Tips for the pre-Caribbean season
The Caribbean yachting season runs from late November to May, although the Antigua Charter Yacht Show in early December is generally considered the kick-off. Most yachts will arrive in the first few weeks of December in time for the Christmas charter period, often using Antigua or St Maarten as their base for the season.
Once settled they will get ready to welcome their charter guests who seek the warmer weather in places like the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, St. Barts, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and plenty of other tropical paradises that provide the perfect escape. The majority of yachts will then begin their crossings back to the Mediterranean in March or April to prepare for the summer season, although many yachts will remain in Caribbean waters until May.
If you are lucky enough to be spending the winter season in Spain before heading to the Caribbean, Evolution is on hand to help prepare your vessel and crew for the upcoming season. Whether you need to stock up on the yacht owner’s favourite brands, or those trusted products you know you can rely on, our provisioning team can source it all. We will ensure that all items are optimally packaged to arrive in optimal condition at your destination.
It’s important to be sure that all your crew visas are in all in order if you are heading to US waters this winter. The process of obtaining B1 and B2 visas is extensive, time-consuming and complex, and using a yacht agent to accompany the process is strongly recommended to reduce the likelihood of visas being denied. We suggest that your crew members contact us from mid-September to get the ball rolling with this. Kerry and Sonia from Evolution’s Concierge department have a good working relationship with the US Embassy and plenty of experience with swift and successful visa process. They will arrange all appointments for the required personal interviews, manage logistics, and sort any necessary accommodation near the embassy during the process as they have good contacts with a nearby hotel.
We look forward to helping you prepare for the upcoming Caribbean season!