As the most easterly island of the Caribbean, Barbados is often the first port of call for transatlantic yachtsmen. The island's yachting facilities are still developing but if you're in need of a safe anchorage, a hot shower and a cold beer the Cruising Club is the place for you. We offer day or annual overseas memberships which will allow you access to all our facilities, including WiFi internet, so you can tell the folks back home that you made it safely here.
Arriving from the Caribbean island chain you have a good upwind sail to prove your seamanship. It's hard work, but it's really not that difficult provided the weather conditions are right.
Customs and Immigration
There are two ports of entry to Barbados; Bridgetown Port (the deep water harbour) and Port St Charles. You must enter one of these ports with your vessel and clear customs and immigration and port health before landing. Unlike other island you can not anchor or pick up a mooring, row ashore and walk into customs and immigration. It may seem a bit daunting coming in between the giant cruise liners and cargo ships but if you radio ahead on channel 16 to Bridgetown signal station you'll find them very helpful and they will tell you how and when to come in.
Port St Charles is simpler to navigate, but has limited opening hours. It's best to phone ahead on + 1 246 419 1000. They don't always answer on channel 16. Arriving through Port St Charles after hours is not recommended.
There are no entry fees to Barbados. But you will have to pay a BDS$100 exit fee on leaving. You may keep your boat in Barbados for up to 6 months without incurring duty. Barbados is a major airline hub for the region if you need to bring in or send off crew. Should you have any difficulties on arrival into Barbados via sea, please get in touch and we will take matters up with the relevant authorities. We are committed in improving the service that Barbados offers to overseas yachtsmen. Customs and immigration forms are not yet available online as on other islands.
Chris Doyle has now published a cruising guide to Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados. His guides are widely acclaimed and will tell you all you need to know.
All that is left is for us to wish you Bon Voyage.