Posts Tagged ‘Caribbean yacht charter’
Enjoy a taste of paradise with an Antigua Yacht Charter.
When it comes to a luxury yacht charter, Antigua, in the Leeward Islands is one of the most sought after islands in the Caribbean. From its colonial history, Antigua has come a long way to become known as the preferred destination for a luxury beach holiday and as the starting point for chartering into Caribbean waters. Today, Antigua and the neighbouring island of Barbuda together offer a blend of luxury and leisure. The largest of the Leeward Islands, Antigua offers sophisticated amenities like 5-star hotels, restaurants, pubs, nightclubs & gambling casinos as well as adventures like diving, sailing, snorkelling and surfing. At the same time, parts of Antigua and Barbuda are reminiscent of the vast sugar plantations of yesteryears, lush rainforest-like greenery, scenic spots and magnificent beaches. Add to that a world famous harbour and sailing events round the year, Antigua is a yachting hot-spot you do not want to miss.
Weather in Antigua & Barbuda: What is the best time to take an Antigua Yacht Charter?
The easterly trade winds make Antigua the perfect place for yachting and sailing all year round. Antigua’s weather is typically tropical and temperatures rarely dip below 20 degrees. In fact, the average temperature stays between 21°C and 30°C (70-86°F). However, within this span December to March is considered ‘winter’ while May to November is summer. Rainfall is scarce and generally occurs between July and October; this is also the ‘hurricane season’ and therefore not the best time to go sailing. The mild humidity coupled with slightly lower temperatures make the winter months of December to February the best time for Antigua yacht charters.
Sample Itinerary: The best destinations for your Antigua & Barbuda yacht charter
Day 2: Head to Five Islands and anchor at Jolly Harbour. Five Islands has some spectacular beaches around it – The Darkwood Beach, Deep Bay and Hawksbille Beach which provide great scenes, major scope for relaxation as well as some more diving and water-sports. Explore St. John’s, Antigua’s capital, known for its magnificent cathedral which dominates the landscape. Spend the night at Five Island.
Day 3: Set sail for Barbuda (about 4-5 hours away). Anchor at Codrington and spend the day swimming and snorkelling amidst miles of untouched coral reefs and shipwrecks or relaxing on the secluded pink-white sandy beaches. In the afternoon, visit the Frigate Bird Sanctuary.
Day 4: Depart for Nonsuch Bay, back on Antigua’s north-east coast. Watch the Caribbean current clash with the waves of the Atlantic at the iconic Devil’s Bridge – Antigua’s natural marvel. Visit Stingray City, near Seatons where you can watch, feed and learn about stingrays. Explore the Betty’s Hope Sugar plantation that remains a prominent symbol of Antigua’s colonial days. Spend some time snorkelling and relaxing on Long Bay Beach or gazing at art pieces and the fine view from Harmony Hall Art Gallery.
Day 5: Sail to Green Island, an uninhabited, secluded island which is a great spot for charters and some snorkelling, swimming and kayaking. By afternoon set sail for Half Moon Bay, which has a great beach for some family fun as well as a national park. Explore the nearby town of Freetown.
Day 6: Leave for English Harbour, Antigua’s yachting centre. Take a tour of Nelson’s Dockyard, a 17th century Georgian dockyard famed for its history, the dockyard museum and the Admiral’s house. Follow the Carpenter’s Rock Trail or the Jones Valley Trail or the Lookout Trail up to Shirley Heights for the breath-taking view of English Harbour, Falmouth Harbour and the sea with other Caribbean islands in the distance.
Day 7: Head to Cades Reef where you can spend some time snorkelling and diving along the untouched 2 mile long reef before heading back to Falmouth Harbour. At Falmouth, enjoy some local shopping and a pleasant, scenic drive, which takes you from the coastal plain to the volcanic hills of St. Mary along Fig Tree Drive, before you bid adieu to your Antigua charter yacht.
The choice of destination for your Caribbean Yacht Charter is entirely up to you. Whichever cruising area you choose, you are assured of a memorable holiday with family and friends!
For those of you hoping to have a truly memorable Christmas or New Year holiday this year, why not consider embarking on the luxury yacht charter of a lifetime in the Caribbean, cruising the crystal clear seas of this exceptional part of the world?
Such an itinerary might not appeal to those hoping for a white Christmas, but when there is guaranteed sunshine, quality diving and a unique atmosphere, who needs snow? And in many parts of the Caribbean the sandy beaches are nearly as white as snow!
Just like in other parts of the world, Christmas is widely celebrated in the Caribbean and a great number of the usual traditions are followed. For example, guests on a Caribbean yacht charter pulling into harbour at Christmas time will quite often find themselves serenaded by carol singers, offered traditional Christmas food and confronted with Christmas lights & decorations and Father Christmases.
But each island group boasts their own Christmas traditions according to their cultural heritage. Islands in the British West Indies (such as Anguilla, Antigua, St.Kitts, Nevis, St.Lucia, St.Vincent & Grenadines) will largely follow British traditions and customs, whereas islands in the French West Indies (such as St.Martin, St.Barths, Guadeloupe, Martinique) will mainly follow French traditions and customs for the Christmas and New Year holidays.
The choice of destination for your Caribbean Yacht Charter is entirely up to you. Whichever cruising area you choose, you are assured of a wonderful time for Christmas and New Year with your family and friends!
A Caribbean Yacht Charter provides an idyllic luxury destination where you can relax in the winter sun. With a dozen or so mainislands and thousands of islets, the Caribbean has some of the most exciting diving grounds and finest beaches in the world. From the low-lying coral islands to the glittering pumice sands of the volcanic islands – each chain offers character and charm in abundance. The only probem is to choose your cruising area: Bahamas, US Virgin Islands (USVI), British Virgin Islands (BVI), Leeward Islands (St.Maarten, Antigua, Anguilla, St.Barts, Guadeloupe) or Windward Islands (Martinique, St.Lucia, St.Vincent & Grenadines).
The Bahamas is the magical kingdom of cruising destinations and comprises 700 islands and nearly 2,500 cays. From the Abacos to the Exumas the fishing, the diving and, above all, the aquamarine waters are breathtaking. Solitude, nightlife, fine food, deserted beaches and perfect anchorages… the Bahamas really does have it all and provides the perfect combination of lively fun and relaxed charm. Each island group has a distinct personality, from the glitz, casinos and resorts in New Providence and Grand Bahama, to the peaceful, unspoilt Cays of the outer islands.
The US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands are a yachtsman’s paradise brimming with unspoilt beaches, coves and sheltered anchorages. Providing countless opportunities for recreation in breathtaking, largely untouched natural surroundings, the islands of the archipelago are circled with shimmering blue waters and coral reefs offering superior cruising, fishing, diving and snorkeling. Combine a charter around the idyllic shores of the British Virgin Islands with the sophisticated and buzzing US Virgin Islands.
The fashionable Leeward Islands, discovered by Columbus, are the next link in the Caribbean chain. Ideal for island hopping from tiny deserted cays to fashionable harbours, the Leewards provide the ultimate soporific island lifestyle. The lively French/Dutch island of St.Martin/St.Maarten provides fashionable boutiques and good restaurants. The small island of Anguilla (British) offers over 30 glorious white beaches, considered by many to be the best in the Caribbean. Aptly described as a piece of France under the Caribbean sun, the barefoot-chic island of St.Barthélémy (St.Barts) offers French sophistication and cuisine. The small island of Nevis (British) is a reminder of the West Indies as they used to be, and Antigua (British) has warm steady trade winds, safe harbours and 365 beaches, with an abundance of history. The diverse histories and varied nationalities, cultures and cuisines make this island chain a microcosm of the world.
Strewn down the eastern waters of the Caribbean, the Windward Islands stretch from Martinique, St Lucia, St Vincent and Barbados to the Grenadines and Grenada in the south. Martinique and St Lucia in the north have an interesting mixture of French and British heritage. Further down the island chain, St Vincent and the Grenadines consist of 32 enchanting islands and cays strung out over 98km of strikingly blue sea, each one a short hop from the next. The Grenadines are replete with rainforests, spice plantations and irresistible white beaches. Southernmost of the Windward Islands and named the spice island, Grenada is one of the more sleepy Caribbean islands.
The choice of destination for your Caribbean Yacht Charter is entirely up to you. Wherever cruising area you choose, you are assured of a wonderful time!
Now that the South of France Yacht Show season is upon us, many of our Yacht Charter clients are interested to join us at the two most important yacht shows on the French Riviera.
Cannes Boat Show (10-15 September) starts the season with a display of the latest sailing and motor yacht models for new buyers.
The 35th anniversary edition of the show covers Cannes Vieux Port and Cannes Port Canto, which are two yachting ports at each end of the famous Croisette, and will display 500 boats of 10-60 metres (30-200 feet).
Monaco Yacht Show (25-28 September) is the larger and more prestigious of the two events, with more than 100 spectacular superyachts on display in Monaco’s Port Hercule.
At the 23rd edition of the world’s premier superyacht show, superyacht builders and brokers gather with owners, possible owners and potential future charterers to see the latest that the superyacht industry has to offer.
These two major yacht events combine to offer a valuable showcase of the latest developments in the yachting industry worldwide for all who are interested in Luxury Yacht Charters in the Mediterranean or Caribbean.
Situated between St Lucia and Dominica, the island of Martinique offers those on luxury yacht charter a breath of French air and for moments on your trip you might find it hard to believe you are in the Caribbean at all. Read More…