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Antigua Offers Historic Variety

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Aerial view of Antigua yacht charter show yachts in a marina and docked on the water

VISIT ANTIGUA

Often overlooked by travelers considering a Caribbean yacht charter, Antigua is nothing short of a boater’s tropical paradise.  Its south and west coasts are cruising treasures, and the island has more scenic and sheltered anchorages than most Caribbean destinations.

 

ENGLISH HARBOUR NAVAL BASE

The island’s English Harbour first served as a British naval base in the 1600’s. The base and its nearby forts protected  Antigua’s lucrative sugarcane production.

THE FORT

Sailing into English Harbour is truly  memorable. The stone buildings of Fort Berkely to port and Shirley Heights high above to starboard are a dramatic sight. Sailboats and mega yacht charter vessels fill the harbour, and Sunsail operates a sailing bareboat charter base here. Cruising past the superyachts in the Harbour is breathtaking.Once you have anchored or docked in the marina, Nelson’s Dockyard, is well worth a stroll. It looks much as it did centuries ago, with working capstans and lovingly restored buildings.  Restaurants, hotels, boutiques and a museum keep the area lively.
Antigua photo. Picture taken from far end of fort. Shows a mountain in the background, with a stone fort and rock walls in the foreground, spanning to the end of the photo. 
If you are fortunate to visit the island on a Sunday, an afternoon barbecue atop Shirley Heights with its spectacular sunset over English Harbour should not be missed.


CADES REEF SNORKELING

From English Harbour, many yachts cruise along the southwest coast to Cades Reef, a beautiful spot for snorkeling.  Further along the coastline is Boggy Peak, the highest peak on the island.

JOLLY HARBOUR

Moving up the west coast, is Jolly Harbor.  It offers a brand new marina and is surrounded by resort hotels with pools and restaurants.  Helicopters tours can be arranged to fly from Jolly Harbor to the island of Montserrat, to see the remains of a volcano that recently devastated that island.


DEEP BAY

If you like beaches, Antigua’s shoreline is one white sandy beach after another.  Deep Bay at Hawks Bill (near a rock that resembles a hawk’s head) is another great spot for an al fresco lunch and a swim.  Divers can explore a nearby shipwreck, the Andes.  For onshore activity, you can visit nearby Fort Barrington, and the Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort.

HERITAGE QUAY

Shoppers can spend time in St. John’s – the island’s capital city. The Heritage Quay area has trendy designer shops, while the nearby Redcliffe Quay is more traditional with inviting shady patios nestled amongst restored buildings.

WALKING TOUR

A walking tour of the city should include seeing St. John’s Cathedral and the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda.
 

SUGAR MILL

Renting a taxi is a good way to explore the island’s interior.  You can visit a real sugar mill at Betty’s Hope, or take a ride along Fig Tree Drive, where you can see the round stone towers of centuries-old abandoned sugar mills.

HOW TO BOOK A CARIBBEAN YACHT CHARTER

Click https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ to rent a private yacht in Antigua or anywhere else in the Caribbean.

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Feadship Dazzles Caribbean Yacht Charter Kickoff

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LUXURY CARS

High-end car buffs will tell you there are varying degrees of luxury, from Cadillac at one end of the spectrum to Bentley and Rolls Royce at the other.

 

SUPERYACHTS

As it is with automobiles, the same range of sophistication also is seen in the megayacht market.  While, high-end US-built Trinity yacht charter vessels are drop-dead gorgeous, for example, purists will point to the century-old Dutch yards that build the Rolls-Royce of the yachting world – the Feadship yacht charter vessels.

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FEADSHIP

Feadship is renowned for exquisite craftsmanship and elegant layouts.  The finest materials are used to handcraft these vessels, each a unique statement of an owner’s personal taste and style. 

CARIBBEAN INSPECTIONS

One of the finest modern Feadships was recently on display last week in the Caribbean, during the annual charter broker gathering in Antigua – a prelude to the Caribbean winter/spring charter season.  Motor yacht HARLE first hit the charter market in 2007. The team at 1-800-YACHT CHARTERS was among the very first to inspect this yacht and interview her crew as she began her maiden charter season from the Miami Beach marina in South Florida.

 

SUPERYACHT HARLE – STANDOUT

 

Profile photograph of Feadship motoraycht HARLE.  She is at anchor. She is facing the right side of the photo.  She is a big white boat with lots of windows.

Feadship Superyacht HARLE

Fast-forward 5 years, and Feadship yacht HARLE is still making waves and drawing rave reviews in the industry.  During the Antigua showcase, M/Y HARLE and her crew earned the following awards:

  • The Andreas Liveras “BEST YACHT PARTY” Award
  • First Place for his dessert for yachts in the 101′-150′ range won by Chef James Catling

 

RATE AND ACCOMMODATIONS

She is priced at $225,000 per week, and yacht HARLE accommodates up to 12 guests.

 

HOW TO RENT A YACHT

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Yacht Charter: How Do You Pronounce

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Black silhouette drawing of a man with bearded chin. He is facing the right side of the screen. His head is white, and it is filled with red letters, all jumbled. He is speaking, and letters are coming out of his mouth in jumbled form. They are funneling from his brain down to his mouth and out of it.

How do you pronounce…?

PRONUNCIATION OF DESTINATION NAMES

Prospective luxury yacht charter clients call to discuss possible itineraries for their vacations.  They ask us how to pronounce the names.  It’s understandable, as many destinations, especially in the Caribbean, trace their names and culture back hundreds of years.  The names come from European explorers and Conquistadors of the destinations, and the words have special meanings.

WHERE AM I GOING?

So you go to the Mediterranean, yet you question how to say the names of the cities there.   No worries. We clarify it all for you.

YACHT CHARTER DESTINATIONS WITH CHALLENGING NAMES

Here’s a short list of popular Caribbean and Mediterranean yacht charter destinations.  To the right of those names is their correct American English pronunciation. 

  • Cannes (France) – “CAN.”   Rhymes with MAN.  The “s” is silent.   Cannes does NOT  rhyme with “John” or “Lawn.”
  • Ibiza (Balearic Islands, Spain) –  “ee-BEE-za 

  • Antigua (Caribbean) – “an-TEE-ga”

  • Nevis (Caribbean) –  “NEE-vis”

  • Cay (as in, Cat Cay and Green Turtle Cay in the Bahamas) – “key”

  • Marseilles (Mediterranean) – “mar-SAY
  • Versailles (Mediterranean) – “ver-SIGH

 

SUGGESTIONS, PLEASE!

In conclusion, can you think of any unique charter destinations with hard-to-pronounce names?  For instance, Basse-Terre in the Caribbean or the Dodacanese islands in Greece?

Please contact us at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ .  Let us know other names that you suggest that we clarify for yacht charter readers!  Thank you!  Danke!  Gracie!  Merci!

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