The Top 7 Places to Charter a Yacht in the Caribbean
When it comes to a dreamy escape, few places rival the magic of chartering a yacht in the Caribbean. Here, we unveil the top 7 destinations that make the Caribbean a haven for those seeking the ultimate yachting adventure.
1. British Virgin Islands – Sailing / Beach Bar Paradise
Coming in at number one places to charter, The British Virgin Islands is the yacht charter dream, featuring hidden coves, fun restaurants, and gorgeous anchorages. Navigate through the famous Baths in Virgin Gorda or snorkel in the vibrant reefs surrounding the islands. Sail up to Anegada, or make your way to the Soggy Dollar bar for a social experience. The archipelago of islands here makes it the top sailing and yachting destination in the entire Caribbean. Seeking out calm flat clear bays or a adrenaline filled sail with fishing, the BVI has it. If you are into beach bar hopping and socializing, its got that too. Learn more about the BVI and its sailing ground here.
2. US Virgin Islands – Tropical Tranquil Paradise
The US Virgin Islands offer a tropical relaxing paradise with stunning beaches and a rich blend of Caribbean and American influences. Discover the historic charm of St. Thomas or relax on the pristine shores of St. John. Magens Bay on St. Thomas makes for a stunning morning walk on its 3/4 mile powder beach. St. John has the most relaxing/calm bays allowing for snorkeling within the park and hikes. Into Shopping? Hit Cruz Bay in St. John or Waterfront on St. Thomas. Be sure to add Lime Out floating taco bar to your list of stops.
3. St. Barts – The Glamorous Gem
Known for its chic atmosphere, St. Barts offers a luxurious playground for yacht enthusiasts. White sandy beaches, trendy boutiques, and high-end dining create an ambiance of pure sophistication. This surely is a place for those seeking a high-end vibe during their charter. Ashore, you will find some insanely delicious restaurants, specializing in French and Italian Cuisine. Be sure to check out yachts in St. Barts and St. Martin if you are interested in a Chic Yacht Charter Experience.
4. Saint Martin/Sint Maarten – Dual Charms
With a unique blend of French and Dutch influences, this dual-nation island offers diverse experiences. Enjoy gourmet French cuisine on one side and vibrant nightlife on the other. This dual-nation island offers a unique blend of French and Dutch influences. Yachters can savor gourmet French cuisine in Marigot or experience the lively nightlife of Philipsburg. The turquoise water surrounding Tintamarre Island and the tranquil beauty of Grand Case Bay are essential stops. For an exquisite dining experience, L’Effet Mer and Bistrot Caraïbes in Grand Case stand out, offering delectable French and Caribbean flavors. The yachting adventure between St. Barts and St. Martin promises a perfect fusion of sophistication, natural beauty, and culinary delights.
5. Grenadines – Nature’s Masterpiece
A string of unspoiled islands, the Grenadines provide a natural spectacle. From Mustique’s exclusive resorts to the Tobago Cays’ marine park, each stop is a brushstroke of nature’s artistry. The grenadines is unique as it provides that “old untouched” Caribbean feel. We love the relaxation we feel while sailing through these islands. The local islanders are truly happy to meet you and tell you stories about these stunning slice of paradise.
6. Bahamas – The Exumas Extravaganza
The Bahamas boasts an array of enchanting spots that captivate yachters. The Exumas, an archipelago of 365 cays and islands, beckon with their mesmerizing blue holes and swimming pigs at Big Major Cay. The Abacos, known for their charming colonial architecture, provide sheltered waters for leisurely sailing and exploration. Nassau, the capital, combines rich history with modern luxury, featuring the bustling Straw Market and the historic Pirates Museum. The ease of reaching the Bahamas from the U.S., with direct flights from major cities and proximity to Florida’s coast, makes it an accessible haven for yacht enthusiasts. With its almost white-bright sandy blue waters, diverse marine life, and gorgeous islands, the Bahamas stands out as a premier yacht charter destination offering a seamless blend of relaxation and adventure.
7. Antigua and Barbuda – Where History Meets Luxury
Nestled in the Eastern Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda form a captivating duo where history seamlessly blends with luxury. Antigua, is renowned as the “Land of 365 Beaches,”. Antigua hosts prestigious events like Antigua Sailing Week, attracting yacht enthusiasts from around the world.. The vibrant local culture comes alive during festivals like Carnival, where music, dance, and colorful costumes showcase the islanders’ joyous spirit. Meanwhile, Barbuda, the quieter counterpart, offers tranquility and a frigate bird sanctuary for a unique and serene escape. Antigua and Barbuda, with their harmonious blend of history, natural beauty, and modern luxury, beckon travelers to a truly enchanting Caribbean experience.
Embark on a journey through these exquisite destinations, where luxury meets adventure in the heart of the Caribbean. Whether you crave glamour, solitude, or natural beauty, each stop promises an unforgettable yacht experience. Start planning your Caribbean escape today!
FAQs – Places to Charter in the Caribbean
1. How do we get to these islands?
Most of these destinations have hubs that allow for international flights directly to them. Should you need assistance or not want to deal with any logistics, allow us to put you in touch with our travel advisor partner Lime Time Travel.
2. What if we want to hit lots of beach bars during our charter?
The BVI’s would absolutely be your best bet for a socialite charter experience! Soggy Dollar, Willy T, Saba Rock, Bitter End Yacht Club, Cooper Island, and Oil Nut bay are just a few to name that can be hit along your charter week.
3. What if we crave an off-the-grid experience?
Chartering a yacht to get off the grid is fantastic, as typically all of your provisions (beverages and meals) will be prepared and already on-board for you. So no need to plan any places to get food or drinks! The US Virgin Islands, Grenadines, and Antigua / Barbuda are great locations to do just this! St. John in the US Virgin Islands is a national park, therefore having very minimal houses or infrastructure.
4. What if we still cant decide?
Reach out to us! We would be more than happy to chat with you on the phone to discuss every single option to help determine which destination would be the best for you and your group.
Embark on a journey through these exquisite places to charter a yacht, where luxury meets adventure in the heart of the Caribbean. Whether you crave glamour, solitude, or natural beauty, each stop promises an unforgettable yacht experience. Start planning your Caribbean escape today!
Caitie Rosko, Contributing Writer and Co-Founder of Uncharted