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Spring Is The Perfect Season To Charter A Super yacht In The Caribbean and the Bahamas

Spring break represents a change of season for many, and as the yacht charter season in the Caribbean and Bahamas comes to a close, yacht crews are in full swing, the weather is ideal and the sea is often at its warmest. So why not immerse yourself in the world of yacht charter and spend a holiday on the waters around the region’s stunning and diverse islands?

Spring Is The Perfect Season To Charter A Super yacht In The Caribbean and the Bahamas

With over 7,000 Caribbean islands to explore, groups such as the Windward and Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas offer their own individual charm and brilliance. There’s an island for everyone, whether you’re looking for peace and solitude or the world’s most exclusive beach clubs and party hotspots. You also have the choice of some of the best motor and sailing yachts and catamarans in the world, crewed by some of the most experienced captains and a dedicated crew. Located in the area is one of our most popular charter yachts measuring over 40m: the unique and colorful Vicem Yacht Hatt Mill, whose stunning blue hull and exceptional interior perfectly match the vibrancy of the surrounding area.

Caribbean hot spots

The Leeward Islands are located in the eastern part of the Caribbean and include popular islands such as Antigua, St. Kitts and the British Virgin Islands. Antigua has a long maritime and yacht charter history and is home to the Antigua Charter Yacht Show, held at the stunning Nelson Dockyards, originally built by plantation owners when sugar cane was the island’s main commodity. The shipyard is worth a visit to learn about the controversial history of the sugar cane industry and acts as a gateway to the rest of the Caribbean, with the Windwards to the south, the Virgin Islands to the west and the Bahamas to the northwest – making it a perfect base for one Charter vacation.

Spring Is The Perfect Season To Charter A Super yacht In The Caribbean and the Bahamas

Located at the southern end of the Caribbean, the Windward Islands are home to some of the most famous vacation islands, including St. Lucia, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. St. Lucia is a volcanic island where you can even visit a drivable volcano, benefit from the healing powers of sulfur springs, or enjoy contrasting beaches and rainforests. If you want your itinerary to include visiting some of the best beach clubs, then Barbados is the place for you with clubs like Nikki Beach, Royal Westmoreland and Harbor Lights. Enjoy the sun during the day and rum cocktails in the evening!

The British Virgin Islands are a paradise for water sports enthusiasts both in and under the water and most yachts come with a selection of water toys and diving equipment to provide hours of fun. The BVIs will be known to some for Richard Branson’s luxurious Necker Island, which can be included in a yacht charter with a night on the island. Before the Virgin boss owned his piece of heaven, the infamous pirate Blackbeard was said to have left 15 rebellious crew members with a cutlass and a bottle of rum on Dead Chest Cay.

Spring Is The Perfect Season To Charter A Super yacht In The Caribbean and the Bahamas

To the north and west the Caribbean opens up to the fabulous Bahamas; Islands known for their favorable conditions and shallow waters. The islands, including Nassau and the Exumas, lie amid miles of irresistibly blue waters that are also dotted with secret sandbars and teeming with exotic marine life. The captains have extensive local knowledge of where these treasures can be found, and the crew can organize a trip to see the famous swimming pigs.

Motor yachts, sailing yachts and catamarans – the choice is endless

As one of the most thriving charter locations, the Caribbean has yachts of all shapes and sizes, from mega to modest yachts, with budgets to suit. Some of the most exclusive megayachts can cost more than a million dollars a week, while some of the smaller catamarans can be chartered at cheaper weekly rates. A good charter broker will advise you on your options and will likely have recommendations at every price point. However, keep in mind that the main price does not include the extended deployment fee (typically around 25% of the charter fee) or the usual gratuity (up to 20% of the charter fee). If you are new to the charter business, working with a reputable charter broker will ensure that you understand all relevant fees, contracts and obligations of both the yacht owner and the customer.

Spring Is The Perfect Season To Charter A Super yacht In The Caribbean and the Bahamas

Oceanco and Palmer Johnson are two of the giants of yacht building and a well-maintained and regularly refitted superyacht can operate premium charters for many years. Two of our favorite experienced ladies are Oceanco’s Lucky Lady and Palmer Johnson’s Lady J, both available for charter in the Bahamas for spring break.

The Caribbean is perfect for sailing thanks to the gentle winds that blow between the islands. Yacht regattas are a common sight throughout the region and many sailing yachts are available for charter by interested parties. If you prefer to sit back and let the crew do the work, the grace of a sailing yacht can’t be beat, with both classic and modern options to choose from. Easter is a wonderful time for sailing in the Caribbean as it falls in the dry season when the weather is warm, the sea is calm and the winds are mild. For obvious reasons, it is recommended to avoid hurricane season between August and October.

Extraordinary cuisine, exciting water toys and exemplary service

Imagine your charter yacht as your own private floating villa with all the luxury and services you would find in a 5 star hotel. A good crew is at the heart of a great charter experience and a charter broker can help you choose your yacht depending on whether you prefer discreet or convenient service.

Spring Is The Perfect Season To Charter A Super yacht In The Caribbean and the Bahamas

No vacation is complete without the opportunity to sample local cuisine or indulge in your favorite cocktails and desserts. Waiting in the galley of a crewed charter yacht are some of the world’s best chefs, whose experience ranges from high-end restaurants to exquisite private dinners. Available in the Caribbean and Bahamas, the fresh ingredients focus on locally caught seafood mixed with traditional Bayan, Creole and Latin American flavors. However you choose to dine – family style, silverware or a barbecue – nothing is too much trouble for the chef and stewardesses. You can also look forward to great table decorations that turn even the simplest meal into a stylish event.

While you dine, the indoor staff will put down the beds, provide refreshing drinks and show a film for the children. In the meantime, the deck team is busy putting the toys away and cleaning the decks and patio furniture for the next morning. To give you a comfortable start to the day, the crew gets up early, makes the coffee, prepares breakfast and sets up the water toys. Today, the choice of many yachts is endless, including exciting motorboats, inflatable water parks, and diving and fishing equipment.

Given the popularity of spring break around the world, prices can be high and competition can be fierce. A good charter broker with excellent connections is invaluable in finding and securing amazing special offers, even on the best charter yachts.

Temperatures in the Caribbean and the Bahamas in spring are around 26°C with gentle winds and little precipitation. The temperature on deck can drop overnight, so it is advisable to bring something warm to make the most of the cozy outdoor dinner on board.

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