14 Days, 13 Nights
Duration
Anguilla, St Barth’s, St Eustatius, St Kitts & Nevis, St Martin/St Maarten
Sailing Areas
All Experience Levels, Complete Beginners
Suitable For

NOTE: Bleu Turquoise is now full – please enquire about additional availability!

Don’t spend a gloomy Christmas home alone stuffing your face on mince pies and watching repeats of the Wizard of Oz and the Morecombe & Wise Christmas Special, jump on a plane and join the crew on Ibis for a holiday you’ll remember.

Our Christmas and New Year sailing extravaganza this year will take you through the US and British Virgin Islands; enjoy white sand, palm fringed beaches and some of the most spectacular snorkelling in the lesser Antilles… 2 weeks on board  for chilled out learning, refreshing your skills or just kicking back! Great restaurants and a lively atmosphere make the perfect ingredients for a Christmas & New Year holiday adventure.

Sailing the Caribbean – St Martin, St Kitts & Anguilla – No Experience Necessary

Fly into St Maarten’s Princess Jiuliana Airport and meet up with your shipmates in Marigot, capital of the French side of the island. Then stow your gear for the Christmas & New Year trip of a lifetime. We’ll be sailing through some of the less visited and most exclusive of the Leeward Islands and the best spots are only accessible by boat. Even if you’ve never sailed before, you won’t fail to be enchanted by the beauty of the beaches and the turquoise water, and your Skipper will soon having you pulling the ropes like a pro!

Join in the Carnival!

Yes, Christmas and New Year is Carnival time in the tiny island nation of St Kitts and Nevis, and you can join in the fun at the all night Jouvert party on the 26th…get down and wet with the locals! Part of a month long celebration, the St Kittians incorporate masquerades and sports events, music and pageants into their Christmas & New Year celebrations. Join in, or just watch the fun.

Have a Sailing Adventure

Our 14 days’ sailing holiday in the northern Lesser Antilles includes glorious blue water sailing, great home-cooked food, fantastic snorkelling and evenings under the stars. New sailors and improvers are assured of a relaxed and unhurried learning experience and single travellers will make firm friends amongst their fellow boat buddies.

Ditch the cold dark weather and get into the warm seas and fresh air for a real sailing adventure as we island-hop in the sunshine. You won’t believe how much you can cram into 2 weeks, and still have time to chill out:

  • Take a zipline trip in the hills of St Martin
  • Catch a fish for dinner while sailing between the islands
  • Swim with turtles in St Barth’s
  • Have a Christmas Eve Barbeque under the stars in Anguilla
  • Sip a Mojito at Sunshine’s Beach Bar on Nevis
  • Hike to a waterfall in the middle of the rainforest on St Kitts
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Brimstone Hill Fortress
  • Climb the slave trail on St Eustatia
  • Spend New Year’s Eve dancing on the beach in St Kitts
  • Snorkel the reefs at Anguilla

And that’s not to mention all the sailing we’ll be doing!

Sunshine & Warm Seas

Warm sunny weather is practically guaranteed; there are often showers in this part of the world but they never last long, and hey, it’s warm rain! Temperatures in their high 20’s are the norm, and there’s always a cooling breeze on board. The sea is a wonderful shade of blue, and with some of the best snorkelling in the Caribbean….prepare to be amazed.

Forget the Cooking

So what are you waiting for? Forget about your late night shop at Tesco’s, fighting over the cut price turkeys and the last tin of Quality Street; go back to work, fit, tanned and relaxed and ready to start the New Year with zest!


INCLUDED
All Boat Running Costs
Cruising Permits
Dinghy “Taxi” service ashore
Half Board Meals
Christmas Day Feast
Quality Linens
Filtered Drinking Water
Use of Boat Toys
Use of Snorkelling Equipment

 

NOT INCLUDED
Flights
Airport Transfers
Soft drinks, Alcohol & Mixers
New Year’s Eve Dinner & Party
Excursions & Activities Ashore
Meals Taken Ashore
Personal Travel Insurance

 


Sailing With You

The following shipmates are already booked on this trip:

Approved
Peter
Approved
Dee
Approved
Simon
Approved
Tracey

Come and join the crew!

Additional information

HighlightsCaribbean Vibe, Great Snorkelling, Lively Nightlife, National Parks, Remote Anchorages, Turquoise Water, White Sand Beaches
MealsBreakfasts, Christmas Day Feast, Lunch or dinner daily
Posh FrocksOne posh outfit for New Year’s Eve
Marina TimeAlways at Anchor
Sea MilesApprox. 150 nautical miles
Starting FromMarigot, St Martin
Finishing InMarigot, St Martin

Please Note

The following itinerary is subject to changes due to weather forecasts and group preferences.

1

Day 1 - Arrival - 22nd December

Meet up at Marigot and settle onto the boat; time to look around the town in the afternoon and last minute provisioning. Sail to Simpson Bay for the evening.
2

Day 2

Leave early after breakfast for Isle Forchue where we’ll anchor for a few hours. Sail on to St Barth’s for the night; barbeque dinner on board.
3

Day 3 - Christmas Eve

Sail to Nevis with the afternoon at anchor for swimming and snorkelling or chill out in the beach bars; See what’s going on for Carnival on Nevis.
4

Day 4 - Christmas Day

Sail to St Kitts anchorage for a Christmas Day of snorkelling & swimming; Christmas lunch on board.
5

Day 5 - Boxing Day

Join in the Carnival party at Basseterre town on St Kitts…bring your swimsuit!
6

Day 6

Day at leisure for exploring St Kitts – rainforest hike, horseriding or railway tour.
7

Day 7

Sail to St Eustatius for a look around the old cobbled streets and slavery museum.
8

Day 8

Sail on to Philipsburg on St Maarten and spend the afternoon ashore for some shopping.
9

Day 9

Take a forest canopy zipline in the morning and lunch at the treetop restaurant at Loterie Farm. Sail to Road Harbour in the afternoon.
10

Day 10 - New Year's Eve

Sail to Dog Island or Prickly Pear for a day of snorkelling & back to Road Town for the night’s festivities at the Pumphouse and Elvis’ Beach Bar.
11

Day 11 - New Year's Day

Recovery Day!  Day relaxing at Crocus Bay or one of Anguilla’s other stunning beaches.
12

Day 12

Sail to Grand Case with a stop for lunch in Maundy Bay. Evening ashore.
13

Day 13

Sail to Tintamarre for some swimming and snorkelling then back to Marigot for the evening.
14

Day 14 - Departure - 4th January

Some last minute shopping ashore and say our goodbyes.

Flights

Hou will need to arrange flights into and out of SXM, St Maarten’s Princess Juiliana airport.

If you prefer not to use a travel agent, Flight Connections is a great starting point to find out about flight info.  This link will help you identify which airlines connect to SXM from your nearest airport.  There are great international direct links from many European, Canadian and American airports.

From here, you can contact the airlines directly, or use a flight search engine like Bravofly or Skyscanner to find alternative routes that may work out cheaper.

Getting to the Boat

The airport in St Maarten is around a 15 minute taxi ride from Marina Fort Louis in Marigot Bay, where our boats will be docked.  Please ensure you provide your arrival information as soon as you can and keep us updated of any changes; we will try and hook you up with fellow crewmates who might be arriving at the same time so that you can share a taxi.  Please pack light, and using a lightweight, collapsible bag with wheels if possible.  Hard suitcases must not be brought on board, we simply have no room to store them!

Arriving and Departing

You should aim to arrive around midday on the first day of your trip, and we will aim to finish at midday on the last.  To facilitate travel, we offer a complimentary extra night on board at either the beginning or the end of the trip.  Additional nights can be provided at a cost of USD $95 per person per night on a bed and help yourself continental breakfast basis.  If you’d like to stay for any additional nights please add them to your booking.  We do need the days in between trips to prepare the boats for the following trips, so please keep this in mind, thank you!

Accommodation Nearby

A short taxi ride away you will find Le Petit Hotel in Grand Case which is on the stunning beach at Grand Case.

Mary’s Boon Resort is right next to the airport, but also on the beach at Simpson Bay for those with little time to spare.

Choosing a Boat

We will be running Ibis V (to be confirmed) and Bleu Turquoise together for this trip with 10 to 12 guests and 2 skippers.  To find out more about our boats and which one is for you, please follow this link.

NOTE – Only Bleu Turquoise is available for booking at this time.

The prices below reflect the sizes of the cabins on each boat; please make your selection on the Booking Form.

Boat Name Cabin Type Price (USD)
Ibis V Single Bunk in Shared Twin Ensuite Cabin (2 available) $1,995
Twin Ensuite Cabin with Shared Ensuite for Sole Use (1 available) $2,895
Double Cabin with Ensuite for Sole Use (1 available) $3,295
Double Cabin with Ensuite for Couple (1 available) $4,995
Bleu Turquoise Double Cabin with Ensuite for Sole Use (2 available) $3,495
Double Cabin with Ensuite for Couple (2 available) $5,395

Insurance

You should ensure you have a good travel policy that covers you for flight delays and lost/delayed baggage – this is particularly important if any part of your travel includes a LIAT or Air France flight!  During this sailing holiday we will never be more than 12 miles from shore and coastal sailing like this is usually part of the standard travel cover for most policies; please ensure that your travel policy doesn’t specifically exclude this.

Expenses & Currency

The currency on the French side of St Martin, and in St Barth’s is the Euro, Anguilla and Dutch St Maarten take US dollars and St Kitts and Nevis take Eastern Caribbean dollars; however US dollars are accepted everywhere.  Make sure you do have a small supply of cash; the ATM’s are not as frequent as you might think, particularly in Anguilla and St Kitts!  Credit cards are accepted in most bars and restaurants but not all.

We provide filtered drinking water on board and we carry fruit juices for breakfast time.  You will need to provision with any soft drinks, alcohol and mixers you need when you arrive and there are small supermarkets in Marigot where you can do this.  Guests often club together and have a kitty for these costs, but you may prefer to buy your own.

You should budget for between $15 to $35 for a main course in a restaurant when we eat out plus drinks and service charge.  The restaurants serving in US dollars often add 10% or more to the bill automatically (grrr) and with local taxes the supplement to the menu prices can be as much as 25%!!  French restaurants operate a more European tipping system – add what you feel is justified.  We promise to take you only where we’ve had good value for money!

Participation

Unless otherwise stated, sailing holidays with Yacht Ibis are participatory and you should expect to get involved.  We don’t carry passengers!  This will include:

  • Preparing the boat for sailing
  • Hoisting sails, pulling ropes, winching, steering and generally sailing the boat
  • Putting all the ropes away at the end of the day
  • Helping to keep the communal spaces tidy and clear of personal belongings
  • Taking a turn on clearing away dishes after a meal

This is all part of living aboard a sailing boat 🙂

Other Questions

Hopefully any other questions you may have are covered in our frequently asked questions here or in our Pre-Arrival Booklet which can be downloaded here.

Booking Terms and Conditions

These can be found at this link and you should be familiar and comfortable with them before making a booking, thank you.