BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS: The British Virgins islands are made up of the main Islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost van Dyke & Anegada along with over fifty other smaller islands and cays with only about 15 of these islands being inhabited. The islands are a mecca for sailing and are one of the most popular places for a Caribbean Yacht Charters, with an abundance of anchorages to choose from & most islands being within a short sailing distance of each other. A Yacht Charter in the Virgin Islands is the perfect place for the keen sailor or a complete beginner. From hundreds of bareboats and crewed yachts to choose from, there is something for everyone.
ST MAARTEN, ST BARTS AND ANGUILLA: St Maarten is a great place to start a Yacht Charter in the Leeward Islands, half Dutch and half French it has a unique mix of the Caribbean and Europe. It has an international airport for many direct flights from the USA and Europe and can accommodate a number of large private jets thus making it a hub for Mega Yachts during the Winter season.
A Yacht Charter here can visit islands such as Anguilla, known for its long white sandy beaches and thriving coral reefs, St Barth’s – the ‘St Tropez’ of the Caribbean and for those wanting to sail a little further the unspoiled and uncrowded islands of St Kitts & Nevis where you can embark on tropical hikes and nature trails.
Antigua & Barbuda: Antigua & Barbuda is made up of miles and miles of white sandy beaches – 365 to be exact (one for each day of the year!) and there are an abundance of secluded coves and anchorages making it one of the most popular Yacht Charter Destinations in the Caribbean. Barbuda is nearly uninhabited and is home to one of the world’s most significant bird sanctuaries. It also offers some of the best snorkelling and diving in the Caribbean.
From Antigua you can sail north and visit the Islands of St Kitts & Nevis, St Barth’s & St Maarten or drop south and enjoy Guadeloupe and Dominica.Antigua is a great place to start your Yacht Charter whether you want to head North or South and it also has an international airport offering many direct flights. A great option if you are looking for easy and direct flights is to start your charter in Antigua and finish in St Maarten as both these islands have a large airport.
St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines: St lucia offers some of the most dramatic scenery in the Caribbean. It is home to the Pitons, towering 2000 feet under lush rainforest delightfully spotted with colored flowers, ancient ferns and exotic wildlife. Not only are these a wonderful sight to sail past or to hike they are a beauty from beneath and a must to be snorkelled or dove. Many a Type of Yacht Charter can be taken from St Lucia, Bareboat, Crewed Yachts, Powerboat or Sailboat. There is so much to see and do it can be enjoyed on its own or before setting south to St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Similar to the Virgin Islands in the sense that there are many islands within close sailing distance but St Vincent and the Grenadines are much less developed and much less crowded. It seems the further south you go the more laid back and ‘real’ Caribbean these islands become. Once of the most beautiful spots in the Grenadines is the Tobago Cays, made up of many small islands and amazingly shallow clear waters, here there is great snorkelling and swimming.