BY TEAM JST
Discover some of the most accessible and fun-filled jumping off spots from which to head out on your epic Caribbean yachts charter.
As the cold, wet days of winter take hold and start to drag on, one of the best ways to banish the blues is to follow the sunshine. Nothing can restore order and joy to your winter-sodden mood as quickly and completely as a week, or even better two or three weeks, on a beach, soaking in the sun.
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If that remedy appeals to you, there’s no better, or closer, tropical option at this time of the year than the glorious islands of the Caribbean. The best way to truly experience this gorgeous part of the planet is onboard a luxurious Caribbean yacht charter.
Once you’ve made up your mind to take the plunge and head to warmer, happier climes, one of the first things you’ll have to decide is from which Caribbean isle you wish to set off from to begin your epic Caribbean yachting adventure. Here is three of the best jumping-off spots for your private luxury yacht charter.
1. Nassau, Bahamas
Less than an hour’s flying time from Miami, Florida on the U.S. mainland, and a non-stop (though longer) flight away from London, Nassau is the easily accessible and delightful capital of the archipelago nation of the Bahamas. Nassau serves as the ideal gateway to the yachting friendly isles of the Exumas, with their exotic charms, such as chilled-out rum bars, swimming pigs and miles and miles of crystal-clear waters and deserted, white-sand beaches.
Yet, before your yacht pulls away from its slip and your captain charts a course for the Exumas, a few hours to the southeast – there are tons of things worth seeing and doing in Nassau. Spend a thrilling few hours shooting down exciting waterslides, floating down a meandering lazy river or checking out all the other amazing features of the 141-acre Aquaventure waterpark at Paradise Island’s Atlantis resort. Shop for handmade souvenirs amidst the cheerful hustle and bustle of the vividly hued Nassau Straw Market. Take a tour through the streets of the quaint city and learn all about Nassau’s colorful colonial history, including its long stint as a haven for some of the most unsavory pirates and buccaneers that ever terrorized the oceans blue.
2. Antigua, Leeward Islands
Home to 365 spectacular beaches – one for every day of the year – Antigua sits a three-hour hop from the South Florida coast and a direct, eight-hour-and-45-minute flight from the U.K., this beguiling island provides an easy-to-reach departure point for your Caribbean yacht charter. From here you can sail out to discover the myriad enticements of the Leeward Islands, with their deserted coves, reggae rhythms, soaring volcanic mountains and majestic nature preserves.
But, before you leave, Antigua offers many enchantments of its own that you simply won’t want to miss. Stroll along powdery pink sand beaches. Join in a spirited cricket match with local Antiguans who are always ready with a smile and a healthy dollop of banter, offered up in their local jargon. Pick your favorite boats and crews to cheer on during the renowned annual regatta. Sample freshly caught fish in creole sauce or spicy jerk chicken, all washed down with rum and coconut water or an ice-cold Wadadli, Antigua’s home-brewed beer.
3. St Lucia, Windward Islands
The exquisite island of St Lucia, known in some quarters as “the jewel of the Caribbean,” lies within easy flying distance of Miami (a less-than-four-hour plane trip away), and London (a close-to-nine-hour jet ride from the international airport of Hewanorra, in Vieux Fort). Once you arrive in St. Lucia for your Caribbean yacht charter, you’ll be in the perfect spot to start off on a leisurely cruise around the breathtaking Windwards Islands, with their secluded black-sand bays, crystalline aquamarine seas and wild rainforest landscapes. However, before you leave, make sure that you check out some of the many highlights that St Lucia boasts.
Hike to the very top of one or both of the majestic twin peaks, known as the Pitons. Feast your eyes on sulfurous steam rising up from the belly of the earth, as you visit the world’s only drive-in volcano. Snorkel or dive on the Anse Chastanet reef and marvel at a whole undersea universe teeming with vibrant marine life in the translucent turquoise waters.
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