About the Marina | Cruising Grounds | Around the Base | Provisioning | Things to Do | Water Toys & Sports

Whether this is your fifth trip or the first of many, we want you to feel at home when you're at a Moorings base.

About the Marina

Address
The Moorings
Mariner Yacht Services
Marina Fort-Luis 
Baie de Marigot
Marigot 97150, Saint Martin

Base Hours 
8:30 am to 4:30 pm, 7 days a week
Season: Due to Hurricane Season, this destination is closed to charter holidays in September.

Marina Facilities
Your comfort is assured with extensive facilities including restaurants, boutiques, water, electricity, wifi, showers (2 Euro), laundry (additional cost), flower shops and many more nearby restaurants and shops.

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Cruising Grounds

Marina information
Local dockage facilities:
A listing of sites is covered in the chart briefing.
Tax and cruising permits:
Cruising permits are not required in St Martin
The Marina:
The base is located at Marina Fort-Luis in Marigot on the French side.

Experience Level
A sailing qualification is not mandatory to charter here but you must demonstrate that you have the necessary experience and ability. If our base staff are not confident in your ability when you arrive, they will arrange for a Moorings skipper to travel with you at your own expense. Please ensure you have completed a Sailing CV or a Power CV to ensure you have the necessary experience.

Cruising Area
All charterers are free to sail the complete ground from the BVI in the north (one way only) to Grenada in the south, subject to prior approval and the restriction of St Martin boats going to Martinique and Guadeloupe.
Charters that are booked for a one-way drop-off at Guadeloupe will go to “Marina Bas-du-Fort” in Pointe-a-Pitre. Web: www.marina-pap.com
The cruising area includes St Martin, Anguilla (to the west), and St Barts (to the south-east). There are over 20 protected anchorages in this area and miles of sandy beaches, as well as beautiful reefs for snorkelling, diving, and exploring. Sailing distance between the islands is about 2–4 hours.

Cruising Area Restrictions 
Several zones in The Caribbean have been restricted by The Moorings for the client’s security. These are reviewed in the briefing and include:

  • The dock in Gustavia, except briefly for water only – you may only briefly go on the dock in Gustavia and only to fetch water.
  • Oyster Pond due to hurricane damage. 
  • Saba and Barbuda without checking with Customer Service
  • East coast of Antigua; parts of St Barts; Anguilla (limited number of anchorages); areas on East coast of St. Martin
  • North-west coast of Nevis
  • Montserrat Island

It is strictly forbidden to sail alone, we require two persons minimum on board.

Charts & Pilot Books
All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are issued at your chart briefing.

Nighttime Sailing  
You must be moored at least one hour before sunset. Night Sailing is not allowed without permission from the base manager. The decision to allow night sailing is based on your skill level and can be requested in advance. You will need to fill out the Sailing or Power resume for the base to review but we cannot guarantee approval

Moorings Fees & Taxes

  • Tintamrre and Pinel Island: USD 3 per person, per day.  Payable in cash only to the St Martin natural parks officials or at the base.
  • Anse de Colombier and Fourche Island: Fee included in the Gustavia harbour fee.

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Around the Base

Accommodations
French side
Fantastic Hotel – near the marina
Centre Hotel – near the marina
Golfe Hotel – near the marina
Adam and Eve – Orient Bay
Shamrock – Orient Bay
Columbus Hotel – Oyster Pond

Dutch side
Holland House – Philipsburg
Atrium – Simpson Bay
Mary’s Boon – Simpson Bay
Atrium – Simpson Bay
Princess Heights – Oyster Pond

Banks
Banking Hours: Monday to Thursday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. 
Bank hours depend on the individual bank. On the French side, banks are closedon Wednesday afternoons. On the Dutch side, banks usually close at 2 pm or 3 pm. 

ATM: There are currently limited ATMs available. Please bring the cash you will need for your entire stay as some businesses can only accept cash. There are several banks in Marigot (French side): Banque des Antilles Françaises, Banque Française Commerciale, La Poste, each with an ATM cash dispenser. There are also these banks in Philipsburg (Dutch side): Leeward Island Bank, ABN Amro Bank, Nova Scotia, each with an ATM cash dispenser.

Currencies / Money Exchange
Accepted forms of payment:
Euros, US Dollars and US travellers cheques are used on both side of St Martin and surrounding islands. Only Visa and Master Cards are accepted at The Moorings St Martin Base. Visa, Master and Amex cards are accepted in most of the larger restaurants and Boutiques in St Martin and surrounding islands.

Post Office 
There is a post office in Marigot. Postage stamps can be purchased at post offices (hours are irregular and lines can be long and slow), café-tabacs and at hotel newsstands or souvenir shops. 

Dining
O'Plongeoir – near the marina
The Yacht Club Restaurant – at the marina
L'Arhawak – 5 minute walk from the marina

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Provisioning

The Moorings Provisioning
Online Provisioning is available.

Visit our Provisioning Page to learn more about delivery direct to your yacht.

Supermarkets
Shops open Monday to Saturday 8.00 am to 8.00 pm; Sunday, Supermarkets open 9.00 am to 2.00 pm. on the Dutch side and 9.00 am to 12:30 pm and 4.00 pm to 7 pm on the French side.

The Super U supermarket is a 15-minute walk or 5 minutes by taxi from our marina. Located at Howell Centre, it is the biggest supermarket on the island. Store hours Monday to Saturday 8.00 am to 8.00 pm; Sunday 9.00 am to 12.00 noon.

Carrefour: On the Dutch side. Regular full service grocery store with wide variety of goods, also has bakery, deli. Open from: Monday to Saturday 8.00 am to 8.00 pm; Sunday 9.00 am to 2.00 pm.

Please note: all shops are Duty Free!

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Things to Do

Interesting Sites
Please visit the Itinerary Page for more of the best places to visit on your trip. While you are in St Martin take the opportunity to visit these other cultural attractions.

One of the things that set the dual-nation island of St Maarten/St Martin apart from a typical beach destination is the incredible variety of sporting and adrenalin-charged activities available to visitors. Whether you get your thrills zipping across the waves on a jet ski, exploring the mysterious wonders of the ocean depths, or hiking or biking to the top of a windswept peak for a breathtaking view of the Caribbean, St Maarten/St Martin has something to please your sporting taste.

Hiking
For those who want to experience the natural beauty of the island on foot, there are 25 miles of clearly defined footpaths running through the mountains and along the shore, revealing some truly spectacular panoramas.
Loterie Farm
Tel: 590-590-87-86-16 
Offers organized hikes of varying degrees of difficulty. 
Musee de Marigot 
Tel: 590-590-29-22-84

Horse riding
Most equestrian centres offer organized rides by the hour or half day.
Ranch Gallion: daily trails and beach rides – +590 690769624

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Water Toys & Sports

For your convenience, you can add water toys to your charter prior to arrival at the base. They will be waiting on your boat upon arrival. You are able to rent these at the base; please keep in mind that we have limited availability. For more information, please view our Water Sports Options.

Snorkelling 
The Moorings provides snorkelling gear (flippers, masks & snorkels) for all charters for your pleasure. Children's sizes are very limited; you may wish to pack your own snorkelling gear.

Fishing
No licence is required.
Ciguatera is a BIG problem. Don’t eat any fish you have caught before checking with a local fisherman.

Diving
Dive Safari, Ocean Explorer and Aqua Mania are open in Simpson Bay
Octopus diving is operating now in Philipsburg, they might move back soon to Grand Case
Shoal Diving is available in Anguilla
Serial diving and St Barts Plongée are open again in Gustavia

Water sports
Kayaks and stand-up paddleboards can be added to your charter contract. Windsurfing, water-skiing, parasailing, and jet skiing are activities that are regularly offered at the more popular beaches and in the inland lagoons. Rental and instruction tend to be fairly inexpensive.

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For more information on what's included on your yacht, please view the full list here for Bareboat Charters or here for Crewed Charters.

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