Sailing Holidays in St Martin
This surprisingly little island embodies a dual personality - half French, half Dutch.
St Martin/St Maarten and the surrounding islands of Anguilla and St Barts offer some of the most spectacular sailing in the Caribbean. Experience beautiful anchorages, stunning sunsets and outstanding restaurants. If you are used to sailing in more crowded sailing areas, you will soon discover that St Martin and the surrounding islands offers remote, unspoilt anchorages and total relaxation for that perfect getaway.
Just half a day’s sail away from St Martin is the beautiful island of Anguilla, renowned for its pristine, white sand beaches and the attraction of the rich and famous, and unbeatable for its peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. What an ideal place to enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the waterfront restaurants or a BBQ under the stars! No sailing itinerary would be complete without a trip to St Bart's, known for its wonderful restaurants and picturesque port. Enjoy window shopping and watch the beautiful people as you sip French coffee and enjoy fresh croissants!
Sailing in St Martin
You’ll find stunning anchorages all round St Martin and the main harbours offer excellent restaurants and designer shopping. A one week sailing itinerary takes in the stunning islands of Anguilla and St Barts.
In two weeks plan a blue water cruise to Antigua, visiting the "islands that brush the clouds"- Saba, St Eustatius, St Kitts & Nevis, lush islands of rain forests and volcanoes. Or plan a one-way passage overnight to the British Virgin Islands and spend a week in two different sailing areas
DAY 1 : Embark at Anse Marcel Marina, a full service marina on the northwest coast with a good choice of bars and restaurants.
DAY 2 : Sail to Anguilla (15nm) and clear into customs at Road Bay, a charming village set on a lovely beach. Pack your picnic for lunch at Prickly Bay Cays. The snorkeling here is some of the best in the Caribbean.
DAY 3 : The sail south is a fast tack and Tintamarre makes a good midday stop for a beach picnic. St Barts (32nm) is favoured by the rich and famous but visiting yachtsmen are welcome at Gustavia's bustling harbour front. Some say the cuisine here is the best in the Caribbean, and there's certainly plenty of choice of restaurants.
DAY 4 : Hire a mini-moke and explore the very pretty island of St Barts. Winding hillside roads afford spectacular views and lead you to excellent beaches.
DAY 5 : Philipsburg (15nm), the convivial port is the capital of St Maarten, the Dutch side of the island, is popular for its bars, restaurants and duty free shopping.
DAY 6 : Choose the beach as you sail round the island - you pass several at Simpson Bay and Marigot Bay but the best is Baie Grand Case (17nm), a long sweeping beach and the gastronomic centre of St. Martin.
DAY 7 : Leisurely sail back to Anse Marcel Marina (5nm)
Best time to travel to St Martin is December to May, the dry season, with temperatures 27-29oC, when the trade winds are steady with winds blowing East-Northeast from 15 to 25 knots. From June to November the weather is usually warmer and more changeable with winds blowing Northeast through South from 10 to 20 knots. Experience level 2-3.
Yacht charter in St Martin
Yachts are based at Anse Marcel in the north of St Martin. 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 ST MARTIN:
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have direct flights from Gatwick to Antigua. LIAT operate connecting flights from Antigua to St Martin. Alternatively fly to St Martin with AirFrance via Paris or KLM via Amsterdam. Transfer time to Anse Marcel Marina 40 minutes.