The Caribbean is definitely known to be the hotspot for a yacht holiday during the months of November through to July. The question is, what makes a yacht charter in the Caribbean so special?
1. The Gustavia Harbor in St. Barts
Gustavia, first claimed by France in 1648, has become the busiest port in the whole of the Caribbean. Formerly the home to trade boats, the Harbor has now become a popular pit stop for luxury yachts. Gustavia is renowned for its shopping and top-end boutiques, excellent gourmet restaurants and a crazy nightlife. Gustavia Harbor is the place to be in the Caribbean on New Year’s Eve!
2. Yachting Events in Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua
Located in the English Harbor, Nelson’s Dockyard is a preserved cultural heritage site in Antigua, one of the most famous of the West Indies islands. Don’t miss the Antigua Sailing Week and Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, both taking place in April. Whether you prefer classic ketches, sloops, schooners and Tall Ships, or faster, racier boats, these events are sure make quite a sailing spectacle. Of course all this is complemented by the world-renowned Antiguan hospitality, plenty of rum and sunshine!
White-Sand beaches of the British Virgin Islands (BVI)
Located on the East side of Puerto Rico, the British Virgin Islands are known to be one of the world’s top sailing yacht destinations. As well as deserted beautiful white sand beaches there are plenty of anchorages, making travelling by yacht an easier way to visit the less accessible islands. If you’re a fan of yachting events, do not miss the Spring Regatta, which is a seven-day sailing yacht race.
3. Diving in Anegada in BVI
Anegada is the northernmost of the British Virgin Islands. Formed from coral and limestone, it is the prime scuba-diving location in the Caribbean and the only uninhabited island of the BVIs. Anegada is home to the largest barrier coral reef in the whole of the Caribbean, better known as Horseshoe Reef. The reef is over 18 miles in length, has an abundance of marine life as well as hundreds of shipwrecks. Even though anchoring is now illegal on Horseshoe Reef, it is definitely worth a visit.
4. Hiking in Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe is a group of islands situated the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antillies. Moor your luxury superyacht in the port and explore the islands for yourself. Go diving in some of the islands most stunning waters, especially Pain du Sucre. If you are really adventurous, why not hike to the famous La Soufriere, Guadeloupe’s most famous active volcano (don’t worry, it hasn’t erupted in years!). The views from the volcano are absolutely breath taking, excellent photo opportunities await.
5. St Kitts
Another of the Leeward Islands, St Kitts is bursting with history and culture. Having a surface area of only 168 square meters, it is home to a population of approximately 35,000 people. St Kitts is best known for Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, which is home to the largest fortress ever built in the Eastern Caribbean. Climb up to the fortress, and then spend the rest of the day relaxing in Basseterre Bay, the ultimate location to anchor your superyacht.
6. A Sunset in St. Lucia
Named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse by the French in 1660, the volcanic island of St Lucia is part of the Windward Islands. Cruise over to Marigot Bay on your yacht and admire the stunning rainforests and greenery. In the early evening head out to sea and wait for the sun to set; it will be the most romantic view you will witness in your lifetime.
With the Caribbean made up of so many islands, there is an abundance of fantastic things to do and see to make your yacht holiday rock! If you are looking to cruise the Caribbean, chartering a superyacht gives you the opportunity to discover the best the region has to offer.
Article courtesy of Denison Super Yacht Division. Contact Denison Superyachts at http://www.denisonsuperyachts.com to book a luxury yacht charter in the Caribbean today.
By Lauren Schmitt