I just left there last month and basically you can Google
to get the official fees
. However as a guide, the Dutch (former, they are now their own country) side is expensive.
- - Simpson Bay - outside the Dutch bridge - has always been and is a very rolly place to be. There are sweat spots up close to the big resort hotel
to the east of the bridge but they are normally crowded by local boats.
- - Inside the Dutch side of the Lagoon
is quite vacant of boats while the French side of the Lagoon
is quite packed with boats - French side of the Lagoon is "free."
- - Marigot Bay has posted fees
there and about once a week a boat from the Fort Louis Marina comes around and wants to know if you have paid the fees. - Very few boaters do pay and the marina boat never comes back - they just "seem" to be doing their "duty" to inform you. The French bridge is free and the channel inside is well marked and carries 10 feet of water
with one spot of 8 ft depth
. Most of the charts
for the French side of the Lagoon are quite out of date as to depths so you simply have to carefully putt around and check yourself. But there is plenty of space available if you look yourself and don't rely simply on charted soundings.
- - Port Royal Marina has installed a mooring
field south of their marina with very reasonable rates. Traveling back and forth between the sides by dinghy
is not a problem.
- - The French now use their "computer D-I-Y" system for check-in/out and the "inside" word is to do it at the Captainerie's office at Port Royal Marina where the only choice for where you are anchored is "Lagoon." ** Warning - the French now use the "honor system" where you abide and follow their visa/etc. rules as they do not check passports or stamp anything other than the print-out from your D-I-Y computer entries. If too many people start "cheating" that may change.
- - If you are intending to spend considerable time there, then I suggest you talk to the cruisers who get jobs in the Budget Marine
and Island Waterway stores as they stay there usually longer than the normal 3 months allotted to "visitors."