St Lucia to Antigua Yacht Charter

An Unforgettable 10-Day Sailing Holiday

This is an example of a 9-night crewed charter around from Saint Lucia to Antigua taking in the fabulous islands of Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe.

A wonderful sailing adventure for those wanting to get some real hands-on coastal sailing experience whilst getting pampered by your crew in the beautiful Caribbean.

This trip itinerary is approximately 250 nautical miles and ideally suited to those of you with a little bit of sailing experience as on some days we sail up to 6-8 hours a day.

If this itinerary grabs your interest, then please get in contact. We are happy to mix things up to make sure you have an unforgettable holiday.

Please click the ‘Island Details’ button above, to see some of the pictures we have taken on previous charters.

DaySample Itinerary
1

Meet your crew, Sam, and Neil in Soufriere and get settled on board Nemo. Our meeting point will have the St Lucian Pitons as an incredible backdrop. The Hewanorra International airport is 45 minutes away by taxi. Once you are settled on board Nemo and we have conducted our guest briefing we will sail to Marigot Bay. This will be our night anchorage and we will have dinner ashore in one of the many fabulous restaurants there.

2

After a relaxing morning, where you will get the chance to swim off the back of the boat in one of the most beautiful anchorages in the Caribbean, we will sail to Rodney Bay. Here you can go and visit Pigeon Island Nature Reserve and enjoy a cocktail ashore. We will serve dinner on board.

3

Our first interisland sail today as we head to the photogenic small town of Les Anses D’Artlet on Martinique. On the way, you will get to see the amazing HMS Diamond Rock and once at anchor, we can head to Anse Chaudiere for some snorkelling. We will have our evening meal on board Nemo.

4

An earlyish start as we head up to St. Pierre, the former economic capital which was destroyed by the Montagne Pelée eruption in 1902. Once there we can visit one of the many rum factories or go snorkelling, kayaking or paddle boarding. We will anchor here for the night and have dinner on board Nemo.

5

Our second interisland sail today as we depart Martinique for Dominica – the nature island. We will sail to Roseau and then head ashore to pick up a tour to snorkel the bubbling geothermal Champagne Reef. Dinner on board.

6

More adventures to be had in Dominica today as we sail up to Prince Rupert Bay in Portsmouth, giving us a chance to take in the stunningly green and lush island. After a tasty lunch, we can then take the brilliant Indian River cruise or you can relax on board. We will have our evening meal on Nemo.

7

Another inter-island sail to the beautiful archipelago of Îles de Saintes in Guadeloupe today. We will anchor in Terre-de-Haut.  Here you can snorkel, kayak or paddleboard. Or choose one of the amazing beaches such as Pompierre, or perhaps visit Fort Napoleon for a little bit of history. Dinner ashore at this wonderful seaside town.

8

Today will be a fun day of coastal sailing. We will stop at Pigeon Island for lunch, and the famous and stunning Jacques Cousteau Underwater Reserve to snorkel. Then onto Deshaies, the set for British TV Series ‘Death in Paradise’. Once we get there, head ashore to look around, have a sundowner and then dinner is back on Nemo under the stars.

9

Our final all day interisland sail will be to the historic English Harbour in Antigua, home to Nelson’s Dockyard, which is a fully restored 18th-century working dockyard. In days gone by, Nelson would keep his fleet here and there is a museum dedicated to his memory that has some fascinating exhibits. We will head ashore for a yummy dinner.

10

Our final sail will take in the wonderful Antigua coastline. We will pass Cades Reef as we head up to Jolly Harbour our departure point.

This is an example of our adventure sailing vacation in Google Maps, including photos of each of the anchorages. Please note that trip changes may take place due to guest requests and weather conditions.

Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is the perfect destination. A genuine, natural landscape of gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, miles of unspoilt rainforest and the majestic Piton Mountains, are sure to satisfy every taste. Natural waterfalls, breath-taking views, friendly locals and authentic culture impress the most travelled individuals for a sailing holiday with lasting memories.

Picturesque Soufrière in the south draws visitors looking to catch a glimpse of its old fishing port, sulphur springs, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

As you head south you come to Marigot Bay, a picture postcard bay with the wonderful Capella Marina. We often anchor or take a mooring ball here, to take advantage of the incredible snorkelling and many restaurants.

Rodney Bay in the north of the island is packed with hotels and sailing yachts. Hobie cats from the hotels wind their way through the beautiful anchorage which has Pigeon Island at one end of it. Pigeon Island is a National Park with beautiful beaches and a wonderful fort with obligatory canons.

Saint Lucia is perfect for those of you on the lookout for warm rays, sand, surf, and a place to unwind with a rum punch and a good book on board Nemo.

Nemo at anchor in Rodney Bay at sunset

Captain Neil getting his coconut water fix

Capella Marina at sunset

Pigeon Island on Saint Lucia

Martinique

With croissants and palm trees, all perched near a live volcano, Martinique is the definition of a refined French-Caribbean island – fashionable and elegant, with an abundance of flora. Filled with ruins and monuments, Martinique has been French, with a few interruptions, since 1635. And as an overseas department of France, it revels in French history and savoir-faire. It offers gorgeous beaches, lots of rum and great food.

Tourism is important, but so are banana farming, cane, and the rum business. Its many small museums focus on curiosities such as banana farming and ancient island civilisations.  The capital, Fort-de-France, displays colonial charm along with its yacht-filled harbour and offers lots to see in its narrow galleried streets. Busy fish and produce markets give rich local flavour, and we enjoy visiting the market in St Pierre.

Sunset in St Pierre, Martinique

The Depaz Distillery Main House

A local boat at anchor in Le Marin

Guests on SY Nemo on the bow as we get ready to anchor in Saint Pierre

Dominica

Dominica sits midway along the Eastern Caribbean archipelago, just a few miles from Martinique to the south and Guadeloupe to the north. The island is sparsely populated with around 70,000 people inhabiting its 289 square miles. The island is one of only a couple in the Caribbean still with populations of the pre-Columbian Carib Indians.

It is an unspoilt nature lover’s paradise. Tropical forests coat two-thirds of the island, which nourishes 1,200 plant species. Rivers, lakes, streams, and waterfalls are everywhere, fed by the island’s high annual rainfall. The Indian River that feeds into Prince Rupert Bay, is a particularly beautiful river and also another set of a Pirates of the Caribbean movie. It is well worth a trip up the river with one of the local guides.

The offshore marine environment is equally fascinating, as healthy reefs, extraordinary formations, and 100-foot visibility draw water lovers. We head to Champagne Reef to snorkel, where warm water seeps from underwater volcanic vents and colourful fish swirl on streams of tiny bubbles.

Lunch on board SY Nemo in Prince Rupert Bay

One of the stunning churches on Dominica

A beautiful bay in Dominica

A PAYS guide taking us up the Indian River

Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe, part of the French West Indies, has it all: rain forests, waterfalls, sandy beaches and charming villages. The picturesque islands bask in the sun: Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre, La Désirade, Les Saintes and Marie-Galante, five islands which perfectly encompass all the diversity and natural beauty to be found in the Caribbean.

Trade winds keep the temperature about the same year-round and make the three offshore islands super sailing destinations. On the more rural Terre-de-Haut, part of the Îles des Saintes (frenchcaribbean.com/Les-Saintes/Introduction), you will find a truly picturesque town, historical forts, pristine beaches and families descended from Breton sailors.

To the south-east is Marie-Galante, where some of the Caribbean’s best rum is produced. Remnants of colonial sugar mills are quaint reminders of the island’s past as a sugar producer. The anchorages and beaches are spectacular.

The sea life is also awe-inspiring. Look below the sparkling clear water and you will find picture-perfect corals and tropical fish at the Jacques Cousteau Underwater Park. This is one of our regular stops when we sail here, as the corals are spectacular.

Beautiful Les Saintes

SY Nemo at anchor in Deshais

Guests on board SY Nemo as we sail along the coast of Guadeloupe

Lovely fresh pastries bought for breakfast on board Nemo in Deshais, Guadeloupe

Antigua

Antigua & Barbuda is a country made up of the islands of Antigua and Barbuda and several smaller islands. It is well known for reef-lined beaches, rainforests and resorts. Antigua’s Jolly, Falmouth and English Harbours are yachting hubs, and English Harbour includes the site of historic Nelson’s Dockyard, now part of a UNESCO world heritage site.

Antigua is famous for turquoise waters and having hundreds of white sandy beaches – there are supposedly 365, one for every day of the year. So, if you are looking for an unspoilt paradise, you will find it here. A cluster of tiny offshore islands including Great Bird Island are perfect snorkelling and bird watching spots. Green Island to the east is great for kayaking and paddle-boarding.

SY Nemo in Jolly Harbour

The stunning buildings of Nelson's Dockyard

Sailing around the south coast of Antigua on SY Nemo

Peeping through the palm trees on Great Bird Island