Perfectly located midway between the BVI to the north and Grenada to the south, the French departments of Guadeloupe and Martinique offer Creole flair, sandy beaches and blue water cruising for the more adventurous.
Guadeloupe is geographically distinctive because of its butterfly shape. The eastern wing is Grand-Terre. Pointe-à-Pitre, the island's biggest city, is in the southeastern corner and is the center of tourism. The western wing is Basse-Terre, which is less developed and dominated by a national park. A narrow channel called the Salt River separates the two halves of the island. There are rolling fields of sugarcane, but amazing rainforests as well, which many rare and colorful species of birds and animals call home. The Jacques Cousteau Underwater Reserve in the waters close to Pigeon Island features an abundance of coral forests and marine life. The undersea park is considered one of the best dive sites in the world.
Martinique offers the classic Caribbean package of flawless beaches-white sand on the south coast, black sand on the north coast. There are secluded coves perfect for swimming and snorkeling, reefs, unspoiled fishing villages, hot springs, lush rainforests, rugged peaks and exotic flowers and fruit everywhere.
One word - great! The main sailing season runs from the end of October through to late June. July to September is the official hurricane season when more rain can be expected and squally showers - however still nice and warm. The famous 'Christmas Winds' arrive around November and last for a couple of months. Temperatures are fairly constant around mid 80's fahrenheit. Tradewinds are predictably north-east during the main season, around 15-20 knots. Seas are flatter on the leeward side of the island, exciting sailing can be had on the windward side! Tidal range is quite minimal.
Martinique - Marina Le Marin
The charter base at Le Marin is just a short ride from the airport. The marina is set at the end of a beautiful lagoon and includes all the facilities any sailor could need: well-stocked chandleries, a supermarket and restaurants. The marina at Le Marin is one of the largest in the Caribbean that caters specifically to pleasure boats, and is a day sail from the Grenadines.
Guadeloupe - Marina Bas du Fort
The marina at Bas du Fort is just a 25 minutes taxi ride from the airport, toward the southern side of the capital Pointe a Pitre. It has all the facilities needed for a great start to your charter.
Both Guadeloupe - Pointe á Pitre International Airport (GUA) and Martinique Aimé Césair International Airport (FDF)served regularly from the US (Miami) and Canada (Montreal). From all over Europe there are connections to daily Air France flights from Paris.
Charters from both locations can start and finish any day subject to availability.
As with all bareboat charters, prior experience of sailing a similar sized yacht is pre-requisite. A sailing resume will be asked for which can be completed before departure. Currently there are no official requirement for sailing qualifications, but as rules are always changing please check with us before you go.
Is the € EURO, with the US$ being widely accepted. We suggest using credit/debit card where available and keeping some cash aside for the smaller establishments and eateries.
Your charter fee will include any applicable taxes to the yacht. Most visitors do not require a visa but complete a landing card for immigration (usually handed out by cabin crew on your flight). Always check with your consulate before travelling. As most food is imported, costs are a little higher in supermarkets, although local produce such as vegetables, breads etc can be very cheap. If you are ashore, do try and visit the local establishments rather than the chains. A full provisioning service is available at both bases.