A Very British (Virgin Islands) Christmas!

Specializing in Caribbean charters, charter broker Alice tells us the top 5 reasons to charter a yacht why the British Virgin Islands is officially one of the best places in the world to charter a yacht for the 2019 holiday season!


Escape the bleak mid-winter and spend Christmas 2019 island hopping between the white sand beaches of the British Virgin Islands. The worlds best sailing conditions, island hopping, world-class scuba diving grounds, a Christmas day conch meal. This plus an unforgettable New Year’s Eve makes the British Virgin Islands the only place to charter a yacht this Christmas.


Christmas day on the yacht

Whether you’re a seasoned yachtie or sailing around the best sailing grounds of the Caribbean is something you’ve always dreamt of, a yacht charter in the BVI is guaranteed to make 2019 your best Christmas yet.

Although you’ll be on a yacht in the Caribbean, don’t worry there is still plenty of decorations to make you feel just at home. Expect to see masts with fairy lights going to the top, red and white bikinis and palm Christmas trees.

Spend this Christmas walking around the white sand-beaches of Anegada and join in the local celebrations! Chose from having your own personal crew onboard to sailing solo around the many BVI white-sand beached islands.


New years eve at Foxy’s

Be sure to head to the island of Jost Van Dyke to bring in the New Year. Foxy’s on the island is renowned as being one of the top 5 parties in the world on New Year’s Eve.

Instead of celebrating the ‘New Year’, this bar celebrates the ‘Old Year’s Night’, making this iconic location different from every other New Year Party on the globe.

Hop off your boat and enjoy being in one of the best places in the world this New Year. Be sure to catch the theme before deciding on your outfits!


December diving

Switch the traditional family board games on Christmas day for a scuba diving lesson! Scuba dives are an extremely popular Christmas day activity and really make it a Christmas day to remember.

The BVI waters surrounding the islands of Norman Island are renowned for being extremely clear during the months of December and January. The Caribbean waters are full of different corals, turtles, shipwrecks and thousands of different species of fish.

Surprise your loved ones with a diving course and give the gift of the ocean this Christmas!


A Caribbean Christmas lunch

Eat like a local and celebrate the festivities with a freshly grilled lobster or conch! Head over to the Bitter End Yacht Club in Virgin Gorda for your Christmas lunch, be sure to book early this year as most restaurants serving local Caribbean Christmas delicacies tend to get booked up very quickly.


Unrivalled weather conditions

The trade winds blowing across the islands of the BVI offer a consistent breeze, ideal for sailing and for keeping slightly cool during this period. Christmas is without a doubt one of the best times of year to visit the BVI due to long, sunny days with ocean breezes coming through in the afternoon and slightly cooler evenings.

The BVI is known for ‘line of sight’ sailing and protected bays for anchorages and sailing. Unlike other locations in the Caribbean, the waters in the BVI are usually a lot calmer than many other locations.


Aftermath of Irma

Despite the saddening damage, caused by hurricane IRMA in 2017, the BVI’s are being cared for and maintained. The process of rebuilding infrastructure has been a work in progress since the hurricane struck, however, the BVI is back on track and the boat standards and sailing grounds are as popular as ever.

Don’t let the damage caused in 2017 put you off from a yacht charter in the BVI this Christmas – the BVI is up and running. For current information, we please see our “what is open in the BVI after Irma” page, which is updated regularly.

Give Santa a change from the chimney and let him slide down your mast this Christmas! Get in touch today!

Incredible Islands of the BVI

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.

Anegada-BVINamed “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.
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My Top Three Caribbean, Bareboat Hotspots

If you are looking into a bareboat charter holiday in the Caribbean but you are not sure where to go, let me guide you, or at least help you to narrow it down to three!

Let’s start in Abacos with a bareboat charter in the Bahamas.  Just 112 kilometres east of Palm Beach, Florida lies the Bahamas, a sailing paradise of warm breezes, white sandy beaches and colonial houses nestled amongst the palm trees.

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Charter Amongst the Volcanoes

Sailing Aeolian Islands is a treat not to be missed! Just to the north of Sicily in the Tyrrhenian Sea, lies this archipelago of 7 volcanic islands: Vulcano, Lipari, Filicudi, Alicudi, Salina, Panarea and Stromboli. A bareboating paradise, the Aeolian Islands remain relatively untouched and have retained a feeling of a remote wilderness despite having been invaded and conquered for millennia by the Greeks, Phoenicians and Romans, to name a few. The Islands are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The Boatbookings Team are in Paris!

Tom and Charles from the Boatbookings.com team are currently in Paris where they are attending the Salon International Nautique de Paris (Paris International Boat show). A productive first day was spent meeting with our suppliers and inspecting some brand new offerings from the likes of Beneteau , Dufour and Lagoon. The highlight of the show so far for us has to be the brand new Lagoon 39. It’s intelligent design features, maximisation of space and open plan nature make her perfect for families. The Lagoon 39 is our top pick for  clients looking to charter a modern, comfortable and luxurious catamaran. If this sounds like your ideal charter yacht then enquire with one of our experts today!

Stay tuned for more information and our reviews from the show!

Surverying the show from on board the fantastic Lagoon 39!

Surverying the show from on board the fantastic Lagoon 39!

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Open a Toy Box Full of Surprises

When you think of a bareboat motorboat, you do not immediately think of luxury or glamour. Its celebrity sibling, the crewed motor yacht, steals the show more often than not, while the humble bareboat provides more affordable yet equally unforgettable charters.

Ones over 10 metres are hard to come by, and ones with jacuzzis are practically unheard of. Let alone ones that come equipped with a state of the art entertainment and gaming system, wine cooler, air conditioning,  wifi, 115hp dinghy, and a plethora of water toys including wakeboard, kayaks and advanced fishing equipment.

With all of these fantastic amenities and then some, Toy Box definitely stays true to her name. At a staggering 24m she is the perfect boat for a family or group of friends who have extensive sailing experience. Moreover, she is based in British Columbia, Canada, one of the most exquisite cruising spots in North America. With activities such as whale watching on offer and some beautiful, unspoilt areas to explore both on and off the water, this is for all those who love nature, while enjoying the benefits a luxury yacht has to offer.

If you want to enquire about Toy Box or have any other questions, do not hesitate to contact us here.

 

Video: See the sublimity of Southeast Asia for yourself!

Check out this awesome video demonstrating the pure beauty of Southeast Asian waters. Filmed around Phuket, Thailand, and featuring a great sailing catamaran, this video should give you a taste of the wonders to be discovered in this exotic location experienced only with a luxury yacht charter!

To find out more about this exquisite charter destination, visit out Southeast Asia Yacht Charter Guide or contact our broker team here for more information!