Weather can make or break a sailing trip. That’s why you want to book somewhere with reliable sunshine, consistent winds and warm temperatures; and Antilles is just that! If you rent a boat making sure you avoid hurricane season (June 1st- November 30th), winds are mild, and Caribbean sun keeps everyone living in a bikini, so conditions for a sailboat charter could not be more ideal.
The landscapes of Antilles are dramatic, diverse and breathtaking. You’ll see mountains, volcanoes, rainforest, lagoons, and reefs during your sailboat charter, so get your camera ready! If you rent from the British Virgin Islands, drop anchor at Virgin Gorda and take a trip to the ‘baths’, where huge granite boulders have created translucent tidal pools, tunnels and arches; perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Or if you’re renting or navigating around St. Lucia, you won’t be able to miss the two iconic volcanoes: The Pitons. The higher of which stands at 2619ft, and if you’re game for a revitalizing trek through dense forest, will give you stunning views from the peak of the island and its idyllic surroundings.
If you’re looking for the best of the best beaches for your sailboat charter, you’re looking in the right place. Renowned for their paradisiacal beaches, the islands of Antilles truly deserve their reputation, and do not disappoint. Grenada’s ‘Grand Anse Beach’ is a perfect example; with glistening topaz waters and brilliant white, powdery sands bordered by palms and vegetation, it’s an image of perfection. Or rent your sailboat from Antigua, where you’ll find pink sands in ‘Half Moon Bay’ and a true escape on ‘Darkwood Beach’, where a ban on building has kept it from developing into a tourist hotspot, and still feels relatively secluded.
The islands of Antilles offer more than just sailing… there are countless exciting, adrenaline-pumping experiences you will have the opportunity to do during your sailboat charter. Head to St. Lucia and zip wire through the emerald forest canopy and kayak in the surrounding sapphire waters, or hike through the cloud forest in Puerto Rico. Kitesurf in Saint Martin, or snorkel in the Grenadines and see magnificent corals in Tobago Cays marine park. If you’re a nature enthusiast, head to the Dominican Republic between January and March for humpback whale watching, as 80% of their world population mates and calves here during this period!
The cuisine of Antilles is a fusion of influences, from tradition Caribbean foods, to colonial European influences, to African, to Indian… As a result, their dishes are packed full of diverse, vibrant flavours! Islands such as Guadeloupe have Indian, French and African influences, and a sailboat charter here will give you the chance to try specialities such as Bokit (fried bread packed with meat, cheese and vinegar-based sauces). Another favourite is seafood throughout Antilles, and it can be found in dishes like ‘Accras’ (fritters typically filled with cod, lobster or shrimp). This is especially popular in Guadeloupe and Martinique, the latter of which is also famed for its octopus dishes, so drop anchor and head onland to sample the local culinary excellence.
The islands of Antilles have various international airports, keeping them well connected and easily accessible. Airport – sailboat charter base transfers can be organized at an extra cost, just inform your GlobeSailor advisor!
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