Why should you choose a winter yacht charter holiday?
Looking to get away from it all? Longing to feel the warmth of the sun on your skin and the sand between your toes? Whether your preference is sail or power, a luxurious private yacht charter is the ultimate way to escape the chilly season and enjoy a well-deserved festive break with your close friends and family.
From the Bahamas to Thailand and Antigua to the Seychelles, you could beat the winter blues and island-hop your way to white-sand beaches studded with coconut palms in no time!
Whether you want to escape to better weather or just need a change of scenery, we have plenty of last-minute winter holiday ideas for you.
Where to sail or cruise in December
Cruise through crystal-clear waters and dance along palm-lined white-sand beaches in the beautiful British Virgin Islands. The calm conditions make it the ideal destination for all abilities, with easy line-of-sight navigation, deep water sailing, and steady breezes. Take a trip to Anegada and dine on freshly caught lobster, or take a hike and reward yourself with a drink and a view in one of the many exclusive hilltop bars. November and January are ideal times to cruise around the BVI if you prefer a little more seclusion, with temperatures reaching 29°.
For travellers seeking an intimate paradise in the Bahamas, the Abacos offers an alternative to the Exumas with more manageable line-of-sight cruising and a variety of islands, cays, beaches, towns, bars, and restaurants – all accessible within very short distances, making it well-suited for charterers of all experience levels. In the winter months, for sailors, there are stronger northwesterly breezes and temperatures between 18°C and 26°C.
Where to sail or cruise in January
With a range of non-stop long-haul flights, in less than nine hours, you could soon be relaxing on white-sand beaches and snorkelling off the back of your state-of-the-art charter platform in Antigua. If you are lucky, you could be swimming amongst endangered Hawsbill sea turtles. On land, take a scenic hike to historic Fort Barrington in Antigua and zipline through the lush rainforest.
It’s also outside school holidays, so your trip might be a little quieter. Boasting a vibrant culture and more than a hundred beaches to explore, Antigua is a supreme Caribbean hot spot to enjoy during the winter. At this time of year, temperatures are between 22°C and 27°C, though the year-round sunshine means it’s always the perfect time to book your Caribbean adventure.
If you are wondering what you should pack on your Caribbean winter sailing holiday, take a look at our holiday packing list.
Where to sail or cruise in February
With temperatures between 23°C and 33°C, December, January, and February are the driest months in Thailand. So, if you are ready to say goodbye to the rain, this is the perfect time to voyage to the tropical bliss of the Andaman Sea. There are over 130 exotic islands to explore, all from the comfort of your own yacht. Relax with a drink on the flybridge as you wind your way through mysterious, emerald waters, drop anchor off deserted beaches, and moor in completely untouched and undeveloped fishing villages still steeped in ancient cultures.
Make your winter escape even more opulent and go crewed. Relax in style aboard your high-performance catamaran, complete with a professional captain and gourmet chef. Blend the comfort of a luxury holiday with the spirit of adventure travel.
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