Welcome to Chartering in Antigua & Barbuda!

The Caribbean islands of Antigua & Barbuda are located in the heart of the Caribbean island chain; nestling between Nevis and St Kitts and Guadeloupe.
This very special cruising ground offers some of the best coastal sailing and passage making you will experience.

With a perfect climate of 27 degrees year round, the breeze is always easterly around 15 – 20 knots in high season; perfect conditions for couples, families and groups alike on your Antigua yacht charter.

365 Beaches

Antigua is famous for having hundreds of white sand beaches and turquoise waters. If you are looking for an unspoilt charter paradise, you’ve found it here. The north of Antigua is protected by a cluster of tiny offshore islands which are perfect snorkeling spots. Green Island to the east offers the best spot for kite-boarding and paddle boarding.

Historic Antigua

Your Antigua yacht charter would not be complete without anchoring in English Harbour – home to historic Nelson’s Dockyard and the lively ‘yachtie’ bars and restaurants sprawling between English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour. Arrange a rendezvous dive and experience our underwater world to the south of the island. The regatta sailing calendar is busy from February to April with international events such as the Superyacht Cup, the Caribbean 600, Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta and Antigua Sailing Week.

Dining here offers an eclectic mix of high-end Caribbean/International fusion to some of the best jerk street food; all washed down with locally produced rum cocktails.

Beautiful Barbuda

Barbuda is around a 5 hour sail from Antigua and boasts some of the most unspoilt beaches in the Caribbean. Low Bay on the west coast combines 11 miles of white sand beach, front row seats to the sunset and Jala’s lobster shack. Take the guide boat in the lagoon to the frigate bird sanctuary and an island tour to experience a land dotted with wild horses, wari beads and wild cotton.

Read more in Sail Magazine’s recent article.

Owner Jackie Ashford comments: “Our base location in Jolly Harbour Marina offers the best start point for your sailing vacation; large supermarket, five restaurants, three bars, swimming pool and just a short walk to a great happy hour bar on a perfect white sand beach – you’ve arrived in Antigua!”
Map of Antigua & Barbuda

Highlights of the Area

Sailing in Antigua

Nelson’s Dockyard

Nelsons Dockyard

Located to the south of the island, English Harbour is the home to Nelson’s Dockyard – a fully restored 18th century working dockyard which is packed full of historical relics from Admiral Nelson’s day and a great shipping era.  It houses a museum dedicated to Nelson himself. In 2016 Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

At Nelson’s Dockyard you can enjoy the many cafés and restaurants nestled in the original buildings from way back; and sample a local cocktail in the cool of Admiral’s Inn on the waterfront.

English Harbour itself is one of the prettiest in the Caribbean and is perfect for anchoring and enjoying some beach time.  It is the starting point for many famous sailing regattas – Antigua Classic Regatta, Antigua Sailing Week, the RORC 600 and many more. The BBC wrote this excellent piece on the Dockyard when it was awarded World Heritage Status by UNESCO.

Explore Barbuda

Barbuda Yacht Charter

Barbuda is an island in the Caribbean Sea lying due north of Antigua, an island with which it has been intimately linked for centuries. It has absolutely beautiful and completely deserted beaches, and remains so unspoiled that there are only a handful of tourist resorts and a native population of about 1,500, most of whom occupy the only town, Codrington.

There is a beautiful lagoon in the north-western area of the island, home to a fine colony of Frigatebirds – Fregata magnificens – and sometimes known as ‘Man of War’ due to their piratical behavior. Read more about Barbuda here.