A boat rental in the Antilles is a wonderful opportunity to discover this paradise destination. The Caribbean offers many points of anchorages, bays and coves which make it a perfect destination to charter a catamaran, a motor boat or a sailboat. Hire a boat in the Antilles and see the landscapes of your dreams. On board your chartered yacht in the Antilles you will have the holiday of a lifetime in one of the hottest sailing destinations. Rent a boat in the Antilles and head for marvellous destinations such as the Dominincan Republic, Barbados, Martinique and Saint-Martin. ...more information
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With its heavenly beaches, sheltered anchorages and turquoise lagoons, the Antilles are an ideal destination for an exceptional cruise. However, to make the most of your cruise in the Antilles, it is essential to know a bit about the sailing conditions in this Caribbean archipelago.
To start with, all seasons aren't suitable for a cruise in the Antilles. As a matter of fact, between the 15th of July and the 15th of November, the Antilles can be an area prone to cyclones. It is therefore better to choose to sail during the European winter season (from December to April) to enjoy optimal sailing conditions. However, it is possible to sail outside of that time span, as long as you follow some basic rules to help you face rain squalls and tropical depressions. During the cyclone season, it is advised to sail in the southern part of the Antilles because the most violent cyclones are above 10° north.
Besides, weather conditions require constant vigilance. The Antilles are in a favoured region for trade winds, which are regular winds often blowing below force 6 on the Beaufort scale. This consistency makes sailing in the Antilles easier. However, boaters must be extremely wary of sea squalls that strengthen winds - some gusty winds may reach up to 40 knots! - and bring heavy rainfalls.
Outside of the cyclone season, sailing conditions in the Antilles are quite easy. As the islands are fairly close to each other, you can navigate visually. Be aware, though, to keep in mind a few dangers to avoid such as coral reefs or buoys and beacons, which are sometimes insufficient on some islands. You should also be careful with the force of currents, which can take you by surprise and move the boat off course.
Regarding navigation, don’t forget that in this area the buoyage system is reversed compared to the European one: when arriving by sea, red buoys will therefore be passed on the starboard side!
Finally, it is recommended to sail in the morning and to plan to finish quite early in the day as night falls very quickly in the Antilles. This way, you will be able to enjoy all the attractions this destination has to offer with total peace of mind: exploration of the exceptional sea bed, sunbathing on board your sailboat and swimming in the warm clear waters will all become part of your everyday life!
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