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Old 18-11-2013, 12:48   #1
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Caribbean Charter Options

Hello,

I'm interested in doing a charter in the carribbean that involves longer, more open water sails than the BVIs. I've chartered there a number of times but this time will be with a more experienced crew, so I would like to try something a little different. Our goals are relatively long (preferably open water) sails with a nice harbor and a couple of low key beach bars at the end of every day (although we aren't opposed to an overnight sail, either). We will be coming down in early March. We will only have 5 or 6 days, so we will likely try to do a one-way charter. I think I've narrowed down the options to the following: (1) St. Lucia to Grenada, (2) St. Martin to Tortola, (3) Antigua to St. Martin or (4) Tortola / St. Thomas to eastern Puerto Rico / Spanish Virgins (likely with a detour to St. Croix). Any thoughts on these possibilities (particularly about the relative differences in sailing conditions), or any other ideas I'm missing, would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 19-11-2013, 08:49   #2
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Re: Caribbean Charter Options

From St Lucia one way to Grenada seems best.

The weather and wind and sea conditions are near ideal when sailing south. Trades blow force 4 or 5, seas are less than 2 meters and rainy days are few and far between.

But why not start from Martinique where you get a better choice of charter boats, far better provisionning, more and better restaurants etc. Le Marin is the largest marin of the Caribbean, you will find everything for sailing there.

Here is a tentative plan. From Martinique to Grenada.
1- Board at Le Marin (Martinique). Clear customs out of Martinique.
2- Sail to Rodney Bay St Lucia. (Clear customs in and out of St Lucia.)
3- Sail to Marigot Bay or to the Pitons (rolly moorings).
4- Sail directly to 10 to 11hrs to Bequia some (and clear customs into St Vincent and the Grenadines).
5- Then 4 hrs to the Tobago Cays.
6- Salt Whistle Bay on Mayereau.
7- Clifton on Union to clear customs out of SVG and sail to Petit St Vincent. Postcard anchorage.
Or anchor at Sandy Island off Carricou after clearing customs into Grenada at Hillborough on Carriacou.
8- Sail 5hrs to St George Grenada and clear custom into Grenada at Port Louis marina. This is where you could leave the boat and fly back.

I have been sailing these waters while living aboard since 1995.

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Old 23-11-2013, 10:36   #3
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Re: Caribbean Charter Options

Hi Mattl

What do you think about from Mexico to Belize or Guatemala.

We propose as well :
Cuba
Jamaica
And many other destination.

You will enjoy that .

Kind regards

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Old 24-11-2013, 05:53   #4
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Re: Caribbean Charter Options

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Matt.
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