St Barts, Caribbean
St Barts, Caribbean
When is a yacht charter season

When going on a luxury yacht charter, one of the most difficult decisions is deciding where to go—a difficult decision simply because there are so many amazing places out there and each location offers something different. Different months of the year lend themselves to some locations better than others.

Marina landscape of Castries, St Lucia

The best time to go to certain locations depends on many variables, from the climate and weather to when national holidays are taking place. The High Season of locations is the most sought after and therefore the most expensive. If you plan to go for a yacht charter in the High Season of a location, we recommend booking well in advance to ensure you have the widest pool of yachts available to choose from.

Mediterranean yacht charters

Grotto Ionian yacht charter

The Mediterranean is a hugely popular sailing destination, and it is clear why! Croatia, Greece, Turkey, the west coast of Italy, Monaco, the French Riviera, Sardinia, Sicily and Spain all make for the perfect yacht charter destinations with their history, culture, scenery, beautiful weather conditions and of course their delicious culinary traditions. The Mediterranean has always been and will continue to be, a yachters paradise!

When thinking about the best time to charter in the Mediterranean there are a couple of important things to consider when planning a charter. How do you feel about crowds? What weather do you enjoy? What kind of activities interest you?

The months of July and August are the Mediterranean’s High Season months. These months are bursting with colour, life and boast the years’ warmest, driest temperatures. The sun’s warmth will have made the sea ideal for swimming and water sports. The High Season also benefits from having the longest days, so that you can fill them with activities, sailing and time with loved ones. On the other hand, they are the busiest months due to the majority of European schools being on holiday. Towns will be bustling with visitors and life. Yacht charter rates will be at  their highest during these times and advance bookings for certain activities and on shore visits are recommended. As the season is so sought after, it gets booked up quickly.

If the stunning country of Greece has taken your fancy, please be aware that during the months of July and August the Meltemi winds, in the Aegean, are at their strongest. These winds impact charters in the Cyclades as strong winds can stop boats leaving the port. Consequently, many charters go to the Ionian Islands or the Saronic Gulf during these times.

June and September are quieter months and are a little cooler than July and August. The weather however is still very pleasant and come September, the sea is still perfect for swimming. In fact, September is considered to be the most beautiful month of the season in the Mediterranean. Those months are also popular with sailing yachts and the clients who enjoy the thrill of sailing but still want plenty of time to explore on land, too. Chartering a yacht in Mid-Season also allows travellers to visit these places in a more relaxed fashion, allowing time for a deeper appreciation of the destination.

Finally, the remaining months of the year are known as the Low Season. Chartering in the Low Season is ideal for guests who prefer quieter times, less heat and fewer crowds. Many attractions, shops and events that rely on the tourist trade may have reduced opening hours or may be closed completely, as the demand simply isn’t there. However, the beauty of the area can be enhanced in those quieter times. This period is also popular with true sailors, as the winds are somewhat stronger and more frequent.


Low Season: May and October

Mid Season: June and September

High Season: July and August

Pakleni islands, island Hvar, Croatia


Low Season: May and October

Mid Season: June and September

High Season: July and August (NOTE: the Cyclades area is effected by strong Meltemi winds during the High Season)

Mykonos, Greece


Low Season: April and November

Mid Season: May and June

High Season: July, August and September

yacht charter Turkey Ros Mare


Low Season: May and October

Mid Season: June and September

High Season: July and August

Capo Farro, Costa Smeralda, Sardinia

Caribbean yacht charters

Caribbean yacht charters

Who doesn’t love incredible turquoise seas, sandy beaches, cocktails and palm trees? The Caribbean is simply dreamy. This yacht charter destination is a home to some of the best sailing in the world and what makes it even more appealing is that the High Season is during the northern hemisphere’s winter.

Despite the weather being mostly warm all year round, an average of 26 degrees, anyone booking a charter in the Caribbean must be aware that the Caribbean has a hurricane season. The hurricane season runs from early June through to the end of November and it mostly affects the Leeward Islands (includes the Virgin Islands). During this period there is a reduced number of boats available in this area. Some will use this period for the maintenance and others will likely head south to the Grenadines to avoid the worst of the weather.

The season starts to pick up in early November and by Thanksgiving the High Season is well and truly underway. Within the High Season there are two peak weeks to be aware of: Christmas and New Year, called the festive period. What better way is there to spend such a magical holiday than on a yacht with family and friends? The festive season period gets booked up well in advance, so we suggest planning your yacht charter a year ahead to get the best choice of yachts. The North American ‘Spring Break’ in late March is also a very popular charter period to be aware of.

Generally speaking, the best time to charter in the Caribbean would be November through to July, although the seasons in some areas of the Caribbean vary slightly. Take a look below to see the exact High and Low Season months for specific parts of the Caribbean.


High Season: November through April

Low Season: June through October

Bequia, the Grenadines


High Season: December through April

Low Season: May and June

Saba Rock, Virgin Gorda, BVI


High Season: December through April

Low Season: June through November

St Barts, Caribbean


High Season: December through April

Low Season: June through September

Exumas, the Bahamas

French Polynesia

Huahine French Polynesia

French Polynesia is an extraordinary place to sail with over 100 islands to explore. It is a relatively unexplored part of the world but everyone who has sailed is mesmerised by the place. There is a large coral atoll chain, incredible landscapes, perfect snorkelling and diving areas, kitesurfing, lagoons and rainforest peaks. We recommend that if you charter here you take at least 10 days for your charter, as covering the area takes time and should be done at a gentle pace.

The most desirable cruising areas are the islands of Bora-Bora, Raiatea, Tahaa, and Huahine.  These islands are close to each other and offer a fantastic variety of places to explore above and below the water’s edge. They offer such an array of experiences to be enjoyed. On the coast line of Raiatea, seek out Polynesian temples and ancient petroglyphs carved in the stones. From Ha’amene Bay hike up into the lush green mountains, making sure to enjoy the staggering views and visit the vanilla farms. Snorkel amongst the colourful coral reefs and schools of tropical fish in the shallow waters between Taha and Bora Bora. If you are lucky enough you may even be able to swim with eagle rays. These islands certainly make for an unforgettable charter.

French Polynesia has two seasons, just like the Caribbean and Mediterranean, however here the High Season is commonly known as the Dry Season compared to the Low Season being the Wet Season. July and August (High Season) are considered the best months for visiting as the weather is dry and mostly predictable. The temperatures are between 20 and 28 degrees. During these popular times prices are higher and forward planning is required to book into restaurants and attractions.

The Low Season, or Wet Season, is November through to April. These months can be very humid with temperatures beginning around 30 degrees. Chartering in the Low Season is recommended for guests who prefer quieter times with less crowds.

It should also be noted that while French Polynesia is located on the edge of the hurricane belt, hurricanes can still occur during the months of December and January.

Travelling during Mid Season (the months of April, May, October and November) is also a good time to travel this area.

For more information about planning your yacht charter, contact Sasha at:

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