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Location

Lying about 80 miles south of Grenada, Chaguaramas is a sheltered bay. It lies on the extreme western end of Trinidad's northern coast, about 10nm from Port-of-Spain. The approach is via the narrow Boca (be aware of strong currents).

The majority of boat yards and marine services are located in Chaguaramas.

Position 10°40.71'N, 61°38.17'W (marinas in main harbour)

Safety & Security

In the past much has been reported about crime and theft towards yachties in Chaguaramas. While unemployment has triggered an increase in theft from yachts in the Chaguaramas area over the past few years, one must note that Trinidad has the highest concentration of boats for hurricane season in the Caribbean. Co-operation between the local marine business community, the cruising community and the authorities has improved the situation considerably. Security patrols at night have helped to reduce the number of thefts from boats here, this is IN ADDITION to the security service that each and every yard and marina has, however thefts do still occur.

A good source of up-to-date security information by cruisers is the Yahoo Trinidad for Cruising Sailors Forum.

Trinidad Cruisers' VHF net
08:00 every day on VHF channel 68
Pot Luck BBQ – Thursdays – everyone welcome!

Clearance

For full details on clearing into and out of Trinidad, see noonsite's Trinidad Formalities.

Important information:
If you arrive or depart Trinidad & Tobago Waters outside of regular office hours (0800-1200, 1300-1600 Mon-Fri, except public holidays), you will be charged overtime. This refers to the time you sail into the country's waters, not the time you go ashore to clear in. It is therefore advisable to time your arrival and departure WELL within normal office hours and go ashore immediately to clear.

Entry formalities can be completed here as there is a permanent Customs office.

Be sure to fly the Q flag.

Tie up to the Customs Dock, which is located next to Crew’s Inn Marina, at the eastern end of Chaguaramas Bay. It is at the base of the red-striped lighthouse. This must be done even if you have a reserved berth in the Crew's Inn marina.

Proceed with all the crew, passports and papers to the Customs Office (there are direction signs to it in the marina). The Immigration office is close to the Customs office and authorities are reported to be very helpful.

Take care with the hours that you arrive. A substantial overtime fee is payable to Customs if arriving outside normal working hours (which can also include lunch hours 12 - 1pm). Even if you finish your check out procedure within working hours, you still must pay if your actual leaving time is after 16:00.

Conservative attire is the standard and is expected of visitors when clearing in/out.

A clearance-out certificate (zarpe) from the last port will be required. Additional forms are required if any crew are leaving Trinidad by air.

Immigration and Customs are both open 24 hours a day, seven days per week.

There is a US $100 charge if remaining at the Customs dock overnight.

Last updated May 2017.

Customs Office
Chaguaramas
Tel:(868) 634 4341
Opening hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (however note regular business hours below to avoid overtime fees)
The Customs and Excise office is located at Crews Inn Hotel & Yachting Centre. Please note - overtime charges are applicable outside of regular business hours 0700 to 1600, and during lunch hours 12 - 1pm.
There is a US $100 charge if remaining at the Customs dock overnight.
Immigration Office
Tel:(868) 634 4341
Opening hours: 08:00 to 16:00 hours
Arrival and Departure Procedures - The Immigration office is located at Crews Inn Hotel & Yachting Centre.

Docking

Their are a number of marinas here, all with varying levels of security. Transient berths are is demand so booking in advance, if possible, may be advisable.

Moorings

There are about 25 cylindrical mooring buoys in the anchorage area controlled by Tardieu Marine (see below). These are checked monthly for wear and tear. Moorings can not be reserved in advance of arrival; they are strictly accommodated on a first come first served basis. Upon arrival in Trinidad, contact Tardieu Marine or speak to a water taxi operator to advise of your need for a mooring.

There may also be other moorings for rent in the bay.

If using these moorings, be aware that while it can blow for days from the east with flat seas, when a W or NW wind blows the bay is wide open and provides no protection. The seas and surge make up quickly and one must be careful to secure the mooring lines to prevent chafe.

The Trinidad and Tobago Sailing Association in Harts Bay also have mooring buoys available, however this is not in Chaguarmas. Prices are cheap, however facilities are basic and there is no security.

Anchoring

The harbour is deep and the holding can be poor. Beware of a sunken barge at Latitude 10-40.465N, Longitude 61-38.319W. It is in 70ft of water but can snag anchors.

It is also possible to anchor off the town or close to Carenage Bay. The bay can be rolly in a southerly wind as well as uncomfortable due to the number of craft operating around the bay at high speed. Be sure to anchor in the designated anchorage area.

Another option is to anchor in Escondida Cove. It is exposed in westerly winds but otherwise, well sheltered.

There are a number of local water taxis that routinely operate in the area. Call on Channel 16/68. Check for prices, but a trip across the harbour should cost in the region of $10TT.

Note that Chaguaramas is a commercial harbour, and there are frequent oil and diesel spills here. Also there are party boats that play loud music until well into the night.

Last updated January 2016.

Coral Cove Marina & Boatyard
Western Main Road , Chaguaramas
Tel: (868) 634-2040 / 2244 Fax: (868) 634-2248 ,VHF Channel 68
40 slips (up to 90ft Mono hulls and wide slips for catamarans up to 45ft) and boatyard. All facilities, swimming pool, launderette, internet access. Call on VHF 68 to reserve a slip - reported to be rolly here. Full service boatyard, 60-Ton Travel Lift, complete repair service ~ painting, welding, woodworking, fiberglass, upholstery, canvas, sail repairs. Gd. boatyard if you want to work on your own boat.
Crews Inn Hotel & Yachting Centre
Point Gourde , Chaguaramas , Trinidad, West Indies
Tel:(868) 634-4384 Fax:(868) 634-4542 ,VHF Channel 77
All facilities with 68 slips, do-it-yourself laundry, WiFi, internet, restaurant, bar, cafe, 24hr security, pool and accommodation. The Customs office is located here.
Simon the Diver
catamaran “Detour”
Tel: 294-3270
Has 15 red mooring buoys for hire.
Sweetwater Marina ( was Humming Bird Marine)
#2 Stella Maris Drive, Western Main Road , Chaguaramas
Tel:(868) 634 2773 Fax:(868) 634 4046 ,VHF Channel 68
100 berths. Water, electricity, telephone, restaurant.
Tardieu Marine
Tel:1-868-477-7426
Manage the moorings at Chaguaramas. Fully responsible for maintaining/insurance/collections and all inquiries should be directed to them.
Trinidad & Tobago Sailing Association
P.O. Box 3140, Carenage Post Office , Trinidad, West Indies
Tel:(868) 634-4210 Fax:( 868) 634-4376 ,VHF Channel 68
These moorings are located approx. 8nm east of Chaguaramas. The Association has a great number of moorings for locals and visitors, however the mooring area is not patrolled at night and there have been some thefts reported here.
Moorings (up to 15 tonnes) are available on a first come, first served basis and are inspected quarterly by a qualified diver. Full service haul-out yard, 15-ton marine hoist, moorings, bar and snack bar, office services, laundry, repair shed, water, ice, anchorage.
Tropical Marine Ltd
Western Main Road , Chaguaramas , Trinidad
Tel:(868) 634 4502/4453 Fax:(868) 634 4502/4453
30 in-water berths, water, electricity, office services, retail shops, fibreglass material, fibreglass repair, diving equipment, tools, wind generators, restaurant.

Yacht Clubs

Trinidad and Tobago Yacht Club - TTYC
Bayshore , Western Main Road , Chaguaramas
Tel:868-633-7420 Fax:868-633-6388
This is a members only marina and has no space for visitors. Close to downtown Port of Spain, it has all facilities. A restaurant and bar are located in the Clubhouse.
Bolle
Bolle says:
Aug 24, 2017 01:30 PM

About Coral Cove Marina

We did like the intimacy of this boatyard, they are friendly, helpful with all the paperwork, there is a little pool and it was the cheapest. So we chose to be hauled out with our boat at Coral Cove.

But (now) we really regret our choice.
There is almost no water available. If this was for a day or two then this would not have been a problem. But this problem hasn't been solved in the last two weeks. They do not charge us for the water, but working on your boat without having water to clean after for example sanding, is not workable. So working on the boat takes longer then it should. Also taking a shower or flushing the toilet most of the time is not possible.

We would not recommend this yard to others if you want to work on your boat as long as the water problem is not solved. It is not about that they do not want to help you. They just do not/can not fix the problem.

Internet by Coral Cove is only available in a special room between 08.00-16.00. The Internet is fast and the room has soft chairs and is air-conditioned. There is no WiFi in the boatyard.

Leaving the boat on the hard when you fly out? Make sure you have an extra alarm set on your boat.

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