Boating and islands go together because to really see and know a place, you must get away from it. This gives perspective to the size, foliage and topography. If you plan to go sailing in the Caribbean, then you have a truly blissful holiday ahead of you.
The Caribbean is the region consisting of the Caribbean Sea, its islands and the neighbouring coasts. It is southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and the North American mainland, east of Central America, and north of South America.
Climate in Caribbean
The Caribbean region has varying climate and geography. Some of the islands have relatively flat terrain of non-volcanic origin, namely: Aruba, Barbados, the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, Curacao, Bonaire, St. Croix and Antigua. Others hold rugged towering mountain-ranges.
Whether you choose to borrow a small boat from your hotel or plan to rent a fully-crewed yacht and explore for a week or two, this is a chance to move at your own pace, surrounded by sea and sky. You can enjoy coves and beaches that landlubbers can never reach and see the islands just like Columbus did while he made history. The best Caribbean islands for boating include:
- The Bahamas: there are 700 islands to choose from once you get here. This is boating paradise. If you come here without a boat, you’re not seeing the whole Bahamas.
- The British Virgin Islands: might as well be called the sailing capital of the whole world. The consistency of the winds and the distance between the islands makes this such an alluring destination, because you can island-hop to your heart’s desire.
- Grenada, St. Vincent & The Grenadines: from the colour of the water to the Tobago Cays, it is a great launching point to enjoy the whole succession of the paradise found by you on your boat.
- The US Virgin Islands: the boater’s dream, with a host of hidden coves and private beaches you can only get to by water. There are several uninhabited islands to explore.
- Antigua: has the most prestigious sailing week in the Caribbean, is a great charter destination, and its Falmouth Harbour is one of the world’s best mega-yacht havens.
- Guadeloupe: perhaps the best-kept boating secret in the Caribbean, having inhabited islands which are a delight for sailors.
- St Martin: an incredible boating destination.
- Puerto Rico: the perfect place for sport-fishing, and a great stopping off point for people cruising through the Caribbean.
- Turks & Caicos: a perfect location for diving and snorkeling, right off your boat.
- Belize: a great place to charter a sailboat and go explore – from the exquisite beaches of Ambergris Caye to the 200-some islands and cays dotting the coast.
- The Grand Cayman: known for water-sports, diving and fishing. It is a paradise for boaters who love the world beneath the sea.