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When considering Caribbean boat charters, there are a couple of essential elements. These include the type of boat to charter as well as the Destination. In this article, we want to help point you in the right direction for the best charter for you.

The turquoise waters and vibrant culture of the Caribbean beckon, but how to explore them? Two popular options emerge: crewed charters and bareboat charters.

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The different types of boats and their factors

When finding a Caribbean boat charter, consider the different types of boats themselves. Often these charters are Yacht Charters, Catamaran Charters, Sailing Charters, Inclusive Charters, and All Inclusive Charters.

Here at CKIM Group, we may use different types of language except “All” Inclusive Charters. We don’t like to use the word “All” as we feel it can mislead. Primarily, the customary gratuity of 20% is not included and can consequently mislead one.

We will focus on Caribbean Sailing Catamarans, Motor Yachts, Traditional sailboats, “Monohulls,” and Power Catamarans. In addition, we’ll break each vessel type down into two factors: advantages and price differences.

Sailing Catamarans | Caribbean Boat Charters

The Appeal of Sailing Catamarans

Sailing Catamarans are probably the most popular and abundant type of Caribbean Yacht Charter. Several key elements play a role in this. One is that they are spacious and comfortable. If you are looking for a sailing experience, then a sailing catamaran is perfect for a yacht charter vacation.

Sailing catamarans share their distribution between two hulls with a wide stance. This not only gives much more stability than a traditional monohull, but it also provides a great space. Typically, the staterooms are disbursed within the two hulls, allowing for a large common area above the hulls. This area will have the galley and main salon area.

Other desirable features on sailing catamarans are easily accessible swim platforms at the aft and sunning trampolines at the front of the boat. Also, some sailing catamarans often have a flybridge lounge at the top of the vessel, providing a clear line of sight to the distant coastline.

Where Caribbean Sailing Catamarans stand in the Price equation

First, please discuss with your CKIM Group charter broker what is and is not in the charter price.

Typically with Sailing Catamarans in the Caribbean, it will be “Inclusive.” Inclusive typically means that the essential items, such as provisions “food, beverage, and snacks,” as well as no additional fuel costs, are inclusive of the price.

Remember that it is exclusive of customary gratuity of 20% as a rule of thumb. We think “All Inclusive” sounds a bit bland.

Some recommended Sailing Charters operating in the U.S. & British Virgin Islands…

$34,000 - $44,000 /wk
  • 3 Cabins
  • 92.00 Ft Sail
  • Built: 1978
Scuba  Scuba Diving On Board
$37,000 - $40,000 /wk
  • 4 Cabins
  • 63.00 Ft Cat
  • Built: 2017
$59,000 - $70,000 /wk
  • 4 Cabins
  • 65.00 Ft Cat
  • Built: 2021
Scuba  Scuba Diving On Board
$45,000 /wk
  • 3 Cabins
  • 64.00 Ft Cat
  • Built: 2021
$26,000 - $29,000 /wk
  • 4 Cabins
  • 60.00 Ft Cat
  • Built: 1996
Scuba  Scuba Diving On Board
$44,700 - $48,000 /wk
  • 4 Cabins
  • 62.00 Ft Cat
  • Built: 2018
Scuba  Scuba Diving On Board
$20,000 - $28,000 /wk
  • 3 Cabins
  • 45.00 Ft Cat
  • Built: 2019
Scuba  Scuba Diving On Board

Motor Yachts | Caribbean Boat Charters

The Appeal of Motor Yachts

Motor Yachts are, of course, a popular type of Caribbean boat charter. A significant factor in this is the motor yachts’ speed and a more direct way to each destination. With its traveling source being its engine, it can reach faster to the next port with possibly more destinations within the window of your charter timeframe.

Where Motor Yachts stand in the Price equation

Angeleyes Caribbean Motor Yacht charter
Motor Yacht Charter ANGEL EYES

Ultimately a Caribbean Motor Yacht charter will probably end up with higher costs when compared to Sailing yachts. In addition to the charter rate, you may need to add the advanced provisioning allowance “APA.”

As mentioned, these additional costs would primarily include fuel and the provisioning you chose. The budgeted APA for a motor yacht charter in the Caribbean is approximately 30-40% of the charter rate if it is plus expenses.

Traditional Sailboats, “Monohulls” | Caribbean Boat Charters

The appeal of Traditional Sailboats

Traditional Caribbean sailboat charters certainly have their appeal and demand. Many still speak about having their charter experience on a monohull sailboat as they feel it’s a more traditional sailing vacation. Discover the pros and cons of sailing yacht charter.

Maverick | Caribbean Boat Charter
Traditional Monohull Sailboat Charter AUGUST MAVERICK

Where Traditional Sailboats stand in the Price equation

To keep it simple, monohull sailboat charters in the Caribbean are typically the same as catamaran sailboat charters and are “Inclusive.”

However, the larger monohulls are usually plus expenses. Currently, the demand seems higher than the supply for traditional sailboat charters, so if interested, you will want to plan early.

Power Catamarans | Caribbean Boat Charters

The appeal of Power Catamarans

A power catamaran is a bit of a hybrid between a sailing catamaran charter and a motor yacht charter, leading to a corresponding change in price. Power catamaran charters have the same travel ability while on charter as motor yachts. Therefore power catamaran charters in the Caribbean have their demand and are a popular choice among luxury yacht vacationers.

Where Power Catamarans Stand in the Price Equation | Caribbean Boat Charters

Regarding costs, power catamarans are a bit in between sailing catamaran charters and motor yacht charters. More times than not, they will have an additional APA. However, it should be lower than motor yachts due to the power catamarans’ more efficient fuel consumption.

The Caribbean Destinations, as well as their factors

So now, let’s dive into a somewhat broad breakdown of the popular destinations for boat charters in the Caribbean. In doing so, I’m going to divide the Caribbean islands into two areas you may have mentioned. The Leeward Islands are the Northern chain closer to Puerto Rico, and the Windward chain is a bit further south of the Leewards.

Click here for a map showing the Windward and Leeward Islands of the Caribbean.

Leeward Islands – BVI, USVI, St. Martin/St. Maarten, St. Kitts & More

The British Virgin Islands

We’ll start with the BVI, arguably the most popular boat charter destination in the Caribbean. This is for good reasons as follows. The BVI has a good sailing/cruising area since the islands form a necklace around the Sir Francis Drake channel.

Because of this, it’s pretty easy and accessible for boat charters to simply get to their exceptional tropical islands and hot spots. You’ll also enjoy many excellent diving and snorkeling areas with gorgeous marine life ready to explore.

These islands in the BVI include; Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, Norman Island, Peter Island, and more. Indeed, so much things to do and see when you charter a yacht in the BVI.

U.S.V.I. | Caribbean boat charters

The USVI is also a popular charter destination with its International airport making it a bit more convenient for Americans. In addition to this, no passport is needed for U.S. citizens. The main island of the USVI is St. Thomas. It has many beautiful sandy beaches canopied by palm trees, excellent shopping, and resorts.

Another lovely island in the USVI is St. John; with its unspoiled national park area and many exceptional beaches, St. John is undoubtedly worth spending some time on.

St Martin

This unique island has dual personality, with French ambience and laid-back Caribbean vibes. Both seasoned and first time sailors may enjoy a diverse and exciting sailing adventure at St. Martin.

For more information visit: St. Martin/St. Maarten

Then, sail to the neighboring islands of Anguilla or St. Barths. St Martin is  an ideal starting point for island hopping adventures. 

St Kitts

Include St. Kitts in your itinerary for a truly memorable Caribbean experience. Wander through the historical gems of the Caribbean at Brimstone Hill Fortress. Or drop anchor at secluded coves with powdery white sand and turquoise waters.

Windward Islands – Grenada, St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, Aruba, and more

The Windward Islands lie between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. They make up the southeastern edge of the Caribbean Sea and are a bit further south than the Leeward Islands.

They include Barbados, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, and the Grenadines, Grenada with Carriacou and Petit Martinique, as well as Trinidad and Tobago, located northeast of Venezuela. These islands are called Windwards being more accustomed to trade winds on the Western side when traversing the Atlantic Ocean than those on the Eastern side – or Leewards.

There are some positive factors here, especially when considering one of the Caribbean boat charters during summer or winter. Many yachts move down to the Windwards island chain for the summer season because the islands are further south, making them considerably more out of the hurricane season of late summer.

Finding Caribbean Boat Charters With BVISAIL

Embark on a Caribbean adventure with a boat charter tailored to your dream vacation. Aboard a luxurious crewed yacht, soak in sunshine and azure waters as your chef caters to your every whim.

Whether you seek the serenity of the Grenadines, the cultural charm of St. Lucia, or thrilling watersports of Antigua, boat charters cater to every desire. Moreover, dive into the crystal-clear waters surrounding St. John, snorkel alongside vibrant fish in Tobago, or explore the rich history of St. Kitts.

From romantic getaways to family excursions, discover the perfect Caribbean escape with our comprehensive overview of boat charters and destinations.

For more information on this, please read about the Grenada Crewed Catamaran Charters.

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