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Martinique Yacht Charter

Part of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, Martinique is one of the shining jewels of the French Caribbean, with flawless white sand beaches on the south coast and dramatic black volcanic sand on the north coast.

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Highlights

  • Distinctive French Caribbean charm
  • French cuisine
  • Island rum distilleries

Martinique sailing charters

Martinique happy couple relaxing vacation yacht charter

Enjoy swimming and snorkeling among coral reefs or visit pretty fishing villages, hot springs, thick rainforests and rugged peaks. Whatever your interests or vacation style, Martinique offers something for everyone.

The capital of Martinique, Fort-de-France, celebrates every aspect of French culture with style and panache, from the excellence of its cuisine to the chic sophistication of its fine resorts and hotels. Shops, art galleries, theaters and museums all pay homage to its French heritage, and you can watch boules being played in the squares while people sit and chat outside cafés.

Depart from our base in Le Marin and cruise along the coast, with stops at Petite Anse d’Arlet, Fort de France and St. Pierre. Or sail south to the neighboring island of St. Lucia and explore the waterfalls, hot springs and volcano at Soufrière. 

For longer stays on your Martinique yacht charter, you can sail farther out to the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, including Bequia, Mustique, Mayreau, the Tobago Cays, and many more.

Available charter types

Bareboat

For experienced sailors, a bareboat charter is the perfect getaway.
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Skippered

Relax and leave all the sailing to a professional skipper.
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Easy crewed

The simplest, hassle-free way to charter a crewed private yacht.
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Fully crewed

Your own private yacht for an all-inclusive luxury sailing vacation.
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Cabin cruise

Reserve a private ensuite stateroom on a modern catamaran.
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Aqualodge

Get closer to nature on the perfect self-catering Caribbean vacation.
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Power Catamaran

Cruise faster and see more on the perfect charter boat.
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Things to do in Martinique

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Walk the gardens at Jardin de Balata

Discover the most beautiful flowers and trees of Martinique in these gardens located in Fort-de-France. Amateur botanists and bird watchers alike will enjoy the peaceful, well-manicured grounds.

Snorkeling in Anse d’Arlet

With so many things to do in Martinique, we’d recommend cruising to the village of Anse d’Arlet on the southwest coast for snorkeling along the rocky shoreline. Green sea turtles can sometimes be spotted in the grassy areas off the beach.

Tour the rum factories

Martinique is well-known for the unique rums that have been produced there for centuries. There are 10 distilleries on the island for exploring and tasting.

Visit the waterfalls at Les Gorges de la Falaise

Bring a bathing suit and waterproof gear for this fully-drenched adventure where you can hike along the river to the falls.

Sail to the Tobago Cays

During your yacht charter in Martinique, cruise toward the renowned Tobago Cays, which is an itinerary highlight. With their glittering cobalt waters and white sand beaches, this location is ideal for snorkeling, swimming and relaxing.

Weather insights

Martinique colorful local houses old town

When is the best time to go to Martinique?

The best time to visit Martinique is between December and April, while the shoulder seasons of May to June and October to November offer fewer crowds.

The average temperature in Martinique is low to mid-80°Fs all year with relatively high humidity.

What are the sailing conditions in Martinique?

Sailing conditions in Martinique are perfect for sailors and wind systems typically blow ESE or ENE. The ‘Christmas Winds’ in December and January tend to be stronger and can occasionally reach 30 knots for a few days.

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Sailing Martinique with Dream Yacht Charter

Sailing yacht charter Martinique

Sail Martinique and explore the gateway to the Grenadines with our cutting-edge catamarans and monohulls. Sail your pace and your way with your own itinerary.

Martinique skippered charters

You do not need to be able to sail to enjoy exploring Martinique from the water. Sail with a skipper who will take care of sailing your yacht.

Martinique by the cabin charters

Leave the planning, sailing and cooking to us with our by the cabin charters. Reserve your own stateroom and bathroom while we show you the best of the Caribbean.

Martinique crewed charters

Tailor your sailing vacation for the ultimate in all-inclusive luxury. From the itinerary to gourmet dining, let our captain and chef look after you and your guests.

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Martinique sailing itinerary

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Martinique sailing charter family vacation 5-day itinerary Martinique

Day 1

Board for the night at Le Marin.

Day 2

Sail for Petite Anse d’Arlet, passing close to the Diamond Rock. Eat lunch and go swimming, then spend your first night at the anchorage at Grande Anse d’Arlet.

Day 3

Cross the bay of Fort de France, then sail along the Caribbean coast until St. Pierre, which is a former center of economy that was destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Pelée in 1902. Visit the museum of volcanology, then overnight in the bay of St. Pierre.

Day 4

After breakfast, sail to Fort de France. Try the local restaurants and go sightseeing in the city. Spend the night at Anse Mitan in the south of the bay.

Day 5

Make an early departure to sail back to Le Marin.

Martinique happy kids family vacation 8-day itinerary Martinique and St Lucia

Day 1

(Please check entry requirements). Board for the night at our base in Le Marin.

Day 2

Provision and make the short sail to Petite Anse d’Arlet, passing close to the Diamond Rock. Eat lunch and go swimming, then spend your first night at the anchorage at Grande Anse d’Arlet.

Day 3

Head to Anse Mitan, sail along the coast and pass Cap Salomon. Cross the bay of Fort de France and anchor at Fort Louis. Eat lunch ashore and enjoy sightseeing in the city. Spend the night at Anse Mitan in the south of the bay.

Day 4

Leave early in the morning for Rodney Bay in St. Lucia, taking care crossing the channel. Spend the night in Marigot Bay. We recommend anchoring offshore.

Day 5

Sail along the coast of St. Lucia and hop between Anse Cochon, La Soufrière and Les Deux Pitons.

Day 6

Sail on and spend the night at Rodney Bay behind Pigeon Island and explore the botanical park.

Day 7

Anchor outside St. Anne, a traditional village with idyllic beaches, or anchor outside Club Med.

Day 8

After a last swim, cruise back to the marina.

Martinique natural landscape mountain 11-day itinerary Martinique and Union

Day 1

(Please check entry requirements). Board for the night at Le Marin.

Day 2

Leave early in the morning for Rodney Bay in St. Lucia and take care crossing the channel, as it may require visual navigation. Spend the night in Marigot Bay, where anchorage off the shore is recommended.

Day 3

Sail easily along the west coast of St. Lucia up to the pretty village of Soufrière. Walk through the city and the botanical garden, drive to the waterfalls, the hot springs and the volcano. Spend the night at Deux Pitons.

Day 4

Take the day to cruise down to Bequia, the entrance to the Grenadines and a former whale hunters’ island. Anchor in Admiralty Bay, facing the capital city of Port Elizabeth. Celebrate happy hour and have a leisurely dinner in one of the nearby restaurants.

Day 5

Once customs formalities are done, do not leave without completing this step, sail towards Petit Nevis where the fishermen used to flense the whales. Then sail to Mustique, the “Jet Set” island.

Day 6

Explore Mustique in the morning. After lunch, head to Mayreau and anchor at Salt Whistle Bay, a calming beach with swaying coconut trees.

Day 7

Cruise toward the renowned Tobago Cays, an itinerary highlight. With their glittering cobalt waters and white sand beaches, this location is ideal for snorkeling, swimming and relaxing.

Day 8

After about an hour of sailing, stop over at Union, the capital of the Grenadines. Spend the night on Palm Island.

Day 9

Cruise to St. Vincent and anchor for the night at Cumberland Bay or Wallilabou Bay, where the movie “The Pirates of the Caribbean” was filmed.

Day 10

Make your last long sail towards Martinique, anchoring at St. Anne or at Club Med.

Day 11

Make your way back to base at Le Marin.

Martinique kayak adventure yacht charter 15-day itinerary Martinique and Union

Day 1

(Please check entry requirements). Le Marin – board for the night.

Day 2

Cruise towards the nearby Anse d’Arlet, and spend your first night at the anchorage.

Day 3

Leave early in the morning for Rodney Bay in St. Lucia, where you can go for a dip and grab lunch on the island. Crossing the channel may require visual navigation, so keep a lookout. Spend the night in Marigot Bay, where anchorage offshore is recommended.

Day 4

Sail easily along the West coast of St. Lucia up to Soufrière, a picturesque village. Walk through the city and the botanical garden, drive to the waterfalls, the hot springs, and the volcano. Spend the night at Deux Pitons.

Day 5

Take the day to cruise down to Bequia. Bequia, entrance to the Grenadines, is a former whale hunters’ island. Anchor in Admiralty Bay, facing the capital city of Port Elizabeth. Celebrate happy hour and have a leisurely dinner in one of the nearby restaurants.

Day 6

Once customs formalities are done, sail towards Petit Nevis where fishermen used to flense the whales. Then sail to Mustique, the “Jet Set” island.

Day 7

Explore Mustique in the morning. After lunch, head to Mayreau and anchor at Salt Whistle Bay, a calming beach with swaying coconut trees.

Day 8

Cruise toward the Tobago Cays. With their turquoise waters and white sand beaches, they’re ideal for snorkeling, swimming, and relaxing.

Day 9

After about an hour of sailing, stop over at Union, the capital of the Grenadines. Spend the night on Palm Island.

Day 10

Pass by Morpion, a little sandy island in the middle of the reef, and anchor at Petit St. Vincent. This resort island is the perfect spot for a sunset drink.

Day 11

After breakfast, head to Canouan via Chatham Bay, a large natural bay west of Union. Spend the night anchored at Charleston.

Day 12

Cruise to St. Vincent and anchor for the night at Cumberland Bay or Wallilabou Bay, where the movie “The Pirates of the Caribbean” was filmed.

Day 13

Spend your last long navigation day cruising to the north of St. Lucia. Anchor overnight at Rodney Bay behind Pigeon Island and visit the botanical park if you have time.

Day 14

Anchor outside St. Anne village or Club Med.

Day 15

After a swim, head back to the marina to disembark.

Martinique local food 15-day itinerary Martinique and Antigua

Day 1

(Please check entry requirements). Board for the night at Le Marin.

Day 2

Navigate towards Petite Anse d’Arlet, passing close to the Diamond Rock, and eat lunch and go for a swim. Spend your first night at the anchorage at Grande Anse d’Arlet.

Day 3

Sail toward Fort de France and eat lunch ashore. Visit the town, shops and local market before crossing the bay to spend the night at Anse Mitan.

Day 4

Spend the evening in the bay of St. Pierre.

Day 5

Set sail early for Portsmouth, Prince Rupert Bay, and visit the Indians River with local guides. Spend the night in the anchorage.

Day 6

After a sail from Portsmouth to Les Saintes, anchor at Pain de Sucre for snorkeling. Anchor for the night in front of Bourg des Saintes and have dinner ashore.

Day 7

Set sail for Pigeon Island and pick up a mooring to visit the famous Jacques Cousteau underwater marine park. After snorkeling or diving, sail to Anse Deshayes for overnight anchorage.

Day 8

Depart early morning for Antigua’s English Harbour. Take a walk among the beautifully restored houses and visit the museum. There are plenty of opportunities for provisioning ashore.

Day 9

Make a short sail along the west coast to Cade Reef, where you can snorkel magnificent coral and eat lunch anchored in Fries Bay. Enjoy a swim, relax and sail to the anchorage at Five Islands Harbor. Spend the night here.

Day 10

Sail to Barbuda, a fabulous coral island with miles of sandy beach. Anchor at Codrington, in front of the impressive stretch of white sand. Eat lunch, swim, snorkel and stroll along the long deserted shore.

Day 11

Depart early morning for Nonsuch Bay, a small bay on the east coast of Antigua, which is wild and captivating. Sail behind Green Island.

Day 12

Depart early for Ilet Gosier, on the east side of Guadeloupe to enjoy the white sand beach and nearby coral reef.

Day 13

Set sail in the morning for Marie-Galante, where the sugar-centered history of Guadeloupe’s Archipelago lingers.

Day 14

Leave Marie-Galante early in the morning for your last long cruise. Sail to Martinique for lunch in Grande Anse d’Arlet before making your way to St. Anne, a charming village with boutiques, a delightful fishing community and local market.

Day 15

After a swim, head back to base to disembark.

Martinique local market 22-day itinerary Martinique and Grenada

Day 1

(Please check entry requirements). Le Marin – Boarding for the night.

Day 2

Sail towards Anse d’Arlet and spend your first night at the anchorage.

Day 3

Leave early in the morning for Rodney Bay in St. Lucia, where you can go for a dip and grab lunch on the island. Crossing the channel may require visual navigation. Spend the night in Marigot Bay and anchor offshore.

Day 4

Sail easily along the west coast of St. Lucia up to Soufrière, a village worth a visit. Walk through the city and the botanical garden, drive to the waterfalls, hot springs and the volcano. Spend the night at Deux Pitons.

Day 5

Set sail early to reach Petit Byahaut in St. Vincent for lunch and snorkeling. Pick up a mooring ball at Young Island for the night.

Day 6

Take the day to cruise down to Bequia, entrance to the Grenadines, a former whale hunters’ island. Anchor in Admiralty Bay, facing the capital city of Port Elizabeth, and celebrate happy hour or have a leisurely dinner in one of the nearby restaurants.

Day 7

Once customs formalities are done, sail towards Petit Nevis where the fishermen used to flense the whales. Then sail to Mustique, the “Jet Set” island.

Day 8

Early in the morning, tour Mustique’s beaches and villas. After lunch, head to Mayreau and anchor at Salt Whistle Bay, a calming beach with swaying coconut trees.

Day 9

Cruise toward the Tobago Cays. With their turquoise waters and white sand beaches, they’re ideal for snorkeling, swimming and relaxing.

Day 10

After about an hour of sailing, stop over at Union, the capital of the Grenadines. Spend the night on Palm Island.

Day 11

Pass by Morpion, a little sandy island in the middle of the reef, and anchor at Petit St. Vincent. This resort island is the perfect spot for a sunset drink.

Day 12

Sail between Morpion and Punaise then to Hillsborough. From here, you’ll be at Sandy Island in no time, where you can anchor off the beach for the night.

Day 13

After breakfast, sail to St. George’s, hugging Grenada’s west coast, and anchor in the harbor. Stroll through this stunning Caribbean metropolis, stopping for a leisurely dinner.

Day 14

Head to Edgmont, as the large and quiet bays in the middle of the rainforest on the south coast make it a true paradise.

Day 15

Prickly Bay became a yachting center of Grenada because of its marina and the most beautiful sailing boat in all the Caribbean. Choose one of the many restaurants ashore for your dinner.

Day 16

On the way to Carriacou, stop for lunch at Isle Ronde. Take advantage of the perfectly clear water for snorkeling. Then sail on to Tyrell Bay.

Day 17

Before leaving Carriacou, stop at customs in Hillsborough to check out, then sail on to Union and check in. Anchor at Palm Island in front of the perfect palm-lined beach.

Day 18

After breakfast, head to Canouan via Chatham Bay, a large natural bay west of Union. Then spend the night in Charleston Bay.

Day 19

Cruise to St. Vincent and anchor for the night at Cumberland Bay or Wallilabou Bay, where the movie “The Pirates of the Caribbean” was filmed.

Day 20

Spend your last long navigation day cruising to the north of St. Lucia. Anchor overnight at Rodney Bay behind Pigeon Island and visit the botanical park if you have time.

Day 21

Arrive at Martinique after the final leg of your journey. Anchor outside St. Anne village or Club Med.

Day 22

Head back to Le Marin to disembark.

Useful information for yacht charters in Martinique

Martinique local market

How do I get to Martinique from the US?

You can get to Aimé Césaire International Airport (FDF) via major airlines from eastern US cities: from Miami or Fort Lauderdale (3 hours 45 minutes) with American Airlines and New York JFK or Providence TF Green PVD (4 hours 25 minutes) with Norwegian Air International. 

Most flights into Martinique require a connecting flight through a neighboring island – usually Puerto Rico or Antigua – although direct flights from the US are becoming more prevalent.  

We can arrange airport transfers on request. The airport is a 45-minute taxi ride away from your sailing yacht charter Martinique.

What language is spoken in Martinique?

The official language in Martinique is French, although many people speak Creole.

What is the currency in Martinique?

The currency in Martinique is the Euro, while it is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar for other nearby islands (St. Lucia and St. Vincent, etc).

What are the customs restrictions for Martinique?

For specific information about restrictions, visit the French customs website before you embark on your Martinique sailing charter.

What documents do I need to sail Martinique?

For sailing Martinique and the Lesser Antilles for less than six months you will need a US passport valid for the entire length of your stay.

Talk to us to make sure you have the correct documents before you travel.

How do I get around Martinique?

Taxis in Martinique run on the meter, which has a rate surcharge after 7pm, and can be rather expensive. Traveling by bus in Fort de France is an inexpensive option. Rental cars are available for further exploring around the island during your Martinique yacht charter.

What is the Wi-Fi like in Martinique?

The Wi-Fi in Martinique is free at our marina. Getting online is easy with plenty of Wi-Fi spots in restaurants and cafes, but you may find that speeds vary.

What regulations are there in Martinique?

Night sailing is not authorized. Fishing with a line or a rod is permitted, except in marine parks. Spearfishing in Martinique is forbidden

Where can I find weather forecasts in Martinique?

You can find Martinique weather forecasts on the Antilles-Guyane website. Météo France forecast is posted at the harbor master’s office and Total gas station at 8:30am. 

Special announcements are issued in case of hurricane warnings or tropical waves. Marine weather forecast is broadcast every morning at 6:25am on RFO Martinique 13.10 Khz in MA and 92-93.2, 94-94.3, 94.5-96.5, 97.5 Mhz in MF.

What provisioning is there in Martinique?

There are plenty of choices for provisioning in Martinique. Please refer to the base guide.

Our base also provides a provisioning service if you’d like your groceries to be ready when you arrive before you begin sailing Martinique. We recommend you provision in advance.

What baggage can I take on my Martinique sailing vacation?

Please only take soft bags and not suitcases as they are too cumbersome on board.

What is the electrical current in Martinique?

The electrical current in Martinique is 220V.

What is the dialing code for Martinique?

The dialing code for Martinique is +1 596.

Why should I book with Dream Yacht Charter?

Dream Yacht Charter is now the world’s leading yacht charter company and offers you:

  • A diverse fleet of yachts with a wide variety of models and manufacturers to suit every type of sailor.
  • We have +60 exciting destinations and we’re a pioneer in finding new sailing grounds.
  • You can be assured of our commitment to customer service excellence.
  • You’ll receive a warm and friendly welcome from our base teams who will share regional tips, recommendations and advice.
  • We’re a trusted seller of new and used boats and an innovator in charter management options – sailing is our business.

What licenses do I need to hire a yacht and sail myself?

The skipper of a yacht has primary responsibility for the safety of the crew and yacht at all times. Many destinations require just relevant experience demonstrated by a sailing resume.

To charter in the Mediterranean, it is mandatory that you hold a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities for bareboat charters in Italy, Greece, Croatia, Spain, Malta, Montenegro and Turkey. Other destinations that require a license include Madagascar, Seychelles, Thailand, Brazil and Sweden. For Belize, the port authority will issue a certificate of competency and an application is made on arrival.

You must take your proof of competency and original certificate with you on your charter. We advise you to contact our team about your qualifications and the destination requirements before booking.

By accepting the yacht contract you are confirming that you and/or members of your crew are capable and competent to sail the yacht in the conditions and cruising area of charter. We reserve the right not to hand over the yacht if, after inspection, it is the opinion that the charterer is not, or may not be competent to be in charge of the vessel.

What is a skippered yacht charter?

A skippered yacht charter is when you rent one of our boats for you and your guests and a professional skipper sails it for you. No sailing experience is needed.

You will need to choose a yacht with a cabin for your skipper to sleep in as they are responsible for your yacht for the duration of your charter. We will find the skipper for you once you have found your perfect destination and yacht.

You will need to pay for your skipper’s food. You can invite the skipper to dine with you on board or out at a local restaurant.

What is the difference between crewed and by the cabin charters?

Our by the cabin charter charters offer exciting destination tours on a set itinerary crafted by our destination experts. You can book a double cabin and private bathroom and will share the boat with other guests who have booked the other available cabins. You will be looked after by a professional skipper and hostess with itineraries ranging from three to 11 nights. There is a set menu and included meals and drinks vary depending on location.

Can you tell me about your yachts?

Our super premier yachts are less than 12 months old from their first charter date, while premier yachts are less than three years old from their first charter date. Our yachts are well maintained and undergo regular, scheduled technical inspection.

In case of emergency, you can rely on our hotline, at any time, seven days a week. If you experience a technical failure affecting major and important parts of the yacht, we will repair the failure within four hours of receiving your call during working hours (8am to 5pm). If you lose more than four hours (during working hours), we will compensate you for one full day. If the repair takes more than one day, we will provide you with a similar boat or compensate you on a pro-rata basis. If restrictions to this guarantee apply in specific areas, this will be detailed during the charter check-in at the base.

Do I need insurance?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits. Please make sure you have personal travel insurance that covers sailing.

We will insure the vessel throughout the charter with first-class insurers against all risks, to provide permission to charter as under contract terms and to cover third-party liability.

You can choose one of the following options:

  • Security Deposit: This varies on the size of the boat and when the boat is returned without damage it is refunded.
  • Damage Waiver: The charterer agrees to pay a non-refundable damage waiver at the time of booking, as well as a reduced damage deposit on embarkation that is refundable upon completion of the charter should no damage occur.

Ever considered a Cabin Cruise?

As pioneers in the industry, Dream Yacht was one of the first to develop the Cabin Cruise concept. It’s an ideal choice for solo or couples travelers seeking relaxed adventure, exotic destinations, and unique local cultures in an intimate, social setting – in comfort at sea.

Our promise

Private accommodations

Comfortable and private standard double cabins with ensuite bathroom

Curated itineraries

Experience world-class destinations, local culture and excursions with our expertly curated itineraries

Accessible

An affordable and intimate experience without the need to book an entire yacht or provide sailing qualifications

Vetted crew

Enjoy our professional crew with a strong local knowledge and friendly service

Full board meals

Enjoy fresh and delicious cuisine prepared and served daily

Choose your mood

Relax on deck socializing with fellow travelers, kayak or snorkel from your yacht, or enjoy exploring ashore

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