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Princess Juliana International airport in St Martin is a 10 minute taxi ride from Marigot. Saturday is best spent visiting and exploring the town and beaches before coming to the marina and boarding.
Airport to Marina Fort Lois base: Taxis can be found at the airport and it is a short 10-minute drive to the base.
Spend the day exploring and stroll around the pretty town duty free shopping and sipping coffee at the sidewalk cafes. Board at 5pm.
After breakfast depart through the Dutch Bridge on the way to Road Bay on the British island of Anguilla. Enjoy a leisurely morning sail and after lunch at Road Bay go ashore to mingle with the locals at Johnos bar and enjoy the live jazz music. See the locally made sailboats on the beach ready for the next regatta, which is the national sport of Anguilla.
Set off for Prickly Pear Cays, a remote uninhabited rocky atoll with amazing bird life and unspoiled lagoon surrounded by a living coral reef. Snorkel to the white powdery beach and over the magnificent coral. Explore the water of little bay where schools of small fish totally surround you and you can see the pelicans diving. This area and has been designated as a marine park providing excellent snorkelling and swimming in the azure waters.
Leave Anguilla behind and enjoy a leisurly sail back to St Martin and Roche Creol do some snorkelling, then enter Anse Marsel marina, where you will have an opportunity to walk the grounds of the Radisson hotel. After a short stop, motor to Grand Case where you can dine ashore in the gourmet Capital of the Caribbean.
After breakfast head off around the north end of the island into Pinel island (Il. Pinel), here you can go ashore, enjoy the beach, beach bars, gift shops, hiking, snorkelling and kayaking. Snorkeling on Pinel is known to be the best snorkeling in St Martin as the snorkel trail is protected by the marine reserve. There are guidlines to follow in order to protect its natural state. Overnight at Pinel Island.
Depart for two hours of open ocean sailing stopping at Fourche (fork island), this island is the rocky remains of an extinct volcano with nothing but lizards and cactus. Spend several hours in this magnificent moonscape surrounding, for those who like to climb the to the summit there are spectacular views. After lunch sail to the bay of Colombier on Saint Bart’s, you can spend the rest of the day exploring the bay in the kayak, walking on the beach or taking the cliff-path into the next bay where the views are stunning. The bay is in accessible by car and is totally unspoiled. There is also plenty of time for snorkelling to see all the varieties of Caribbean fish you could wish for.
A short sail in the morning takes us to the beautiful harbour of Gustavia, the capital of Saint Bart’s. This island boasts the gateway homes of many celebrities and magnificent mega-yachts . After exploring the wonderful array of old Caribbean houses and varying French shops, and maybe an island tour, enjoy a cocktail at Jimmy Buffett’s “cheeseburger in paradise” café. After lunch take a leisurely sail back to Saint Maarten in time for the Dutch bridge at 5:30pm and then back to Simpson bay marina. Enjoy an exquisite cuisine of your choice ashore tonight.
A tropical climate maintains even temperatures throughout the year, ranging from 28°C to 31°C during the day and 22°C to 26°C at night.
A tropical climate keeps the blue waters warm year-round, ranging from 26°C in February to 29°C in August.
June through November is considered hurricane season between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. The wettest months are from September to December while February to April are 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.
Is a sleepy relaxing paradise with beautiful beaches formed from sea erosion of the coral reefs and shells over thousands of years. The islanders are very friendly and famous for building and sailing their locally made sail boats.
Is a playground for the rich and famous and is known for pristine beaches, fine dining and designer shops.