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 are 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 require a minim of 10 days of rental, so 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 is 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 features and comforts, different benefits, and compromises to keep in mind.
Catamarans and motor yachts offer more ease in internal and external spaces, entertainment, and water toys. 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 for exclusive (private) or cabin (shared) charters. Usually, the most common vessel for cabin charter is a gulet; alternatively, you can join it aboard catamarans in the Caribbean.
If you are interested in private yacht charter in the Caribbean, 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 the most critical (and primary) point to let us assist you properly with your charter arrangements. Our Manager will start working for you to select the boats that better suit your inquiry, explaining all the alternatives and replying to all your related questions. Below is 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 renting a yacht (sailing yacht or motorboat) with crew members aboard, not only the captain. The number of crew members also depends on the dimension of the boat; the skipper can work with the deckhand, 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 is composed of many members that assure their guests of top-level reserve 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 the yacht externally.
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 good 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 and live a unique experience, then you can just rent your cabin and share the boat. This is what is called a 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 actual cost of renting a yacht in the Caribbean?
The charter price, so the boat’s cost, includes the yacht’s use, while the expenses (ports, food, drinks, fuel, etc.) are on top of it.
To better understand Caribbean yacht charter prices and how much it cost to rent a yacht in the Caribbean, we set below a list of all the estimates and approximate expenses you had to consider per type of boat, charter, etc, 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 are 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 for renting a yacht with a 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 top-level services aboard, you 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, you can 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. Sometimes, 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 the booking confirmation). The extras not included are 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 are an experienced sailor, then 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 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, such 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 also be chartered with a skipper, which has an extra cost. Saying skippered or bareboat+skipper is the same thing. The difference between a 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, reserve them the best services, and keep their boats 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 makes a difference when you rent a boat in the Caribbean are the following topics: dimension, year of built, number of cabins, model of the yacht, crewed or bareboat charter, and equipment/comforts/features of the yacht) and the year (high/mid or low charter season).
And so: how much does to rent a yacht in the Caribbean?
Chartering a motor yacht in the Caribbean Sea can have approximately the following charter rates:
- Prices for a yacht charter in the Caribbean from 55 to 60 feet: 15.000,00 USD / 30.000,00 USD per week + extras
- Prices for a yacht charter in the Caribbean from 62 to 70 feet: 20.000,00 USD / 40.000,00 USD per week + extras
- Prices for a 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 a 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 a monohull) can be rented in a bareboat with a skipper or crew aboard. Usually, catamarans have a minim of 4 cabins (in some cases, they can also have cabins for the skipper or the crew members, and there are few “owner versions” with three places in total). As when you rent a motor yacht, the price of a catamaran charter in the Caribbean depends 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, the greater the rent cost.
Would you like to know the costs of a catamaran charter in the Caribbean? You are in the right place, have a look below:
- Rates for a charter catamaran in the Caribbean from 38 to 42 feet: 3.000,00 €/ 6.000,00 € per week + extras
- Rates for a charter catamaran in the Caribbean from 42 to 44 feet: 4.500,00 € / 8.000,00 € per week + extras
- Rates for a charter catamaran in the Caribbean from 45 to 50 feet: 6.000,00 € / 18.000,00 € per week + extras
- Rates for a 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 to 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 multihulls from 45 feet always have the fly bridge).
The extras (mandatory and optional) 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 the airport;
- Refundable deposit;
Rent sailing boat Caribbean prices
Monohulls are for sure the best choice for sea lovers. 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, a captain or crew is 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 the airport;
- Refundable deposit;
Payment, taxes, and terms when renting a yacht in the Caribbean
Usually, the payment terms for charters 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 chartering 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 charters 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.
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