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Hottest Swimsuits for Summer 2011

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The summer Mediterranean yacht charter season is just around the corner, and we all have our hearts set on warm weather and sunny beaches.  Whether you’re planning a bareboat charter or a crewed catamaran charter, the swimsuit hunt has begun, and it’s time to check out the fashion runways for some stylish inspiration.
 

Let’s take a look at the hottest swimwear trends of the season. 

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Sexy Cut Outs:  The cut outs we often see on cocktail dresses and evening gowns have found their way into this season’s swimwear. Roksanda Ilincic went for a dramatic look with a black strapless piece while Emanuel Ungaro took a feminine approach to the cut out style with a floral one-piece. Emilio Pucci joined the revealing trend with a graphic print suit.

 
 Go for the Gold: Not a fan of vibrant colors?  You can still shine with the nude and gold trend of the season.  Elie Tahari created a shimmering brocade one-piece corset, along with a gold lamé bikini. Salvatore Ferragamo debuted a classic nude bikini with suede overcoat for a subtle but chic look. #fashion
 
Retro Chic:  Picture a lovely lady, circa 1968, lounging on the deck of a Monaco Grand Prix yacht, or Jackie Onassis and her friends lounging onboard the famous motor yacht Christina O.  Those images set the tone for the latest in retro swimsuits. High waists, balconette tops, and gingham highlight the 50’s and 60’s trend that has touched the swimwear scene.

Moschino’s black and white bustier bikini with high-waisted bottoms exemplified the throwback look. Elie Taharai created a textured top with matching hot shorts, while Rochas went with an exaggerated design to highlight feminine style.

 

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

Splash in to summer and rent a private yacht for the vacation of a lifetime.  Contact our destination team HERE today!

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Top 4 Things to Do in St Thomas

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We blogged about “Where” is St Thomas.   A reader called our charter department to ask “What”  to do in St Thomas. Seems like a fair question.  After all, part of the fun of a Virgin Islands yacht charter, is the opportunity to get off the yacht. You can do multiple things, for instance, take in the sights, shop, and meet the island residents.

The hub of the United States Virgin Islands, St Thomas, and her bustling port city, Charlotte Amalie, offers visitors the best of shopping, dining, and sightseeing.

While enjoying a luxury sailing charter, you’ll enjoy the multitude of things to see and do while visiting St. Thomas. Here are the top 4 things not to be missed while you are enjoying USVI time. 

MAGENS BAY BEACH

Magens Bay Beach – both National Geographic and Conde Nast have pegged this as one of the finest beaches in the world. The bay is almost always calm, the water is turquoise-blue, and the white sand beach is blinding.  This is a great place to relax and unwind after a day of sightseeing.  For more active visitors, you can rent water sports toys such as kayaks and snorkel gear there.

 

ST. THOMAS SKYRIDE

Photograph of the skyride above Charlotte Amalie marina in St. Thomas, USVI


St.Thomas Skyride – similar to the enclosed lifts you see at ski resorts, this unique attraction offers visitors a tram ride up to Paradise Point. It’s a short ride to the 700 foot summit, where you’ll enjoy sweeping views of Charlotte Amalie harbor.  At the top, you can not only take in the amazing scenery, but also visit shops and a popular restaurant and bar.

 

DUTY FREE SHOPPING

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Duty Free Shopping in Charlotte Amalie – St. Thomas is considered the best shopping spot in the Caribbean.  Duty free shops are everywhere, offering bargains on goods such as perfume, liquor, electronics, china, jewelry, and clothing. Many of these items can be found at prices that are 40 to 60 percent lower than in the United States.  The waterfront area is especially popular.  Old seventeenth-century warehouses that once stored rum and spices for wooden trade ships are now home to a variety of shops filled with modern day treasures.

 

BOTANICAL GARDENS

St. Peter Greathouse Botanical Gardens – nature lovers will truly enjoy hiking this beautiful estate’s 11 acres. You can follow one of several self-guided nature trails.  Visitors will find over 200 varieties of tropical plants and trees, plus an orchid jungle and an art gallery featuring local works by native artists. The gardens are located 1,000 feet above sea level, and a deck in the gardens provides a breathtaking view of the other islands that make up the Virgin Island chain.

St. Thomas is a colorful, vibrant island where nature, history, and upscale shopping, come together.  They form the perfect vacation destination.

 

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

Which St Thomas hot spots have we missed?  Help us round out our Top 4 picks into a “Top 5” list!   Contact us HERE with your favorite places to go or things to do on St Thomas.

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What to Pack for a Sailboat Vacation

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PLAN AND PACK

Yikes! What to pack?  In just over three weeks, you leave on a week-long Bahama yacht charter vacation. You choose a sleek, performance, basic sailing yacht with crew.  Your menu provided to your yacht through your charter broker, and your crew is ready to welcome you aboard.  Seriously, what do you pack?

WHAT TO BRING?

Most importantly, remember that you need to pack in soft-sided luggage (duffel bag) since space is at a premium on sail boat charters.

Since you’ll be enjoying fun in the sun and a tropical environment, the most important essentials to bring are:

  • Sunscreen (lotion, not oil, on a boat)
  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Swimsuit
  • Oversized beach towel
  • Sunglasses (Costas are a favorite when on water)
  • Sun visor or hat
  • Long t-shirt or light cover-up for over your swimsuit for sunburn
  • Summerweight clothing for going out at night, if you choose
  • Pants
  • Skirts
  • Sundresses
  • Tops

PACKING FOR DRESS CODE

The Bahamas are very casual and tropical!  Some finer establishments require jackets for the men, so use common sense when planning your “dining out attire,” and don’t wear blue jeans, should you choose to to go nicer restaurants.

Chefs on yacht charter boats are amazing. You may always want to dine and stay onboard and not even worry about bringing dressy casual clothing!

Most charter guests are barefoot for the majority of their vacation time onboard, but if you choose to wear shoes, pack and wear soft-soled shoes without black soles (that can scuff the deck) for above deck.

 

CAUTION, SUN WORSHIPPERS

You don’t want to get sunburned on day 1 of your trip, then spend the rest of your vacation in pain or peeling.  Don’t forget to pack a protective sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, oversized beach towel (not supplied by most yachts), and anything that you like to wear or have with you when spending time on the beach.  If you DO get sunburned, you’ll want to have aloe or burn cream with you (it’s expensive in the islands, and some primitive islands don’t not sell it at all) for protection.

 

CREW GRATUITY

To leave a gratuity for the crew at the end of your charter, most charter guests pack and bring an envelope to put on the Captain’s navigation station upon disembarking. (Customary gratuity for the crew is 10-15% of your yacht charter fee)

 

HOW TO PACK SUMMARY

Bottom line – do not worry about what you pack for your vacation.  Rule of thumb is that you only use half of what you pack, anyway, so you’ll surely have enough with you.  Soft-sided luggage is the key to convenient storage on Bahama yacht charters. If there is anything else that you need on your trip, you can surely get it during your charter.

Sail boat charters in the Bahamas are relaxing, casual, and stress-free.  (Remember, STRESSED is DESSERTS spelled backwards.  Since you are enjoying the total opposite of “stress” on this vacation, enjoy all of the gourmet desserts that you can!) Boat chefs are amazing!

 

HOW TO BOOK YOUR YACHT CHARTER

For more information and to book your sail or motor yacht charter vacation, contact 1-800-YACHTCHARTERS at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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