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.
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.
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.
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.