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Skippered yacht charter in Caribbean

  • Skippered yacht charter in Caribbean

Discovery of the Grenadines with a catamaran charter

Embarkment         From December to end of April 

Base                       Le Marin, Martinique

Yacht                     Choice of the catamaran

Airport                  Fort de France, Martinique

The Tobago Cays Marine Park is located in the Grenadines. With its Caribbean white sandy beaches, coconut palms, deliciously warm year-round climate and perfect trade winds, it’s no wonder a true paradise for sailors and adventurers.

Croisière avec skipper aux Caraïbes

Eco-adventurers will love the abundance of the Grenadine rainforest. St. Vincent’s Vermont Nature Trail promises memorable hikes among exotic tropical flora and unique creatures such as the St. Vincent’s parrot.

From the sandy beaches of Mustique to the volcanoes of Grenada, many of the islands and coves are only accessible by boat, so renting a sailboat is the best way to take full advantage of all that is on offer. Add the Tobago Cays National Marine Park to your itinerary, where you can get up close and personal with its colourful coral reefs and exotic marine life. Stop for a swim on one of the pristine sandy beaches or snorkel to explore the underwater life.

In such a green part of the world, you’re sure to find some of the freshest Caribbean fruit. Try sweet tropical pineapple, coconut, juicy mangoes, papaya, starfruit, passion fruit, pomegranate, crisp golden apples and guava. Breadfruit is also very present in regional cuisine and is often associated with fish. The Grenadines are also known as “The Spice Islands”, so the markets are filled with aromas of aniseed, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric and cloves.

Croisière avec skipper aux Caraïbes

If you are fleeing the hectic pace of your daily life, the Grenadines offer an idyllic paradise for those who crave a truly relaxing getaway.

Croisière avec skipper aux Caraïbes

During your sailing cruise, discover green turtles in the Tobago Cays Marine Park. The best place to spot them is the only natural sanctuary in the Grenadines, just off the southeast coast of Baradal. Watch them swim gracefully or dive into the clear, shallow water and swim alongside them.

Navigation conditions

The Caribbean enjoys year-round sunshine and average temperatures between 24°C and 32°C, making it a very popular destination for yacht charter. The climate of most of the islands is tropical, but moderated by the dominant north-easterly trade winds, although they are often hot and humid. Water temperatures range from 22°C to 31°C.
Although temperatures are warm all year round, there is a rainy season from May to October, so the best time to sail in the Grenadines is usually between December and April.

The yacht

Depending on the level of comfort, the desired performance and your budget, we will look for the yacht best suited to your criteria.
Through our network of partners we will find the ideal yacht for your future cruise.
We will privilege catamarans, they offer a good living space and comfort. The cabins are spacious and have their own en-suite bathroom. The catamarans for rent are relatively fast depending on the model, have a good manoeuvrability and allow you to sail with little heel. They offer good safety with their twin engines and have a larger water reserve compared to monohulls.

Itinerary 15 days 

The itinerary below is a suggestion.
It will be made according to the weather conditions, your wishes and the skipper.
 

Saturday 5 p.m. – Welcome aboard / Marina Le Marin

Welcome aperitif on board. Storage of your belongings in the cabins. Purchase of commissions if the delivery onboard option has not been chosen. Music evening at the marina.

Sunday – Security briefing and departure for Sainte Lucie/Rodney Bay / Acclimatisation to navigation and life on board – 20 miles

Security briefing in the morning. Departure around 12 o’clock for our first crossing to Saint Lucia. The crossing is generally done at downwind speeds. It takes about 4 hours to cross. This will be the opportunity to acclimatize to the sailboat and the navigation. Arrival at sunset in Rodney Bay. Rest and swimming. Anchorage in the bay.

Monday – Cabotage leeward of Sainte Lucie/Mouillage south of the island – 26 miles / Magnificent landscape and lush jungle

We will sail about 4 hours downwind of Saint Lucia to admire this island, its impressive relief and lush jungle. A few stops for swimming. Anchorage in the south of the island.

Tuesday – St Lucia to St Vincent/Chateaubelair / Crossing on Saint Vincent – Clearance for the Grenadines at Chateaubelair – 30 Miles

The second crossing we’ll make again downwind. This crossing lasts about 5 hours and will allow you to live a day at sea. Wave and sailing pleasure at the rendezvous. At the end of the day, we will arrive at Chateaubelair, a protected bay to make the clearance for the Grenadines. Snorkeling and swimming.

Wednesday – St-Vincent in Bequia/Port Elizabeth / Cabotage along Saint Vincent and small crossing on Bequia – 18 Miles

We sail along the leeward coast of Saint Vincent sheltered from the waves to then make a short crossing to Bequia (about 3 hours). Arrival in Port Elizabeth, in a beautiful and well protected cove, to discover a charming and colourful village with Creole architecture full of life with its many restaurants and bars.

Thursday – Bequia to Mayreau / In the heart of the Grenadines – 17 Miles

One more short crossing and we find ourselves in the heart of the Grenadines with turquoise water and a most pleasant water and air temperature. The island of Mayreau, its village built along a steep slope and its inhabitants will enchant you. The chapel at the top of the hill is worth the detour and the view of the Tobago Kays is magnificent.

Friday – Mayreau to the Tobago Cays / The largest barrier reef in the Atlantic and Caribbean Sea – 5 miles

We will spend a magical day and night in the Tobago Cays. Sandy beach, swimming and endless snorkeling in the reef in translucent water with fish as diverse as colorful that evolve without embarrassment before your eyes. Also admire the sea turtles and manta rays. Lobster grilled on the beach, reggae, black starry night…

Saturday and Sunday – Tobago Cays – Petit Tabac – Palm Island – Petite Martinique / Island to Island – 15 Miles

Cabotage between the islands and frequent stops to enjoy its paradisiacal places. Marina in Petite Martinique. Full provisioning for the coming week.

Monday – Union Island to Mustique / It’s time to go back up and discover other islands – 20 Miles

The wind is generally from NW to NE. We will sail closer to the wind to go North. On the program, wave negotiation, fine-tuning and conditions a little more muscular than on the outward journey, while remaining very practicable and pleasant. Arrival at Mustique, a holiday island with many stars, with sumptuous properties that have been tastefully designed and blend in perfectly with the landscape. It is time to have an aperitif at Basil’s bar, a famous place where tourists rub shoulders with the stars to admire the sunset to the sound of a quality orchestra.

Tuesday – Mustique in St-Vincent/Blue Lagoon / We continue our northward march – 20 Miles.

Landing south of Saint Vincent in a magnificent Lagoon with marina and luxury hotel complex. An excellent starting point to visit the capital of Saint Vincent, Kingstown, a city teeming with activity in full mutation where modernity and simplicity meet.

Wednesday – Visit to Kingstown / A day without sailing is also good.

3/4 of an hour taxi ride to the center of Kingstown, it’s moving, it’s swarming, we don’t dare to look at the road because the traffic seems so crazy… Visit of the city, the fish market and its botanical garden which is one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean.

Thursday – Saint Vincent in Sainte Lucie/Marigot Bay / Departure in the early morning for 6 hours of sea and crossing – 35 Miles

A day where we will be punctuated by the sea. On a catamaran, comfort on board remains pleasant. A day of reading, rest and idleness for some or active for those who want to participate in the manoeuvres and navigation. Arrival at the superb bay of Marigot at the end of the day. A luxuriously equipped bay with a modern marina with top-of-the-range facilities. There are many quality restaurants around the bay and if you want a little more space, just climb the hill and go to the village. The contrast in wealth is nevertheless striking.

Friday – Saint Lucia to Martinique / Last crossing – 25 Miles

Our journey is coming to an end. Let’s enjoy a last day at sea before dropping anchor in Sainte Anne in Martinique a few miles from Le Marin for a last night rocked by the waves and surrounded by an exceptional sandy beach lined with coconut trees.

Saturday – Arrival at Le Marin / Martinique is ours

One hour of navigation through the channel of Le Marin and we are back at the marina. It’s time to pack. We’ll have to leave our 2-week habitat by 9 a.m. at the latest.

 

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