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Location

This bay is located on the west coast of the island, just north of the Sandy Ground bridge at the northern entrance to the Simpson Bay Lagoon.

Position 18° 04'N, 63° 05'W.

Clearance

See St Martin/Clearance for the details.

Two marinas on the French side have customs computers and offer clearance services - Marina Fort Louis and Marina Port Royale. They charge a small admin fee of a few Euros.

Be aware that only marina guests and those anchored close to the marina can check in at the marina.

The confirmed hours of Port La Royale's Capitanerie are 8:30am - 12:30pm, 2:30pm - 5:30pm.

The French authorities have now given Island Water World in Marigot - next to the Tourism Office - the official program to clear in. They have a Dinghy Dock in the lagoon, right next to Geminga Boatyard and adjacent to the Marina Port La Royale. Opening Times in season: Monday to Saturday 8.00am-5.00pm. 2 Euro admin fee.

You can now also clear in at Budget Marine (L'Ile Marine) St.Martin, located just outside of the Sandy Ground Bridge. It has a dinghy dock. Open Mon-Fri 8:00-12:00 & 2:00-17:00. Saturdays 8:00-12:00. There is no fee, but it is suggested you make a few Euros donation to the SNSM (Sea rescue).

Clearance at the "Gare Maritime" ferry dock does incur an arrival fee. Full details under St Martin/Clearance.

Last updated April 2016.

Docking

Take care when entering form the French side as the channel has shifted and the markers are missing.

There is an anchoring fee charged in Marigot Bay of 5 Euros per day, with an initial 20 Euro charge on arrival. There is no charge for French lagoon, Grand Case, etc... only for Marigot Bay. Payment is currently based on an honour system, however a harbour patrol boat does check who is in the bay.

According to cruisers' reports, if you need to anchor for a couple of hours in Marigot Bay while waiting for the Sandy Ground bridge to enter the Lagoon, you will not have to pay the fees.

Security: Be sure to lock your dinghy and everything in it (remove any loose items) when using the Marigot Bay dinghy dock. Thieves are rife here, particularly after sunset. The same applies to Grand Case and in particular to the security of your dinghy and outboard at night. To avoid having your equipment stolen, lift it out of the water and padlock it to the boat. Skippers should also consider not being away from the yacht after dark, and remove all loose items from the deck and lock all hatches when vacating the boat, and at night.

It is not advisable to leave your boat at anchor here unattended for an extended period of time.

Last updated January 2016.

Marina Fort Louis
Marigot Bay , St Martin
Tel:+590 590 51 11 11 Fax:+590 590 51 11 12 ,VHF Channel 16
Offers a Clearance Services.
A full service marina with 50 visitors' berths, water/ice, power, fuel, pump-out facilities, WiFi, showers, laundry, chandlery, clearance service, provisions, internet, dive shop, restaurants and bars. Very helpful staff.
Be sure to secure all hatches when vacating the boat, remove any loose items from the deck and secure anything else that remains.
Marina Port La Royale
Simpson Bay Lagoon
Tel:+590 590 87 20 43 Fax:+590 590 87 55 95 ,VHF Channel 09, 12, 16
Water, electricity, showers, toilets, laundry, WiFi, provisions and bar/restaurant. Communications center, repair facilities. Security reported to be good.
Marina Port Lonvilliers
P.O. Box 521, 97150 St Martin
Tel:+590 590 873 194 Fax:+590 590 873 396 ,VHF Channel 16, 11
All facilities, fuel, laundry, WiFi, chandlery, restaurant, provisions. Also mail drop, phone and fax services.
Close to the airport.

Yacht Clubs

Yacht Club International de Marigot
Marigot Bay
Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jun 15, 2016 07:25 PM

Reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net - 29 May, 2016:

Theft at Marine Port la Royale
An unlocked yacht docked at Port Royale marina was boarded overnight while the crew slept. The crew discovered the theft of cash the next morning. Reports were made to the Port Captain, Police and Marina. When the police reviewed the marina’s video surveillance they found most of the cameras were not operational.

fleuraustrale
fleuraustrale says:
Apr 06, 2016 03:29 PM

As of April 2016 You can also clear in at Budget Marine (L'Ile Marine) in the Sandy Ground channel into the lagoon. There was no fear charged but the staff suggested making a few euro donation to the SNSM (Sea rescue) in lieu of a fee.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jan 21, 2016 09:18 AM

Good tip from Ken Goodings - Caribbean Navigator Facebook Page:
Another daylight dinghy theft in St Martin, French side. Chain used was 3/16 inch stainless, that's less than a quarter inch or just under 6 mm. Please consider using SS chain at least 8-10 mm or 5/16 - 1/2 inch. Heavier SS chain is perhaps just plain less prone to quickie thefts, especially in daylight with people around.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jan 20, 2016 04:29 PM

Dinghy stolen Sunday between 4-6pm. Ferry dock Marigot. Chained and locked to dock with heavy chain. 11' AB, 15HP motor. Blue canvas cover on motor.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jan 14, 2016 03:57 PM

Reported by SY Sundancer:
This morning (13 Jan), two Gendarmes came to my boat and others in Nettle Bay (French west end of lagoon) by kayak. I didn't see if they came from or continued toward other parts.

They asked for no documentation, but only wanted to warn of increased crime in the area, especially at night, and to lock our dinghy to the boat. Ours hangs from davits, but they recommended we use cable and lock in addition as thieves would just cut the lines. They mentioned that one of our boat neighbors recently saw some activity on its security camera (I didn't get specifics). Also, as always, secure the doors when sleeping or away and don't leave valuables laying around within easy reach.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jan 14, 2016 03:10 PM

Posted on behalf of Lisa Torkelson - 4 January 2016:
I just checked in today at the Marina Port La Royale's Capitanerie. Unlike Noonsite's Nov 2015 update, there still is a working Customs computer and I used it today as in the past. The change is that only marina guests and those anchored just beyond the mooring balls can check in there (choose 'LAGON de Marigot' on the clearance port). Anchoring near Cadisco is in this zone, but it wasn't clear how far this extends. Fee is 7.80 Euros. Otherwise, you're supposed to go to the ferry terminal (where the fees are higher I understand). I don't know if Ft Louis' jurisdiction covers Marigot Bay or other areas, but they charged us $20 to leave a couple years ago.
The confirmed hours of Port La Royale's Capitanerie are 8:30am - 12:30pm, 2:30pm - 5:30pm.

tscott
tscott says:
Dec 24, 2015 05:11 PM

Yes, the whole process for clearing in changed mid-November, and they are slowly streamlining the process. Currently, the opening hours listed are 8-12, 2-4. You do have to wait outside, but the office has two terminals and he will allow two boats to clear at the same time. The is a covered shade area outside the door, depending on the angle of the sun. Unfortunately, the port officer in charge of the clearance at this time is very unpleasant to deal with, and clearly does not like to have to deal with cruisers in addition to his other workload! Hopefully this will change in the future, in the meantime, "kill him with kindness" and the process goes smooth enough, and takes about 20-30 min/boat. We had fees of 25 euro upon arrival, the .25 euro/meter/day payable upon departure. Important to have euros to pay as he can not accept any other currency. Money changers and ATM just a minutes walk away from the Gare Maritime.
English is widely spoken around town, and currently many local business's accept US or Euro on a 1-1 exchange. Big Super U market nearby, and busses to the Dutch side leave frequently from Marigot 2euro/person, takes about 20 min into Simpson Baie, another 10 into Phillipsburg. Crime seems to be more under control, with a strong police presence in the harbor area, but normal precautions should be applied, especially with your dinghy.
Travis and Joanne
sv Calico Jack

Stein-Tove I Engh
Stein-Tove I Engh says:
Nov 26, 2015 09:50 PM

An update on my comment below made yesterday.
The ferry dock is the "Gare Maritime". I went there in the morning, but no one showed up inside an hour of the opening time. So I had to go again in the afternoon after lunchtime.
After knocking on the door, the harbour official said the premises were fully occupied. Even if there was ample space in the air conditioned hallway, sailors have to stay outside in the sun. "Security reasons".
After a long wait, it was my turn. I did of course ask why no one was there in the morning. The guy managing clearances was too busy at other places, he said. So do not expect opening hours to be real.

There is a new computer system introduced, different enough from the old system to confuse most cruisers. So clearance data takes a lot of time to fill in.
According to the official, Gare Maritime is the only place to do clearance - unless you are staying in the Fort Louis Marina. No explanation why. So expect queues for clearance for a while.
The good news is that the new system is now on the web. It can be done on your own computer via creating a password, but printing out at the harbour is mandatory.
Why they havent published that on the office door is probably that they do not care much about your time. Anyway, this is the web address: http://clairance.portdemarigot.com/.
If people manage to use this, I guess queues will be shorter. At least when the office is open.

Stein-Tove I Engh
Stein-Tove I Engh says:
Nov 25, 2015 09:57 PM

Visited the usual Marina Port La Royale office to do my clearance nov 25 2015. They no longer have the Customs clearance facilities. I was told to clear in at the ferry dock.

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