Traveller Information St Martin by sea

St-Martin - Arriving by sea

Distances in nautical miles to principal nearby islands

stmartin st maarten cruises
Miles Anguilla St Martin St Barth Antigua Guadeloupe Martinique
Anguilla - 9 28 188 161 283
St Martin 9 - 15 108 151 275
St Barth 28 15 - 88 138 255
Antigua 118 108 88 - 50 168
Guadeloupe 161 151 138 50 - 118
Martinique 283 275 255 168 118 -

Cruise ships

stmartin st maarten cruisesSome of the largest and most renowned cruise ships disembark their passengers at the Dr. A. C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facility in Dutch St. Maarten.

It is not unusual to see three of these enormous “sea monsters” at dock at the same time while their passengers hurry into Front Street and Back Street to enjoy the tax free shopping.


Sandy Ground and Simpson Bay Bridges

Simpson Bay Lagoon is accessed via one of two moving bridges, one on the French side, the other on the Dutch side.
Visitors are advised to navigate the 8ft deep 5m dredged channel between the French and Dutch parts of the lagoon in daylight and at low speed.

sandy ground bridge

Sandy Ground bridge is located in the French part of the island, between Marigot and Nettle Bay.
Monday to Saturday : 8:15am - 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Sunday : 8:15am - 5:30pm
stmartin st maarten cruisesFree passage
Information : 0590 87 20 43 / VHF channel 16
Beam : 30 ft (10m)
Draft : 10,6ft to 11,5ft (3,50m to 3,80m)
Clearance : 8,7ft to 10ft (2,90m to 3,30m)
Speed limit : 3 knots

simpson bay bridge

Simpson Bay bridge is located in the Dutch part of the island.
Monday to Sunday : 9:00am - 9:30am - 11:00am - 11:30am - 4:30pm - 5:30pm
There is a bridge fee
Information : VHF channel 12
Beam : 56ft (17m)
Draft : 17ft (5m)
Clearance : 8ft to 8,6ft (2,40m to 2,60m)
Speed limit : 5 knots

Marinas and yachting on St. Martin

Useful information on marinas and yachting on St. Martin can be found in our section saint martin island Marinas

Ferries to St. Barths and other islands...

Ferry services operate between St. Martin and St Barths (1 hour 30 minutes), Anguilla (45 minutes) and Saba.
The ferry port is located in the centre of Marigot.

Further information on excursions offered by day charter operators is available in our section st martin islandYachting

ferries between st. martin and st. barths

Visitors are advised that EU nationals wishing to enter St Barths must be in possession of an identity card or passport. Non-EU nationals (including US and Canadian citizens) must be in possession of a passport and may require a French visa, depending on their nationality. These should be obtained in their originating country.

stmartin st maarten cruisesst martin Voyager ferries

Voyager operates a year-round ferry service between the islands of St. Martin and St. Barths, departing from Marigot or Oyster Pond.
From July 24th to September 4th 2011, 3 daily departures from St. Martin and St. Barths.
Voyager also offers group trips and private charters, airport and Anguilla connections, special offers and excursions to the islands of Saba, Statia, Saint Kitts and Nevis.

• Tel : 05 90 87 10 68


st martin island Rapid Explorer

Rapid Explorer operates a year-round ferry service with five return trips daily between St. Maarten (Great Bay Marina, Philipsburg) and St Barths (Gustavia).

• Tel : 06 90 34 21 54
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st martin island West Indies Ferry

Babou One operates a year-round ferry service with two to three return trips daily between St. Martin (Marigot) and St Barths (Gustavia).

• Tel : 05 90 29 63 70 - 05 90 52 92 98

ferries between st. martin and anguilla

Each day, ferries run every half hour between St. Martin and Anguilla. The crossing takes around half an hour. The first ferry leaves Marigot waterfront at 8:30 am and the last ferry leaves Anguilla at 5pm. Ensure that you arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time to be checked in.
Travellers must be in possession of a valid passport.

connections with pinel island and tintamarre

Pinel Island and Tintamarre are accessed by a frequent daily service that leaves from the dock in Cul-de-Sac.

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