It’s hard to imagine a more perfect way to spend the festive season than to charter a sailing yacht, celebrating Christmas in the Caribbean by sailing from one paradisiacal island to another. The Caribbean archipelagos offer the perfect opportunity for joyously whiling away the festive season. Wake up each day in a different picture-perfect anchorage, feel the warm Caribbean sun and cooling sea breezes on your skin, refresh in crystal clear waters, and give a whole new meaning to a ‘white Christmas’ as you feel the blanket of fine white Caribbean sands between your toes. Then, when it comes to New Year in the Caribbean, your yacht deck provides the perfect spot to take in one of the many dazzling firework displays, toasting the year to come. Here’s how to make the most of your yuletide yacht charter.
Exploring Christmas in the Caribbean by island group
The Leeward Islands are full of some of the most famed yachting hubs. Antigua offers something for everyone, with many historical colonial sites, great hikes, restaurants, spas, pristine beaches, and watersports. Enjoy a short hike up to Shirley Heights, where you can enjoy a rum cocktail and dance to a local steel drum band, while enjoying the extraordinary views over your yacht’s anchorage. Head to Green Island, where your active guests can go kiteboarding or windsurfing, and those wanting to relax in the dreamy 27°C/80°F sun can go ashore.
What better place to spend New Year in the Caribbean than trendy St. Barths, where you can enjoy spectacular fireworks from onboard your luxury yacht. One of the most beautiful and versatile yachts available for hire in the Caribbean, the Dama de Noche yacht charter offers not one but two beautiful cockpit tables at which to drink in the celebratory atmosphere. Welcome in the coming year by sailing around the island to a secluded anchorage, enjoying a blissful swim and a beach picnic organised by your charter yacht’s crew. Barbuda is known for its quintessential postcard-like surroundings, with pink and white sand beaches, backed by palm trees, making it the perfect spot to unwind after Christmas and New Year celebrations.
St Lucia boasts theatrical, dramatic scenery and exhilarating beauty. At sunset, the emerald green pitons are silhouetted against the rose gold hue of the sky. You can visit Fort Rodney and enjoy the 360-degree view of this beautiful Caribbean island and its surrounding glistening turquoise ocean. You’ll certainly find Christmas cheer in St Vincent, where they celebrate the run-up to Christmas in the Caribbean with parades, concerts, and dances.
The Grenadines are the perfect islands to enjoy a quiet and relaxing island-style Christmas. Sail your yacht to a secluded bay and spend the afternoon playing beach games and cooling off in the refreshing water – a much improved version of the classic board games around the dining table, I think you’ll agree.
British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands offer an easy-going cruising playground for yachts. Boasting some of the most picturesque scenery you’ll experience on a Caribbean sailing yacht charter, there is an abundance of beautiful bays to drop anchor and jump in (don’t forget your snorkel!).
With reliable wind, and short distances between different destinations, the most difficult decision of your day will be where you want to stop for lunch, with so many divine options! Christmas in the Caribbean doesn’t have to mean missing out on the traditional festive lunch, with many resorts now offering turkey and all the trimmings for those who want it. However, it’s also very much acceptable to try something new, if possible incorporating some of the island’s specialities such as fresh lobster and mouth-watering local fruits. Afternoons can be spent snorkeling, swimming, sunbathing, reading and relaxing. Visit the flamingos on Anegada Island, relax in the world-famous Baths on Virgin Gorda, explore the local markets in Trellis Bay; Christmas in the BVIs means endless adventure.
A sailing yacht charter is undoubtedly one of the most memorable ways to spend Christmas and New Year in the Caribbean. So if you feel like breaking tradition a little this year, make this festive season the best one yet and book a yuletide yacht charter. A very merry Christmas all round!