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're simply wanting to experience some time on the open water, without the stress and cost associated with renting a boat you should take a day sailing excursion. Curious about this option? Take a look at the chart below to find information on area day sailing companies.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Antigua Ocean Adventures (268) 464-7576 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

Thinking about chartering a boat or yacht? Take a look at the following table to call regional charter operators.

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
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
Yacht Day Charter Business For Sale (268) 728-2533 Falmouth 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.

Thinking about sailing to St. Johns using your own boat, or a charter from a different location? This chart contains a list of potential docking spots.

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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