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Buoys Only: The best anchorages in the Caribbean

Buoys Only: The best anchorages in the Caribbean

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Soufrière Bay (Pitons)

St Lucia

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If the expense of securing a marina berth at each of your destinations sets your head spinning, anchorages are the perfect alternative that will take you away from the hustle and bustle of towns and cities. Rachael Steele, of specialist charter brokers Charterworld.com, a company that organises bespoke superyacht vacations, selects some of the most sheltered, peaceful stopping spots around the Caribbean.

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.

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Nonsuch Bay

Antigua

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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

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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.

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