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Caribbean

The Caribbean offers ideal weather and a steady trade wind, and is perfect for a great charter and sailing experience.

  • Year-round sailing area
  • Hurricanes-time: August / September
  • Tropical-subtropical climate

The Caribbean Sea is located north of the equator in the western part of the tropical Atlantic. The Pacific West Indies, also called the Caribbean Islands, extend (with a total length of nearly 4000 km) from the Gulf of Mexico to Venezuela. They include the Greater Antilles, the Lesser Antilles and the Bahamas, and form the northern and eastern boundary of the Caribbean Sea. About 90% of Caribbean land mass is taken by the Greater Antilles (Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola and Puerto Rico). The Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos Islands, that are geographically in the Atlantic, are also in the Caribbean. In the West the Caribbean Sea borders the Central American countries of Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico and south to the coast of Venezuela and Colombia. 

The days pass happily with me wherever my ship sails - Joshua Slocum

The Caribbean islands and archipelagos are named specifically: U.S. Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Antilles, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Corn Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Hispaniola (Haiti, Dominican Republic), Isla Margarita, Islas del Cisne, Islas del Rosario, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Martinique, Montserrat, Navassa Island, Puerto Rico, Saba, Saint Barthelemy, St. Martin, San Andrés y Providencia, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts and Nevis, St . Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago. The Caribbean islands are mostly of volcanic origin, and some of the smaller islands are the remains of coral reefs. Embarking on a Yacht charters in the Caribbean, it is possible to explore many of the islands in one charter trip.

The most popular yacht charter area is the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean. Sailors can expect an exotic setting of white sandy beaches, palm trees and crystal clear waters. In the Lesser Antilles, the distribution of marinas and charter bases is quite uneven. The largest yacht chartering centers are located in Martinique and the British Virgin Islands. There, the service and the choice of charter yachts is particularly good. Other marinas and charter bases with good care options can be found on St. Martin, Guadeloupe, St. Lucia and Grenada. For newcomers to the Caribbean, the Virgin Islands, Martinique and Guadeloupe are recommended. Here the standard of care is good and navigation is straightforward. The main ports are located on: Tortola, St. Thomas, St. Martin, Antigua, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Union Island, Bequia, Grenada and Trinidad.

Mackerel skies and mares tails, soon will be time to shorten sails. - Old sailors proverb

Marinas and Harbours in the Caribbean sailing area 

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  • Road Town Harbour
  • Maya Cove Harbour
  • Nanny Cay Marina
  • Oyster Pond Harbour
  • English Harbour
  • Fort Louis Marina / Marigot harbor
  • Cole Bay Anchorage / Port de Plaisance Marina
  • Great Harbour Marina / Codrington harbor 
  • The Catamaran Marina / Falmouth harbour
  • Anse Marcel Marina 
  • Jolly Harbour
  • Marigot Bay Anchorage
  • Marina du Marin
  • Rodney Bay Marina

Sailing Routes Caribbean

Sailing around the Caribbean is a uniquely, blissful experience. Charter in the tropical Paradise and take advantage of the route suggestions we have available in different parts of the Caribbean:

Airports nearby Caribbean

  • Aéroport du Lamentin
  • Antigua and Barbuda (Air Field)
  • Big Greek Airport (Belize)
  • Canouan Airport
  • E. T. Joshua Airport 
  • George Charles Airport
  • Grenada Pearls Airport 
  • L'Espérance Airport
  • Lauristan Airport 
  • Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport 
  • Princess Juliana International Airport
  • San Pedro Airport Taxiway
  • Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport 
  • VC Bird International Airport 
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Climate & Weather

The Caribbean islands offer ideal weather for sailing. The climate is tropical to subtropical. Throughout the year there is sunshine, and air and water temperatures are pleasantly warm. The average annual temperature is about 25 °C. Depending on the season, the water temperature is between 20 °C and just above 30 °C. The rainy season lasts from May to November. Longer periods of rain are rare and it almost never rains for more than a couple of days at a time. In the Bahamas, north of the Caribbean, the climate is very mild and pleasant. In summer, the average temperature is 30 °C and in winter it rarely drops below 20 °C. Often the water is warmer than the air. The weather in the West Indies tends to be wtter. Here, the wind blows constantly and the temperatures stay around 25 °C all year long. In the Lesser Antilles, there are some climatic differences. The northern part of the island chain is located entirely within the reach of the northeast trade winds, hence the name "Leeward Islands". From the northeast, the wind brings moist air masses and short, sometimes violent showers. As a result, these islands have lush, green vegetation. The "Windward Islands" in contrast, have a much drier climate. The annual average temperature is around 25 °C. The southern Lesser Antilles off the northern coast of South America is no longer in the area of influence of the trade winds. As for wind, the Caribbean offers ideal sailing conditions. The trade winds blow steadily from the northeast with 3 to 5 Bft. However, one should note one thing: the hurricane season. It lasts from June to December, with the highest likelihood of tropical storms in August and September. Many sailors avoid this time.