With its International Airport and the most spectacular landing ever experienced, St. Martin is the perfect point of departure to sail around pristine beaches! However, there are so many other reasons to fall in love with St. Martin. Most of the visitors choose this sailing destination for its cosmopolitan atmosphere. Besides its crystal clear waters and white sand beaches, the island offers world-class gourmet food, excellent opportunities for duty-free shopping, and a lively nightlife. Not for nothing, it is also called the “Gourmet Capital of the Caribbean”.
The perfect climate is also an excellent reason to visit St. Martin: warm sunshine refreshed by cooling trade winds with a pleasant temperature that hardly varies throughout the year. Whether you are a novice or an experienced sailor, you will find the charter experience exceptional.
Furthermore, you will surely appreciate the stunning nature of St Martin and the other neighbouring islands. Away from the beaten path, you will also sail little outlying deserted islands, such as Dog Island, Prickly Pear, Sandy Islands. Whereas if you prefer something fancier, then you will find elegance and luxury in St-Barth. A variety of scenery so diverse, but all idyllic alike, in so few miles, no doubt you will keep an exceptional souvenir of your route in St. Martin!
Winds and Navigation
Trades winds are generally at 10 to 20 knots blowing from the east. These trades mitigate at summer during the rainy season, while at Christmas they can reach their peak around 25 to 30 knots. Although the waters are generally calm, there are tides of the ocean side on the north. Indeed, the leeward part of the island is generally more pleasant, as it is protected from the winds and the waves, allowing a serene navigation.
St. Martin belongs to the Leeward Islands, where refreshing trade winds constantly blow. Specifically, Saint Martin has a tropical climate with a daily temperature between 25º C (77ºF) to 28ºC (80ºF) all year round. The coolest period goes from January to March, while the hottest and most humid from June to October. The dry season is from January to June overall, even if the rainfalls in St. Martin are not abundant. We can say that there is not a real rainy season like in other islands of the Caribbean. However, it can be hit by tropical storms and hurricanes.
Sailing Ruote in St. Martin with points of interest
Day 1. Marigot Bay
Get in your boat and do the check-in at Marigot harbour. Before leaving the base and start this route in St. Martin, take some time to smell the fresh-baked bread and pastries wafting from the cafes and bistros. Indeed, you shouldn’t overlook what today is the metropolitan capital of the French side of the island. On the seaside, you will find stylish boutiques and restaurants. Have a look at them! You can buy some tax-free items of every kind, from high-tech product to fashion, and try some French cuisine’s traditional dishes.
Once you are all set, take a short sail around the bay, familiarize yourself with the yacht and make your way towards Grande Case. This historic fishing village is home to lovely West Indian buildings housing art galleries and gourmet restaurants. Anchor by the beach so you can swim or laze on the foredeck and take in the views of the Pic Paradis.
Day 2. Road Bay (Anguilla)
Sail to British Anguilla and enjoy the authentic Caribbean landscape. This pristine island boasts charming villages, peaceful harbours and brilliant stretches of white powdery beaches. Drop anchor in Road Bay (or Crocus Bay), it is a boaters haven. It is a protected commercial port of Anguilla, where you can practice watersports. At Flat Cap Point, you have excellent snorkelling under the cliffs that enclose this marine conservation area. Whereas, out of the water you, watch the pelicans and other endangered ocean tropic birds that nest on the island.
Day 3. Prickly Pear Cays (Anguilla)
Only a short sail brings you to the natural reserve of Prickly Pear Cays and Seal Island. Prickly Pear Cays are a small pair of uninhabited islands about six miles from Road Bay, included in the six protected marine area of Anguilla. This is a beautiful scuba diving and snorkelling spot with crystal clear water and vibrantly coloured living reefs. A long, white sandy beach is excellent for exploring, as are the three reefs surrounding the island. Prickly Pear’s shallow waters are perfect for families with small children.
Day 4. Île de la Fourche
Now is the moment to leave the fabulous island of Anguilla and head to another marvellous area. Continue this route in St. Martin by sail south for the island of Île de la Fourche, off the coast of St. Barts. This idyllic place is a desert island where the only inhabitants are goats that stroll across this rocky and cactus-covered landscape. Have an afternoon snorkel and swimming with turtles. If you like climbing, know that Île de la Fourche has five peaks. Choose one and enjoy the panoramic view of the Leeward Islands at sunset. If you sail there during spring, look for humpback whales as they migrate south.
Day 5. Gustavia (St. Barts)
Only a short reach south and you will be exploring the French island of St Barts. Anchor at the harbour of Gustavia, once a Swedish colony, and today the capital of the island. Just a bit offshore you can already glimpse the « Non-stop » wreck, a luxury motorboat which sank during hurricane Hugo, in September 1989.
Ashore, it is plenty of exclusive boutiques, but all around there the isolated and “optional clothing” beaches. St. Bart is considered the St. Tropez of the Caribbean, thus in the evening, you can imagine the number of things you can do! Refined laid-back restaurants, discos, beach clubs and jazz clubs, you name it!
Day 6. Anse de Colombier (St. Barts)
Sail around to Anse de Colombier, a horseshoe-shaped bay at the western tip of St. Barts. It frames a splendid beach that is accessible only by sea or a 20-minute walk along a winding pathway from Flamand. Its distance explains its remarkably tranquil atmosphere. Colombier is idyllic and a favourite spot for yachts to anchor, as you can snorkel, kayak or simply swimming and relax under the sun. An integral part of the Marine Reserve, the sea bed near the rocks is particularly vibrant and colourful. It is also a favourite meeting place for tortoises, rays, lobster and even dolphins.
Day 7. Marigot
Sail back to Marigot and, if you still have time after the check-out, go to Simpson bay, for an exciting evening on Dutch St. Maarten. This would be the best way to complete this route in St. Martin. Have one last good shopping spree or visit some of the many casinos, piano bars, restaurants, night clubs.