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Sail in Greece early or bask in the summer sun of the Bahamas - and have the whole place to yourself!
New migratory habits. For years, there has been a seasonal migration of yachts as predictable as that of wild birds heading for warmer climates. Rather than traveling north to south, however, the yachts moved from summer in the Mediterranean to winter in the Caribbean and back. But a growing number of yacht owners are breaking with that tradition. Many are staying in the Caribbean (or close to it) year-round. The same goes for the Med, with yachts remaining through winter. Sometimes it’s because the owner wants to keep the yacht close to home so as to enjoy access on a whim, and sometimes it’s because why bother with the expense of two transatlantic crossings a year. More often, however, it’s because there is a growing demand for off-season charters, float your own coast.
The weather myth, the myth is about temperature: the Caribbean is too hot in the summer and the Med is too chilly in winter. Let’s look at the Caribbean to dispose of that myth. Temperatures in the BVI in January, in the height of the season, average around 82F or 27.7C. Perfect weather, right? Well, the summer temperatures average 88F or 31.1C, just six degrees higher. You’ll probably spend your days splashing in the water, playing with water toys, or lounging in the air-conditioned yacht, while the evenings are perfect for al fresco dining under the stars.
The same applies to the Med, but not to the same extent as the Caribbean. Ibiza has been cooing about its off season, when the party island calms down but keeps it laid-back charm. Areas like Ibiza and Mallorca cool off in the middle months of winter (December to February) to daytime averages of 57F or 13.9C which is too low for most yacht charters but that brings us to another wonderful option: shoulder seasons.
Shoulder Seasons, these are the months just before or just after peak or low charter months, and these can bring perfect temperatures as well as reduced charter rates. In Mallorca, for example, the average high temperature in the fall months (October-November) is 73F or 23C, which is perfect for everything from picnics on the beach to strolling the boutiques. In the BVI, the autumn shoulder season months of October and November average around 80F or 26.6C. Since the temperatures vary so little, this effectively gives the BVI a nearly perfect climate for yacht charters year-round. In the Greek Cyclades islands, such as Santorini, you can expect spring and fall temperatures of 68-72F or 20-22C, making this an ideal getaway without all the summer tourists. Why not head to Greece as early as May? Get a jump on the crowds, sidestep the school breaks and Meltemi winds that can blow through the Cyclades mid-summer.
What about hurricanes? Yes, the Caribbean hurricane season is from June through November. Firstly, every yacht staying in the Caribbean during this season has a carefully prepared plan at the first sign of a hurricane. Besides being good seamanship on part of the senior officers and captain, this is required by the insurance company - neither take chances with hurricanes. Secondly, any possible disturbance is carefully monitored hourly, so there are in essence no surprise hurricanes. And to protect your charter investment, your travel insurance can provision for this coverage or any other eventuality.
Better in The Bahamas. The Bahamas have always been a popular charter destination, since they are just a short hop from Florida and yet seem worlds apart with perfect beaches and clear waters. Off-season in The Bahamas is the summer months of June through August, when the temperature is around 82F or 28C, and is often preferable to the winter season when the winds can pick up. The summer months in The Bahamas are known for superb sport fishing, a plus for the anglers in your group, and don’t be surprised that yours are the first footprints along a pristine beach.