Sailing and traveling in the Caribbean is a dream come true for adventurous souls

With its crystal clear turquoise waters, abundant fish life, white sandy beaches and tropical islands, the Caribbean is a paradise on earth. Explore the diversity of islands, from the vibrant and lively ones like Jamaica and Barbados, to the more quiet and remote ones like Grenada and St. Kitts. Experience the unique Caribbean culture, dance to the rhythm of reggae and calypso, and enjoy the delicious Caribbean food. With its warm climate, amazing wildlife and endless beauty, the Caribbean is the ultimate destination for a sailing holiday filled with sun, joy and discovery.

Expectations when doing a yacht charter in Caribbean.

Embarking on a yacht charter in the Caribbean promises a dreamy and unforgettable experience. Here's what you can generally expect:

Stunning Scenery

The Caribbean is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes. Crystal-clear turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, lush green islands, and vibrant coral reefs create a postcard-perfect backdrop for your sailing adventure.

The Caribbean comprises numerous islands, each with its own unique charm. Depending on your chosen route, you can explore islands like the British Virgin Islands, Saint Lucia, Grenada, the Bahamas, and many more. Each island offers a distinct culture, activities, and natural beauty.

Perfect Sailing Conditions

The Caribbean provides ideal sailing conditions, with consistent trade winds and warm temperatures throughout the year. The sailing is often smooth, and the distances between islands are relatively short, making it suitable for both novice and experienced sailors.

Diverse Activities

Whether you're interested in water sports like snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, or simply relaxing on the beach, the Caribbean has it all. You can also explore inland attractions, such as rainforests, hiking trails, and historic sites.

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Vibrant Marine Life

The Caribbean is a haven for marine life enthusiasts. You can snorkel or dive to discover colorful coral reefs, tropical fish, and other fascinating underwater creatures.

Laid-Back Atmosphere

The Caribbean is known for its laid-back and friendly atmosphere. You'll likely encounter a relaxed pace of life, welcoming locals, and a stress-free ambiance.

Island Culture

Each Caribbean island has its own cultural influences, reflecting the history of indigenous peoples, colonial powers, and the African diaspora. You can enjoy local music, dance, and cuisine, which often incorporate a mix of these cultural elements.

All-Inclusive Resorts

Many Caribbean destinations offer all-inclusive resorts and marinas that cater to yacht charters. These facilities provide amenities such as restaurants, bars, water sports equipment, and more.

Clear Customs Procedures

Navigating customs procedures in the Caribbean is generally straightforward, with many islands making it easy for boaters to clear in and out. Be sure to check the specific requirements for each country you plan to visit.

Seasonal Considerations

The Caribbean has a tropical climate, and the hurricane season typically runs from June to November. While the weather is generally pleasant during the charter season, it's essential to be mindful of any potential weather disturbances and plan accordingly.

Before embarking on your yacht charter in the Caribbean, it's advisable to plan your route, check local regulations, and ensure your vessel is properly equipped. Each island offers its own unique charm, so your Caribbean sailing experience can be tailored to your preferences.


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Sailing British Virgin Islands

BVI yacht charters give you the chance to explore more than 60 idyllic islands and islets at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles. With year-round balmy temperatures, lush green hillsides and dazzling white sandy beaches, the BVI is a near-perfect vacation destination, loved by novice and seasoned sailors alike. 

When it comes to things to do in the British Virgin Islands, there’s so much to see and warm Caribbean waters in which to snorkel, dive and swim. During BVI yacht charters, you can easily hop between uninhabited islands, resorts and beachside villages, dining at waterside restaurants, shopping at local boutiques and kicking back at some of the world’s best beach bars. 

From our base is at Hodges Creek Marina, make the 11-mile sail north to experience the ‘sunken island’ of Anegada, or visit the geological wonder known as The Baths, with towering granite boulders forming a labyrinth of paths leading to hidden pools and grottos.

Things to do in the British Virgin Islands

Taste the cuisine on Anegada

Sail to the low-lying coral island of Anegada to see flamingos, salt ponds and white sandy beaches. But be sure to try the native lobster and rum smoothies at the Reef Hotel, and delicious conch at Big Bamboo in Loblolly Bay.

Dive at Rhone Marine Park

One of our top things to do in the BVI is to explore the Caves on Norman Island, before sailing to Rhone Marine Park to snorkel over the wreck of the steamer RMS Rhone, which sank in 1867. This is also one of the most popular dive sites in the BVI.

Fireball Full Moon Party at Trellis Bay

BVI yacht charters during a full moon give you the opportunity to be part of this lively yet family-friendly beach party, complete with music, food, drinks and flaming fireball sculptures.

Embrace the Jost Van Dyke beach bar scene

While you’re sailing the British Virgin Islands, moor at White Bay in Jost Van Dyke and swim up to the beach to try one of the famous Painkiller cocktails at the Soggy Dollar Bar. Or soak in the lively atmosphere at Great Harbour, Foxy’s and Corsairs beach bars.

Explore the Baths National Park

If you’re a strong swimmer, visit this natural wonder by boat and swim ashore to explore the maze of natural rock formations on Virgin Gorda during your BVI sailing vacation. Enjoy a meal at the Top of the Baths restaurant.


Holiday Sailing Yacht Charter Guadeloupe

Sailing from Guadeloupe.

Sailing Guadeloupe’s French archipelago offers the chance to discover small islands such as Marie Galante and Les Saintes. If you want to sail further out, you can head north to Antigua or south to Dominica. 

Eastern Guadeloupe, Grand-Terre, features Pointe-à-Pitre, the island’s biggest city, while the less developed western Guadeloupe, Basse-Terre, is dominated by an impressive national park. A narrow channel called the Salt River separates these two halves of the island.

Make sure you get to swim in the refreshing pools of beautiful Crayfish waterfall while on your Guadeloupe sailing charter. Or sail south and visit the famous 350-foot Carbet Waterfalls. 

Nearby is the island of Marie Galante, which offers fantastic snorkeling and scenic sugarcane fields. For anchorages, head to Les Saintes and take a stroll on Terre-de-Haut. 

For marine life and colorful coral forests, head to Jacques Cousteau’s Underwater Reserve, close to Pigeon Island. This underwater world is considered one of the best dive sites in the Windward Islands and is not to be missed if you’re sailing Guadeloupe.

Guadeloupe is a fantastic destination for sailing enthusiasts. Here are some of the things you can experience while sailing in Guadeloupe:

Island Hopping

Guadeloupe is composed of several islands, each with its own unique charm. The main islands are Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, and there are smaller surrounding islands such as Marie-Galante, Les Saintes, and La Désirade. Sailing allows you to explore these diverse destinations, each offering beautiful beaches, landscapes, and cultural experiences.

Clear Blue Waters

The Caribbean is known for its clear, turquoise waters, and Guadeloupe is no exception. Sailing in these waters provides an opportunity for snorkeling and diving, allowing you to explore vibrant coral reefs and a variety of marine life.

Sailboat Rentals

You can rent sailboats from various charter companies in Guadeloupe. Whether you're an experienced sailor or a novice, there are options available for both bareboat and crewed charters. This gives you the flexibility to explore the islands at your own pace or with the assistance of a knowledgeable crew.

Regattas and Sailing Events

Guadeloupe hosts various sailing events and regattas throughout the year. Participating in or spectating these events can add an exciting dimension to your sailing experience. The Tour de la Guadeloupe à la Voile is one such popular event.

Beautiful Anchorages

Guadeloupe offers numerous picturesque anchorages. From secluded coves to well-equipped marinas, you can find spots to anchor and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings. Popular anchorages include Anse Cochon, Baie des Saintes, and Pointe-à-Pitre.

Cultural Exploration

Beyond the water activities, Guadeloupe has a rich cultural heritage with influences from France, Africa, and the Caribbean. Sailing allows you to explore the local markets, historical sites, and experience the unique blend of cultures in the region.

Local Cuisine

Trying local cuisine is an essential part of any travel experience, and Guadeloupe offers a variety of delicious dishes. While sailing, you can visit waterfront restaurants and beachside cafes to savor traditional Creole and French-inspired dishes.

Before embarking on a sailing adventure in Guadeloupe, it's essential to check weather conditions, be aware of navigation regulations, and ensure that you have the necessary sailing certifications if you plan to rent a bareboat.


Holiday Sailing Yacht Charter St. Martin

St. Martin Yacht Charters

St Martin is on of our most popular sailing destinations in the Caribbean. Very easy going and very sophisticated at the same time.

St. Martin is a Caribbean island that is divided between two nations: the northern part of the island is a French overseas collectivity known as Saint-Martin, while the southern part is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and is called Sint Maarten. The island is one of the smallest landmasses in the world that is shared by two different sovereign states.

Saint-Martin (French Side):

Capital is Marigot and the official language is French. Euro is the currency to use.

The French side has a distinct European influence and is known for its cosmopolitan atmosphere. You'll find a mix of French, African, and Caribbean cultures.

Saint-Martin boasts beautiful beaches, including Orient Bay, which is famous for its white sand and vibrant atmosphere. There are also several secluded and less crowded beaches to explore.

The French side is renowned for its culinary offerings. Marigot, the capital, has a lively market where you can explore fresh produce, local crafts, and enjoy French and Creole cuisine at various restaurants.

The French side is also a duty-free shopping haven, particularly in areas like Marigot and Philipsburg. Visitors often shop for luxury goods, jewelry, and local crafts.

Saint Maarten (Dutch Side):

Capital is Philipsburg and the official language is Dutch and English. The Currency is Netherlands Antillean guilder (ANG), but the US Dollar is widely accepted.

The Dutch side has a more relaxed and lively atmosphere. It's known for its vibrant nightlife, casinos, and entertainment options.

The Dutch side also boasts beautiful beaches, such as Maho Beach, known for its proximity to the airport where planes land right over the beach, and Simpson Bay Beach.

Sint Maarten offers a diverse culinary scene with a mix of Dutch, Caribbean, and international influences. Philipsburg and Simpson Bay are popular areas for dining and entertainment.

The Dutch side is also a hub for duty-free shopping, with a variety of stores selling electronics, jewelry, and souvenirs.

Shared Characteristics:

Princess Juliana International Airport is located on the Dutch side but serves the entire island. It's famous for its low-flying planes over Maho Beach.

St. Martin/Sint Maarten is a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors with its beautiful beaches, water activities, vibrant nightlife, and diverse cultural experiences.

While there is a border between the French and Dutch sides, it's open, and visitors can move freely between them without going through immigration.

St. Martin/Sint Maarten is a unique and diverse destination that offers a blend of European sophistication and Caribbean charm. Whether you're interested in relaxation, water sports, shopping, or culinary adventures, the island has something to offer for a variety of tastes and preferences.


Holiday Sailing Yacht Charter Martinique

Martinique Yacht Charter

Part of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, Martinique ( French) is one of the shining jewels of the French Caribbean, with flawless white sand beaches on the south coast and dramatic black volcanic sand on the north coast.

Enjoy swimming and snorkeling among coral reefs or visit pretty fishing villages, hot springs, thick rainforests and rugged peaks. Whatever your interests or vacation style, Martinique offers something for everyone.

The capital of Martinique, Fort-de-France, celebrates every aspect of French culture with style and panache, from the excellence of its cuisine to the chic sophistication of its fine resorts and hotels. Shops, art galleries, theaters and museums all pay homage to its French heritage, and you can watch boules being played in the squares while people sit and chat outside cafés.

Depart from Le Marin and cruise along the coast, with stops at Petite Anse d’Arlet, Fort de France and St. Pierre. Or sail south to the neighboring island of St. Lucia and explore the waterfalls, hot springs and volcano at Soufrière. 

For longer stays on your Martinique yacht charter, you can sail farther out to the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, including Bequia, Mustique, Mayreau, the Tobago Cays, and many more.


Holiday Sailing Yacht Charter Antigua

Useful information for yacht charters in Antigua

How do I get to Antigua?

For your Antigua charter you can get to VC Bird International Airport (ANU) via several daily direct or connecting flights.

What language is spoken in Antigua?

The language spoken in Antigua is English.

What is the currency for Antigua?

The currency in Antigua is Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD).

What are the customs restrictions for Antigua?

If you plan to leave Antigua and/or Barbuda, it is mandatory to check in and out and be crossed off the crew list by the customs officer before you leave the marina for the airport. Plan to allow sufficient time for this process as it can be a little time-consuming.

Importantly, there will be a fine of $10,000 USD (but not limited to) by the Antigua and Barbuda Customs and Excise Division if these procedures are not followed.

What documents do I need to sail Antigua?

Talk to us in Holiday Yacht Charter to make sure you have the correct documents before you travel.

How do I get around Antigua?

You can get around Antigua easily by taxi or rental car. At the arrival hall at the airport, the taxi dispatch desk can assist with your transfer. 

You may also use the local bus system.

What regulations are there in Antigua?

Please keep Antigua clean and dispose of trash responsibly.

There is a 5-knot speed limit in English Harbour, Falmouth and Jolly Harbour. This applies to yachts, dinghies, tenders and inflatables.

Where can I find weather forecasts in Antigua?

You can find Antigua weather forecasts on the AccuWeather website and WeatherCarib ahead of your vacation sailing in Antigua. Hourly weather updates are provided on the local station FM 95.50.

What provisioning is there in Antigua?

There are plenty of provisioning options and within the Antigua Slipway you’ll find fuel, water, ice, restaurants and shops, as well as money exchanges nearby. Please refer to the base guide.

What baggage can I take on my sailing vacation?

Please only take soft bags and not suitcases as they are too cumbersome on board.

What is the electrical current in Antigua?

The electrical current in Antigua is 220V.

What is the dialing code for Antigua?

The dialing code for Antigua is +1 268.

Sailing and traveling in the Caribbean is a dream come true for adventurous souls. With its crystal clear turquoise waters, abundant fish life, white sandy beaches and tropical islands, the Caribbean is a paradise on earth.

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