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Store Bay (known as Milford Bay on OpenCPN) is located on far western end of Tobago. It is the sailing capital of the island.

This bay encompasses Cable Beach and Crown Point, and has excellent provisioning facilities and a wide selection of bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

Clearance

Although not an official port of entry, it is possible to do clearance here via Scarborough.

Docking

This is the best protected anchorage on the island, with good holding in sand. There are also free mooring buoys available to visitors.

In 2011 Jet Skis were banned in Store Bay, however it appears this ban has been lifted, making this a not-so-peaceful anchorage and a difficult place to enjoy a quiet swim.

There is restricted anchoring in the vicinity of Pigeon Point and Buccoo Reef and vessels (including dinghies) must not enter or anchor without permission of the Minister. There are now patrols policing this and if found in this area, sailors can face summary conviction and fines of up to $6,000.

Security Concern:
There is an unsavoury individual who hangs around the Store Bay anchorage (on the park bench next to Bago's Beach Bar). He goes by several different names - Allergy, Ron, Excel. Toyha or Michael. He might offer drugs, a rental car or an Island tour. Beware!: See cruiser's report

Last updated September 2015.

tscott
tscott says:
Sep 23, 2015 07:56 AM

Store Bay info Sept 2015:

* Store Bay Marine Services is no longer, seems John closed up in Aug. Neighboring business' near his said they did not think he was reopening. What a shame to lose that resource here. I'm not sure if it was his business that installed the moorings, but there are a dozen new moorings, free of charge at this time. There is also ample anchorage in good holding sand, 20-40' if all the moorings are taken. The front row seems to be used primarily by the local tourist boats, all the other rows open to yachties.

Markets: Jimmy's on the main street is the best stocked nearby, while the Penny Saver Market is a 30 min walk towards the city, or a quick cheap cab ride. Largest in the area, but not as well stocked as what you can find in Trinidad.

LPG: only place on the island is at NP by the airport. We threw our bottle in a rucksack and walked it in 25 min. Just go around the airport past the bottom of the runway by the water, and the NP station is just on the other side of the runway.

Taxis: they are cheap if you are on the main road, but will charge extra if they pick up or drop off anywhere other than the main road. A taxi into Scarborough from Store Bay should cost 7TT/person and takes 20 min or so. Just stand on the side of the road and wait. Shortly a car will beep or flash the headlights, that is your cab. There are no signs identifying it.

Clearance: We had no problem clearing in from here. The officials in Scarborough were friendly and helpful.

Food: Numerous food stalls along the beach or restaurants in town, of all prices. The BEST Bake and Shark sandwich (a local Tabagonian dish) is by Jackie. Find her M-F 8-1 at Gourmet Doubles next to the petrol station or F-Sa nights at the purple cart on the corner by the flea market. All other bake and sharks pale in comparison to hers!

Petrol/Diesel: A short walk up the main road with your cans, and a taxi ride back. Ask the driver to deviate off the main st to drop you by Bago's Bar close to your dinghy.

Water: is hard to source here as there are no taps anywhere nearby. Mt Irvine Bay just around the corner has a tap on the public beach with good water. This was the closest and easiest we found, and a pleasant 1hr sail around Buckoo Reef made hauling water longer, but more enjoyable.

Jet Skis: mostly insane on weekends and holidays. Don't swim too far away from your boat as they like to use the moored boats as a slalom course....

We had no problems with crime, theft, or even getting hustled on the streets while we were here.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Sep 05, 2014 04:32 PM

Tobago, Store Bay.
The jet skis are back! You wrote they were banned, but they are not anymore. They are driving us crazy going in circles around the boats. The most horrible invention. Anyway, a warning for cruisers, Store Bay is not quiet. There are jet skis and the glass bottomed boats often play blaring music when they go in and out....but the jet skiis are the worst nuisance in the bay. They even use them one hour after dark, which is dangerous as well.

Also just a note, on Open CPN, Store Bay is not marked and we didn’t check Google Earth before leaving and were headed to Charlotteville. Due to weather we pulled into Store Bay, but we had to guess it was Milford Bay. Might be good idea to write both names for those who use Open CPN. They are next to each other and don't actually know the difference.

Linda
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