Marinas in Jamaica to live on my boat



Question About Marinas in Jamaica - How To Live On My Boat There

Hi, I really love your newsletter and will be getting closer to coming back to Jamaica soon!

I would like to request that you cover the marine industry in Jamaica. I am finding it to be tough to find a reasonably priced marina in which I could live on my boat there, rather than living on land.

I am also looking forward to possibly opening up a music school in Jamaica once I return. I will look forward to meeting you in person when I get there course.

Best wishes to you sincerely Daryll.

Answer by Wellesley

Hey Daryl,
Thanks again for asking bro! And for your permission to post my response here so others can benefit.

Okie, dokie, I have some good news! Even though it was like finding a needle in a hay stack. So I'll break down my response in three parts...

  1. Information on the Marine industry In Jamaica,
  2. Where to find a reasonably priced marina to live on your boat and
  3. The possibly opening up a music school in Jamaica

  1. Information on the Marine industry In Jamaica

    You didn't specify what exactly you required on the marine industry in Jamaica but for for any related information, I'd direct you to the The Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ).

    It has the regulatory and developmental responsibility, established by the Shipping Act 1998, for matters relating to shipping, boating and seafarers.

    You can contact at:

    Maritime Authority of Jamaica
    2nd Floor, The Office Centre Building
    12 Ocean Boulevard
    Kingston, Jamaica W.I.
    Tel: (876) 967-1060-5/ 967-1087
    Fax: (876) 922-5766 (Registry)
    Fax: (876) 922-5765 (general)
    The Authority's Email:
    Registry's Email:
    Technical's Email:

  2. Where to find a reasonably priced marinas to live on your boat

    This was the most time-consuming part but trust me, but I've learned quite a lot during my research, and so it's all good. :-)

    OK, right now we have technically have only one marina in Jamaica, and that's the Port Antonio Marina (aka the OLE Marina).

    This one is run by the Sir Henry Morgan Angling Association (the Yatch Club). They apparently have no website at this time, but you can contact them via the chairman, Dr. Duquesnay Chairman at 876-909-8818 or email

    From all indications they appear to be the cheapest but again it depends on what you are looking for, your boat size, duration etc.

    There are three (3) other established and reputable Yacht clubs here though. They are a bit more private that the marina but have many if not superior amenities.

    They are the...

    Also In Portland

    The Errol Flynn Marina (since 2002). Their address is...

    Box 188-Ken Wright Drive- Port Antonio, Portland, Jamaica, W. I.
    Tel: 876-715-6044 or 876-993-3209 Fax: 876-715-6033
    Contact: Ms Christine, 876-715-6046 /876-993-3209

    In Kingston

    The Royal Jamaica Yacht Club:
    Palisadoes Park, Kingston, Jamaica
    Tel: (876) 924-8685, (876) 924-8686


    In Montego Bay

    The Montego Bay Yacht Club
    Montego Freeport, St. James, Jamaica
    Tel: (876) 979-8038
    Contact: Ms Heather

    Both the Montego Bay and Royal Jamaica Yacht clubs indicated to me that that are at or close to capacity for vessels, but they currently have a reserve list and highly advise that if you are interested in docking their, you...

    1. Visit their websites, (listed above)
    2. Complete the registration for membership.
    3. Indicate the size of your vessel in length, depth and width, holding tank, as well as if its sail or power.

      That could make a big difference in the time or place they accomodate you.

    Here's my biggest learning moment though Daryll!

    The holding tanks needs to be carried 20 miles out in the ocean to be emptied! Eww!

    Kindly note too that foreign registered vessels cannot stay in harbour for more than 6 months either, and so, according the Port Authority Of Jamaica, you'd need to register your boat with the Maritime Authority Of Jamaica (number listed above. In fact they highly recommend it, either way.

    For any other information though, I suggest that you contact the Port Authority Of Jamaica, currently listed under the Ministry Of Economic Growth and Job Creation.

    Their key contact there is Mr. William Tatham, Vice President Cruise Ship, email address is
    an Marine Operation.

    And finally...

  3. Regarding Music Classes In Jamaica as your job, I'd probably be your first student, seriously!

    I always wanted to play the piano and I still believe we have a demand for it here. I'd suggest you register your new business venture with the Companies Office Of Jamaica.

    You can find further details on their website (

I hope this all helps! Good luck my friend!

Be sure to also read on cruises to Jamaica for additional insights.


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