Caribbean Islands: Yacht Charter Paradise
Caribbean Islands are the perfect playground for yachtsmen. There’s an endless variety of anchorages and activities in truly spectacular settings. Turquoise waters, white sand beaches, verdant landscapes and picture-postcard harbors.
Crewed luxury yachts usually offer charter itineraries in one of several Caribbean island groups. The most visited are the Leeward Islands, which include the Virgin Islands, and the Windward Islands. Together these comprise the islands of the Lesser Antilles.
Colonization by various European nations has left its mark. Each island has a unique history, evolution and character. Some are trendy and sophisticated, others are very laid back. You’ll discover fine French restaurants, quaint British tea shops, Dutch colonial architecture and Spanish forts. These cultural phenomena help distinguish one place in paradise from the other.
The Leeward Islands
These islands are in the “Lee” of the wind. In other words, the prevailing trade winds are blowing towards them. This is sheer perfection for sailors, windsurfers and kiteboarders. The islands form a major part of the chain called the Caribbean Lesser Antilles. They extend from the British Virgin Islands in the north to Dominica in the south.
The Leeward Islands consist of the Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Martin, Saint Barts, Anguilla, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saba, Montserrat, Guadeloupe and Dominica. Most of the islands are volcanic, with lush mountains, primeval rain forests, and black and white sand beaches. Offshore coral reefs offer excellent snorkeling spots and world-class shipwreck dives.
The Virgin Islands
In the western island group of the Leeward Islands, the United States Virgin Islands of St. Thomas and St. John are within a few hours sail of the British Virgin Islands; Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and Anegada. On a week-long yacht charter you can visit a different island every day and sleep in a new and exciting anchorage every night. Read more:
The Windward Islands
The Windward islands extend from Martinique in the north to Trinidad in the south. They are on the windier and wetter side of the Lesser Antilles. Here thick, lush rain forests blanket the sides of ancient volcanoes. Waterfalls cascade down from the heights. The flora and fauna are exotic. The diving and snorkeling are spectacular.
Martinique, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago comprise the Windwards. Read more:
Caribbean islands are a very popular charter destination. Islanders go out of their way to be welcoming and helpful. There are resources and infrastructure to please everyone. Tee off at an internationally renowned golf course. Indulge at a world-class spa. Try competitive yacht racing, sport fishing or kite surfing. Experience some of the best snorkeling and diving sites in the world.
Your Captain works with you to personalize your itinerary. Plan shore excursions and water sports activities according to your preferences and abilities. For romance and privacy, navigate to pristine beaches. Drop anchor in secluded coves. Be pampered by your crew and enjoy a retreat in paradise free from any disturbance. Take a vacation that will excite your senses, expand your horizons, and grant you the precious gift of time spent with family and friends.
Contact Select Yachts expert charter brokers to design the perfect charter vacation for you and your charter guests. We do what’s right for you: right islands, right vessel, right crew.