The Caribbean is a constantly evolving landscape for families with a penchant for yachting, with new charter destinations gaining popularity as facilities for superyacht charters improve year on year. I have hand-selected the best destinations for Caribbean yacht charters in 2017, introducing the most alluring new destinations and some old favourites.
Pirate Hunts and Perfect Beaches, British Virgin Islands
BVI yacht charters are among the best yachting experiences for families. The lush rainforest-veiled archipelago is made up of over 60 islands within a short cruise of each other, meaning the children won’t ever get bored on long crossings;living out one’s seafaring fantasies – much like the great explorer, Christopher Columbus, who passed through these waters – has never been so spectacular. They’ll enjoy an endless variety of activities, from playing in the fine sands of White Bay in Jost Van Dyke to exploring the marine life with the superyacht’s water toys. Whether they’re tearing along sugar-white beaches, snorkelling the incredible rock formations and grottos of the Virgin Gorda Baths, or dressing as a pirate for a treasure hunt on a remote island, the BVIs will be a place of happy memories for the whole family. The facilities for yachting families in the BVIs are even better in 2017, with an impressive expansion of Nanny Cay on Tortola to incorporate a large new outer marina, which welcomes superyachts, with restaurants, boutiques, a spa, and leisure spaces.
Swimming Pigs and Waterslides, Bahamas
While the Bahamas are not technically part of the Caribbean, many people detour on a Caribbean yacht charter to admire the beauty of the Bahamian islands. Whether the kids are swimming with the pigs in the Exumas, exploring limestone caves on Grand Bahama, or hurtling down the Mayan Temple waterslide at Atlantis Resort on Nassau, there’s no question that the Bahamas is a prime family destination. Parents will find their own bliss too, whether golfing in world-class resorts, diving for conch, or just lolling in an outdoor hammock by a sugar white beach. If you’re planning to drop by Hemingway’s old haunts on the dreamy island of Bimini, then stop by the newRW Hemingway’s restaurant at the new Hilton Hotel for a delicious lunch, or spend the afternoon in the hotel’s spa.
Monkey Magic, St Kitts & Nevis
St Kitts and Nevis is in-vogue destination of the superyacht populace, partly thanks to the stunning new marina, Christophe Harbor, which transformed the twin islands’ image when it opened on St Kitts in 2015. The kids will love zip-lining through the rainforest, snorkelling pristine coral reefs, and keeping a lookout for the famous Vervet monkeys at Turtle Beach. You might learn to surf, have a game of golf, or discover the islands’ colonial past with their military forts and decadent plantation hotels. Once the ultra-fashionable destination for Napoleon and the European elite, St Kitts and Nevis is having a 21st century revival. The islands offer stunning beauty in abundance, adventure, and warm Caribbean hospitality to all who visit.
Charter Motor Yacht EMOTION
Of course, the superyacht you charter makes all the difference. Perfect for a family yacht charter in the Caribbean, M/Y EMOTION is a popular vessel with an experienced crew. The 42.6m vessel was built by CRN Ancona in 2007, and underwent a full refit in 2012, which brought her into ultimate style and comfort. M/Y EMOTION’s special features include a gym, a Jacuzzi on the spacious sun deck, an outdoor cinema, and a small fleet of the latest water toys. She can accommodate up to 11 guests in luxurious staterooms, and is available for chartering in the Caribbean from EUR 132,000/week.
Whether you spend your time looking for monkeys on the beaches of St Kitts and Nevis, swimming with pigs in the Bahamas, or discovering the shipwrecks and beaches of the BVIs, the Caribbean is the perfect destination for a family yacht charter. Reawaken your family’s interest in exploration in 2017 with a Caribbean yacht charter.