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Visiting the Caribbean

The Caribbean is an intoxicating, colourful region of contrasts. Spread over 7,000 islands, most of which are uninhabited, few other places offer its heady combination of postcard-perfect beaches, azure blue seas and lush green landscapes. With a collection of cities and countries so dazzlingly different, the Caribbean is sure to capture your imagination. From revolutionary, salsa-loving Cuba to the quaint fishing villages of Les Anses d’Arlet in Martinique – this corner of the world has something for everyone.

Outdoor enthusiasts are in for a treat, with an array of unspoilt islands to discover. Nature-lovers will enjoy humpback-whale watching in Samaná in the Dominican Republic or venturing into St Lucia’s glorious Piton mountains. And, fans of all things colonial will marvel at the beautiful buildings in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Whether exploring cities, reclining on pristine beaches or diving in crystal-clear waters, the Caribbean makes a fantastic destination for your charter yacht holiday.

The Caribbean is a region of the Americas made up of the Caribbean Sea, its islands and the surrounding coasts. It is located southeast of North America, east of Central America, and northwest of South America. The region’s islands are divided into three groups: the Bahamas, the Greater Antilles and the Lesser Antilles. Due to its size, the Caribbean climate can vary widely. December to April (high season) tends to be the driest time, with temperatures ranging from 20˚ Celsius to over 30˚. In May, June and November, the weather is generally good with moderate levels of rain and temperatures that hover around the mid-20s. July to October (low season) is hurricane season and tropical storms are frequent.

The Caribbean has over 11,000 species of plant and diverse species of animals, including many exotic birds and fish. As such, the area is a hotspot for biodiversity. The Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) was founded in 2012 to provide resources for the conservation and protection of the region’s valuable plant and animal life.

Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua: The marina, which dates back to Georgian times, now enjoys World UNESCO status. It sees some of the world’s finest yachts pass through it – underscoring Antigua as one of the Caribbean’s top sailing centres.

Fine dining in Barbados: Adored by the rich and famous, Barbados takes ‘luxe’ to another level. You’ll find a range of fantastic restaurants to feast in here, including the popular seafood restaurant ‘Champers’ at Rockley Beach.

Bequia, the Grenadines: For a spot to drop your anchor for a few days, this is a great choice. It has some of the best sailing waters around and offers plenty of distractions on land to keep you entertained.

Discovering rum in St Lucia: No trip to the Caribbean would be complete without sampling some rum! Tour the island’s distillery for its potted history and a lesson in making the region’s favourite tipple.

San Juan, Puerto Rico: One of the region’s busiest ports; you’ll be moments away from fine dining, fantastic shopping and impressive architecture in this lively capital.

Marine life in Bonaire: Bonaire holds huge appeal for snorkelers and divers due to its amazing coral reef, which is a stone’s throw from the shore. So, if you like the water, don’t miss this island.

Tortola, the British Virgin Islands: Discover the beautiful Smuggler’s Cove Beach or spend a day in the capital, Road Town. Here you’ll find a host of shops and eateries on Main Street and Waterfront Drive.

The Caribbean offers a unique experience for a charter yacht holiday. Having the freedom of your own boat allows you to explore its many islands at your own pace and to really get a sense of the region’s incredible diversity. Contact Allonautilus to discuss our range of available boats and book your charter yacht holiday to the Caribbean today!

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