The Bahamas and Caribbean offer a variety of spectacular luxury charter yacht winter destinations with something to delight everyone. Whether you are planning an adventure on a bareboat charter or chartering a luxury superyacht to unwind and be pampered, there is an ideal itinerary for you. Sharon Bahmer, Boatbookings Charter Director for the Caribbean and USA shares her personal favorites for chartering with children.
The BVI is always a top destination, especially for smaller boats during the holidays. I have a lot of bookings already for Christmas, New Year and spring break all the way through April next year. The BVI is very low key and an excellent destination for families with children because of the fabulous snorkeling and the Baths at Virgin Gorda that children love to explore. If your kids are into the outdoors and being in the water paddling kayaks, snorkeling and seeing things they will love the BVI.
The Grenadines are becoming increasingly popular because the weather is fantastic and our repeat charter guests often want a different destination. The Grenadines include some very interesting islands, such as Mustique and Little Palm Island, playgrounds of the rich and famous, and then you’ve got the Tobago Keys, which are very good for diving and snorkeling. The islands are not populated with many boats and are a little more remote and somewhat more distance from one another, so although more time is spent getting underway it’s well worth having your own private bay at anchor for the night.
The Bahamas offer fantastic diving and snorkeling but there’s another aspect that kids get a kick out of and that is petting the nurse shark that has beached itself on a dock just to get petted. Then there’s swimming with the pigs. The pigs love it too.
It is important to realize that a Bahamas luxury yacht charter does not have to start in Nassau or Atlantis, which is where most people go. For a far more exotic destination, Plana Cays and Samana Cay, west of Mayaguana Island, on the southernmost tip of the Bahamas chain, offer snorkeling and diving that is absolutely phenomenal. These islands are thought to be the first place Christopher Columbus stepped ashore in 1492, so you might even surface with a couple of doubloons. The Cays are located about 60 miles from Provo in the Turks and Caicos. Charter guests can fly into either Georgetown or Provo and be in this really remote, beautiful place with no other boats, no facilities, and no people. For clients who want a spectacular dive charter it is a superb destination.
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