In the glorious French Riviera the ports are now nearly vacant, the beaches are eerily quiet and the restaurant owners are cleaning up after a busy summer.
Some 8,000 km away however, the sun still beats down, as indeed it has all year round, green shoots sprout and fish dance among the coral. The location is the Caribbean, and more precisely, the British Virgin Islands. Often overlooked for other more traditional destinations of the region, the BVI are a hidden gem, the unspoilt ‘off-the-beaten-track’ Caribbean.
Besides the obvious 30°C weather, AquaCruise has compiled five reasons why you should escape winter and head for the sun on a private yacht rental in the British Virgin Islands:
More than sixty islands constitute the British Virgin Islands, most of which can only be accessed by boat and all of which have their own character to be discovered. A luxury yacht charter allows you to explore them all at your own leisure based on your personal preferences. There are islands that have tropical jungles abundant with exotic wildlife, there are others with great looming mountains and some with enormous curving bays and golden beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see.
Stress is as foreign to these shores as any tourist. That could perhaps be because some of the islands are uninhabited. Sandy Split for example promises a real-to-life experience of being stranded on a desert island. Cast your anchor off shore and swim through the crystal clear water before setting foot on the miniature island where you can relax alone with friends and family. For a change of pace, visit Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour for an excellent shopping experience in a quaint town plenty with gourmet lobster and seafood restaurants, artisan boutiques and markets full of local produce.
Experience the Caribbean way of life on your yacht charter of the BVI where the people are as warm as the weather. Unwind like the locals in a hammock under the shade of swaying palm trees. Interesting cultural day trips include a visit to the RMS Rhone wreck. Excellent diving conditions allow for a surreal tour of the boat whose home has been the Caribbean seabed since 1867. Nearby, The Baths are also an excellent crowd pleasing attraction. An awe-inspiring natural sculpture of giant boulders lie one atop another. Below them, a network of azure shallow sea pools and blue streams flow whilst shafts of sunlight burst through to illuminate the current.
Soak in the Caribbean atmosphere at some of the many bars and restaurants of Jost Van Dyke Island. There, people enjoy the delights of Soggy Dollar bar and its famous ‘painkiller’ cocktail while traditional rum is poured out in equally generous portions. The water is warm enough to swim in after the sun goes down and so the beaches are always lively with people enjoying the wondrous surroundings and the live music that fills the air.
The sea offers a feast of snorkelling locations to choose from. Just north of Norman Island at a crest of rock called The Indians – so called because the jutting rocks resemble an Indian headdress – there are coral reefs to be explored and exotic fish to swim with. Back on land, a host of National Parks and rainforests await. Each park is interspersed with waterfalls, nature trails and botanical gardens.
A yacht charter is the best way to explore all the beauties of the magnificent British Virgin Islands. A group holiday can be surprisingly economical. Contact AquaCruise today to discover the best sailing and motor yacht charter options for the perfect relaxing week or two in paradise.
Photo courtesy of mega yacht and lifestyle photographer Mark O’Connell.