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Santa undertakes his summer sleigh maintenance for his arrival in Antigua this December!

There’s something exciting about heading off to a beautiful, warm climate for the Holidays and, for cruising sailors, there’s something very special about spending Christmas and New Year in Antigua.  There’s such a festive atmosphere around the island at that time; lots of parties, events and, of course, some brilliant sailing!  It’s the Caribbean island that many liveaboards and long term cruisers gravitate towards at this time as part of their cruising traditions.

Time your trip just right and you will discover Santa arriving by helicopter in Jolly Harbour much to the delight of the screaming kids down below who can barely keep still for the excitement.  It was a real pleasure to watch the spectacle last year and I was able to take some photographs as a nice memory.

Sailing and Santa in Antigua

You will find many events taking place around the island; often involving the local Antiguan school children who have heaps of talent and clearly enjoy performing in front of a crowd.

Great performances around Antigua for music lovers

But it’s not just about the parties and the events.  It’s also great sailing for many bareboat guests who choose to cruise Antigua & Barbuda at this time.  At this time of year, you would experience around 15 – 20 knots of breeze and seas of around 5 – 7 feet.  Perfect sailing conditions for our fleet of SAILING monohulls and Catamarans from 40 – 50 feet.  You will always find a deserted beach (there are 365 in Antigua & Barbuda!) to drop the hook, explore and relax.  Santa has chosen his favourite beach already!

Darkwood Beach, Antigua – where else for the Holidays?

For the party sailors, join in the fun at Nelson’s Dockyard on Christmas Day.  This is where pretty much the whole island congregates in English Harbour to celebrate the festivities.  You will find dinghies full of champagne and cold local beer, traditional rum punch stalls and, of course, music and great BBQ.

Celebrate in style in Antigua

Party time at English Harbour

Christmas Day in the Dockyard

The New Year celebrations and fireworks are simply brilliant here on Antigua.  With all of the mega yachts and super yachts ‘dressed’ for the occasion, it’s a special time to make those sailing resolutions for 2013.  Join us this Christmas for a Holiday charter experience like no other.  This is where we’ll be!