Looking to experience the most spectacular natural beauty and diversity of the Caribbean? Look no further than the magical islands of the French West Indies. Explore dramatic rain forests, towering waterfalls, turquoise lagoons and party and be seen at the always posh winter home for jetsetters – St. Barts.
Below is a sample 7-day yachting itinerary in Leeward Islands. Enjoy.
Between the turquoise waters and perfect white sand beaches, you won't be the first to want to just relax and enjoy the stunning views and ocean breeze. But for those looking for adventure, take your tender to the wreck of the MV Corinthian for a dive. On land, hike through the rain forest and up the peak for a view of the entire island.
Once you arrive, take your tender or swim ashore at Sandy Bank for a grand entrance. Pay a visit to Mr. X's Shiggidy Shack for their famous flame-grilled lobster and lively evening entertainment including dancers and fire- eating performers. Also be sure to take your tender up The Strip in Frigate Bay for another view of the island.
Welcome to this often looked-over Caribbean paradise. Barbuda's beaches are empty so that crew can plan a private picnic or party and have the beach all to yourself. The Atlantic coast is great for kitesurfers while the Caribbean side has pink sand beaches and dotted with palms. Also great for fishing and divers due to the island's several shipwrecks.
Known to locals as a scuba diver's paradise, make sure to visit the Saba National Marine Park. Also diver's should be sure to check out The Pinnacles - a dive site that rises 30m from the seabed in a comprised of lava and coral. Onshore, hike half a mile up Mount Scenery. It's a magical lookout point – and officially the highest peak in Holland.
St Barths is known as the playground for the uber wealthy and is a mini St Tropez in the Caribbean with high end boutiques, beach clubs and 5-star restaurants everywhere you turn. Gouverneur Plage and Saline Plage are hidden gems to pay a visit via tender for your own private beach party.
This lively island has the best of both worlds - the French side of this island is more chill and chic, with the quiet beaches, while the Dutch side is filled with casinos and nightlife for a more lively night out. For adventure onshore, hike the Paradise Peak, or go zip lining above the forest canopy.
It's hard to ignore the beauty of the 300+ coves and sugar white sandy beaches, but make sure to explore all the island has to offer. After stopping at Half Moon Bay, cruise through the rainforest canopy on a zipline, or kayak through the island's mangrove swamps.