Marie Galante - General Info

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Description:

This quiet, lush, round island is a very peaceful backwater where you are likely to have a beach to yourself. It lies 18NM SE of Grande Terre.

Grand Bourg is the main town on the SW side. The other settlement being St Louis on the NW side.

Cruiser Highlights:

Several anchorages, small towns, beautiful beaches and supposedly the best rhum (rhum agricole – made from sugar cane) in the Caribbean.

Position:

15° 57.38’N, 61° 19.34’W (St Louis anchorage)

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Marie Galante was last updated 10 months ago.

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  1. March 16, 2023 at 6:21 PM
    ornella says:

    La clearance n.est actuellement plus possible à St Louis chez ZÈLES car ils ne disposent pas de l’ordinateur. Il faut donc faire sa clearance à grand bourg

  2. January 12, 2022 at 9:14 PM
    rctonkin says:

    The boutique that can provide clearance is called “Chez Zeles” and is on the left side of the road when walking away from the pier “up” town. We asked several locals for a place run by “Lilli” and were met with very confused looks. Eventually we were directed to the police who knew where we needed to go, and unfortunately the shop was closed, so we took the bus ride to Grand-Bourg which was very easy. Price for the bus is now 2.50 Euro each. In Grand-Bourg, the customs office (“Doane”) is not very obvious or easily located; it does not appear on Google Maps and we needed to ask around. It is 2 buildings “down” toward the water from the tourist office, a rather nondescript yellow building with a green metal gate in front. Push the gate button and ask for the “Doane” and that you would like to clear in. They were thankfully in the office, and very friendly. They confirmed that the shop at “Chez Zeles” can also process the clearance. We enjoyed the trip to Grand-Bourg so it was not a problem – had a sandwich there and walked around, and then took the bus back to Saint-Louis.

    1. January 17, 2022 at 4:15 PM
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      Sue Richards says:

      Thanks so much for this feedback – would you know the opening times for Chez Zeles for clearance?

  3. April 22, 2019 at 6:49 PM
    Lynda Lim says:

    In my comment below, (Laura, April 18), I meant to write Saint Louis, not Port Louis.

  4. April 18, 2019 at 4:49 PM
    Lynda Lim says:

    April 17, 2019 Checking in at Port Louis in Marie Galante is now easy! Clearance is now very easy at the little boutique run by Lili. Her shop is just two blocks directly up the road from the ferry dock. She will process checking in and out of Guadeloupe daily, from Tuesday through Sunday, between the hours of 10:00 and 11:00. Bring your boat papers and your passports and 5 euros and you will be set. An alternative is to take a fifteen to twenty minute bus ride (2 euros each way and the bus runs about twice an hour) from the bus stop in Port Louis to Grand Bourg and hope that the clearance agent is in his office. He was not there when we went and it was difficult to find any information as to when he could be expected to be around. It is so much easier to do it with Lili in Port Louis. Her phone number is 0690 95 59 75

  5. April 17, 2019 at 7:49 PM
    Lynda Lim says:

    Clearance in Marie Galante is possible at Saint Louis.
    Ask at the mairie for the place.
    The Clearance is in an art shop in the main road (N9), the road which continue the platform. Clearence available at 10h am.
    Information controled on April 2019.
    No water any more in the anchorage.

    La clearance est possible au mouillage de Saint-Louis. C’est dans un magasin d’art avec une balustrade, (sur le coté gauche en venant du ponton) dans la rue principale, celle qui se prolonge sur la jettée.
    Une personne vient à 10h du matin avec un ordinateur spécifique.
    En cas de souci, demander à la mairie.
    Je l’ai utilisé en avil 2019.
    Il n’y a plus de tuyau d’eau au mouillage.

  6. January 24, 2018 at 2:27 PM
    Data Entry5 says:

    Reported by CSSN:
    DATE: 2017-12-01
    Country Name: Guadeloupe
    Location Detail: Marie Galante
    EVENT: Theft
    HAND: 2
    Stolen Items: dinghy and outboard
    SECURED: Not Locked
    DETAILS: During the night, an unlocked in-the-water dinghy and outboard were stolen by cutting the line while the crew were asleep aboard, reported to the Gendarmes (police)

  7. November 6, 2017 at 10:07 PM
    Data Entry5 says:

    This island did suffer some hurricane damage from Maria. Exactly what is not clear as yet.

  8. June 5, 2017 at 8:31 PM
    Data Entry5 says:

    Reported to CSSN – Theft took place 8 April, 2017

    Overnight a dinghy that was secured with 2 lines, but not locked, was stolen from a yacht anchored outside Grand Bourg. The dinghy was recovered the next day minus the outboard and badly damaged.