A tantalising chain of palm-fringed islands that create beautifully long summer days, the Caribbean Sea is one of the world’s best catamaran rental spots, and an ideal winter sun destination for a bareboat, skippered or crewed catamaran charter. Steady trade winds blow a consistent 15 knot E breeze perfect for a fun catamaran bareboat charter in a warm kaleidoscopic paradise.
The Caribbean islands can be split into roughly four groups: the Greater Antilles with Cuba, Jamaica and Puerto Rico, and the Lesser Antilles, which is dividable into the Leeward island and Windward island groups. The popular Leeward islands group run from the Virgin Island groups to Guadeloupe and Dominica. Antigua, St Lucia and the British Virgin Island chain are amongst the best options for sailing in the Caribbean.
Wickhams Cay and Nanny Cay marina on Tortola in the BVI are often viewed as the home of Caribbean catamaran and sailboat charter, where you can visit the Baths on Virgin Gorda, anchor off Jost Van Dyke, Peter Island, Cooper Island or Norman Island, and see the flamingoes on Anegada!
On the US Virgin Island side, St Thomas is a superb place to start a weeklong sailing vacation down to St John.
The Grenadines group are fantastic for anyone looking for adventure above and below the water. Start in St Vincent, Le Marin (Martinique), or Grenada (rich with the scent of nutmeg) and charter a catamaran to sail the stunning chain of 32 mostly uninhabited islands that make up St Vincent and the Grenadines in the Lesser Antilles.
Snorkellers and divers are particularly well-served here with 65 miles of vibrant coral reef, and hundreds of species of reef fish, such as parrotfish and groupers, as well as eagle rays and green sea turtles.
Sail your catamaran charter alongside a palm-fringed anchorage for a starlit dinner on the deck and make an early start to sail the Caribbean waves towards St Lucia’s iconic jade coastline.
From St Martin it’s an effortless enough journey to fish-shaped St Kitts for parties at Frigate Bay South, Antigua for its astounding coral reefs and breathtaking beaches, or the US Virgin Islands to eat conch fritters while exploring a delectable collection of near 100 islands.
The sailing season in the Caribbean is long and mostly predictable. It extends from December to April and is distinguished by near-perfect weather with long sunny days and a steady sail pushed along by the reliable trade winds. Temperatures are mild, generally hovering around the mid-20s for much of the high season, only raising to the early-30s once the rainy season hits.
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