Overview – Caribbean & Americas
The Caribbean is an awe-inspiring location with breathtaking scenery, year-round warm weather and amazing sea life. The Caribbean is always picturesque with gorgeous beaches lined with coconut palm trees, inviting crystal clear turquoise water, refreshing breezes and gorgeous sunsets.
On a yacht charter in the Caribbean, you will island hop from one unique island to another, making stops along the way to snorkel around reefs accessible only by yachts and swim with the beautiful array of tropical fish, turtles and the like. On shore you’ll explore natural wonders like The Baths on Virgin Gorda, be amazed by the lush mountain views and of course enjoy cold drinks and upbeat music at local beach bars and restaurants.
The Caribbean & Americas region consists of over 700 islands, islets, reefs and cays and comprises 34 countries. The absolute best way to explore this unique corner of the globe is on a yacht charter. This region is the most popular yacht chartering destination for clients from the United States, Canada and South America. Not only is travelling to the Caribbean accomplished within a day, this region is also extremely safe and welcoming to visitors.
The Caribbean & the Bahamas are well known for their laid back yet festive atmosphere, delicious local cuisine and diverse selection of sailing adventures. Caribbean destinations like the British Virgin Islands, Bahamas and Belize offer close distances between islands, protected waters and easy navigation. Caribbean destinations like the Grenadines or St. Martin offer a bit longer distances between islands for those who want to spend more time sailing, yet still explore a new island or two every day.
The Caribbean also offers a variety of secluded options – whether you want to partake in happy hour in the evening, or you want a completely remote location – a combination of the two is very common in the Caribbean. A Virgin Island Sailing® Charter Expert will ensure you pick a Caribbean charter location that has exactly what you’re looking for.
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Weather & Seasons – Caribbean & Americas
The Caribbean & Americas is a sultry location with a year-round tropical climate. The high season in the Caribbean is during the winter when everyone wants to trade snow for sand! With air temperatures in the low-mid 80s, water temperatures in the high 70s, consistent tradewinds 15-25 knots and very little rain, the Caribbean is the perfect winter sailing location. January experiences a unique weather pattern called the Christmas winds where the winds can gust 35-40 knots at times. Winter months also occasionally bring northern swells, which simply means the northern facing anchorages will be rougher, so you’ll choose another nearby beautiful anchorage instead.
The Caribbean low season is in the summer with air and water temps in the 80s, tradewinds 5-15 knots and periodic showers. Chartering in the summer is pretty popular for families, teachers and other folks who prefer a summer vacation, but we recommend avoiding mid-August to mid-October which is the peak of hurricane season. The full storm season is June – November, but there is very low risk at the beginning and the end of the season. Spring and fall are great mid seasons with desirable sailing weather, little rain and less people than high season.
While the Bahamas is part of the Caribbean & Americans, it’s weather in the winter season is different than the rest of the Caribbean. Since the Bahamas is located at a more northern latitude, it is affected by winter cold fronts. Therefore, if a cold front comes across Florida, the Bahamas can be cool by some people’s standards – it really depends what you’re used to. Air temperatures during a cold front are typically high 60s to low 70s and regular water temperature in the winter is in the low 70s. The high season for the Bahamas is during the spring.