About the Marina | Cruising Grounds | Around the Base | Provisioning | Things to Do | Water Toys & Sports

Whether this is your fifth trip or the first of many, we want you to feel at home when you're at a Moorings base.

About the Marina

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

The base is located at Marina Fort-Luis in Marigot on the French side

Base Hours 
8:30am - 4:30pm, 7 days a week
Season: Due to Hurricane Season, this destination is closed to charter vacations between September 1st through 30th.

Marina Facilities
Showers (2 Euro)
Laundry (additional cost)
Flower shops
Many more nearby restaurants and shops

Dock Facilities
A listing of sites is covered in the chart briefing

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Cruising Grounds

Experience Level
A sailing qualifiactions 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 Resume  or a Power Resume to ensure you have the necessary experience required.

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: www.marina-pap.com
The cruising area includes St. Martin, Anguilla (to the west), and St. Barts (to the southeast). There are over 20 protective 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.

Please note: Current itinerary options may vary due to government COVID-19 travel regulations in this destination.

Cruising 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 for water only.
  • 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
  • Northwest coast of Nevis
  • Montserrat Island

It is strictly forbidden to sail alone, we require two persons minimum on board.

Charts & Pilot Books
All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are issued at your chart briefing.

Nighttime Sailing 
You must be moored at least one hour before sunset. Night Sailing is not allowed without permission from the base manager. The decision to allow night sailing is based on your skill level and can be requested in advance. You will need to fill out the Sailing or Power resume for the base to review but we cannot guarantee approval.

Cruising Permits & Taxes
Cruising permits are not required in St. Martin

Moorings Fees & Taxes

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

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Around the Base

French Side
Fantastic Hotel - close to the marina
Centre Hotel - close to the marina
Golfe Hotel - close to the marina
Adam & 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

Banking Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:30am to 3:30pm. Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm. 

Bank hours depend on the individual back.  On the French side, banks are closed Wednesday afternoons.  On the Dutch side, banks usually close at 2 or 3pm. 

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

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), cafés-tabacs and at hotel newsstands or souvenir shops. 

O'Plongeoir - close to the marina
The Yacht Club Restaurant - located at the marina
L'Arhawak - 5 minute walk from the marina

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The Moorings Provisioning
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 a 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. Provisioning must be ordered 7 days prior to the start date of the charter for this destination


Open daily, closed on Sunday afternoon and holidays both side of the island.

Super U: 15-minute walk or 5-minute taxi from the marina; Regular full-service grocery store: large selection of fresh produce, canned, frozen, and baked goods. Open from 8AM - 8PM Mon-Sat, 8AM – 12.45PM Sun. 

Fresh Market: On the Dutch side; Regular full-service grocery store with wide variety of goods. Open from daily: 8AM - 8PM Mon-Sat, 9AM - 2PM Sun.

CadisMarket: 10 minutes walking distance downtown. Open daily 7AM to 8PM.

Monoprix: 5 minutes driving distance, open 8AM to 7PM

Carrefour: On the Dutch side. Regular full service grocery store with wide variety of goods, also has bakery, deli. Open from: 8AM-8PM Mon-Sat, 9AM-2PM Sun.

Please note all shops are Duty Free!

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Things to Do

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 centers offer organized rides by the hour or for half of a day.
Ranch Gallion: daily trails and beach rides - +590 690769624

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 wonder of the ocean depths, or hiking or biking to the top of a windswept peak for a breathtaking view of the Caribbean, St. Maarten/St. Martin has something to please your sporting taste. 

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Water Toys & Sports

For your convenience, you can add water toys to your charter prior to arrival at the base. They will be waiting on your boat upon arrival. You are able to rent these at the base; please keep in mind that we have limited availability. For more information, please view our Water Sports Options.

Can be rented at The Scuba Shop, situated in Simpson Bay near the international airport.
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 Paddle Boards 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.

Can be rented at the base at 60$ per week payable in cash only. No license is required.
Ciguatera is a BIG problem. Don’t eat any fish you have caught before checking with a local fisherman.

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For more information on what's included on your yacht, please view the full list here for Bareboat Charters or here for Crewed Charters.

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