This page provides useful pre-departure, travel and base information. From airport procedures to visa requirements, it will tell you what to expect to make your holiday smooth and carefree. We suggest you read the following information carefully several weeks prior to departure and also print a copy to take with you.

Address & Map

The Moorings
Mariner Yacht Services
Marina Fort-Luis 
Baie de Marigot
Marigot 97150, Saint Martin


Hours of operation
8:30 am to 4:30 pm, 7 days a week
Season: Due to Hurricane Season, this destination is closed to charter holidays in September.

Base facilities
Your comfort is assured with extensive facilities including restaurants, boutiques, water, electricity, wifi, showers (2 Euro), laundry (additional cost), flower shops and many more nearby restaurants and shops.

Base map
Coming soon 

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Arrival & Departure

How to get there
Three ways to get to St Martin:

  1. Fly to Sint Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport; take a taxi to the base; transfer time is approximately 20 minutes
  2. Fly to St Martin’s Grand Case Airport (in Grand Case, French side); take a taxi to the base; transfer time is approximately 20 minutes.
  3. Take a ferry from Anguilla to Marigot Port, capitol of the French side of St Martin. (Every 30 minutes from St Barths to Marigot daily 7:30 am, 11:30 am and 5:00 pm

Air France 
Continental Airlines 
American Airlines 
US Airways 
British Airways 
Jet Blue 
Insel Air 
Air Caraibes 
Coppa Airline 
Seaborne Airlines via Puerto Rico (a Delta Airline Affiliate, you may fly with Delta to Puerto Rico and on to St Martin with Seaborne without having to recheck your bags) 
Due to the number of flights we organise, the Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Please make sure you contact your Sales Agent before you book your flights.

Customs / immigration information
A valid passport (for each passenger) and crew list is compulsory for clearance. Passport expiry date must be no earlier than six months after your planned return. A customs declaration form must be completed at the port of entry.
Departure Tax:   The airport departure tax is USD 35 per passenger – payable in USD at Princess Juliana Airport. (Esperance Airport: No departure tax).  Typically, the departure tax is included in the price of your flight, please check with your airline. 

Princess Juliana Airport located on the Dutch side
Grand Case Airport, located on the French side, is used for local traffic.

Airport transfers
The Moorings does not offer prepaid airport transfers from Juliana Airport to the base, but the base still organises the taxi company Transco to meet and greet the guests, drive them to the base and take them to Customer Service. An additional benefit is that if a client arrives late (outside of regular hours) the taxi company representative will guide the guests to their boat. 
Transfer cost: USD 35 for one to three passengers; additional USD 10 for four and more passengers. 

Arrival / departure procedure
Embarkation: Charters start at 12:00 noon or 6:00 pm (with a Sleep Aboard). 
Briefing Times: 9:00 am for noon starts and 2:30 pm for a Sleep Aboard.
All skippers must attend the briefing and everything you need to know will be covered from customs regulations, use of the radio, making dinner reservations, how to get help etc. so please save all questions of this nature until then. The Moorings operations manual will be on board your yacht for your use throughout your charter. 
Disembarkation: All charters end at 11am by which time the boat must be returned and ready for debriefing and checks.

Late arrival procedure
The Customer Service Desk is open till 4:30 pm. If clients arrive after office hours, a message will be left on the front door indicating where their boat is on the dock.

Security deposit
If you haven't purchased Yacht Damage Waiver, a security deposit (amount as per your invoice) is payable at the base by travellers cheques, Visa or Master Card, and is refundable at the end of the charter subject to there being no loss or damage. The liability includes loss or theft of the dinghy and/or outboard.

Taxes / departure tax
For visitors leaving St Maarten on international flights the departure tax is USD 35. Typically, this tax is included in the price of your flight. For domestic flights from other islands within the Netherlands Antilles (Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St. Eustatius), the tax is USD 35. Sometimes the airport tax is included in the cost of your airline ticket.

Taxis are not metered; the government sets rates. Authorised taxis display St Maarten Taxi Association stickers. 
Fixed fares apply from Juliana International Airport and the Marigot ferry to the various hotels and around the island. Charges are based on carrying two passengers per trip and on the destination. A fee is added for each additional passenger. Approximate cost from Juliana Airport to Moorings base USD 30.

Car rental
Rental agencies are located at both airports and at the major hotels. Available are Explorer, Avis, Budget, Caribbean Auto Rental, Diamond Jeep and Car Rental, Hertz, Lucky Car Rental, Opel Car Rental, and Risdon Car Rental. Motorcycles and mopeds are also available for rent.
Driving is on the right side of the road; most of the roads are in fairly good condition.

Ferry services
Ferries run to Anguilla and St. Barts
Anguilla – Tel: 05 90 87 57 21
From Anguilla to Saint-Martin / Saint-Martin to Anguilla available from Marigot every 30 minutes.
Ferries SXM to St Barts are available from Marigot.
St. Barts – Tel: 05 90 87 10 68
From St Barts to St Martin/ St Martin to St Barts

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General Information

Area: 37 sq. mi. (96 sq. km.)
Population: 77,000 
Official name: St Martin, French West Indies / Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
Capital city: Marigot on the French side / Philipsburg, on the Dutch side 
Nationality: French and Dutch citizens 
Official languages: French, Dutch, English 
Ethnic groups: Creole (mulatto), Black, Guadeloupe Mestizo (French-East Asia), White, East Indian 
Religion: Roman Catholic, Jehovah’s Witness, Protestant, Hindu
Government: British Dependent Territory / On the French side: Collectivité de St Martin 
Industries: tourism, light industry and manufacturing, heavy industry.
Tipping: If the gratuity is not included in the final bill, then a 10 to 15 percent tip is standard. In St Maarten and St Martin, airport porters generally expect a tip of about USD 1 per bag, taxi drivers usually get a USD 0.50 to USD 1 tip depending how long a taxi trip was taken, and if they handled any luggage.
Currency: The local currency is the Euro (EUR) and United States Dollar (USD) and Dutch guilders. 
Time: UTC/GMT-4 hours

Festivals and holidays 
New Year's Day (Dutch and French) 
Abolition of Slavery (French): 27 May 
Abolition of Slavery (Dutch) 
Ash day (French) 
King’s Day (Dutch) 
Queen’s Birthday (Dutch) 
Labour Day (Dutch and French) 
Victory Day (French): 8 May and 11 November
Victory Day (French) 
Bastille Day (French) 
St. Maarten Day (Dutch) 
Concordia Day (French) 
Christmas Day (Dutch and French) 
Boxing Day (Dutch)

Movable public holidays 
Good Friday 
Easter Monday 
Whit Monday

French side
Fantastic Hotel – near the marina
Centre Hotel – near the marina
Golfe Hotel – near the marina
Adam and Eve – Orient Bay
Shamrock – Orient Bay
Columbus Hotel – Oyster Pond

Dutch side
Holland House – Philipsburg
Atrium – Simpson Bay
Mary’s Boon – Simpson Bay
Atrium – Simpson Bay
Princess Heights – Oyster Pond

O'Plongeoir – near the marina
The Yacht Club Restaurant – at the marina
L'Arhawak – 5 minute walk from the marina

Post office
There is a post office in Marigot. Postage stamps can be purchased at post offices (hours are irregular and lines can be long and slow), café-tabacs and at hotel newsstands or souvenir shops. 

The use of flying drones may be restricted in some areas. For current drone regulations in this destination, please visit

Internet connectivity
Marina Fort-Louis offers Wi-fi Internet services.

Mobile phones 
Your mobile phone may work in the Caribbean and we recommend checking with your service provider before leaving home, for international services.

During Hurricane Season: We will try to provide free cell phones to clients who do not have personal cell phones (on a first come, first served basis). 
Outside Hurricane Season: Cell phones are available for rent at the base, which we provide on request. Cost is USD 20.00 per week, credit starts at USD 7.00 for service. Incoming calls are free.

Tourist information centres
Office du Tourisme
Port de Marigot 
97150 St. Martin 
Tel: (590) 590-87-57-21, (590) 590- 87-57-23 
Fax: (590) 590-87-56-43

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Banks & Money Exchange

Banking Hours: Monday to Thursday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. 
Bank hours depend on the individual bank. On the French side, banks are closed on Wednesday afternoons. On the Dutch side, banks usually close at 2 pm or 3 pm. 

ATM: There are currently limited ATMs available. Please bring the cash you will need for your entire stay as some businesses can only accept cash. There are several banks in Marigot (French side): Banque des Antilles Françaises, Banque Française Commerciale, La Poste, each with an ATM cash dispenser. There are also these banks in Philipsburg (Dutch side): Leeward Island Bank, ABN Amro Bank, Nova Scotia, each with an ATM cash dispenser.

Currencies / money exchange
Accepted forms of payment:
Euros, US Dollars and US travellers cheques are used on both side of St Martin and surrounding islands. Only Visa and Master Cards are accepted at The Moorings St Martin Base. Visa, Master and Amex cards are accepted in most of the larger restaurants and Boutiques in St Martin and surrounding islands.

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Activities & Sports

No licence is required.
Ciguatera is a BIG problem. Don’t eat any fish you have caught before checking with a local fisherman.

Dive Safari, Ocean Explorer and Aqua Mania are open in Simpson Bay
Octopus diving is operating now in Philipsburg, they might move back soon to Grand Case
Shoal Diving is available in Anguilla
Serial diving and St Barts Plongée are open again in Gustavia

Water sports
Kayaks and stand-up paddleboards can be added to your charter contract. Windsurfing, water-skiing, parasailing, and jet skiing are activities that are regularly offered at the more popular beaches and in the inland lagoons. Rental and instruction tend to be fairly inexpensive.

For those who want to experience the natural beauty of the island on foot, there are 25 miles of clearly defined footpaths running through the mountains and along the shore, revealing some truly spectacular panoramas.
Loterie Farm
Tel: 590-590-87-86-16 
Offers organized hikes of varying degrees of difficulty. 
Musee de Marigot 
Tel: 590-590-29-22-84

Horse riding
Most equestrian centres offer organized rides by the hour or half day.
Ranch Gallion: daily trails and beach rides – +590 690769624

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Cruising Information

Experience / qualification requirements
A sailing qualification is not mandatory to charter here but you must demonstrate that you have the necessary experience and ability. If our base staff are not confident in your ability when you arrive, they will arrange for a Moorings skipper to travel with you at your own expense. Please ensure you have completed a Sailing CV or a Power CV to ensure you have the necessary experience.

Marina information
Local dockage facilities:
A listing of sites is covered in the chart briefing.
Tax and cruising permits:
Cruising permits are not required in St Martin
The Marina:
The base is located at Marina Fort-Luis in Marigot on the French side.

Electricity information
Dutch Sint Maarten:
The electricity runs at 110V 60Hz, and outlets will accept the standard two- and three-pronged plugs found in the USA. 
French St Martin
Voltage runs at 220V 60Hz and outlets use the standard European two-cylinder plugs.
12V is standard on all yachts. In order to use electronic equipment that is 110V or 220V, you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter fitting. This is not available at the St Martin base. The base provides step down transformers (220V to 110V) for a refundable deposit of USD 20. All yachts with a generator offer 220V outlets.

Sailing area restrictions
Several zones in The Caribbean have been restricted by The Moorings for the client’s security. These are reviewed in the briefing and include:

  • The dock in Gustavia, except briefly for water only – you may only briefly go on the dock in Gustavia and only to fetch water.
  • Oyster Pond due to hurricane damage. 
  • Saba and Barbuda without checking with Customer Service
  • East coast of Antigua; parts of St Barts; Anguilla (limited number of anchorages); areas on East coast of St. Martin
  • North-west coast of Nevis
  • Montserrat Island

Customs and immigration fees (prices vary depending on time of year)

  • On the French side in Marigot, the office opening hours are 9:00 am to 11:30 am and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The fee will be between 10 and 15 euros depending on the size of the boat. Office located opposite The Moorings marina.
  • On the Dutch side, Philipsburg or Simpson: For clearance out, they ask for the certificate of clearance in from Dutch side. Fee: approx. USD 20 in Simpson Bay. On Sunday, overtime charges will apply.
  • Anguilla: USD 2 per person and may stay at port of entry free of charge. Cruising permits to outer islands cost: 5-20 tonnes USD 40 + USD 2 per person. 20 tonnes + USD 60 + USD 2 per person.
  • St Barts: USD 7 for yachts 35–45ft. Minimum EUR 20  for a catamaran and EUR 2 per passenger for “la réserve Naturelle”
  • St. Kitts & Nevis: XCD 20

Mooring and park Fees (prices vary depending on time of year)

  • Tintamrre and Pinel Island: USD 3 per person, per day.  Payable in cash only to the St Martin natural parks officials or at the base.
  • Anse de Colombier and Fourche Island: Fee included in the Gustavia harbour fee.

Cruising information
All charterers are free to sail the complete ground from the BVI in the north (one way only) to Grenada in the south, subject to prior approval and the restriction of St Martin boats going to Martinique and Guadeloupe.
Charters that are booked for a one-way drop-off at Guadeloupe will go to “Marina Bas-du-Fort” in Pointe-a-Pitre. Web:
The cruising area includes St Martin, Anguilla (to the west), and St Barts (to the south-east). There are over 20 protected anchorages in this area and miles of sandy beaches, as well as beautiful reefs for snorkelling, diving, and exploring. Sailing distance between the islands is about 2–4 hours.

Interesting sites
Please visit the Itinerary Page for more of the best places to visit on your trip. While you are in St Martin take the opportunity to visit these other cultural attractions.

One of the things that set the dual-nation island of St Maarten/St Martin apart from a typical beach destination is the incredible variety of sporting and adrenalin-charged activities available to visitors. Whether you get your thrills zipping across the waves on a jet ski, exploring the mysterious wonders of the ocean depths, or hiking or biking to the top of a windswept peak for a breath-taking view of the Caribbean, St Maarten/St Martin has something to please your sporting taste.

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Provisioning (Food & Drink for your boat)

Provisioning services
This destination offers the convenience of The Moorings Provisioning Service! Let The Moorings take all the hassle out of provisioning your yacht with the highest quality beverages, fresh foods, and non-food items. Order complete packages when booking online or over the phone. Or choose to order online from our Online Provisioning Store which also offers all packages and an extensive à la carte inventory. We’ll coordinate the details and guarantee that everything is aboard your yacht when you arrive. Visit our Provisioning Page to learn more.Orders must be placed a minimum of eight days prior to departure.

Shops open Monday to Saturday 8.00 am to 8.00 pm; Sunday, Supermarkets open 9.00 am to 2.00 pm. on the Dutch side and 9.00 am to 12:30 pm and 4.00 pm to 7 pm on the French side.

The Super U supermarket is a 15-minute walk or 5 minutes by taxi from our marina. Located at Howell Centre, it is the biggest supermarket on the island. Store hours Monday to Saturday 8.00 am to 8.00 pm; Sunday 9.00 am to 12.00 noon.

Carrefour: On the Dutch side. Regular full service grocery store with wide variety of goods, also has bakery, deli. Open from: Monday to Saturday 8.00 am to 8.00 pm; Sunday 9.00 am to 2.00 pm.

Please note: all shops are Duty Free!

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Health & Safety

Travel insurance
The Moorings offers comprehensive travel insurance for your complete peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, please make sure that it covers all of the destinations and activities of your Moorings holiday. Find out more

Vaccination and immunisation information
St Martin is generally free of risk of contagious disease. 
You are advised to be up-to-date with your Tetanus, Hepatitus A and B and Typhoid vaccines. However, please consult your GP for the latest immunisation information before you travel. An International Vaccination Certificate is not mandatory.

Medical information
There are many doctors on the island.
A hospital is located in Marigot (Tel: 590-590-29-57-57) and another in Philipsburg (Tel: 00-599-543-11-11).
Hotels will assist visitors in contacting English-speaking doctors (if requested). Pharmacies carry prescription drugs and over-the-counter remedies. In Marigot, a green cross marks the pharmacies.

Travel advice
Current travel and safety information can be obtained by visiting

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