All about Sailboat Rentals in the Caribbean
A sailing paradise, paired with rich cultures, cuisines and traditions, the Caribbean is full of adventures and beautiful stretches of coastline where you can sail with your friends and family. Sail the British Virgin Islands and anchor in idyllic bays where you can stop for lunch or a cocktail on the beach. Snorkel with the tropical fish and turtles in the Bahamas and even encounter a swimming pig, or two! (Yes! We’re not joking!) Let yourself go as you sail with the wind in your hair and admire a constant panoramic view of breathtaking nature at its best. Rent a sailboat in the Caribbean!
How to Rent a Caribbean Sailing Boat
Renting a sailboat in the Caribbean is easy to secure and will only take a few minutes. Many visitors will choose to charter a sailboat for a week or more, either with a skipper or without, to fully explore the best of the Caribbean. As a region of colonial heritage, each island offers a unique blend of cultures. Whether that's Anglophone areas like the British Virgin Islands or Francophone Guadeloupe, it's best to choose one of the island areas to explore. You can choose to circumnavigate larger islands like Puerto Rico or stick to archipelagos and island-hopping.
Sailing areas in the Caribbean
The Caribbean is a sailors playground, with an unlimited number of routes and potential itineraries. The British Virgin Islands may offer the best flexibility, with many islands within close distance from each other, offering plenty of opportunities to sail between 25 islands and take day excursions between glorious beaches and coves to a wealth of well-maintained ports such as Nanny Cay, Inner Harbour and Joma Marina. Alternatively, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines remains another favourite destination for experienced sailors, with gentle crystalline waters, alluring cays and paradisical islands. You should also consider Antigua and Barbuda, an area famed for its open sea races with plenty of small islands to visit.
Sailing boat rentals in the Caribbean are a popular choice of boat and can be found in the following areas of the Caribbean:
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Itinerary Ideas in the Caribbean
Lacking inspiration or need some tips? Check out our Nautal blog for sailing routes around the BVI, Martinique, Guadeloupe and much more! We calculate nautical miles in our routes and give restaurant recommendations in addition to other random facts and cool things you can do in the area.
Climate and Sailing Conditions in the Caribbean
Our favourite time of year is spring and early summer, from March to June, when the islands are in bloom and are a pleasure to sail. The trade winds are perfect at this time of year, though Christmas and Thanksgiving are also popular times of year for sailboat rentals. We do not advise sailing in August and September as this is known as hurricane season and various areas are not safe during this time of year.
Travel Tips for the Caribbean
The best way to reach the islands is usually by plane, or alternatively you can rent a sailboat in Miami
or in the near Florida
and sail to Caribbean areas such as The Bahamas. Many islands have international airports and you can fly directly or find connection flights.