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Best Sailing Destinations in the Caribbean

Stunning sunsets, vibrant reefs, turquoise seas and unspoilt beaches, no other destination on the planet offers such idyllic sailing holidays as the Caribbean.

From Cuba – situated south of Miami to the west of the island chain – arching down through Puerto Rico to reach the ABCs (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) off the coast of Venezuela, the opportunities for sailing enthusiasts to create unforgettable vacation memories in this region of the world are endless.

With reliable trade winds blowing in from the coast of North Africa, the winter months (November through to March/April) offer the perfect opportunity to get the sails billowing on your charter yacht. Yet, with temperatures hovering around 80°F/26°C, this is not the winter as most of the world knows it.

There is a vast array of Caribbean destinations that are a poorly kept secret, and understandably so; these are the same islands that deserve to be on every sailor’s itinerary. Pristine beaches, tranquil waters and delightful sunshine attract sailing yachts from the world over.

Fraser Yachts offers a selection of sophisticated sailing vessels, which are available for charter in the Caribbean: PRANA, OHANA, SEDNA, ELLEN and INUKSHUK each offer a unique and special experience of this beautiful part of the world.

Starting to the south of the island chain, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines comprise part of the aptly named Windward Islands. As the name suggests, there is a good breeze to power sailboats between the main island of Saint Vincent and the numerous smaller islands, which fan out to the south. Sailors can be fairly assured of winds between 10 to 25 knots, giving ample opportunity to explore the volcanic landscapes, secluded coves and island cultures that the Caribbean is famous for.

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The Leeward Islands, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea, are found to the north of the Windward islands and are home to some of the most evocative names in Caribbean travel, such as Guadeloupe and Antigua. Boasting a unique blend of French and Dutch colonial heritage, the island of Saint Martin/Saint Maarten is a veritable yachting hub and a great base from which to hop between neighbouring islands Anguilla and St Barts. Also in the Leeward Islands, the British Virgin Islands are arguably the sailing capital of the Caribbean. Devotees appreciate the dramatic scenery, the modern marinas and the animated nightlife.

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With over 700 islands and cays, both inhabited and uninhabited, no day is the same when sailing through the Bahamas. This archipelago, just off the coast of Florida, offers sheltered and relaxed sailing, making it an ideal destination for groups of families and friends. Apart from the idyllic beaches and world class diving, the Bahamas boast arguably the Caribbean’s most unusual highlight: the legendary swimming pigs of the Exumas.

Time to charter a sailing yacht for an unforgettable Caribbean sailing yacht holiday!

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