The idyllic natural beauty of the Caribbean makes it a sailor’s paradise. In fact, the Caribbean is the second largest yacht charter destination in the world. There are a variety of fascinating countries and island groups to suit your group’s vacation desires. Below, we’ve outlined top destinations on Caribbean yacht charters.
The most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. Anguilla lies about 12 miles north of Saint Martin and 60 miles northwest of Saint Kitts. Known for wonderful hospitality and unforgettable cuisine, Anguilla makes for a tranquil escape from the daily grind.
Easy to explore, you’ll quickly fall in love with the beaches, vibrant houses and Anguilla’s beautiful lookout spots. Additionally, there’s great fishing, and diving for active yachters, while a sail to East End Pond conservation will reveal rare marine species.
Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda is an independent Commonwealth country. The two islands and several smaller islands, located where the Atlantic and Caribbean meet, are known for pink and white-sandy beaches, rainforests friendly, crystal clear waters, and a nearly perfect climate.
Boasting 365 beaches, Antigua’s shoreline is hard to beat. Natural beauty is met by fascinating history, old military fortresses and nautical artifacts. Antigua and Barbuda are well-known yacht destinations due to their trade winds and sheltered harbors. Interestingly, they’ve held this acclaim since the 1600s.
British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands consists of four main islands and many smaller ones. It’s known for its reef-lined beaches and as a world-class yachting destination. Tortola Island has great waves and plenty of shopping, On the other hand, Virgin Gorda is a natural haven of mountain trails, seawater Baths and serene beaches. If you’re keen on fishing, sail to Scrub Island where calm waters are perfect for learning to sail. Snorkelers and divers will love Cooper and Salt Islands, home of top diving sites, complete with storied shipwrecks.
US Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands, which is a US territory, consists of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix. Conveniently, the USVI is a US territory, therefore US residents do not need a passport to enter. Not far from their sandy beaches, numerous adventure activities including zip lining, diving and hiking can be found in the USVI. In addition, the interesting, and difficult past can also be viewed in St. Croix’s museums and by visiting old plantation homes.
This Caribbean island is an unincorporated U.S. territory with a landscape of mountains and waterfalls. San Juan, the capital and largest city, bustles with activity and interesting military history. Puerto Rico is also home to rainforests, sanctuaries and incredible beaches like Playa Flamenco. Equally important, U.S. citizens can also travel to Puerto Rico without a passport.
Guadeloupe is a French overseas island group in the southern Caribbean Sea, nestled below Antigua and Barbuda. When viewed from above, the island group resembles a butterfly, which has become a symbol of the islands. Coral reefs lie just south of the main islands, wrapped by lovely, long stretches of beach. Waterfalls, natural baths and sugarcane fields are just some of the unique attractions you can visit on your Caribbean yacht charter.
This mountainous Caribbean island is known for its natural hot springs and tropical rainforests. Dominica is in fact a volcanic island with rich soils, and a primarily forested interior. The mountains and dense growths are the backdrop to colorful wildlife including parrots and rare amphibians.
Marked by a unique blend of French and West Indian cultures, Martinique is an overseas region of France. Situated just south of Dominica, Martinique is home to breathtaking natural landscapes, parks, botanical gardens, waterfalls and colonial past.
Home to the dramatic Piton mountains, Saint Lucia also boasts volcanic beaches, reefs, and waterfalls. The southern and western shores afford gorgeous views form high atop the Piton mountains, while the northern port cities and surrounding area can be explored by kayak, or a round of golf.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Jazz music is at the heart of this southern Caribbean nation. Comprised of 32 islands, they offer everything from luxurious spas, to live music and uninhabited islands for snorkeling. Easily combine your trip to St. Vincent and the Grenadines with neighboring St. Lucia for an incredible journey.
Also known as “the Spice Island,” Grenada captivates with its unspoiled beaches and authentic Caribbean atmosphere. Often visited alongside the Grenadines, Grenada’s warm culture will make you want to stay longer.