Written by Missy Johnston

CARIB

Where Else but the Caribbean!?

The cold weather begins to settle in, or maybe it’s the same winter humdrum. Brighten your outlook and think “Yacht Charter in the Caribbean” for a refreshing winter holiday break!

With warm trade winds and clear, magical waters, hours of water fun await you in the Caribbean. Wander the clean sand beaches, swim or snorkel in the crystal clear waters. Hike the rain forests, or look for Green Vervet Monkeys, sea turtles, and dolphins. There are endless options when it comes to this beautiful yacht charter destination.

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The Caribbean is a year-round charter destination; however, the best time for clear skies and sunny days is from early December through June. Start planning early if a Christmas or New Year Holiday is of interest, or for weeks in February through Easter, often Spring Break weeks for various school holidays. Once a time frame is chosen, you can move on to the fun part and choose an itinerary with specific destinations!

Choosing where in the Caribbean to explore can be difficult as there are so many great options, but here is some helpful information to narrow down the choices:
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Snorkeling The Baths

The British Virgin Islands provide the calmest cruising ground in the Sir Francis Drake Channel in the middle of a ring of lovely islands. The entire cruising area is 30-40 miles, so visiting many islands during your charter is easy, just jumping from one protected anchorage to another. With such calm waters, catamarans are a great option, and more catamarans are available here for charter than any other Caribbean location. More charter yachts with onboard diving are also located here, for diving shipwrecks hundreds of years old.

Further south, with a touch of French flair, are St. Martin, St. Barths, and Anguilla. St. Barths is the place to see and be seen for New Year’s Eve. Shop the boutiques and dance the year away. Long sandy beaches mark Anguilla as an excellent beach location.

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Green Vervet Monkey

Have you ever been further south to Saba, St. Eustacia, Nevis, St. Kitts, Antigua and Barbuda? This area full of Caribbean history touched by Admiral Nelson, Alexander Hamilton, colonial sugar plantation life, English, French, Spanish, and Dutch occupation, and, of course, pirates. Colonial French plantation owners brought Green Vervet monkeys to plantation life on Nevis and St. Kitts to entertain their children. There are now more monkeys on each island than people.

Let’s not forget the Grenadines and Grenada, which include the Tobago Cays. Here you will find fabulous snorkeling, the island of the striking and chic, Bequia, where whaling is still practiced under sail with harpoons, Grenada, the island of spices, with spice fragrances brought by the wind when approaching, and lastly the island of Mustique, vacation home of Princess Anne and the famous Basil’s Bar.

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Tobago Cays-Grenadines

The Caribbean is a vast cruising ground offering many options, all well-known and available through CharterWorld with Missy Johnston.