06 October

Plenty of options for Caribbean charter this winter season

With its clear, sparkling waters, white powder sand beaches, stunning diving and relaxed and welcoming atmosphere the Caribbean has rightly earned a reputation as one of the yachting industry’s most popular cruising grounds. Although some parts of the Caribbean suffered heartbreaking damage in recent prolific storms, IYC and the Caribbean yachting community are looking to spread the message that a great many Caribbean destinations are still very much open and represent excellent charter options for this winter season.

As an added bonus to the Caribbean being the ultimate paradisiac destination, chartering a yacht is an ideal way to maintain vital tourism within the wider Caribbean and support those affected areas as they look to rebuild and recover. IYC’s teams are committed to doing all that they can to work with the Caribbean community and help the regrowth of affected areas to restore them to their pristine state. The happy spirit and beautiful sights that make the Caribbean so popular remain unchanged and huge gains have already been made in restoring hit areas to their former glory.

While some of the traditional yachting hubs, including St Maarten and the BVIs, are currently a “work in progress”  there are plenty of destinations that are unaffected or will be well recovered to choose from, with no compromise on the unforgettable charter experience that the Caribbean is known for. For those who  habitually charter in these established cruising areas,this could also be the ideal excuse to visit a different destination and enjoy a new part of the Caribbean’s extensive offerings. The many options for winter charter include the Windward Islands, Martinique, St Lucia, the Grenadines and the popular Bahamas. With plenty of stunning areas to explore, you will be spoilt for choice.IYC has a wealth of experience in the region, with offices in St Maarten and nearby Florida, to ensure that all our charter clients are in good hands and receive full support from IYC’s expert network at all times to enjoy the perfect charter experience.

The Bahamas is an enduringly popular destination, thanks to its stunning warm waters and close proximity to nearby Florida, and offers a host of areas to explore and enjoy with an exciting range of yachts on offer in the area. With more than 700 islands and keys, the characterful archipelago of the Bahamas is the perfect escape and home to countless unspoiled beaches, a relaxed onshore vibe and stunning diving and snorkeling options.

The Windward Islands are another good choice for winter charter, with Martinique and all islands to the south – including St Lucia, the Grenadines and Grenada – and other popular spots such as Antigua, St Kitts and Nevis all spared from the major storms. Antigua is an ideal location, as a long established yachting hub with extensive infrastructure and a host of onshore offerings to complement the on-water delights. Antigua is also in easy reach of beautiful St Kitts and Nevis and the yachting hotspot St Barts, which was hit but working hard to be open again shortly.

Further south, St Lucia is an appealing charter option with easy air access and well-developed marinas. This is an especially good choice for those looking for a taste of adventure, with St Lucia offering beautiful mountainous rainforests to explore and incredible snorkeling, beaches and anchorages to visit. The archetypal Caribbean destination, that first helped to cement the Caribbean as the ultimate charter destination, this is the perfect area to visit and enjoy.

For Caribbean charter inspiration view our destination guides here or talk to your Charter Consultant to plan an unforgettable bespoke Caribbean yachting experience, or to have any of your questions around cruising in the Caribbean answered. 

For more information on IYC’s range of services please contact the IYC office most convenient to you. IYC has offices in Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Miami, Newport, Nantucket, St. Maarten, Monaco, Greece, Croatia, Barcelona, Montenegro, Scandinavia, Malta and Russia. To contact an IYC office click here.