Looking for an escape that welcomes you with temperate year-round weather and 2,000 miles of coastline along clear-blue ocean water?
Then look no further than the Caribbean islands, often referred to as a yacht vacation paradise. More than 7,000 land masses including islands, islets, reefs, and cays await your exploration, and when you're ready for some time on land, the natural wonders of volcanoes, waterfalls, and underwater hot springs are the perfect location for hikes, sunbathing, and sightseeing. And, of course, don't forget all of the local shopping!
No matter what yacht suits you, you'll find the perfect charter in the Caribbean. Considering manning your own sailboat or catamaran? Or does a luxurious, fully staffed mega yacht sound more to your liking? Regardless, numerous companies are available to create a getaway that introduces you to one of the most beautiful parts of the planet, with the clear blue sea and sky as an unmatched backdrop.
If you choose to include the Bahamas in your excursion, one option is to fly into Miami and charter your yacht from there to North Cat Cay, a private island just 50 nautical miles from the Florida port. Although membership in the Cat Cay Yacht Club is required to stay, the island serves as an official port of entry for visiting yachts. From there, you can check out other Bahamian destinations, including Marsh Harbor on Abaco Island, offering gentle trade winds to guide you through the coral reefs teeming with underwater sea life. Another stop in the Bahamas may include Nassau, where you can dive with the sharks, catch a round of golf, or try your odds at one of the island's casinos.
Down in the Caribbean, start in the Virgin Islands, which include the US islands of St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. Johns, plus the British isles of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, and Anegada. Gorgeous beaches, luxurious hotels, snorkeling and diving, shipwrecks, fabulous restaurants, and engaging nightlife welcome you to the islands and provide endless opportunities.
Your journey continues in Antigua and Barbuda. Historically the most important Caribbean base, Antigua remains a strong draw for tourists, especially during sailing week. Barbuda offers treasures to explore from all of the shipwrecks in the area as well as one of the region's most significant bird sanctuaries.
Switch languages to French with your next stop in Martinique, where the capital of Fort de France will surprise you with its sights, sounds, and smells. Shop in the markets for fresh fruits and vegetables, spices, and flowers to accompany your fresh catch—whether you reel it in yourself or purchase it from one of the local fishermen.