Sailing and Boating Near St. Johns

Discover the most majestic side of St. Johns when you choose to spend some time sailing around Antigua

Photo credit: © Harry the bodysnatcher

As an official port of entry and with perhaps the most docking opportunities of anywhere else on the island, it is easy to see why so many sailors choose to stay in the capital city.

If you want to get out onto the water, without the cost and complications associated with renting a boat you can join an excursion. Check out the chart below to get names and phone numbers for area excursion services.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Life's A Beach A Water Sports, Cruises & Taxis (268) 784-1406 Freeman's Village
Pirates Of Antigua (268) 562-7946 Freeman's Village
Treasure Island Cruises (268) 461-8675 Downtown St. John's
Wadadli Cats (268) 462-4792 Upper Fort Road - St. John's
West Coast Tours Antigua (268) 728-5239 Golf Course Way - Jolly Harbour

Thinking about chartering a vessel? Use this next table to get in touch with an area charter service.

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
Cheke's Scooter & Car Rental (268) 562-4646 Freeman's Village
Dream Yacht Charter (268) 717-3870 Jolly Harbour Marina - Jolly Harbour
Jabberwocky Yacht Charters (268) 764-0595 Woods Center - Downtown St. John's
Virgin Island Sailing (268) 813-1230 Freeman's Village


Whichever port you choose to enter at, make sure your yellow “Quarantine” flag is flying high as soon as your hit Antiguan waters, and double check to see that you have all of the necessary paperwork on hand for when you meet with customs. They will ask to see your crew manifest, a list of your stores, the ship's registration, and the release forms from your last port of call. Then, when you've been cleared, you'll need to pay your post fees before you can move on to the marina you'd like to dock at.

Post Fees and Vessel Size
Vessel LengthCost
Up to 20 feet $2 (USD)
More than 20 to 40 feet $4 (USD)
More than 40 to 80 feet $6 (USD)
More than 80 to 100 feet $8 (USD)
More than 100 to 120 feet $10 (USD)
More than 120 to 150 feet $12 (USD)

There are a few places you can choose to dock in St. Johns including Shell Beach Marina, and the North Sound Marina. The ever popular Nelsons Dockyard Marina is also nearby.

Is your plan to visit St. Johns in your own vessel, or a charter from another location? Take a look at the table below for summary information for nearby marinas.

Name Phone Location
Jolly Harbour Marina (268) 462-6042 Jolly Harbour
Jordan's Pier Marina -- Parham
Shell Beach Marina (268) 562-0185 4.7 mi. (7.6 km) East-Northeast of St. John's

Thanks to the plentiful docking opportunities and the fact that St. Johns is an official port of entry makes it one of the easiest destinations on the island to visit by sailing yourself. If you're only looking for a few hours at sea, that is a possibility as well when you hire a charter for a day or choose to participate in a sea tour.

Nearby Anchorages
Location Latitude Longitude
Deepwater Harbour - St. John's 17.1189468791 -61.8465793133
Five Islands Harbour - Five Islands 17.0994702026 -61.8809223175

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