Yacht Charter Holidays in the Caribbean: A Fact File
The Caribbean is comprised of over 700 islands and cays that range from densely populated to completely uninhabited and as a result, this region is a popular superyacht charter destination due to the number of untouched beaches and excellent current-free, crystal clear waters filled with colourful fish and thriving reefs. Friendly locals and a melting pot of cultures add to the charm of each destination, ensuring that there is always something else to see in this historically unique region. Read the Essential Full Caribbean Yacht Charter Guide
Things to Consider:
Yachting Seasons & Climate:
The tropical and sub-tropical climates in the Caribbean are affected by trade winds that produce lush rain forests and desert regions. Throughout the year, the majority of islands have a humid environment and stable temperatures in the 20s°C/60s°F, climbing higher in the summer months.
Although the hurricane season runs from June to November, most hurricanes occur between August and September and luxury yacht charterers are advised to avoid the hurricane belt during these months.
Clothing to Pack for Your Charter:
Most of the Caribbean islands dress smart casual and expensive jewellery is usually out on show at popular superyacht destinations such as St Barths and St Maarten. Due to the humidity, guests will want to wear as few layers as possible in natural materials, with plenty of room for movement and airflow.
Main Ports and Marinas:
Antigua Yacht Club Marina, Antigua Slipway, Falmouth Harbour Marina, Jolly Harbour Marina, Nelson's Dockyard Marina, St. James's Club Marina, Port St. Charles Marina, Belize Yacht Club Marina, Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour, Clarkes Court Bay Marina, Port Louis Marina, The Grenada Yacht Club, Marina Bas-du-Fort, Martinique Marin Yacht Harbour, Rodney Bay Marina, Bobby's Marina, Simpson Bay Marina, Captain Oliver's Resort, The Lagoon Marina & Hotel, CrewsInn Marina, Caicos Marina & Shipyard, Crown Bay Marina
Famous Restaurants & Clubs:
Parallel 23 (Turks and Caicos), Blue (Cayman Islands), The Cliff at Cap (St. Lucia), Balter (St. Croix), Soggy Dollar Bar (Jost Van Dyke/BVI), Sunset Bar & Grill (St. Maarten), Foxy’s Tamarind Bar (Jost Van Dyke/BVI), Paradise Club (Tortola/BVI), Bikini Beach (St. Martin), Basil’s Beach Bar (Mustique/St. Vincent & the Grenadines), La Plage (St. Barth)
A Must See Attraction:
The Baths (Virgin Gorda), The Pitons (St. Lucia), Soufriere Hills Volcano (Montserrat), National Museum and Art Gallery (Trinidad & Tobago), Elvis’s Beach Bar (Anguilla),
Best beaches to visit in your superyacht:
Arashi Beach, Morne Rouge Beach, Magazine Beach, Grand Anse Beach, La Sagesse, La Grande-Anse, La Porte d'Enfer, Anse du Souffleur, Le Gosier, Iles des Saintes, Grande Anse d'Arlet, Ilet Chevalier, Anse Céron, Anse Couleuvre, Anse du Gouverneur, Anse de Grande Saline, Anse Colombier, Buccament Bay, Indian Bay, Petit Byahaut, Richmond Beach, Maho Beach, Anse Cochon, Sandy Beach, Reduit Beach, Choc Beach, Plantation Beach, Vigie Beach, Laborie Beach, Macaroni Beach, Jamesby Beach, Baradal Beach, Saltwhistle Bay, Brewer's Bay, Long Bay, Smugglers' Cove, Marina Cay
Local Yacht Events:
Nelson's Pursuit Race Antigua, Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Sailing Race, Grenada Sailing Week, Grenada to Antigua Adventure, Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta, RORC Caribbean 600, Heineken St Maarten Regatta, St Thomas International Regatta, BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival, Bequia Spring Regatta, Les Voiles de St Barth, Antigua Sailing Week, Antigua to Bermuda Race
Best time to go:
Winter-spring to avoid the hurricane season and visit during the regatta season. The region is popular with superyacht owners and charterers through to May, when the focus shifts to the Mediterranean.
Further Charter Information
Yacht Rentals Available:
Go here for the current list of yacht rentals in the Caribbean.
Full Caribbean Yacht Charter Guide:
Go here for the Caribbean Yacht Charter Guide.
Read the latest superyacht news about the Caribbean.
Basic Holiday Info Summary
Currency: US Dollar ($/USD), Eastern Caribbean Dollar ($/XCD), Euro (€/EUR)
Official languages: English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Haitian Creole, and Papiamento
Main religions: Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Rastafarianism, Amerindian Religion, Yoruba, Bahá'í, Sikhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Javanism
Area: 2,754,000 km² (1,063,000 sq mi)