The Caribbean is a popular spot for sailing and yachting adventures. These water sports are particularly popular in St. Martin, because of the dual-nation island's good marinas, moderate seas, and short-sail neighboring islands.
Although sailing is a more popular pursuit on the Dutch side of the islands, sailing to and docking in St. Martin has its merits as well. Quiet waters made in part by a stream of sheltered bays makes sailing conditions favorable, while the ease of finding a spot to dock makes this side recommendable.
If you're simply wanting to enjoy a few hours on the open water, without the complications and cost associated with renting a boat you can take an excursion. Curious about this option? See the listing that follows for contact information for area excursion services.
|(069) 088-2054||From the Radisson Marina - Anse Marcel|
|(059) 029-1576||Quartier D'Orleans - Marigot|
|(059) 087-4345||Rue de la Republica - Downtown Marigot|
There are several kinds of boats that vacationers can choose from: Bareboats are the most available boats for charter. With this kind of boat, you are completely in charge of the navigation of the vessel, and have to do everything yourself. Sailors who rent these boats should have ample experience as a skipper before setting sail. Some charter companies will even make renters present documentation of their sailing experience before they allow you to charter a boat.
If you are unsure how to choose a charter company, get in touch with a charter broker. Paid for by charter companies, these brokers can help you find the perfect charter for your needs.
Considering renting a boat? The following chart enables you to contact charter services that operating in this area.
|(609) 033-4338||Fort St. Louis Dock - Downtown Marigot|
|(059) 087-9174||Marina Port Royal - Marigot|
|(059) 087-5949||6 Rue du Palais de Justice - Marigot|
|(059) 029-3593||3 Rue du President Kennedy - Marigot|
|(059) 087-3049||2.2 mi. (3.5 km) South of Orient Bay|
|(059) 087-1016||Res. Amandiers - Grand-Case|
|(059) 027-1563||Baie Orientale - Orient Bay|
|(059) 027-1194||Marina Port Royal - Marigot|
|(059) 029-5193||Marina Port Royal - Marigot|
|(059) 027-9179||Presquile de Gustavia - Marigot|
|(059) 087-3526||La Croisade|
|(059) 087-3548||Anse Marcel|
|(059) 052-4055||Sandy Ground|
|(069) 035-3510||Pic Paradis - 2.1 mi. (3.4 km) South of Grand-Case|
|(059) 087-3788||2.0 mi. (3.2 km) South of Orient Bay|
|(059) 039-7005||Marina Fort Louis - Marigot|
|(059) 087-9223||Sandy Ground|
|(059) 029-0996||Marina Port Royal - Marigot|
|(059) 087-7854||Morne Rond - Marigot|
|(059) 087-0822||Res. Amandiers - Grand-Case|
|(059) 077-1161||Sandy Ground|
|(059) 087-8521||Rue de Hollande - Marigot|
|(800) 772-3500||Captain Oliver's Marina - 2.0 mi. (3.3 km) South of Orient Bay|
|(059) 087-8341||Rue de la Republica - Marigot|
|(059) 029-5231||Anse Marcel|
|(059) 029-4135||Anse Marcel|
Once you have decided what kind of charter is best for your vacation, it will be easier to find out the overall cost of your charter. There are several things that sailors can consider when trying to estimate what you will be spending.
The type of boat you charter will also have to be factored in to the cost of the boating excursion. Skippered and crewed boats are going to cost more than chartering just the boat itself, but crewed boats are the best option for inexperienced boaters. Also, the time of year during which you are taking your vacation will effect the cost. Everything in the Caribbean Islands tend to cost more during the high season, which is during the winter months. Travelers may want to consider this when planning their island retreat.
When going over the paperwork that the charter company has sent you, don't forget to read the small print. Most charter companies let you put the cost of the deposit and damage insurance on a major credit card, this is considered one of the best options in case anything unexpected should happen during the charter.
Sailing to St. Martin isn't as simple as deciding you want to go. There are a lot of decisions to be made, particularly regarding the type of yacht you'd like to charter. There are three basic yacht charters: bareboats, skippered bareboats, and fully crewed charters.
Bareboats are for the experienced sailor who doesn't have his own vessel, or wants to sail something a little different than what he has docked at home. These boats allow the renter to be completely in charge of the vessel the navigation, and everything else. Some charter companies will want proof that you can handle the vessel before you set sail, so be prepared to present documentation detailing your experience.
Skippered bareboats are for those who want to help navigate and sail, but don't necessarily feel comfortable being completely in charge. For a skippered bareboat, you'll typically pay for the cost of the charter, plus another $80 to $120(USD) for the skipper.
Fully crewed charters are the most expensive option because they come fully crewed and captain. You are basically a guest on the yacht, enjoying the ride without having to do any of the work. In addition to the cost of the charter, you'll be expected to tip the crew 10 to 15 percent.
Sailing can be a dangerous hobby if you aren't properly trained, or if you are unfamiliar with the waters through which you are sailing. Although the waters around St. Martin are generally calm, strong currents and large waves on the Atlantic side of the island can be tricky to navigate. If this is your first sail to the island, plan a trip between January and March, when waters are at their calmest. Only very experienced sailors should plan a trip from July to November. This is the region's hurricane season, which means by default that the waters are more dangerous.
Thinking about sailing to St. Martin using your own vessel, or a charter from a different area? Take a look at the chart below to find basic information for marinas in the area.
|(059) 029-3593||BP 939 Marina Port la Royale - Downtown Marigot|
|(059) 087-3347||2.2 mi. (3.6 km) South of Orient Bay|
|(059) 087-3194||Radisson Saint Martin Resort - Anse Marcel|
|(059) 087-3737||Anse Marcel|
|(059) 087-7047||Downtown Marigot|
|Grand Case Bay - Grand-Case||18.1042249733||-63.0562663078|
|Baie de Marigot - Marigot||18.0664384876||-63.0902552605|
|Cul de Sac Bay - French Cul-de-Sac||18.1066927949||-63.0224597454|
|Baie Nettle - Sandy Ground||18.0624250736||-63.1019496918|
|Orient Bay - Orient Bay||18.0844709512||-63.0136728287|
|Oyster Pond - 2.2 mi. (3.6 km) South of Orient Bay||18.0551264536||-63.0174922943|
|Simpson Bay Lagoon - Cole Bay||18.0355763306||-63.0878090858|
|Simpson Bay - Simpson Bay||18.0349846328||-63.1011128426|
|Great Bay - Philipsburg||18.0201303262||-63.0492925539|
|Tintamarre Beach - Ile Tintamarre||18.1162326208||-62.9885673313|
|Baie Longue - Las Terres Basses||18.055998886||-63.1410884857|
With all of this in mind, you should be well prepared to head out on the adventure of a lifetime – a private sailing trip to St. Martin.
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