Sailing Holidays and Yacht Charter in the Caribbean
The Caribbean is something that every sailor should experience at least once in a lifetime, so much history, variety and colour.
A place where constant trade winds carry you to lush, tropical islands and deserted beaches, seemingly forgotten by the outside world: a place where life moves at a more tranquil pace and where visitors from around the world lose themselves to the sun and perpetually warm waters.
Such a place is the Caribbean and its innumerable islands that form an arc stretching from the Virgin Islands all the way to Grenada. Within these waters are three of the world’s best holiday cruising areas, each with a distinct charm all its own.
This magnificent archipelago comprises more than 50 islands, islets and cays scattered across a crystal blue sea. Many still retain the captivating natural beauty that so impressed explorer and navigator Christopher Columbus when he first sighted them more than 500 years ago. As a charter destination, this is where you can escape to sheltered bays, swim from alluring golden beaches, or join in the unique fun and local cuisine at the many waterfront restaurants and bars to be enjoyed as you cruise from island to island. The impressive charter yachts we offer in the British Virgin Islands will cater for your every need while you discover this is an unforgettable part of the world.
Tortola is an ideal place to embark on your luxury yacht charter in the British Virgin Islands. Once there, should you decide you want to flirt with paradise from the outset, then, only a few miles away you will find protected bays and beaches that carry romantic names like Brandywine Bay, Cane Garden Bay, Brewer's Bay and Smuggler's Cove. In any one you can swim and snorkel to your heart’s content, or simply laze on the beach in the shade of a swaying coconut palm – and in no time home will seem like it is a million miles away.
Cuba is a fascinating island, thanks to its natural beauties and its rich historic and cultural background. Its peculiar atmosphere comes from the combination of its colonial past and its Amerindian and African roots. Off the island, multiple cayos and islets are spread across the coral reefs, white sandy beaches and deserted creeks.
Sailing Area Cuba goes beyond all sailors' dreams - a favourable, warm climate year-round, steady winds, unique natural beauty and open-minded hospitable people contribute to this as well as the reliable nautical infrastructure, which is receiving well-aimed promotion and extension by the Cuban government. To the sailor, the whole coast and off-lying islands are fully accessible with the only exception of one prohibited area in the vicinity of the infamous "Bay of Pigs", or Playa Girón. About twenty marinas and nautical centres all around Cuba gladly welcome yachts under all flags and offer all conceivable services.
An island country comprising Grenada and six smaller islands, is another strong contender for being the most beautiful Caribbean destination. Its natural beauty is everything you would want – bold island scenery, idyllic golden beaches where the coconut palms sway ever so casually in the gentle breeze, and the colonial charm of the capital, St Georges.
Divers can enjoy the lure of coral reefs and sunken wrecks, and there is every chance you will see pods of whales while you cruise between the islands. Grenada’s airport provides easy access to the USA and Europe.
Your taste-buds will go wild and your desire for the ultimate in pleasure and freedom in paradise will be sated in Guadeloupe. You will be surrounded by a delightful blend of warm azure seas while onshore there is a plentiful choice of beaches awaiting you – some black sand and others white, and all revealing their own form of unique natural beauty..
You will also discover captivating palm-fringed, crystal-clear lagoons where you can drift your day away. It is safe to say you are never very far from a beautiful beach in this part of the Caribbean.
Guadeloupe is where, in 1493, Christopher Columbus discovered the ‘piña de Indias’ – the pineapple – growing in the Caribbean. Now, modern day explorers aboard luxury charter yachts can go ashore and discover a land of spices, and all the taste sensations that come with the best of mouth-watering creole cooking. Seafood is the island’s specialty: grilled lobster, queen conch fricassee, fish bouillon and delicious clam chowder are among the myriad of culinary experiences to be enjoyed.
Martinique Sailing Holidays
Walk in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus, delight in some of the most magnificent scenic beauty to be found in the Caribbean, and savor the pleasures of French gastronomic flair in its many restaurants and cafes – and you have a large slice of what is to be discovered in Martinique.
Known as the Island of Flowers, this French outpost in the Caribbean is a destination full of scenic and culinary surprises for you. The bustling capital, Fort de France, is particularly French and exciting; but if it is peace, serenity and seclusion you seek, then it is close at hand. The island’s heavily indented coastline provides the opportunity for many voyages of discovery, to isolated beaches, tranquil palm-fringed bays, and anchorages that are embraced by shorelines untouched by nothing more than Mother Nature herself. Mount Pelée, an active volcano at the northern end of the island, is a natural phenomenon with a tragic history: It erupted in 1902 and engulfed the nearby town of Saint-Pierre in a matter of minutes. Some 30,000 islanders perished, making it the worst volcanic eruption of the 20th century.
Two worlds come together in St Martin: it’s a unique cosmopolitan mix of Caribbean casualness and a fabulously French lifestyle. It is also one half of the world’s smallest territory – a 33 square mile island shared by the French and Dutch since 1648, making it the world’s smallest landmass under the rule of two sovereign states.
The French sector covers about 60 per cent of the island and the Dutch territory, St Marteen, the remainder. St Martin would be high on your Luxury Charter Group arranged itinerary if you are seeking secluded relaxation by day, and long, lazy French-influenced dinners by night. While the capital of St Marteen, Philipsburg, offers the rambunctious lifestyle of casinos and ‘fast-ish’ living, St Martin’s colourful capital, Marigot, presents the alternative: an easy-going and elegant lifestyle with sidewalk cafes, beguiling bars, modish dining and excellent duty-free shopping. Once back at sea, you will discover a bounty of beautiful anchorages, beaches and bays, all demanding your presence. This is certainly a memorable destination on any Caribbean cruise.
The Caribbean Sailing Season
The main season in the Caribbean is November through to the end of April with the very high season rates being the two weeks over Christmas and New Year when higher rates nearly always apply. The early summer months of May to mid August and good, although life ashore may be quieter and there is an increasing chance of tropical waves which might bring some rain. Later in the summer we stand the increased chance of tropical storms and hurricanes.
But It's Not All About The Sailing...
Foodies will of course love the Caribbean cuisine, based mainly on fish and seafood. Featuring bursts of citrus, spice and sweetness, Caribbean food is a fusion of Spanish, African and Creole cooking traditions. Seafood is a staple item among these island nations, with recipes including salf fish balls and prawn skewers with mango salsa. Cassava is another common ingredient found in a wide variety of dishes, such as pork pepperpot. Jerk marinade is Jamaica's specialty, while Puerto Rico is home to sweet and fluffy Mallorcan scrolls.
Your sailing holiday in the Caribbean is another excuse to taste all that is life in the caribbean. Enjoy!