How to Plan Your Caribbean Yacht VacationApril 21, 2017
There is only one way Caribbean yacht vacations can be planned to ensure you get the vacation itinerary of your dreams.
Step 1: Decide what activities are most important to you and your fellow cruisers.
The Caribbean offers visitors so many activities that the easiest place to start to narrow your search is to decide what you are looking for in a yacht vacation. For example, popular activities include:
- Waterfront dining
- Watersports (tubing, wakeboarding, kite surfing, etc.)
- Jet skiing
- Star gazing
- Sunset/rise watching
Once you decide what you want to do, choosing the destination in step two is a bit easier.
Step 2: Choose a destination (or multiple destinations) based on your activity choices.
Each part of the Caribbean offers something unique, but they all offer the fundamentals of the ideal yacht vacation: sunshine, ocean and beach.
- Turks & Caicos – Visit the Turks & Caicos if you prefer to be away from the crowds. Your list should include visiting Provo (also called Providenciales) and Grand Turk.
- British Virgin Islands – Visit the British Virgin Islands for the spectacular coastline (think beach and mountain at the same time). Be sure to visit Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke.
- U.S. Virgin Islands – Visit the U.S. Virgin Islands if you are a newbie yachter. Americans do not need a passport to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands, which is what makes it great for novices. Your charter should include St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix.
- Bahamas – Visit the Bahamas for fishing and culture. The county is basically one big long beach, made up of many islands. The good fishing means snorkeling is also a favorite activity.
Step 3: Find a yacht broker.
Your yacht broker will help coordinate and organize your vacation. He or she will handle the paperwork, including the contract, necessary travel papers, menus and port entries.
At Neptune Group Yachting our charter agents are also licensed yacht brokers in Florida (insured and bonded). We can offer unbiased advice from charter booking to sales and purchases, including acting as your broker for Caribbean yacht vacations.
Step 4: Sign your charter contract and make a deposit.
Your trip is never official until you make the deposit and sign on the dotted line. Charter agreements vary but may include destinations, menu options, a provision list and pricing. It is typical practice to owe 50 percent of the charter fee as the deposit.
Set 5: Complete your preference form.
Remember you booked a luxury yacht charter. Your captain and crew want to get to know your vacation needs and desires better, which is why they will ask you to complete a preference form, or something similar. The form will outline the activities you would like to do, the food you would like to eat and any special needs or requirements of the family.
Step 6: Set sail in the Caribbean!
Your Caribbean vacation will be here before you know it. Sit back, relax and enjoy the result of your planning.