Captain Nicolas of Nicholson Charter Yacht S/Y AURELIUS Top Four Favorite Beaches in the Caribbean to visit on Charter
As a charter captain for over 10 years, Captain Nicolas is very experienced with the best cruising grounds of the world. His favorite waters to sail are the Caribbean and the US East Coast. Today, he shares his top four favorite beaches in the Caribbean to bring his charter guests to.
Trunk Bay, St. John
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As one of the most photographed beaches in the USVI, it is no surprise that Trunk Bay made our list as one of the best beaches in the Caribbean to visit. Trunk Bay is located on the 9-mile island of St. John and is the showpiece beach of the Virgin Islands National Park. The beautiful white sands of Trunk Bay stretch over a quarter of a mile in length with towering coconut palm trees. The calm and pristine turquoise water provides magnificent snorkeling for all groups; including first-timers, children and adults. Visitors will enjoy the self-guided Underwater Snorkeling Trail featuring underwater information about coral formations and sea life.
The best snorkeling at Trunk Bay can be found around the small cay that lies just 30 yards off the beach. Snorkeling is best enjoyed on the western side as it provides more protection from the waves and is home to more corals and fish versus the eastern side of the beach.
The family-friendly beach features a concession stand, public restrooms and shower facilities. For new visitors, please be aware of the $5 per-person National Park entrance fee.
British Virgin Islands
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The Baths National Park, Virgin Gorda
The centerpiece of this dramatic area located on Virgin Gorda’s north shore is a collection of massive granite boulders as large as 40 feet in diameter, which form sheltered sea pools on the edge of the sandy white beach. The boulders are a result of the molten rock seeping up into the existing volcanic rock layers. Because the molten rock did not reach the surface, it slowly cooled and formed a hard-crystalline layer of granite. The protected area also includes Devil’s Bay, easily reached from The Baths by a series of ladders scaling the unique boulders. Devil’s Bay is a popular anchorage for swimming and snorkeling. From the dramatic landscape of the boulders to the crystal-clear calm water, you will feel as though you have entered through the gates of heaven upon arriving here.
Tip: Be sure to bring along your water shoes, a snorkel and a waterproof camera and explore the series of caves and grottos created by these irregular boulders.
Onshore facilities include bathrooms and lockers which create a safe and enjoyable experience in this breathtaking environment.
Antigua, West Indies
Half Moon Bay Beach
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There is nothing half-way about Half Moon Bay Beach. From the relaxed beach bar providing strong drinks and local flavor, to the pearly soft white sand and adventurous surf, this uncrowded beach offers something for everyone. Half Moon Bay Beach is situated on the 132-acre resort, respectively named Half Moon Bay Antigua. The exclusive Rosewood Resort hosts an enclave of villas for purchase, ranging from $10 to $25 million. Fortunately, the beach is free for visitors and is open to the public.
Tip: Bring proper hiking shoes or non-slip sandals so you may take full advantage of hiking opportunities.
Anse Chastanet Beach, Soufriere
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With a sharp drop off, coral reef, and sea walls, this beach is ideal for snorkelers and divers alike. Anse Chastanet Beach provides its visitors with opportunities for viewing the vividly colored ocean life without ferrying out to deeper waters by boat. The natural black sand alludes to the volcanic origins of the island. High-end guests flock here daily from the resort named for the beach, Anse Chastanet.
Tip: There is a walking path located on the north side of the beach, that you may take to Anse Mamin beach which is a smaller and quieter area; an ideal place for a picnic.