Beautiful Waters of St. Martin

Beautiful Waters of St. Martin

Written by Missy Johnston

Enjoy a Caribbean yacht charter itinerary on a private charter yacht cruising between the islands of St. Martin, Anguilla, and St. Barths, and then cruise a little beyond to Saba, St. Kitts, Nevis and St. Eustatius. Neither Saba or St. Eustatius have anchoring locations for an overnight stay, but St. Kitts and Nevis do. Cruise on either a sailing yacht or motor yacht to St. Kitts and Nevis from St. Barths, stopping to explore the quaint little island of Saba, its own sovereign state, on the way. And when returning back from St. Kitts and Nevis to St. Barths and St. Martin, stop in St. Eustatius, once a very busy and wealthy trading center in the Caribbean in the 1700’s. The three islands of St. Martin, St. Barths, and Anguilla are fabulous, but mix in a little bit more on your Caribbean yacht charter adventure by including Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts, and Nevis.

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Beautiful Anguilla Beach

Day 1: Arrive in Saint Martin/Sint Maarten. Enjoy brunch on the aft deck while reviewing the itinerary and menus with the captain and chef. Enjoy a siesta on the upper deck while cruising to the quintessential French town of Marigot for a shopping spree in world-class shops and boutiques. Under a starlit sky, enjoy dinner on board or dine ashore at one of the many quaint Caribbean style restaurants.

Day 2: In the morning head to Anguilla which sports one chic beach after another. Snorkel off beautiful reefs in sight of sea turtles and shy rays. Sample the world-class resort of Cap Jaluca or Malliouhana and then relax in the seclusion of Mead’s or Barnes Bay. Overnight on anchor, and perhaps head ashore for the more casual nightlife on Anguilla.

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Gustavia, St. Barths

Day 3: Cruise to St. Barths the San Tropez of the Caribbean, and into the Port of Gustavia St Jean: Café’s, fine shops, exclusive wine stores, galleries and unique boutiques line this harbor. A regular hangout for celebrities, you might happen upon an impromptu concert by Jimmy Buffett at LeSelect. Nightlife abounds in St Barths. There are lovely beaches and anchorages around St. Barths, and chic dining locations as well outside of Gustavia.

Day 4: In the early am cruise to the nearby island of Saba which is only 5 square miles, but is definitely worth visiting. There is not a safe overnight anchorage around this island that has no protected harbor, so this is a day stop only. Take a taxi up to Mt Scenery. At a height of 2855ft, it’s 6 ½ miles of zigzag road. Enjoy views of banana plantations, oleander bushes and stunning ocean views. Visit the many little shops in the village surrounded by clover and lemon grass. Look out for Saba Lace and Spices. In the late afternoon cruise to St. Kitts. Overnight on anchor.

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Saba Island Home

Day 5: Positioned with her sister island Nevis, between Montserrat and St. Eustatius, St. Kitts is an island of varied terrain from volcanic peaks covered with lush green vegetation (usually hidden by the huge mists that circle it), rolling sugar cane fields, to the arid, undeveloped southeast peninsula with sandy coves. Before heading out to view the island, which still maintains its Sugar Cane Plantation French and British flavor, a trip around the capital will show the Circus, Independence Square, the market, St Georges Church and Caribelle Batik Factory. Enjoy a ride to see Brimstone Hill, a fort built in 1690 on the peak of a sulfuric prominence, known as the Gibraltar of the West Indies. The island is still laid out in the plantation lots, determined in the 1700’s. The rainforests are largely unspoiled and untrammeled (mostly due to their lack of developed roads.) Hike into nature at Mt. Liamuiga from either Harris or Belmont Estate. A guide is helpful for the trek through the orchid-flecked forest to the lip of the volcanic peak, at about 2,000 feet. Keep your eyes open for the Vervet Green Monkeys, that French plantation owners brought to the area as pets for their families, in the 1800’s, and now there are more monkeys than people on both St. Kitts, and Nevis. Don’t forget to take in High Tea at the Golden Lemon.

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St. Kitts Sugar Cane Fields

Day 6: It is just a hop, skip and a jump to nearby Nevis. From the top of the 3,232-foot Nevis Peak to the depths of the clear waters offshore, there is a world of flora and fauna to be explored. In the hills, the comical green vervet monkeys chatter and scamper. Visit the beautiful botanical gardens or the wedding site of Horatio Nelson and Fanny Nesbit. This island jewel is approximately 7 miles long and 5 miles wide, with natural vegetation that is unparalleled. Enjoy a horseback ride to the top of the volcano, or a tour of the island, which has a unique and different feel from St. Kitts. Perhaps sample locally made Elderberry Wine.

Nevis Old Sugar Mill Building

Nevis Old Sugar Mill Building

Day 7: Close by, between St. Kitts, Nevis and Saba, is the small island of St. Eustatius, that is a sleepy barely settled island now that was once a center of trade in the 1700’s, where American Revolutionary War Ships bought guns to outfit the Colonial Soldiers. Evidence of past wealth can be seen in the remnants of warehouses along the inner harbor. Under the command of the Dutch West India Company, Statia was a duty free neutral trading port, with a large protected harbor sitting right in the middle of British, French and Spanish Caribbean Islands. Statia’s economy flourished in the 1700’s from trade and the island became known as “The Golden Rock”. It was this very sale of munitions to the fledgling American Colonies that led to the demise of St. Eustatius; as in retaliation for the sale of goods to the Colonies

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Fort Oranje St. Eustatius

during the Revolutionary War, the British blockaded the harbor in St. Eustatius, conquered the island and brought the island under British rule. After, the wealth on the island was plundered by the Britishand locals were stripped of power and money. St. Eustatius fell into obscurity and now is the barely inhabited island we see today. Enjoy a morning visit, cruising, in the afternoon to St. Barts, for one last night of chic nightlife.

Day 8: Head to St. Martin to disembark your Caribbean yacht charter.