Antigua yacht charter
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Escape to Antigua

Antigua may pack 365 beaches into one small island, but with clear seas, consistent breeze and a full regatta calendar, the beaches are just the start. Nestled in the heart of the Caribbean's Leeward Islands, Antigua is the best that sailing has to offer: warm, gentle trade winds, safe anchorages, turquoise waters, and deserted white sand beaches. 

Charter a yacht and set sail in Antigua from our base at Nelson’s Dockyard, where you’ll find a thrumming nightlife and lively bars filled with sailors drinking rum cocktails. From here, you’re perfectly positioned to explore both Antigua and her chilled-out little sister Barbuda. Drop anchor in Deep Bay and snorkel the famous shipwreck The Andes, huddled under the blue waters in the middle of the bay.

Step onto dry land for an evening and join one of Antigua’s famous 'jump-ups', an all-night steel drum dancing session. Embark on a 30m reach north and spend the next afternoon relaxing on tranquil Barbuda. Here you’ll find satiny stretches of pink coral sands for relaxing and colorful reefs for snorkeling. Birds far outnumber people on Barbuda, so take it easy and enjoy the solitude of the reef-protected shores.

Suggested bareboat itineraries

Chartering your own yacht on an Antigua bareboat charter vacation is a memorable experience. Set sail and hop from bay to bay as the warm, consistent trade winds billow in your yacht’s sails. Sailing Antigua’s blue waters is the ideal way for groups, couples and families with experienced sailors to see all that Antigua has to offer.

Antigua one-week sailing itinerary

  • Sail with dolphins
  • Caribbean cruising
  • Irresistible island culture
  • Snorkelling Freeman Bay
  • Hiking Antigua’s forested hills
  • Barbuda’s deserted bays and beaches
Itinerary details

Experience required

Sailing experience level
At least 10 days or 200 miles as skipper on an equivalent size yacht

Our intermediate sailing destinations, Level 2 sailing areas offer a greater challenge for sailors more comfortable on the open water. Enjoy strong winds and longer spells of open water sailing, suitable for more experienced skippers.

Skippered Holiday

Try a skippered holiday

  • Relax and let your skipper take charge
  • Be as hands on or laid back as you like
  • Learn from an expert skipper
  • Gain local knowledge and recommendations
  • Peace of mind and safety on the water
  • Discretion and privacy when you need it
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Falmouth Harbour (Antigua)


Nelson's Dockyard

English Harbour

Antigua, West Indies

Base opening hours

Mon-Sun: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Closed 1 June -1 November

Nearest airport
VC Bird International