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Nieuwpoort Base Information

Nieuwpoort is a fishing harbour and pleasurecraft port. It has an overwhelming seafood market, with morning catches from the North Sea and a wealth of fresh fish and seafood restaurants. The old town has a market in the square on Thursday afternoons. There are several parks with tennis courts, a sports hall, swimming pool and mini golf.


Base Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday: 09:00 to 12:00, 13:00 to 17:00
Sunday: Closed

Late Arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base late, you will need to inform the base directly or the general sales office where you booked.

When you arrive at the base there will be a note on the reception door informing you where your boat is. The boat will be left open with the lights on for you to stay on board that night. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

When To Arrive:

Your boat will be ready to depart for 16:00 - 17:30. We recommend that you arrive 60 minutes earlier for check-in and instructions.

If you have booked an Early Check-in Service, please arrive at the base ready to depart between 11am and 12pm or from 2pm.

Your Return

Your boat should be returned and unoccupied by 9am on your last cruising day (or by midday if you have booked a Late Check-out).

Upon Arrival:

Our base staff look forward to welcoming you to their cruising region and aim to make your arrival and holiday as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

When you arrive or base staff will:

  • Take a fuel deposit to cover the fuel you use during your holiday. Any extra fuel used will be charged on your return or we will refund the difference for fuel you have not used.
  • Take a refundable collision damage deposit – if you have not purchased collision damage waiver. This will be refunded if you return your boat and its inventory undamaged at the end of your holiday
  • Familiarise you with your waterways guide, maps and other helpful documentation provided to help you plan where you want to go and where you’d like to stop.
  • Brief you about your boat, the equipment on board, and the cruising area (places to visit, etc).
  • Give you a boat handling demonstration on the water with one of our technicians.

Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels
Martinique - 0032 (0) 582 404 08
Clarenhof - 0032 (0) 582 248 00
Cosmopolite - 0032 (0) 582 333 66

Bruges by night

Parking

Open parking free of charge.

Fishing

Fishing is allowed. A Fishing Permit is required (not for under 16's) and can be purchased from the local post office.

Supermarket

1.56km from the base there is a UNIC, a supermarket for all provisions (also fresh bread, meat and vegetables etc).

Post Office

There are several banks in the centre of Nieuwpoort, 2km from the base.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 to 12:00, 14:00 to 17:00.

Local Shops

The town center of Nieuwpoort is approx 2km from the base and has several shops, restaurants and cafes etc. Details for the essential shops can be obtained by calling the base prior to arrival.

Mobile Phones

In Belgium most of the locks and bridges are manned. Some of the bridge keepers operate several bridges and may not be on their bridge at the time of your arrival. To get around Brugge, you have to get in touch by phone with the people who operate the whole system of bridges and locks around Brugge from a central control. If you do not have your own mobile phone or have a phone, which does not workabroad, you can rent one at the base.

Costs: €100 deposit, €15 per week. You must pay for the cost of all calls. The base will supply the phone with cards and the credit on the card is checked at departure and arrival. You will be asked to pay on return for what has been used.

Vet

Colson en Bogaert
Albert-I-laan 107
8620
Nieuwpoort
0032 (0) 582 40 230
2km from base

Tourist Office

Belfort Botermarkt 17A
01/04 – 31/10: 09.30 till 18.30 hrs
01/11 – 31/03: 09.30 till 16.30 hrs

Transport Information

Airport:

Oostende - 16km
Brussel-Zaventem - 125km
Lille (France) - 104km

By Road:

From England or France: Follow signs to Calais/Dunkerque – E40 direction Belgium/Brugge. Follow exit NR355 Nieuwpoort /Diksmuide direction Nieuwpoort N39. At first traffic lights, turn right, direction Nieuwpoort stad. At second traffic lights, drive straight on. At third traffic lights, turn right, direction Oostende. Follow the sign Binnenhaven up to traffic lights. Turn right, direction Lombardsijde/Westende N318 and turn right again after only 50m direction Oudenburg N358 (keeping monument of King Albert I at your right). About 200 meters further, cross the bridge and turn left, direction Oudenburg N358. Follow this road about 1 km and you will see the base at your left

Leave Zeebrugge direction Brugge (N31) up to the junction A10-E40/A17. Take A10-E40 direction Oostende. Head up to the junction A18/A10. Take A18 direction of Veurne. Leave A18 at exit 5 (Gistel/Oostende Airport) and drive direction Oostende on the N33. After about 2 km take direction Nieuwpoort. You are on the N358 along the Canal Plassendale-Nieuwpoort. After about 10 km, you drive over the bridge above the Sint-Joris lock, and after 100 m, turn right to the base.

By Rail:

Oostende - 16km from the base
Veurne - 10km from the base

Ferries

The following ferry companies operate to ports nearby.

  • Dover to Dunkirk: DFDS Seaways (previously Norfolk Lines)
  • Dover to Calais: P&O
  • Hull to Zeebrugge: P&O