All about Boat Rentals in the Caribbean
The Caribbean is quite simply one of the best sailing destinations in the world. Renowned for its paradisical, clear and crystalline waters, its idyllic beaches and palm trees, the region makes a once-in-a-lifetime romantic getaway, an unforgettable family holiday and a thrilling sailing adventure. The Caribbean region is vast and varied, so it's best to pick a particular area and dedicate a full week-long boat rental to soak in the sunshine and seascapes.
Sailing Areas in the Caribbean
Our boat rentals in the Caribbean are based on several islands in different areas. Ranging from the Bahamas in the north, stretching all the way down to islands such as Grenada and Saint Lucia in the South Caribbean.
The Caribbean is in itself the perfect sailing destination. Many will charter a boat for a week with a skipper to explore this variegated region, circumnavigating islands or hopping between islets and beaches on awe-inspiring cruises. There is not a "best" Caribbean experience, as all are intriguing and invigorating, but there are many highlights.
St. Lucia, with incredible views of the Pitons and easy half-day island-hopping adventures, draws many for its diving waters and soft sailing. In the Bahamas, you're spoilt for choice, with the Abaco Islands, New Providence and Grand Bahama offering a glimpse into one of the world's great island lifestyles. Antigua will be perfect for wildlife enthusiasts, owing to its Hawksbill sea turtle nesting areas. Martinique is perfect for hikers and French-Caribbean cuisine, whilst the British Virgin Islands encourages fantastic sailing with port bars and easy anchorage near coves, bays and beaches. It's best to avoid summer sailing unless you are able to adapt and follow weather forecasts precisely. More adventurous and less time-constrained visitors will want to take their time to explore many of the Caribbean's island nations, but most should stick closely to one area so as to experience the best of what there is to offer.
All our boat rentals areas in the Caribbean are listed below:
- British Virgin Islands
- Saint Martin
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Antigua and Barbuda
- United States Virgin islands
- Saint Lucia
- Puerto Rico
- Saint Barthélemy
Climate and Sailing Conditions in the Caribbean
Between March and June, the Caribbean is an absolute pleasure to sail. Though in general, the Caribbean is nice almost all year round. The only time we don’t advise you sail is in hurricane season during August and September.
Sailing the Eastern Caribbean in early summer (March - June) is perfect. Not only are there fewer tourists, but the weather is calmer and tranquil with flowers blooming all around. In addition, anchoring and exploring the gorgeous bays of the islands is effortless, as the trade winds are ideal for holiday sailing.
Although it’s windier and cooler, Christmas time is a very popular time for sailing the Caribbean, as well. Bookings are taken fairly early in advance (up to a year), so book in advance to avoid disappointment!
Similar to Christmas, Thanksgiving is also very popular for sailing holidays in the Caribbean.
Itinerary Ideas in the Caribbean
The list of itinerary ideas is endless! We have unlimited amounts of sailing routes and restaurant recommendations on our Nautal blog. You can find itinerary plans of various lengths, from 3 days to a fortnight, with beach hotspots, nature attractions and upbeat locations on these paradisiac islands.
Travel Tips for the Caribbean
There are international airports dotted all over the many Caribbean islands, meaning the chances are you can fly directly to your boat rental location.
However, there are other ways of getting to the Caribbean. For example, flying to Miami is a good option for getting the Bahamas. You can rent a boat in Miami
and sail to the Bahamas, or you can simply change at the airport and catch a local flight to your desired island.