Come join us in exploring Antigua’s winding coastline bursting with soft, sandy beaches. You can navigate the same waters as Horatio Nelson and scuba and snorkel the same coral reefs that were once the bane of marauding enemy ships. Get in touch with our team today and sail the tropical trade winds of Antigua.Read more
Antigua is the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean. Like most islands in the Caribbean, it benefits from a warm climate moderated by steady trade winds. This makes the region one of the world’s most desirable sailing destinations along with its complex coastline, abundance of safe harbors and a nearly unbroken protective coral reef.
Sailors flock here as they are spoiled for choice when it comes to sunbathing and swimming. There is said to be 365 distinct beaches on Antigua, one for every day of the year.
Ashore, in Antigua’s capital of St. John’s, you’ll find the baroque towers of the cathedral, which dominate the skyline, and a lively hub for shopping and dining. To the south is the island of Montserrat and to the north and west are Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Barts and St. Martin.
Dream Yacht Charter in Antigua: Our diverse fleet of catamarans and monohulls for bareboat yacht charters are based at Jolly Harbour, a full-service marina with restaurants, a supermarket, boutique shopping and a welcoming atmosphere. In the spring, more than 100 yachts, from performance racers to cruisers, head here for Antigua Sailing Week. Our Antigua base team will receive you warmly and look after you, giving local tips and advice. If you need help planning your charter, check out our inspirational itineraries section or get in touch with our team to find out more.
What our customers say: “The boat was immaculate and worked perfectly throughout the week! Antigua is a stunning island with amazing wildlife, we all enjoyed it greatly and will definitely be going back.” -Peter H. (Antigua)
The time difference in Antigua is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) -4 hours. Make sure your documentation is in order to travel. Customs clearance for both checking in and out of Antigua is mandatory, so make sure you leave enough time when you return to base to check in again. You will be charged USD$500 if clearance and your removal off the crew list by immigration is not completed at the end of your charter. Talk to us to make sure you have the correct documents before you travel, and to talk through your itinerary timings to make sure you’ve left enough time.
You can easily hail a taxi in Antigua at reasonable prices but public transport is limited.
The currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, but the US Dollar is also accepted. Most major credit cards are accepted. ATMs can be found in the main tourist areas and banks are open Monday to Friday (9:00am to 1:00pm).
You’ll find free Wi-Fi in the Jolly Harbour marina. Getting online is easy with plenty of Wi-Fi spots and cyber cafés, but you may find that speeds vary.
Temperatures in Antigua between December and May (the winter months) can reach 86ºF with cooler nights around 68ºF and a water temperature of 78ºF. Between June and November the weather is warmer and less stable with temperatures around 89ºF and a water temperature of 82ºF.
Sailing conditions in Antigua during the winter months are stable with trade winds blowing from the east or north-east up to 18 to 20 knots. Sometimes there can be northerly ground swells in some anchorages – talk to the base about your itinerary before you set off. In the summer, winds blow from the east to south-east between 10 and 25 knots.