Sailing Charters in St. Martin
Boats are everywhere on the island of St. Maarten/St. Martin in the French West Indies. There is a St Maarten sailing experience available to match every vacation style and desire. Our St Martin villa guests will find a wide variety of boat rentals and crewed charters within a few minutes drive from anywhere on the island.
Vacationers can opt for a “bare boat” rental, a crewed sailboat charter, a luxury sailing St Maarten tour, and can even participate in the many boat races the island is famous for. Combine other great St. Maarten activities like fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, or sight seeing with a day of sailing. The Villalady is dedicated to bringing our island guests the best information for planning their St. Maarten vacations and is always available to help arrange the details of the perfect Caribbean villa getaway. Here we’ve assembled St. Martin charter boat, sailing, and tour information so you can start planning your trip.
St Maarten Sailing Conditions
The Caribbean waters surrounding the island of St. Maarten/St. Martin are in general quite calm, with the calmest months from January to March. Since this is also the high tourist season, competition for St. Martin boat rentals and yacht charters will be greater and prices will probably be higher.
The strongest currents and bigger waves are toward the main body of the Atlantic Ocean to the north of the island. The hurricane season is from July to November and choppy waters are more common during these times.
Types of St Martin Charter Boats
No St. Maarten vacation is complete without a day of sailing on the brilliant turquoise waters of the French West Indies. Our Caribbean villa guests have plenty of St. Maarten charters to choose from to suit your group’s style, characters, and wishes.
‘Bare boats’ are the most readily available sailboat charters on the island. The renter takes care of everything, captaining the boat, stocking the food and water, navigating safely to St. Maarten diving or fishing spots around the island. This type of boat charter is for the experienced sailor and some rental companies require proof of sailing experience.
For another $80 to $120 per day, this sailing charter comes with an experienced Captain. This is much preferred for the inexperienced sailor or for someone who doesn’t know the secrets of St. Maarten well. Your Skipper also acts as a vacation guide, making recommendations and bringing guests to great private islands, the best reefs for diving, St. Martin fishing hot spots.
Full Crew Charter
This is the Big Deal of sailing charters in St. Martin with both Captain and crew provided. These tend to be bigger, more luxurious sailboats and have the price tag that goes with it. Remember, the yacht crew will expect a tip of around 15 percent. Expect to put a down payment and damage deposit down on the yacht via credit card.
St. Martin and America’s Cup Sailing
For the last ten years famous sailor Dennis Connor has been delivering Caribbean travelers the St. Maarten sailing adventure of a lifetime. Visitors can become crew for a day on a real America’s Cup vessel such as the Stars & Stripes or the Canada II, and participate in the St. Martin version of the ‘America’s Cup’ race!
Guest sailors participate by grinding a winch, trimming a sail, timing the race, or can just sit back with a cool drink and watch it all happen. The degree of participation is up to you and no sailing experience is required. This St Maarten tour is a true memory maker and a great photo-op as well. After the race, enjoy a rum punch celebration and a spin through the gift shop.
Their group incentive program gets a group of colleagues together to bond as a team and race the boat like a smoothly running machine. For your next employee reward and motivation program, reserve one of our St. Maarten villa rentals and book a race for your valuable crew aboard an America’s Cup sailboat.
St. Maarten Sailing Regattas and Boat Races
The island of St. Maarten has long been a favorite sailor’s destination with its fair winds, great sailing conditions, and protected bays. With all of these advantages, the island has become the premier sailing spot in the Caribbean region. St. Martin plays host to numerous sailing regattas, with the most well known being the Heineken Regatta in March. The St. Maarten Heineken sailboat race is one of the largest in the West Indies, bringing round 200 boats from 25 countries.
The island plays host to many smaller sailing races throughout the year and these tend to be very popular events. Make your St. Martin vacation rentals well ahead of time if planning to participate in the races. The port of entry for sailors is Philipsburg, a thriving harbor usually playing host to shoppers from several cruise ships. Boat owners will find the St. Martin yacht clubs are on par with the finest in the Caribbean.
St. Maarten Sailing Tours
Themed St Maarten tours are a great way to enjoy the Caribbean sailing experience. Sailing tour companies offer various packages to suit every kind of island traveler.
One company specializes in a fleet of luxury catamarans with the Golden Eagle as their flag ship. Guests walk the 76′ x 34′ beam deck, enjoying an open bar with champagne and top shelf liquor while enjoying the sparkling waters off the coast. All kinds of interesting tour combinations including snorkeling, picnics, and more are available to our St. Martin vacation home visitors.
One sailing tour whisks guests away to the deserted nature island of Tintamarre for lounging on the beach with a picnic, seashell hunting, or snorkeling in the crystal blue waters. The island offers romantic sunset sailboat cruises, tours of the coastline sites, and a multitude of St Maarten fishing charters.
A typical round-the-island St. Maarten tour sails toward the desert island first thing in the morning while you enjoy local island music and a crew that pampers. Next on to Creole Rock on the North West side of the island, home to a pristine underwater garden offering the best snorkeling in the Caribbean. Sail on to quaint Grand Case for a three course lunch on the beach. As the afternoon wears on, cruise on to Marigot and Sunset Beach for a last dip in the ocean before heading back to the dock and home to your inviting St. Martin villa retreat.
There are just so many great things to do in St Maarten that we can only mention a few ideas with the best potential for making merriment and memories. To book your St. Maarten vacation home and get ready to sail the most beautiful waters in the world, contact the Villalady today.