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Old 02-01-2011, 18:45   #1
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Not the one in Antigua, is there a place to anchor long term in St. John? I love the island, and know that a lot of it is protected. Can I anchor anywhere or should I look some place else?
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Old 02-01-2011, 19:00   #2
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Cruz Bay area.
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Old 02-01-2011, 20:25   #4
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Cruz Bay is a nightmare. Coral Bay is what you are looking for. There is a nice live aboard community there.

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If you tuck way up inside of Water Lemon Cay no one will even notice you and the calm water at night will be a delight.
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Good to know. Thanks guys.
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Cruz Bay is packed very tightly and a mooring/anchoring permit is required for long term moorings. Neither of which will be provided because it is full! Coral Bay is open to anchoring and is outside the park boundaries. The DPNR has moved many of the boats out of there that did not have mooring permits. Here is some info I found doing a quick search.


Caneel Bay, Francis Bay, and Maho Bay are popular anchorages for overnight stays. Anchor in sand well away from coral and seagrass beds, or use moorings. Anchoring is not permitted in Saltpond, Great Lameshur, Little Lameshur, and Reef Bay; moorings must be used in these areas. Contact the park for more information about moorings and their use. Living aboard a boat in the park waters is limited to 14 days in any 12-month period.
Coral is very fragile and easily damaged by anchors, human touch, feet, and flippers. Coral damaged by one person can take hundreds of years to regrow. Remember, "If it's not sand, don't stand." Coral and other sea life can also cause injury to people when touched.
Kayaks, dinghies, rafts or any other motored or rowed vessels must stay outside demarcated swim areas. Boats 26 feet or less may access the beach using channels marked by red and green buoys, but may not anchor in this channel. Boats may moor or anchor in sand outside of swim areas in Park waters on the north shore.
Boat anchoring is prohibited in Park waters on the south shore and boats must use moorings provided. This includes all the bays from Cocolobo Point to Ram Head.
Boats are limited to 14 nights per calendar year in Park waters. Moorings are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Boats must be 55' or less to use moorings and may not be anchored while using the moorings. No rafting is permitted while moored. No anchoring is permitted within 20 feet of any mooring or regulatory marker.
Boats 125 feet to 210 feet (length on deck) may anchor only in Francis Bay, in sand, and must be in depths greater than 50 feet. It is illegal to dump litter in park waters or on land. Dispose of litter in designated receptacles located throughout the park.
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I have anchored around the corner from Cruz Bay in front of Gallows Point resort. You can snorkel over and use the pool there .
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