10 Days, 9 nights
Duration
St Barth’s, St Martin/St Maarten
Sailing Areas
All Experience Levels, Complete Beginners
Suitable For

CoViD 19 Booking Precautions – Minimal Deposit & Reserve Changeable Flights

As a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic, there are some uncertainties surrounding our sailing holiday itineraries for the coming winter season.  We are ready and willing to deliver our usual mix of stunning sailing, sunshine and a home welcome, however it’s not clear which islands will be open to us for our itinerary planning.  At the moment it’s doubtful if we will be able to offer our usual multi-island trips as many islands are still closed or requiring quarantine and this makes it difficult to island hop between countries, however we are all hopeful that this situation will ease in the coming months.  We hope to be able to offer some variation, but we are currently limited to St Martin and St Barth’s, with the possibility of venturing down to Antigua and Barbuda, and to Guadeloupe, although both of these islands are more than a stone’s throw away.

We welcome you to reserve your space aboard with us for only $125 – this can be reassigned to any future trip if you decide to cancel for whatever reason – and we implore you to make sure that any flight reservations are changeable – it’s probably wisest to arrange flights into a major international airport in the Caribbean such as St Maarten (SXM) that is also a local and international flight hub in the event that you may need to re-route your inward or homeward journey.  See the Travel tab for our recommendations.

Sailing the Caribbean – No Experience Necessary

Meet up with your shipmates and stow your gear for for the sunshine sailing trip of a lifetime, perfect trade wind sailing from island to island, snorkel spot to watering hole.  The Leeward Islands are a sailing dream with short passages between the anchorages and bars & restaurants located at most night-time spots to cater to your every holiday whim. Even if you’ve never sailed before, you won’t fail to be enchanted by the beauty of this area and your Skipper will soon having you pulling the ropes like a pro!

Have a Sailing Adventure

Our 10 days’ sailing holiday 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.

Our itinerary will take in all the island highlights, you’ll do plenty of sailing, whilst allowing time for relaxing and exploring.

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.


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

 

NOT INCLUDED
Flights
Airport Transfers
Soft drinks, Alcohol & Mixers
Excursions & Activities Ashore
Meals Taken Ashore
Personal Travel Insurance

 

Additional information

HighlightsCaribbean Vibe, Great Snorkelling, Lively Nightlife, National Parks, Remote Anchorages, Turquoise Water, White Sand Beaches
MealsBreakfasts, Lunch or dinner daily
Posh FrocksNot really necessary
Marina TimeAlways at Anchor
Sea MilesApprox. 120 nautical miles
Starting FromMarigot, St Martin
Finishing InMarigot, St Martin

Coronavirus Precautions During Our Trip

No-one comes on holiday to get ill, and more so during these times of global pandemic.  Each of you will already have been tested prior to boarding a flight from your home country, and will have been required to take precautions during your travel.  Our boats will have been sanitised prior to your arrival to eliminate any contamination from prior guests.

We believe that, in a small space such as a sailing vessel, should someone be carrying the virus when they arrive, it is highly likely that it will be transmitted to other passengers.  We ask that you are extra careful during your travel time, and indeed we request that you self isolate from the moment that you take the test, which would need to be negative for you to be permitted on the flight…  In this way we can minimise the risk of bringing the virus on board our vessel.

Unless we are mandated to by local government rules, we do not plan to insist that you wear a mask on board, however you should of course wear one if you feel more comfortable, and be prepared that masks are mandatory in most public places ashore.

If you have any concerns about our procedures or would like to recommend measures on board that would make you feel more comfortable, I would be grateful to receive them.

Please Note

The following itinerary is subject to CoViD border restrictions, changes due to weather forecasts and group preferences.

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Day 1 - Arrival

Meet up at Marigot, French St Martin and settle onto the boat; time to explore the waterfront bars and quality shopping.
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Day 2

Breakfast at anchor, then sail to Anse Marcel for lunch; on to Long Bay for the evening.
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Day 3

A half day sail to Anguilla and dinner shore in Road Town and a nightcap at the famous Elvis Bar.
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Day 4

An early start, sailing to Prickly Pear Cay for snorkelling, back to Road Harbour for the evening.
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Day 5

Breakfast on board and sail to Maundy Bay on Anguilla for lunch and then to Grand Case on French St Martin for an evening at Grand Case Mardi.
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Day 6

Breakfast on board and sail along the coast of St Martin to Tintamarre in the North for a lunch stop and swimming. On to Anse du Columbier for the night.
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Day 7

A morning of swimming and snorkelling with the turtles before heading round to Gustavia, the swanky capital of St Barth’s for an afternoon of shopping and dinner ashore.
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Day 8

Day relaxing in St Barth’s.
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Day 9

Sail to Isle Forchue for lunch at the anchor before sailing onwards to Simpson Bay for an evening out on the Dutch side of Sint Maarten.
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Day 10 - Departure

Leave early morning for a sail back to Marigot Bay and say our goodbyes!

Flights

At this point in time, we recommend that you organise a flight in and out of SXM – Sint Maarten’s Princess Jiuliana Airport.  If it becomes necessary to re-organise itineraries, SXM is a central hub with connections throughout the Caribbean and internationally.

If you prefer not to use a travel agent, Flight Connections is a great starting point to find out about flights.  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

Firm details will be notified nearer the time.

The airport in St Maarten is around a 15 minute taxi ride from Marigot Bay, where our boats will be anchored.  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 Bleu Turquoise on this trip with 4 to 6 guests and 1 skipper.  To find out more about Bleu Turquoise, please follow this link.

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)
Bleu Turquoise Double Cabin with Ensuite for Sole Use (2 available) $2,795
Double Cabin with Ensuite for Couple (2 available) $4,395

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; 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!  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.