The Leeward Islands

Luxury Yacht Charter St Maarten

Yacht Charter in St Maarten

St Maarten – or St Martin as it is sometimes known – is a small island in the Leeward Islands chain that has become something of a yacht charter Mecca. Only 37 miles in Size, the island is divided between a Dutch and a French side with both communities doing all they can to attract yachties and water-loving tourists. The French side covers about two thirds of the island and is technically part of Europe whilst the Dutch side is a member of the Netherlands Antilles and part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The island has established itself as the megayacht capital of the Caribbean, with excellent facilities set in stunning surroundings.

Luxury Yacht Charter St Kitts and Nevis

Yacht Charter in St Kitts and Nevis

St Kitts and Nevis are two islands in the Leewards chain which together make up the independent federation of St Kitts and Nevis. A former British colony until 1983, the two islands are less sophisticated than neighboring Antigua and St Maarten although strides are being taken to bring the country into the 21st century. Both islands are bless with incredible natural beauty, but St Kitts is certainly has more to offer in terms of facilities for yacht charter.

Luxury Yacht Charter St Barth

Yacht Charter in St Barth

St Barth – or St Barthélemy as it is officially known – is a charming island which is becoming increasingly popular as a luxury yacht charter destination. The French overseas territory, which measures just eight miles, is the smallest of the islands that comprise the French West Indies but what it lacks in size it makes up for in style. A favorite with the jet set, St Barth is the French Riviera of the Caribbean with glorious white sandy beaches, pristine crystal clear waters and exclusive boutiques, restaurants and hotels.

Luxury Yacht Charter Antigua

Yacht Charter in Antigua

Antigua is the geographical and yachting centre of the Caribbean, and often the first port of call for yachts crossing the Atlantic from Europe. It used to be the British Royal Navy’s main Caribbean base from where it controlled the trade routes between the old and the new worlds. Antigua has been hugely important in the growth of the yacht charter industry in the Caribbean. It was from here that the first charters set out from English Harbour in 1949 to discover the islands 365 beaches – one for every day of the year. In December 2011, Antigua will host its 50th international yacht show, one of the leading yachting events in the world.

Luxury Yacht Charter Guadeloupe

Yacht Charter in Guadeloupe

Up until now its claim to fame has been its butterfly-shaped form from above, but now Guadeloupe looks set to gain prominence as an emerging luxury yacht charter destination. In fact, Guadeloupe is a great deal more than a big island shaped like a butterfly. The newest Caribbean yacht charter hot spot is actually an archipelago consisting of five other islands: Marie-Galante, La Desirade, Petite-Terre and Iles des Saintes. The islands are characterized by stunning white sandy beaches, dense rain forest interspersed with tumbling waterfalls and a natural beauty which literally takes your breath away.