Luxury charter in Central Caribbean on board ASTRA
From Anguilla in the north to Dominica in the south, the Leeward Islands chain comprises several island nations, each with contrasting landscapes and cultural flavours. From the international sophistication of ultra-chic St. Barths and Anguilla to the well-heeled historical serenity of Antigua and the tropical tranquility of St. Kitts, its multifaceted profile is a treat for those in search of a diverse yacht charter. You can adapt your route to include some of the smaller destinations, like Barbuda, Nevis and Saba; or head further south for the dynamic, French influenced islands of Montserrat, Dominica and Guadeloupe. However, with its Georgian harbour, world-famous beaches, sumptuous resorts and elegant capital city, the idyllic Caribbean island of Antigua is a critical stopover on any Leeward yacht charter.
St Martin (French) or Sint Maarten (Dutch) has been divided between the two nations since 1648. The Dutch side is known for its festive nightlife, casinos, and duty free shopping and the French side for its stylish cosmopolitan boutiques and gourmet Caribbean cuisine. Spend the morning around the island of Tintamarre on the east coast for some great swimming or Colombier beach only accessible by foot or boat. For the more adventurous a shark dive off the Dutch side of the island is an exciting option.
Together with Barbuda, Anguilla offers the most impressive beaches in the Leewards and has remained relatively untouched by tourism development over the years. The island offers over 30 powdery white beaches, world class restaurants and exclusive resorts. Sail to Crocus Bay to picnic in one of the secluded beaches before cooling off in the crystal clear waters of Scrub Bay. Don’t miss a visit to deserted Sandy Cay; a postcard sand bank with a small shack only open during the day.
French owned St Barthelemey is renowned as the chic St Tropez of the Caribbean and is the place to be seen. It has an excellent selection of French restaurants and nightlife, chic boutiques and pristine beaches . Why not rent a mini moke and explore the scenic interior of the island before enjoying cocktails under the stars at the mythical “le Ti St Barth” or “La Plage”.
If you are interested in Scuba diving, Sabas natural beauty extends well below the waterline into an exciting vibrant marine environment with lava tunnels, sheer walls and an abundance of tropical fish, rays and turtles. With no beaches, hotels, nor ports, you feel as though you have stepped back in time to the first explorers of this magical untouched island also known as “The Unspoiled Queen”.
The intoxicating natural beauty, white sandy beaches warm turquoise waters of St Kitts will not fail to seduce you. More than a quarter of this beautiful island has been set aside as a National park with an expanding rainforest so be sure to drive or hike though the Valley of Giants for beautiful scenic views. In the past its valuable sugar trade and strategic location lead to its luxurious development. Take a hike through the Valley of Giants, zip line over the rainforest or visit Brimstone Hill Fortress, a UNESCO world heritage site. If you prefer to sunbathe onboard, anchor off White House Bay in the South of the Island and cool off with a swim with turtles in the bay.
This small 36 square mile paradisiac island is separated from St Kitts by a shallow two mile channel known as the Narrows. From the top of the 3,232 foot Nevis Peak to the depths of the turquoise surrounding waters, there is a world of flora and fauna to be explored. Nevis has some fantastic dive sites or why not play a round of golf on the world famous Robert Trent Jones 18-hole course.
With its international airport, Antigua is one of the Caribbean’s leading destinations and great place to commence your cruise. Embark in Antigua’s famous English Harbour and head for Carlisle Bay for a relaxing lunch and swim off the palm tree lined pristine white beach. Visit Green Island offering great snorkeling and secluded beaches or Deep Bay, home to the Andes shipwreck since 1914 which is teeming with marine life and easily accessible to snorkelers and divers . Don’t miss watching the spectacular sunset at Shirleys Heights on a Sunday evening whilst listening to the rhythms of the steel band and fresh lobster at Harmony Hall, a former sugar mill estate which is now one of the islands best restaurants.