With its International Airport and the most spectacular landing ever experienced, St Martin is the perfect point of departure to sail around pristine beaches! However, there are so many other reasons to fall in love with St Martin. Most of the visitors choose this sailing destination for its cosmopolitan atmosphere. Besides its crystal clear waters and white sand beaches, the island offers world-class gourmet food, excellent opportunities for duty-free shopping, and a lively nightlife. Not for nothing, it is also called the “Gourmet Capital of the Caribbean”.
The perfect climate is also an excellent reason to visit St Martin: warm sunshine refreshed by cooling trade winds with a pleasant temperature that hardly varies throughout the year. Whether you are a novice or an experienced sailor, you will live an exceptional charter experience.
Furthermore, you will surely appreciate the stunning nature of St Martin and the other neighbouring islands. Away from the beaten path, you will also sail little outlying deserted islands, such as Dog Island, Prickly Pear, Sandy Islands. Whereas if you prefer something fancier, then you will find elegance and luxury in St-Barth. A variety of scenery so diverse, but all idyllic alike, in so few miles, no doubt you will keep an exceptional souvenir of your route in St Martin!
Winds and Navigation
Trades winds are generally at 10 to 20 knots blowing from the east. These trades mitigate at summer during the rainy season, while at Christmas they can reach their peak around 25 to 30 knots. Although the waters are generally calm, there are tides of the ocean side on the north. Indeed, the leeward part of the island is generally more pleasant, as it is protected from the winds and the waves, allowing peaceful navigation.
St Martin belongs to the Leeward Islands, where refreshing trade winds constantly blow. Precisely, Saint Martin has a tropical climate with a daily temperature between 25º C (77º F) to 28º C (80º F) all year round. The coolest period goes from January to March, while the hottest and most humid from June to October. The dry season is from January to June, even if rainfalls in St Martin are in general not abundant. We can say that there is not a real rainy season like in other islands of the Caribbean. However, it can be hit by tropical storms and hurricanes.
Get in your boat and do the check-in at Marigot harbour. Before leaving the marina and start this route in St Martin, take some time to smell the fresh-baked bread and pastries wafting from the cafes and bistros. Indeed, you shouldn’t overlook what today is the metropolitan capital of the French side of the island. On the seaside, you will find stylish boutiques and restaurants. Have a look at them! You can buy some tax-free items of every kind, from high-tech product to fashion, and try some French cuisine’s traditional dishes.
Once you are all set, take a short sail around the bay, familiarize yourself with the yacht and make your way towards Grande Case. This historic fishing village is home to lovely West Indian buildings housing art galleries and gourmet restaurants. Anchor by the beach so you can swim or laze on the foredeck and take in the views of the Pic Paradis.
Road Bay (Anguilla)
Sail to British Anguilla and enjoy the authentic Caribbean landscape. This pristine island boasts charming villages, peaceful harbours and brilliant stretches of white powdery beaches. Drop anchor in Road Bay (or Crocus Bay), it is a boaters haven. It is a protected commercial port of Anguilla, where you can practice watersports. At Flat Cap Point, you have excellent snorkelling under the cliffs that enclose this marine conservation area. Whereas out of the water, you can admire pelicans and other endangered tropic birds that nest on the island.