane Cruise Terminal - Point Blanche|
|(721) 527-1444||Airport Road - Simpson Bay|
|(721) 543-0068||Simpson Bay|
|Passaat Classic Schooner||(721) 580-3301||Simpson Bay|
|Pirate Tours||(305) 879-0941||Dock Maarten - Philipsburg|
|Random Wind||(721) 587-5742||Simpson Bay|
|Robinson Speed Boat Tours||(721) 581-3798||Juancho Yrausquin Boulevard - Philipsburg|
|Soualiga Destinations||(631) 458-0543||Philipsburg|
|Sugar Rush Charters||(721) 580-4404||Wellfare Road - Cole Bay|
There are several charter companies that have both crewed and bareboat charters available. The price of your boat trip will depend on the kind of boat you choose and the length of the charter.
If you are uncertain about which charter company to choose, you can get the help of a charter broker who will the best type of charter for you, and if chartering a crewed ship, brokers can even find the crew with the right personalities for your trip.
If you're contemplating chartering a vessel, you can call one of these area firms:
|(721) 520-7002||Palapa Center - Simpson Bay|
|(721) 547-0210||Dock Maarten - 0.5 mi. (0.9 km) South-Southeast of Philipsburg|
|Celine Charters||(721) 545-3961||19 Corner Road - Simpson Bay|
|Eagle Tours||(721) 542-3323||Dock Maarten - Philipsburg|
|(721) 544-2640||Billy Folly Road - Pelican Key|
|(721) 543-2028||Cay Hill - Little Bay|
|(721) 545-2510||Airport Road - Philipsburg|
|Private Yacht Charter||(069) 083-5305||Great House Marina - Oyster Pond|
|(721) 542-0046||Bobby's Marina - Philipsburg|
Picking out the right boat is also important to the enjoyment of your yachting trip. When considering what kind of yacht to choose, keep several things in mind including your sailing skills, comfort, and personal needs.
Three cabin, two bathroom monohulls are the most popular type of chartered yacht, and are one of the larger boats ranging from 36 to 50 feet long. Inexperienced yachters should not choose this kind of boat, because the larger the yacht, the more skill it takes to operate.
Those vacationers traveling with families or travelers who have less experience with yachting will find catamarans to be a good choice for charter. These boats are generally more comfortable, and experience less of the ocean's motion and less roll. Travelers who experience motion sickness may find these boats more comfortable.
There are several kinds of boats that vacationers can choose from: bareboats, skippered bareboats, and crewed charters. With a chartered bareboat, you are completely in charge of the navigation of the vessel, and have to do everything yourself. Sailors who rent these boats should have ample experience as a skipper before setting sail. Some charter companies will even make renters present documentation of their sailing experience before they allow you to charter a boat.
Skippered bareboats hire out the boat as well as a skipper to guide you and the vessel. These experienced skippers do come at an extra cost, which can be between $80(USD) to $120(USD) per day, but are well worth it for those with less experience on the water. Skippers can also serve as vacation guides, which can be helpful if you are not familiar with the area in which you are sailing.
Fully crewed charters provide both a captain and a crew. This kind of charter is usually on a more luxurious boat, and is more expensive than the other types of charters. In addition to the cost of the charter, your crew will expect a gratuity of 10 to 15 percent. This can be rather pricey as the cost of your charter is high, but the tips that the crew receives is about 30 to 40 percent of their income. Be sure to select a crew that fits in with your vacation style and the other members of your party.
Boaters can sail the waters of St. Maarten without ever being too far away from another island. The island's port of entry is located in downtown Philipsburg, and is usually active with cruise ship passengers doing a bit of shopping. Travelers who want to get out on St. Maarten's beautiful waters have several options available for finding a water craft that best fits their sailing or yachting needs.
Before setting out on your sailing adventure vacationers should remember to be safe while out at sea so they can thoroughly enjoy their trip. These are a few safety issues that vacationers will want to take into consideration while on the water:
Do you plan to sail to Sint Maarten using your own vessel, or a charter from a different area? Take a look at the chart that follows to get information on nearby marinas.
|(721) 545-2890||Simpson Bay Lagoon - Philipsburg|
|(721) 545-2315||Rhine Road - Simpson Bay|
|(721) 542-5705||Juancho Yrausquin Boulevard - 0.5 mi. (0.9 km) South-Southeast of Philipsburg|
|(721) 542-2167||26 Juancho Yrausquin Boulevard - Philipsburg|
|(721) 545-2500||46 Airport Road - Simpson Bay|
|(721) 544-2309||Airport Road - Simpson Bay|
|(721) 544-2408||Simpson Bay|
|(721) 545-2735||28 Airport Road - Simpson Bay|
|(721) 544-2953||Princess Port de Plaisance - Cole Bay|
|(721) 544-2582||Simpson Bay|
|--||0.7 mi. (1.2 km) Southeast of Simpson Bay|
|(721) 544-2086||90 Welfare Road - Cole Bay|
|(721) 544-4937||35 Wellington Road - Cole Bay|
Once you have decided what kind of charter is best for your vacation, it will be easier to find out the overall cost of your charter. There are several things that sailors can consider when trying to estimate what you will be spending.
An often overlooked necessity is food. Everyone has to eat while aboard the ship, so when budgeting for your charter, don't forget to include the price of meals. Some charter companies will stock their boats for your charter, but often it is more efficient for the vacationer to do it themselves.
The type of boat you charter will also have to be factored in to the cost of the boating excursion. Skippered and crewed boats are going to cost more than chartering just the boat itself, but crewed boats are the best option for inexperienced boaters. Also, the time of year during which you are taking your vacation will affect the cost. Everything in the Caribbean Islands tends to cost more during the high season, which is during the winter months. Travelers may want to consider this when planning their island retreat.
When going over the paperwork that the charter company has sent you, don't forget to read the small print. Most charter companies let you put the cost of the deposit and damage insurance on a major credit card, this is considered one of the best options in case anything unexpected should happen during the charter.
|Simpson Bay Lagoon - Cole Bay||18.0355763306||-63.0878090858|
|Great Bay - Philipsburg||18.0201303262||-63.0492925539|
|Simpson Bay - Simpson Bay||18.0349846328||-63.1011128426|
|Baie de Marigot - Marigot||18.0664384876||-63.0902552605|
|Baie Nettle - Sandy Ground||18.0624250736||-63.1019496918|
|Oyster Pond - 2.2 mi. (3.6 km) South of Orient Bay||18.0551264536||-63.0174922943|
|Baie Longue - Las Terres Basses||18.055998886||-63.1410884857|
|Orient Bay - Orient Bay||18.0844709512||-63.0136728287|
St. Maarten is a sailing hot spot in the Caribbean, so vacationers are sure to have unforgettable experience boating on the island's beautiful waters.
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