5 Tips on Sailing in the Caribbean

Rather than have a million different questions for you to wade through, we thought we’d offer up the five questions we get asked on sailing in the Caribbean and point you to pages that will help answer them.

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1. When is the best time of year to be in the BVI?

Christmas time normally has the best wind but it also has the most people. November and February/March tend to still have great conditions and fewer people. Most people say forget about August/September. They are hot and stormy months.

Here is a post we recently released answering this question.

2. What should I bring on my Caribbean sailing holiday?

We suggest packing light. Even if you’re a light traveler, you’d be surprised just how little you need for a week on a boat. Besides, boats are always limited for space. Less is more. If you do the week with carry-on only, you know how to travel.

Here is a link to a specific list of gear you need. Here is a more general list.

3. What sort of gear do skippers need?

Whether it’s a great head lamp, or appropriate foul weather gear, some items everyone will expect the skipper to have, especially when conditions turn nasty. In the tropics we can do away with a lot of the heavier sailing equipment.

Here is a link to things skippers need in warm water sailing.

4. How do I get to the British Virgin Islands?

If you’re coming from the US, you can fly to St Thomas (STT) and take a 1-hour ferry to the British Virgin Islands. Either that or fly to San Juan (SJU) and then a small plane to the main airport in the British Virgin Islands, Beef Island (EIS). We usually recommend to fly to St Thomas, especially when several major airports offer non-stop services there.

Here is a link to a post showing how you get to the BVI. If you want tips on how to get to Martinique, click here.

5. Do you have any tips for sailing in the Caribbean?

Yes we do. Here is a link to one of our most popular posts.

If you have any other questions please throw them our way! Put them in the comments section below as you think of them and we’ll get on it.

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