Here is a sample itinerary of what you may expect while enjoying a sailing vacation with TradeWinds in Sint Maarten/St Martin, and the neighboring islands of Anguilla and St Barths. Weather or other outside factors may mean that your Captain sets an alternative course.
Arrival Day - Saturday
Embarkation is at 5pm, and your catamaran is on the dock at Blue Pearl Marina, 25 Wellington Road, Cole Bay, on the Dutch side of the island. At 5pm your crew will meet you on the dock and bring you aboard for a refreshing welcome cocktail with new friends, before you’re shown to your cabin and helped to settle into your new home for the week. We’ll move off the dock and anchor in the Lagoon overnight, and you will enjoy a delicious three-course dinner aboard and spend the evening generally relaxing and discussing the exciting possibilities for the week ahead.
Cruising Day 1
After a delicious breakfast and a short briefing on all safety aspects, we’ll pass through the bridge first thing in the morning, heading for the beautiful island of Anguilla. We’ll enjoy lunch anchored in Meads Bay, and afterwards we’ll move to Road Bay, where guests can go ashore and visit some of the local bars including the famous Elvis’ Beach Bar. We’ll head back to the yacht just before sunset for Captains Cocktails and snacks, and we’ll enjoy another gourmet dinner aboard under the stars.
Cruising Day 2
Breakfast behind us, we’ll move to Crocus Bay, anchor here and take the dinghy to secluded Little Bay, known for its clear, calm waters, abundant marine life, and excellent underwater visibility. We’ll head back to the yacht for a leisurely lunch and afterwards we’ll set sail back towards Anse Marcel in St Martin. This is another splendid white-sand beach, where the snorkeling is spectacular. Back aboard, we’ll enjoy Captain’s cocktails as the sun goes down, and afterwards another scrumptious dinner awaits us.
Cruising Day 3
After another tasty breakfast we’ll lift the anchor and head for beautiful Friar’s Bay. We’ll take a picnic lunch with us and after swimming and snorkelling we’ll enjoy this in the shade. Later, we’ll head for Grand Case, a wide, curved sandy beach with calm water. We’ll have Captains Cocktails a little earlier today, so that we can be ready to go ashore and dine in one of the many splendid restaurants that line the shore in this beautiful bay.
Cruising Day 4
After breakfast we set sail for the beautiful uninhabited isle of Île Fourchue. We’ll drop anchor in the crater of this ocean filled volcano and enjoy a swim and a lazy lunch before we hike up to the peak for a glorious sunset and some refreshments. This is another location where light pollution from the islands is virtually non existent. After another delicious dinner aboard, enjoy a nightcap and a late evening of some amazing stargazing; seeing the Milky Way and shooting stars are highly likely.
Cruising Day 5
After a delicious breakfast, we’re off to St Barths today and our first stop will be at the stunning and bustling port of Gustavia. With plenty of fancy shops and a lively atmosphere, St Barths is a real gem of the Caribbean, the playground of the rich and famous. Later in the afternoon we’ll move to the Anse de Colombier, a lovely white sand beach lined with lush vegetation. It’s a very secluded beach - the entire bay area only accessible by boat or on foot. Colombier is great for snorkelling; at times hundreds of enormous orange starfish can be seen in the bay. We’ll raise our glasses at Captain’s Cocktails and delight in our last gourmet dinner of the week aboard.
Cruising Day 6
After breakfast this morning we’ll head for Mullet Bay, a beautiful beach with crystal-clear water, and the perfect place to spend the morning lounging, swimming, and snorkeling. After lunch aboard, we’ll go through the bridge again, back into Simpson Bay and the Blue Pearl Marina. After Captain’s Cocktails we’ll go ashore to dine tonight in one of the local fine restaurants.
After a last tasty breakfast onboard, it is time to gather your belongings, as well as your wonderful memories of a week in this most beautiful environment. Before exchanging fond farewells, your crew will arrange transport to the airport. You will already be planning your next cruise with TradeWinds.