Martinique has one of the safest and most beautiful bays in the Caribbean, which makes it a popular area for sailors and yachtsmen to take to the sea. Because the island has become a paradise for those who love spending time on the water, the sailing and yachting industry is growing at a rapid pace and more marinas have opened on the island.
Sailors can find new ship ports located all around the island's coast including the port at Pointe du Bout, which is located across from Fort de France, and there are ports in Le Robert and Le François on the Atlantic, and in Sainte-Anne, on the south of the island. The island's largest marina is Port de Plaisance which can be found in Le Marin in the south. This port is considered Baie du François
The island also has many sailing and yachting events throughout the year which attracts thousands of seamen and tourists. Some of these annual events are the Yole Boat Race in August, the Nautical Week of Schoelcher in February, and the Transcaraïbe des Passionnés boat race held in March to name a few.
Martinique has become a top sailing destination in the Caribbean, and has generated over 15 million, in revenue. Vacationers can spend their time sailing in either the waters of the Caribbean Sea or the Atlantic Ocean side, though it is recommended that those boaters with less experience avoid the waters of the Atlantic as they tend to rougher than the Caribbean.
When boating on in the Caribbean waters, sailors should be careful of coral reefs that could cause damage to your vessel as well as trade winds. Boaters setting out to sea during the summer time should to caution of harsh weather that may cause choppy waves. This time of year is also hurricane season, so sailors should take extra precaution while out to sea.
months, a climb into the mountains can help immeasurably in cooling travelers down. Trade winds, here called les alizés, can also provide a cooling influence.
Suggested 15 Day Sailing Itinerary
Day 1: Le Marin (Anse d' Arlet)
Depending on the time you arrive at our base in Marina du Marin, you may wish to head into Le Marin for dinner and a little bit of shopping. Then head back to our quiet base to spend a restful night before you head out in the morning. If you arrive a bit earlier, and still have a few hours of sunlight left, you may decide to sail away to either Anse d' Arlet or spend your first night on the boat in a lovely anchorage. It is all up to you
Day 2: Le Marin. Anse d' Arlet 15 Miles
Getting used to the boat, provisioning, customs formalities, short navigation towards Anse d'Arlet, first night at the anchorage
Day 3: Anse d' Arlet/St Lucia 32 Miles
Depart early and sail to Rodney Bay in St. Lucia. Crossing the channel may require visual navigation. Enjoy a nice swim and then lunch on the island. Anchor for the in Marigot Bay, the former hurricane shield now a bit crowded, so anchorage off the shore is recommended.
Day 4: Margiot/Deux Pitons 10 Miles
Enjoy a soft and easy sail along the West coast of St. Lucia up to Soufrière, a picturesque village. Take a walking excursion through the city and the botanical garden, or drive to the waterfalls, the hot water springs and the volcano. Spend the night at Deux Pitons.
Day 5: Deux Pitons/ Bequia: 50 Miles
Sail down to Bequia (say "Bekoué"). Bequia, the entrance to the Grenadines, is the former whale hunter's island. Anchor for the night in Admiralty Bay, facing the capital city Port Elisabeth. Partake in "Happy hours" at Frangipanier and dinner in one of the local restaurants.
Day 6: Bequia/Mustique: 15 Miles
Once customs formalities are done, take a short sail towards Petit Nevis where the fishermen used to flense the whales. Then sail to Mustique, the "Jet Set" island. Spend the night outside the famous built on piles "Basil Bar".
Day 7: Mustique/ Mayreau: 20 Miles
Tour the Mustique island, its beaches and villas in the early morning. After lunch, head to Mayreau, and anchor at Salt Whistle Bay, a wonderful coconut trees beach (fabulous beach walking!).
Day 8: Mayreau/Tobago Cays: 2 Miles
Take a short sail to the Tobago Cays. Anchor in the most beautiful Caribbean lagoon. Turquoise waters and white sand beaches make this location ideal for snorkeling, swimming and relaxing.
Day 9: Tobago Cays/ Union Island: 5 Miles
Depart early for a short sail (about 1 hour) to Union, the capital of the Grenadines: airport, hotels, restaurants, fruit and vegetables market, ship chandler, Internet Café etc.
Day 10: Union Island/ Petite St. Vincent: 4 Miles
Pass by Morpion, a little sandy island in the middle of the corals, and anchor at Petit St. Vincent (PSV). This hotel island is the perfect spot for a sunset drink at the bar under the bougainvilleas.
Day 11: Petite St. Vincent/Canouan: 12 Miles
After breakfast head to Canouan via Chatam Bay, a large natural bay west of Union. This is a pleasant area to stop for lunch. Spend the night in Charleston Bay (Canouan).
Day 12: Canouan/St Vincent: 32 Miles
Spend the day sailing to St. Vincent, and anchor for the evening either in Cumberland or Wallilabu Bay, where the movie "The Pirates of the Caribbean" was filmed. Day 12
Day 13: St. Vincent/ St Lucia: 55 Miles
Embark upon your last long navigation day up to North of St. Lucia. Spend the night at Rodney Bay behind Pigeon Island. Take the opportunity to visit the botanical park.
Day 14: St. Lucia/ St Anne: 23 Miles
Sail to Martinique and anchor outside St. Anne village (pretty beaches) or outside Club Med.
Day 15: St Anne/ Le Marin: 2 Miles
After a last swim in a heavenly bay (turquoise water and white sandy beaches) sail back to the Marina of Marin (30 min.) where the crew will greet you and assist you with your departure details.
While travelers might choose to visit Martinique for many reasons, its warm temperatures year round are sure to bring a smile to every vacationer.
Martinique's location in the center
of the Caribbean's eastern archipelago means it's at a great location -
the temperature varies usually no more than a few degrees all year
round. Wintertime lows can reach down to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, while
summertime highs usually climb no higher than 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
While, on many islands, rainy and dry seasons can be of major importance, it's hardly noticeable on Martinique. April, Martinique's driest month, has measurable rainfall and average of 13 days out of the month. Meanwhile September, the wettest month, nearly doubles the number of measurably rainy days. However, even in September a spell of rainy days is a rarity, and showers are usually sparse.
Of course, Martinique's mountainous terrain also plays a part in the temperatures you'll experience. While low-lying areas like Fort-de-France may be hot and humid during the summer months, a climb into the mountains can help immeasurably in cooling travelers down. Trade winds, here called les alizés, can also provide a cooling influence.There are many anchorages located on the island's coasts. Here is list of Martinique's anchorages and their accessibility:
There are many anchorages located on the island's coasts. Here is list of Martinique's anchorages and their accessibility:
|Le Carbet||No||3 miles|
|Pointe-du-Bout & Anse Mitan||Yes||4 miles|
|Anse Noire||No||4 miles|
|Gde Anse d'Arlet||Yes||4 miles|
|Pte Anse d'Arlet||Yes||4 miles|
|Baie des Anglais||No||1 to 5 miles|
|Le Vauclin||No||1 to 2 miles|
|Baie du François||Yes||2 to 5 miles|
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