Holiday Season on a Charter Yacht in the Caribbean
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire or a snow-free adventure in the beautiful Caribbean?
Avoid the crowded shopping malls and all the stress that comes with hosting Christmas and discover why a yacht charter is an excellent option for a holiday vacation.
Swapping snow for the sun is an excellent idea for Christmas or New Years’. December in the Caribbean is mainly dry, with an average air and sea temperature of 80 F. Wake up with the best view of the Caribbean and plan your day over coffee. Stay in your anchorage and swim and snorkel in the turquoise water, or hop on the dinghy and spend the morning ashore. Lunch, and then it’s time to set sail and explore the next stop on your itinerary. The beauty of a yacht vacation is you set the pace, and you set the itinerary.
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Charter Yachts still available for Christmas and New Years
Generally, charters over the holiday period run for a week, Saturday to Saturday, especially if you go with crewed charters, so you have the option of either a Christmas or New Year’s charter. Due to the set weeks and popularity of holiday charters, the best yachts get booked quickly. We recommend you talk with one of our experts to help you plan your Holiday yacht charter so they can find you the perfect boat for your holiday vacation.
What are the Holidays like in the Caribbean?
The Caribbean Islands are among the most devout Christians in the world; Christmas in the Caribbean is a joyful time with unique cultural festivities and colorful parades. Choose an all-inclusive charter, relax on your private yacht, go snorkeling, or kayak, and let your crew prepare Christmas lunch for you. What about seeing in the New Year on a Caribbean beach with vibrant and musical New Year’s Eve parties? The Caribbean is home to famous NYE parties and a carnival-like atmosphere. Just decide where you want to go, drop anchor, go ashore, and enjoy no taxi or car hire needed!
Discover some of the highlights in the Caribbean’s most popular charter destinations.
Holiday Season in the USVI
Take a break from the cold and spend Christmas relaxing on the beautiful beaches in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Enjoy Miracle on Main Street, the biggest holiday event on St. Thomas, with carolers, arts and crafts, shopping, and steel pan bands. For a relaxed NYE, find a beach bar on St John to see in the New Year; alternatively if you want to party, head across to the BVI and the famous Foxy’s NYE party.
Holiday Season in the BVI
The BVI is the New Year’s Eve capital of the Caribbean. Take part in “boat-hopping” parties with stops around the many beach bars on the islands. Many restaurants and bars hold “Old Year’s” celebrations on New Year’s Eve, with parties until dawn. The most famous is held at Foxy’s Bar and Restaurant on Jost Van Dyk with live music, dancing, dining, and drinking. The Trellis Bay NYE party starts at noon on New Year’s Eve and features fireworks and reggae in a family-friendly atmosphere.
Holiday Season in the Bahamas
Christmas starts every year with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Pompey Square, Nassau; there are also Christmas concerts and celebrations. Tourists hit the beach to enjoy the Caribbean weather, with temperatures in December in the high 70’s. There are beach parties held during the holiday season, especially on New Year’s Eve.
Holiday Season in Puerto Rico
In Puerto Rico, Nochebuena, or Christmas Eve, is celebrated over Christmas day. Family and friends gather for a traditional dinner, exchange gifts, go out and party or take a drive to enjoy the Christmas decorations around town. New Years, Año Viejo, is also celebrated with lots of family and friends; hotels on the main island will have NYE events with fireworks. For a more informal NYE try the entertaining street party in Culebra; leave out the pretenses join in the party.
Holiday Season in St Marteen
Every year the Christmas house puts on a display of lights and holiday decorations and is a nice place to visit if you have young kids. Or shop till you drop at the street fair on Cannegieter Street with local and handmade goods for those looking for some last-minute presents or souvenirs to take home. Check out the massive NYE fireworks display in Great Bay in Philipsburg, which starts at midnight. Get there early to claim your spot on the Great Bay Beach Promenade.
Ready for some really special holidays?
Whether you want to spend a quiet vacation sailing the islands with friends and family soaking up the culture, or dance the New year in at one of the famous NYE parties, a yacht vacation over the holidays offers the perfect mix of party and relaxation.
As with all destinations over the busy holiday period, make dinner reservations early. Alternatively, why not consider an all-inclusive charter with a professional chef and crew on board to take care of you for your Holiday vacation.
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