The Best Superyacht Anchorages in the Caribbean

Soufrière Bay (Pitons)

St Lucia

Looking for a cheaper option than mooring your superyacht in an expensive marina or harbour? Drop anchor in one of the best natural yacht anchorages in these Caribbean bays instead, advises Rachael Steele.

1. Soufrière Bay (Pitons), St. Lucia

The Pitons of St. Lucia are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the town of Soufrière is the closest settlement for guests looking to hike along their hot springs-spotted paths. Rare flora and fauna can be found on the peaks and under the water. Sixty per cent of the marine area is covered in coral so divers and snorkelers will be just as richly rewarded by one of the best dive sites in the Caribbean as those who would rather stay on land.

Picture courtesy of / Inga Locmele

Nonsuch Bay


Boasting a variety of inlets and bays, there is a choice of places to anchor in Nonsuch Bay, where the reef shelters from rough weather farther offshore. Anchor close to the resort or find your own secluded beach to wake up to in the mornings. The area also has an excellent reputation for beginner-level windsurfing and kitesurfing as well as trails for paddle boarding and kayaking, and close by guests can even have an up-close encounter feeding stingrays at Stingray City.

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Colombier Bay

St Barths

This secluded beach located at the north-west end of St Barth's is unspoiled by amenities of any kind and you will only have to share with a few very dedicated hikers and other luxury yachts that know of this excellent anchorage. The shallow water and lack of current create the perfect conditions for teaching young learners how to snorkel and improve their swimming skills, while older members of the group can lie back on the beach enjoying the company and the pristine surroundings.

Picture courtesy of / Przemyslaw Skibinski

Tobago Cays

The UNESCO World Heritage Site Tobago Cays consists of Petit Rameau, Petit Bateau, Baradal, Petit Tabac and Jamesby. They are considered a national treasure of Tobago and being uninhabited, they have avoided the erosion usually associated with tourism en-masse. All of the cays have excellent anchorage spots with sea turtles and giant starfish to be found within crystal clear waters, and family and friends don’t need to go far to have an encounter while swimming or snorkelling in the shallows.

Picture courtesy of / Larwin

Marie Galante


There's one anchorage after another to choose from on Marie Galante, an island with a turbulent history that has resulted in sturdy stone forts, windmills and distilleries. Follow in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus and anchor in Anse Ballet, then divide your time among the local landmarks and the long sandy stretches along the west side of Marie Galante.

Picture courtesy of / Jakob Fischer

Friendship Bay


Friendship Bay is the perfect location to spend a night: Clear water, a long sandy beach and just enough eateries if you decide to go ashore and try some local delicacies. Anchor off this turtle nesting beach and you may be lucky enough to spot the sea turtles as they come into shore at dusk.

Picture courtesy of / rj lerich

Brittania Bay


Vibrant and buzzing, Brittania Bay is worth visiting as much for its architecture as the splendid beach and shelter from strong currents. For live music and refreshments, Basil's Bar – currently closed for a refurbishment that will be unveiled next spring – is a well-known yachty watering hole just on the coast that will fill your evening with entertainment.

Picture courtesy of / Barefoot Yacht Charters

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