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Sailing Routes in Jamaica

Jamaica is one of the most beautiful islands you’ll ever come across, based on Caribbean standards. Its tropical landscape featuring rainbow, and exotic wildlife. Everything you imagine about the Caribbean can be found on Jamaica. Stop along the island’s 360 miles of coastline you’ll find all kinds of adventures, from waterfall or rainforest hikes to snorkelling adventures exploring a whole world underneath the turquoise waves. It’s truly a paradise. 

Any good trip to Jamaica starts and finishes in the capital of Kingston where all the urban action occurs. In the east, Port Morant features stunning scenery, free dockage where visitors can explore the area for as long as they’d like.

Heading to the tip of the island, visit Port Antonio and the world-renowned Errol Flynn Marina which is famous for being one of the best sailing spots on Jamaica where enthusiasts from all around the world gather every year.

You’ll find the most authentic Jamaica at Orcabessa, featuring excellent fish sanctuary and turtle-hatching programme.

St Ann’s Bay and Discovery Bay are venues of cruise ships dock, with lots of fun activities.

Treasure Beach is a calm and peaceful place to spend some time relaxing.

Visit the Errol Flynn Marina which is famous being one of the best sailing spots on the island. Situated in Port Antonio, sailors from all around the world gather here.

In Falmouth, you’ll witness some incredible architecture in the Falmouth Historic District.

Montego Bay is where the Montego Bay Yacht Club founded, another must-visit along the coast featuring stunning beaches. 

On the west part of Jamaica, visit the beautiful and protected Negril which is famous as one of the most wonderful coastal areas in the world featuring stunning Seven Mile Beach.

Last but not least, a tour up the Black River is one of the most unique sailing experiences in Jamaica.

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St Lucia

Little St Lucia is located at the heart of the Eastern Caribbean chain overseeing beautiful palm-fringed beaches, untouched rainforests as well as the iconic Piton mountains. St Lucia is famous for is golden sunsets and clear blue skies, making it the ideal destination for a romantic couples holiday. On a trip along its coast, visitors will find waterfalls and luxury marinas, mineral baths and seaside art coffee shops. Something new and unexpected situated around every corner. Visitors are sure also to discover that the locals are incredibly hospitality and that they will be well taken care of wherever on the island you choose to stay.

At the north side of St Lucia, visitors will find Pigeon Island featuring two beautiful beaches and old military ruins. The most wonderful views is all the way up to the old naval fort. 

The best sailing route is Rodney Bay where the nightlife is vibrant, lively and the food is extremely fresh. And while being there, visitors must make a visit to the golden sands of Reduit Beach.

Walk by the spectacular vista of Choc Bay and have a swim in the still waters. If keep walking south from here, visitors will get to shore and a must visit place is the nearby town of Castries.

The hurricane hole of Marigot Bay is not only a venue of natural marvel but also the filming place of the original Dr Doolittle film! This is an excellent overnight destination and the nearby Marina Village is excellent for shopping and restaurants.

Visit and have a bite at Bennie’s Restaurant where the boat will be taken care of as you discover the surrounding area and marine park.

Anse Cochon is one of the best beaches to be included in your itinerary, with amazing snorkelling and breathtaking surroundings for a picnic.

It is booming with culture and makes a great place for inland explorations. From here visitors can hike the majestic Pitons and visit volcano at Sulphur Springs.

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Barbados

The gorgeous island of Barbados covers over 160 square kilometres where it is located far out to sea, about 100 miles east of the West Indies. Alongside there are endless white sand beaches, Barbados’ epic shoreline features secret caves and underground rivers and lakes. Above ground (but still underwater) you’ll find some unparalleled snorkelling locations with friendly sea turtles. Besides, there are beautiful tidal pools, and incredible surf spots with these gorgeous natural phenomena. In addition to that, Barbados has a very rich culture, custom and history. While you’re stayed at the charming seaside towns, it’s definitely worth visiting some of the old charming plantations.

Port St. Charles is house of one of Barbados’ main marinas, which can provide overnight shelter for your boat if you take on long trip. The port has also a very exclusive resort, and Heywoods Beach similar to all other beaches on Barbados is open for the public to enter.

Port Ferdinand is another location where you can dock your boat overnight. If you decide to do so, take a walk along the quay and visit the Fish Pot for an amazing dinner ashore.

Walking south along the coast, you’ll reach Reeds Bay, a quiet and unspoilt beach which is perfect for a swim and a picnic by the beach. 

Docking your boat in Alleynes Bay, pop into the iconic local bars for a cocktail!

If you’re interested in a relaxed afternoon, make your way to the waters off Folkstone Marine Reserve and enjoy snorkeling its brilliant waters among many type of fish, such as sea anemones, sea lilies, corals, sponges and many more.

On the shores of the world famous Sandy Lane Bay, there are many water sports to enjoy by the beach.

As you head to the city of Bridgetown, stop in Carlisle Bay and visit Browne’s Beach where you can relax on the beach with some Rum Punch – and remember to keep an eye out for those turtles!

Barbados Yacht Club & Barbados Cruising Club, the only two Yacht clubs on the island also situated in Bridgetown.

Top Caribbean Sailing Routes (Part 1)

A trip to the Caribbean is merely about the adventures of the sea where warm winds, crystal clear waters and midnight waves of the ocean calls to all of us. No matter what type of adventure you like, whether lounge on the sundeck of a yacht or ride a vessel of your own, the Caribbean has its all to make the perfect sailing destination which allow you to sail entirely on your own terms. With different levels of experience on deck, some visitors prefer to have a professional crew to help navigate while others like to handle things on their own. They make things simple by hopping on a charter with a pre-determined itinerary and simply ride along, being in charge of their own craft and create the perfect journey step by step. Just a few hours of sailing is more than enough before coming back for a good night’s sleep in a private beautiful villa on land. Or even better if having the time to spend the night on the boat and take a round-trip the islands for a few days. 

In this posy, you’ll find some of sailing spots and on-shore stops along the coasts of Caribbean islands for a day-trip, or even multi-day adventure.

Before you get on the water…

Be sure to avoid stormy weather and temperamental waters by sailing between January and March when the weather is ideal.

You have three different options for renting a yacht, vessel or sailboat in the Caribbean by booking directly with a charter company or a charter broker who is a travelling agency, helping find the right type of boat for you. If you’ve decided to travel with a professional crew, a broker will help you book a good team. There are numerous great small businesses across the Caribbean islands with fully catered day-cruises and wonderful itineraries. 

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4. Experience sailing, swimming with wild pigs

International tourists describe their sailing trips as amazing. Rent a boat to explore the archipelago for visitors to experience all the undersea activities such as snorkeling, spear fishing, swimming with wild pigs. There are also many tours to take you to the small islands. The price for buying a sailboat tour is “acrid” so be prepared before going. Many companies can offer up to $2,600/day for groups of 6.

The lovely wild pig swimming across the beach is what makes the Bahamas Islands more famous as the pig island.

International visitors all enjoy swimming, carrying and feeding lovely pigs.

5. Visit the islands of private paradise

Try to visit at least one island during your vacation in the Bahamas. In addition to swimming with dolphins, visitors also have the opportunity to admire the ghost flying Dutchman famous in the film Pirates of the Caribbean.

International tourists often choose itineraries such as visiting Castaway Cay where the luxurious Disney cruiser (left) of the Royal warship (right) is featured in the film Pirates of the Carribean.

Another great option is to explore CocoCay Island to experience many water sports like diving, skateboarding, kayaking. Don’t forget to rent a boat/canoe to explore the natural beauty of the island.

6. Visit Queen’s staircase

This staircase is a historical landscape built in the 18th century with many intricate carvings on limestone intricate by slaves of that period. This work has 66 stairs to help shorten the way to many other famous landmarks for visitors.

Standing on the stairs can feel the cool water from the beautiful artificial waterfall here. This historic site is located on Nassau Island in the Bahamas. This is the most populous area and also the place where international tourists visit and explore the most.

On each step there are exquisite carvings. The name of this staircase is set to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the reign of Queen Victoria with the merits of abolishing her slavery.

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We’ve done a lot of scuba diving around the world, but our favorite scuba diving experience is definitely diving through the flooded holes of this hollow island. Once you emerge inside the cave, you will be able to admire the breathtaking view of light through the gaps above.

The cave is beautiful but the underwater world is outstanding. Lighted up by the rays of the sun, colorful fish swim around the reef and you feel like you’re in a giant bowl of fish.

Underwater horseman – Dominican Republic

It’s interesting to mention our list of Caribbean water sports to try. While on our journey, one of our stops was La Romana Dominican and it was here that we signed up for the trip like the greatest adventure on the island, The Adventure Riders Adventure.

Having the opportunity to drive your own zodiac on broken waves is a thrilling experience and it lives up to the hype. The trip started on a quiet river where you enjoy the view of high cliffs; It was a relaxing and pleasant time.

But once you reach the mouth of the river in the Caribbean, the adventure begins. Everyone started the engine and faced strong waves. These aquatic racers were created to run and you can explore the coast with a bright smile on your face as you enjoy a wonderful ride in the open ocean.

Sailing – Jamaica

Slowing things down a bit, a boat trip is highly recommended anywhere in the Caribbean. This is also one of the Caribbean water sports that you do not have to do anything. I just love stepping on a catfish, sitting in the front seat and letting the waves glide across the trampoline to cool my hot skin.

Jamaica is especially beautiful with rocky coastline, clear water and Reggae music. There are pirates’ caves and coral reefs and we even stop for a moment to see the famous cliff divers at Rick’s Café.

At the end of the day, our inner kid has a chance to shine as we play on a water park with bridges, trampolines and water slides in front of Negril Beach.

Sailing in the Caribbean region

Sailing is a big business in the Caribbean region, despite it may lack the fiercely competitive nature of some of the other sports. Sailing is popular here due to the fact that the islands are surrounded by some of the most scenic waters in the world, so it would be such a waste if you don’t try sailing during your Caribbean break.
Besides, yacht racing takes place across the islands all year round, with the participation of the best sailing teams in the world. So, remember to check out racing calendar for upcoming races in the region you’re traveling to. You might lucky to witness one.
If you in for a treat, you can easily rent boats from your all-inclusive resorts, ask the staff for some direction and you are ready to adventure.

But when are the best times for sailing, you may ask?
The best time to sail in the Eastern Caribbean islands such as from St. Thomas to Grenada is from March through June, although the weather in Caribbean is nice year round. There are fewer tourists, and the weather is stunningly with less clouds, settled weather patterns, tropical fruit and flowers are blooming.
Early summer is when the trade winds calm down, so yachts can visit anchorages and islands such as the islands of Saba and Statia in the Leeward Islands that are difficult to get to during stormy, windy weather.
Besides Saba and Statia, there are other options for anchorages in early summer such as the whole Eastern side of Martinique with a lagoon on the windward side ideal for cruising, between the outer reef and the mainland.

Weather No Longer Effects Rates

Many resort don’t often offer specials rates in the summer as yachts in the Virgin Islands are so well booked – they easily get 25-35 weeks of charter a year. Hence, if you are interested in sailing, you should check and book in advance as they would not discount for the entire summer months.