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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 - an unforgettable display.

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.

Antigua Yacht Charter

  • Overview
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    Nelsons Dockyard

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    Great Bird Island

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    Falmouth Harbour

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    Carlisle Bay

    Sailing holidays in Antigua

    • Easily accessible-direct flights with BA and Virgin
    • Immerse yourself in some history at Nelson's Dockyard
    • Explore as many of the island's 365 beaches as possible!
    • Experienced sailors can head to Barbuda
    • Two week charters could include St Kitts, Nevis or Guadeloupe
    • Level 2 sailing
    • Average temperatures of around 26-28 degrees
    • Average winds force 3-5
    • Mostly anchorages in this area
    • Flexible start and finish dates possible
  • 1 Wk Itinerary

    Suggested 1 week sailing itinerary in Antigua

    DAY 1 : Five Islands Harbour

    Embark at Jolly Harbour where you will find 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 : Great Bird Island

    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 : Dickenson Bay

    Relax in this magical area and in the afternoon drop anchor in Dickenson Bay, a long beach with watersports, bars and restaurants.

    DAY 4 : Falmouth Harbour

    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 : Nonsuch Bay

    Follow the south 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 : St James Club / Carlisle Bay

    Heading back along the south coast, drop anchor at St James' Club or Carlisle Bay, smart resorts with palm-fringed beaches and excellent restaurants.

    DAY 7 : Jolly Harbour

    Continue your downwind sail inside Cades Reef, enjoying the calm turquoise waters on your way back to Jolly Harbour.

    Antigua 1 week sailing holiday itinerary

  • Sailing Conditions

    Sailing conditions in Antigua

    The best time to sail in Antigua is from November to June, with temperatures around 30 oC. Constant warm tradewinds blowing East-Northeast from 15 to 25 knots provide excellent sailing during the winter months.

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 1-2' (levels info)

  • Getting There

    Getting There

    Flights to Antigua

    Bonded for your financial protection under ATOL 3016British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have direct flights from Gatwick to Antigua.

    Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights. If you would prefer a flight-inclusive holiday then 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.

    Transfers

    We recommend all clients pre-book transfers from the airport to the base as some flights arrive later in the evening. We can arrange these transfers for you with the base in Antigua. A transfer to Jolly Harbour Marina takes approximately 30 minutes. Please ask a member of staff for pricing.

    Hotels

    Antigua is a fantastic place to experience a sail and stay holiday. With daily flights you can really make the most of your time in the caribbean and combine a yacht charter with a hotel stay in Antigua or even another caribbean island! We offer a range of hotels, from family friendly to romantic retreat so you are sure to find something that takes your fancy. See our range of Caribbean Hotels.

"Our two weeks in the BVIs lived up to expectations and beyond, the wind was consistently 13-18 kts with the odd period in the 20s but the icing on the cake for all of us was the snorkelling which was diverse and absorbing with rays, turtles, squid and an array of fish to mesmerise. Thank you to your team for putting it all together for us."

BVI 2015 - J.W.

Antigua Yacht Charter prices

Yachts from Antigua Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

5% EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT (in red) valid 6 months prior to departure, Extra 5% DISCOUNT for 2 weeks

Yacht details 01 Jun - 26 Oct 27 Apr - 31 May
26 Oct - 21 Dec
02 Feb - 30 Mar
20 - 27 Apr
05 Jan - 01 Feb
01 - 20 Apr
22 Dec - 04 Jan
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2019-AG-BB-Dre/3

Yachts from Antigua Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

5% EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT (in red) valid 6 months prior to departure, Extra 5% DISCOUNT for 2 weeks

Yacht details 01 Jun - 26 Oct 27 Apr - 31 May
26 Oct - 21 Dec
02 Feb - 30 Mar
20 - 27 Apr
05 Jan - 01 Feb
01 - 20 Apr
22 Dec - 04 Jan
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2019-AG-BB-Dre/4

Yachts from Antigua Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

5% EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT (in red) valid 6 months prior to departure, Extra 5% DISCOUNT for 2 weeks

Yacht details 01 Jun - 26 Oct 27 Apr - 31 May
26 Oct - 21 Dec
02 Feb - 30 Mar
20 - 27 Apr
05 Jan - 01 Feb
01 - 20 Apr
22 Dec - 04 Jan
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2019-AG-BB-Dre/6

Yachts from Jolly Harbour

Includes Outboard

YACHT SECURITY:

Refundable deposit GBP2700- GBP8100 OR Non Refundable insurance GBP189-378/week which reduces refundable to €500-750

(COMPULSORY)

End Cleaning, Starter Pack and fees: GBP220-333 (Depending on size of vessel)

Fuel used (fill up on return)
Optional extras (i.e SUP's, Kayaks etc) available on request.
SKIPPER: GBP1,355/week + food and drink + own cabin
CRUISING PERMIT:

US$30 per charter

Sailing Qualifications

To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.

For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.

If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.

Level 2

Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.

Level 3

Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.