Boating and Sailing in St. Barthélemy
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Boating and Sailing
St. Barth is a popular yachting and sailing center, thanks to its location midway between Antigua and St. Thomas. Gustavia's harbor, 13 to 16 feet deep, has mooring and docking facilities for 40 yachts. There are also good anchorages available at Public, Corossol, and Colombier. You can charter sailing and motorboats in Gustavia Harbor for as little as a half day. Stop at the tourist office in Gustavia, or ask at your hotel for an up-to-the minute list of recommended charter companies.
Carib Waterplay. On St. Jean beach for 30 years, Carib Waterplay let's you try windsurfing, kayaking, and stand-up paddling. They also have new waterbikes for rent and there are kids' windsurf lessons, too. St-Jean, 97133. 0590/61–80–81. www.caribwaterplay.net.
Jicky Marine Service. This company offers full-day outings, either on a variety of motorboats, Zodiacs, or 42- or 46-foot catamarans, to the uninhabited Île Fourchue for swimming, snorkeling, cocktails, and lunch. The cost starts at about $100 per person; an unskippered motor rental runs about $260 a day. 26 rue Jeanne D'Arc, Gustavia, 97133. 0590/27–70–34. www.jickymarine.com.
Yellow Submarine. Go "six feet under" (the surface of the sea) for a one-hour, close-up view of St. Barth's coral reefs through large glass portholes. It costs €40 for adults, €25 for children under 11. Trips depart daily, from the Ferry Dock in Gustavia with departures at 11 am and 2 pm, with Night Excursions Wednesday and Friday at 5:45 pm but more often depending on demand, so call first. Ferry Dock, Gustavia, 97133. 0590/52–40–51. www.yellow-submarine.fr.
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