Caribbean Itinerary | St Martin & St Barts

St Martin & St Barts

This 7 day sailing itinerary offers a unique cultural and natural mix among three islands and their outer bays. Within a weeks sailing adventure you will experience the French West Indies (St. Martin and St. Barts), the Netherland or Dutch Antilles and the British independent island of Anguilla.

Day 1

Settle onboard and enjoy your first evening in the sheltered marina. Yes, you are really here!

Day 2

Take a short sail to the small island of Tintamarre, off the tip of French St. Martin. Frolic with the sea life as you snorkel the reef in the protected marine preserve. Share your underwater discoveries over lunch and get refreshed for an afternoon walk on the island to hang with the goats.

In the afternoon sail back to French St. Martin for a night on the town in Marigot Bay, a small town reminiscent of the south of France. Smell the fresh baked breads and pastries wafting from the cafes and bistros.

Stop for some wine and cheese or the fashions and perfumes direct-from-Paris. Or sail on to Grande Case, an historic fishing village, where lovely West Indian buildings house art galleries and gourmet restaurants, a connoisseurs dream. Both these Creole villages are a graceful mix of old world France and the new world West Indies.

Day 3

For a change of pace, sail to Anguilla and experience the unspoiled Caribbean at its best. This pristine island boasts charming villages, serene harbours and long stretches of white powdery beaches.

Drop anchor in Road Town, the main port, where for centuries master craftsmen have built local skiffs and trading boats.

At Flat Cap Point snorkel under the cliffs amidst a marine conservation area. At sunset, watch the pelicans dive for a meal or catch a view of the mating display of the endangered ocean tropic birds that nest on the island.

Day 4

Only a short sail brings you to the Prickly Pear Cays and Seal Island Reefs. This is a wonderful scuba diving and snorkeling spot with crystal clear water and vibrantly colored living reefs.

Day 5

Get an early start for the island of Ile de la Fourche, off the coast of St. Barts. Herds of wild goats are the most obvious of inhabitants on the cactus covered rocky hills of this secluded island.

Have an afternoon snorkel and keep your eyes out for the sea turtles that are often seen here.

Climb to the top of one of Fourche’s five peaks and take in the panoramic view of the Leeward Islands as the sun sets. If you are there in the spring, look for humpback whales as they migrate south.

Day 6

Only a smooth reach south and you will be exploring the French island of St. Barthelemy (St Barts). Anchor at the Gustavia Harbor, a quaint Swedish hamlet (remnant of the original Swedish colony).

Here you can snorkel the wreck of the motoryacht, “Nonstop”, which sunk in a storm. Or step ashore, browse the exclusive boutiques, or rent a Moke and tour the isolated beaches (St. Barths is well known for it’s “clothing optional” beaches), and awe the beautiful homes carved out of the hillsides.

In the evening you may want to mix in the night life of St. Barts, the St. Tropez of the Caribbean. Jazz and cognac, wine and laughter, and some lively Caribbean dancing.

Day 7

Sail around to Anse de Colombier, which frames a splendid beach that is only easily accessible by boat. This is a quiet anchorage where you can snorkel, waterski, kayak or relax in the sunshine.

Stay at Colombier and enjoy the peace and tranquility, or sail back to Philipsburg, St. Maarten, only two hours away, for an evening on Dutch St. Maarten.

Have one last good shopping spree or visit some of the many casinos and piano bars of Philipsburg.

Day 8

One last splash and a fabulous breakfast on deck. It’s time to say good bye, but you can come back soon to try another cruising area in the stunning Caribbean