10 Days, 9 nights
Duration
St Barth’s, St Eustatius, St Kitts & Nevis, St Martin/St Maarten
Sailing Areas
Improver Sailors
Suitable For

With some longer passages between the islands, this trip is ideal for those wanting to gain more skippering experience and to visit the lovely islands of St Kitts & Nevis, a little further off the beaten track

Sailing Holiday in St Kitts and Nevis

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 start of our trip. 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. 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!

Have a St Kittian Adventure

From St Maarten we’ll sail to the exclusive island of St Barth’s, a popular celebrity haunt, and with the wind on the beam our day-long sail to Nevis will be fast and exciting. Nevis has a wonderful long white sandy beach and there are some popular and very laid back beach bars & restaurants so we’ll spend the following day chilling out. The next door island of St Kitts is a little more developed and for the energetic there’s a zipline and horseriding to be found. There is a lot of plantation history to be found everywhere and the Unesco World Heritage Brimstone Hill Fort.

The waters between St Kitts and St Maarten are great for fishing; we’ll troll our lines and there’s a good chance you can land a wahoo or dorado for dinner.

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 I can honestly say that it is uniquely Caribbean.


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

 


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Additional information

HighlightsCaribbean Vibe, French Caribbean Vibe, Great Snorkelling, Rainforest Hikes, Remote Anchorages, Tropical Beaches
Marina TimeBeginning Only
MealsBreakfasts, Lunch or dinner daily
Posh FrocksPerhaps a smart-casual for eating out
Sea MilesApprox. 180 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.

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Day 1 - Arrival - 2nd March

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 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 3

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.
4

Day 4

Leave early for our day long sail to St Kitts. Check in with Customs & Immigration.
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Day 5

Option to go horseriding, ziplining or exploring in St Kitts, or to visit the World Heritage Fort.
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Day 6

Sail to Nevis, evening at Sunshine’s Beach Bar.
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Day 7

Trip to the sugar mill for lunch.  Afternoon sail to St Kitts.
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Day8

Sail to St Eustatius; explore the cobbled streets and slaving museum.
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Day 9

Leave early for our sail back to St Maarten and a night out in Simpson Bay.
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Day 10 - Departure - 11th March

Leave early morning for a sail back to Marigot Bay 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 Bleu Turquoise for 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) $2,595
Double Cabin with Ensuite for Couple (2 available) $3,995

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 at times be more than 12 miles from shore which is classed as offshore sailing.  Coastal sailing is usually part of the standard travel cover for most policies; please ensure that your travel policy doesn’t specifically exclude this.  Speak to them about tthe ned for additional cover for the offshore passages (max. 20 miles from shore).

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.