Sailing Holidays

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 conditions

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.

Sailing area

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.

Charter yachts

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.

We can also offer bareboat charter yachts from several other charter fleets we work closely with in Martinique so we are sure to have the perfect charter yacht for your next sailing holiday in Martinique.

Travel arrangements

Air France have flights to Martinique from the UK via Paris. Transfer time to Marina Le Marin 30 minutes.

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.

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Charter any yacht or catamaran from Martinique between 9 May & 14 Nov and get
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14 nights for the price of 11

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Prices given below. Click on the yacht names to view yacht layout & specification

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.

 

Whether you are an experienced sailor or setting foot on a yacht for the first time, we can offer you a holiday afloat to suit you. Experience Level 1 are suitable for less experienced crews and Experience Level 3 are more suited for the experts.    

This takes into account the wind strength, tidal range and currents, distances between stops and ease of mooring. Of course even experts may choose to sail in Level 1 areas as they still offer stunning scenery and great sailing.

Experience Level 1: BVI, Bahamas, Florida Keys

Generally light winds Force 2-4, line of sight navigation, shorter sailing distances under 20nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 1 week or 100nm as skipper

Experience Level 2: Antigua, St Martin, St Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Grenada, St Vincent, Belize

Stronger winds up to Force 3-5 with some longer passages up to 30nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 2 weeks or 200nm as skipper

Experience Level 3: Cuba. One way itineraries, eg Antigua to St Martin, St Lucia to Grenadines

Stronger winds up to Force 4-7 which can lead to bigger seas on long passages between the islands. You will be Coastal Skipper standard with experience to a higher level having sailed at least 4 weeks or 400nm as skipper.

To charter a yacht bareboat or on flotilla you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew.

At present you need an RYA Day Skipper qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC) for charters in Croatia, Montenegro, Mallorca, Tenerife and Malta.

The RYA ICC will be ever more required by overseas port authorities but if you have skipper experience it is easily obtained in a day from RYA sailing schools in the UK such as Hamilton Sailing or Brixham Sea School 

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.

 

Before its destruction during the 1902 Mount Pelée volcanic eruption, Saint-Pierre was the most important city of Martinique, known as "the Paris of the Caribbean". Today, the town has been rebuilt and is officially recognized as a city of Art and History. There are many historic remains and a Volcanological Museum.

Les Trois Islets is an idyllic spot near the capital Fort de France. The Pagerie Museum is set up on the spot where Empress Josephine was born. Musical and cultural events are organized in the Park of the Trois-Ilets close to the island's magnificent golf club. Don't miss the Market or the Sugar Cane Museum.

Food sets Martinique apart from the other Caribbean islands. Martinique shows its Frenchness very noticeably through its love affair with good food. Many shops close from 12 noon to 2:30 for a leisurely lunch and dinner often is a gastronomic adventure lasting all evening. Since local people dine out as a matter of course, visitors to Martinique have one of the widest choices of restaurants in the Caribbean - more than 150.

"Right boat available at right time for the right price at the right location. Nautilus service was excellent. with swift, friendly and helpful responses. Provided a sense of comfort and confidence in the services to be provided."
BVI 2012 - T.M.

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