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Charter destinations #61146
07/09/2015 02:30 PM
07/09/2015 02:30 PM
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I am looking for ideas on locations to charter from other than the BVI. Don't get me wrong, my wife and I love the BVI and have chartered there the last two years. I wouldn't mind at all going back but we have been talking about other locations. We enjoy tropical locations so we are looking at the Bahamas, Belize, Sea of Cortez, etc. I also wouldn't mind chartering out of Florida and either making the overnight trip to Bimini or going from Tampa area to the Dry Tortugas. Any thoughts, things you have tried and liked or didn't like? Appreciate any help.

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Re: Charter destinations [Re: jboothe] #61147
07/09/2015 04:46 PM
07/09/2015 04:46 PM
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Massachusetts USA
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We very much like St. Martin. We did BVI a couple of times many years ago but our recent three trips to SXM have been wonderful.

The charter companies that I know about are Moorings/Sunsail and Dream Yacht Charters. We have used The Moorings each time and they were great.

I'd be happy to answer any other questions on SXM.

Good luck.

Re: Charter destinations [Re: jboothe] #61148
07/13/2015 11:00 AM
07/13/2015 11:00 AM
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Two destinations I have really enjoyed chartering are Belize and the Grenadines. In Belize you can start either in the north end of the island chain, Ambergris Caye, or the south end, Placencia. We have done both and some of my party liked the south while I liked the north. Either way it is much more isolated than most other destinations - pick an island, the drop anchor and be all by yourself.

Some approach the Grenadines from St. Lucia and Granada but we have always chartered in St. Vincent. A bit more robust sailing than BVI but wonderful islands.

Good luck.


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Re: Charter destinations [Re: polaris] #61149
07/16/2015 10:41 AM
07/16/2015 10:41 AM
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Bradenton, FL
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What time of year did you sail Belize? We are thinking of trying to get a sail together there for 2017...


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Re: Charter destinations [Re: Winterstale] #61150
07/20/2015 04:44 PM
07/20/2015 04:44 PM
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I would recommend the SVI, St. Martin, St. Martin, St. Vincent & Grenadines.

Re: Charter destinations [Re: Twanger] #61151
01/05/2016 03:02 PM
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I would recommend St. Martin and area or St. Vincent & Grenadines as well.

St. Martin more developed than St. Vincent and Grenadines.

Sailing distances greater than in BVIs in both areas.

Re: Charter destinations [Re: d_fish] #61152
02/05/2016 02:39 PM
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I really enjoyed St. Vincent & Grenadines. A bit of a pain to get there but I really liked it.

Re: Charter destinations [Re: RickBlaine] #61153
02/05/2016 04:53 PM
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We just returned from 10 days in the Grenadines. It was great!

Re: Charter destinations [Re: jboothe] #61154
07/11/2016 04:20 PM
07/11/2016 04:20 PM
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My wife and I did the Sea of Cortez several years ago. It is a very different charter as opposed to the BVI, but beautiful and unique. The wildlife is astounding, (whales, sea lions, jumping rays, etc) and if you go out of La Paz, the people are wonderful.

PM me if you want any specifics.

Also would second the thoughts around the Abacos or the Exumas. My personal favorite is the Exumas.

Cheers,

EC


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