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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


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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Feadship Dazzles Caribbean Yacht Charter Kickoff

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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.



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.



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. 


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.




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



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



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Luxury Yacht | Classic Schooner Offers Discount for Antigua Luxury Yacht Charter

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Hoping to lure interest in a year end Caribbean yacht vacation, the classic replica schooner GERMANIA NOVA has announced a special price offer.

Book an Antigua yacht charter vacation before October 31, 2013 and receive a 16% discount off the regular high season winter price.

Guests will pay $80,000 per week for either a Christmas or New Year’s booking.  Her regular rate is $95,000 per week (all rates are plus running expenses).

Profile photograph of classic sailboat, Germania Nova, underway
After October 31st, the rates will return to the standard, published prices:

$95,000 per week (High Season)
$75,000 per week (Low Season)

A replica of a classic racing schooner, sail yacht GERMANIA NOVA  entered the Mediterranean yacht charter market in 2011. The original schooner was built in 1908 by Krupp shipyards and designed by Dr. Max Oertz. The modern version, the 55 meter sailing yacht GERMANIA NOVA  was built in Pontevedra, Spain by Factoria Naval de Marin, and designed by Matthias Oertz and Ingo Oliver.   A crew of 13 attends to a maximum 10 guests in 5 staterooms.

A true sailing yacht, guests are encouraged to pitch in to hoist the sails and assist the crew on deck!

The yacht is currently based in Antigua, at the famous Nelson’s Dockyard marina.
Come enjoy an exhilarating experience at sea.  Be sure to secure your reservation before October 31st, to secure the maximum price discount.

NOTE:  1-800 Yacht Charters placed a mooring buoy over the shipwreck of the original classic sailboat Germania Nova site in Miami Florida to protect reefs and marine life and to enable boaters to tie there and snorkel the reef! It’s all about making a difference!

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