A tropical climate maintains even temperatures throughout the year, ranging from 28C to 31C during the day and 23C to 25C at night.
A tropical climate keeps the clear waters warm year-round, ranging from 25C in February to 28C in August.
July through November is considered hurricane season between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. The wettest months are from July to November while January to June to the driest.
The Caribbean is a great yacht charter destinations for beginner to experienced level sailors. The best time to charter a yacht and sail is during the winter months December to May, to avoid the hottest time of year and hurricane season. Hurricane season is typically August to November. A sailing license or certificate is not required for bareboat and flotilla yacht charters but you will be asked to provide a sailing resume. If you are on a skippered bareboat or cabin charter, you do not require any experience or certification to sail with a skipper.
|Bahamas/BVI||Great novice charter destination. Line of sight navigation and easy mooring at anchorages. Care must be taken for shallow water in the Bahamas.|
Antigua/St Martin/Cuba /Martinique
|Good intermediate charter destination, with seasonal variations. It is advised that you have experience with anchoring and mooring as conditions vary.|
|Some longer passages through Atlantic swell requiring knowledge of navigation, stronger wind conditions, leeway and deeper water anchoring.|
The Caribbean offers consistent easterly winds from December through June, known as the Christmas trade winds. You can expect 10-15mph winds that build in the afternoon and subside at sunset. The seas in smaller protected island chains such as the British Virgin Islands tend to have a wave height of less than one-meter. However, passages between major island groups have the full affect of open Atlantic swell and waves can range from one-five meters. Tides are minimal in the Caribbean ranging between 10-50cm.
Along the Bahamas and Caribbean archipelagoes there are many well-organized marinas offering berths and services ashore for yachtsman. There are also thousands of anchorages. In order to protect the marine environment from anchors, some areas provide mooring balls designed for different sized yachts. Sailors can tie off to these mooring balls and make payment to a local representative. Lines ashore are also used sometimes so boats do not swing overnight. In other cases private charter companies have installed mooring balls for their charter guests.
The Caribbean operates under region B of the international navigational system - red right return.
The island of the 'jet set' from Hollywood and other royal personalities of the world! Luxurious hotels, private villas, selected bars and gourmet restaurants compose a sophisticated universe in the heart of this tropical paradise.
Is 25 miles south of Martinique and is a developing island nation with mountainous rain forests. Yacht charters originate from Rodney and Marigot bay, but the highlight of St Lucia is anchoring off the majestic Piton peaks in the south of the island.
The first night can be a sleep over in Le Marin marina Martinique. If there is time after unpacking and provisioning sail the open passage between Martinique and St Lucia and moor in Rodney bay. Walk the beach and join the afternoon beach party. Of interest are Fort Rodney Park and the actual fort, which is perched up on the point overlooking the passage.
Sail the calm leeward side of St Lucia to the majestic Piton peaks where you can swim, snorkel or hike to a hot waterfall and enjoy lunch under the well known towering landmarks. Later, sail the channel to the lovely shores of St Vincent and Wallilabou bay - a small quaint bay and beach with a friendly bar and restaurant ashore.
Sail early to Bequia island St Vincent, for a dive with a local scuba operator. There are many exceptional scuba diving sites around Bequia for all experience levels. In the evening have an excellent seafood dinner in Admiralty bay and enjoy bar hopping along the shore of this famous buccaneer bay.
There is time for provisioning at the open market on shore or a morning scuba dive. After an early lunch sail for the highlight of the tour, the Tobago Cays. This is an enchanting anchorage protected by fringing reefs and coral atolls, but it faces the open Atlantic Ocean. The coral atolls are great for snorkeling and beachcombing and the fabulous azure lagoon setting is paradise. Enjoy grilled lobster aboard from one of the local fishermen or your own catch of the day, as there is good fishing for Bonito tuna between islands.
Sail out early on a north heading arriving at St Vincent in the afternoon. Experience the Bat Cave and do an extraordinary afternoon snorkel or dive (with rental gear) through the cave. Dine aboard.
Start the day with an early morning snorkel or dive at Byahaut Point then sail all day for Marigot Bay and spend a night exploring the scene ashore.
Swim and bid farewell to the Grenadines and sail for the beautiful beach and enchanting town of St Anne's, Martinique. Spend the evening ashore in a wonderful Creole restaurant.