Your 2014 To-Do list from Boatbookings

The Boatbookings team would like to send everyone a very Happy New Year and best wishes for 2014! With so much to look forward to it’s never too early to be thinking about your holiday plans for the year. We’ve compiled a very simple list of things to ensure an unforgettable year of memories with family and friends.

1. Visit Sardinia!

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Following a visit to Sardinia in 2013, Charles and Tom from our team cannot recommend it enough. Whether you’re looking to sail the beautiful east coast and experience the breathtaking National Park of La Maddalena, see the picturesque turquoise waters of Carloforte or enjoy the buzzing hot spot of Porto Cervo there’s something for you! If you’re stuck for where to see this summer, we guarantee Sardinia will provide you with an unforgettable charter holiday.

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SAFRA is a sleek and sexy Azimut 86S, perfect for seeing Sardinia in style!

2. Book your Spring Break and Winter Vacations to get the top picks in the Caribbean!

caribbean_viewWith an ever-growing demand for yachts over the two busiest holiday periods in the Caribbean, the Boatbookings team recommend getting in early to gain access to the best yachts available. Whether you’re looking for a bareboat charter, crewed catamaran or luxury motor yacht someone on the team has the best knowledge and experience of cruising grounds and boats to help you fully experience the magic of this area.

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There’s no better way to experience the Caribbean that by catamaran, and there’s no better catamaran than Lagoon 52 FREEDOM!

3. Try somewhere new! 

Whether it be Thailand, the MaldivesBelizeGreeceCroatia or the beautiful Balearics we have someone who can help you organise the holiday of a lifetime. There really is no better way to see these beautiful locations than by water. From bareboat sailing vacations to luxury motor yacht charters we have the boat for you.

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Contact us today, happy sailing awaits!

Charter a Luxury Crewed Catamaran Out Of Belize City – Part II

Following on from Part I of our Belize blogs, and having introduced a sample itinerary and the destination, we give you some ideas of the best yachts to charter in Belize.

Two of our favourite yachts for charter in Belize are both Lagoon 500s. Lagoon catamarans are a part of Beneteau Yachts, and are a fantastic brand of catamaran, offering both luxury and comfort in spacious accommodation. Catamarans are perfect for first time sailors, as they provide stability on the water, and a space that you would often struggle to find in a monohull of the same length.

DORIS is the first of our Lagoon 500s, she is a 2007 model, with 3 cabins accommodating for up to 6 guests. Her crew of 2 is great and for sailing enthusiasts, they would love to let you help sail!

Our second suggestion is the beautiful AMURA, which is also a 2007 Lagoon 500, which accommodates 8 guests in her four well appointed cabins. Her interior is gorgeous and bright, though the use of large windows, which not only allow the sunlight of Belize to shine through into the yacht, but allow you to gaze out onto the crystal blue waters surrounding you.

Click here to see one of our sample itineraries for sailing in Belize! For other suggestions, please contact a broker.

Interested in chartering a yacht in Belize? At www.boatbookings.com, we welcome everyone from sailing professionals to complete novices and will help you at every step of the way to make your dreams a reality.We have a team of highly skilled professionals who are extremely knowledgeable in their destinations and will be able to help you with any questions you may have.

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Charter a Luxury Crewed Catamaran Out Of Belize City – Part I

Belize is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations for chartering. With beautiful beaches and some extraordinary coves to explore, we highly recommend chartering there. For those who like to adventure, Belize is home to some stunning diving locations, and some exquisite backdrops for what will be the charter of a lifetime.

If you need to be tempted any more, why not check out our sample itinerary? One of our favourite parts to the itinerary is St George’s Caye, which provides a picturesque setting for a tranquil day on the water, from the luxury of your own yacht. St George’s is a private island, so you’ll be able to experience unspoiled beauty first hand.

For those looking to help sail, Belize is the perfect place to start, with clear crystal blue waters all around. You could even take a break and help the crew fish for your dinner, where Tuna, Mackerel and Cobia are often caught.

We highly recommend Belize for a charter with friends and family alike, where you can enjoy both the company of your guests and the activities on offer.

Stay tuned for Part II, where we have a look at some of the fantastic yachts available to charter in Belize.

Interested in chartering a yacht in Belize? At www.boatbookings.com, we welcome everyone from sailing professionals to complete novices and will help you at every step of the way to make your dreams a reality.We have a team of highly skilled professionals who are extremely knowledgeable in their destinations and will be able to help you with any questions you may have.

Watch this space for the latest industry show releases, news and gossip in the yachting world. If you liked the content on this page and our previous posts, please become a fan and like our Facebook page to receive up to date information on our publications. Follow us on Twitter and Google Plus too!

Events and Celebrations In The Caribbean Over Christmas and New Year!

If you’ve booked your yacht, and you’re not sure what islands you want to visit and when, have a look at what events are taking place throughout the Caribbean, and decide where you want to be based on what party you like the sound of the most! Each island has its own traditions for all the festivities.. So why not sample something new! For more information on all the events taking place, click here.

In Carriacou there is the famous Parang Music Festival. This annual event is one of the most beloved in the Caribbean and attracts fantastic musicians. (carriacoupetitemartinique.com)

In St. Vincent, there are caroling competitions and what is known as the Nine Morning Celebration. Celebrations start early every morning (4 am!) and include sea bathing, street parades, vendors selling everything imaginable, and lots of singing and dancing. (www.discoversvg.com).

In Mustique, on New Year’s Eve, there is a famous party with two bands and celebrities galore at Basil’s Bar (www.basilsmustique.com). Right after Christmas is the famous Blues Festival at Basil’s Bar.

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In Antigua, there is a Christmas Masquerade Party at the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. On Christmas Day, there is a Champagne Celebration in Nelson’s Boatyard at the Antigua Yacht Club. Locals and tourist gather to listen to live bands, quaff champagne and enjoy the colorful, festive atmosphere. Proceeds benefit the Hourglass Foundation Charity.

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In St. Martin on there is the “Lighting Parade”, a show of Christmas costumes in the streets of Grand-Case. On the following day there is the Annual Christmas Lights Competition and Christmas Eve, dancing, dining and Midnight Mass. On New Year’s Eve, the Réveillon de la Saint Sylvestre, there is a festive celebrations with noisemakers, balloons, and late-night dancing at hotels and restaurants.

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In Guadeloupe, there is a Jazz Festival in mid December in Pointe a Pitre, on Christmas Eve, Midnight Mass with French and Creole carols and on Dec. 28, the Young Saint’s Day Parade for children carrying Christmas toys.

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In Martinique, there is a Rum Festival at the St. James Museum in Sainte Marie (Rum Museum). There is also a Christmas Caroling Festival in Saint Joseph (Association Mazincouin) Tourists can join locals in celebrating Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and festive dining and dancing at hotels and restaurants on New Year’s Eve.

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In St. Barth’s, there are gala parties in the hotels and restaurants for New Year’s Eve…and don’t forget about having a Jimmy Buffet cheeseburger at the famous “Hamburger in Paradise” restaurant!

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On Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands (BVI), on New Year’s Eve there is the grand daddy of all New Years parties at Foxy’s Bar and Restaurant where hundreds of boats lash themselves together and the harbor is turned into one large floating party. This celebration is said to be one of the three best places to be in the world on New Year’s Eve, along with Times Square and Trafalgar Square!

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Looking to charter a yacht? Head to www.boatbookings.com, the leading online yacht charter broker, or email us at charter@boatbookings.com and one of our Charter Specialists will get back to you shortly.

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Luxury Yacht Charter in Belize!

Belize combines a mixture of Central America and Caribbean influence, with the lush rainforests in the west to the crystal clear waters in the east. Many regard the Great Barrier Reef and the Red Sea as the world’s ultimate diving and snorkeling destinations, but you cannot forget about Belize, which possesses the second longest barrier reef in the world. This is home to over 100 types of coral and around 500 species of fish, as well as turtles and underwater caves, making this a spectacular dive spot. Belize is also the perfect location for those who enjoy kayaking, windsurfers and for sailors, who are able to pass from one paradise island to another. If you prefer to take things a little slower on vacation, there are many white sandy beaches for you to relax and sunbathe on. Foodies will be amazed at the quality of the local seafood and fresh fish, which is best cooked simply on a BBQ whilst watching the sunset.

Further inland, you will be amazed by the natural lagoons, rivers and national parks, which are home to over 500 species of birds. You will have to have a keen eye or a great pair of binoculars to see these. Belize is also home to spider and howler monkeys, crocodiles and iguanas. The national bird of Belize, the keel-billed toucan may also make an appearance. If you find that you still have time left on your Belize holiday, it would be a shame to miss out on the mysterious Mayan archaeological sites and artifacts. You will find stone temples with 360 degree panoramic views of the surrounding jungles, as well as tombs, hieroglyphics and caves which were used for Mayan rituals and sacrifices.

If all this has taken your fancy, we cannot recommend chartering a luxury crewed catamaran in Belize highly enough. There is no better way of exploring this paradise destination than by having your own private yacht to entertain your friends and family. Graced with a beautiful climate, people and so many attractions, what could be better than chartering in Belize? Our luxury yacht charter of choice would be LOLALITA, a stunning 65 ft Privilege, accommodating 8 guests in 4 cabins. She is lavishly appointed and has a young, dynamic and can-do crew who will attend to your every need to make your trip as memorable as can be.

If you would like to receive more information with regards luxury charter yachts in Belize, please enquire through our website, www.boatbookings.com, where one of our Charter Specialists will be happy to help you plan the experience of a lifetime. You can also send your charter enquiries to charter@boatbookings.com, and one of the team will get back to you shortly with some proposals. Watch this space for the latest industry show releases, news and gossip in the yachting world. If you liked the content on this page and our previous posts, please become a fan and like our Facebook page to receive up to date information on our publications.