The Caribbean is an exotic archipelago of unrivalled splendour, offering travellers to the region the opportunity to admire an abundance of natural beauty, vibrant cultures, historical voyages back in time, and a characterful way of life that enjoys a slow pace. The 700 islands, cays and reefs of the island chain are best discovered by water, opening up endless possibilities to create unforgettable memories with a bespoke Caribbean yacht charter itinerary. We’ve compiled the ultimate Caribbean yachting schedule for a three-week charter.
Day 1: The Bahamas
At the northern tip of the archipelago, just off the coast of Miami, is the Bahamas. Every superlative ever used to describe the Caribbean can be applied to a yacht charter in the Bahamas. From uninhabited and secluded cays to long stretches of white, sandy beaches, world-class restaurants and golf courses, the Bahamas has it all. Nassau is the perfect base from which to dive head first into your Caribbean cruising itinerary. Don’t miss a unique opportunity to swim with pigs in the tranquil, turquoise waters of the Exumas – one of the most unique travel experiences.
Day 4: Cuba
Due to recent changes to regulations, Cuba is now accessible to charter yachts and has quickly established itself as one of the in-vogue destinations of the Caribbean. Adventurous seafarers have over 3,000 miles of spectacular coastline to explore, as well as 4,000 stunning coral atolls. In Cuba, the exotic waters teem with wildlife and the stunning scenery paints an awesome picture. Havana’s parties go all night, with the Cuban Son characterising a rich and historic culture. The scents of spiced rum and cigars emanate from cool bars, while dancers demonstrate their passion on the streets. Caribbean yacht charters exist for striking islands like Cuba.
Day 8: British Virgin Islands
Approximately 55 picturesque islands comprise the British Virgin Islands, each of which is veiled in lush vegetation and an unwavering sense of paradise. Drop anchor off the shores of Jost van Dyke – a celebrated yachting hub – before exploring the many bays of Tortola. The British Virgin Islands is one of the best diving spots in the world, with the shipwrecks of the RMS Rhone and Chikuzen waiting to be discovered. The warm Caribbean waters give life to exotic tropical ecosystems, making a BVI yacht charter as much about life under the water’s surface as on top.
Day 13: Anguilla
Anguilla takes its name from the Spanish word for eel, a nod to the thin, flat shape of the island. Somewhat off the beaten path in a region full of dazzling jewels, Anguilla boasts some of the world’s best beaches, such as Shoal Bay and Sandy Ground. We’d definitely recommend spending at least an afternoon at anchor here, making the most of the array of tenders and toys onboard your vessel.
Day 14: St Barths
A short hop away is eternally chic island of St Barths, oozing French colonial charm. Still part sleepy fishing village, part VIP playground, Gustavia Port is the place to be seen if you are chartering a yacht over New Year’s Eve. The island is also buzzing come March for the annual St Barths Bucket sailing regatta.
Day 17: Antigua
Home to the largest yacht show in the Caribbean, Antigua is considered by many to be the yachting capital of the region. Crystalline waters lap onto white-sanded beaches, providing a melodic soundtrack to Island’s laid-back pace of life. Watersports fanatics will find enjoyment at Jabberwock Beach; the warm, shallow waters seem to radiate a turquoise vividness and the reliable wind makes for fantastic kitesurfing and sailing conditions.
Day 19: The Lesser Antilles
Head south towards the Lesser Antilles, the arc-like formation that starts with the Virgin Islands and finishes with Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao off the coast of Venezuela. The chain of islands is guaranteed to offer something to please everyone in your yacht charter group. Choose between Martinique and Dominica for your penultimate stop. The former is a slice of France, famous for its rum and its volcanic interior, while the latter is one of the region’s great secrets – a diminutive destination that packs a punch of hot springs, rainforests and some of the best diving in the region.
Day 21: St Vincent and the Grenadines
The last port of call on a truly memorable journey is St Vincent and the Grenadines, a nation comprising 32 islands. Our favourite islands are Bequia, which is often labeled the perfect Caribbean island, Mustique, a private island popular with high-profile guests, and Tobago Cays, which comprises five secluded and uninhabited islands that boast an extraordinary array of sea life.
Charter S/Y PTARMIGAN in the Caribbean to sail between idyllic destinations in luxury. Built by Nautor’s Swan in 2012, the stunning 24.9m vessel combines excellent performance with unsurpassed comfort. She sleeps up to seven guests in three modern staterooms. With an expansive cockpit for al fresco dining and a retractable swim platform for easy access to the alluring Caribbean waters, the stunning yacht is the perfect charter choice for a winter sailing adventure in 2016/2017.