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With 365 palm-fringed beaches and numerous anchorages, Antigua offers excellent sailing holidays around the island.

Antigua is part of the Leeward Islands and boasts a spectacular choice of picturesque coves and bays, with fine sand, blue seas and some of the best watersports in the Caribbean. Anchor in crystal clear blue water alongside 11 miles of pristine white sand.

At Nonsuch Bay you'll discover several superb and uncrowded anchorages. Green Island is so beautiful the locals call it the Garden of Eden. Dickenson Bay and North Sound are great places to gunkhole, snorkel and enjoy the beach. Five Islands Harbour is a completely unspoiled sanctuary. Drop anchor along the southwest coast in time to watch the sun set over Nevis - an unforgettable display.

Explore Nelson's Dockyard, a working 18th century Georgian dockyard and relive naval history. Enjoy the mix of lively bars and restaurants with the peace and tranquility of numerous offshore islands.

Antigua Yacht Charter

  • Overview
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    Nelsons Dockyard

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    Great Bird Island

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    Falmouth Harbour

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    Carlisle Bay

    Sailing holidays in Antigua

    • Easily accessible-direct flights with BA and Virgin
    • Immerse yourself in some history at Nelson's Dockyard
    • Explore as many of the island's 365 beaches as possible!
    • Experienced sailors can head to Barbuda
    • Two week charters could include St Kitts, Nevis or Guadeloupe
    • Level 2 sailing
    • Average temperatures of around 26-28 degrees
    • Average winds force 3-5
    • Mostly anchorages in this area
    • Flexible start and finish dates possible
  • 1 Wk Itinerary

    Suggested 1 week sailing itinerary in Antigua

    DAY 1 : Five Islands Harbour

    Embark at Jolly Harbour where you will find a well-stocked supermarket, fuel dock, banks, post office and several good restaurants. With direct flights you'll arrive mid-afternoon so there's time for a short sail round to Deep Bay in the beautiful, protected Five Islands Harbour. Dine ashore to the accompaniemant of a calypso band.

    DAY 2 : Great Bird Island

    Snorkel on the coral-encrusted Wreck of the Andes, before you set sail to North Sound. Anchor at Great Bird Island and explore the sheltered bays by dinghy.

    DAY 3 : Dickenson Bay

    Relax in this magical area and in the afternoon drop anchor in Dickenson Bay, a long beach with watersports, bars and restaurants.

    DAY 4 : Falmouth Harbour

    A brisk sail along the rugged southeast coastline, past the unusual rock formation of the Pillars of Hercules, brings you to Falmouth Harbour, built by Lord Nelson. Visit the famous Nelson's Dockyard. Take a short taxi ride up to Shirley Heights for a magnificent view of the sunset. On Sundays, you can enjoy BBQ and live music there.

    DAY 5 : Nonsuch Bay

    Follow the south coast round to Nonsuch Bay and drop anchor at West Bay on uninhabited Green Island. Take your dinghy inside the reef for some of the best snorkelling in the area.

    DAY 6 : St James Club / Carlisle Bay

    Heading back along the south coast, drop anchor at St James' Club or Carlisle Bay, smart resorts with palm-fringed beaches and excellent restaurants.

    DAY 7 : Jolly Harbour

    Continue your downwind sail inside Cades Reef, enjoying the calm turquoise waters on your way back to Jolly Harbour.

    Antigua 1 week sailing holiday itinerary

  • Sailing Conditions

    Sailing conditions in Antigua

    The best time to sail in Antigua is from November to June, with temperatures around 30 oC. Constant warm tradewinds blowing East-Northeast from 15 to 25 knots provide excellent sailing during the winter months.

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 1-2' (levels info)

  • Getting There

    Getting There

    Flights to Antigua

    British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have direct flights from Gatwick to Antigua.


    We recommend all clients pre-book transfers from the airport to the base as some flights arrive later in the evening. 


    Antigua is a fantastic place to experience a sail and stay holiday. With daily flights you can really make the most of your time in the Caribbean and combine a yacht charter with a hotel stay in Antigua or even another Caribbean island! 

"Our whole time in the Grenadines could not have been better. After two days on Bequia visiting friends, a brilliant four to five hour sail with a perfect wind took us down to Salt Whistle Bay on the island of Mayreau. A very busy anchorage where locals acted as parking attendants to squeeze in as many boats as possible to maximize customers for their shore barbeque where they fed us an excellent dinner. The following morning we did the very short passage round to the Tobago Cays. There followed two nights of gorgeous weather, lovely snorkelling with turtles cruising about everywhere and lobster dinners ashore. Could not have been better. "

St Vincent 2017 - M.M

Antigua Yacht Charter prices

Yachts from Antigua 2023 Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2023 GB£ per yachtOceanis 41.1(2018)
Dates3 cabins/2WC
07-20 Jan4352
21-27 Jan4352
28 Jan-03 Feb4529
04 Feb-14 Apr5214
15-21 Apr4352
22-28 Apr4838
29 Apr-05 May5376
06-12 May4676
13-19 May4067
20-26 May3762
27 May-02 Jun3457
03-09 Jun2848
10 Jun-07 Jul2600
08-14 Jul2600
15 Jul-11 Aug2600
12-18 Aug2338
19 Aug-30Sep2081
01-13 Oct2338
14-20 Oct2914
21-27 Oct3229
28 Oct-03 Nov3557
04-10 Nov3933
11-17 Nov4171
18 Nov-22 Dec4171
23-29 Dec5633

Yachts from Antigua 2023 Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2023 GB£ per yachtDufour 460 GL(2018)
Dates4 cabins/4WC
07-20 Jan4429
21-27 Jan4429
28 Jan-03 Feb4605
04 Feb-14 Apr5795
15-21 Apr4843
22-28 Apr5381
29 Apr-05 May5976
06-12 May5200
13-19 May4524
20-26 May4186
27 May-02 Jun3848
03-09 Jun3538
10 Jun-07 Jul3343
08-14 Jul3343
15 Jul-11 Aug3343
12-18 Aug3010
19 Aug-30Sep2676
01-13 Oct3010
14-20 Oct3638
21-27 Oct3929
28 Oct-03 Nov4205
04-10 Nov4386
11-17 Nov4614
18 Nov-22 Dec4614
23-29 Dec6262

Yachts from Antigua 2023 Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2023 GB£ per yachtFountaine Pajot Astrea 42 - 4 + 2 cab.(2022)Fountaine Pajot Isla 40 - 4 cab.(2022)Lagoon 40 - 4 + 2 cab(2022)Lagoon 42 - 4 + 2 cab.(2022)Lagoon 450 - 3 + 1 cab.(2020)Lagoon 50 - 6 + 2 cab.(2020)Nautitech 40 Open - 4 + 2 cab.(2022)
Dates4 cabins/4WC4 cabins/4WC4 cabins/4WC4 cabins/4WC3 cabins/3WC6 cabins/6WC4 cabins/2WC
07-20 Jan78865924788683008438117675629
21-27 Jan78865924788683008438117675629
28 Jan-03 Feb82006157820086338776122385848
04 Feb-14 Apr9805740098051031910500158867029
15-21 Apr69575252695773247452112764990
22-28 Apr79526005795283718514128815705
29 Apr-05 May73955581739577867919119765300
06-12 May73955581739577867919119765300
13-19 May69525248695273197443112574986
20-26 May65814971658169297048104144724
27 May-02 Jun6210469062106538665295674457
03-09 Jun5767434360576376648192384124
10 Jun-07 Jul5243394855055795588682713752
08-14 Jul5243394855055795588682713752
15 Jul-11 Aug5243394855055795588682713752
12-18 Aug4719355249575214529574433376
19 Aug-30Sep4195315744054633471066143000
01-13 Oct4719355249575214529574433376
14-20 Oct5710430059956310641090004086
21-27 Oct6171464861716495660092674414
28 Oct-03 Nov6600497166006948706299144724
04-10 Nov72295467722976107743103335195
11-17 Nov76105752761080108152108765467
18 Nov-22 Dec76105752761080108152108765467
23-29 Dec105867990105861114311338171577590

Yachts from Jolly Harbour

Outboard included


Refundable deposit GBP2700- GBP8100. Non refundable deposit on request.


End Cleaning: Monohulls - up to 38' €150, 39' - 45' €180, 46' - 49' €215, 50' and above €240.

Catamarans - up to 40' €235, 41' - 45' €255, 46' - 49' €280, 50' and above €310.

Starter pack and fees: €70
Fuel used (fill up on return)
Optional extras: (i.e SUP's, Kayaks etc) available on request.
SKIPPER: GBP1,470/week + food and drink + own cabin. Cats 48' and over GBP 1750/week + food and drink + own cabin
CRUISING PERMIT: US$30 per charter

Prices may be subject to change.

Sailing Qualifications

To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.

The port authorities in Greece are now insisting on one of the following practical certificates: RYA ICC (International Certificate of Competence), RYA Coastal, RYA Yachtmaster, ASA IPC (International Proficiency Certificate) or the IYT (International Yacht Training) Passport. If you hold an RYA Day Skipper or ASA104 it will no longer be accepted and you need to obtain either an ICC or IPC from the corresponding issuing body (RYA or ASA). If your RYA Coastal/Yachtmaster or ASA105/106 certificate is more than 12 years old and does not have a photo ID, then we would also strongly advise applying for an ICC or IPC. If you are a member of the RYA or ASA, you may qualify for a discount or free certificate, otherwise, you will have to pay. The approximate cost is £50. Please use this link - RYA application for the ICC or ASA application for the IPC.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.

For Seychelles, the local authorities require an ICC for the skipper of a bareboat or flotilla yacht charter.

For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.

If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.

Level 2

Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.

Level 3

Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.