Island Hopping in the BVI

The British Virgin Islands consist of more than 45 islands, many uninhabited. It is worth planning your trip so you can spend some time on as many of the islands as possible. Island hopping in the BVI offers dramatic coastlines, superb water quality and some of the most beautiful islands anywhere in the Caribbean.


Here is link to a great article featured in the US Airways Magazine, about Island Hopping in the BVI.

Maybe it will inspire you to start planning your own trip to this beautiful sailing destination.


See us at Southampton Boat Show, 12 to 21 September on stand J061

SBSOnce again our team will be down at Southampton boat show between 12 and 21 September. LateSail will be exhibiting on Stand J061 and we look forward to meeting our clients both past and future. Southampton is one of our favourite shows, with so many yachts on display, and a beautiful waterside setting. What better time to start planning your next trip afloat, come and see Dave, Dan, Russell and Lynn to discuss your plans.

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We are pleased to announce that our website now includes Live availability for a limited number of fleets, enabling you to book these offers online. The live offers are shown with the LIVE symbol. We will be adding more and more yachts to the live section over the coming months so for those of you who know exactly what you are looking for you can easily book online. For those looking for a little info and advice, remember our experienced team are always on hand to help find you the best deals to suit your requirements.

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Sailing South to St. Vincent and the Grenadines

It would be difficult to say that anyone could ever actually get tired of sailing in the British Virgin Islands- those short passages and beautiful islands are wonderful to return to year after year. But, perhaps you’d like to try something new; to get off the beaten track.

Sailing South to St. Vincent and the Grenadines

For this there is St. Vincent. If you’ve heard that it’s a beautiful place for sailing you can be sure that the rumors are true- this southern Caribbean paradise is a bit less travelled but offers much in the way of excitement and adventure. It’s a great area to go and get away from it all. Here you can enjoy the landscape as it has been for thousands of years.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines also offer some of the same advantages as the BVIs- many beautiful smaller islands to discover, good facilities for yachties and a good mix of activities for everyone in your group.

Sailing South to St. Vincent and the Grenadines

To get there you’ll need to fly in to E.T. Joshua Airport, which is set to be joined by the Argyle International Airport within the next year. Connecting flights currently arrive from airports such as San Juan, St. Lucia, Grenada and Trinidad. There’s also the option of arriving by sea, setting off from Martinique or St. Lucia, so if you have a bit more time we can help you can explore this option.

Sailing South to St. Vincent and the Grenadines

St. Vincent is composed of the larger island of the same name and the upper two thirds of the chain of islands known as the Grenadines. Sailing south you would find yourself in the Grenadines owned by Grenada and eventually on the spice island itself.

Our St. Vincent charters leave from Blue Lagoon, which is located on the south of the island. From here you can easily sail off to explore the Grenadines and all that they have to offer.

The largest island of the St. Vincent part of the Grenadines, at a size of just 7 square miles, is Bequia which boasts the beautiful Admiralty Bay.  From here you can sail on to Mustique, a beautiful and stylish island frequented by celebrities and royalty like Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. Stop for a drink at the famous Basil’s Bar- they have a now-famous Blues Festival every Sunday which is a fun outing for the entire family.

Sailing South to St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Relax and sail to the island of Mayreau before really getting out your snorkeling or diving gear for the Tobago Cays. This marine park has so much natural wildlife to enjoy it can make for days of exploration- you’ll find everything from snorkeling to kiteboarding. There is also a protected turtle observation area around the beach in Baradel.

The park charges a fee of $10.00 per person per day, or you can choose to purchase a monthly license for the entire boat. This can be a better option if you’d like to visit for multiple days. Mooring in the Tobago Cays is available but in order to minimize environmental impact on the cays they are limited to 150 vessels. There are also no facilities on the islands, but boat vendors are plentiful especially during the high season- they can supply you with everything from ice to bread to seafood; they even hold barbecues on the beach! Union Island, Mayreau and Canouan also make for good places to head back to for the night.

Sailing South to St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Once you’ve had your fill of exploration you can head back to St. Vincent and if you haven’t already, spend some time exploring its on-land attractions. The island is home to plenty of lush tropical rainforest, the botanical gardens and if you’re up for the hike, breath-taking views from Mt. Soufriere volcano.

Contact us to find the best deals on St. Vincent sailing charters!

What to Do During your Time in the Caribbean

One of the great joys of a sailing charter in the Caribbean is the chance to just ‘be’; to focus on sailing from port to port, watch the sunrises and sunset on deck and maybe stop off for a drink at an oceanfront bar. If you want to return home feeling refreshed, there’s no reason for a rigid itinerary or cramming too much into the trip.

What to Do During your Time in the Caribbean

That being said, you may want to get to know a bit more than the shorelines of each island. You may be accompanied by active teens or even a shopaholic or two. Here is our list of the best things to do in the Caribbean – there’s a little something for everyone, allowing you to plan one carefully-chosen activity for the entire group or help each member decide on their must-see or must-do excursion to complement the sailing experience.

We also recommend reading about the islands you plan to visit to find out what makes them unique. Planning your trip is half the fun, and you’ll find that having a deeper understanding of each island’s history and culture makes your time there even better.

Natural Pursuits

If you happen to be moored on an island that has a rainforest, the chance to explore this fascinating type of eco-system is a great way to balance out your time on the water. Research the island’s national parks to plan a simple hike. St. Lucia, for example, is famous for its lush rainforest. Grenada has the seven sisters waterfalls and of course Jamaica has its Ocho Rios- be sure to bring your swimsuit!

What to Do During your Time in the Caribbean

You can choose to load up your backpack and set off on your own to explore a park (do stick to the trails) or contract a local tour company to be your guide. Aside from walking or hiking, islands with spectacular interior wildlife often offer various types of tours, which brings us to our next category.

Inland Adventure Sports

What to Do During your Time in the CaribbeanWhen you’re in a place as colorful as the Caribbean it can be great to add a one of a kind adventure experience to the amazing surroundings. These are the kinds of things that can really make for great photo opportunities and family memories- what better way to get out of your routine? Check out river rafting, zip-lining and canopy tours. Some can even be booked in advance, for the entire group.

Unique Swimming and Water Adventures

You’ll be able to moor in special snorkeling spots on your own, and these alone make for fantastic (and virtually free!) days in the Caribbean. But, if your group wants to take it to the next level, you can swim with dolphins, sting rays or even whale sharks.

Then there are the adrenaline-pumping water sports to try out, like Flyboard, surfing, windsurfing, water skiing and jet skiing. Kayaking and paddle boarding are a bit gentler although they still require a good deal of balance and skill.

The divers in your group will of course have their pick of famous dive sites, and there are ubiquitous dive operators near all worthwhile locations.

Opportunities for Relaxation

For the less thrill-seeking member of your group, there are plenty of ways to make your sailing charter into an even more-relaxing experience. Spa treatments are readily available in both smaller oceanfront establishments and larger resorts- they are a good way to relax sore muscles from sailing. You can sign up for a full Spa day or just pick and choose your Spa treatments based on healing rituals of the Caribbean. This makes for a more authentic experience; the Rosewood in Little Dix Bay’s Spa menu, for example, offers treatments like a Salt Island Scrub, Virgin Gorda Goat Milk and Honey Wrap and Natural Neem Leaf Facial.

What to Do During your Time in the Caribbean

There are also yoga, Pilates and meditation classes available (among others) for those who wish to add a holistic element to their time in the Caribbean. The islands’ laid back vibe and pristine natural beauty lend themselves perfectly to rest, revitalization and even spiritual awakening.

Cultural Expeditions

You can make your own cultural expedition out of wandering through each island’s ports and villages, strolling through the streets and chatting with shop owners or stopping for a meal in a local restaurant. Or, plan to stop in a larger city to visit museums and sites of interest. Places like San Juan, Puerto Rico  and St. George in Grenada are full of fascinating history. You’ll be able to visit pirate museums, rum factories, spice plantations and many other interesting places depending on which islands the winds take you to.

What to Do During your Time in the Caribbean

Shop Till you Drop

Shopping isn’t for everyone but most groups have at least a few people who want to take home some good souvenirs. From local crafts to natural beauty products and designer brands, the Caribbean definitely has its fair share of shopping opportunities. The US Virgin Islands are completely duty-free, offering great shopping. The French-Dutch Island of St. Martin/St. Maarten also has many boutiques and designer shops. According to Frommer’s it’s a virtual shopping mall on the Dutch side. You can read more shopping advice from Frommer’s here.

What to Do During your Time in the Caribbean

The Gourmet Caribbean

Caribbean cuisine is an adventure of flavors, spices, fresh seafood and exotic fruits. You can sample it from street corners and beachside shacks or prioritize a visit to an upscale restaurant- for some, a vacation simply wouldn’t be the same without experiencing the ‘foodie’ aspect of the destination. If this is you, you can take a look at TripAdvisor’s list of Best Restaurants in the Caribbean or just ask around on each island for the best fine dining experience.

What to Do During your Time in the Caribbean

So there you have it, a quick list of what to do in the Caribbean. This will give you an idea of what there is to do if you ever decide to tear yourself away from the sun, sea, sails and sand!

Summer Sailing in the Eastern Mediterranean

Have you sailed the Med yet? If you live in Europe you may already be accustomed to escaping to the warm Mediterranean coasts, but many sailors (EU citizens included) haven’t yet taken their first Mediterranean charter or haven’t explored some its lesser known sailing destinations.

Summer Sailing in the Eastern Mediterranean

LateSail has a number of excellent current summer bareboat charter offers for getting to know this marvellous part of the world. We thought we’d give you a preview of what’s in store for those who choose to take advantage of them, but keep in mind that these are a just a few options. If you have another destination in mind please feel free to contact our friendly advisors. We are always happy to find a charter to suit!

Summer Sailing in the Eastern Mediterranean

If you’re interested in sailing in Greece some of our best summer charter options leave from Lavrion, a great cruising hub in Athens. It’s an easy port to get to (just 35 km from the airport) and you can get there by coach bus or taxi. Departing from Lavrion you can sail to the picturesque Saronic Islands; explore ancient ruins and sandy beaches on Hydra, Aegina, Poros, Spetse. You can also choose to go to the Cyclades- these larger islands have their own unique personalities and they also offer more challenging sailing for those who prefer longer days on the waters and stronger winds.

Summer Sailing in the Eastern Mediterranean

In Croatia the main charter bases are Split and Dubrovnik- if you haven’t sailed Croatia yet you simply have to put it on your bucket list. The country has a rich history- there is plenty to see on land and at sea- from the medieval city walls of Dubrovnik to Kornati National Park; a group of stunning islands. You can also head to the cosmopolitan Dalmatian Islands, with plenty of beautiful sandy beaches. Your LateSail advisor can help you chart the best course from either destination, and even make recommendations for must-see sights to see before you board your charter.

Summer Sailing in the Eastern Mediterranean

Moving west in the Med you can choose to take your summer sailing holiday in Turkey this year, with a discounted bareboat charter or flotilla charter in Gocek or another Turkish port, if you desire. From Gocek you can sail around the absolutely breathtaking Gulf of Fethiye. It’s an easy place to enjoy nice short passages and really relax and take it all in- there are safe sheltered coves and anchorages for spending the night. You’ll also find plenty of waterfront tavernas for refreshment, and if Fethiye proves to be too calm you can also venture out a bit further; Marmaris to the east and Kalkan and Kas to the west will give you bit more of a thrill. Just ask and we can help match you to the right charter at the right price.

Summer Sailing in the Eastern Mediterranean

Off the coast of Italy you can explore the almost fairy-tale like islands of Tuscany or venture to Sardinia; the second largest island in the Mediterranean. A charter from the Tuscan coast gives you the freedom to explore the seven Tuscan islands at your leisure; each is beautiful and unique, with attractions including thermal waters, hiking trails and of course picturesque harbors and excellent cuisine. You can also choose to charter directly from Elba, which is a sight to see in and of itself. Take a few days to enjoy it before setting off on your charter of the surrounding islands and Italian coastlines.

Summer Sailing in the Eastern Mediterranean

Last but certainly not least, our charter offers for this summer include some great deals for sailing through the Spanish islands. The Balearics offer astonishingly azure waters and golden beaches. Here you can really find something for all tastes-from exciting nightlife to tranquil Mediterranean bays, postcard-perfect rocky outcrops and delicious Spanish cuisine.

Contact us for the latest offers- with a discounted charter from LateSail you can begin to explore the Mediterranean at your own pace.

Luxury Crewed Yacht Charters

Here at LateSail we specialize in all things sailing, whether you want to set off on an adventure at the helm of your own ship, join a flotilla or just lay back in luxury.

Luxury Crewed Yacht Charters

Unbeknownst to many of our loyal followers we offer great deals on luxury crewed yacht charters for the ultimate All Inclusive vacation at sea. We even have a special website dedicated to these offers.

For many of you sailors out there, there might be nothing better than setting off on a bareboat charter with your own crew- you choose your own boat, select your group and you’re in full control of where to go and what to see along the way. However you may be surprised just how wonderful it can be to leave the majority of the sailing tasks to a qualified crew. You can of course join in, but you’re free of the responsibility of captaining the ship.

Luxury Crewed Yacht Charters

Non-sailors can take advantage of a luxury crewed yacht charter to set out on a sailing voyage they wouldn’t be able to manage on their own. For both experienced and non-experienced sailors a crewed charter has many advantages.

The trip includes meals, prepared by an experienced onboard gourmet cook or even a chef, as well beverages and snacks. You’ll be served cocktails and canapés and full course meals- there’s no shopping for provisions and cleaning up the galley as this is all taken care of by your crew.Luxury Crewed Yacht Charters

Another fun aspect of crewed yacht charters is that you can often learn a bit about each crew before you book your charter. Along with boat details and full description of sleeping arrangements and features, you can read a bio of your crew members. Learn about their experience, their strengths and preferences. Some skippers and crew members are experts in certain areas-  some are particularly good with children or are divemasters or trained chefs.

Our range of crewed options includes discounted charters in the popular BVIs, charters in the Eastern Med and even the Indian Ocean and other exotic destinations. Visit our website or contact us to find out more!

Useful Phrases to use on your Next Greek Yacht Charter

Knowing a little of the language (even if it’s very little) is a great way to connect with the locals and really give you a feel for the culture. You may not become fluent during a week-long cruise but it never hurts to be able to say good morning to a fellow sailor, greet the restaurant host or attempt to order a drink. Most people truly appreciate the effort, and it usually feels better than just blurting out what you need in English. Then of course, there may be instances in which no one speaks English and even the few words you know will help you get by.

Santorini island, Greek Yacht Charter

Santorini island, Greece


Here are a few words and phrases to use during your next Greek Yacht Charter. We made sure to include the phonetic spellings as well. Try practising them in front of the mirror before you go!

  • Hello                       Ya-sou
  • Good morning        Kali-mera
  • Good evening        Kali-spera
  • Good night             Kali-neek-ta
  • Please                    A-RA-ka-lo
  • Thank you              Ef-hari-sto
  • Yes                         Neh
  • No                          O-hee
  • Where is it?            Pou e-ne to
  • How much is it?       Po-so ka-ni
  • My name is             Me lene ______
  • I want that              Thelo afto
  • The check             Lo-ghar-ia-smos
  • I don’t want            Den thelo
Zakynthos, Greek Yacht Charter

Zakynthos, Greece

You can also study your Greek numbers:

  • One                      en-ne
  • Two                      thee-o
  • Three                   tree-a
  • Four                     te-se-ra
  • Five                     pen-de
  • Six                       ex-ee
  • Seven                 ep-ta
  • Eight                   oc-to
  • Nine                   e-ne-a
  • Ten                     De-ka

These phrases and numbers are from, where you’ll find a more extensive list of useful words and phrases including some colourful exclamatory terms.

Mykonos, Greek Yacht Charter

Mykonos, Greece

If you don’t quite feel comfortable with your Greek so far, don’t worry. Greeks are used to visitors and really don’t expect you to be able to speak the language. Give it your best shot and see where it takes you! For your next charter to Greece, visit our Greece section and don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Summer Festivals in the Caribbean

To put it mildly, the Caribbean knows how to party! The colorful traditions and festivities found on different islands and various countries make for a great way to experience the real essence of the place you’re visiting. If you’re going this summer, try to work a summer festival into your trip; you won’t be disappointed.

You’ve got the big Caribbean events like Jamaica SumFest but many of the smaller islands also have local summer festivals that are a blast. They’re also easier to get to- you can simply find a good place to moor (ask our experts for the best ones) and walk or take a taxi or bus to the festival from there.

Summer Festival in Barbados

Festival in Barbados

On Barbados there’s Crop Over throughout the month of July; a celebration of the end of the sugar cane harvest. The festival features everything from parades to special markets, concerts and so much more. You really don’t have to arrive on a specific date to enjoy the festivities.

The Dominican Republic has the Festival de Merengue in late July, a blowout party in Santo Domingo where the oceanfront boardwalk is set up with huge sound systems and oceanfront stages.

Summer Festival de Merengue

The Festival de Merengue

In Puerto Rico the Santiago de Apostól is celebrated in late July as well, an explosión of West African heritage with street parties, parades and fantastic colorful masks everywhere.

The Emancipation Festival of the BVI is the place to be from July 28th to August 9th, 2014, a celebration of freedom from colonialism that includes music, parades, folklore, pageants and street fairs.

St. Martin has the Billfish Tournament from June 10th-14th, the biggest deep-sea fishing tournament in the Caribbean. The event also features plenty of live music and other festivities.

Apostol Summer Festival

Puerto Rico the Santiago de Apostól

In St. Vincent you’ve got the Vincy Mas, one of the most exciting carnivals in the Caribbean. Held from June 27th to July 8th, it’s a great opportunity to experience a summer carnival (many are in Spring). There’s also the Breadfruit Festival in August.

Grenada’s got the Spice Mas festival, coming to a head on the second Monday and Tuesday in August. It’s the epitome of Grenadian culture and traditions, with every kind of excitement you can imagine.

These are a few fantastic festivals to catch while you’re on a sailing vacation in the Caribbean. You can even plan your itinerary around your favorite one! Contact us for the best charter options and we’ll help you plan a trip that includes an amazing festival.


Book your Charter for the Catamarans Cup in October 2014

In just five months Greece will host the 5th annual Catamarans Cup, from October 18th-24th, 2014. This gives you the perfect amount of time to book your charter for this extraordinary event!

Catamarans Cup

Catamarans Cup

The Catamarans Cup is an international regatta, which consists of a sailing race, relaxing holiday week and many fun and exciting events in between. It is held in and around the islands of Greece- you can enjoy something unique and different on every island, from special welcomes for participants to cocktail parties and dinners on the beach.

Catamaran sailing on the blue Adriatic sea

Catamaran sailing on the blue Adriatic sea

The event begins in Athens and moves on to Poros, Hydra and Monemvassia. At each port there will be a prize ceremony. To participate, take advantage of one of our great deals on yacht charters in Greece- our crew can help you find a beautiful catamaran to sail through the Greek isles and ensure you don’t miss out on any of the festivities.

Catamarans cup

Catamarans Cup, photo

Explore the ancient city of Athens before registration, enjoying the famous sights like the Acropolis, Zeus temple and Monastiraki Square. On Poros you can simply delight in amazing views of nature, or venture to the archaeological museum or ancient temple of Posidonas. Monemvassia is found in Laconia and features an inhabited but sublimely preserved medieval settlement, while Hydra has a beautiful crescent-shaped harbour.

Each place along the regatta route is fascinating on its own but you’ll also be able to enjoy Catamarans Cup events like a fabulous Cook Off in which each crew may present one or more dishes to be judged. As long as they are prepared from scratch, each dish may be prepared with ingredients from any origin- participants really go all out!

There’s also a Show Off competition in which each crew puts on a five-minute presentation of singing, dancing, acting or comedy, complete with costumes. This is followed by a Photo ‘Shoot Off’ competition; as you can see it’s a whimsical festival all around, with something for each and every taste.

To find out more about the Catamarans Cup, call our friendly advisors today!