Barbados Yacht Charter Guide
Barbados is known for sun, sea, sand and rum! With all the elements of a perfect Caribbean yacht vacation, on shore you will discover that the island has even more to offer. Small but developed, the island exudes the energy and joy of its people and is full of activities and experiences to be had. Its blended history makes an intriguing culture where English afternoon teas and cricket are followed by fish sandwiches on the beach and horse rides through mountainous jungles – look out for the wild monkeys. A private yacht charter will take you to soft golden sands with azure waters, bustling towns with excellent restaurants, and lagoons where you can take advantage of your yacht’s onboard toys.
Key Cruising Areas: Barbados is the perfect start for a Caribbean cruise. Explore the Leeward islands or the further Antilles.
Don’t Miss: The Caribbean is famous for its rum, and nowhere less so than Barbados. As well as an essential element of tropical cocktails, rum is a part of the history and culture of the island. Visit the prestigious 300-year-old Mount Gay distillery for a glimpse into the history of this industry, with tasters!
Best Spots for Wining and Dining: Barbados may be the best place to eat in the Caribbean with many dining options including high-end restaurants. The excellent Cliff restaurant is dramatically perched above a glittering cove, with beautiful décor and exquisite food. Try the shrimp ravioli, but save space for one of their famous desserts.
Local Culture: With a rich history the capital city, Bridgetown, has become a UNESCO world heritage site. Wander around the National Heroes Square, see the impressive architecture of the parliament buildings or for a great introduction to the culture take a Bajan walking food tour around downtown, where you will learn about the history that shaped the island and taste local specialties.
Best Beach: Home to some of the best villas on the island, Gibbes Beach is a favourite of the yachting crowd and celebrities. Anchor in the bay then enjoy the soft golden sand, incredible blue water and the magnificent villas!
IYC recommends: Walk through Old Town and seek out The Gourmet Shop. Pick up some fruit, breads, local specialties and maybe a few souvenir coconut bowls, then ask your crew to pack you an evening picnic to enjoy under a star studded night sky.
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