With so many bases in the Caribbean from which to charter a yacht, you are bound to find a perfect break. Enjoy the safe sailing grounds with their clear waters and steady trade winds as you relax on your yacht. The Caribbean offers itineraries suitable for sailors with all levels of experience.
The Caribbean boasts spectacular scenery and many islands to visit, each with its own special qualities. Whether you opt for line of sight navigation in the safe waters of the British Virgin Islands, or a more challenging sailing experience in the winter waters of Grenada, you will find a warm welcome wherever you moor your yacht. There are many different yachts to be chartered and you will find something suitable for any size of group.
The British Virgin Islands
There are 60 islands to explore in the beautiful British Virgin Islands, with plenty of opportunities for relaxing on the pristine beaches or snorkelling and exploring caves. At the end of each day, you can moor up and enjoy the wide variety of night life provided by the different islands, sample the local cuisine or simply relax on your yacht. Whichever islands you choose to visit, you will not be disappointed.
For a really relaxing family holiday, why not charter a yacht in the Bahamas? Visit Man O War Cay to enjoy various water sports, or Elbow Cay for the surfing made possible by gaps in the island’s barrier reef. Anyone with an interest in history will enjoy the town of New Plymouth, which has been described as a living museum. Here, you will find restored Loyalist houses and a museum depicting the way of life experienced by the settlers from New England.
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Experienced sailors will find some of the best sailing in the Caribbean here, especially in the winter months. The scenery of St Vincent is spectacular and visitors may enjoy the hike up the Soufriere volcano or a boat trip to the Falls of Baleine. The beautiful island of Bequia, eight miles to the south of St. Vincent, has maritime and whaling museums to visit, as well a turtle sanctuary.
There are strong French and Dutch influences in St Martin, mixed with the Caribbean culture. This fusion is most evident in the many excellent restaurants on the island, particularly in Grande Case Bay, known as the gourmet capital of the Caribbean. In common with other Caribbean destinations, the diving and snorkelling is ideal.
The country of Belize in Central America is a less well known destination for Caribbean yacht charters, but offers a chance to explore one of the world’s largest barrier reefs that extends 350 nautical miles, from the Yucatan Peninsula down the island’s coast. There are wonderful opportunities for snorkelling here and travellers will enjoy seeing the exotic birds and wildlife.
There are other Caribbean yacht charter bases and whichever you choose, you are guaranteed an amazing experience in beautiful surroundings. All the islands have great bars where you can relax, wonderful beaches and plenty of activities to enjoy.
Adriana Frederick is an experienced travel writer who contributes to various online magazines as well as certain travel websites. She recommends checking out http://www.sunsail.co.uk/