TOP 3 EMERG­ING HOT SPOTS FOR WIN­TER CHAR­TER

Look­ing for some­where new to make mem­o­ries with fam­ily and friends? These trop­i­cal des­ti­na­tions for crewed yacht char­ter are guar­an­teed win­ners.

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BE­QUIA

The Caribbean is­land of Be­quia gained pop­u­lar­ity last sea­son as yachts ad­justed course a bit far­ther south, leav­ing hur­ri­cane de­struc­tion in their wakes. The is­land, part of the St. Vin­cent and the Gre­nadines ar­chi­pel­ago, isn’t overly lux­u­ri­ous, pol­ished or trendy—which is why it’s so beloved. Be­quia’s mag­i­cal charm is an an­ti­dote to more pop­u­lated Caribbean des­ti­na­tions. Friendly is the rule here, and the pace is re­laxed and easy­go­ing. Be­quia has sandy beaches (where more than 10 peo­ple may con­sti­tute a crowd on any given day), lush green hill­sides, quaint vil­lages and lo­cal eater­ies with ser­vice that feels al­most per­son­al­ized.

FIJI

For ad­ven­ture-seek­ers who re­ally want to get away, and who are amenable to a long-haul flight, the South Pa­cific is­land na­tion of Fiji of­fers a fu­sion of cul­tures, cuisines and trop­i­cal sur­round­ings. The Ma­manuca and Ya­sawa ar­chi­pel­a­gos have wel­comed char­ter yachts for a num­ber of years, with white-sand beaches, crys­tal­clear wa­ters for snor­kel­ing and div­ing, and shore ex­cur­sions that can in­clude tra­di­tional song-and-dance cer­e­monies, fire twirling, lovo bar­be­cues (where the food is cooked un­der­ground) and shar­ing a drink of kava with the lo­cals. Some char­ter yachts here are out­fit­ted for se­ri­ous off­shore sport­fish­ing, too.

ST. LU­CIA

Few Caribbean is­lands are as pho­to­genic as St. Lu­cia. Its tow­er­ing Pi­tons, a jagged pair of vol­canic peaks, are in­stantly rec­og­niz­able. Ashore, the is­land of­fers much more, from golden-sand beaches and lively reefs to prized hik­ing trails and rain­for­est ex­cur­sions. Any­one look­ing to com­bine fresh-air ex­er­cise on shore with unique, moun­tain­ous views from the sun­deck hot tub at night should add St. Lu­cia to their itin­er­ary.

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