Luxury yacht charters Antigua
Antigua has an old-school charm, with an authentic sailing heart which will no doubt resonate with those choosing a luxury yacht charter. A favourite stopping point for many Caribbean aficionados, it is steeped in colonial history and has fantastic opportunities for diving and snorkelling thanks to its coral reefs and walls as well as a number of shipwrecks.
Attractions include Nelson’s Dockyard, a well-preserved 18th-century naval dockyard in English Harbour that was once the base for Admiral Horatio Nelson’s fleet in the Caribbean and today has bars, restaurants and relaxed beaches nearby.
What kind of experiences are there to enjoy on luxury yacht charters in Antigua?
Make your way to the marina in Falmouth Harbour and enjoy the fun bars and cafes as well as those of neighbouring English Harbour. On a Sunday, head up to the Shirley Heights viewpoint to enjoy local music and a rum punch while looking out for the famous ‘green flash’ on the horizon at sunset.
Those seeking sand, sun and a slower pace can make the short walk over to Pigeon Point Beach from Falmouth Harbour. There is a relaxed atmosphere and beach shacks provide a mellow background reggae rhythm and refreshments.
Get away from it all in Nonsuch Bay, perfect for a quiet evening in this sheltered anchorage which has a natural reef to explore by day. Snorkelling or scuba diving are particularly good to the south or east of the island; simply pull on a pair of fins and jump off the back of the yacht to discover the local reefs and wrecks from bygone days of trading and piracy.
Montserrat is a volcanic island just 25 miles south-west of the island and is a great stop during an Antigua yacht charter. Having experienced a significant eruption of the Soufriere Hills volcano in the 1990s, resulting in earning a reputation as a “modern-day Pompeii”, Montserrat has a dramatic landscape towards the south of the island, much of which is now part of an exclusion zone. The north of the island offers plenty to explore, including black-sand beaches, coral reefs and caves interspersed along the coastline. Take an excursion ashore to the volcano observatory and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views.
When is the best time to rent a yacht in Antigua?
The main charter season in Antigua falls between December and April. Average temperatures are generally stable year-round, with highs of approximately 29C (84F) in December and 28C (82F) in April. The sea temperature in December and April is usually around 27C (81F).
Where can you visit?
Falmouth Harbour and English Harbour have been welcoming ships and yachts for centuries and are steeped in maritime history. Many luxury yacht charters in Antigua will base themselves from here.
St John’s is the capital and worth a visit for those with an interest in the island’s history. Take a day’s excursion by car across the island or head in by tender to visit the city’s Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, which takes you back in time to the days of plundering, plantations and indigenous tribes. The 19th-century St John’s Cathedral looks down over the capital from its prominent hillside position near Government House, a reminder of the colonial past of the island.
To make the most of water sports in a peaceful anchorage, head to nearby Green Island where you can snorkel or enjoy some speed on the yacht’s jet skis, followed by a stunning Caribbean sunset in the remote location.
What are the major yachting ports in Antigua?
Falmouth Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard on the south coast of Antigua are the most popular places for yachts to dock. Both are well suited to sailing superyachts and are deep enough for vessels with a large draft. Falmouth Harbour Marina has capacity for superyachts of up to 100 metres (330 feet) in length and with a draft of 6 metres (20 feet). Nelson’s Dockyard Marina has capacity for superyachts and is also the centre of the action for many of the regattas taking place throughout the season.