Sailing Holidays in Antigua
With 365 palm-fringed beaches and numerous anchorages, Antigua offers excellent sailing holidays around the island.
Antigua is part of the Leeward Islands and boasts a spectacular choice of picturesque coves and bays, with fine sand, blue seas and some of the best watersports in the Caribbean. Anchor in crystal clear blue water alongside 11 miles of pristine white sand.
At Nonsuch Bay you'll discover several superb and uncrowded anchorages. Green Island is so beautiful the locals call it the Garden of Eden. Dickenson Bay and North Sound are great places to gunkhole, snorkel and enjoy the beach. Five Islands Harbour is a completely unspoiled sanctuary. Drop anchor along the southwest coast in time to watch the sun set over Nevis - unforgettable.
Explore Nelson's Dockyard, a working 18th century Georgian dockyard and relive naval history. Enjoy the mix of lively bars and restaurants with the peace and tranquility of numerous offshore islands.
Sailing in Antigua
For a 1-week yacht charter holiday there’s plenty of idyllic anchorages around Antigua to keep you busy.
On a 10-day yacht charter you could include the magical island of Barbuda in your sailing itinerary. Barbuda is a 30 mile easy reach away, remote and incredibly beautiful. Along the leeward shore, 11 miles of beach are littered with tiny shells that give it a luminous pink glow. See turtles basking in the shallows while you swim in crystal clear water.
For a 2 week sailing holiday more experienced skippers can plan a sailing itinerary to include St Kitts & Nevis (45nm) or Guadeloupe (48nm). One way yacht charters to St Martin are also available at extra cost, visiting St Kitts & Nevis and St Barts, each island as different as the last.
DAY 1 : Embark at Jolly Harbour Marina. Jolly Harbour offers a well-stocked supermarket, fuel dock, banks, post office and several good restaurants. With direct flights you'll arrive mid-afternoon so there's time for a short sail round to Deep Bay in the beautiful, protected Five Islands Harbour. Dine ashore to the accompaniemant of a calypso band.
DAY 2 : Snorkel on the coral-encrusted Wreck of the Andes, before you set sail to North Sound. Anchor at Great Bird Island and explore the sheltered bays by dinghy.
DAY 3 : Relax in this magical area and in the afternoon drop anchor in Dickenson Bay, a long beach with watersports, bars and restaurants.
DAY 4 : A brisk sail along the rugged southeast coastline, past the unusual rock formation of the Pillars of Hercules, brings you to Falmouth Harbour, built by Lord Nelson. Visit the famous Nelson's Dockyard. Take a short taxi ride up to Shirley Heights for a magnificent view of the sunset. On Sundays, you can enjoy BBQ and live music there.
DAY 5 : Follow the couth coast round to Nonsuch Bay and drop anchor at West Bay on uninhabited Green Island. Take your dinghy inside the reef for some of the best snorkelling in the area.
DAY 6 : Heading back along the couth coast, drop anchor at St James' Club or Carlisle Bay, smart resorts with palm-fringed beaches and excellent restaurants.
DAY 7 : Continue your downwind sail inside Cades Reef, enjoying the calm turquoise waters on your way back to Jolly Harbour.
Best time to travel to sail in Antigua is from November to June,with temperatures around 30oC. Constant warm tradewinds blowing East-Northeast from 15 to 25 knots provide excellent sailing during the winter months. Experience level 2-3 depending on itinerary.
SAIL & STAY IN ANTIGUA: Extend your sailing holiday in Antigua with a week in one of the excellent beach hotels on the island.
Yacht charter in Antigua
Yachts are based at Jolly Harbour Marina on the west coast of Antigua. Charters start and finish any day (minimum 5 nights), giving you total flexibility over your holiday dates.
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Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.
If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.
FLIGHTS TO ANTIGUA:
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have direct flights from Gatwick. Transfer time to Jolly Harbour Marina 30 minutes.