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St. Martin Yacht Charters

After the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin is our most popular sailing destination in the Caribbean. It’s a place where sophistication blends with a relaxed, easy-going style, and where divers and snorkelers can enjoy some of the most spectacular unspoiled reefs in the world.

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Highlights

  • Boutique shopping
  • Sail to St. Barths
  • Unique Dutch/French island

Sailing St. Martin

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St. Martin is about 150 miles north of Guadeloupe. As it is shared by France and the Netherlands, you’ll enjoy an interesting dual culture on your St. Martin sailing charter. Its location also means you can explore some of the other beautiful islands in the eastern Caribbean, including Anguilla and St. Barts. 

Caribbean and European food, culture and cuisine come together on St. Martin like no other place in the island chain, with its world-class restaurants, casual beach bars and legendary beaches.

Be sure to visit the nearby island of Anguilla, where you’ll find uncrowded beaches dotted with quaint beach bars and cafes. Road Bay is the main port of Anguilla; a charming village set on a stunning beach. 

You should also sail to the island of St. Barts; it’s a St. Martin yacht charter favorite. Shopping and dining are at their best in the lovely European-influenced port town of Gustavia. The beaches are equally appealing, including the little known Shell Beach and the scenic Saline Beach.

Our base is located at Anse Marcel Marina on St. Martin.

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 St. Martin

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Visit quiet Tintamare

Sail to Tintamare, a pristine island just off of St. Martin’s east coast in the heart of the nature reserve. Anchor off the deserted white sandy beach to swim, go shell hunting and hiking. Later, enjoy a secluded evening onboard, dining under the stars – it’s one of our favorite things to do in St. Martin.

Join the ‘in crowd’ at St. Barts

Set sail early to St Barts, the island of billionaires, and anchor outside the red-roofed harbor at the island’s capital, Gustavia. Enjoy an evening ashore, complete with fine dining, exploring and nightlife.

Dine at Grand-Case

On your Caribbean yacht charter, sail to Grand-Case, a protected cove on St. Martin known for its excellent dining opportunities. This village features colorful houses, beach bars and restaurants serving French and Creole cuisine.

Sail to Pinel Island

Tiny Pinel Island is a local favorite, just off the southeastern coast of St. Martin. This little treasure is well-protected from the wind, making it a haven for kayakers, snorkelers and hikers, as well as those seeking a relaxed rum punch on the beach. Get there early to stake your place on the sand.

Anchor at Anse de Colombier

This secluded and protected anchorage is difficult to reach other than by boat, but you should put it on your list of things to do in St. Martin. Enjoy the beautiful beach, hike the trail leading to sweeping views of the sea and see nearby islands. Then settle aboard your yacht to watch the stunning sunset.

Weather insights

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When is the best time to go to St. Martin?

The best time to visit St. Martin is during the dry season, between January and June. The region’s climate is inter-tropical with air and sea temperatures around 82ºF year-round. 

There is only a slight variation between the dry season (January till June) and the wet season (June till December). Unlike neighboring islands, there’s no real rainy season on St. Martin, although you may experience light rains during the day.

What are the sailing conditions in St. Martin?

The sailing conditions for St. Martin are excellent and the trade winds, known as the ‘Kings of the Caribbean’, generally blow from December till March and from June till August. The hurricane season is from July through November.

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Sailing St. Martin with Dream Yacht Charter

St. Martin yacht charters

Sailing St. Martin means you can enjoy a beautiful and diverse sailing destination. Choose from our cutting-edge catamarans and monohulls.

Skippered St. Martin yacht charters

Can’t sail? Hire a skipper and make the most of your vacation while sailing the islands of St. Martin. Your skipper will sail you around the highlights of this Caribbean getaway.

St. Martin by the cabin charters

Enjoy the best of St. Martin without lifting a finger with our by the cabin charters. We do everything, so you don’t have to. Just reserve your own private cabin and bathroom and we’ll do the sailing and prepare all your meals.

Crewed charters St. Martin

Take your vacation to a new level of luxury with our personalized crewed St. Martin sailing charters. Hire your own private luxury yacht and relax while our captain and hostess look after you and your guests.

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St. Martin sailing itinerary

Take a look at our St. Martin sailing vacation suggestions

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Day 1

Leave from the Marina de L’Anse Marcel, St. Martin.

Day 2

Sailing towards the Northwestern part of the island, coming to Road Harbor. Lunch onboard. In the afternoon, enjoy a short sail to Sandy Island, a protected area great for swimming and snorkeling.

Day 3

Depart for Prickly Pear with its white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Lunch onboard. Sail to Grand-Case, a protected cove West of St. Martin. This village features colorful houses, beach bars, and restaurants of French and Creole cuisine.

Day 4

Sail to Tintamare, a pristine island in the heart of the nature reserve on Saint Martin. Anchor off the deserted white sandy beach. Later, sail to Pinel Island for the evening.

Day 5

Set sail early to St Barth, the island of billionaires, and anchor at Anse Colombier. Swim and enjoy water sports. then sail to the island’s capital, Gustavia, where you’ll spend the evening ashore.

Day 6

St. Barth is a beach-fringed volcanic island, bathed in the tropical sun, with luxurious villas, elegant hotels, and world-class restaurants. Enjoy a morning of shopping in Gustavia, a charming village.

Day 7

Sail to St. Martin. Lunch at anchor in Anse Longue, then sail along the coast of the Lowlands to Marigot Bay, the capital of French St. Martin, which features traditional Creole architecture. Enjoy an evening of dining in Marigot.

Day 8

St. Martin – Disembark.

Useful information for for St. Martin boat charters

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What is the time difference in St. Martin?

The time difference in St. Martin is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) -4 hours. 

Where is St. Martin located?

St. Martin is located in the Caribbean, at the northern end of the Leeward Islands group of the Lesser Antilles.

How to get to St. Martin from the US?

To start your vacation sailing St. Martin, fly into Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM). There are regular flights from various US cities and the taxi transfer to our marina takes 35 minutes. 

Grand-Case Esperance Airport (SFG) is on the French side of the island and is used mainly for regional flights from nearby Caribbean islands. 

What language is spoken in St. Martin?

The most widespread language on the island is English, with French being very common on the French side. Dutch, Spanish, Creole, and Papiamento are also spoken in the melting pot of cultures that is St. Martin.

What is the currency for St. Martin?

The currency in St. Martin is the Euro (EUR), but US Dollars (USD) are also accepted on both sides of the island.

What documents do I need for sailing St. Martin?

To sail St. Martin you will need a US passport valid for three months beyond your return date. You also need a return or onward flight ticket. If you intend to stay for more than three months, you’ll need a visa as well (approach the French consulate in Washington for more details). 

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

How do I get around St. Martin?

Major car rental companies operate their offices at the airports, so please refer to airport websites for operating hours and contact details. Taxis are regularly available in front of the airport buildings.

What is the Wi-Fi like in St. Martin?

There is internet access in many bars and restaurants throughout the cruising ground, which can be used during St. Martin sailing charters. Cell phones can work, depending on zones, but don’t forget about roaming fees.

Where can I find weather forecasts in St. Martin?

Ahead of your vacation sailing in St. Martin, you can find weather forecasts on the WindGuru.com website.

What provisioning is there in St. Martin?

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

What baggage can I take on my St. Martin sailing charter?

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

What is the electrical current in St. Martin?

The electrical current in St. Martin is 220V and 110V, depending on which part of the island you are visiting.

What is the dialing code for St. Martin?

The dialing code for St. Martin is +590.

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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