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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 department and is popular as a centre for Caribbean yacht charter. This island 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.

Martinique Yacht Charter

  • Overview
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    Anse D'Arlet

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    Sailing holidays in Martinique

    • Flights via Paris with Air France
    • On a 2 week charter explore undiscovered Dominica
    • Don't miss the market & sugar cane museum at Les Trois Islets
    • Enjoy the French influence and all Martinique's gastronomic delights
    • Average distances of 19nm/day
    • Level 2 sailing
    • Average temperatures of around 30 degrees
    • Average winds force 3-5
    • A mixture of anchorages and harbour moorings in this area
    • Flexible start and finish dates possible
  • 1 Wk Itinerary

    Suggested 1 week itinerary from Martinique

    DAY 1 : Marina Du Marin

    Embark at Marina Le Marin, a full service marina on the south coast.

    DAY 2 : Anse d'Arlet (15nm)

    A lovely relaxed beach where you can anchor for the night.

    DAY 3 : St Pierre (10nm)

    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 (35nm)

    A 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. There is good snorkeling here.

    DAY 6 : Sainte Anne (35nm)

    A full day's sail back to Martinique. Sainte Anne on the south coast is a charming village with its boutiques, restaurants and local market.

    DAY 7 : Marina Du Marin

    Martinique 1 week sailing holiday itinerary

  • Sailing Conditions

    Sailing conditions in Martinique

    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.

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 2-3' (levels info)

  • Getting There

    Getting There

    Flights to Martinique

    Bonded for your financial protection under ATOL 3016Air France have flights to Martinique from the UK via Paris. Transfer time to Marina Le Marin 30 minutes.

    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 Martinique. A transfer to Marina Le Marin takes approximately 30 minutes. Please ask a member of staff for pricing.

    Hotels

    The Caribbean is a fantastic place to experience a sail and stay holiday. Why not make the most of your time in the sunshine and combine a yacht charter with a hotel stay. 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.

"A very enjoyable and relaxing fortnight’s charter in the Abacos. A beautiful and tranquil archipelago of sand-fringed islands. Sailing was in the Sea of Abaco, a large lagoon, often with only 2m below our keels, so we were very glad that we had chosen a catamaran! We were very lucky in chartering Odin, a new Lagoon 42 Luxe. She was spacious and really well equipped, with several very useful mod cons such as air-con and a water-maker. A lovely catamaran! There were several picturesque and well sheltered harbours with a couple of restaurants, though we spent most nights in anchorages, often on our own. We only ate out 3 times, but those meals were good. The conch is the local speciality! On several of the Cays, golf buggies replaced cars and we had lots of offers of lifts from friendly residents. There were some good snorkelling spots and we had several close encounters with delightful turtles! All in all, a really good holiday! Thank you, Nautilus!"

Bahamas 2018 - V.M.

Martinique Yacht Charter prices

Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

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

Yacht details 10 May - 20 Jul
17 Aug - 15 Nov
21 Apr - 11 May
20 Jul - 17 Aug
16 Nov - 21 Dec
6 Jan-20 Apr 22 Dec-5 Jan
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

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Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

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

Yacht details 10 May - 20 Jul
17 Aug - 15 Nov
21 Apr - 11 May
20 Jul - 17 Aug
16 Nov - 21 Dec
6 Jan-20 Apr 22 Dec-5 Jan
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

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Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

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

Yacht details 10 May - 20 Jul
17 Aug - 15 Nov
21 Apr - 11 May
20 Jul - 17 Aug
16 Nov - 21 Dec
6 Jan-20 Apr 22 Dec-5 Jan
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

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Yachts from Martinque

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: GBP1,260/week + food and drink + own cabin
ONE-WAYS: Available on request

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.