SINT MAARTEEN ● SAINT MARTIN ● ANGUILLA ● ST BARTH
With its International Airport and most spectacular landing ever experienced, St Martin is the perfect departure to sail around pure turquoise and crystal clear Sea! If you appreciate gourmet food, world class duty free shopping, vibrant nightlife, pristine beaches, year-round warm climate and a cosmopolitan atmosphere with a Caribbean twist, Sint Maarten – Saint Martin is for you!
Whether you are a party seeker or enjoy quiet times you will appreciate Anguilla’s early mornings and the beauty of nature! Away from the beaten path you will also encounter little outlying deserted islands, such as Dog Island, Prickly Pear, Sandy Island…Then elegance, luxury and tranquility, here is St-Barth. A variety of scenery so diverse in so few kilometers, no doubt you keep a unique souvenir of your cruise!!!
An idyll climate, sunshine refreshed by cooling trade winds. A pleasant temperature that hardly varies throughout the year, turquoise transparent waters, St Martin is simply perfect for sailing to the most astonishing spots. Whether you are a Novice, experienced sailor or simply need crew, you will find the charter experience exceptionnal. Sail from island to island on the 20 to 25 knot northeasterly prevailing winds during the winter months or the southeasterly 10 to 15 knot winds in the Summer. Paradise found.
DAY 1 SAINT MARTIN
Meet your boat in Fort Louis Marina, Marigot. Before you rush off take some time to smell the fresh baked breads and pastries wafting from the cafes and bistros. Stop for some wine and cheese or the fashions and perfumes direct-from-Paris.
Once you are all set take a short sail around the bay, familiarize yourself with the yacht and make your way towards Grande Case. This historic fishing village is home to lovely West Indian buildings housing art galleries and gourmet restaurants, a connoisseurs dream. Both these Creole villages are a graceful mix of old world France and the new world West Indies. Anchor by the beach so you can swim or laze on the foredeck and take in the views of the Pic Paradis Mountain in the distance.
DAY 2 ANGUILLA
Sail to Anguilla and take in the unspoiled Caribbean in its element. This pristine island boasts charming villages, peaceful harbors and stunning stretches of white powdery beaches. Drop anchor in Road Bay, the main port. Check in with customs before moving to your anchorage in Crocus Bay. At Flat Cap Point you have excellent snorkeling under the cliffs within a marine conservation area. At sunset, watch the pelicans dive for a meal or catch a view of the mating display of the endangered ocean tropic birds that nest on the island.
DAY 3 PRICKLY PEAR
Only a short sail brings you to the natural reserve of Prickly Pear Cays and Seal Island Reefs. This is a wonderful scuba diving and snorkeling spot with crystal clear water and vibrantly colored living reefs. A long, white sandy beach is great for exploring, as are the three reefs surrounding the island in the translucent turquoise waters. Prickly Pear’s shallow waters are perfect for families with small children.
DAY 4 ILE DE LA FOURCHE
Get an early start for the island of Ile de la Fourche, off the coast of St. Barts. Herds of wild goats are the most obvious of inhabitants on the cactus covered rocky hills of this island. Have an afternoon snorkel and keep your eyes out for the sea turtles that are often seen here. Climb to the top of one of Fourche’s five peaks and take in the panoramic view of the Leeward Islands as the sun sets. If you are there in the spring, look for humpback whales as they migrate south.
DAY 5 SAINT BARTH
Only a short reach south and you will be exploring the French island of St Barts. Anchor at the Gustavia Harbor, a quaint Swedish hamlet. Here you can snorkel the wreck of the motor yacht, « Nonstop », which sunk in a storm. Or step ashore, browse the exclusive boutiques, or rent a Moke and tour the isolated beaches (St. Barts is well known for its « clothing optional » beaches), and admire the fabulous homes carved out of the hillsides. In the evening you may want to enjoy the night life of St. Barts, the St. Tropez of the Caribbean. Enjoy jazz and cognac, wine and laughter, and some lively Caribbean dancing.
DAY 6 ANSE DE COLOMBIER
Sail around to Anse de Colombier, which frames a splendid beach that is only accessible only by sea or a 20-minute walk along a winding pathway from Flamand, This could explain the peace and quiet found there. Colombier is idyllic and a favorite spot for yachts to anchor. An integral part of the Marine Reserve, the sea bed near the rocks is particularly rich and colorful. A favorite meeting place for tortoises, rays, lobster and even dolphins. This is a quiet anchorage where you can snorkel, kayak or relax in the sunshine. Stay at Colombier and enjoy the peace and tranquility.
DAY 7 SINT MAARTEEN
Sail back to Simpson bay, St. Maarten, only three hours away, for an exciting evening on Dutch St. Maarten. Have one last good shopping spree or visit some of the many casinos, piano bars, restaurants, night club. If you need to have an early start on the following day, sail back to the base in Marigot and enjoy some fine French Cuisine…
DAY 8 SAINT MARTIN
One last splash and a fabulous breakfast on deck. It’s time to say good bye.