Caribbean yachting holidays are among Antigua’s main draws. At Carlisle Bay, guests can now learn to sail, or improve their skills aboard a 40ft keelboat, on three day Royal Yachting Association courses offered through On Deck Racing. Indeed boat charters are a popular way to explore Antigua’s 365 beaches, coves and historic harbours on sunset cruises, half-day picnic charters, picnic excursions and all-day cruises to the likes of Great Bird Island, which has some of the best hiking and snorkeling to be found.
Trips might include visits to sister island Barbuda on the 82ft-long catamaran, Excellence, or Wadadli Cats. Motor cruisers with Sunseekers as well as sail boat charters are also possible.
In mid-April the island hosts Antigua Sailing Week, made up of five days of breathtaking races. This is one of the premier sailing events in the world – and a spectacle Carlisle Bay’s guests always enjoy.
The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta is another of the island’s main draws, and considered among the world’s premier classic yachting events.