The Moorings St. Martin location is scheduled to re-open February 1, 2018. Please refer to our latest Caribbean Updates for more information.

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 vacation smooth and care free. We suggest you read the following information carefully several weeks prior to departure and also print a copy to take with you.

Address & Map

Address
The Moorings
Captain Oliver’s Marina
Oyster Pond
97150 St. Martin
Tel: 00 590-590 87 32 55

We suggest you notify family and friends of how you may be reached in case they need to contact you.

Hours of Operation
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.

Base Facilities
Your comfort is assured by extensive facilities including a hotel, restaurant, swimming pool, gift shop.

Base Map

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Arrival & Departure

How to Get There
Three ways to get to St Martin:

  1. Fly to St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport; take a taxi to the base; distance is approximately 40 Min.
  2. Fly to St. Martin’s Regional Esperance Airport (in Grand Case, French side); take a taxi to the base; distance is approximate 15 minutes.
  3. Take a ferry from Anguilla to Marigot Port, capitol of the French side of St. Martin. (Every 30 min. From St.Barths to Marigot daily 7:30am, 11:30am and 5:00pm (Except Wednesday and Sunday arriving in Oyster Pond same hours).

Servicing Airlines
Air France 
Liat 
K L M 
Continental Airlines 
American Airlines 
US Airways 
British Airways 
Delta 
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) 
Winair 
Due to the number of flights we organize, 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. Expiration date must be no earlier than 6 months after your planned return. A customs declaration form must be completed at the port of entry.
Departure Tax:   The airport departure tax is $35 pp – payable in USD at Princess Juliana Airport. (Esperance Airport: No departure tax).  Typically, the departure tax is included in the price of your flight, except for Liat & Winair airlines. 

Airport
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 - however, the base still sends the taxi company Transco to meet and greet the guests and 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. 

Arrival / Departure Procedure
Embarkation: Charters start at 12:00 noon or 6:00 pm (with evening start). 
Briefing Times: 9:00 am for noon starts and 2:30 pm for evening starts
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.. please save all questions of this nature until then. The Moorings operations manual will be on board your yacht for your use throughout yor charter. 
Disembarkation: All charters end at 12 noon at 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 travelers 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 $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 $35. Sometimes the airport tax is included in the cost of your air ticket.

Taxis
Taxis are not metered; the government sets rates. Authorized taxis display stickers of the St. Maarten Taxi Association. 
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. Approx cost from Juliana Airport to Moorings base US$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 and Oyster Pond.
St. Barts - Tel: 05 90 87 10 68
From St. Bart to St. Martin/ St. Martin to St. Bart

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General Information

Area: 37 sq. miles (96 sq. km.)
Population: 77,000 
Official Name: St. Martin, French West Indies / St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
Capital City: Marigot on the French Side / Philipsburg, on the Dutchside 
Nationality: French & 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 % tip is standard. In St. Maarten and St. Martin, airport porters generally expect a tip of about $1 USD per bag, taxi drivers usually get a $0.50 USD to $1 USD tip depending how long a taxi trip was taken, and if they handled any luggage.
Currency: The local currency is the Euro and United States Dollar (USD) & Dutch guilders. 
Time: UTC/GMT-4 hours

Festivals & Holidays 
New Year's Day (Dutch & French) 
Abolition of Slavery (French): May 27th 
Abolition of Slavery (Dutch) 
Ash day (French) 
Kings Day (Dutch) 
Queens Birthday (Dutch) 
Labor Day (Dutch & French) 
Victory Day (French): May 8th & November 11th 
Victory Day (French) 
Bastille Day (French) 
St. Maarten Day (French) 
Concordia Day (French) 
Christmas Day (Dutch & French) 
Boxing Day (Dutch)

Moveable Public Holidays 
Good Friday 
Easter 
Easter Monday 
Whit Monday

Hotels
Captain Oliver’s Hotel
Columbus Hotel

Restaurants
Captain Oliver’s Restaurant – located at the base
Quai Ouest – located at the base
Made in France – located at the base
Dinghy Dock – located at the base
Le Planteur – Oyster Pond
Dirty Desmond – located at the base (offers a welcome Rum Punch to our customers!)

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. 

Internet Connectivity
Dinghy Dock Bar inside the marina offers Wifi Internet services.   We also offer a code to access Wifi from your boat at the dock in Oyster Pond.

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 $20.00/week, credit start at $7.00 for service. All incoming calls are free.

Tourist Information Centers
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

Banks
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: ATM located at the airport. At 40 min drive from the base, in Marigot (French side) clients will find several banks: Banque des Antilles Françaises, Banque Française Commerciale, La Poste, each with an ATM cash dispenser. At 20 min drive from the base, in Philipsburg (Dutch side) clients will find several banks: 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 travelers checks 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

Fishing
No license is required. The Scuba Shop in the marina rents fishing equipment - The Scuba Shop

Ciguatera is a BIG problem. Don’t eat any fish you have caught before checking with a local fisherman.

Snorkeling or Diving
Diving equipment can be delivered to the base. To reserve your gear, please contact The Scuba Shop. Other dive shops are also available on the island.

Water Sports
Kayaks 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.

Hiking
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.
OK Corral - 590-590-87-40-72 
Offers daily trail, beach rides and riding lessons 
Bayside Riding Club 590-590-87-36-64 
Offers daily trail, beach rides and riding lessons.

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Cruising Information

Experience / Qualification requirements
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.

Marina Information
Local Dockage Facilities:
A listing of sites is covered in the chart briefing.
Tax/Cruising Permits:
Cruising permits are not required in St. Martin
The Marina:
The base is located at Captain Oliver’s Marina at Oyster Pond, on the French side. Located on the marina, the harbour office is on the corner near the Captain Oliver’s Restaurant - Tel: 590-590-87-30

Electricity Information
Dutch Sint Maarten:
The electricity runs at 110 volts at 60 cycles, and outlets will accept the standard two and three pronged plugs found in the USA. 
French St. Martin
Voltage runs at 220 volts at 60 cycles and outlets use the Standard European two cylinder plugs.
Yachts
S
tandard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts.  In order to use electronic equipment that is 110v or 220v, you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter. This is not available at the St Martin base. The base provides step down transformers (220 to 110) for a refundable deposit of 20$ USD. All yachts with a generator, offer 220 volt 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 or Philipsburg, except briefly for water only – you may only briefly go on the dock in Philipsburg for water only.
  • 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

Mooring & Park Fees (prices are subject to vary depending on time of year)

  • On the French side in Marigot, the office opening hours are 9:00am to 11:30am and 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Original boat papers are required and there is no fee.
  • Anse Marcel: Open from 8:00am - 11:30am and 2:00pm - 5:30pm. Fee: 5 Euros/$7.
  • On the Dutch side, Philipsburg or Simpson: For clearance out, they ask for the paper of the clearance in from Dutch side. Fee: $5.50 USD. On Sunday, overtime charges will apply.
  • Anguilla: $2 USD per person and may stay at port of entry free of charge. Cruising permits to outer islands cost: 5-20 tonnes $40 USD + $2 USD per person. 20 tonnes + $60 USD + $2USD per person.
  • St. Barts: $7 USD for yachts 35-45ft. Minimum 20 Euros for a catamaran and 2 Euros/passenger for “la réserve Naturelle”
  • St. Kitts & Nevis: EC$20.
  • 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: $3 USD per person, per day.  Payable in cash only to the St. Barths natural parks officials or at the base.

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.

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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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 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.

Supermarkets
Shops open 8am-8pm (Mon/Sat). Sundays: Supermarkets open 9am - 2pm on the Dutch side and 9am – 12:30pm and 4pm – 7pm on the French side.

There is a Liquor store now open at the base.

Mini market: 5/10 minute walking distance; a small convenience store (no fresh food). It tends to be expensive.

Oyster Bay grocery: on the other side of the marina, access by dinghy. Open from 9.00am to 10.00pm.

Aux Pains d’épices: 5 minutes walking distance.  Open from 6.30am to 8.30pm Simply Market: 20-minute drive from base, on the French side of the island, accepts Visa and MasterCard. Regular full service grocery store: large selection of fresh produce, canned, frozen and baked goods. Open from 9AM - 8PM Mon-Sat, 9AM - 1PM Sun.

Le Grand Marché: 15-minute drive from base, 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.

Fresh market: 10 minutes drive from the base, on the Dutch side; Regular full service grocery store with wide variety of goods. Open from: 8AM - 8PM Mon-Sat, 9AM - 2PM Sun.

Please note all shops are Duty Free!

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Health & Safety

Travel Insurance
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 vacation. Click for more details

Vaccination and Immunization Information
St Martin is generally risk-free of contagious disease. 
You are advised to be up-to-date with your Tetanus, Hepatitus A & 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 Travel.State.Gov

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