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Yacht Charter Antigua

Come join us in exploring Antigua’s winding coastline which, with its abundance of safe harbors, protective coral reef and steady trade winds, is one of the world’s most desirable sailing destinations.

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  • Historic Nelson’s Dockyard
  • Hundreds of spectacular beaches
  • Wreck scuba diving

Antigua boat charter

Antigua sunset vacation yacht charter

Our base is at the full-service Jolly Harbour Marina on the western coast of Antigua which, at 14 miles long and 11 miles wide, is the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands, also known as the Lesser Antilles. From here, you can sail to the region’s many hidden coves and historic ports.   

Like most other islands in the Caribbean, Antigua benefits from a warm climate. When sailing in Antigua, you take advantage of this great weather on one of the island’s 365 beaches. On your Antigua yacht charter, you should also schedule a trip to the nearby sister island of Barbuda to discover 123 miles of wonderful beaches, including its famous pink sands.

Ashore in Antigua’s bustling capital of St. John’s, a lively hub for shopping and dining, you’ll find the island’s impressive cathedral, perched on a hilltop with its baroque towers dominating the skyline. 

During your Antigua boat charter you can also sail south to visit the mountainous island of Montserrat, while to the north and west you can call in at Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Barts or St. Martin.

Antigua local market colorful beach summer vacation

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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.

Fully crewed

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

Cabin cruise

Reserve a private ensuite stateroom on a modern catamaran.

SailShare

Low package rates for island-hopping aboard a sailing yacht.

Aqualodge

Get closer to nature on the perfect self-catering Caribbean holiday.

Power Catamaran

Cruise faster and see more on the perfect charter boat.

Things to do in Antigua

Antigua beach sailing charter

Visit Nelson’s Dockyard National Park

Remarkably rich in history, this national treasure is a fully restored and working marina with modern shops and restaurants housed in 18th and 19th-century buildings. It’s one of our top things to do in Antigua.

Swim with stingrays

The Southern Stingrays of Antigua are gentle and friendly. Snorkel and swim among them and delight in the unique experience of touching and feeding these curious creatures.

Sunday night at Shirley Heights

Ideally located on the hills overlooking Nelson’s Dockyard, Sunday at Shirley Heights is a long-standing island tradition complete with sunset, steel drums, festive drinks and delicious food.

Snorkel at the Pillars of Hercules

This towering limestone rock formation guards the entrance to English Harbour, and it can only be fully viewed from over the water by boat. So do stop by during your Antigua sailing charter. The area below the structure is well-known as an excellent snorkeling spot..

Antigua Sailing Week

This yacht regatta is one of Antigua’s most popular events, attracting as many as 200 yachts and 5000 spectators each year. Come to race or enjoy the competitive action from a distance And be sure to join in the afterparties.

Weather insights

Antigua happy family sightseeing natural landscape

When is the best time to visit Antigua?

The best time to visit Antigua is between January and May, when the weather and trade winds are more stable, and temperatures are comfortable. 

The average temperature in Antigua between December and May (the winter months) can reach 86ºF with cooler nights around 68ºF and a water temperature of 78ºF. Between June and November, the weather is warmer and less stable with temperatures around 89ºF and a water temperature of 82ºF.

What are the sailing conditions in Antigua?

The sailing conditions for Antigua yacht charters during the winter months are stable, with trade winds generally blowing from the east or north-east around 18 to 20 knots, with occasional higher speeds during gusts or squalls. 

During winter, there can sometimes be northerly ground swells that affect some anchorages – especially Barbuda. Talk to the base about your itinerary before you set off. 

In the summer, winds blow from the east to south-east between 10 and 25 knots.

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Sailing Antigua with Dream Yacht Charter

Yacht charter Antigua

Take the helm and design an Antigua yacht charter that takes in the best sights and sounds of the Caribbean. Provision your yacht and have fun with friends and family..

Antigua skippered charters

Hire a skipper and enjoy Antigua from the water’s edge, with no sailing experience needed. Your skipper will sail your yacht for you so you can relax.

Antigua crewed charters

Personalize your Antigua sailing vacation and hire your own private luxury yacht. Let your captain sail you around your wishlist of destinations, while your hostess serves you a dream menu for the ultimate all-inclusive experience..

Antigua happy kid running in beach family vacation

Antigua sailing itinerary

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7-day itinerary Antigua

Day 1

Arrive at the base, Jolly Harbour, a relaxed Caribbean town with open air bars on the waterfront – perfect for atmospheric cocktails as the sun sets. Greencastle Hill Park is one of Antigua’s highest points and popular for its views and megaliths.

Day 2

Head to Five Islands Harbour and the boat accessible Pinching Bay, where you can enjoy a peaceful, undeveloped beach – something that’s becoming rare on Antigua. Snorkeling and beachcombing are good here but take your own provisions for lunch and dine on board. If you want amenities, try the neighboring Hawksbill Bay with its resort.

Day 3

Sail north to Deep Bay, which is renowned for great snorkeling thanks to a 100-year old shipwreck in the bay. You’ll be able to see a lot underwater here as the water is so clear and calm. If you are feeling energetic you can hike for 10 minutes and explore Fort Barrington, which was built in 1780.

Day 4

Head south to English Harbour, which is also known as Nelson’s dockyard due to its heritage as an important former British military base. Horatio Nelson lived in the dockyard in the late 1700s. This is the last working Georgian-era dockyard in the world and it’s recently undergone a major transformation and restoration. Get a fantastic view of the area on the hills overlooking the dockyard at Shirley Heights, which is also an old military position and gun battery sitting 490ft above sea level. It’s the place to be on a Sunday afternoon and evening, when a local steel band plays and you can enjoy delicious local BBQ while watching the sunset.

Day 5

Head to Green Island, an uninhabited isle which is privately owned by the Mill Reef Club. The western part of the island is just the spot for snorkeling and spotting colorful fish, even turtles, as well as exploring quiet, sandy beaches. It’s often described as a charter highlight. You can also stop by Willikies and the rock formation Devil’s Bridge.

Day 6

Make for Carlisle Bay, known for its luxury resort where you can enjoy the fine dining ashore or stop at the wonderful anchorages to explore beautiful scenery. It’s a great place to kayak and explore the mangroves.

Day 7

Head back to base.

Useful information for yacht charters in Antigua

Antigua sunset catamaran charter

How do I get to Antigua from the US?

For your Antigua charter you can get to VC Bird International Airport (ANU) via several daily direct or connecting flights from the US. Most direct flights are from the eastern US. 

We can arrange airport transfers on request and the airport is a 35 to 45-minute taxi ride away.

What language is spoken in Antigua?

The language spoken in Antigua is English.

What is the currency for Antigua?

The currency in Antigua is Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD).

What are the customs restrictions for Antigua?

If you plan to leave Antigua and/or Barbuda, it is mandatory to check in and out and be crossed off the crew list by the customs officer before you leave the marina for the airport. Plan to allow sufficient time for this process as it can be a little time-consuming.

Importantly, there will be a fine of $10,000 USD (but not limited to) by the Antigua and Barbuda Customs and Excise Division if these procedures are not followed.

What documents do I need to sail Antigua?

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

How do I get around Antigua?

You can get around Antigua easily by taxi or rental car. At the arrival hall at the airport, the taxi dispatch desk can assist with your transfer. 

You may also use the local bus system. Bus number 20 and 22 from the west bus station terminal will provide transfer to and from St John’s. Bus airport transfers are not available.

What is the Wi-Fi like in Antigua?

You can rent Wi-Fi for your charter for a fee on a per week basis. While at the base in Antigua, Wi-Fi is free.

What regulations are there in Antigua?

Please keep Antigua clean and dispose of trash responsibly.

There is a 5-knot speed limit in English Harbour, Falmouth and Jolly Harbour. This applies to yachts, dinghies, tenders and inflatables.

Where can I find weather forecasts in Antigua?

You can find Antigua weather forecasts on the AccuWeather website and WeatherCarib ahead of your vacation sailing in Antigua. Hourly weather updates are provided on the local station FM 95.50.

What provisioning is there in Antigua?

There are plenty of provisioning options and within the Antigua Slipway you’ll find fuel, water, ice, restaurants and shops, as well as money exchanges nearby. Please refer to the base guide.

What baggage can I take on my sailing vacation?

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

What is the electrical current in Antigua?

The electrical current in Antigua is 220V.

What is the dialing code for Antigua?

The dialing code for Antigua is +1 268.

What is the cancellation policy for Sail Share?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits.

Our Sail Share cabin cancellation fees are:

  • More than 90 days before original embarkation date: 25% of the charter fee
  • 89 – 60 days before original embarkation date: 50% of the charter fee
  • 59 – 30 days before original embarkation date: 75% of the charter fee
  • Fewer than 29 days before original embarkation date: 100% of the charter fee

How flexible is the itinerary for a Sail Share charter?

Our yacht itineraries are designed by our destination experts and are set to showcase the best of the destination’s highlights. They are set and not flexible, even if you book all the cabins.

What happens if the weather changes while sailing on a Sail Share charter?

The skipper may decide to change the itinerary if there is bad weather.

Can I choose which cabin I want when I book a Sail Share?

Choose a double cabin with shared bath, or private bath for an additional fee.

Are there child or age restrictions for Sail Share?

Minimum Age: 16 years old

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 accomodations

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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Absolutely amazing! Fred + Isabelle were so accommodating and did so much for us. Isabelle’s food was incredible. Thanks so much!

Laura

Exumas Cabin

Excellent. Very professional and great service!

Thomas

Antigua Bareboat

Just what we needed coming out of a year of lockdown, to see new places and connect with nature. Highly recommended for your next sailing adventure!

Johan

St. Martin Bareboat

Excellent cruise and very good stay. Skipper attentive, very pleasant and very professional.

Maxime

Guadeloupe Skippered

Just returned from another fantastic sailing week at your base in Pula and I would like to thank everyone involved for making this possible on such short notice and without any problems.

Mathias

Croatia Bareboat

The marina itself is a perfect starting point with great facilities! The Lagoon 42 was in good condition and the skipper was amazing and very knowledgeable of the area.”

Jonathan

Spain Skippered

What an AMAZING experience. We’ve just returned from a week long skippered charter from Corfu, sailing around the beautiful islands of the Ionian. Paxos, Antipaxos and Corfu Old Town were beautiful and the secluded bays we had the pleasure of visiting thanks to our local skipper, Nicholas, were simply overwhelming. Fly and flops are no longer for us – we’ll be chartering with DYC for the foreseeable future.

David

Greece Skippered

Our group of 10 had an AMAZING time in French Polynesia from May 21-28, 2022! The food was amazing, our captain and chef, husband and wife: Henry and Mehee (sp), were incredible and the whole experience on board was a dream! We can’t wait to book another trip through DYC

Katie

Tahiti Crewed Premium

DYC provided a great sailing experience for my extended family on 2 monos out of Scrub Island. The boats were in great shape and preformed perfectly and the staff were friendly and helpful. Having worked for a number of charter companies over the years DYC is one of the best.

Charlie

British Virgin Islands Bareboat

Baja is my favorite place now. There was something for everyone: sailed under northerlies with mostly calm evenings, snorkeled, fished, bummed it on the sandy beaches, enchanted by pelicans feeding, greeted by the barking sea lions and explored the Ispiritu Santo island geology. DYC La Paz base provided competent professional support with a well provisioned and maintained boat. We were nourished well by an onboard cook arranged with DYC freeing us all for more play. A vacation and an adventure connected with nature.

Taiyoko

Mexico Crewed Premium

All staff were fantastic and made our trip very memorable. Incredibly friendly and welcoming, the food was amazing. The service throughout the trip was always first class!

Tommy

Thailand Cabin

Absolutely recommended. Perfect service and set up. Will charter again and will recommend Dream Yacht Charter anytime.

Zahradnik

Turkey Bareboat

I just returned from 3 weeks of amazing sailing with my family on one of your catamarans in Sardinia. I would like to express my thanks to our skipper Simone and Daniela, our hostess.

Giles

Sardinia Bareboat

For a first cruise as a skipper, the Mediterranean is great. The Dream Yacht Charter service is too!

Thomas

France Bareboat

We had an incredible trip and actually got engaged on the first night of our sail! We will certainly be back one day. Thank you for getting us ready for our charter. We were definitely beginners but he gave us a very thorough but very easy to follow training and it gave us a lot of confidence.

George

Australia 

The on board experience was way beyond our expectations. Isabelle provided exceptional three course meals. We could not believe her creativity and delicious meals. Thomas was an excellent skipper. He was always on the lookout for our needs. Thanks guys!” Spira, New Caledonia bareboat with crew charter

Spira

New Caledonia Bareboat

Yet again another fantastic sail with another great crew. Thanks again to a great captain and cook. Was totally fantastic.

Connie

Seychelles Easy Crewed

It’s always a pleasure sailing with DYC in the UK. Great team, great boats, great sailing. Very flexible and work hard to make your trip a success. Many thanks.

Derek

Brittany Cabin

Unforgettable spots to snorkel and beaches. Very experienced crew. Highly recommend.

Simone

No Country Selected Bareboat

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