Sailing and Boating Near St. Martin

Sailing and yachting are popular pastimes in St. Martin

Photo credit: © SXM St. Martin Catamarans Charters

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 want to spend a few hours on the water, without the stress and cost of sailing on your own you can join an excursion. Take a look at the chart below to find contact information for area day sail providers.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
CaptainJo Boat Charter (069) 074-7001 21 Rue de Petite Plage - Grand-Case
Keloa Private Tours (069) 088-2054 At the Marina - Anse Marcel
Scoobidoo (059) 052-0253 Anse Marcel Marina - French Cul-de-Sac
Voyager Charters (059) 087-4345 Rue de la Republica - Downtown Marigot

Boat Rentals and Charters

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.

Thinking about renting a boat? You can take a look at this chart to get in touch with an area charter service.

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location Island
Catamaran Charters (059) 029-3593 3 Rue du President Kennedy - Marigot the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Fun Seaker 590 690 66-3395 Anse Marcel Marina - Anguilla Anguilla
Grenadine Sarl (059) 027-1194 Marina Port Royal - Marigot the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Moorings Saint Martin (059) 087-3526 La Croisade the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Nautor's Swan Charters (059) 087-3548 Anse Marcel the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
SXM St. Martin Catamarans Charters (069) 039-7457 Griselle the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Sunsail (877) 796-9259 Rue de la Republica - Downtown Marigot the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Vpm Yacht Charters (059) 029-4135 Anse Marcel the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

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.

Seriously considering sailing to St. Martin using your own vessel, or a boat you charter in a different location? Check out the table that follows to find information concerning area marinas.

Name Phone Location
Anse Marcel Marina 590 (0) 5 90 87 31 94 Anse Marcel
Any Way Marine (059) 029-3593 BP 939 Marina Port la Royale - Downtown Marigot
Captain Oliver's Marina (059) 087-3347 2.2 mi. (3.6 km) South of Orient Bay
Marina Fort Louis -- Marigot
Marina Port Royal -- Marigot
Privilege Marina (059) 087-3737 Anse Marcel
Regie Du Port De Marigot (059) 087-7047 Downtown Marigot
Nearby Anchorages
Location Latitude Longitude
Grand Case Bay - Grand-Case 18.1042249733 -63.0562663078
Baie de Marigot - Marigot 18.0664384876 -63.0902552605
Anse Marcel 18.1157401825 -63.0400389407
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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