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General Information

Fête de la Mer 2017


Saint Martin has many anchorages, the most important of which are :

Marigot Bay

Baie de Marigot

Well protected except in northerly swells, this anchorage is a must for all cruising yachts. It is the only place on the French side of the island where it is possible to carry out the obligatory immigration formalities when arriving or leaving.

Go to the Border Police office (PAF) at the ferry terminal :
  • Open Monday to Friday from 8 am to noon and from 2.00pm, to 4.00pm
  • Open on Saturday from 8am to  noon.
  • Closed on Sundays
  • Present passports and original boat papers.
Alternatively, paperwork can be done at :  Marina Port la Royale and Marina Fort Louis

Cruisers can choose to anchor in the bay or at Marina Fort Louis (VHF 16 – 05 90 51 11 11).

Baie de Marigot

A stone’s throw from the centre of town, Marigot is an ideal place to provision and fill up with water and fuel. It takes five minutes by dinghy, using the entrance to the lagoon, to get to Marina Port la Royale in the centre of town, or to the shipyards in the vicinity of Sandy Ground, where a number of very skilled marine professionals are situated.

Lined with outdoor cafes, restaurants and boutiques, Marina Port la Royale is a great place to go, any time of day. The access to the marina in the heart of Marigot is through the very protected anchorage of Simpson Bay lagoon. Go through the channel in Sandy Ground under the lifting bridge.

Baie de Marigot

Several shipyards offer a wide range of services inside the lagoon.

Marina Port la Royale offers a postal, fax and telephone service as well as Internet access and Wifi. Likewise: toilets, showers, washing machines and dryers until 7.00pm. It is possible to refuel and to buy water, ice and block ice.
Maximum draft: two feet.

Friar's Bay

Friar's Bay

 Friar's Bay, which is rarely frequented, is a pleasant, quiet anchorage, and an ideal place for lunch or a leisurely swim, just a few minutes away from Marigot.

  • Anchor on the east side of the bay for better protection.
  • The north coast has wonderful snorkeling.

It is possible to have lunch and dinner on the beach, and to rent kayaks and beach chairs. For years past, Kali’s Beach Bar has organized a “Full moon party” on the beach on the occasion of the full moon every month. 

Happy Bay

Happy Bay

  • This rarely frequented anchorage becomes uncomfortable quickly when the wind or swell comes in there. It is best to anchor under the point at the southern end of the anchorage.
  • However, this beach which nudists love, is beautiful and often deserted. The abandoned hotel overlooking the bay was a victim of Hurricane Luis in 1995.

Grand Case

Baie de Grand-Case

  • During the season, every Tuesday night, the boulevard that runs alongside the sea is closed to traffic,
    and local bands attract jubilant dancers, who swing to the rhythm of drums, trumpets and guitars.
  • On Sunday mornings, it’s worth a short detour from the dock, to hear the gospel music sung with gusto by the choir in the Catholic Church.

Rocher Créole

Anse Marcel

The Radisson Hotel and the marina in Anse Marcel comprise an island within an island.

Anse Marcel

  • The wind tends to change direction, so it is advisable to allow for plenty of swinging room.
  • The Radisson Marina, located in a hurricane hole, is ultra calm.
  • It is accessed by a narrow channel, with a maximum depth of 2.80 meters
  • The marina has150 slips and can accommodate vessels up to 27 meters.
  • The harbormaster’s office is on standby on VHF channel 16, seven days a week, from 8.00 am to noon and from 2.00pm to 6.00pm, or by telephone – 05 90 87 31 94.

There are some good restaurants ashore and a comprehensive sports club on the hillside.

Pinel Island

Mouillage Pinel

A favourite spot for tourists in Saint Martin, Pinel Island is a beautiful place, which suffers from its reputation and tends to be invaded by crowds of people. Fortunately, Pinel becomes a desert island at 4.30 pm every day, after the cruise ship passengers and other visitors leave on the last small ferry.

  • The island is part of the Nature Reserve : so jet-skis and fishing are prohibited.
  • Accessing Pinel by boat is tricky, and should be approached via the pass between Green Cay and Pinel.
  • The anchorage is situated in front of the beach, on a grassy seabed which is not a great holding.

A short ten-minute walk from the dingy dock brings you to the village of Cul-de-Sac, where you will find a well-stocked pharmacy and a grocery store on the main road.


Pinel Tintamare Réserve NaturelleThe wild island finds the origin of its name in the Spanish "tinta-mare": Colour of the sea


  • Turquoise water that is so crystal clear one can’t resist plunging into it immediately, in the anchorage situated to the southwest, in front of the white sandy beach.
  •  Tintamare, which is uninhabited, is part of the Nature Reserve and is totally protected.
  • A very nice "snorkeling" site can be accessed close to the anchorage where the northern point juts out. Dozens of tropical fish species live here among the maze of coral.
  • New – an eco-snorkeling site which takes one around a marine trail with a guide and explanation.

Equipped with at least a pair of flip flops, the more curious will venture into the bush behind the beach, where they will find airplane wrecks and aircraft engines that have been abandoned since pilots and smugglers no longer use the runway, which was active from 1944 to 1952. Peacocks and a collection of farmyard birds, the only full-time residents in Tintamare, remind us that once upon a time there was an active farm on the island.

Green Cay

The interest of Green Cay lies in its proximity to the beach at Orient Bay, internationally known (also for its nudists) as Orient Beach.

  • The anchorage is part of the Nature Reserve and is not very sheltered.
  • It becomes intolerable in a northerly swell, but the snorkeling site, to the east of Green Cay is superb.
  • Landing a dinghy on Orient Beach is often tricky.

 Ashore, everything is laid on for the tourist’s wellbeing: restaurants, boutiques with clothing and souvenirs, and  watersports (windsurfing, Hobby cats, kite-surfing, parasailing, jet-skis, "banana boats"...).


Anchoring fees on the French side :


On the French side, an anchoring fee has been applied since January 1st 2009, only in Marigot bay for the moment. It consists of a fixed sum collected for the duration of one’s stay in the bay, as well as a daily fee, calculated on the length of the boat.

The flat fee for the duration of one’s stay is paid in Marigot.

  • From 08 to 13 metres :
  • From 13 to 18 metres :
  • From 18 to; 23 metres :
  • From 23 to 28 metres :
  • From 28 to 33 metres :
  • From 33 to 38 metres :
  • From 38 à 43 metres :
  • From 43 to 50 metres :
  • From 50 to 75 metres :
  • + 75 metres :

The daily charge in Marigot harbour.

Non-resident sailboats: :
  • From 0 to 3 days :
    0,25€ per metre lenght and per day
  • Over three days: :
    0,35€ per metre and per day
Sailboats that reside in Saint Martin (on presentation of proof)
  • Per metre and per day :

Anchoring fees on the Dutch side

On the Dutch side, a weekly or portion of the week fee is charged to all boats besides fishing boats and boats that are registered locally.

  • From 9 to 14 metres (30’ to 66’) :
    10 $
  • From 14 to 20 m (47’ to 56’) :
    15 $
  • From 20 to 28 m (67’ to 92’) :
    25 $
  • From 28 to 36 m (93’ to 118’) :
    45 $
  • Over 36m (over 118’) :
    85 $

Simpson Bay Lagoon:

Fees and regulation information for entering in Simpson Bay Lagoon :



Oyster Pond - Dawn Beach
Mouillage Pinel
Marina Royale Marigot
Marina Fort Louis
Marina Fort Louis
Lagon - Simpson Bay
Lagoon - Mount Fortune
Lagoon - Marigot Bay
French Cul-de-Sac
Creole Rock
Baie De Grand-Case
Grand-Case Bay
Chenal de Pinel
Philpsburg Bay
Orient Beach - Boo-Boo Jam
Mullet Bay
Happy Bay
Divi Little Bay
Cupecoy cliffs and beach
Long Beach