The Caribbean is the world’s second most popular charter destination for luxury yachts, after the Mediterranean, and is a great choice for superyacht charters, bareboat sailing vacations or dayboat rental with clients visiting a vast region home to more than 7000 individual islands, cays and islets.
Why choose the Caribbean for a luxury yacht charter
Filled with exotic contrasts, it is an appealing cruising and sailing destination for many reasons – island groups flush with beautiful protected anchorages, white powder beaches, turquoise waters, cloud-steeped mountains and interesting colonial ports.
The flora and fauna is incredible from exotic plants, birdlife and butterflies in tropical rainforests to rare wildlife such as the Bahamian Dragon and St Vincent’s Parrot.
You can discover outstanding diving sites in shipwrecks, snorkel amongst coral reefs or try your hand at world class fishing spots.
The vibrant cultures mix French, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish heritage with Afro-Caribbean hospitality resulting in great cuisine and a diverse nightlife.
Whether you’re looking for a superyacht charter for some solitude in St Vincent and the Grenadines, a romantic sailing yacht getaway in the British Virgin Islands or a family vacation on a luxury crewed yacht in Antigua, 212 Yachts can share our recommended Caribbean yacht charter destinations, with a charter itinerary created to your needs and desires.
Where to charter a yacht in the Caribbean
From Cuba in the Greater Antilles, to Trinidad and Tobago in the Lesser Antilles and every Caribbean yacht charter hotspot in between, 212 Yachts are Caribbean yacht charter experts. What makes us special ? We live and breathe yachting, by our very nature, we will go the extra degree to exceed your charter dreams.
Popular Caribbean yacht charter destinations:
Bahamas including Abacos, Berry Islands and the Exumas
British Virgin Islands including Anegada, Cooper Island, Jost Van Dyke, Tortola and Virgin Gorda
Spanish Virgin Islands
St Barts*, St Kitts and Nevis*, St Lucia*, St Martin/St Maarten*
St Vincent and the Grenadines*
The Leeward and Windward Islands (marked * in the list)
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
US Virgin Islands including St Croix, St John and St Thomas*
Top 12 Suggestions for Things to Do on your Caribbean Yacht Charter
- Go diving at Prickley Pear Cays in Anguilla, the Andros Barrier Reef or the R.M.S Rhone shipwreck
- Visit Anegada for fresh lobster on the beach and the salt ponds (home to pink flamingos)
- Join in at the St Kitts & Nevis Carnival (late Dec – early Jan)
- Go big game fishing in Bimini or chase mahi in the U.S Virgin Islands
- Dip your toes in the water at the spectacular pools and grottoes at the Baths at Virgin Gorda
- Sip a rum cocktail at Foxy’s Bar or the Soggy Dollar Bar in the BVI
- Explore the hiking trails at Sandy Cay or Warderick Wells
- Cruise to Guadeloupe for rich Franco-Caribbean diversity from rum to rural farms and beaches to rainforests
- Party the night away on New Year’s Eve at Gustavia Harbor in St Barts
- Relive film action at Thunderball Grotto (James Bond) in the Exumas, or the Grenadines (Pirates of the Caribbean)
- Relax at White Bay Beach before eating the ‘catch of the day’ on Guana Island
- Stroll around picturesque St Georges harbor in Grenada before sampling the local chocolate from Grenada Chocolate Company
When to charter a luxury yacht in the Caribbean
Whether you’re seeking the untamed beauty of a volcanic island with tropical flowers or the bustle of a colonial harbortown with roots in the spices, cotton and sugar trade, the Caribbean has something for everyone year round.
The main high season, with the driest weather, falls between mid-December and April (especially over Christmas/New Year period) when European and North American charter guests arrive, so we recommend you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Many North Americans begin their charters in St Thomas due to flights ; European visitors can easily reach Martinique, Barbados, St Lucia or St Martin.
Many clients book their yacht charter to coincide with lively Caribbean sailing regattas and festivals – some popular ones are :
Grenada Sailing Week (late January)
Heineken St Maarten Regatta (March)
St Barth’s Bucket (March each year)
BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival (late March)
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta (3rd week in April)
Antigua Sailing Week (the last week of April each year)
2017 will see the first Antigua to Bermuda Race in May
Sailing yacht charters find favorable conditions from November to July. The shoulder season from April to July is lovely with warm and steady tradewinds, sunny days and less tourists ashore. Hurricane season is from June to November, though they are not common in the southern Caribbean.
Best Yacht Charter Companies for Caribbean Yacht Rental
212 Yachts understand the portfolio of options available to charter clients is overwhelming, that’s why we strive to find you the perfect yacht for your Caribbean charter so you can spend your time as you wish. Whether you prefer easy island-hopping and stunning beaches or open-water passages and resort towns, contact 212 Yachts today to discuss your Caribbean yacht charter itinerary.