This winter, many in the Indagare community are opting for trips that provide as much privacy as possible. One of the best—and most scenic—options: a yacht charter, which offers not only exclusive space for a group of travelers, but also the opportunity for a new adventure and lots of outdoor and time on (or in) the water every day. In any other year, itineraries may have traversed multiple countries and island groups, but most sailings now take a simpler approach to avoid multiple administrative areas with different entry requirements. Yet while these new routes will result in fewer passport stamps, they often allow for considerably more time enjoying both a given destination and the yacht itself. And to keep guests entertained, crews have upgraded their onboard and water-based activities, often adding amenities like eFoil boards and new waterslides, plus scavenger hunts and watersports competitions between passengers and crew. Read on for the best places for yacht charters in the Caribbean.
Related: The Benefits of Going Private
Contact Indagare or your Trip Designer to discuss whether flying, sailing or staying private is right for you or to learn more about coronavirus travel safety, including the destinations that are open to travel, new COVID-19 hotel policies, future trip-planning advice, inspiration and ideas.
For Maximum Boat Time: Antigua and Barbuda
A week-long charter in Antigua and Barbuda is ideal for a slow-paced sailing, with an emphasis on yacht-time at beautiful anchorages. Antigua’s Nonsuch Bay, English Harbour, Morris Bay and Jolly Harbour are protected harbors where a boat could stay for several days, surrounded by gentle green slopes, while passengers enjoy the area’s diving and snorkeling. And over in sparsely uninhabited Barbuda, yachters can enjoy the low-lying island’s near-empty (and gorgeous) beaches. For more onshore activities, excursions could involve horseback riding, rum-making and zip-lining, plus Nelson’s Dockyard, a restored 18th-century marina.
For the Foodie & Scene-Seeker: St. Barths and St. Martin
This year, boats can sail freely between St. Barths and the French side of St. Martin. At the latter, the best place for anchoring and spending time on the water is off Grande Casse or at Île Tintamarre, an uninhabited islet with a secluded beach. Most of the trip, though, will likely be just off St. Barth’s, and for good reason. The island is a perennial favorite for Indagare members, and yachts usually anchor outside of Gustavia, by Colombier Bay or off St. Jean. Expect days (and long lunches) at Nikki Beach Club or browsing the island’s high-end boutiques and evenings at some of the Caribbean’s most buzzed-about restaurants, before returning to the boat.
For Island-Hopping: St. Vincent and the Grenadines
St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with its 32 isles and cays, makes an excellent destination for seeing multiple islands that offer a relaxed, refreshingly quiet setting (especially true since jet skis and waverunners are banned from its waters). Much of the archipelago is uninhabited parkland, making for striking views, crystal-clear seas and minimal crowding. Plus, there’s opportunity to change the scenery every day, from the white-sand beaches of Canouan—an under-the-radar getaway with a lush, hilly interior—to the exclusive shores of Mustique. There, passengers can spend days offshore before stopping by Basil’s Bar, the open-air waterside local institution frequented by the likes of Kate Moss and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
For Even More Island-Hopping: Bahamas
For longer yacht charters or the opportunity to travel greater distances, consider the Bahamas, with its 2,000-plus islands between Florida and Cuba. A sample itinerary could sail from Nassau to Staniel Cay and back, stopping at new coves every day for beach barbecues or other on- and off-shore activities. Two favorites: Shroud Cay’s “washing machine,” where a steady current sends swimmers and snorkelers through a narrow channel, and Thunderball Grotto, a swimmable, underwater cave system rich with marine life (named for the eponymous 1965 James Bond film which was shot here).
For a (Gorgeous) Domestic Getaway: U.S. Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands let visitors experience the ultimate Caribbean setting without leaving the country. Here, it’s easy to spend an entire week in a yacht exploring St. Thomas and St. John—most of which is a national park protecting both its mountainous, tropical terrain and coral-strewn waters. Crews anchor in a different bay every day, stopping at ultra-scenic harbors such as Magens Bay in St. Thomas and St. John’s Trunk and Francis bays.
Contact Indagare or your Trip Designer to discuss whether flying, sailing or staying private is right for you, or to learn more about coronavirus travel safety, including the destinations that are open to travel, new COVID-19 hotel policies, future trip-planning advice, inspiration and ideas.
This content was created in collaboration with Burgess Yachts and published by Indagare Travel.