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 experience some time on the open water, without the cost and complications involved with renting a boat you can join an excursion. Take a look at the table that follows to get contact information for area day sail providers.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
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
Pirates Of Antigua (268) 562-7946 Freeman's Village
Treasure Island Cruises (268) 461-8675 Redcliffe Quay

Envisioning chartering a vessel? Check out the following chart to help you reach a charter operator serving this area.

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
Antigua Holiday Villa Boat Charters (268) 462-6266 Downtown St. John's
Dream Yacht Charter (268) 717-3870 Jolly Harbour
Jabberwocky Yacht Charters (268) 764-0595 Woods Center - Redcliffe Quay
Tropical Yachts (305) 735-3460 Jolly Harbour
Your Boat Holiday (334) 360-0997 Jolly Harbour


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.

Are you going to reach St. Johns using your own boat, or one you charter elsewhere? The following table lists places where you might be able to dock.

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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