Are you in the mood for sun, sea, and surf? Boat charter in the Caribbean is an iconic way to experience the very best the area has to offer. While the Big Blue Collective will always agree that a yacht charter from Turks and Caicos is the very best of all, here’s our top 5 favourite locations for boat charters in the Caribbean- why not try them all out?
- British Virgin Islands
If you want to feel like you stepped into the pages of a travel glam-mag, then this is a destination you’re sure to love. With the white sand, blue sea, and picture-perfect views that have become iconic for the area, there’s plenty to love.
Add a helping of piratical history- including as a harbour for the infamous Blackbeard- great watersports, and a great food culture, and you’re sure to enjoy. While the winds can get stroppy around Christmas, you’ll find a more steady wind through the rest of the winter peak season.
It is worth noting that the BVIs are a little underdeveloped next to other areas of the Caribbean. This is fantastic for a more romantic cruise that takes you ‘back in time’, but if you like your mod-cons may be frustrating.
- St Martin
For serenity and sunshine, head to St Martin. Explore hidden coves with your yacht, and drink in the beauty of the scenery- it truly is better seen from the water. This is the ‘country of two halves’, remember, so there’s a lot to explore. In the French North, you can experience a European-style vibe, sip coffee in a cafe, and listen to the lilting accents around you. It’s the calmer side of the island, perfect for romantic beach walks and exploring gorgeous vistas. Head to the Dutch half when your soul is replete, and party all night long in the typical festive Caribbean vibe, packed with casinos, nightclubs, and city living.
St Lucia offers you the chance to experience a melange of Caribbean cultures, with influences from Spain, France, and Britain all being felt. Watch a cricket tournament before you head out on your boat charter to Caribbean harbours and banana plantations. Photograph the volcano from secret bays then party the night away to Reggae, Calypso, Salsa and Zouk. The temperature is near idyllic year-round, although winds can be a little flighty and change direction easily.
This isn’t just a great place to explore by yacht, however. It also has an intriguing history to romance your imagination.
French fusion, anyone? This mountainous island features a rainforest, an extinct volcano, and fascinating flora that earned it the nickname ‘Island of Flowers’. It’s a bustling place, with live music and colourful festivals to enjoy on land. It’s also one of the best spots in the world for genuine Creole cuisine.
Let your boat charter and Caribbean experience take a different route, and dazzle on black beaches while you explore rum distilleries and lush hiking trails. There’s also fantastic snorkelling to be had in the waters. Martinique also makes a great base if you want to explore other close-by islands. Trade winds do shift, but are more predictable than some islands, and the waves tend to stay low too. The island is littered with beautiful anchorages.
Turks and Caicos
Of course, we couldn’t leave our lovely islands off the list! While we may be a bit biased, we still say a yacht charter in the Turks and Caicos is a can’t-miss experience everyone should try at least once. We assure you, you’ll keep coming back time and again!
Here you’ll find quintessential Caribbean beauty to enjoy- soft white beaches, palm-fringed sands, and heart-achingly blue water. But there’s a lot more, too. The water is warm and shallow near land, getting deeper as you venture past the island shelf. With the world’s third-largest barrier reef mere miles offshore, and a wealth of diving and snorkelling spots, there’s plenty to make for an active holiday if you tire of just cruising.
But if you take a yacht charter in the Turks and Caicos, you won’t tire of the scenery, we promise! From secluded bays and near-empty beaches to the vibrant surrounds of Provo and the quaint beauties of Grand Turk, you’ll love the friendly atmosphere and breathtaking views. Let tumbling waterfalls and mangrove-fringed channels entice you to play in the near- deserted back islands, where you can hike, explore the ruins of the salt plantations, and drink in pristine natural beauty unmatched anywhere else in the Caribbean.
Kick-off your yacht charter in Turks and Caicos
Are you ready to start your boat charter Caribbean adventure? Why not begin here in the TCI with the Big Blue Collective? We offer everything from a chill 2-hour cruise to half- and full-day adventures, all with the advantage of first-class treatment, experienced guides, and the very best boats, crews and gear. Experience the heart of small group luxury adventure! Here’s just some of the boating delights awaiting you:
- Sunset Vibes: An outstanding 2-hour sunset cruise celebrating the heart of the TCI
- North Shore: Explore the protected North Shore, from Big Water Cay to the famous Half Moon Bay and Fort George.
- South Side: Let the magical South woo you. This full-day trip to West Caicos and French Cay offers a little bit of everything- including the chance of a dolphin encounter!
- Off the Beaten Path: Head off the beaten path and experience a side of the Turks and Caicos few get to experience. Create your own waterborne adventure, or let our outstanding concierge service handle it for you.
With the Big Blue Collective, life’s an adventure! Why not try a yacht charter in Turks and Caicos to make holiday magic you’ll remember forever?