Lush islands poking out of tropical waters fringed with white beaches — the Caribbean is a quintessential paradise. Between the 700-plus islands, cays, and islets that comprise this wonderful cruising region, there’s a destination to suit every interest. Your AvYachts Concierge will customize the perfect itinerary, including the best spots for a private beach picnic and the secluded bays ideal for pulling out the water toys.
Best for Families
There’s a good reason why the British Virgin Islands is the charter capital of the world. Each island is a short cruise away via the flat, family-friendly protected waters of the Sir Frances Drake Channel. Kids will love clambering around the boulders of The Baths and the multitude of watersports opportunities. Parents who need some time out should check out the spas at ultra-exclusive Oil Nut Bay and Peter Island.
Best for Nature Lovers
The Caribbean’s best-kept secret, Dominica’s volcanic landscape makes it dramatic both above and below the water. Three hundred miles of walking trails pass myriad waterfalls through rainforests. Fit hikers should head to the world’s second-largest boiling lake. Underwater, volcanoes create sheer walls to dive and several marine reserves offer protected areas for rare fish. Don't miss the “Champagne” dive through the warm bubbles of geothermal vents.
Best for Going Out
It doesn’t get chicer than St. Barths, the glitterati’s favorite since David Rockefeller first visited in the 1950s. In this Caribbean cocoon of safety and exclusivity, celebrities and locals mix like rum and coke. Book a table at island hot spot Maya’s for excellent cuisine among an interesting crowd and finish the night at the Baz Bar whose nightly live music may happen to be brought to you by Jimmy Buffett himself.
Best for Beaches
Anguilla exudes a low-key high-lux vibe, falling just under the mass tourism radar, which means empty stretches of some of the Caribbean’s most alluring white-sand beaches, 33 to be exact. Some of these are exceptionally long like Shoal Bay East’s two miles of powdery sand with superb snorkeling, and some are delightfully remote, only accessible by boat, such as Little Bay. Your AvYachts concierge can help you discover your favorite.
No matter where your travels take you on your Caribbean escape, top off every day with an icy rum sundowner while stretched out on the top deck of your AvYacht. Keep your eye on the horizon, and as that perfect ball of yellow drops out of sight, you’re bound to be one of the lucky few to catch a glimpse of the famous Caribbean green flash.