The newly built Port St. Charles is located in Speightstown, which means if you're sailing to Barbados, you can bypass the commercial port in Bridgetown, and sail directly to your final destination for a more expedited process.
If you just want to experience some time on the open water, without the cost and complications involved with renting a boat you can join an excursion. Check out the table below for names and phone numbers for area day sail providers.
|Black Pearl Party Cruise||(246) 826-7245||Carlisle House - Downtown Bridgetown|
|Good Times Catamaran Cruises||(246) 422-1900||First Avenue - Holetown|
|Silver Moon||(246) 435-5285||31E Mario Drive, Rowans Park North - 0.7 mi. (1.1 km) North-Northwest of Bridgetown|
When you arrive, you will be required to clear customs. The process costs BDS$25, plus BDS$8.33 to pay for anchorage, but once you gain your cruising permit, you are free to sail about the island. If you plan on staying in Speightstown, you can dock at one of the various locations in the area.
Planning to sail to Speightstown using your own boat, or a vessel you charter elsewhere? The following chart contains a list of potential docking spots.
|(246) 427-1125||Bay Street - 1.3 mi. (2.2 km) Southeast of Bridgetown|
|--||Bridgetown Harbour - 0.7 mi. (1.2 km) Northwest of Bridgetown|
|(246) 419-1000 ext. 2250||Port Saint Charels - Speightstown|
Be aware that the marine ecosystem is incredible fragile, and although it may seem appealing to anchor off coral, it is absolutely not allowed. In fact, if you are caught doing so, it could cost you $25 thousand. You can learn more about sailing laws by contacting the Barbados Port Authority, and remember that you will have to return to your original port of call before you leave local waters to pay the exit fee of BDS$25.
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