If you are looking for an exclusive destination away from the crowd, charter a luxury yacht in Antigua. Located 3.5 MN away from Saint-Martin, this Caribbean Island features 365 sandy beaches and more than 50 shades of turquoise water.
Like the other Caribbean islands, Antigua benefits from a warm climate and a protective coral reef. Thanks to the steady trade winds, 54-miles of beautiful coastline, and with an abundance of protected anchorages make this area one of the world’s most alluring yachting destinations. Cruise off the beaten track with an Antigua charter sailboat.
The rich and famous spoil themselves in secret luxury resorts and boutique hotels scattered across the main island. They are sheltered by lush tropical vegetation that ensures discretion.
On the south coast, English Harbour was the main British naval base in the West Indies in the 18th century. It was under the authority of Admiral Nelson and it retains its beautiful British atmosphere. The marina is the meeting point for all the yachts cruising in the Caribbean Sea.
Established each year in late April / early May, the Antigua Sailing Week is the most distinguished Caribbean Sailing Regatta. For more than 40 years, this competition has attracted exceptional sailboats and yachts. Besides the races, famous festivities occur during this Nautical event generously sponsored by some of the most prominent international brands.
Aboard your crewed rental catamaran, you don't have to worry about provisioning. Your cook will prepare you gourmet feasts with fresh seafood and the famous black pineapple. This is the signature fruit of Antigua, and the world's sweetest pineapple.
On your charter yacht, your main hassle is to select the best beach for sunbathing and to pair it with a cocktail with or without local rum.
Antigua also boasts a wide array of water-based activities. Scuba divers can explore breathtaking spots in the south around English Harbour. Sunken Rock is the pinnacle dive of the island. For spectacular scenery, head to Pillars of Hercules.
Beginners will enjoy snorkeling in Freeman Bay and in the shallow waters on the north coastline. The coral reefs are home to a colorful marine life and sea turtles. Antigua has also a few wreck dive sites on the west.
Ashore, hike to the summit of Shirley Heights. A breathtaking view of the southern island of Guadeloupe and the active volcano Montserra will be your reward on a clear day. Make sure to visit Nelson's Dockyard and the historic Fort Barrington.
After the sunset, you can enjoy Antigua vibrant nightlife and dance to the rhythm of the local steel drums bands.
From Antigua, you can sail to the sister island Barbuda and its smooth stretches of pink coral sands. Both islands belong to the same autonomous state included in the Commonwealth. Located north of Antigua and 30 miles from Green Island, Barbuda is a magnificent coral island with luxurious hotels sheltered in the vegetation.
On your charter catamaran, explore Antigua on your own schedule during a week, islands hopping between the islets nearby: Green Island, Great Bird Island, North Sound. You can also spend a 15-day cruise around this Leeward Island including Saint Barthelemy and Saint-Martin.
Located about 5 miles outside Antigua’s capital, the VC Bird International Airport (ANU) is well served with direct flights from several cities of North America and the UK. Contact us to plan an unforgettable sailing experience in this secretive yachting playground.
Capital: Saint John's Language: English Currency: Eastern Caribbean dollars, US dollars.
When To Go: Benefiting from a warm climate lulled by the trade winds, Antigua is an ideal destination in all seasons. The sun shines every day. Avoid the August to October hurricane season.
Our favorites: Nelson's dockyard and the village of English Harbour, Half moon bay, Shirley Heights Lookout for its breathtaking view.
To visit by boat: Codrington Lagoon National Park in Barbuda to observe the colonies of Fregats.
Events not to be missed: the Classic Yacht Regatta organized by the Antigua Yacht Club in April. The Rolex Antigua Sailing Week, one of the world's premier regattas, which lasts two weeks.
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