AS THE CARIBBEAN SEASON APPROACHES MAKE SURE YOU VISIT ONE OF THESE GREAT MARINAS AND SOAK UP SOME LOCAL HOSPITALITY
Article by ONBOARD Magazine
Described by US author James Michener as ‘the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean’, the Marigot Bay Marina is the Caribbean’s unique premier yachting destination, servicing yachts up to 280 feet. Nestled beside the 5-star Marigot Bay Resort, marina guests can enjoy elegant accommodation, dining and carefully curated activities that showcase the best of Saint Lucia. With a full-service Marina and natural deep harbour, Marigot Bay provides shelter for ships of varying sizes during the worst weather conditions. Our Personal Assistant services and welcome program are unique to the yachting industry and unrivalled in the Caribbean. Marigot Bay’s magnificent lush setting places guests to nearby Saint Lucia’s majestic rainforests and Pitons and provides access for originating your yacht charters.
Rivaling the legendary marina of Monte Carlo, Atlantis Marina is the premier facility in The Bahamas for the most luxurious mega-yachts to dock, disembarking passengers for a variety of resort experiences, ranging from celebrity chef dining to casino access, marine life interactions, and the resort’s 141-acre waterscape. Featuring 62 slips for vessels, ranging in size from 50 feet to 240 feet in length, the Marina is complete with its own 100-foot channel into Nassau Harbour. While docked, guests of Atlantis Paradise Island’s marina receive full access to the resort’s diverse amenities and services that include; Full Resort Access (including exclusive beaches, Aquaventure waterscape & Casino), Transportation between Marina and Resort, Single-and-three phase power, 24-hour staffed security plus, Crew Lounge with TV. Directly adjacent to the Atlantis Marina, guests are also able to experience Marina Village, a 65,000 square-foot Bahamian-style marketplace with superlative dining and a world-class shopping experience.
A superyacht marina located just 7km away from the La Romana International Airport, and part of the huge 7,000 acre Casa de Campo Resort that has an amazing array of facilities including three 18 hole golf courses, heliport, luxury villas for sale or rent and a ﬁve star hotel. The Marina offers 16’ of draft for vessels of up to 250’ LOA with three alternative mooring systems for vessels of different sizes. As an ofﬁcial ‘Port of Entry’ to the Dominican Republic Customs and immigration facilities are available onsite 24hrs with personalised assistance. The excellent shoreside facilities at the marina include banks, a good supermarket with gourmet provisioning, a range of international restaurants, various café bars, 3 screen cinema complex, designer boutiques and a pharmacy. Beyond this, the surrounding resort attractions at the expansive Casa De Campo estate include 3 championship golf courses 12
The 2,500-acre luxury resort community and superyacht marina in St. Kitts, Christophe Harbour is the Eastern Caribbean’s pre-eminent homeport. Set on the south eastern peninsula of St. Kitts, this luxury resort community and marina is located within the heart of the popular cruising grounds between Antigua and St. Maarten and home to bespoke residences and amenities, including the Caribbean’s first Park Hyatt, a Tom Fazio golf course (under construction), and The Pavilion beach club. The Marina at Christophe Harbour features 24 berths, is expanding rapidly, and can accommodate vessels over 100min length. With two experienced superyacht captains at the helm, and a professional staff onboard to assist with itineraries and a host of VIP services… any stop at Christophe Harbour is an exceptional one. The facilities are expanding at a rapid pace and is already a huge favourite with visiting crews.The Marina at Christophe Harbour has the largest fuel storage capacity of all the Eastern Caribbean marinas. One of the most convenient bunkering set-ups with onsite tank capacities supplying in-berth and high pressure fueling, The Marina at Christophe Harbour offers tax and duty-free fuel to both private and commercial vessels. In-slip fueling is available for vessels up to 250 feet. Make sure you also check out the 2019 ACrew Crew Fest.
St Maarten is open for business – the full service premier yachting destination in the Caribbean. Although the passage of Hurricane Irma and Maria did impact the island destination, St. Maarten has shown its resilience through its speedy recovery, and superyachts have already begun their return to the favoured destination. The Simpson Bay Lagoon houses the main facilities for yachts of all sizes. According to the St. Maarten Marine Trades Association, St. Maarten is open for business, and is fully capable of providing yachts the welcome and service to which the industry has become accustomed. The yacht service providers and marinas are already gearing up for the upcoming season and are open and ready for business. St. Maarten, The Yachting Capital of the Caribbean is ready for the 2018-2019 season.
With everything you need, Puerto del Rey is more than a marina, they are a gateway to your Caribbean adventure. Perfectly situated on the eastern tip of Puerto Rico, the marina is very close to the spectacular islands of Culebra and Vieques; beyond these lie the British and U.S. Virgin Islands. Puerto Del Rey is also an ideal place to stage longer voyages to the U.S., Bermuda, South America and the Panama Canal. As a permanent home port, Puerto Del Rey provides the perfect haven. They’ll have you fully equipped and provisioned, then safely and swiftly seaborne. On your return, enjoy the restaurants, bars and shops. If you’re on vacation in the Caribbean and sailing around the Islands, Puerto Del Rey makes a great base from which explore Puerto Rico. They have a 165 ton haul out capability and a complete range of boat repair contractors on site, so the expense and inconvenience of travelling to the U.S. mainland for repairs, refit and maintenance is eliminated. Finally, the marina has extensive land storage capacity sheltered by a large mangrove. During the annual hurricane season, this facility and marina offers the best protection available for your yacht and crew in the Caribbean.
The Errol Flynn Marina & Boatyard is located on the northeast coast of Jamaica. The facility encompasses the entire West Harbour and features a Marina complex, Boatyard and cruise ship terminal. The marina has 32 fixed dockage slips and 22 mooring balls while the boatyard is equipped with a 100 tonne travel-lift and a fuel facility which sells Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel and Gasoline. There is also a giga-dock which can accommodate the largest yacht in the world and boutique cruise ships up to 665 feet in length with draught of 26 feet. Amenities free WIFI & swimming pool with nearby services such as ATMs, Farmers Market, Bakery, Hardware Stores and Supermarkets. There are numerous activities to occupy ones’ attention while in Port Antonio including rafting on the Rio Grande.