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St.Vincent and Grenadines Yacht Charters

Enjoy a taste of paradise with a St Vincent & Grenadines Yacht Charter

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Tucked away at the southern end of the Windward Islands, in the chain of the Lesser Antilles, the islands of St Vincent and Grenadines are the hidden gems of the Caribbean treasure chest for a luxury yacht charter. Being relatively unknown, and still lesser explored, they offer sights and sounds of the Caribbean that cannot be experienced anywhere else. A St Vincent Yacht Charter will provide you with a wonderful holiday full of lush green rainforests, silver beaches and blue waters, with strokes of luxury and adventure added in good measure. While tourists have only just discovered them, St Vincent and the Grenadines have long enjoyed a brimming population who’ve fostered the astounding natural beauty of the place while seamlessly turning it into a tourist hot-spot. With its mesmerizing marine life, perfect weather and perfect mix of tranquility and vibrancy, a yacht charter to St Vincent opens up possibilities of sailing, yachting, diving, snorkeling, trekking and living the good life like no other.

Weather in St Vincent & Grenadines: What is the best time to take a Grenadines & St Vincent Yacht Charter?

St Vincent and the Grenadines enjoy the same gorgeous climate as the other Caribbean islands, but has the supreme distinction of being part of the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. This makes the island a perfect location for sailing and yachting throughout the year for Grenadines yacht charters. Temperatures remain a balmy 27 degrees on average, dropping between November and February, when its winter. The monsoons occur between May to October, with the rainforests seeing most of the rainfall (around 300 cm), while coasts receive a moderate 200 cm, prompting many enthusiasts to take advantage of the off season with a yacht charter of Grenadines.

Sample Itinerary: The best destinations for a St Vincent & Grenadines yacht charter

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are a world renowned yacht charter destination, thanks to its strategic location amidst the Windward Islands, and its many as yet unexplored and uninhabited islands. The islands also categorically discourage any form of sport and activity that would disturb the natural peace and tranquility (speed boating, aqua scooters, spear fishing) making it a most relaxing environment for a yacht charter.

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St.Vincent & Grenadines map

Day 1: Your St Vincent yacht charter begins at Kingston, the capital of St Vincent and the location of its principal airport.  Acquaint yourself with the boat and the crew and plan your itinerary for the next few days in an atmosphere of peace and quiet that you’ll rarely find elsewhere. Spend the day lazing on the island’s unique black sand beaches, without a care or crowds.

Day 2: St Vincent is one half of St Vincent and the Grenadines, and that’s quite a lot to see. It’s sparsely populated and largely undeveloped, but that needn’t deter you. You can go on an organized eco-tour of the thick rainforest that surrounds Mt. Soufriere, a dormant volcano, or visit the Falls of Baliene or the Botanical Gardens. But nothing is more important than snorkeling or diving off the leeward coast. St. Vincent offers some irresistible diving opportunities – you can try drift diving, cave diving, wall diving, wreck & reef diving Day 3: It’s now time to take full advantage of your St Vincent yacht charter, and head off to discover the islands of the Grenadines. Your first stop is Bequia, 8 miles from Kingston. Bequia is a boater’s paradise, with protected anchorages and a rather celebrated Easter Regatta. It’s quite a touristy place now, but for years it was hardly accessible, and therefore it faithfully retains its Caribbean character. Bequia offers you a lovely selection of silver beaches, heritage walks, museums and authentic Caribbean cuisines. Make sure to try out Gingerbread Cafe, Auberge des Grenadines, Frangiapani or Le Petit Jardin for some mouth-watering meals and visit the maritime museum or Hamilton Fort.

Day 4: If you’re looking to take a break from being one with nature, and would rather shift to being in the lap of luxury, then a stop along Canouan would be next on the itinerary. Canuoan is the Grenadines playground of the rich, the famous and the luxurious. A typical day on the island would involve languishing at the Raffles Resort, dining at the Tamarind Beach Hotel and Yacht Club, a round of golf at the Trump International Golf Club or relaxing at the Amrita Spa and indulging at the Villa Monte Carlo Casino in the evening.

Day 5: The Tobago Cays are a must-stop for Grenadines yacht charters. Formed inside of the giant Horseshoe Reef, these cays are famous snorkeling sights. Virtually uninhabited, a yacht charter is possibly the only way to enjoy this island comfortably. A huge part of the island a mildly developed Marine Park, and the island is a haven for all sorts of water sports.

Day 6: the penultimate day of your St Vincent yacht charter should take you to Mayreau. This piece of land is probably the most remote of the lot, since it is accessible only by boat. It boasts of some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, in particular, the Saltwhistle Bay, which is a gem of a beach. The island is desolate for the most part, but is a great location for sailing, snorkeling and long peaceful walks along fine beaches. It’s just the perfect way to wrap up your grenadines yacht charter.

Day 7: Your last day brings you back to Kingston, St Vincent, where you bid adieu to the boat and crew and seal pack all your memories before you leave. You can even indulge in some last minute street shopping, collecting memoirs and other collectibles, just in case friends find your travel tales too good to be true. And if you have time, you can treat yourself to one last Caribbean meal on the island, before you go off to the real world again.

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!


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Antigua and Barbuda Yacht Charters

Enjoy a taste of paradise with an Antigua Yacht Charter.

English_Harbour_AntiguaWhen 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

Antigua_and_Barbuda_MapDay 1: Spend the day sight-seeing at Falmouth and familiarizing yourself with the boat, its crew and planning your yacht charter in Antigua.

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!


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Christmas in the Caribbean

Xmas beach mainFor 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!

JugJugJust 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.MartinSt.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!


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Caribbean Yacht Charter Destinations

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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!


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Yacht Shows in the South of France

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.

cbs2Cannes 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).

mys1Monaco 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.


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Martinique – the Cote d’Azur of the 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…


No Digital Detox on our Caribbean Yacht Charter

It has just been revealed that bespoke travel company Black Tomato has launched a ‘digital detox’ holiday package in the Caribbean to help people reduce their dependence on gadgets and technology.

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