Updates to the 2018/19 guide
This hurricane season has been unprecedented. In September 2017 Hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria all caused damage within or around the Eastern Caribbean. Hurricane Irma caused significant damage to both marine and land-based infrastructure in Anguilla, Barbuda, St. Martin, St. Barts and the Virgin Islands. Similairly, Dominica was in the direct path of Hurricane Maria. These islands are coming back slowly and, while our hearts and minds are with all those affected, we know that they will be able to recover and rebuild. Beach bars are opening in Anguilla and you can probably visit anytime. In St. Martin, the bridge into Simpson Bay is opening twice a day, but the causeway bridge is not yet operational. The big chanderlies and services such as FKG are up and running. You can visit, but watch out carefully for wrecks as removal is not far along yet. St. Barts will be ready and back on track by November 1st. Barbuda and Dominica will take a little more time, but will hopefully be ready for visitors in December.
Updates to the 2016/17 guide
General note on Pets in the Caribbean
People throughout the Caribbean use poisons for everything from crabs to nuisance dogs. These are deadly to pets, and quite a few pet owners have lost their companions to poison while walking them ashore. The poisons are attractive to dogs so keep your dog on a leash and watch what it is up to. A muzzle may help but make sure your dog can still pant to stay cool. If your doge gets poisoned, immediate ingestion of a strong sugar/water solution may help until you get to the vet.
The Portsmouth Association of Yacht Security (P.A.Y.S) has opened an office. It is located at the Purple Turtle Beach. They can by contacted at 1 (767) 317 9098 or by email at email@example.com.
Budget Marine is no longer filling Gas bottles, but will probably lend you a cart to take them down the road to Gas King.
Island Water World has announced they will be closing their small outlet in Marina Fort Louis in Marigot at the end of June. All other branches remain open and active!
New Simpson Bay bridges info (for more up to date info try the port):
0830 out 0930 in
1030 out 1130 in
1600 out 1500 in
Causeway Bridge in and out:
This is from February 14, sorry to be so late in posting it:
The Sandy Ground Bridge morning opening time has been changed from 0815 to 0900. There is no monitoring of any VHF channel by any entity for this bridge. The best bet to verify opening times is to hail Shrimpys (net controller of 0730 cruisers net) on channel 10.
The other update is that the cruisers net is now on channel 10 at 0730.
– Margaret Bujnoch, s/v Rocking B
English Harbour on the 17 April; A notice at customs that effective from the 17 April 2014, there is a check out fee of 30 USD for passengers that had been in Antigua for more than 24 hours.
Thanks for the info! Looks like this charge is back on. Last time they had this charge, they called everyone except the skipper a “passenger”. I did not know about it for a long time because I so often single-hand.
Good news for Jolly Harbour. Salty Dogs, the friendly sailors’ bar and restaurant, is moving from the Slipway to Jolly Harbour, where their happy hour will be from 1700-1900. In the new location they will be renting scooters and mountain bikes as well as their paddle-board rentals. They are forming the Antigua Paddle Board Club, with morning paddle session to the harbor entrance; great for some morning exercise!
Page 254 – George Jeffery cell number is 788-7067, not 7076. It is printed correctly on other pages.
The Barrelstay restaurant is now closed permanently.