Choose the Caribbean for a winter charter escape. IYC’s top Caribbean recommendations.
It is not without reason that a Caribbean yacht charter has earned itself a reputation as a must-do luxury vacation. Soft white sands, azure waters, vibrant cultures and countless dining options make the region a timelessly appealing choice for those looking to escape the demands of everyday life.
While devastating hurricanes hit parts of the Caribbean in 2017, prompting impressive recovery efforts in the affected areas, for the 70% of the region that was unaffected it is business as usual, welcoming large numbers of cruising superyachts. Of the areas affected, huge progress has been made in restoring the majority of tourist destinations back to full strength, with the most popular destinations already reopened or scheduled for opening by the end of 2018. In other words, the Caribbean is still holding its own as one of the best destinations in the world for a superyacht charter, with a large fleet of stunning charter Yachts in the region to choose from. And, an unexpected bonus, many destinations that were affected have used the opportunity to rebuild even better than before.
Here are IYC’s recommendations on some of the incredible Caribbean destinations to visit by yacht this winter
An iconic Caribbean destination, the spirit of St Barths was not broken by hurricane damage, and impressive efforts have meant 100 percent recovery work is due by the end of 2018. A hugely popular New Year destination, St Barths is the place to see and be seen over the new year period, watching incredible fireworks and coming ashore to enjoy some of the island’s legendary nightlife. Visit the glitzy Nikki Beach, or Eden Rock Hotel, which has its grand reopening in December 2018. Or why not simply make the most of St Barths’ welcoming atmosphere and beautiful beaches and scenery? Relax, drink in your surroundings and enjoy the St Barths vibe.
Completely recovered from the minimal hurricane damage, Antigua is a natural yachting hub, with Falmouth Harbour a popular destination for superyachts and plenty of events during peak season including Antigua Sailing Week. But, above all, it is the incredible surroundings and own unique culture that makes it so popular. Boasting a rich history, thanks to its colonial past, with an English flavour, Antigua is filled with beautiful buildings and a historic feel. Vast numbers of stunning beaches – one for every day the year, as the locals claim! – leave visiting yachts spoiled for choice. Explore the clear waters, before relaxing back on board. For those who want to let their hair down, Antigua also has a great night life.
A wild, untouched flavor, paired with modern marina facilities and plenty of on-shore luxury options, St Kitts & Nevis offer something for everybody. The islands have their own personality – bustling St Kitts is a vibrant destination, while Nevis offers a more relaxed feel. Known for incredible diving, this area is paradise for lovers of the underwater world. Dive on wrecks, visit underwater formations, or marvel at incredible corals.
St Lucia is known for its unforgettable cruising and wide variety of activities on offer. Enjoy a hike in lush forests, dive in pristine waters, take in the striking volcanic landscapes, or come ashore and be welcomed like family. Cruising southwards will take you to the archipelago of St Vincent, where the many islets dotted throughout the water make for a stunning sight.
Other popular destinations, all at full strength, include: Aruba, Bahamas (including the popular Exumas), Barbados, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Jamaica, Martinique and the Grenadines, and Trinidad & Tobago.
To plan your own Caribbean yacht charter talk to your IYC charter broker to craft your own luxury charter experience.
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