Shelter: Good - alternative shelter: Les Saintes 20 M.
Landfall at night: Yes
Night at anchor: Yes
Draft: No issue.
Warning: Wrecks (see chart).
Waypoint: 15°34.20 N - 061°28.95 W
Reproduction authorization N° E52/2000 - SHOM reproduction prohibited. DO NOT use for navigation.
You may anchor just about anywhere in this two miles long by one mile deep bay clear of the wrecks in front of the town centre. The northern anchorage is quieter, particularly when the swell is from the North, but it's a little further away from the town.
There are also mooring buoys in front of the Coconut Beach Hotel. Just call on channel 16.
Another option is to anchor away from the town near the river La Moins, though this often rolls.
Traditionally, the first boat-boy you deal with will be your contact on the island. Arrange visiting the Indian River with him, as well as touring the island by taxi, buying fruit or handcraft. Avoid dealing with various people.
Boat-boys are now organized by the Ministry for Tourism that trains and licences them.
When going ashore, don't forget that your dinghy is a very valuable item there, so have them guarded by a restaurant or hotel, or ask your boat-boy to bring ashore in his boat.
There are no services for yachts, except water (and fuel?) that you can refill at the cruise boat dock in the North of the bay. Quite a tricky manoeuvre if it's windy. At the Coconut Beach Club there are showers for yachtspeople, laundry service, ice and basic mechanics. They will also organize tours for you. VHF 16 or phone 767 448 53 93.
In Portsmouth there are groceries and a gas station, a great market on Saturday and a smaller one on Tuesday. A pharmacy in the main street open 8:30 to 16:00 and Sunday to 12:00! There's also a hospital 5 minutes taxi drive away; clean but there might not be a doctor.
Bars and restaurants, amongst which the Purple Turtle, where you can leave your dinghy, with BBQ and evenings on the beach, Tel. 767 448 34 94, Mango Bay I, with happy hour 18:00 to 19:00, Tel. 767 445 30 99, and Mango Bay II in Bay street (centre), happy hour as above. Also "Chez le Suisse" and "Big Papa".
And of course, you mustn't leave Prince Rupert Bay without visiting the Indian River. Try to do this as early morning as possible, the first boat gets to scare all the birds roosting along the river banks!