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After the Storms – Antigua in great shape

A stunning picture of Nelson’s Dockard, Antigua. Apart from the boats on the hard over at Antigua Slipway, not another boat in sight. It’s not an unusual picture for the time of year. Importantly though, this picture was taken on 17th September 2017, just days after two of the worst hurricanes for decades in the Caribbean and shows the whole Dockyard in fabulous condition. Miraculously Antigua, along with our neighbouring islands of St Kitts and Nevis, escaped the devastating damage inflicted on other islands by Irma and Maria. Down-island St Lucia, the Grenadines and Grenada were also completely untouched.

Of other popular yacht charter destinations, sadly the Virgin Islands were devastated – Anguilla, St Martin and Dominica also. Rebuilding efforts are progressing well on the worst-hit islands and they expect to be receiving visitors by the start of the season. Within a short time the vegetation will be beautiful again, beach bars rebuilt and the beaches looking pristine.

So what are the prospects for yacht charters this winter? If you are yet to book your winter holiday, and you’re inclined not to charter this season in the Virgin islands, there are some great alternatives – Antigua/St Kitts/Nevis are a fabulous sailing area with beautiful anchorages, loads of historical sites ashore (including World Heritage sites) and any number of inviting bars and restaurants. And down-island, St Lucia southwards into the Grenadines are one of the most beautiful cruising areas in the world with sheltered waters, excellent scuba diving, fabulous beaches and a warm welcome. The Bahamas is idyllic for charters in the Spring and early summer.

I’ll be happy to help with yacht recommendations and itineraries, please get in touch.

Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua

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