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!

REGINA, Super Yacht of James Bond Fame Available in the Caribbean Winter 2014-15!

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Do you want a yacht fit for 007 himself? Following a highly successful East Med summer season, REGINA is moving to the Caribbean. It is the second consecutive year that REGINA will be cruising the likes of St Maarten and St Barths, and her crew is looking forward to pampering their guests just like in a James Bond movie! REGINA “starred” alongside Daniel Craig in Skyfall, the latest 007 James Bond film, and since then she has built an impressive and extremely loyal clientèle amongst the world jetset.

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BLUE PETER – 3 fantastic 10 day Caribbean charters available for €10,000 this Spring, book her now!

We blogged about BLUE PETER recently after Tom from the Boatbookings.com team spent an amazing afternoon sailing on board her. We’re delighted to say that she has some availability in the Caribbean this Spring! Here are 3 mouth-watering propositions for charters on this classic yacht in the Caribbean.

Sailing at Full Tilt!

The Blue Peter sailing at Full Tilt!

Option 1: 10th  – 19th March 2014

Itinerary: Antigua, Barbuda, St Barts, Anguilla, St Maarten.

These are said to be amongst the most beautiful Caribbean islands and that’s saying something! Mat and crew will take you on this fantastic Caribbean tour in style, effortlessly travelling from island to island, anchoring off beautiful white sandy beaches, allowing you and your guests to swim to shore, snorkel, or just relax whilst the crew prepares some delicious fresh food for you and pours out the rum punch! It doesn’t get much better than that!

Beautiful Jost Van Dyke

Beautiful Jost Van Dyke

Option 2: 27th March – 5th April 2014 – Time to race!

Itinerary: St Maarten – St Barts – BVI

In contrast to Option 1, Option 2 is all about racing (without too much pressure). You’ll be picked up in St Maarten on the 27th March from where you will be taken to St Barts to watch ‘The Bucket’, a world famous Superyacht racing event around this stunning Caribbean Island, this is not to be missed! From St Barts Captain Mat will take you on a 100 mile downwind sleigh ride to the BVI. In the BVI you will take part in the BVI Sailing Festival. This would be a couple of great days of racing around the BVI during the day time and some great parties in Nanny Cay at night. To finish off this fantastic charter, you and the BLUE PETER will cruise to the fabulous Joss van Dyke island and Virgin Gorda Sound to relax before cruising back to St Maarten for the 5th April – what an incredible trip!

The incredible Maltese Falcon at last years "Bucket" in St Barts

The incredible Maltese Falcon at last years “Bucket” in St Barts

Option 3: 25th April – 5th May 2014

Itinerary: Antigua – BVI

Much like Option 1, Option 3 is all about relaxation and taking in the endless beauty of the Caribbean. The sail from Antigua to the BVI is a fantastic downwind sail. On the way, Captain Mat will navigate past a handful of islands allowing you to take them in and enjoy the beaches and crystal clear water that surround them. You’ll arrive in Tortola where you will be sad to leave on the 5th May.

It's time to go sailing!

It’s time to go sailing!

If one of these options looks like your dream holiday, then get in touch with us today at Boatbookings.comhere!

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!