One of the most common questions when you are thinking about a sailing holiday in the Caribbean (especially if it’s your first time) it’s about prices. How much would it be? How much should I expect to spend? What is included in Caribbean yacht charter prices and what is not?
As we really care about our customers and Your Boat Holiday operates with extreme professionalism and transparency, our Charter Managers prepared this article dedicated to “how much to rent a yacht in the Caribbean” to develop this topic in deep.
From mid-November to mid-March is the high sailing period, as most of the Caribbean Islands in this period reserve ideal climate and good weather conditions for yacht charters, while the midseason is in October and April.
Here’s our top selection of sailing spots to relish this year when you decide to rent a yacht in the Caribbean Sea:
- St Vincent and Grenadines
- St Martin
- St Barts
- BVIs (with the main base in Tortola)
- Windward Islands (Dominica, St Lucia)
What to know when chartering a yacht in the Caribbean
The Caribbean offers infinite alternatives as destinations for your charter, whatever you are looking for, you will find it for sure in this paradise on Earth: hidden coves and bays, desert islands and beaches, crystal clear sea, marine turtles, coral reef, relax, fun, chilling and so on.
So now, that you have defined at least the sailing area, there some important points and topics to talk about, starting from the best period to sail in the Caribbean, the islands and areas that you can easily reach and that suit your standards, the type of boat (monohull, catamaran, luxury motor yacht) and the type of charter (fully crewed, skippered or bareboat) and finally how much cost sailing in the Caribbean:
– The high season period for sailing the Caribbean is from November to March and the mid-season is in October and April;
– When you plan your boat holiday in the Caribbean, don’t forget that the minimum number of days is 5 (five) and that during the Christmas and NYE periods some operators required minim 10 days of rental, that you have to know the total number of guests that will join the party, the duration of the charter, the type of vessel you wish to rent to accomplish all your crew’s needs (multihull, sailboat, luxury motor yacht or gulet in the cabin or exclusive charter), the type of charter (in bareboat, with skipper or fully crewed), and the approximate budget you have for your sailing trip;
– As mentioned above, yacht charters in the Caribbean have a minimum duration of 5 days;
– Catamarans and sailboats can usually be rented in bareboat (so you will drive the boat by yourself), skippered (bareboat + skipper) or fully crewed charters (this is usually mandatory for 50+ feet catamarans);
– When you rent a boat in the Caribbean you can customize your sailing itinerary and enjoy the most beautiful routes, suiting all your interests;
What type of boat (sail or motor) better accommodates you in the Caribbean
Below the list of the types of yachts you can choose from when you enjoy a sailing holiday in the Caribbean:
- Motor yacht
Each boat has its own features and comforts, its different benefits and compromises to keep in mind.
Catamarans and motor yachts offer for sure more ease in terms of internal and external spaces, entertainment and water toys and because of that, they are usually more expensive than the classic monohull.
The Caribbean offers different types of charters, first of all, you can opt between exclusive (private) or cabin (shared) charters. Usually, the most common vessel for cabin charter is a gulet, alternatively in the Caribbean, you can join it also aboard catamarans.
If you are interested in private yacht charter in the Caribbean, then you can decide between bareboat, skippered, or crewed rental.
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What type of charter are you looking for in the Caribbean?
Knowing the type of Caribbean sailing charter you are looking for is definitively the most important (and primary) point to let us assist you properly with your charter arrangements. Our Manager will start working for you selecting the boats that better suit your inquiry, explaining to you all the alternatives, and replying to all your related questions. Below the list of types of charters you can opt for when you are ready to rent a sailing (monohull or multihull) or motor yacht in the Caribbean:
- Crewed charter
- Skippered (Bareboat + skipper) charter
- Bareboat charter
- Cabin charter
Crewed charter means that you are renting a yacht (sailing yacht or motorboat) with crew members aboard, not only the captain. The number of crew members depends also on the dimension of the boat, the skipper can work with the deckhand, or with the hostess (that usually takes care of internal cleaning and in some cases also of cooking), or with a cook, etc. Naturally, aboard mega and extremely luxurious yachts the crew are composed of many members, that assure their guests to reserve top-level services, taking care of any details of the cruise.
On the other hand, a skippered charter is when you have the captain aboard that drive the boat and clean externally the yacht.
If you have a sailing license (or if in your origin country it’s not required) and you have enough sailing experience, provable by a valid resume, and of course you are passionate about driving boats, then the bareboat is the one for you! It’s usually available aboard sailboats and catamarans, up to 50/52 feet. Because bigger vessels require crew aboard.
If you would like to combine this charter with the opportunity to meet new people, living a new experience, then you can just rent your cabin, sharing the boat. This is what is called cabin charter.
Yacht charter prices in the Caribbean
And now that we have a better idea of what renting a yacht in the Caribbean means and of the related options. What is the real cost of renting a yacht in the Caribbean?
The charter price, so the cost of the boat includes the use of the boat, while the expenses (ports, food, drinks, fuel, etc) are on top of it.
To better understand Caribbean yacht charter prices and how much cost to rent a yacht in the Caribbean, we set below a list of all the estimate and approximate expenses you had to consider, per type of boat, charter, etc in order to allow all our clients understand how much to charter a yacht in the Caribbean.
Read the article until the end to get all the info!!!
Below the costs to take into consideration when you charter a yacht in Greece (in the following sections all entries will be investigated in-depth):
- Charter rate
- Expenses / Extras (fuel, food, drinks, port, etc)
- VAT (to be added on crewed charters)
- APA (to be added on crewed charters)
- Caution deposit (to be added on bareboat charters)
- Crew tips (at the discretion of the client)
How much to charter a bareboat and crewed boat in the Caribbean
The cost of a boat charter in the Caribbean depends on two main factors: the boat you are renting and the type of charter you will enjoy (crewed, skippered, or bareboat).
We can now carry out three macro-groups to clearly define the rates per type of charter:
- Fully crewed Caribbean yacht charter prices
- Bareboat Caribbean yacht charter prices
- Prices to rent a yacht with skipper in the Caribbean
Let’s now talk about costs: how much to charter a fully crewed yacht in the Caribbean?
If you are looking for the top-level services aboard, then you definitively have to rent a fully crewed yacht in the Caribbean: the crew will take care of everything, the internal and external cleaning, the driving of the boat, the maintenance, the cooking, etc. If you are satisfied at the end of this incredible experience then you can decide to leave a tip to the crew. We never recommend a percentage but we also prefer that the clients decide by themselves how much to reserve for this service. In some cases, it’s suggested to leave 10% of the charter rate.
The charter price of a fully crewed yacht ordinarily already includes the use of the boat for the booked period and the services of the crew (in some cases also docking in port at the main base and in this case it’s specified in the contract or in the booking confirmation). The extras not included are actually the expenses, that are always covered/anticipated by the A.P.A. (fuel, ports, food, drinks, etc) and the VAT, to consider on top of the charter rate.
Bareboat charter Caribbean prices: how much does it cost?
If you already have a valid sailing license or if in your country you don’t need a license but you are an experienced sailor, then it means that you can rent a boat without a skipper. Usually, boats over 50/52 feet are available at least with the skipper or with the crew. If you would like to rent a big boat, over 15 meters, keep in mind that in most of the cases there could already be a captain or crew aboard.
When you rent a boat without a skipper, the charter price already includes VAT, the rental of the boat for the period required, and (usually) the first and last night at base port (so if you will enjoy a one-way charter or to start/end from a different port, the port’s fees won’t be included).
All the expenses will be applied, as fuel, marinas, food, drinks, etc.
What’s the difference between crewed and bareboat+skipper? How much does it cost?
A boat available for bareboat sailing can be chartered also with a skipper, which has an extra cost. Saying skippered or bareboat+skipper is the same thing. The difference between fully crewed and skippered (bareboat+skipper) charter is that a crewed yacht has a stable crew aboard, that work there regularly and as a team, while if you require a skipper then he will be hired by you for your charter. Naturally, the operators/yacht owners always assure their customers the best skippers, to reserve them the best services, and also to keep their boat in good hands.
The cost of a skipper can start from 180,00 / 200,00 Euro (+food) per day in the Caribbean, depending on the boat and the yacht owner.
How much to charter a yacht in the Caribbean
What really makes difference when you rent a boat in the Caribbean are the following topics: dimension, year of built, number of cabins, model of the boat, crewed or bareboat charter, and equipment/comforts/features of the yacht) and period of the year (high/mid or low charter season).
And so: how much to rent a yacht in the Caribbean
Chartering a motor yacht in the Caribbean Sea can have approximately the following charter rates:
- Prices for yacht charter in the Caribbean from 55 to 60 feet: 15.000,00 USD / 30.000,00 USD per week + extras
- Prices for yacht charter in the Caribbean from 62 to 70 feet: 20.000,00 USD / 40.000,00 USD per week + extras
- Prices for yacht charter in the Caribbean from 70 to 90 feet: 30.000,00 USD / 70.000,00 USD per week + extras
- Prices for a yacht charter in the Caribbean from 90 feet and over: 70.000,00 USD and up per week + extras
Let’s say that all the motorboats are available only with skipper/crew aboard (very few exceptions for smaller vessels, let’s say up to 55 feet) and it’s always required the A.P.A. to anticipate the expenses (A.P.A. stands for Advanced Provisioning Allowance).
Related: What is the A.P.A. in yacht charter?
Catamaran charter Caribbean prices
Depending on the dimension of the catamaran, the multihull (as monohull) can be rented in bareboat, with skipper or with crew aboard. Usually, catamarans have minim 4 cabins (in some cases they can have also the cabins for the skipper or the crew members and there are few “owner versions” with 3 cabins in total). As when you rent a motor yacht, the price of catamaran charter in the Caribbean depend on the same factors, like when you enjoy the trip, the model and shipyard of the boat, the year of building, all the comforts and equipment aboard (generator, A/C, water toys, etc) and so on. The newer and more equipped the catamaran is and the greater the cost to rent it.
Would you like to have an idea of the costs for a catamaran charter in the Caribbean? You are in the right place, just have a look below:
- Rates for charter catamaran in the Caribbean from 38 to 42 feet: 3.000,00 €/ 6.000,00 € per week + extras
- Rates for charter catamaran in the Caribbean from 42 to 44 feet: 4.500,00 € / 8.000,00 € per week + extras
- Rates for charter catamaran in the Caribbean from 45 to 50 feet: 6.000,00 € / 18.000,00 € per week + extras
- Rates for charter catamaran in the Caribbean from 50 to 60 feet: 8.000,00 € / 30.000,00 € per week + extras
- Rates for a charter catamaran in the Caribbean from 60 feet and up 25.000,00 € and up per week + extras
As you can easily see above, catamarans from 45 feet usually have higher prices (and don’t forget that multihull from 45 feet always have the fly-bridge).
The extras (mandatory and optional ones) are always on top of the charter rate. Don’t miss all the helpful information about all the costs and prices of renting a catamaran in the Caribbean.
Obligatory extras (usually) on top of Caribbean catamaran charter price:
- Final Cleaning (from 100,00 Euro to 250,00 Euro per booking);
- Bottle of gas (from 20,00 Euro);
- Bed linen and towels for guests (from 10,00 to 20,00 Euro per person per week);
Optional extras you can opt from during your catamaran charter in the Caribbean:
- Outboard engine (from 100,00 to 250,00 Euro);
- Beach towels (from 10,00 to 20,00 Euro each);
- Skipper (from 180,00 to 280,00 Euro per day+ food);
- Hostess (from 180,00 to 250,00 Euro per day + food);
- Cook (from 180,00 to 300,00 Euro per day + food);
- SUP (from 130,00 to 200,00 Euro per week);
- Transfers from/to airport;
- Refundable deposit;
Rent sailing boat Caribbean prices
Monohulls are for sure the best choice for sea lovers. Starting from 30 feet (10 meters) up to 100 and over, you can choose between bareboat, skippered, and luxury fully crewed rentals. As for other countries, also in the Caribbean Islands, sailing charters aboard monohulls are available in bareboat up to 55 feet. Over this dimension captain or crew are mandatory aboard.
Read carefully the below indicative charters rates for sailing aboard a monohull in the Caribbean:
- Sailboat in the Caribbean from 38 to 42 feet: 1.500,00 €/ 3.000,00 € per week + extras
- Sailboat in the Caribbean from 42 to 44 feet: 3.000,00 € / 4.500,00 € per week + extras
- Sailboat in the Caribbean from 45 to 50 feet: 4.500,00 € / 8.000,00 € per week + extras
- Sailboat in the Caribbean from 50 to 60 feet: 6.000,00 € / 20.000,00 € per week + extras
- Sailboat in the Caribbean from 60 feet and up: 12.000,00 € and up per week + extras
Obligatory extras usually on top of Caribbean sailboat charter price :
- Final Cleaning (from 1000,00 Euro to 200,00 Euro);
- Bottle of gas (from 20,00 Euro);
- Bed linen and towels per pax (from 10,00 to 20,00 Euro per week);
Not mandatory extras that usually can be added during your sailing charters in the Caribbean Sea aboard a monohull:
- Outboard engine (from 100,00 to 200,00 Euro);
- Beach towels (from 5,00 to 10,00 Euro each);
- Skipper (from 150,00 to 220,00 Euro per day+ food);
- Hostess (from 100,00 to 180,00 Euro per day + food);
- Cook (from 100,00 to 180,00 Euro per day + food);
- SUP (from 100,00 to 150,00 Euro per week);
- Transfers from/to airport;
- Refundable deposit;
Payment, taxes, and terms when renting a yacht in the Caribbean
Usually, the payment terms for charter in the Caribbean are as follows:
- 50% of the Charter Rate upon signing the contract and balance within 30 days before the departure OR 30% of the Charter Rate upon confirmation and 70% within 45 days before the embarkation;
- Extras and deposit upon embarkation;
In the case of Caribbean fully crewed charters the A.P.A. is always due together with the balance (30 or 45 days before the departure, respecting the contract).
Special offers and discounts for charter a yacht in the Caribbean
When you charter a yacht in the Caribbean with Your Boat Holiday you will surely enjoy our exclusive competitive deals:
- Early bookings discounts for charter in the Caribbean
- Last-minute discounts for Caribbean boat charter
- Prolonged period discounts for sailing the Caribbean
- Yourboatholiday special discounts for Caribbean yachting
Important note: Usually, discounts are not combinable.
Your Boat Holiday is the charter company leader in worldwide private yacht rentals, with 5-star reviews and top-level services, 24/7 assistance, extremely professional charter brokers, that always reserves the most competitive deals to her new and repetitive customers.
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