A Caribbean yacht charter is the best of all worlds. Not only does the Caribbean offer a multitude of dreamy archipelagos, superb coral reefs, and world-class marinas, but it has tens of thousands of beautiful coves and bays to drop anchor in.
The trick is, how to decide which anchorages to visit? Here are five of the very best Caribbean anchorages for a crewed motor yacht charter in the Caribbean.
Soufriere Bay, St Lucia, Windward Isles
Soufriere Bay in St Lucia is quite possibly the most dramatically beautiful anchorage in the entire Caribbean, where the twin peaks of the Pitons rise up above the bay and dense jungle slopes down to the turquoise sea.
As far as yachting backdrops go they don’t get much better, as you play on the water toys, swim and snorkel off the back of the yacht, or head ashore for ziplining and quad-biking adventures. You can also reach La Soufriere volcano from here to bathe in the mud pools and drive through the crater. The perfect anchorage for a sailing yacht charter in the Caribbean.
Gustavia, St Barts, Leeward Isles
If your yacht can’t fit into the ever-popular Gustavia Marina on your crewed motor yacht charter in the Caribbean but you still want to be close to the action, your backup option is nearly every bit as good. Each winter, yachts flock to the bay just outside St Barts marina to drop anchor, offering a stunning view of the island and only a short tender ride into the haute couture boutiques and swanky French restaurants of the town.
On New Year’s Eve, this is possibly the most popular anchorage in the world, as fireworks light up the sky and tenders buzz to and fro, dropping guests ashore and at parties on brightly-lit yachts. A St Barts anchorage means it’s all too easy to move the yacht come morning, finding another quiet cove for a much-needed recovery day at the beach, or starting the party all over again at celebrity hotspot, Nikki Beach.
Tobago Cays, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Windward Isles
You won’t have to go far to find a great anchorage in the Tobago Cays, a group of five uninhabited islands in a blue lagoon. This tiny archipelago is world-famous for its snorkelling and diving, with an underwater wonderland of corals, green turtles, nurse sharks and rays.
When you want a rest, you can laze about on sugar white beaches beneath rustling palms, or if you’d prefer to stretch your legs there are some nice walking paths on the islands, where you’ll spot pelicans and iguanas along the way.
Nonsuch Bay, Picarts Bay, and Green Island, Antigua, Leeward Islands
In a country famous for having a beach for every day of the year, it’s no surprise you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to anchorages in Antigua. Nonsuch Bay is a standout, with great shelter in numerous coves and a nearby resort if you fancy some indulgence, while you’ll definitely want to get the toys in the water, with great conditions for wind sports as well as kayaking and paddleboarding.
Picarts Bay is another superb place to drop anchor for the day, perhaps heading into the beach to have a long lunch at one of the restaurants, while the lovely Green Island is a perennial favourite with the yachting set, and also gives nearby access to the wonderful restaurant at Harmony Hall.
White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
This gorgeous spot was hard-hit by the 2017 hurricanes, and its revival has been just as dramatic. Edged by blinding white sands and turquoise waters of an almost shocking shade, White Bay’s famous beach bars have reopened with a vengeance after the storms, offering their trademark blend of rum cocktails, cold beer, and good cheer.
This is the place to drop anchor and jump in the tender to go ashore for a ‘painkiller’ cocktail at Soggy Dollar Bar or Foxy’s. You’ll be feeling no pain whatsoever as you lie back in a chair, feet in the sand, and look out across one of the prettiest bays in the Caribbean.
Wherever you choose to drop anchor, life is good on a crewed motor yacht or sailing yacht charter in the Caribbean with Engel and Völkers Yachting.