Windward Islands Caribbean Yacht Charter
A crewed luxury yacht charter in the Leeward Islands through Engels & Völkers Yachting is a visual feast. As you float southwards in the Caribbean you enter the volcanic, lush beauty of the Windward Isles, a string of pristine islands famous for their colourful spice markets, pretty French-Caribbean villages, and brightly painted fishing boats pulled up on coconut palm beaches.
While many of the Windward Isles are volcanic and covered in jungle, others offer a desert-island paradise, with white sand atolls ringed by spectacular coral reefs. From the jaw-dropping beauty of St Lucia’s Pitons to strolling the Parisian cafes of Martinique, diving with turtles on the Tobago Cays, or living it up on exclusive Mustique, the Leeward Islands have everything you could dream of on a tropical yacht charter.
A Caribbean Windward Islands crewed motor yacht charter is the ultimate way to explore these archipelagos at your luxurious leisure, or perhaps you’d prefer a sailing yacht charter to revel in the excitement of sailing the Caribbean trade winds.
Whether motor or sailing yachts float your boat, Engels & Völkers Yachting can match you with the ideal charter yacht for your Caribbean Windward Islands vacation, and collaborate closely with the yacht’s Captain to create the charter itinerary of your dreams.
Although the exact delineation between Leeward and Windward Islands varies considerably, for ease of explanation we’ve included Dominica, Martinique, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines in this Windward Islands yacht charter guide.
Dominica Yacht Charter
Begin your crewed motor yacht charter in the Caribbean Windward Islands in the breathtaking eco-tourism island of Dominica, where hot springs steam in the jungle and volcanic mountains fall away sheer into deep blue sea.
Take a hike up to Dominica’s boiling crater lake - the second largest on earth - and swim in deep pools under immense waterfalls, before returning to the coast and drinking out of a freshly cut coconut on the beach, or snorkelling at the wonderfully ticklish Champagne Reef, where a wall of warm bubbles emanates from the sea floor.
Just offshore, Dominica’s deep, nutrient-rich waters attract whales and dolphins in large numbers, while the volcanic underwater topography creates a diving paradise of pinnacles wall dives, and reefs.
Martinique Yacht Charter
Martinique is a magnificent double act, effortlessly blending the boulangeries and boutiques of France with a tropical laid-back Caribbean vibe. Even the geography of the island is split into two, with mountains, rainforests and glittering black sand beaches in the north, and perfect white sand beaches to drop anchor off in the south.
This remote French outpost is often called the Paris of the Caribbean, which is easy to understand as you stroll the cosmopolitan capital of Fort de France, sitting down for a croissant and a coffee in a pavement café, listening to French and Creole being spoken by passersby. Yet outside the capital, exotic Caribbean adventures await, from trips to mountain waterfalls and rum distilleries, horse riding on the beach, or hiking to the crater of the ominous Mount Pelée volcano. A visit to the magically pretty fishing villages at Les Anses-d'Arlet is also a must - just make sure you have time for a seafood lunch by the sea in Grands Anse d'Arlet.
A Martinique yacht charter is also an opportunity for some superb diving, including the magnificent Diamond Rock and the three-masted Nahoon shipwreck.
St Lucia Yacht Charter
A sailing yacht charter in the Leeward Islands must stop in dreamy St Lucia, where the volcanic twin peaks of the Pitons create one of the most stunning anchorage backdrops in the world. St Lucia attracts both motor yachts and sailing yachts to the marinas at Rodney Bay and Marigot Bay, and the island also offers some beautiful anchorages, including the show-stopper at Soufriere Bay beneath the Pitons.
Days on charter on St Lucia are spent hiking or zip-lining through the rainforest or lazing about on a hammock on powder-soft beaches. Take a quad bike into the hills past cocoa and banana plantations, and venture to La Soufriere volcano, where you can drive through the crater and soak in the mineral-rich mud pools.
Back on the coast, you might snorkel with turtles at Grande Anse, go deep sea fishing off the coast, or dive at Anse l’Ivrogne, where the seabed drops away 2000 feet just offshore.
While St Lucia is heaven for the active charterer, it’s also a place to live the luxury life, with spa hotels and fine dining restaurants to indulge your inner hedonist. The Cliff at Cap and Rainforest Hideaway are the top tables in town, but if you’d prefer to get into the Caribbean spirit, then head to the ‘jump-up’ street party at Gros Islet to sing and dance and eat street food with the locals.
St Vincent and the Grenadines Yacht Charter
Known as the Spice Islands for their dominance of the spice trade in colonial times, St Vincent and the Grenadines are the perfect mix of lush volcanic mountains, white sand atolls, and coral reefs.
On St Vincent, you’ll swim at the picture-perfect Petit Byahaut beach, which is edged by jungle and only reachable by boat, and bathe in the deepwater pool beneath the Falls of Baleine.
Exclusive yet laid-back Mustique draws yachts with its irresistible combination of sugar white sands, palm trees, and grand villa hotels, making this spot popular with royals and celebrities. Mustique also has an Atlantic coast and a Caribbean coast, meaning you can surf or kitesurf on the Atlantic side while diving and snorkelling in calm seas on the Caribbean side, as well as a fun cocktail and music scene that often sees in the dawn.
Bequia is another favourite of the yachting set, with its perfect combination of colourful villages, steep green hills, and turquoise water lapping at golden beaches.
In the south of the Grenadines chain, the Tobago Cays are famous for their diving and snorkelling, with five uninhabited islands scattered through a shallow sapphire lagoon, and superb reefs and coral gardens throughout. Be dazzled by Mayreau Gardens and Horseshoe Reef, and look for turtles in the seagrass, or for pelicans and iguanas while walking on island paths.
You’ll drop anchor at the private island of Petit Saint Vincent for one last day of water sports or perhaps relaxing with yoga or a treatment in the resort’s Balinese spa, before ending your charter in Grenada, an island famous for the spices that grow in its verdant hills.
A crewed motor yacht charter in the Caribbean Windward Islands is like discovering a secret, as you float through these tranquil, largely undeveloped islands that feel somehow outside time. For a sailing yacht charter in the Caribbean Windward Islands, the Windward Isles are a place to put up the sails and set your own course.
Whether you prefer to charter a motor yacht or sailing yacht, Engels & Völkers Yachting are perfectly placed to organise the Windward Islands charter that holiday dreams are made of.
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