- Currency: USD are accepted across the island, though the Antillean guilder is the official currency
- Language: English, French and Dutch
- Normal Starting day: Saturday
- When to visit: December to April is the high season and the best option for most sailors
- Tipping etiquette: A tip of about 15% - 20% is typical for good service
Luxury Yacht Charter St Martin
Hire a private yacht charter skipper, kick back and enjoy a luxury week on the water, cruising from beautiful island to remote anchorage, and from bustling town quay to sensational coral reef. What could be better than a crewed charter in St. Martin?
But with so much out there to choose from, it can be difficult to find the right sailing yacht or catamaran for your group. That’s where we come in.
With years of experience in luxury crewed yacht charter and St Martin crewed catamaran sailing vacations, our expert brokers can sort the wheat from the chaff and select the perfect luxury charter yacht to suit your group.
When to visit St Martin
St Martin is a veritable paradise for sailors, with the year-round sun (temperatures rarely drop under 25C) only briefly giving way for the showers that characterise the wet season.
The sailing season starts in December and lasts until the end of April, sometimes prolonging into June, though it's not uncommon to see yachts all year round.
Winds are gentle in the morning, increasing in strength as the afternoon takes hold, and excellent visibility is afforded to sailors for the entire sailing season.
The ever-popular St Martin Carnival is held in February on the French side of the island, while the Dutch hold off until April, spreading vibrant parades, calypso, and steelpan bands across the streets of St. Maarten.
For dedicated racing sailors, the legendary St Martin Heineken Regatta brings 200 boats from the Windward Islands and Virgin Island chains across the Caribbean Sea for four days of racing and entertainment every March.
- Low Season
Heavy but short-lived rains characterise the wet season in St. Martin, with the worst weather generally hitting the island in November, and the occasional thunderstorm signalling a call to port. And like much of the Eastern Caribbean, the rainy season comes with a risk of hurricanes, which are most likely to hit in August and September.
- Peak Season
December and January are the driest months with the largest crowds, although the balmy weather endures well into February and March. The daylong sunshine keeps beaches perfect and waters warm for all manner of water sports, while billowing sails reflect in those delightful Caribbean blues. On Saint Martin, the wind tends to blow stronger in the afternoon causing small, manageable swells, but overall the sea remains calm and easygoing, like the people.
- Late Season
The late season stays sunny and mild in April and May, with brief rains announcing the approach of the hurricane season, gradually worsening into July. June sees the crowds thin considerably, and while the occasional shower may delay you, the conditions remain perfect for even the most novice sailors, particularly those sailing St. Martin by catamaran.
St Martin highlights
Begin your sailing trip to St. Martin with an immersive walk through Philipsburg, the Dutch capital, to marvel at windows stuffed with the promises of duty-free shopping, including French wine, Dutch cheese, and Guavaberry: Saint Martin’s national liqueur.
Walk up to the historic walls of Fort Amsterdam for the staggering vistas of the shore and sea, and to take in the unusual display of rusty European cannons pointed out to ships long since sunk. Journey further inland, high up Sentry Hill (the highest point on Saint Martin) for panoramic views, taking in the curved bays and lush rainforests. Afterwards, wander back down to town for a lunch of Conch and Dumplings on Old Street before setting sail to the wide blue wilderness of the Caribbean.
Sail towards French Saint Martin, stopping, for the bizarre sight of Maho Beach and the planes scraping just above into Princess Juliana International Airport, to transition from the party-like atmosphere of Dutch Sint Maarten to the serene island walks and chic beach bars of French Saint-Martin. Pay a visit to Loterie Farm beach club that drips with a laidback bohemian-chic, with languid huts and treehouses leading to hiking trails and a zipline set amongst 100 acres of mahogany and mango trees. From here, point your yacht in the direction of Marigot Bay to ascend to Fort St. Louis, St. Martin’s largest historical monument, with views of Marigot, Simpson Bay and even Anguilla on a clear day.
Sail three miles northeast from Anse Marcel beach and you’ll find the uninhabited island of Tintamarre, perfect for a lunch with engrossing views. There are plenty of rustic beaches and good hiking at the Red Rock Cliff, or sail to the east side of Saint Martin to vibrant Orient Bay for a spot of sunbathing on the two-mile-long white sand beach, or mask up and explore the coral reef before refuelling with a cocktail on Bikini Beach. Anchor off the eastern coast at Grand Case to indulge in a gourmet French/ Creole dinner with a bottle of French wine, or a rum cocktail.
Larger crewed yachts and adventurous bareboat charter sailors can head south east, crossing 16nm to glamorous, cosmopolitan Saint Barth (aka St Bart/St Barth), famous for the Saint Barts Bucket superyacht regatta.
- Day 1 - Marina Fort Luis to Grand Case
- Day 2 - Grand Case to Orient Bay, St Martin
- Day 3 - Orient Bay to Gustavia
- Day 4 - Gustavia to Anse de Colombier
- Day 5 - Anse de Colombier to Philipsburg
- Day 6 - Philipsburg to Road Bay, Anguilla
- Day 7 - Road Bay to Marigot, St. Martin
If any of the boats above are along the right lines, you can enquire straight away from the boat page, or get a little help from an expert St Martin yacht charter broker.
And the best bit is you don’t even need any sailing experience, - you can opt for a skippered charter and just kick back while they take care of the sailing, and maybe learn a rope or two.