Northern Sardinia is well-known as a sailor’s paradise, where you will find some of the dreamiest beaches and anchorages that remind you of an exotic Caribbean island! Sailing from Corsica, you can make your way through the idyllic Maddalena Archipelago and then down to the remarkable Costa Smerelda to see some of the world’s most beautiful natural coves and beaches.
When someone says “tropical island paradise” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Sandy beaches as far as the eye can see stretching mystically beneath the satisfyingly sapphire water?
Perhaps the beach in mind is paired with a nestling of sun-strengthened palms; a melange of white gold complemented beautifully by the emerald, carelessly natural presence of the proud standing palm trees; such a scene, glistening with subtle pride, reminiscent of a piece of royal jewelry boasting a plethora of colorful stones… We can all picture our ideal Island Haven, but you may not know that you can find such timeless scenes just around the ocean’s corner.
After spending five months living as a local in Guadeloupe, our charter broker Alice, found many reasons to charter in this Franco-African archipelago known by many as “Gwada”. A mixture of languages, cultures and activities makes these islands among the most diverse that the Caribbean has to offer. Here is why:
1. Island Hopping
The sailing possibilities are endless around the five islands that make up the French Caribbean archipelago of Guadeloupe. Each Island of Guadeloupe has a distinct and raw vibe and still manages stay in tune with its African and French roots.
- Grande Terre – Perfect for surfing, Creole inspired food markets and white sand beaches.
- Basse Terre – A perfect stop off to visit waterfalls, diving, natural beauty spots including the national park and natural hot baths.
- La Désirade
- Iles des Saintes – This archipelagio within the archipelago is a sailors paradise, ideal for exploring on bike and for water activities such as paddleboarding.
- Marie-Galante – Well known for beaches such as La Feuillère, its stunning coral reef and 19th century sugar-cane plantation.
2. The perfect blend of Rhum and Croissants
Due to its French legacy, every street in this Creole paradise will have a French Patisserie and, most definitely, a Rhumerie. Creole specialities are diverse from every other Caribbean island and typically include accras de morue (cod fritters), bananes flambées, fricassé de poulpe (octopus) and even a deep fried ‘Bokit’ sandwich with a variety of French fillings. It may be the only place in the world where a relaxing two hour lunch is acceptable. To begin, a Ti’Punch, a rum based aperitif, followed by a Caribbean curry and a bottle of French wine. From the finest of restaurants to street shacks, you are guaranteed to be able to find some of the most diverse food and drink that the Caribbean has to offer.
The diving schools on the Reserve Cousteau are among the most reputable in the world. There is even a Jacques Cousteau statue at one of the dive sites. The relaxed nature of these French dive schools will give you an authentic experience exploring these crystal waters, and the opportunity to see some of the largest varieties of fish in the Caribbean. There area multitude of diving options from snorkelling, first time diving, exploring or deep shipwreck dives.
4. The Beaches
There are 270 beaches spread across the islands of Guadeloupe and all are known to be gorgeous. There are both white and black sand beaches and even volcanos in the distant landscape. Each beach has a different vibe and many have quaint beach bars that serve planteur until the early hours.
There are direct flights from Miami, New York and Paris to Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe’s main airport, which makes this archipelago of islands a must-visit for your next charter. There is also a ferry service from Antigua and many flights from other Caribbean islands.
Boatbookings has been organising charters in the Caribbean for over 14 years. If you are interested in chartering a yacht in Guadeloupe, please do get in touch with our expert brokers here. We have yachts available for charter in many amazing Caribbean destinations.
For further information about passports and visas when visiting Guadeloupe, click here.
‘Tis the season – the season to organise your unforgettable Christmas getaway in the British Virgin Islands! Why not exchange the stockings for swimsuits this Christmas and New Year’s and charter one of our exquisite crewed catamarans; they will provide the perfect setting for you to create some amazing memories with your family and friends.
One of the most successful ways to entertain your guests on holiday, whether they are family or friends, is trying out the extensive array of water sports on board your luxury motor yacht. Getting stuck in and trying out water-skiing, kite surfing, or even scuba diving will really add to the excitement of your holiday, and satisfy the thrill seekers amongst you!
The Pontine Islands have acted as a secret summer escape for Roman and Neapolitan locals for years – but now is the time for you and your family and friends to discover this idyllic archipelago that is located just off the West coast of Italy on your next yacht charter holiday.
Look no further than the BVI for a yacht charter destination that offers an activity to suit everyone in your group. With everything from thrilling party scenes to untouched reserves ideal for diving and snorkeling, you can guarantee that each charter guest will have an amazing and memorable trip.
If you’re lucky, the dates of your charter will fall around the famous BVI Full Moon Parties. Not to be confused with the rowdier Thai event, you can enjoy island music, fabulous food and cocktails under the light of the full moon.
Visit some of the most exclusive locations on the planet by chartering a yacht in the BVI. The islands of Eustatia, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke are among some of the islands frequented by the world’s most rich and famous, but also offer fantastic water sport activities and beautifully picturesque beaches.
Named “one of the 20 most beautiful islands in the world” by Islands Magazine, Eustatia island, once rumoured to be the haunt of pirates is now host to a more refined and exclusive populace and is thought to be owned by the CEO of Google, Larry Page. This is an island surrounded by reefs and the perfect destination for those wishing to explore the wildlife below the waves.
It’s human nature to seek a bargain. There’s something incredibly satisfying about getting great value for money and deals don’t come much more exciting than a crewed charter in the BVI. Compared to the local 5 star resorts, you’ll wonder how you’re getting away with daylight robbery!
As the country’s second largest city and with an airport nearby, many would consider Split the perfect destination from which to explore Croatia’s Adriatic coast. From buzzing bars and restaurants to world heritage sights, this city has a lot to offer and what is north up the coast from this abundant destination offers only more in both natural and historical sites.