Whilst there is an idyllic sun-soaked beach for almost every day of the year, there is so much more to Antigua than its pristine sandy façade, as Charter Broker Rupert Wakeley and Charter Assistant Daisy Cooper discovered.
In an exclusive collaboration, two of our seasoned brokers had the privilege of being invited for an unforgettable week of tropical exploration to aid them in designing epic itineraries for a luxury Caribbean yacht charter. Rupert and Daisy dived into the experience, peeled back the layers of this Caribbean gem, and left with a newfound adoration for this idyllic island. Be it for a honeymoon, R&R or family time, Antigua has something for everyone.
Unique experiences to enrich a luxury yacht charter in Antigua
Join us as we unveil their escapades into Antigua’s vibrant culture, delectable cuisine, and thrilling activities that cater to family and friends seeking an epic itinerary for their Caribbean yacht charter vacation.
Amidst the swaying palms, our intrepid brokers embarked on a quest to discover the myriad of experiences that make Antigua the ultimate Caribbean charter destination for both luxury sailing yachts and superyachts. From pristine sandy swathes to lust rainforest teeming with exotic wildlife, this trip revealed the island’s natural wonders and the best of Antigua’s hospitality and beauty unveiled itself.
STEP BACK IN TIME AT NELSON’S DOCKYARD
Antigua is often overlooked as a Caribbean yacht charter destination and rather a popular retreat destination. Even if you are not planning on a week’s luxury yacht charter, starting or finishing your Caribbean adventure in from Nelson’s Dockyard is a magical experience.
“The astonishing time capsule of Nelsons Dockyard in English Harbour is incredible. Frozen in time, you are walking the alleyways that Nelson built in 1740. Built with bricks and materials shipped all the way from England, you really do feel like you are walking through a country estate, just with palm trees not oak trees. Enjoy a sundowner at Admirals Inn, sitting at the bar escribed with the sailors’ initials and ship names from Nelson’s era.” – Rupert, Charter Broker
SEE THE RAINFORST BY ZIP-LINE
Embarking on a rainforest excursion concluded with zipping through the canopy of the rainforest abuzz with tropical creatures.
There is no better way to tour Antigua’s rainforest than this incredible zip-wire adventure through the trees – whilst this is a fun experience for the adults, it successfully captures the attention of the little ones too. The thrill of flying through the lush vegetation is a truly remarkable experience.
RENDEZVOUZ WITH THE STINGRAYS
Inspire young imaginations with a trip to Stingray City for encounters that will no doubt become an engrained memories. This is a shallow sand bank off the island’s east coast, where hundreds of wild Southern Rays flock. Spend your time snorkeling, swimming and feeding the stingrays alongside guides. Alternatively you can access this area by yacht, effectively enjoying your own private experience.
“It was an incredible privilege to interact with these beautiful, docile creatures within their own habitat. It was clear how much the guides care about the animals, and how careful they are to protect the natural surroundings.” – Daisy, Charter Assistant
SHEER DELIGHT AT SHEER ROCKS
Perched atop a rocky cliff-side with far-reaching sea views, Sheer Rocks is a culinary gem offering a divine fusion of Mediterranean and Caribbean flavours – responsibly handpicked from local farmers, fishermen, and artisan food producers.
This is an idyllic spot to tender ashore for during your luxury yacht holiday in Antigua, promising a memorable dining experience.
SHIRELY HEIGHTS – IT’S A RITE OF PASSAGE
Thanks to its elevated position, Shirley Heights offers incredible views over both English and Falmouth Harbour.
Whether you tender ashore and trek up for sunrise, or plan to attend one of their legendary Sunday cookout nights – widely known as the “Shirley Heights Jump Up” which lures locals and visitors every week without fail for their infamous barbeque and live steel band – the views do not disappoint. Beware however, the rum punch is as strong as their jerk seasoning!
From high-octane activities like off-road buggies, to blissful relaxation at the idyllic Carlisle Bay Hotel, and wonderful culinary experiences, Antigua as a luxury yacht charter destination offers awe and adventure in equal measure. Not to mention, the island has its own famous swimming pigs and a Nobu on the island of Barbuda!
Get in touch with Rupert to plan your luxury yacht charter holiday in Antigua.