Sint Maarten/St. Martin and St. Barth's 

January 22 - 29, 2022 - $1,825

The heart of the French Caribbean during the middle of the winter. We'll sail St. Martin/Maarten, as well as St. Barth's and Saba.  Easy access to a long runway from around the U.S. and Europe, and we'll sail aboard a magnificent 54' catamaran!

The heart of the sunny French West Indies in the depth of winter!  With a little Dutch on the side (Saba and half of 'Sint Maarten').

"Endowed with 37 spectacular beaches and several hidden coves perched along its 70 km coastline, St. Martins is a sailing destination that offers endless possibilities for holidaymakers from the world over."

We get some of everything on this trip: from the serenity of Saba to the casinos and nightlife of St. Martin, with plenty of beaches and French cuisine in-between!

Best Things to Do in St. Martin - St. Maarten (U.S. News)

  • #1

Sailing, Yachting and Boat Tours

  • #2

Orient Bay (St. Martin)

  • #3

Cupecoy Beach (St. Maarten)

"In the treasure-packed Caribbean, St-Barthélemy (or, as it's locally known, St-Barth) is a multifaceted jewel.  With such a dreamlike setting, St-Barth is, unsurprisingly, a destination of choice for the rich, famous and beautiful for its laid-back tempo, luxurious small-scale hotels, designer-label boutiques and outstanding restaurants. But although St-Barth is undeniably an expensive destination, all beaches are accessible, public and free, and activities from surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing, to sailing, diving and snorkeling are all possible here." 


Day 1:    Check in, unpack, orientation, stroll around the port or to the beach at Anse Marcel.

Day 2:   Sail to Tintamarre/Orient Beach for a morning swim/snorkel.
               Sail to Baie St. Jean, St. Barth's.

Day 3;    Anchor in Colombier for a snorkel or hike (or both!).  Moor at Gustavia, St. Barth's.

Day 4/5: Sail to Saba (?); snorkel/dive/hike, or just marvel at the beauty and the architecture.

Day 6:    Sail into Simpson Bay Lagoon, St. Maarten

Day 7:    Baie Longue/Baie Rouge, St. Martin; Anguilla beach

Day 8:    Return to Anse Marcel, disembark.


This is not one of my shoulder season bargain sails.  A request was made for a middle of winter, glamorous getaway.  In keeping with that, and the desire for increasingly larger and more luxurious catamarans that are starting to dominate the business, I chose the latest and largest yacht available: a Bali 54 foot catamaran.  If you've ever been concerned about being cramped on a sailboat, this is the yacht for you, with twice the space of a typical 42' charter cat, not to mention the added sunning pads on the coach roof!  It even has more space than a 58:

"The Bali 5.4 has 1,381 sq ft of usable living space versus a Leopard 58 at 1,295 sq ft.
That’s more than 80 sq ft more of usable living space…a full 8′ x 10′ room worth!" 

"The Bali 5.4 is all about lounging space. The decks seem to go on forever, with cushioned surfaces everywhere.  For more seating, the entire aft bulkhead of the saloon raises like a garage door to blend the interior living space with the afterdeck into one seamless expanse. It’s an open-space apartment afloat with exceptional ventilation for tropical breezes." --Sail Magazine

The latest and greatest yacht during the high season is expensive, but split 12 ways is only about $300 more per person: $1,825, shared.  A hatch-accessed single cabin, with it's own 3-piece bathroom, is available for $2,325.  Should you wish your own double, it would be $500 off the full rate ($3,150).


  • seven nights accommodation aboard a new, large sailboat
  • licensed captain with 20 years experience
  • all onboard expenses including insurance, fuel, water, linens, etc.
  • all marina and docking fees
  • most meals, beverages and snacks
  • a great adventure with opportunities for hiking, swimming, snorkeling, and beaches

Not included:

  • transportation to the yacht
  • excursions
  • personal trip/medical insurance (recommended)



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