Yacht charter Martinique
Croissants and rum punch, snow-white beaches and black volcanic sand, jungles and a bustling metropolis – Martinique is an island of contrasts.
Centrally located in the heart of the Caribbean, Martinique is part of the Lesser Antilles.
The island was discovered by Christopher Columbus and officially became part of France in 1815. Since 1946 it has been an overseas department and part of the European Union, which means you can pay in euros in the middle of the Caribbean.
While the southern coast of Martinique is gentle and green, the northern coast thrills with spectacular cliffs, black beaches and a powerful Atlantic swell. Surfers will be in their element! Martinique’s beaches are fantastic and of course best discovered from an anchored yacht. Order a planteur at one of the small beach bars and surrender yourself to the Caribbean way of life!
A stunning view of the island can be enjoyed from Mount Pelée, the cone of a dormant volcano. Tip: set out early in the morning and take plenty of water with you!
The starting point for a yacht charter trip on Martinique is the Le Marin charter base, a large marina equipped with all amenities. Other charming destinations such as the Grenadines are just a day’s sail away.
Yacht charter St. Martin
If you’re looking for a more challenging area of the Caribbean to sail, then Saint Martin/Sint Maarten is just the ticket.
The volcanic island in the north of the Leeward Islands consists of a Dutch part (Sint Maarten) and a French part (Saint Martin). The latter is an overseas department of France, while the Dutch part of Sint Maarten is an independent nation within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The coexistence of the French and Dutch elements makes for an interesting cultural combination and the relaxed, laid-back style can be seen in daily life on the island. Caribbean and European culture are blended together here like no other place in the Leeward Islands. Marigot, for example, exudes the flair of a resort on the Côte d’Azur. The finest beaches are located in the north and on the east coast, complete with casual beach bars and live music.
It’s not without reason that the sailing area around St. Martin is considered to be challenging. To make sure that you can handle the conditions, most fleet operators require proof of sailing experience before you can charter a yacht in St. Martin.
Antigua has as many beaches as there are days in the year, so it’s little wonder that its inhabitants radiate such exceptional cheerfulness und warmth!
With its gentle swell and steady trade winds, Antigua’s waters are renowned as some of the best sailing areas in the world. There’s a reason why the Caribbean’s first sailing regatta, the Antigua Sailing Week, enjoys such a long tradition here.
Antigua and Barbuda, its sister island, are located at a latitude of 17° 5'N and a longitude of 61° 48'W. Antigua is the biggest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean. Barbuda is a largely flat coral island that is sparsely populated and located approximately 30 miles north of Antigua.
With its craggy coastline, sheltered harbour and surrounding coal reefs, Antigua was the ideal place for the English fleet to be stationed during Colonial times. Horatio Nelson, one of His Majesty’s most famous admirals, ordered the construction of a glorious dockyard in 1784.
Today, 200 years later, sailors have the pleasure of mooring at Nelson’s Pier in English Harbour. As the dockyard has been lovingly restored, it feels like you are stepping back in time to the days of the old seafarers.
A charter trip on Antigua usually begins in Jolly Harbor, an excellently equipped marina with restaurants, a supermarket, boutiques and much more. From here you can calmly embark on your voyage to discover Antigua’s 365 beaches!
Lively Franco-English culture, exotic flowers, rare fruits and fiery food – there’s a reason why Grenada is known as “the spice island”! Grenada is also the springboard to the Grenadines, one of the most beautiful sailing areas in the Caribbean.
Grenada consists of six islands and is part of the Lesser Antilles.
Your charter trip begins in Port Louis Marina, where you’ll find everything you need for your journey. From here the trade winds will carry you to the enchanting Grenadines, with their turquoise water and palm beaches.
Ahead of you await destinations such as the Tobago Cays, Salt Whistle Bay, Mustique and the whaling island of Bequia, which are all well worth a visit with your charter yacht. Whether you are looking for seclusion, yearn to stare up at the stars at night or fancy organising a lobster barbecue on the beach, the Grenadines offers something for everyone.
But before you discover the Grenadines, you should take time to discover Grenada. You’ll find superb beaches such as the Grand Anse, lively markets and the annual highlight that is the carnival.
The cornucopia of mild and pungent aromas of Grenada will transport you to another world – don’t miss this opportunity to savour the delights of the island of spices!
Yachtcharter St. Vincent and the Grenadines
The best word to describe St. Vincent and the Grenadines would be “idyllic”; here you’ll find unspoiled nature spread over 32 charming islands and islets.
The group of islands belongs to the Lesser Antilles; only nine of them are inhabited. The biggest, St. Vincent, is your gateway to the Grenadines.
Beginning your charter yacht trip on St. Vincent, with its active volcano La Soufrière and its black and white beaches, you can set out to explore the natural beauty of the islands. On St. Vincent you’ll also find the oldest botanical garden in the Caribbean, filled with exotic plants, flowers and birds.
Sail through the turquoise waters of the Grenadines and discover enchanting scenes of pristine white beaches and palm trees. Bequia’s fascinating history as a whaling centre is omnipresent on the island, while on Mustique you can spot an array of stars and celebrities working on their tans. If you prefer a quieter vibe, let the trade winds carry you to the Tobago Cays and marvel at the spectacular biodiversity of the coral reefs.
Every island has its own special character. Union, the southernmost island of the Grenadines, is sometimes referred to as the Tahiti of the Caribbean.
Wherever the wind may take you, the unique beauty of the Grenadines will make for an unforgettable Caribbean sailing holiday!
Yachtcharter British Virgin Islands
Steady trade winds, 60 idyllic islands with their own distinct character, a stylish ambience and a touch of buccaneer adventure: the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are one of the most breathtaking and exciting sailing areas in the world.
Like a series of green cones, the islands of volcanic origin rise up from the Caribbean Sea along the Francis Drake Channel. The infamous Sir Francis Drake used the maze of islands as the basis for his raids as a privateer on the world’s seas. Other pirates did the same, which is why one of the biggest islands is named after the freebooter Jost van Dyke.
From the main island of Tortola, all of the islands lie within a half day’s sailing. You’ll find yourself spoilt for choice, as fantastic anchorages or secure moorings are available for your yachtcharter on virtually all of the 60 islands.
One of the most exclusive yacht clubs in the world, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, has a clubhouse on the island of Virgin Gorda. If you anchor with your yacht in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda, you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the magnificent luxury yachts of its club members.
The island of Anegada is enough to fill a whole chapter by itself. It is the only of the British Virgin Islands that is not created from a volcano but is formed from coral sand. The surrounding reef requires precise navigation. Once you have reached the anchorage, you will be lavishly rewarded with mesmerising turquoise water and a delicious lobster dinner directly on the beach.
Shaped like a boomerang, the chain of islands known as the Abacos stretches almost 130 miles from Walkers Cay in the north to Hole-in-the-Wall in the south. The islands are located roughly 175 miles east of Palm Beach, Florida, and 106 miles north of Nassau. Abaco is the second largest island in the Bahama and is generally cooler than the other islands. In summer its average temperature is between 26 and 29 degrees Celsius.
Once notorious as a den of pirates, the Abacos are today considered to be a safe area for yachts, protected by the coral reefs that have grown over thousands of years. One of the biggest coral reefs stretches 180 kilometres and shields the Abacos from the Atlantic. The group of islands is renowned for its abundance of fish and the hospitality of its inhabitants.
Hope Town, founded in 1875 by the British, still has many monuments from the Colonial period, such as Toad Hall, which was built in 1880, and the butterfly house. A historical lighthouse dating from 1860 can also be seen on the southeast reef.
South of the Pelican Cays National Park, the sandy ground is covered for kilometres with starfish and a magnificently colourful underwater world awaits you.
Discover the island paradise of the Bahamas on your exclusive yacht!