Discover the Allure of Caribbean Yacht Destinations

Whether you’re new to the yachting scene or a seasoned traveler, it’s no secret that the Caribbean is one of the premier yachting destinations in the world. Yacht travel in the Caribbean offers a unique combination of luxury, adventure and relaxation, making it the obvious choice for those seeking an unforgettable experience.

 1st June 2024

 Antigua Charter Yacht Show

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The Caribbean has so much to offer, both in terms of the number of destinations there are to choose from, as well as the surroundings you'll find yourself in. The weather is favorable year-round with temperatures rarely moving out of the 80s. The warmth, teamed with gorgeous turquoise seas, makes the water activities such as snorkeling, kayaking and wakeboarding offered by charter yachts a great way to spend your time.

Why Choose the Caribbean as your Yachting Destination?

  • The Caribbean boasts some of the most picturesque landscapes in the world, with crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches, and lush tropical islands providing a perfect backdrop for sailing.

  • There are a number of islands to choose from, each offering something slightly different, giving you plenty of options.

  • The Caribbean Sea offers excellent sailing conditions year-round, with consistent trade winds and relatively calm waters. 

  • As many of the Caribbean islands are closely situated, this provides the ideal opportunity for you to island-hop and explore a number of different locations in one trip.

Top Caribbean Locations

Antigua and Barbuda: Antigua is famous for the Antigua Charter Yacht Show, held annually, attracting captains, yachting enthusiasts and brokers from around the world. The island offers numerous harbors and anchorages, along with picturesque beaches and historic sites.

The British Virgin Islands: This group of islands, including Tortola, Virgin Gorda, and Jost Van Dyke, offers excellent sailing conditions, calm waters, and numerous sheltered bays and coves ideal for anchoring.

St. Martin/St. Maarten: This dual-nation island offers a unique blend of Dutch and French cultures, along with beautiful places to anchor, lively nightlife, and duty-free shopping.

Barbados: Located in the eastern Caribbean, it boasts stunning beaches, rich cultural heritage, and vibrant festivals like Crop Over. Bridgetown's colonial architecture and UNESCO sites showcase its history. 

The Bahamas: With its shallow, turquoise waters and numerous islands and bays to explore, the Bahamas is a paradise for yachting enthusiasts. Highlights include the Exumas, the Abacos, and Nassau.

St. Lucia: Known for its dramatic landscapes, including the iconic Pitons, St. Lucia offers secluded locations to anchor, lush rainforests, and luxury resorts, making it a popular destination for yachting.

Yacht Charter Options

Crewed Yacht Charter: This type of charter includes a professional crew onboard, typically consisting of a captain, chef and deckhands. This a fully catered experience with personalized service, allowing guests to relax and enjoy their vacation without worrying about navigation or meal preparation.

Bareboat Charter: Bareboat charters are for experienced sailors who prefer to captain the yacht themselves. The guests are responsible for navigating the vessel, provisioning and all aspects of onboard operations. A sailing certification or relevant experience may be required.

Skippered Charter: A skippered charter provides the services of a professional captain while allowing guests to handle other aspects of the trip, such as meal preparation and provisioning. This option is suitable for those who want the expertise of a captain without the full crewed charter experience.

Cabin Charter: Cabin charters are ideal for individuals or small groups who want to experience yachting without renting an entire vessel. Guests book individual cabins aboard a larger yacht, sharing common areas with other passengers. Cabin charters are often more affordable and can be very sociable.

Luxury Yacht Charter: Luxury yacht charters cater to high-end travelers seeking the ultimate in comfort, amenities and service. These yachts are equipped with luxurious accommodations, gourmet dining options, and a wide range of water toys and entertainment facilities.

Specialty Charters: Some yacht charter companies offer specialty charters tailored to specific interests, such as diving/snorkeling charters for underwater exploration, fishing charters for angling enthusiasts, or wellness charters focused on relaxation and rejuvenation.

When’s best to visit the Caribbean?

There are two main seasons in the Caribbean; the dry season which is generally drier and cooler and the wet season which is more humid and with higher rainfall. The temperature doesn’t fluctuate much between the two seasons, with average temperatures in the low 80s during the dry season and high 80s during the wet season.

It is said that the best time to visit the Caribbean is between December and March as these are the driest months with sunny skies, little rainfall and perfect temperatures. The wettest months are typically September and October and hurricane season runs from June to November so that’s something to consider too.

Get planning your charter yacht experience!

Why not start by searching ‘yacht charters in the Caribbean’ and see where it leads you? There are many yacht charter brokers that manage charter yachts on behalf of the yacht owners, and some that specialize in charters in the Caribbean! You’ll be able to browse their websites to look for yachts that will suit your requirements and budget, and don’t forget that you can contact them directly with any enquiries.  

Find out more about the Antigua Charter Yacht Show that takes place every December from 4th-9th. You can even browse our photo galleries for an overview of the show highlights!

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 1st June 2024

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