12 of the best islands to visit on a superyacht
January — Paradise Island, The Bahamas
The Junkanoo carnival procession in celebration of the New Year may be well and truly over, but that doesn't stop the Bahamas from being the perfect spot for a January getaway. Discover endless entertainment at Atlantis LIVE, which has featured a multitude of performers from Jimmy Kimmel to Lady Gaga, or grab a cocktail in one of the many bars and lounges before dancing the night away at the Aura nightclub.
To recover, guests can tender to pretty Rose Island, or unwind at the beachside Sivanda Ashram Yoga Retreat on Paradise Island. Otherwise, indulge in a treatment at the Mandara Spa for ultimate relaxation.
Charter superyachts can berth at the Atlantis Marina on Paradise Island and zip to the Atlantis casino for a lavish dinner.
Must-know: The New Year’s Day Sailing Regatta on 1 January sees traditional Bahamian sloops racing in Montagu Bay between Nassau and Paradise Island.
February — Samaná Peninsula, Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic’s sleepy Samaná Peninsula is one of the best whale-watching destinations in the world. Each year, thousands of humpbacks travel to Samaná Bay, their breeding ground. Human voyeurs are nearly guaranteed a sight of the magnificent creatures from mid-January to late March, making Samaná Peninsula the perfect island to visit on a superyacht charter in February. You can also cruise to Los Haitises National Park, with its otherworldly rock formations.
Must-know: The luxe La Marina Casa de Campo on the Dominican Republic south coast offers superyacht dockage, fuelling, a chandlery and a shipyard with a 120-tonne lift.
March — Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
From March 10-13 this year, big and beautiful sail and motor yachts from around the world gather for racing and glitzy parties on the haven of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. Boat International Media organises the event – the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous — with superyacht hangout Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.
Must-know: YCCS Virgin Gorda can accommodate charter superyachts of up to 88 metres, with a draught of up to nine metres. And Oil Nut Bay, next door, offers a fantastic yoga programme.