Embark on an unforgettable Antigua sailing holiday by chartering your own yacht and exploring this Caribbean gem. Sail from bay to bay, guided by the warm trade winds, offering an ideal experience for groups, couples, and families with seasoned sailors.
Explore all that Antigua has to offer on the crystal-clear blue waters for a truly memorable adventure. Not sure where to start? We have summarised some of our favourite spots for each holiday type, below.
There are many family-friendly marinas as coves in Antigua, our favourites include English Harbour and Dickson Bay.
English Harbour provides a picturesque and calm setting, making it suitable for families with children. The historic Nelson’s Dockyard is located here, offering a unique blend of maritime history and family-friendly activities. The sheltered waters are ideal for smooth sailing, and you can explore nearby bays and beaches easily.
If you’re looking for soft white sand and clear waters, Dickenson Bay is a great destination choice. The bay is relatively protected, providing a safe environment for families with children. There are also opportunities for snorkelling and swimming.
An Antigua yacht charter provides the opportunity for a truly romantic sailing experience – watching the sun set over the Caribbean Sea, basking in the heat of the sun whilst clear, temperate ocean waves lap at the shore, restaurants with fresh seafood and rum on tap.
Two of our favourite spots for romance when sailing Antigua are Jolly Harbour – for beautiful beaches and the perfect sunset view as well as secluded nearby coves and a lively marina. And, Half Moon Bay – which radiates romance, with pristine beauty, powder-like sandy beaches fringed with dense greenery and Cyan ocean waves rolling in.
For First-Time Sailors
Antigua, like many of our Caribbean locations, is a level 2 sailing experience. This means that you will need to have 10 days or 200 miles as skipper on an equivalent size yacht, the appropriate RYA and ICC certificates. If you want to improve your skills, check out our Sunsail Sailing School.
If you have no experience sailing, do not fear! We offer training at our Sunsail Sailing school (here you can also improve your sailing skills or increase your hours experience to sail more challenging destinations with confidence). Or, if you want to experience the joy of a sailing vacation, without the stress of sailing the yacht yourself, hire a Sunsail Skipper for the duration of your trip.
For Large Groups
For a lively, group celebration – such as a hen or stag do, birthday or anniversary – consider sailing to Cades Reef for a day of snorkelling and partying. The reef offers fantastic underwater scenery, and you can join a party boat for the day or enjoy the atmosphere from the deck of your sunsail charter.
Another popular location for groups is Shirley Heights. Known for its Sunday night parties with live music and breathtaking views, Shirley Heights is a popular destination for celebratory trips. You can sail to English Harbour and then head up to Shirley Heights for a memorable celebration.