St Martin Bareboat and Yacht Charter: Top 3 Companies
by Paul Joseph | Published December 7, 2017
If crystal clear, turquoise waters, long white sandy beaches and warm sunny days sound like your idea of a perfect yacht charter, then the small island of St Martin in the northeast Caribbean Sea is guaranteed to delight you. Fusing two distinct European cultures (French and Dutch), high class dining and a relaxed way of life that imbues everyone who visits, this is truly one of the gems of the Caribbean.
The picturesque Caribbean island of St Martin (Photo: Acid Mo via Flickr)
For yachting visitors, the attractions of St Martin are no less apparent. The island is blessed with cool trade winds, moderate seas and short distances between several hugely popular spots such as as îlet Pinel and Tintamarre, Anguilla, St Barths or the Leeward Islands, the latter of which offer the chance to head ashore to dine or dance the night away, making a one or even two-week private yacht charter itinerary unerringly easy to fill.
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Those shopping around for yacht or bareboat charters in St Martin are likely to be spoiled for choice. To help you find the best option for you and your specific preferences and needs, we’ve done our own research and picked out three companies that we’d recommend for a sea-faring adventure in one of the world’s most beautiful yachting destinations.
Boatbookings have a total of 25 yachts available for charter in St Martin, 8 of which are sailing yachts, 6 motor yachts and 11 catamarans. If you’re a fan of motor-fuelled power, then you might be deterred by the fact that the smallest motor yacht on offer is 27-metres, with smaller options available in the catamaran and sail yacht categories. A number of Boatbookings vessels are available as a crewed yacht, but there are plenty of bareboat options too. Other noteworthy things to say about this company include the fact that they personally verify the quality of every yacht they list by viewing them in the flesh. They’ve also paid attention to the growing importance of peer-to-peer reviews, with a comprehensive section of the website dedicated to comments and star ratings from previous charter guests. The website’s search function also allows you to specify yachts that come with on-board amenities such as fishing and scuba gear.
Representing six charter companies with over 120 yachts anchored in St. Martin, Proteus Yacht Charters promise to bring you the best the Caribbean has to offer. They pride themselves on delivering independent, unbiased advice and fee-free customer service with easy online, one-stop shopping. Whether you want to charter a bareboat, skippered, luxury crewed or by-the-cabin sailing or power yacht, Proteus does the leg work for you, giving you freedom to enjoy your charter without lifting a finger. The website also offers useful tips about St. Martin and the wider region, sailing advice, local news and how-to videos. So whether it’s tea times or tee times, day trips to famous or off-the-beaten-path attractions, indulgent stays at spas and luxury resorts, or dining destinations serving delicious local cuisine, Proteus Yacht Charters are a great choice for a luxury yacht charter in St Martin.
This company has just one yacht in its fleet, an elegant 14.6-metre luxury catamaran that can accommodate up to 14 guests. It is available for half-day charters all the way through to 10-day charters in and around St Martin. Featuring four cabins, the yacht’s layout allows for guests to move around easily and at their leisure whether it’s from the spacious aft deck to the swimming platform to the relaxing foredeck. Gourmet lunches are included and there’s also an open bar, 15ft dinghy, snorkeling equipment, kayaks and fishing gear on-board. Pricing ranges from $1,000 for a half-day charter in low season up to $12,000 for a 10-day charter during peak season. A captain and hostess are also available on request and are included in the price.