Sailing Itinerary for Antigua & Barbuda
Here is sample itinerary of what you may expect while enjoying a sailing vacation in Antigua. Weather or other outside factors may mean that your Captain sets an alternative course.
Your catamaran is moored at Jolly Harbour Marina, on the south west coast of the island. Upon arrival you will be greeted by your crew who will take you through the check in procedure. At 5pm you will be introduced to your fellow sailors. A refreshing welcome cocktail awaits you onboard before you are shown to your cabin and helped to settle in to your new home for the week. Just before dusk, your yacht will move out of the harbour, to its overnight anchorage - where you can watch the sunset and enjoy a delicious dinner aboard.
Cruising Day 1
Following breakfast and a short briefing on all safety aspects, we set sail for either Deep Bay or Dickenson Bay. If you wish to participate in the handling of the yacht and sails then you can do so, but, if you prefer, just lie back and relax. It is all up to you. In Deep Bay you can relax on the beach, take a short hike up to historic Fort Barrington, or snorkel on the 1905 wreck of the “Andes”- an old wood and iron carrier that caught fire after anchoring, en route from Trinidad to Peru. A sumptuous lunch is served onboard before we set sail again along the northern shores and stop at Long Island - home of the exclusive Jumby Bay Resort. We will spend the night at anchor in this idyllic bay, and will have dinner onboard. You can take a romantic starlit stroll along the shore after dinner, before falling asleep back in your cabin, under another beautiful Caribbean moon.
Cruising Day 2
After breakfast we go to Shell Beach on Maid Island, where your Captain will show you the spectacular Shell Wall. We then move to Red Head Reef where lunch will be served onboard. After lunch, you can snorkel, swim, dive or just do some plain old-fashioned relaxing! In the afternoon we move position over to Great Bird Island, a wildlife sanctuary . Put your sturdy shoes on for a short hike to the top of this uninhabited island that offers splendid views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. After sundowners the barbeque is lit, and we will serve another wonderful dinner at this stunning location. Here, the light pollution from the islands is virtually non- existent. Your captain may invite all guests up on deck for a night cap and a late evening of some amazing stargazing.
Cruising Day 3
It’s time to gently make our passage through the narrow reefs leading out to the Atlantic Ocean and eastern side of Antigua, setting sail to beautiful Green Island. On arrival we will have lunch followed by some great snorkeling and a chance to go ashore. In the afternoon, it’s a lovely sail to English Harbour, home of Nelsons Dockyard and the English naval base in years gone by. You will have the opportunity to wander around this historic site, visit old English Bar and some interesting gift shops and boutiques. For the runners amongst us, an opportunity to run up the hill to Shirley Heights is a real treat. In the evening you will have Captains cocktails onboard followed by local dining ashore.
Cruising Day 4
After a morning at Galleon Beach, where divers and snorkelers can explore the Pillars of Hercules, your choice is either a small walk or a short sail to Falmouth Harbour. Here you can take a peep at the “lifestyles of the rich and famous” with a stroll around the dockyard and a look at the spectacular mega yachts in the harbour. We anchor at Pigeon Beach for lunch. After a leisurely sail, Carlisle Bay is the next stop, where another sumptuous dinner from our galley is served (often fresh fish that we have caught earlier in the day). Cocktails will be served on the yacht as the sun sets over another perfect, West Indian day.
Cruising Day 5
After breakfast, time for a quick snorkel or swim, before we set sail for Five Islands. A secluded group of islands where we will have lunch at Heritage Bay. Beachcombing, snorkeling and relaxing, are the order of the day! After a nice cocktail we will have dinner onboard.
Cruising Day 6
In the morning we take a long sail to Cades Reef on the western side of Antigua. Here, we will drop anchor and spend the rest of the morning exploring the inner reef - where we often see stingrays and harmless reef sharks - and round off with another wonderful lunch before heading back to our base in the marina. As it is the last evening of the cruise, guests dine ashore at one of the restaurants in or around the Jolly Harbour area.
After a last tasty breakfast onboard, it is time to gather your belongings, as well as your wonderful memories of a week in this most beautiful environment. Before exchanging fond farewells, your crew will arrange transport to the airport.