When every corner of Antilles is a picture-perfect, too-good-to-be-true kind of paradise, it’s obvious why it’s a hotspot for sailors! With topaz waters lapping the shores of exquisite, fine white sandy beaches lined with exotic palms… what else could you want for a yacht charter? Sunshine, blue skies and exhilarating activities and cultures to delve into? Antilles has it all. Diverse and vibrant; each island boasts a truly unique appeal, with distinct traditions, lifestyles, cuisines and landscapes. So, you will be sure to find something to suit every taste if you rent a boat here and with major airports such as Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport, your dream charter holiday is just a few clicks away!
The climate of Antilles could not be more perfect for a yacht charter. Islands such as the British Virgin Islands have become a hotspot for boaters due to its close-to-perfect navigation conditions. Weather tends to be sunny, hot and dry with consistent trade winds blowing from the north-east, at 10-25 knots (aside from in hurricane season). What could be better for a boating holiday?
Antilles is home to some of the world’s most idyllic beaches. Picture: impossibly white sands, translucent, sparkling waters, cloudless blue skies… If you rent a boat from the British Virgin Islands, make sure you take a trip to Sandy Spit, a tiny sugar-white sand islet surrounded by striking topaz waters, or Loblolly Bay, a long stretch of powdery white sands looking out onto crystal-clear, shallow waters. Start your yacht charter from the Dominican Republic to find beaches like Playa Rincon, a breathtakingly perfect, tropical beach surrounded by palm trees and lush vegetation.
Beaches aren’t the only vision of perfection in the islands of Antilles. With picturesque scenery at every turn, it won’t feel like you’re sailing in a real world, but rather a tropical paradise from a dream. A yacht charter in Guadeloupe will give you the opportunity to visit stunning areas like Porte d’Enfer (Gate of Hell), where dramatic limestone cliffs surround a beautiful lagoon of clear, blue waters, creating an impressive landscape. If you’re renting or navigating from St. Lucia, you won’t miss the two Pitons; two volcanic peaks cloaked in dense vegetation, worth the hike if you’re up for it, for some truly incredible views of the island from the peak at 2619 ft. You’ll find your jungle fix in Los Haitises National Park in the Dominican Republic, where thick, tropical vegetation cloaks miles and miles of the park, with countless exotic bird species inhabiting the emerald canopies.
When it comes to fun activities to do during your yacht charter, Antilles has more than enough to offer! Boasting some astonishing shipwrecks and enchanting corals, the islands aren’t just a sailor’s dream, but a diver’s too. A yacht charter in the British Virgin Islands is perfect if you’re a diving enthusiast, with sites such as ‘The Aquarium’ in Virgin Gorda, where large granite boulders create a sheltered 30ft deep area home to reefs, stingray and parrotfish. Nearby by Salt Island, lies the wreck of the RMS Rhone which sunk in 1867 and has become the site of an artificial reef; a fascinating stop on your boat charter to get out the diving/snorkeling gear.
As with much of the Caribbean, the islands of Antilles have a rich colonial history, and you will have the chance to see this is you navigate around this area. With English, French, Spanish and Dutch all being official languages of Antilles, the culture and history is varied and diverse, and worth spending some time exploring! Start your yacht charter from Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic and drop anchor at Santo Domingo, a city which became the first permanent establishment of the ‘New World’. Then sail on to Puerto Rico where the old town of the city of San Juan is charming and colourful, and discover the hints of its Spanish colonial roots!
With a selection of different airports across the archipelago of Antilles, travelling to your destination is kept nice and easy. Once you have arrived, transfers between the airport and yacht charter base can be arranged just let your GlobeSailor advisor know in advance.
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