you to Lisa Larsen for this itinerary (2013-05-01)
There are many variations to this sample itinerary. Your charter will
be customized to fulfill the dreams of your charter party. That's the
beauty of a crewed charter yacht vacation.
St. Martin is ideal for first time charter clients
seeking a gentle experience that features the excitement of an ocean
voyage without ever losing site of land. Your individually customized
itinerary is designed to perfectly suit your charter party. Charter
guests of all ages will want to spend time on the stunning beaches,
snorkeling, swimming and enjoying the local beach barbecues and island
music. Family charters with children will be delighted with the
diversity of on shore activities that give everyone a chance to stretch
their sea legs.
Saint Martin on the French side, Sint Maarten on
the Dutch side, visitors to this island paradise enjoy the
cultural intrigue of visiting two island colonies in the same 37 square
miles. Sint Maarten/Saint Martin’s exotic fusion of Caribbean, French
and Dutch cultures are paralleled by its physical diversity:
cosmopolitan centers and seaside towns, lowlands and mountains,
rainforests and white sand beaches. St Martin is a place where you can
do it all, or do nothing at all, and the ultimate way to experience the
island is aboard a private, luxury charter yacht.
Board your private charter yacht in Marigot, the
French capital that is ringed by delightful restaurants, charming
boutiques and duty-free shops.
Fine art collectors and admirers should visit the gallery of Sir Roland
world famous for his colorful impressionist works. There’s a small
local market every morning by the waterside where you can buy local
spices, clothes with bright Caribbean colors and motifs, and other
trinkets for authentic souvenirs.
If time permits, visit Fort
Louis, a bit of a climb is rewarded by spectacular, panoramic
views of the island.
Day 2: Grand Case
This enchanting French seaside town features a beachside road lined
with excellent restaurants, galleries and boutiques. The famous Calmos
Café on Grand Case Beach is a long time favorite of yacht charter
guests and crew. This funky Franco-Caribbean beach bar and restaurant
offers live music a couple of nights a week. Yachts anchor offshore to
revel in the lively jazz or reggae while guests enjoy cocktails and
dinner on deck.
Loterie Farm is an enchanting shore excursion by taxi, departing either
from Marigot or Grand Case. This unique farm that once cultivated sugar
cane is now the ecological showcase of a Californian philanthropist.
Hike on nature trails through the “hidden forest” with splendid views
towards the Caribbean Sea, Marigot, and the island of Anguilla. The Fly
Zone is a zip line along ropes from tree to tree. The higher and more
challenging tour is for adults and youngsters over 4 ft. tall. The
lower and easier tour is for small children. The Treetops restaurant
showcases estate grown produce and features gourmet French-Caribbean
cuisine. Rent a lounge or cabana to enjoy the Jacuzzi and spring fed
Day 3: Anse
Marcel and Pinel Island
Anse Marcel is a tropical, upscale beach,
positioned at the
northernmost part of the island, is ideal for couples and families.
Nestled in a quiet bay, protected from swells, the white sand beach has
shallow, calm water. Here, two large hotels with sprawling
landscaped grounds offer excellent amenities. The Marina Port de
Lonvilliers is located at the northern side of Anse Marcel, facing the
island of Anguilla. Facilities at the marina include a tiny handful of
boutiques, shops and a restaurant.
Pinel Island, or in French Ilet Pinel, is a tiny island gem on the
north end of St. Martin off the shores of French Cul de Sac. Located in
the heart of the Marine Park of St Martin, the beach has calm, crystal
clear water and is a very popular weekend spot for families with
children. Enjoy an afternoon swim along the snorkel trail protected and
maintained by the Marine Park. Then head for the beach to
relax on a lounge chair and bathe in the gentle surf.
Located on the far left side of the beach, Le Karibuni Restaurant and
Beach Bar offers fantastic Caribbean cuisine. Yellow Beach restaurant,
located straight in front of the dock is known for its amazing BBQ and
tropical Tiki huts. For a lovely walk and a bit more seclusion, take
the path across the island and you’ll end up on a pristine beach and
likely have it all to yourselves. Please be aware that Pinel
Island is a clothing optional beach, especially the north side.
Day 4: Le
This slice of paradise features a northern end of brilliant sands and
calm water so shallow you can wade out thirty yards without getting
your suit wet, perfect for toddlers, children and non-swimmers. Le
Galion is also a popular hangout for surfing, kite-boarding, and
windsurfing enthusiasts. In front of the former “Le Galion Hotel” great
surfing results from trade winds along the Atlantic coast.
Le Galion Beach is next to bustling Orient Beach. The area offers lots
of exciting attractions. The Butterfly Farm (La Ferme des Papillons)
contains a beautifully landscaped garden, waterfall, pond, Japanese
fish and tranquil music. As you wander through this serene atmosphere,
some of the world’s most exotic butterflies fly around you, laying eggs
and performing courting dances. Early each morning the butterflies
emerge from their chrysalis to take their first flight. There are
guided tours, and a gift shop and refreshment stand. Nearby, the
Bayside Riding Stables offer horse (and pony) riding for all ages and
skill levels on trails through the Marine Reserve and along the beach.
Phillipsburg, Frontstreet, and Great Bay Beach
Phillipsburg is the Dutch Capital, which has now
become the independent country of Sint Maarten. Old renovated
buildings, and typical Antillean architecture characterize this
bustling seaside city.
Frontstreet and Backstreet are the main roads,
bisected by little alleyways crammed with retail shops. Old Street is
dotted with gift stores and art galleries, and Back Street has a
colorful local market, souvenir shops, and inexpensive clothing.
History buffs will enjoy the Sint Maarten National Heritage Foundation
which is a small museum in a converted 1800s house, with exhibits
covering the culture, history, flora and fauna of the island, and
reference and video libraries.
Great Bay beach is just steps away and offers a lovely respite from
shopping. The sand is white, the sea a lovely shade of turquoise and
the boardwalk is lined with places to eat, drink and shop. There are
plenty of places to rent chairs, access wifi, get cold brews, and rent
Jet Skis or banana boat rides.
Day 6: Simpson
While most of the bay is home to private residences there is plenty for
visitors to do here. Pelican Beach, part of the Pelican Resort, has one
of the most interesting little reefs to snorkel. The small beach has a
favorite children’s attraction, the Playstation 4 Kids. Anchored right
off the beach, the “Playstation” was formerly a catamaran converted
into a platform with ladders, Tarzan swings, kids swings and two types
of slides. Pelican Beach is on the eastern side and most boats anchor
here for the night. Buccaneer Beach bar often has live music and games
for kids. The airport is on the western side and next to it, housed in
a converted bus is the Karakter beach bar, which features great food on
a nice beach with a view of the planes.
For an interesting family walking tour, meander past the many retail
and restaurants establishments down to the St Maarten Yacht Club on
Simpson Bay to watch boats large and small make their way through the
lift bridge at 4.30 and 5.30 pm. Then continue on to the Carousel Ice
Cream Bar where a real indoor carousel whirls children around on
gaily-painted horses. For family evening entertainment, enjoy a film at
the movie theatre opposite.
Day 7: La
Samanna, Terre Basses, Marigot
Set sail along the western coast, past the
airport, where you
may witness some of the low flying airplanes during take off or
landing. Head to La Samanna Hotel to enjoy lunch on the terrace at the
casual beach bar, take a dip in the sea or take advantage of
good snorkeling. spot. Back on board, sail around the headland of Terre
Basses or Lowlands in view of some of St. Maarten’s largest and most
impressive villas built on 4 acres lots.
Day 8: Marigot
Return to Marigot and prepare
to bid farewell to your beautiful yacht and endearing crew and consider
your plans for your next family yacht charter vacation.
Remember, there are many variations to this sample itinerary. Your
charter will be customized to fulfill the dreams of your charter party.
That's the beauty of a Virgin Islands crewed charter yacht sailing
If you want to scuba dive,
there are boats that specialize in this activity. They will be
well-equipped and have a divemaster or dive instructor aboard and will
make sure you dive on some spectacular spots. Another possibility is to
do a "rendezvous" dive. This is where a yacht will coordinate with
shore-based dive operators to take you on a dive.
Or maybe you want to spend more time sailing than at anchor and improve
your sailing skills at the same time. Your experienced captain will be
happy to oblige your wishes.
Whether you want an active nightlife visiting local hot spots or just
enjoy the pleasure of quiet, secluded anchorages, a charter yacht in
the Virgin Islands can accommodate your desires.
And, of course, if your idea of the ideal vacation is no itinerary at
all, then a crewed yacht charter vacation is the perfect choice. You
can decide each morning over coffee in the cockpit what you want to do
that day (even if it's nothing at all), and it's OK to change your
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