Because the Caribbean is the most popular area for cruise ships in the world, it is also the home of some of the best and most luxurious marinas in the world as well.
The Caribbean consists of more than 7,000 islands, islets, reefs, and cays that are part of the larger West Indies Islands group. All of that sea and sun have made the Caribbean the most popular area for cruise ships in the world for many years and today there are more luxury cruise options than ever before. The options include famous upscale cruise lines like Silversea Cruises and the Seabourn Cruise Line that ply the Caribbean in boutique-style ships that offer ultra-luxury lodging along with excellent food, great personal service and an elegant ambiance. All those luxury yachts have resulted in a bloom of great full-service marinas designed to provide guests with a bit of onshore country-club style luxury while the boat crews go about the business of restocking and maintaining their luxury hotels on the water.
The Caribbean is now chock full of seaworthy marinas and luxury yacht clubs that have gained a reputation for unmatched services designed to more than meet the basic needs of the sailors and landlubber passengers alike. One of the most famous luxury marinas in the Caribbean is the Rodney Bay Marina located on the north side of the island of St. Lucia. The Rodney Bay Marina is a full-service marina that boasts a complete boatyard, a fuel dock and 232 slips for 50 to 80-plus foot yachts. Managed by the Island Global Yachting firm, Rodney Bay has earned a reputation for its many appealing activities including horseback riding, bird watching, hiking trails, as well as the expected fine dining, upscale shopping, and a celebratory nightlife scene too. In fact the culture on St. Lucia is highly regarded as the home of annual festivals like the St. Lucia Jazz Festival that is one of the top jazz festivals in the world. Another favorite activity is the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers sailing event where over 200 yachts participate in a 2,700-mile sailing journey that begins in Spain’s Canary Islands and ends at the Rodney Bay Marina.
Another favorite upscale luxury marina that is located in the Bahamas’ area is the Bluff House Beach Hotel & Yacht Club that lies 170 miles due east of Palm Beach, Florida. The Bluff House marina is well-known among sailors, divers, fishermen, and yachtsmen that go there for the white sand beaches, coral gardens, and nearby deserted islands that beg to be explored on foot. With a full-service 40-slip marina that provides total luxury along with the requisite fuel, electricity, fresh water and laundry facilities, the Bluff House Hotel and Club is hard to beat, especially considering its competitive rates.
For those traveling on really huge and luxurious ocean yachts, the Nassau Yacht Haven lives up to its name with slips that can handle yachts up to 170 feet long. The Haven is the oldest and largest marina in the area and its central location in Nassau is within walking distance of the community’s best shops and businesses. The area is also home to the world famous Poop Deck Restaurant as well as the fully stocked Bahama Divers dive center which is regarded as one of the best dive centers in the entire Caribbean.
The Bitter End Yacht Club is another favorite top-notch marina located in the British Virgin Islands and is unique in that it is only reachable by sea. The Bitter End has 70 slips that can accommodate yachts up to 75 feet in length at its full-service facility and the area is world renown for its numerous high-end water-sports adventures. A favorite for both families and singles, the Bitter End is a complete resort facility with many excellent rental suites and villas. As long as there are luxury ships traveling in the Caribbean, there will be a need for luxury marinas to provide the best boating-oriented services in the world.