Hot Destinations of the Caribbean to Visit on a Luxury Yacht
Palm-fringed beaches, warm waters, colonial history and lots of adventure await you in the Caribbean. Visit beautiful Barbados - a tropical island where afternoon tea and cricket are very popular - or the pretty island of Saint Lucia, or Grand Cayman which offers up the perfect combination relaxation and adventure above and below the waves. Sunbathe, snorkel and dive along white sand shores, and on the many islands, you’ll discover lush green forests, bustling ports and delicious cuisine.
Every island has its own unique personality: Martinique is elegant, Grenada has a very attractive port, and St Kitts is known for its diverse diving sites. Go mountain biking in Bermuda, soak up the friendly atmosphere of Curacao or just relax under the bluest of skies.
The Caribbean is more glorious than you ever imagined with its rapidly changing seas, tranquil spots to see amazing marine life and magical dive sites. Push your boundaries to the limit on a zip line in Labadee or enjoy an off-road safari along the rocky, rugged coastline. With so many hotspots to anchor at in the Caribbean, there’s no shortage of things to do and see. From medieval structures overlooking golden sands, impressive scenery as well as calm serenity, make the Caribbean your next destination.
If it’s paradise you’re after on a yacht charter vacation, then the Bahamas certainly take some beating. With their mild climate, white sandy beaches and warm sea, these islands are a dream location. Take the opportunity to explore the many cays, and for scuba divers, there are spectacular barrier reefs to see, some several thousands of years old. This location in the Caribbean has excellent sailing conditions too with shallow waters in the Abaco Sea. Why not try deep sea fishing or a day tour of Nassau on New Providence Island? If you’re going ashore and love shopping, Bay Street is the best place to visit. You’ll get a very warm welcome from the inhabitants here who are friendly and laid back.
Remember to call at the Sunbury Plantation House, a huge Jacobean mansion built when sugar cane was farmed here. If you want a taste of the local rum, check out the Mount Gay Rum Distillery. For those who enjoy the vibrant nightlife, Nassau has many restaurants, nightclubs, casinos and bars. After a fantastic night, recover on the beach the next day before boarding your superyacht charter to sail onward to the next island in the Caribbean.
Sail into the heart of paradise that’s known as the Virgin Islands. With their riot of colour, magnetic draw and dramatic views, these islands are a must on any yacht charter itinerary. Known for their white sandy beaches, sensational reefs and lush green hills, the Virgin Islands make for a splendid destination. Explore the secluded bays, idyllic coves, hiking trails, national parks and romantic retreats. The main islands here are St. John, St. Thomas and St. Croix. St. John is tranquil offering quiet pathways in the forests, elegant boutique shopping and exciting bars. St. Thomas is also a shopper’s dream and ideal for those who like to dance the night away. The quaint island of St. Croix is adorned with pretty Danish colonial buildings and has great dining options.
All of the islands here are unique with their beautiful anchorages and superb beaches. Why not visit the sugar plantations and learn about the Virgin Islands’ history? For those who enjoy more energetic activities, there’s kayaking, hiking, snorkelling and surfing. With so much to see and do, the Virgin Islands has everything and more for visitors all year round. One of the not-to-be-missed activities is a visit to the 700ft high sky lift in Charlotte Amalie. Enjoy the most spectacular views of the town and surrounding area, so put it on your to-see list as soon as possible.
St. Barts or Saint Barthelemy is a volcanic island surrounded by shallow reefs. The capital is Gustavia where the main harbour is located. A very popular tourist destination, St. Barts’ culture, cuisine and language are distinctly French and this heritage combined with the Caribbean atmosphere turn this island into a destination your group will certainly enjoy.
Breathe in the gorgeous perfumed spices and bougainvillaea as you walk along quaint streets. There’s style, glamour and a relaxing atmosphere in St. Barts as well as some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Everything about the island oozes beauty and elegance from small fishing villages, precipitous hills, marine parks right through to the underwater marine life. With surreal diving sites, you can venture beyond the reefs to see a dazzling world under the seas.
Each year St. Barts is host to sailing and yachting events, one of which is the highly competitive St. Barts Bucket. Roman Abramovich holds his yearly New Year’s Eve party here on board his superyacht, ECLIPSE. If you plan to take your vacation over the New Year, sink into the Jacuzzi and prepare to be dazzled with a glittering firework display which lights up the midnight skies.
Antigua is one of the Leeward Islands located in the Caribbean. It’s an island in the West Indies and is also known as Wadadli or Waladli by the locals. With its warm winds, beautiful harbours and a wall of coral reef, it was also the destination of Admiral Nelson in 1784. Antigua has a stunning coastline with white powdery, sandy beaches and waters that attract divers from around the globe. Temperatures here are very pleasant in the winter and rise in the summer months. Enjoy sailing to some of Antigua’s exclusive resorts, past magical bays and impressive inlets.
Antigua is a haven for yacht charter visitors who love to dine in fabulous restaurants and shop in beautiful boutiques. Don’t miss Nelson’s Dockyard National Park which is an iconic landmark on this lovely island. St. John's is the island’s capital and is not to be missed either; here you can see the dramatic Baroque styled St. John’s Cathedral which dominates the sky line, and nearby at Stingray City, you can feed stingrays and learn more about these friendly, captivating creatures.
Part of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean, St. Martin is two countries in one. It’s divided by its northern French side, Saint-Martin and the southern Dutch side, Sint Maarten. Home to sugar-white sandy beaches, magnificent coves, delicious cuisine and captivating nightlife, St. Martin is a favourite location on the yacht charter circuit. St. Martin has a lovely warm climate all year round, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and friendly locals. From your charter yacht why not take a tour of the island to tropical forests, sun-drenched beaches and interesting fishing villages? There are also sunset boat trips, diving adventures, nightclubs, casinos and beach parties to enjoy.
This unique Caribbean island has it all from great food and plenty of shops and boutiques to fantastic beaches, water sports and a huge choice of nightlife. Whenever you decide to drop anchor at St. Martin, expect a warm welcome as you have the time of your life. One thing’s for sure: You won’t get bored in St. Martin. Each year there’s the Heineken Regatta, so plan your visit to coincide with this popular yearly yacht race. There’s also the popular St. Martin Carnival and year-round you can listen to the live calypso music, watch parades of dancers, try the tasty, local cuisine and have fun - it’s what yacht charter vacations are all about.
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