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Pleasures of a Caribbean Yacht Charter

The diversity of cultural as well as natural pleasures all set in warm tropical winds and bright blue water make the Caribbean a beloved destination for people all over the world. With 700 islands, islets, reefs and cays offering snorkeling, swimming, diving, and exploring the real dilemma is how best to see it.

The quandary is eased with crewed motor yacht or sailing yacht. With a fully crewed yacht charter, not only can you go where and when you want, but you'll also find a personal assistant to help you create your itinerary and a range of amenities -- hot tubs, decks with sun pads, a bar, perhaps even a swimming pool.

Where do you want to go?

Go French in St. Barthelemy St. Barts has been under both Swedish and English rule, but was primarily a French colony. The island still reflects cultural and architectural influences from these periods Check out Barts' cousins Martinique or St. Martin for more diversions.

Curacao is a Dutch Caribbean island, is known for its beaches tucked into coves and its coral reefs rich with marine life. The capital, Willemstad, has pastel-colored colonial architecture, the floating Queen Emma Bridge as well as museums. All of Willemstad is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

St Barts
St Barts
Want to stay in a US Territory but go Danish? Charlotte Amalie is a city and cruise ship port on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas. It is the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Its Danish colonial architecture includes Blackbeard's Castle -- a 1600s watchtower with panoramic views. The 17th-century Fort Christian is now a museum with art and artifacts. Enjoy a view with the Skyride aerial tram to Paradise Point.

What do you want to do?

Maybe you want to chose your destinations based on snorkeling and diving. While you can pretty much jump in the water and snorkel anywhere, Trunk Bay (St. John, U.S.V.I) has self-guided underwater trail signs that identify species of coral and other items of interest. Buck Island (St. Croix, U.S.V.I) is home to more than 250 species of fish, as well as a variety of sponges, corals, and crustaceans. Curacao Underwater Marine Park stretches for along Curacao's southern coastline. Almost all of Bonaire's waters are designated national parks and are therefore protected. And, Saint Lucia features its own marine park full of colorful reefs, and shipwrecks.

The Caribbean awaits.

Photos: Goolets LTD

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