Cruise the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean starting in the the half French and half Dutch Island of St. Martin; home to both an international commercial airport and an international private airport, St. Martin is the perfect starting point for a luxury yacht charter through the unique Caribbean Islands of St. Barts, Anguilla, Saba, St. Kitts, Montserrat, Nevis, Antigua, and Antigua & Barbuda. Explore the very French side of St. Martin by visiting Marigot and Grand Case before heading to Anguilla, and then on to St. Barths. Close by are the unique islands of Saba, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat, which are great to include in a one week yacht charter out of St. Martin ending in Antigua. Enjoy the warm trade winds and have hours of fun in the sun, sand, and water on your private yacht charter.
St. Martin – Antigua
Arrive in Saint Martin/Sint Maarten. A Spectacular brunch on the aft deck is the ideal opportunity to review the itinerary and menus with the captain and chef. Enjoy a siesta on the upper deck as your Captain heads your yacht off to the quintessential French town of Marigot for a shopping spree in world-class shops and boutiques. Under a starlit sky, indulge in a sumptuous dinner on board or dine ashore at one of the many quaint Caribbean style restaurants.
Enjoy sightseeing at Market Square, the ruins of Fort St Louis or the Musee de Saint-Martin, which showcases the indigenous and colonial history of the island. Later a car and driver will take you to Grand Case, where cafes and bistros line the waterfront. As you sip a casual cocktail, your yacht slips into the bay and drops anchor.
Anguilla sports one chic beach after another. Snorkel off beautiful reefs in sight of sea turtles and shy rays. Sample the world-class resort of Cap Jaluca or Malliouhana and then relax in the seclusion of Mead’s or Barnes Bay. Enjoy a dinner cruise to the St Tropez of the Caribbean – St. Barts.
Port of Gustavia St Jean: Café’s, fine shops, exclusive wine stores, galleries and unique boutiques line this harbor. A regular hangout for celebrities, you might happen upon an impromptu concert by Jimmy Buffett at LeSelect. Nightlife abounds in St Barts, so pace yourself with a nap. Hotel Carl Gustaf offers stunning sunset views. Steam overnight to Saba or leave early AM.
Saba is only 5 square miles, but is definitely worth visiting. Take a taxi up to Mt Scenery. At a height of 2855ft, it’s 6 ½ miles of zigzag road. Enjoy views of banana plantations, oleander bushes and stunning ocean views. Visit the many little shops in the village surrounded by clover and lemon grass. Look out for Saba Lace and Spices. There is excellent diving around the deep waters. Enjoy dinner ashore or on the tranquility of the aft deck.
St Kitts: Positioned with her sister island Nevis, between Montserrat and St. Eustatius, St. Kitts’ is an island of varied terrain from volcanic peaks covered with lush green vegetation (usually hidden by the huge mists that circle it), rolling sugar cane fields, to the arid, undeveloped southeast peninsula with sandy coves. Before heading out to view the island, which still maintains its French and British flavor, a trip around the capital will show the Circus, Independence Square, the market, St Georges Church and Caribelle Batik Factory. Enjoy a ride to see Brimstone Hill, a fort built in 1690 on the peak of a sulfuric prominence, known as the Gibraltar of the West Indies. The rainforests are largely unspoiled and untrammeled (mostly due to their lack of developed roads.) Hike into nature at Mt. Liamuiga from either Harris or Belmont Estate. A guide is helpful for the trek through the orchid-flecked forest to the lip of the volcanic peak, at about 2,000 feet. Don’t forget to take in High Tea at the Golden Lemon. Time to steam off to Nevis.
NEVIS: From the top of the 3,232-foot Nevis Peak to the depths of the clear waters offshore, there is a world of flora and fauna to be explored. In the hills, the comical green vervet monkeys chatter and scamper. Visit the beautiful botanical gardens or the wedding site of Horatio Nelson. This island jewel is approximately 7 miles long and 5 miles wide, with natural vegetation that is uparalleled.
Montserrat, coined the “Emerald Isle of the Caribbean” by Columbus because of its lush mountainous landscape, is a British Crown Colony today, populated by English-speaking citizens of Irish heritage. The eruption of Soufriere Hills Volcano in the south of the island has led to the evacuation and relocation of residents beyond the Exclusion Zone.
This part of Montserrat is dangerous and is also illegal to enter. However, closely steaming by can provide a very interesting glimpse of recent volcanic action and lava flows.
Antigua: Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbor is probably the prettiest piece of living history in the Caribbean today. Once the base for Admiral Horatio Nelson’s fleet in the 18th Century, it is now a busy destination for super yachts and cruisers alike. Visit the many shops and museums in the dockyard.
Anchor at Green Island and take the launch ashore to the beautiful Harmony Hall for Lunch and a visit to their Art Gallery and gift store. A visit up to Shirley Heights is a must; the views of Monserrat and Guadeloupe on a clear day are spectacular. A traditional “Jump up” with steel bands is the favorite entertainment for Sunday afternoons. For those who enjoy a little casino nightlife, take a taxi to St James Club.