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 merely want to spend a few hours on the water, without the cost and complications associated with renting a boat you should take a day sailing excursion. Wondering about this option? See the chart below to get contact phone numbers for area excursion services.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Adventure Antigua Day Sails (268) 726-6355 Freeman's Village
Life's A Beach A Water Sports, Cruises & Taxis (268) 784-1406 Freeman's Village
Miramar Sailing (268) 721-3456 Jolly Harbour Marina & Boatyard - Jolly Harbour
Treasure Island Cruises (268) 461-8675 Redcliffe Quay

If you're contemplating a charter boat, you can reserve one from these companies:

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
Catch the Cat (268) 464-7113 Jolly Harbour
Cheke's Scooter & Car Rental (268) 562-4646 Freeman's Village
Jabberwocky Yacht Charters (268) 764-0595 Woods Center - Redcliffe Quay
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.

Planning to visit St. Johns in your own vessel, or a boat you charter elsewhere? This next chart contains a list of marinas in the area.

Name Phone Location
Jolly Harbour Marina & Boatyard (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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