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Once a beautiful bay, rimmed with sandy beaches and naturally wooded hillsides, Simpson Bay is now a thriving metropolis with traffic congestion, pollution and a new causeway under construction.

Boaters should be aware that dredging and pile driving is taking place in Simpson Bay Lagoon for the construction of a cross-lagoon causeway bridge, intended to relieve traffic congestion in Simpson Bay. The causeway is being constructed from the north of Yacht Club Port de Plaisance to the airport runway. The completed causeway will be a maximum of 28 feet off the water.

Vessels currently wishing to transit the lagoon should stay within the marked channel and exercise caution with regard to the construction.

Upon completion of the bridge (expected time end of 2013), vessels with a mast height of more than 28 feet will be restricted to the opening of the centre part of the causeway which will act like a swing bridge.

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The Immigration Department is in the Police Station located adjacent to the channel into Simpon Bay Lagoon. Clearance Office open Monday-Friday 0800-1200 and 1300-1700, Saturday-Sunday 0730-1530. Closed Public holidays. Clearance is possible in advance

Docking

Bridge Opening - Simpson Bay (Dutch side)
This is the main access into and out of Simpson Bay Lagoon from the Dutch side of the island. The Bridge is located in Simpson Bay and will accommodate vessels up to a maximum beam of 56 feet (17 meters) and a maximum draft of 17 feet (6 meters). Wide beamed vessels must request pilotage.

When the bridge is closed there is 8.6 feet (2.6 meters) clearance in the port channel and 8 feet (2.4 meters) clearance in the starboard channel. Note: Clearance may vary depending on the state of the tide.

There is a 3mph speed limit for all vessels using the access channel, and within the lagoon all marinas and yacht anchorages are deemed "no wake zones".

As is customary every season, in order to accommodate the Yacht/Marine sector, the bridge opens six times during the day in order to handle the vessels that make use of several marinas in the Simpson Bay Lagoon.
Bridge Opening Times - December-May (Daily Seasonal)
Outbound 0900, 1100, 1630. Inbound 0930, 1130, 1730

Bridge Opening Times - May-November (Daily)
Outbound and Inbound 0930, 1130, 1730.
Call Bridge Operator on VHF Ch 12 for permission to enter or leave Simpson Bay Lagoon. Outbound traffic precedes inbound traffic.

Users of small craft are requested not to transit the bridge channel during bridge opening hours. Boats docking at the BBW dock should not be maneuvering in the channel during the bridge operational hours.

Small sea craft must make use of the port channel when passing under the bridge. Jet ski owners and rentals are requested to inform users that they must put their waterspouts off when passing under the bridge. This prevents corrosion of the iron structure of the bridge.

Captains and owners of vessels after docking their vessels in the lagoon should immediately come to the window of the Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority & Immigration to clear in their vessel, crew and passengers and pay the necessary bridge and harbor fees and dues.

Bridge Opening - Sandy Ground Bridge (French side)
This bridge is the main access into Simpson Bay Lagoon from the French side of the island. Access is from Marigot Bay and the bridge will accommodate vessels with a maximum beam of 32 feet and a maximum draft of 10 feet. There is a 10-foot clearance when the bridge is closed. There is a 3mph speed limit in the channel.

Bridge Opening Times
Mon-Sat 0815, 1430 and 1730. Sunday 0815 and 1730.
For information call Bridge Operator 690 690 87 20 43 VHF Ch 16

Note: The bridge is now operational after being repaired. (May 2013).

Last updated May 2013.

Gateway Marina
136 Airport Road , Simpson Bay , St Maarten
Tel:(721) 523-3694
Palapa Marina
Airport Road, , Simpson Bay
Tel:(599) 554 1584 Fax:(599) 545 2510 ,VHF Channel 68, 16
A full service marina with 22 slips, water, power, fuel dock, showers and laundry. Also able to arrange clearance. Palapa Shipwrights
Portofino Marina
Airport Road #46, Simpson Bay , St. Maarten
Tel:(599) -545-2500 Fax:(599) -545-2501 ,VHF Channel 78
A full service marina. Max. length 100ft. Airport Road #46 Simpson Bay
Princess Port du Plaisance
Simpson Bay Lagoon
Tel:(599) 544-5222 Fax:(599) 544-2315 ,VHF Channel 16, 78
Princess Yacht Club
Simpson Bay
Tel:599 544 2953 Fax:599 544 4333 ,VHF Channel 16,78
Two full service marinas (north & south harbors). Max 15ft draft, internet cafe, restaurants, pool and provisions.
Simpson Bay Marina
P.O. Box 4540 Plaza del Lago , Airport Road , Sint Maarten
Tel:(599) 544 2309 Fax:(599) 544 3378 ,VHF Channel 16, 79
Modern, protected marina with all facilities. 135 slips for up to 200'.Piloted by tender to your berth, 24 hour security services. Water, Gas, diesel fuel dock. Restrooms, showers, laundry. Pool and swim-up bar, restaurant, bar, and yacht club. Chandlery and convenience store. (January 2009).
Yacht Club Isle de Sol
Snoopy Island , Airport Road , Simpson Bay
Tel:+1-721-544-2725 Fax:+ 721-544-2906 ,VHF Channel 78a, 16
All facilities for larger yachts including hi-speed internet, WiFi, TV and phone to all berths. Swimming pool, chandlery. Max. lenght 360 ft, max. draft 20 ft. Airport Road Simpson Bay

Yacht Clubs

Princess Yacht Club
Simpson Bay
Tel:599 544 2953 Fax:599 544 4333 ,VHF Channel 16,78
Two full service marinas (north & south harbors). Max 15ft draft, internet cafe, restaurants, pool and provisions.
Simpson Bay Pharmacy
Simpson Bay Yacht Club Marina
Tel:(599) 544 3653
Opening hours: 08:15-19:30(Mon-Fri), 09:00-13:00(Sat), 17:00-19:(0(Sun)
Sint Maarten Yacht Club
Welfare Road # 90 , Simpson Bay Bridge , Sint Maarten
Tel:(599) 544 2075 Fax:(599) 544 2091
This club hosts many racing and cruising events. New clubhouse with restaurant and bar.
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