Sample Charter Itinerary in the Leeward Islands
Touch down in St. Martin to be met by your crew who will whisk you away to your private yacht in Simpson Bay. Make the most of the latest shopping malls and casinos on the Dutch side of the island before heading north to enjoy an afternoon shopping in the chic boutiques and bistros in the French town of Marigot.
In the evening, anchor in Grand Case to watch the sun go down from the aft deck of your yacht with a cocktail in hand, while local jazz plays softly in the wind.
After a leisurely breakfast, head north to Anguilla for the second day of your journey. Drop the anchor in Sandy Ground and get to Scilly Cay for lunch either by sea or by land.
Scilly Cay can be considered an Anguillan tradition, a restaurant on a tiny cay in the middle of Island Harbour Bay that specializes in lobster; however, the cay is surrounded by reefs and can be tricky to get to unless you know these waters.
Write-off the rest of the afternoon as you drink fantastic rum cocktails and eat delicious barbecued lobster on a tiny island with white sandy beaches and palm trees.
GUSTAVIA, SAINT BARTS
From Anguilla, turn south past St Martin and head for St Barts.
Gustavia, on the west coast, is the main port, and it has excellent facilities for superyachts. On shore, the atmosphere is very French and you could easily spend a couple of hours strolling, shopping, and sitting in cafes watching the world go by. History buffs can learn about the island’s past at Musée Territorial and the Wall House Museum, or by visiting the oldest building in Gustavia, the Vieux Clocher.
However, St. Barts is famous for its white sandy beaches, so stop at any of the 32 gorgeous beaches that take your fancy. In the evening, book a table at Bonito Restaurant for a very special dinner that will be the highlight of your day.
ST JEAN, SAINT BARTS
In the heart of the island, the tiny village of St. Jean is the most popular tourist area outside of Gustavia, with fabulous restaurants, shopping plazas, and boutiques. Luxury villas peak out from tropical foliage on the hillsides and the island’s only airport lies nearby. Visitors will find several water sports centers renting snorkel gear, surfboards, windsurfers, and other beach toys. The beach is split in two by the luxury Eden Rock Hotel. Overlooking St. Jean Bay, Sand Bar is perfect to enjoy a light lunch paired with a glass of French wine or an exotic cocktail, while having your toes in the sand.
Serving everything from simple pizzas and pastas to colorful salads and local fishes, the restaurant is mainly known for offering local dishes and adding a French touch to them. The result is a classy looking and deliciously tasting lunch.
NELSON’S DOCKYARD, ANTIGUA
On the fifth day of your journey head for Antigua. This is going to take a few hours, so settle down somewhere with a good book as the inky blue Caribbean Sea slips beneath your yacht. As you are approaching Antigua, moor up in Nelson’s Dockyard, a stunningly picturesque and historical location. Spend the afternoon exploring Nelson’s Dockyard on foot, and maybe take a walk out to Fort Berkeley with its fantastic views out to sea and back over Galleon Beach English Harbor.
In the evening, sit out on deck with a large rum cocktail and enjoy the Calypso music drifting down from the nightly party up on Shirley’s Heights.
The sixth day of your journey is dedicated to exploring Antigua. All along the south coast there are beautiful white sandy beaches, rocky outcrops, and turquoise waters.
Beach-hop along the coast and snorkel around the reefs. With 365 beaches to choose from, you really are spoiled for choice and despite the popularity of luxury yacht charters in Antigua it is still possible to find secluded anchorages.
SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS
From Antigua turn north-west and make for Nevis and St Kitts. These two islands are amazingly lush and green.
If you want to see the Caribbean as it used to be rather than as an extension of the US mainland, then this is where you should look, as St. Kitts has remained almost intact for the past 50 years. Take the tender ashore, and start exploring its pristine beauty.
In the evening, return on board and unwind wile enjoying dinner in the dim light of the sunset.