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West Indies - Caribbean

It's winter in Europe and you're fed up of the grey days, the cold and the rainy days... Get on a flight to the Caribbean and discover the benefits of some winter sun.

Paddling in beautifully clear water, colourful fish, barbecued lobster, infused rum, exotic fruits, paddle boarding, incredible coral, fine sandy beaches, amazing peaches, free diving, an island cocktail, a scuba diving trip, a kite-surfing lesson and exceptional local food -these are just some of the small, everyday pleasures you will experience if you rent a boat in the Caribbean.

Rent a boat with or without a skipper, or go for the luxury of doing nothing and rent a boat with a crew.

The Antilles extend from Cuba to Grenada. They therefore offer a wide choice of destinations and also many types of boasts, ranging from monohull sailing boats, catamarans, sailing yachts, and motor yachts. Each island has its own personality and its own secrets, but are all just as attractive as each other with heavenly landscapes, clear waters, white sandy beaches and colourful seabeds.

The Caribbean archipelago is huge and offers a wide range of cruises, each one more beautiful than the last. Coolsailing offers the following destinations:

  • Martinique: depart from Marin for a week-long cruise around Martinique. Or head south to the Grenadines for a longer cruise (10 days).
  • Guadeloupe: enjoy all of the charm the Antilles have to offer in Grande Terre and Basse Terre, Les Saintes, Marie-Galante, Petite Terre and La Désirade.
  • British Virgin Islands "BVI": depart from Tortola and set out to discover paradise.
  • Saint Martin: a blend of France and the Netherlands, depart from Marigot or Oyster Pond. Discover these heavenly islands just a few miles away: Saint Barths, Saba, Anguilla and the Virgin Islands are just a little further away.
  • The Grenadines: sail in the south of the Antilles, departing from Marin in Martinique, Saint Vincent and Saint Lucia. Don't forget to stop off at Tobago Cays, Mustique, Mayreau (hot spring), Union Island and Bequia.
  • Saint Lucia: half-way between Martinique and the Grenadines. It is an ideal departure point to discover the Wayward Islands.
  • Cuba: the biggest island in the West Indies! Enjoy a unique experience on land thanks to the famous Cuban culture and embark on an adventure around the Cuban coast with its well-preserved mooring spots, magnificent seabeds and heavenly beaches.
  • Antigua and Barbuda: a sailing paradise and a mecca for yachts. Come and see the spectacular site of Antigua Race Week.
  • Saint Barths: an essential stop-off for a cruise from Saint-Martin. Don't miss Colombier Bay at the most-western point located at the heart of the marine reserve.
  • Bahamas: passionate about diving? Then this is the destination for you! Coral in the Bahamas is amongst the most beautiful in the world.
  • American Virgin Islands: sail to Saint Thomas, Saint Croix or Saint John.
  • Spanish Virgin Islands: a new dream destination just added by Coolsailing.

When to go to the Antilles?

From November to May, the Antilles are a safe bet as they enjoy constant heat, a regular breeze so you don't get too hot, 15-20 knots East-North/East and very few storms. It is the ideal time to rent a boat in the Antilles.

The winds drop from June to October, but there is a risk of rain and a humid heat. However, this period also offers the best rates.

Beware of storms from September to October! If you decide to rent a boat, pay close attention to the weather forecast and go to a port if any storms arrive.

Our advice for renting a boat in the Caribbean - which one to choose?

A catamaran is an ideal boat to rent in the Caribbean, either with a skipper or with a crew. Catamarans allow you to make the most of the sun with their outside deck. The two hulls will offer you greater stability when moored outside a port. You can also bring a bigger group thanks to their extra space. As a result, the catamaran is ideal for family holidays. Finally, the draught from a catamaran is not as strong as that from monohull sailing boats and yachts. You can therefore get closer to the beach or the coast.

Sailing areas for this destination

destination_sailingarea Guadeloupe

Pointe-à-Pitre, Les Saintes, Marie Galante and La Désirade

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destination_sailingarea British virgin islands

An elegant, upbeat or absolutely calm atmosphere in heavenly landscapes.

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destination_sailingarea Saint martin

Chic atmosphere in the Northern French part, yet relaxed in the Southern Dutch part of the island, Saint Martin embraces its differences.

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destination_sailingarea Grenadines

To the South of the Lesser Antilles Island Arc, the archipelagos of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are leading winter destinations for sailing enthusiasts.

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destination_sailingarea Saint lucia

Saint-Lucia is half-way between Martinique and the Grenadines and is an ideal departure point for discovering the Windward Islands.

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destination_sailingarea Cuba

From Cienfuegos, the mythical island lives up to its reputation with its mangroves, white sandy beaches, nature reserves, diving spots and cheerful atmosphere.

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destination_sailingarea Antigua et barbuda

With its reputation of having a different beach for every day of the year, this archipelago has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean basin.

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destination_sailingarea Saint barths

An essential visit from Saint Martin, it will take you three hours to sail to the Caribbean's landmark island.

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destination_sailingarea Us virgin islands
Saint Thomas, Saint Croix, Saint John
destination_sailingarea Spanish virgin islands
Puerto-Rico, Vièques, Culebra, isla mona