14 Day itinerary in Leeward Islands: Antigua to St. Maarten
It is without great surprise that the Caribbean region is a popular charter ground
for guests spending their sailing holiday in this part of the
globe. The Leeward Islands boast fabulous sailing
conditions, plenty of sunshine year round, sun-kissed beaches, remote anchorages, ample secluded
islets and cays to explore and a vibrant traditional culture
exuding plenty of local flavor. The Leeward Islands are an
exquisite destination to explore during your winter charter
vacation with Sunreef Yachts Charter. Without further ado, embark on
your luxury charter catamaran or luxury charter powerboat and spend the holiday you
always dreamed of!
You will commence your luxury charter adventure in Antigua where you will land at the V.C Bird
International Airport operating a number of international and local
flights. After lunch taken aboard your luxury charter catamaran or
luxury charter mega yacht comfortably docked in
Jolly Harbour on the island’s south-western coast, you will sail
north to Deep Bay. Drop anchor in sparkling waters and take out
your snorkeling gear to explore the wreck of Andes, a
cargo bark from Trinidad sunken nearly 100 years ago.
After a thrilling afternoon, enjoy
a refreshing cocktail on the aft deck of your luxury yacht as you
admire the sun setting over this Caribbean paradise and leaving it bathed in
warm hues of reds, pinks, oranges and yellows. Step off board to
spend the evening on the beach and savor a magnificent freshly
prepared island dinner accompanied by live calypso music of African
and European roots.
Wake up to a marvelous Caribbean sunshine and step on the aft deck
of your luxury charter powerboat or luxury charter catamaran to enjoy a traditional
breakfast consisting only of fresh products. You will sail south
along the west coast and next head to the east leaving Cades Reef
with dazzling transparent blue waters behind you. On the island’s
northern side is a plush tropical rainforest inhabited by luscious
Make sure to spare some time to
anchor in Carlisle Bay for a refreshing swim or snorkeling. This
safe harbor is protected by verdant bluffs and features unspoiled
brilliant turquoise waters. After this short stop, sail on to
English Harbour where anchorage is available either off Galleon
Beach in the heart of the island’s National Park, lined with
pristine sands and immense palm trees, or in Nelson’s Dockyard, the
only remaining working Georgian Dockyard in the world. The facility
itself attracts yachtsmen from all over who marvel at one-of-a-kind
Colonial buildings nestled in dense Caribbean flora. You can choose
to dine onboard or visit one of the numerous restaurants
specializing both in international and regional cuisine.
English Harbour is a historic port of entry and the main town in
this part of the island that has plenty of sightseeing in store for
you. Enjoy breakfast onboard which will give you ample energy to
hike up the Lookout Trail that will have you walking through
winding trails lined with dense tropical flora with warm sunrays
pushing through imposing leaves and branches. After a picturesque
hike, you will reach Shirley Heights Lookout, undeniably the most
famous panorama on the island promising baffling views of
stretching deep-blue waters home to luxury yachts and verdant
slopes with houses quaintly plunged between imposing trees. If you
happen to be in Shirley Heights on Sunday afternoon, you will be
able to participate in the best party on Antigua coupled with
excellent food, astounding views and magnificent live music
featuring Soca, Reggae and Calypso rhythms.
Take the Lookout Trail back to
spend a relaxing afternoon or evening on the beach before stepping
back onboard. Sparkling waters of the warm Caribbean Sea beckon
guests to explore rich marine life while swimming or snorkeling.
You may also want to take out the water toys available onboard.
After a refreshing bath, opt for some beachcombing and listen in to
soft whispers of palm trees pleasantly caressed by soft winds and
soak in magnificent Caribbean entourage.
Day 4: English Harbour to Five Islands Harbour, Antigua
Today is your last day in Antigua and you will say goodbye to the
island in Five Islands Harbour, just south of Deep Bay. Your luxury
charter catamaran or your luxury
charter mega yacht will sail swiftly along the island’s
southern coast to reach Five Islands, a beautiful protected bay
boasting magnificent powdery beaches with waterfront bars offering
fresh cocktails, island meals and live entertainment. Anchor just
off nearly deserted Hermitage Beach that only a few lucky ones know
about and choose to visit. This white stretch of powdery sand is
simply remarkable for sunbathing, beachcombing or picnicking while
undisturbed crystal-clear waters are perfect for swimming,
snorkeling or fishing.
Spend the evening onboard and dine
on the flybridge or the aft deck of your yacht. Top the succulent
meal off with a delicious drink and star-gazing in this unspoiled
slice of paradise.
Depart early in the morning to set sail west towards Nevis and
while cruising sleek crystal waters, take out your fishing
equipment because you might just be lucky enough to catch a 5 lb
tuna that your Chef will prepare for lunch or dinner. The cruise
will take a couple of hours and during that time you will have the
opportunity to bask in the sun on the foredeck or the flybridge of
your luxury charter power yacht or enjoy reading a book on
the aft deck while sipping on a freshly squeezed orange juice.
You will reach Nevis late in the
afternoon and your Captain will find anchor in the five-star Four
Seasons Resort with top-notch amenities and services including four
restaurants, an outdoor Jacuzzi and a spa to ignite the five
senses. Step ashore to dine in one of the elegant restaurants and
take a walk down the beach before heading back onboard by
Today you will have time to explore Nevis, a genuine paradise for
all nature amateurs who will marvel at the richness of wildlife on
the island and in the waters surrounding it. After breakfast, swim,
snorkel or dive around one of the many wrecks or natural reefs
inhabited by a wealth of sea life.
If you are one of the guests more
interested by man-made history, you will have the chance to try
your luck at archaeology or explore omnipresent ruins of ancient
sugar plantations, an archaic lime kiln, or Amerindian sites.
Regardless of how you choose to spend your day, there are many
hiking trails for everyone to explore during their time on Nevis
and couple them with rainforests, reefs and ruins, you are sure to
spend a simply unforgettable day.
Visit the Botanical Gardens of
Nevis created only a few ago by a couple who hoped for something of
great beauty to preserve flora from all over the world. They chose
a magnificent spot on Montpelier Estate for which Nevis Peak
visible from a distance is a terrific backdrop. The gardens are
carpeted with sculptures, fountains as well as a replica of a Great
House and are bedded with roses, orchids, scented fruit trees,
cactuses and vines. The most spectacular feature of the gardens is
a tropical rain forest conservatory mimicking the conservatory at
Kew Gardens in England and housing a plethora or tropical plants
and Mayan-style sculptures.
Get ready for another adventure in the Caribbean on your luxury
charter vacation with Sunreef Yachts Charter. You will make your
way up north to the island of St. Kitts, one of the two comprising
the country of Saint Kitts and Nevis. The island is blessed
with a number of beaches for you to explore, whether you wish to
escape from it all on one of the secluded coves or dance the night
away with locals and visitors from all over the world on one of the
many beach parties.
At the island’s southern tip and
facing Nevis lies Banana Bay, a charming secluded beach boasting
pristine waters, powdery sands and swaying palm trees and leaving
guests in instant awe of a tranquil ambiance reigning throughout
the beach. Sail around this part of the island and head westward to
reach Frigate Bay- South, the most action and fun-filled beach on
the Caribbean Sea, where the party never stops. This one-mile
stretch of powdery sands is a haven for swimmers, snorkelers,
windsurfers, water skiers and other aquatic-adventure enthusiasts,
but it is also lined with numerous beach shacks which are island
bars serving food, drinks and talismans accompanied by rhythms of
Reggae and Calypso music.
Wake up to a magnificent sunrise on the island of St. Kitts and
enjoy breakfast aboard your luxury charter yacht before continuing
to explore the island, swimming or snorkeling in transparent azure
You will have time today to dock in
Basseterre and visit the island’s largest city with a population of
15,500. The marina in one of the oldest towns in the Eastern
Caribbean is a modern facility not only for luxury charter mega yachts and luxury charter catamarans but also for large
cruise ships sailing in the region. Although the town is compact,
it is a very charming one with perfectly angular streets and two
city centers. The Circus is a tourist attraction while Independence
Square houses a cathedral, a courthouse and most of the ancient
buildings on the island.
Basseterre is the country’s main
port of entry, both for air and sea travel, and St. Kitts’
commercial and industrial hub, with headquarters of banks and
financial institutions. The town holds many historical monuments
relating to the island’s turbulent past involving sugar plantations
Prepare for a thrilling sail up north to the French island of St.
Barts, one of the principal ports of call on the Caribbean charter
circuit. Catch wind in your sails as your Captain swiftly navigates
your luxury charter yacht to this blissful destination. Enjoy
sunbathing on the flybridge of your luxury charter catamaran, the
fore deck of your luxury charter powerboat or on the aft deck of
your luxury charter mega yacht. Take out the fishing equipment from
the toy chest and prepare for big catches of the day that the Chef
will prepare for lunch.
Dock in the main town of Gustavia
and enjoy a pleasant evening ashore in one of the many restaurants
specializing in French or Creole cuisine. Even the most discerning
palates will find something for themselves on this unique
Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, the island was named
after his brother Bartolomeo and later settled by the French in
mid-17th century. St. Barts was under the French rule for another
century before it was unexpectedly sold to Swedes who turned the
island into a free port and established the main town of Gustavia,
named after the Swedish king. Repurchased by the French in the late
19th century, St. Barts rests to this day a wonderful
blend of Creole, French and Swedish influences leaving the island
painted in a wonderful mingled local-color palette.
Gustavia, a horseshoe shaped safe
haven, boasts ample duty-free shops, elegant boutiques, historical
monuments, magnificent landmarks and breathtaking venues. Take your
time to stroll down the harbor receiving the most luxurious charter
yachts in the world and the city center lined with colorful
Colonial facades. Visit typical restaurants or cafes for an
afternoon coffee and the sheer pleasure of soaking in an enchanted
You may also want to rent a Mini
Moke to visit some perfectly powdery beaches on the windward side
of the island for blissful island relaxation or choose to go inland
to explore exotic flora and fauna and admire breathtaking views.
There are many luxury resorts and villas quaintly nestled in plush
verdant vegetation of the island luring guests who desire nothing
more than a serene vacation.
Another worthwhile destination on
St. Barts is St. Jean located north-east of the principal town. The
island was once protected by a large canon battery towering in the
middle of the bay in St. Jean. The town is the site of the island’s
first hotel built in mid 1950’s and to this day, it attracts
jet-setters from all over the world.
After an awe-inspiring visit to St. Barts, today after breakfast
you will head to another show-stopping destination in the
Caribbean, Anguilla. You will admire panoramic views of these
minuscule idyllic islands as your luxury crewed catamaran or luxury
mega yacht passes by St. Martin. Sunbathe on the flybridge of your
luxury vessel, read a book on the aft deck or chat to the Captain
about your next port of call.
You will reach southwestern
Anguilla in the afternoon and your charter
yacht will find safe anchorage in Road Bay in the village of Sandy
Ground, the island’s main harbor. Although with a humble
population, the village boasts a long curved beach backdropped
against majestic verdant bluffs and a salt pond.
Spend the day on Anguilla, a British overseas territory whose name
derives from the word “eel” in any of the Romance languages and
reflects the island’s eel-like shape. Colonized by the British in
mid-17th century, Anguilla was almost entirely under
British rule throughout its Colonial history, not counting a short
episode of French hegemony.
Take a short trip to Sandy Island
and find safe dockage between one of the coral reefs to the west of
the island, where you will swim, snorkel, beach comb for shells or
soak in warm rays on pristine white sands. This is a promise of
another day in an utter tropical paradise!
Anguilla is home to some of the
world’s premium beaches featuring wonderful beach bars. Visit
Johnno’s Bar in Sandy Ground where bar tenders will serve you
freshly prepared cocktails topped with traditional snacks. The bar
itself has been the staple for Anguillan dance scene for as long as
anyone on the island can recall.
A short sail is what keeps you away from your last charter
destination, the island of St. Martin. You will anchor off the
beach in Grand Case on the island’s French side, the Caribbean’s
gastronomic hub! It is not without a reason that this part of St.
Martin is such a fabled culinary destination with its many
restaurants ranging from casual eateries to Michelin five-star
restaurants scattered around the village, whether you choose to
dine and soak in the splendor of the beach or listen in to the
hustle and bustle of this Caribbean suburb on the main street.
Today is your last day in the Caribbean so after an early
breakfast, it will slowly be time to head back home. Cherish the
last moments aboard your luxury charter yacht as it sails south to
Lowlands and Simpson Bay, being the border between the French and
the Dutch side of Saint Martin. From here you will have easy access
to Princess Juliana International Airport operating regular flights
to North America, Paris, the Netherlands and other Caribbean
Maho Beach in Sint Maarten is a
must-visit for all guests to the island due to its proximity to the
airport’s Runway 10, resulting in airplanes flying over the beach
at minimal altitude. This thrilling tourist attraction without
comparison will be the perfect way to end your luxury charter vacation in the Leeward