Sailing Holidays in Martinique
Martinique is a delightful island with a distinctly French flavour, with many pretty seaside villages, unspoilt beaches and good snorkelling.
Like Guadeloupe and St Martin, Martinique is a French departement and is popular as a centre for Caribbean yacht charter. The isalnd is more relaxed than the islands to the north and more sophisticated than the islands to the south.
The French influence gives well-stocked supermarkets, boulangeries and excellent Creole restaurants. The smell of fresh croissants and pastries mixes everywhere with the spicy aromas of West Indian cooking. Small cafés and charming bistros add a decidedly cosmopolitan flair to the place.
The rugged mountainous landscape in the north has dense tropical rain forests, rivers and waterfalls. The southern coast is dotted with many picturesque bays and coves. If your idea of a great vacation involves picture perfect beaches, then the island of Martinique is for you. In the south, a plethora of white sand beaches dots the entire south coast. In the north, enjoy the unique and lush setting of black sand beaches near Le Carbet and Le Prêcheur.
Sailing in Martinique
You can spend a whole week exploring the coast of Martinique on your charter yacht, from Sainte-Anne, the southernmost village, to Saint-Pierre, famous for the 1902 volcanic eruption of Mount Pelée. Sail near HMS Diamond Rock and explore the many delightful harbours and anchorages along the way.
For a 2 week sailing itinerary head north to undiscovered Dominica or south to St Lucia. More experienced skippers can plan a longer itinerary south to St Vincent and the Grenadines.
DAY 1 : Embark at Marina Le Marin, a full service marina on the south coast.
DAY 2 : Anse d'Arlet (15 miles) is a lovely relaxed beach where you can anchor for the night.
DAY 3 : St Pierre (10 miles). Head for Fort de France to shop the boutiques or the bustling local market. Clear customs and then hug the coast up to St. Pierre, site of the 1902 volcano tragedy.
DAY 4 : Rodney Bay, St Lucia (35 miles). Full day's sail down to St Lucia. Customs clearance (entry). Visit Pigeon Island, Reduit Beach and maybe the "Jump up" at Gros Ilet every Friday night.
DAY 5 : The Pitons, St Lucia (13nm). Explore Soufriere Bay and the Pitons and discover the volcano, the waterfalls and sulphur springs. Good snorkeling here.
DAY 6 : Ste. Anne (35nm) Full day's sail back to Martinique. Ste. Anne on the south coast is a charming village with its boutiques, restaurants and local market.
DAY 7 : Return to Marina Le Marin.
Temperatures in Martinique remain around 30°C all year with short tropical rain showers. Steady trade winds blow from the north-east at 20-25 knots during the peak winter months December to June. Experience Level 2-3 depending on itinerary.
Yacht charter in Martinique
Yachts are based at Marina Le Marin on the south coast of martinique. Charters start and finish any day, giving you total flexibility over your holiday dates. Minimum charter is 7 nights but over Christmas and New Year period 10 nights.
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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 MARTINIQUE:
Air France have flights to Martinique from the UK via Paris. Transfer time to Marina Le Marin 30 minutes.