A yacht charter in Antigua is one of the best ways to explore the spectacular Leeward Islands, with its energetic nightlife and tasty cuisine. Barbuda, however, is equally as breathtaking, with its immense natural beauty and immaculate, white-sanded beaches. A tropical haven of hidden coves and natural pools, the Leeward Islands is a unique destination: whether chartering a yacht in Antigua or exploring the beautiful Barbuda, you’re sure to fall in love with this remote chain of islands.
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Antigua is the largest of the Leeward Islands and was named by Christopher Columbus in memory of a Spanish church, Santa Maria La Antigua (Ancient Saint Mary). Antigua is famous for its beaches and colonial sites including Shirley Heights, with gun emplacements and military buildings offering a breathtaking view of the English harbor. Start your luxury yacht charter cruise from Antigua Yacht Club in Falmouth Harbor.
Leave for Green Island or Nonsuch Bay and anchor for the night. Green Island is uninhabited and is perfect for finding the right privacy and a total relaxation. Nonsuch Bay is located at the eastern end of Antigua and its protected waters are perfect for snorkeling. In the evening you can go ashore to visit Harmony Hall, a former sugar factory converted into a restaurant, guest house and gallery.
Reach Barbuda, with pink and white beaches perfect for sunbathing, waters with coral reefs and ancient shipwrecks, perfect for snorkelers. On the island you will find beautiful exclusive resorts where you can play tennis or golf. Northern Barbuda you will find the Frigate Bird Sanctuary, with 170 species and more than five thousand different frigate birds.
Once hailed Barbuda, navigate to the northern side of Antigua, stopping at Five Islands, a group of four crescent-shaped beaches, located on the northwest coast of Antigua. Here you will find many different beaches, ideal for swimming and sunbathing, and beautiful gardens. Nearby, you will find Deep Bay to snorkel and admire the wreck of the Andes, a merchant ship sunk in 1908, dipped in only 6-feet deep waters.
Leave early to the islands of Nevis and St. Kitts, which together constitute the smallest sovereign nation in the Americas. You can anchor for the night south of Majors. If you like golf, you can instead anchor at Oualie Beach and play at the Four Seasons. If you visit between December 17 and January 3, you can take part to the festivities of the Carnival taking place in St Kitts.
You cannot miss a visit of a few days at the beautiful St Barts, where international VIPs come to spend the holidays and where you’ll find pristine beaches, upscale restaurants and clothing stores. Among the famous resorts of the island, there is Anse des Flamands, with a beautiful beach, a great restaurant and an equestrian center for those who cannnot give up on a horse. St Barts is also a great place for scuba diving and snorkeling, there you may spot nurse sharks, lobsters and lots of beautiful conch.
On the tenth day you can cruise to Anguilla, the most northerly of the Leeward Islands, with stunning white sand beaches, great food, and friendly people. Anchor in Crocus Bay for the night and during the day visit the Prickley Pear Cays, a pair of uninhabited islands with rich and vibrant marine life and many birds.
Left Anguilla, you can get off at St Maarten for some shopping and a nice lunch. On the eastern side of the bay of Grand Case, you’ll find a wide white sand beach, where you can swim and snorkel. Before greeting the Leeward Islands, enjoy a sunset walk and dinner at one of the many restaurants overlooking the bay. The next day land at Port de Plaisance.