There is a regular ferry service between Güiria, Venezuela, and Pier One, at Chaguaramas. The ferry service between Trinidad and Tobago is cheap, comfortable, but heavily booked at weekends and holidays.
Yachts Chaguaramas, Trinidad, and Scarborough, Tobago are the ports of entry. In Chaguaramas, take the boat to the customs dock (T6344341, open 24 hours) to clear on arrival in Trinidad and fill in combined customs and immigration form. Overtime fee for after hours, 1600-0800, weekends and holidays, so it pays to arrive during normal working hours. A clearance out certificate from your last port is required. Immigration and Customs at Scarborough is open 0800-1600 weekdays, T6392415.
Departure by sea Clear out with customs and immigration. Pay port fees of US$8 for each month that the boat was in Trinidad and Tobago waters. To go from one island to the other clear out with Immigration and in on the new island. Clear customs only when making final departure. New arrivals must be signed aboard the vessel as crew by immigration in Chaguaramas.
Departure by air Boats can be left in storage; yacht yards will help with paperwork, present it to customs and clear with immigration within 24 hours of departure for exemption from departure tax. When returning to Trinidad by air, go to third party line at airport to get paperwork to take with baggage to Chaguaramas customs to clear. Arriving outside office hours leave boat parts for weekday review. Arriving guests should have return ticket and letter to Trinidad immigration stating vessel name and official number.
Information The Boca is a useful monthly ‘yachtie’ magazine available locally or at http://www.boatersenterprise.com. The annual Boaters Directory (produced December, T6342622) lists services for yachties: US$10 overseas, free to arriving yachties. The editor, Jack Dausend, T6342055, is prepared to offer advice to potential visitors. The Yacht Services Association (T6344938) is also extremely helpful.
Marinas The Trinidad marinas are all west of Port of Spain along the coast to Chaguaramas. Trinidad and Tobago Yacht Club (TTYC) (Bayshore, T/F6374260) a private club, leases members’ slips to visiting yachts when available, 60 in-water berths, security, restaurant, bar, laundry. Trinidad and Tobago Sailing Association (TTSA) (Chaguaramas, T6344519) a private members’ association with moorings and anchorage available to visiting yachts, full service haul-out yard, 15-ton marine hoist, moorings, repair shed, bar, restaurant, laundry. Power Boats Mutual Facilities (Chaguaramas, T6344303, F6344327) haul-out and storage, 50-ton marine hoist, 23 in-water berths, boat storage, marine supplies, fibreglass repairs, welding, woodworking, apartments, grocery, restaurant, laundry. Peake Yacht Services (Chaguaramas, T6344423, F6344387) full service marina, 150-ton marine hoist, capable of beams to 31 ft, 21 in-water berths, boat storage, 10-room hotel, restaurant, wi-fi, laundry, skilled maintenance, recommended. Industrial Marine Services (IMS) (Chaguaramas, T6252104, F6344437) full service haul-out and storage yard, 70-ton marine hoist, paint shop, chandlery, sailmaker, fibreglass repair, welding, woodworking, sandblasting, restaurant, laundry. Crews Inn Yachting Centre (Chaguaramas, T6344384) is best equipped with on-shore facilities, including a 46-room hotel with pool and gym, Lighthouse restaurant, Republic Bank with ATM, Econocar car rental agency, T6342041, hair salon, duty-free liquor store. Tardieu Marine nearby will lift and dry storage. Sweet Water Marina, also nearby, T6344046, has a restaurant. All locations charge a fee to anchored boats for use of shoreside facilities.