The Caribbean

 


The allure of the Caribbean for yachting is as strong as ever. Constant trade winds fill the mainsail and once you’ve left one island, another always beckons on the horizon. In the BVIs, the new YCCS Marina Virgin Gorda attracts superyachts with its superior facilities and clubhouse.  

St Barts is beloved for its boho French spirit and pristine beaches; the Yuletide pilgrimage of large yachts to Gustavia harbour – and the ensuing parties – are a phenomenon; but either side of Christmas and New Year the island’s barefoot, laid back vibe returns.

Down in the Grenadines, anchor off Palm Island and you may have to pinch yourself; can a place really be so beautiful? The private island of Mustique has captured the hearts of many yacht owners. Feel your spirits rise as you saunter up the pontoon at Macaroni Beach; this island is private yet sociable; quiet yet never dull.

Sundowners, reggae, the odd turtle lolling by –  go with the flow in the Caribbean aboard your floating retreat.
  
• The best scuba diving can be found off the Tobago Cays and around Mayreau.  Experienced divers should head to ‘Sail Rock’ – the tip of an underwater mountain rich with deep water marine life
• Explore the island of Mustique by horseback
• Zip wiring in St Lucia – whizz through 500’ of forest canopy – the kids will love this (harnesses provided!)
• The fittest can make the three hour trek to the summit (at 1,467m) of St Lucia’s active volcano “La Soufriere”, so-named because of its sulphurous emissions; the view from the top is awesome
• Swim with stingrays in Grand Cayman (or view these fairly scary fish from a glass-bottomed boat…)


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