Antigua essential information

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Find everything you need to prepare for a charter in Antigua. From important base information to required documents for international travel, you can use this information as your guide before and during your charter. Don't forget to pack a copy to take with you.


Before you go

Sunsail Antigua
Nelson's Dockyard National Park
English Harbour, Antigua, West Indies

Base hours
8am - 5pm, seven days a week 
Season: This destination is open from early November through the end of June.

Please note: base is unable to accept cash or personal cheques, and cannot give cash back on credit or debit (Switch/Delta) cards.

Time zone
UTC/GMT -4 hours

Tourist information centre
Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority
Third Floor, ACB Financial Centre
High Street
St John’s, Antigua
Tel. 1.268.562.7600 | Fax 1.268.562.7602 
Email: [email protected]

What to bring

Customs + immigration
Entry, exit, and visa requirements depend on the locations you are departing from and traveling to. You are responsible for having the correct documents so make sure to check with the consulate of the countries you plan to visit before you travel. Visit for the latest information.

Sailing licences
No sailing licences are required for cruising in this region. We strongly advise that you take any sailing certification on holiday with you as this is useful should you be contacted by Customs or Port Police. 

The skipper and first mate will be required to fill in a sailing resume prior to arrival at the base to confirm that they have the necessary skills to sail in this region.

Luggage + packing list
Please pack using soft-sided bags, as these are easier to store on your yacht. The base has no facilities for holding luggage. Pack lightly and review our suggested packing list below for required and necessary items to bring.

  • Pack essential prescription medicine and change of clothing in a carry-on bag*
  • Passport and other travel documentation
  • Tickets and paper confirmations for pre-planned activities
  • Light-coloured, light-weight clothing
  • Formal wear for upscale dining establishments
  • Swim wear and cover up
  • Hats and sunglasses
  • Sandals and flip-flops
  • Athletic shoes and hiking boots
  • Travel-sized toiletries and hygiene products
  • Bug spray and OTC pain relievers/ointments such as motion sickness relief
  • 12V DC to 110V AC power inverter (for boats without generators**)
  • 12V to USB power adapter for charging mobile devices

*We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.
**All boats include a 12V DC outlet (a "car" outlet). Boats with generators have 110V outlets in the Caribbean and 220V in the Mediterranean and Exotic locations.

Local currency – Eastern Caribbean dollar (ECD)
The United States dollar (USD) is sometimes accepted as well but we highly recommend carrying the local currency with you as not all restaurants and stores accept USD, debit, and/or credit cards.

10 to 15% tip is standard at restaurants, taxis, etc. $1 per bag is standard for bellhops.

Security deposit
A security deposit must be paid at the base by Visa or Master Card and is refundable at the end of your charter subject to there being no loss or damage. To significantly decrease your security deposit, purchase our Yacht Damage Waiver insurance ahead of time.

What's on board

Coolers are available at the base on a first come first served basis at no additional charge. Only one per boat.

Mobile phones
Check with your service provider for information about cell coverage in this region.
We offer a free mobile phone to rent with a security deposit of $200 USD.

Music + iPods
While most of our newer boats have Bluetooth capability, we cannot guarantee all boats are outfitted with this equipment. For your convenience, we highly recommend you bring an AUX cord so you can listen to music from your mobile devices.


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

All yachts in this destination are equipped with 110V two-pin plugs. Don't forget to bring a USB adapter to charge your phone as not all yachts are equipped with usb outlets.

For more information on what's included on your yacht, please view the full list here.

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About the marina

Marina facilities
Customs + immigration office 
Supermarket, post office + bank 
24-hour security 
Cable tv + internet 
Laundry (for a fee) 
Restrooms + showers

Dock facilities
Bow moorings 
Three-phase electricity 
Waste + oil disposal 
Fuel dock

Sailing grounds

Experience level
Level 2

Experience levels are based on sailing conditions and the length of passages within your chosen sailing area. View here for more information.

Sailing area
Sailing lanes are generally open from Falmouth Harbour counter clockwise to St. John's Harbour.

Martinique/Guadeloupe: Selected yachts in Antigua cannot go into Martinique/ Guadeloupe at any time.

Sailing area restrictions
North Sound to Nonsuch Bay on the NE Coast, restricted due to reefs. Barbuda- Spanish Point and North Coast due to reef and depth.

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

Night 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 resume for the base to review but we cannot guarantee approval.

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

Sailing permits + taxes
There are no taxes or clearance requirements for sailing between Antigua and Barbuda.

Moorings fees + taxes
Mooring Balls: approx. 15-20 USD per night and are available in Falmouth Harbour and Jolly Harbour. 
Dockage Fees: approx. .50 to 1 USD per foot, per night.

Health + safety

Swim Safe
For your safety and for environmental reasons, the feeding of fish is not recommended and may be prohibited in some destinations.

Travel advice
Antigua is generally risk-free of contagious disease. Current travel, health, and safety information can be obtained by visiting

Travel insurance
Sunsail 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 Sunsail holiday. Visit here for more details.

*Please note country entry/exit and vaccination/immunisation requirements can and do change. Sunsail is not accountable for these requirement changes and we advise visiting the destination's authority website to receive the latest updates.

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Around the base

Admiral’s Inn  (located at the marina)  
Antigua Yacht Club and Marina Resort (close to the marina)  
The Verandah Resort and Spa (Antigua)  
Galley Bay Resort and Spa (St. Johns)  
Trade Winds Hotel (St. Johns)  
Anchorage Inn (St. Johns)

Located in Nelson's Dockyard, ATMs available 24/7 in St. John's

Post office
Located at the marina

There are several souvenir shops close to the base.

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For more information on what's included on your yacht, please view the full list here.

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