Yacht Charter in The Caribbean

Embark on your Caribbean or Bahamas yacht charter and discover sparkling turquoise waters, sweeping sandy beaches and a blissfully laid-back lifestyle. These two archipelagos scattered between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea are primed with balmy breezes that will kiss your cheeks and swaying palm trees that provide you with shade during a Caribbean or Bahamian yacht charter. Cruise the Caribbean archipelago’s continuous arc of islands from the Grenadines in the south to the stunning Leeward Islands, including St. Kitts, and the Virgin Islands in the north. If you’re keen to cruise further north, the Turks and Caicos or the crystal-clear waters of The Bahamas will welcome you with friendly smiles and warm seas. Whichever Caribbean idyll you choose, these cruising grounds provide a haven for waterborne travelers.

Caribbean Elegance on the Waves: A Yacht Charter Voyage through Island Splendors

Awaken even the dullest of senses during your Caribbean yacht charter. You will delight in discovering the brilliant colors, warmth and easy charm of the Caribbean islands, a mélange of the vibrant cultures that have washed over their shores for centuries. Dutch, French, British, Spanish and North American influences abound, making the islands truly cosmopolitan. Covering a vast area, they offer countless cruising possibilities for your winter or summer yacht charter holiday.

From the alluring Virgin Islands to St.Kitts in the Leeward Islands, the sand-fringed Grenadines or the Turks and Caicos, you have hundreds of islands to choose from offering dramatic scenery, fantastic watersports, world-class cuisine, fascinating history and welcoming locals. The dazzling sands of The Bahamas invite you to enjoy total relaxation year-round. A playground for superyachts, you’ll have to cruise the islands many times to visit all of the 700 islands and cays, which are best explored from the water.

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Whether you are looking to welcome in the New Year in St. Barths or to rejuvenate in the Exumas, the warm temperatures and steady tradewinds make these varied tropical islands a hotspot for both motor and sailing yachts. Your Northrop & Johnson charter expert will be able to recommend the best itinerary for your preferred activities and help you find the perfect yacht.

Best destinations for a Caribbean yachting vacation

Why charter a yacht in the Caribbean this winter?

  • The year-round tropical climate, sun-drenched days, and warm waters are ideal for swimming.
  • Just a few hours from the US with regular international flights & private jet services.
  • Crystal-clear waters make the Caribbean an ideal place to make the most of your yacht’s tenders and water toys.
  • Exclusive beach clubs, refined resorts, and award-winning restaurants. 
  • Superb choice of island destinations to suit all types of desired charter experiences. Cruise the Windward and Leeward Islands or opt for under-the-radar destinations.
  • Fantastic diving and superb visibility; dive healthy coral reefs and shipwrecks teeming with colorful marine life.
  • Picturesque white sandy beaches fringed by palm trees and lapped by striking azure blue waters; the Caribbean is the ultimate paradisal destination.

Top destinations to Charter a Yacht in the Caribbean

Leeward Islands

If you crave a Caribbean idyll with white-sand beaches, lush rainforests, Caribbean charm and a touch of chic luxury, then a Leeward Islands yacht charter is for you. Both ashore and on the water, these islands offer an exotic concoction of modern panache and relaxation.

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St. Maarten

Experience the island’s exceptional beaches, offering fine white sands and bright turquoise waters. Explore St. Maarten by yacht charter and discover find your secluded, private beach paradise.

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British Virgin Islands

On a quintessential British Virgin Islands yacht charter, you can expect coral reefs, stunning beaches, incredible land-based activities and natural wonders. With a balmy climate, steady easterly trade winds and an abundance of sheltered anchorages in the Caribbean, the British Virgin Islands were made for the waterborne.

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US Virgin Islands

Miles of sparkling, sandy beaches, safe waters, unparalleled dive sites and a constant gentle breeze make a US Virgin Islands yacht charter the perfect vacation. From the bustling harbor front of Charlotte Amalie on St Thomas to St. Croix and St. John and many smaller islets and cays, the US Virgin Islands provide some of the most beautiful and well-protected anchorages in the world.

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St. Kitts & Nevis

A hidden jewel among the archipelago of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean, St. Kitts hits the sweet spot in terms of location and amenities for the yachting sector. The island is perfectly positioned for a relaxing few days ashore during a cruise through the Leeward Island chain. Alternatively, combining St. Kitts, and the neighboring island of Nevis, in one itinerary offers a laid-back Caribbean experience that cannot be found on many of the surrounding islands.

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Windward Islands

Sprinkled between the volcanic peaks of St. Lucia and Grenada are a trail of palm-studded sandbars, coral reefs and islets known as the Windward Islands. Here you’ll find abundant natural beauty, ample dive sites and some of the best fishing grounds in the world. Experience the Caribbean’s best-kept secret on a luxury yacht charter.

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St. Lucia

Experience the untapped Caribbean island of St. Lucia aboard a luxury yacht charter and discover UNESCO world heritage sites, pitons, vast forests, unbelievable scuba diving and snorkeling, and some of the world’s finest fishing.

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The Grenadines

Your relaxation is imminent among the stunning islands of The Grenadines. From quiet harbors to volcanic vistas, your luxury yacht charter of The Grenadines promises pure paradise and more.

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Anguilla

If you’re seeking a Caribbean paradise that is synonymous with complete solitude, look no further than Anguilla. This captivating destination beckons those seeking solace in the Caribbean, and experiencing it during a luxury yacht charter takes this seclusion to new heights. Nestled north of St. Martin, Anguilla’s flat, low-lying terrain sets the stage for a serene getaway.

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St. Barths

Renowned for its unrivaled ambiance and picture-perfect beaches, St. Barths exudes an air of flawless elegance. With a wealth of high-end shops, exquisite restaurants and five-star hotels, St. Barths stands as the ultimate playground for the affluent and renowned. Indulge in a holiday like no other with a luxury yacht charter to this bespoke paradise.

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Antigua and Barbuda

Embark on a twin island paradise adventure with an Antigua and Barbuda yacht charter. Nestled in the heart of the Leeward Islands, these Caribbean gems offer limitless possibilities for your dream vacation.

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Turks & Caicos

While the Turks & Caicos may not be considered a classic Caribbean cruising ground, its 41 islands offer an abundance of attractions for any yacht charter. While these isles are blessed with more than a touch of luxury, they remain, as yet, unspoiled and ready for you to discover.

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Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago are a colorful pair of sister islands in the Caribbean that are well known for their rich culture of dance, music and celebrations. Their classic Caribbean atmosphere showcases turquoise waters that lap upon the golden sand and picturesque coconut trees swaying in the balmy breeze.

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Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is renowned for its stunning azure waters, bustling nightlife and charming villages. A luxury yacht charter is the ideal way to experience this classic Caribbean gem that teems with lively music, breathtaking views and ornate architecture. You will be in awe of the effortless mixture of laid-back Caribbean ambiance and rich melting pot of cultures.

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Cuba

Known for its colorful streets, rich history and lively nightlife, Cuba is a destination for the charterer seeking fun, passion and to feel alive. A luxury yacht charter is the perfect way to explore this diverse topography, surrounded by the azure waves of the Caribbean Sea. Feel the warmth of the white sand between your toes and be engulfed by the warm breeze that flows from the lush mountains. The archipelagos dotted around the country make it ideal to be discovered via a luxury yacht charter.

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Barbados

Often considered the most charismatic of the Caribbean islands, discover the gem of the Lesser Antilles with a Barbados yacht charter. Enjoying a seductive climate year-round, it’s all too easy to settle into the soothing rhythm of Bajan life. From white beaches to a rum-infused party scene, Barbados is a truly iconic destination.

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ABC Islands

Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao (ABC Islands) are an idyllic island trio that offers the complete, private Caribbean yacht charter experience without many other visitors.

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A Glimpse of The Caribbean

It's balmy in The Bahamas

The sunny beaches and friendly locals of The Bahamian islands are ready to welcome you and your guests during a yacht charter any time of the year.

Caribbean sunshine, Parisian Glamour

Find yourself sipping Champagne and ringing in the New Year among the glitterati that flock to the stunning French island of St. Barts every winter.

Quintessentially Caribbean in every way

The British Virgin Islands offer it all during your yacht charter. Don the snorkeling gear, visit the famed grottoes Virgin Gorda’s Baths and be sure to down a painkiller from the Soggy Dollar Bar.

Nature loves find solace in St. Lucia

If you’re looking for a true escape into nature, St. Lucia’s natural wonders, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites, are sure to delight during your luxury yacht charter.

The wonder of the Windward Islands awaits

St. Vincent and 32 islands of the Grenadines are just some of the spectacular spots to visit during your Windward Islands yacht charter where you can relax and truly enjoy the sunshine.

Lean in to the lovely Leeward Islands

Whether you choose to enjoy one of Antigua’s 365 beaches or discover the dual nation of St. Maarten/Sint Martin, a Leeward Islands yacht charter will never disappoint.

Charter Itineraries in the Caribbean

Best Yachts for Charter in the Caribbean

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Caribbean yacht charter guide

Where to cruise on a Caribbean yacht charter?

With thousands of islands to explore in the Caribbean, a luxury yacht charter in the Caribbean is limited only by your imagination. The Caribbean can be largely broken down into four distinct regions: The Bahamas, the Greater Antilles, the Leeward Islands, and the Windward Islands. Each of these regions offers a myriad of opportunities for exploration, adventure, and relaxation. The charter brokers at Northrop & Johnson would be delighted to help you craft an incredible Caribbean yacht charter itinerary that matches your precise needs. Contact our team today. 

Top destinations with Caribbean yacht charters

St. Lucia

The picturesque island of St. Lucia offers charterers a tropical paradise to explore. Soak up the sun on white sandy beaches, enjoy a thrilling zip-lining experience through the island’s lush tropical rainforest, wallow in the island’s volcanic mud baths, explore abandoned sugar plantations, or indulge in authentic island cuisine at local award-winning eateries.  

St. Vincent and the Grenadines 

St. Vincent and the Grenadines lie just south of St. Lucia and are part of an archipelago of 32 verdant tropical islands boasting picturesque coastlines peppered with sugar-white sand beaches and lush tropical interiors. Embrace casual glamour and reset to island time. Highlights include eco-tours of the island’s rainforest, swimming under tropical waterfalls, and the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary on the island of Bequia. 

Mustique

The island of Mustique is a privately owned island and is part of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, offering a unique coastline that is lapped by both the Atlantic and Caribbean Seas. Mustique’s beauty and exclusive offerings make it a popular destination with VIPs and celebrities who are seeking barefoot elegance. Explore its untouched landscapes, enjoy crystal-clear waters, relax at the island’s beach bars, and unplug from the stresses of day-to-day life.

Antigua

There is a beach for every day of the year on the island of Antigua, part of the Leeward Islands. Fringed by a coral reef, the waters of Antigua are wonderfully calm, making them great for swimming and making the most of your Caribbean yacht charter’s many water toys.  Beyond the beaches, you’ll find lush tropical rainforests, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and superb eateries, from rustic beach bars to fine dining. Antigua’s warm, steady winds also make it a great destination for sailing enthusiasts. 

Barbuda 

Part of the three-island state of Barbuda, Antigua, and uninhabited Redonda, these islands are often enjoyed on a Caribbean yacht charter experience along with nearby St. Barths. The island of Barbuda is relatively untouched by tourism development, making it a great place to enjoy traditional Caribbean life and truly unwind.  The island is best known for its stunning pink-sand beaches along its Caribbean coastline and wonderful flora and fauna, including its Frigate Bird Sanctuary.

St. Kitts

St. Kitts, or St. Christopher, is nestled in the West Indies and is known for its mix of volcanic black and golden sandy Caribbean beaches. The island offers a relaxed and carefree atmosphere where one can savor life’s simple pleasures. Enjoy soaking up the sun on the island’s pretty beaches, or enjoy a handcrafted cocktail and fresh catch of the day at one of the many local restaurants and beach-side bars. Make sure you leave time to ride the Sugar Train, a scenic railway route that was originally used to transport sugar. 

Unsure where to go in the Caribbean?

Northrop & Johnson specializes in crafting unique itineraries to the Caribbean. Our charter specialists will listen to your desired needs and then make suggestions on the best islands and experiences to enjoy. If you want to enjoy a luxury Caribbean yacht charter, contact our team today. 

Northrop & Johnson: The best Caribbean charter yachts

As a leading yacht charter specialist, Northrop & Johnson has access to the world’s finest luxury Caribbean yachts for charter by pedigree shipbuilders, including superyachts, motor yachts, sailing boats, and multi-hull vessels. Whether you want a yacht built for adventure or designed for family get-togethers, we can connect you with your ideal vessel. Contact our team of Caribbean yacht charter specialists today. 

Motor yacht charter in the Caribbean

A motor yacht charter in the Caribbean offers a truly stylish way to explore the region’s best island destinations. Luxury motor yachts offer superb volume, exceptional onboard amenities, and enhanced accessibility. Northrop & Johnson offers a superb selection of the very best motor yachts. Contact our Caribbean charter experts today.  

Caribbean sailing vacation

Hoist up the sails and harness the power of Mother Nature aboard a luxury sailing yacht. The Caribbean is a wonderful destination for a sailing adventure, with consistent winds and calm waters. The region is also home to some superb regattas. Northrop & Johnson can connect you with the best sailing yachts for rent in the Caribbean, from traditional schooners to high-performance racing vessels. Contact our team today if you want to set sail in the Caribbean.  

Caribbean multihull charters

Multihull vessels such as sailing catamarans and motor catamarans are a superb choice for those seeking maximum space onboard. The large volume means you will benefit from a fantastic selection of onboard amenities and flexible areas for relaxing, dining, and entertaining. We have access to the best Caribbean multihull vessels that are great for families and groups of friends. Contact our Caribbean charter specialists and let us connect you with your ideal multihull vessel or browse our crewed luxury yachts for charter.

What are the best Caribbean yacht charter itineraries?

  • Island Hopping | Providenciales to Providenciales
    7 Days
  • Pure Bliss | St. Lucia to Grenada
    7 Days
  • A Water Lover’s Dream | Tortola to Jost Van Dyke
    7 Days
  • Authentic Caribbean Cruising | St. Kitts to Antigua
    10 Days
  • Beach Bliss | Antigua to St. Martin
    10 Days
  • The Islands Are Calling | St. Thomas to Jost Van Dyke
    8 Days

What to do on a Caribbean yacht charter?

The Caribbean offers so many diverse experiences. Some of the top experiences include:

  • Relax on spectacular white powder beaches and soak up the warm Caribbean sun.
  • Explore vibrant, colorful reefs and shipwrecks under the waves.
  • Enjoy a private hiking experience exploring native flora and fauna in the Caribbean’s lush rainforests.
  • Explore the region’s diverse culture and rich history, including sugar and coffee plantations.
  • Enjoy unique wildlife encounters, swim with stingrays in Cayman, or the free-roaming pigs on Pig Beach, Bahamas.
  • Feast on delicious Caribbean cuisine at award-winning restaurants.
  • Make the most of your yacht’s tenders and toys on the crystal-clear waters.
  • Take part in the Caribbean’s festivals, fetes, and carnivals.
  • Visit local rum distilleries.
  • Island hop the many island groups in the Caribbean and drop anchor at secluded anchorages and hidden coves and bays.

What restaurants should I eat at during my Caribbean yacht charter?

From casual beachside eateries to fine-dining restaurants headed up by celebrity chefs, the Caribbean offers a wonderful selection of restaurants to choose from. The range of cuisines is also equally diverse, from traditional Caribbean fare to a delightful cornucopia of fusion flavors. Northrop & Johnson are experts on the Caribbean, with destination intelligence and in-depth knowledge. Our charter specialists will be able to advise you on the best restaurants to visit based on your desired preferences and will even manage all the reservations for you. Contact our Caribbean yacht charter experts today. 

How’s the social and nightlife in the Caribbean?

The social scene and nightlife in the Caribbean depend on which island you visit, with some boasting extravagant parties and ultra-exclusive beach clubs, while other islands are much more low-key. For those who wish to party into the early hours, some of the most exclusive social and nightlife spots include:

  •  Nikki Beach, St. Barths
  •  Eden Rocks Sand Bar, St. Barths  
  •  Basil’s Bar, Mustique 
  •  Ocean Lounge, St. Maarten

What’s the best time to charter a yacht in the Caribbean?

A Caribbean yacht charter can be enjoyed year-round thanks to the wonderfully warm, sun-drenched Caribbean climate; however, the best time to visit is during the winter months, when the chance of rain is minimal. No matter what time of year you would like to embark on a Caribbean yacht vacation, our charter specialists can help. Contact the team at Northrop & Johnson today. 

What’s the temperature like in the Caribbean?

Generally, the Caribbean has a tropical climate with warm temperatures year-round. The winter months are usually the dry season when there is little chance of rain, while the summer months are hurricane season, and you can expect a higher chance of rain and higher humidity. Temperatures range from the mid-70s to 80s F (24-30 C) throughout the year and remain relatively consistent due to the Caribbean’s proximity to the equator.

When should I book a Caribbean yacht rental?

You should book a Caribbean yacht rental as far in advance as possible, especially for popular yachts and destinations such as St. Barths. Booking in advance will ensure you have the best selection of charter yachts and that there is plenty of time to secure reservations at the most coveted beach clubs and restaurants. However, it is possible to book a last-minute Caribbean yacht charter as long as you are prepared to be flexible with the choice of vessel and cruising itinerary. If you want to book a luxury Caribbean yacht charter, contact the charter specialists at Northrop & Johnson. Our team will be delighted to assist you. 

Where is it best to embark on a Caribbean charter yacht?

Your embarkation destination will depend on your cruising itinerary, with larger Caribbean islands boasting international airports that can also accommodate private jets. When you book a luxury Caribbean yacht charter, the charter specialists at Northrop & Johnson will assist with travel arrangements to and from your charter vessel and will advise on the best embarkation destinations.

What airports can I fly to in the Caribbean?

Some of the larger airports that you can fly to in the Caribbean from the US include: 

  • Queen Beatrix International Airport, Aruba
  • Sangster International Airport, Jamaica 
  • Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados
  • Punta Cana International Airport, Dominican Republic
  • Norman Manley International Airport, Jamaica
  • Piarco International Airport, Trinidad and Tobago 
  • V.C. Bird International Airport, Antigua and Barbuda 
  • Princess Juliana International Airport, St. Maarten 
  • Owens Roberts International Airport, Cayman Islands

How do I book a private boat charter in the Caribbean?

The best way to book a private boat charter in the Caribbean is to contact a reputable charter brokerage. Northrop & Johnson is a leading international brokerage with access to the world’s finest sailing yachts and motor boats. We excel at creating unforgettable Caribbean charter vacations in the most sought-after destinations. Contact our team today. 

How much is a Caribbean yacht charter?

Caribbean luxury yacht charters with Northrop & Johnson start at US$50,000 per week, with the world’s finest superyachts costing in excess of 1 million per week. Contact our charter specialists today, and we would be delighted to help you plan and book a luxury yacht charter in the Caribbean. 

Caribbean or Bahamas yacht charter?

Whether you opt for a Caribbean or Bahamas yacht charter is a personal preference. Both destinations offer crystal clear waters, pristine beaches, exclusive beach clubs, award-winning restaurants, world-class golf courses, chic resorts, and a wonderfully warm climate year-round. 

For US charterers, a key allure of The Bahamas is its close proximity to the US, just 50 miles from the coastline of Florida. With quick and easy access to The Bahamas via commercial or private jet to multiple destinations in the US, you can be aboard your luxury Bahamas yacht charter quickly, eliminating wasted time traveling. 

If you want to charter a luxury yacht in The Bahamas or the Caribbean, contact the charter specialists at Northrop & Johnson.

What are the most desirable yacht features in the Caribbean?

Desirable yacht features for charterers in the Caribbean include large outdoor deck spaces to maximize time spent under the sun, as well as a good selection of water toys and fishing equipment. Other desirable features include stabilizers to enhance comfort both while cruising and at-anchor and staterooms with flexible configurations to accommodate various guests, especially for families on a multi-generational getaway.

Desirable Caribbean yacht charter features include: 

  • Yachts for charter with water slides
  • Yachts for charter with fishing equipment
  • Yachts for charter with zero-speed stabilizers
  • Yachts for charter with wheelchair accessibility
  • Family yachts for charters
  • Tri-deck yachts for charter
  • Flybridge yachts for charter
  • Yachts for charter with master cabin on the main deck
  • 30 meter/100ft yachts for charter
  • 45 meter/150 ft yachts for charter
  • 50 meter/160ft yachts for charter
  • 60 meter/ 200ft yachts for charter

What crew can I expect aboard my Caribbean yacht charter?

All Northrop & Johnson’s yachts for charter come with a highly professional crew ready to cater to your every need. The number of crew members will depend on the size of your motor yacht or sailing boat; however, you can expect, at a minimum, a captain, a stew or stewardess, a private chef, and a deckhand.

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