Join classic wooden windjammer Florette for a Caribbean sailing adventure from the island of St Martin to Guadeloupe.
Join historic tall ship Florette on the island of St Martin for an authentic Caribbean sailing holiday. Explore the Leeward islands under sail from Montserrat, St Kitts & Nevis to the island of Guadeloupe.
This Caribbean sailing holiday adventure certainly has something for everyone. From traditional tall ship sailing in perfect trade wind conditions to island hopping, wildlife spotting and general tropical island relaxation.
- Traditional tall ship sailing
- Hands-on sailing experience
- Caribbean island hopping
- swimming & snorkelling
- Kayaks & SUP’s
- Private Cabins
YOUR SAILING AREA
St Martin to Guadeloupe
Divided into two nations of French and Dutch, St Martin is a fascinating cultural blend of rich African heritage, speaking 80 different languages and home to over 100 different nationalities. This tiny island is a multi-cultural delight with some of the finest and diverse cuisine found in the Caribbean. Add the 37 palm-fringed white-sand beaches, endless coves and tranquil bays and it’s easy to see why this tropical paradise is a firm favourite for the sun-seeking traveller and a great place to join your Caribbean sailing holiday. Florette will be moored or anchored in the picturesque Marigot Bay, ready to welcome guests aboard.
As with all our sailing holidays, Florette will make the most of the Caribbean trade winds sailing and island hopping through the Leeward islands to finish on the island of Guadeloupe. Depending on the wind, explore the islands of Monserrat and St Kitts & Nevis before finishing on the island of Guadeloupe.
St Kitts & Nevis
The volcanic islands of St Kitts and Nevis are known for their cloud shrouded mountains and beautiful beaches. St Kitts is dominated by the dormant Mount Liamuiga volcano, home to a crater lake, green vervet monkeys and rainforest crisscrossed with hiking trails. Abandoned sugar plantations, streets lined with colourful timber houses and palm trees swaying in the trade wind make exploring this little island a truly, quintessentially Caribbean experience.
One of the most dramatic islands in the Caribbean for both its geological history and landscape, the island of Montserrat is home to towering mountain peaks and rainforest hillsides. The eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano in 1995 devastated the island, with the last two decades spent re-building and growing the population. Nowadays, Montserrat draws tourists wanting to experience a little bit of authentic, laid back Caribbean island life. A slow rhythm with friendly locals, rainforest trails and wonderful bird-watching opportunities where cruise liners are yet to arrive.
Guadeloupe is an archipelago in its own right with the main butterfly-shaped island surrounded by even more miniature versions of this tropical paradise. The main island is divided by the Salee River home to jungle swamps and connected only by a couple of bridges. Across the islands you’ll find beautiful long stretches of beach, sugar cane fields and the Parc National de la Guadeloupe. A mountainous, jungle-like National Park home to the cascading Carbet Falls and the volcano of La Grande Soufrière. With a plethora of bays, coves and inlets, you won’t be short of picturesque anchorages and swimming opportunities here either.
From solo travellers to couples to families or friends, there is something for everyone on this Caribbean sailing adventure. An unforgettable and versatile sailing holiday with daily trips to explore ashore, offering a pleasant contrast to the social life on board. Swim, snorkel and kayak in secluded bays with crystal-clear water and miles of soft sandy white beaches.
All voyages for Florette
Guest berths: 28 Rig: Brigantine
Florette is the last active, originally built brigantine in the Mediterranean and one of the last wooden windjammers that are still actively sailing. After nearly 50 years operating as a cargo ship and a world war, she was discovered by the Haynes family at the end of the 70s, lovingly restored to a charter vessel and returned to her original condition. She still remains in the same family, sailing and exploring the Mediterranean, Scotland and the Caribbean. From week long island hopping around the Aeolian islands to Atlantic crossings and winter sun sailing in the Caribbean, she certainly has something for everyone!
Over the past 45 years, Family Haynes has been faithfully restoring and maintaining her charm with her traditional rigging and still set all her sails by hand. As she was built to carry over 200t of marble deep sea, her construction is twice as strong as compared to a normal ship of her size. She is constructed with double oak frames and up to 13 meters long, 14 cm thick ironwood planks (azobe). Her topsides are built in the finest mahogany. She was originally launched in winter of 1921 in Italy as a pure wooden sailing ship with no engine to serve as a cargo ship.
Now, she has been equipped with the latest safety standards in accordance with EU guidelines for historic charter and sailing school ships and approved for deep-sea navigation. Below decks she has a combination of twin and triple cabins, authentic hammock bunks in the saloon or even take your chances and sleep on deck beneath the stars!More about Florette
LIFE ON BOARD
AUTHENTIC TALL SHIP SAILING
Florette and her crew always try to combine traditional classic sailing while immersing guests in the natural landscapes ashore. Florette invites you to get involved with her traditional sailing. With an original rig, it is certainly an all-hands on deck approach – which is surely part of the magic to this adventure sailing holiday.
Sailing Florette is a true family affair. Captain Ron is the 2nd generation to run and sail Florette with his family after his parents bought the boat back in the 70’s. Ron was brought up on the boat, as he is now doing with his family. Alongside Ron and his wife Nicole, Florette is fully crewed with experienced and knowledgeable sailors. Nicole is also the boats chef, cooking up fabulous cuisine, so you won’t be going hungry after a day of sailing and exploring.
Florette commands attention wherever she sails with her traditional wooden hull, decoratively carved transom and her impressive sail rig. Sailing with her is part of the magic of this adventure holiday and is a huge part of the experience. There is also fishing gear available which is used to catch fresh fish for supper!
Sleeping and Relaxation
Florette is one of the larger boats in our fleet so she has ample space both above and below decks. Her Captain and family live-aboard but they have their own separate quarters. Guests can enjoy private cabins in combinations of 2-3 berth bunks. All cabins share a total of four toilets and three showers with another shower on deck for a rinse off after some sea swimming. For Atlantic crossings and Caribbean voyages only, under 30’s have the chance for a true authentic pirate experience to stay in a hammock! Each hammock will be allocated a seamans chest for any belongings and will strung up in the saloon between 9pm and 8am.
A generous saloon, bar and eating area sit below decks with a traditional wooden finish. Above decks there is a large cushioned area for relaxation, sun-bathing or sleeping beneath the stars (bring your own sleeping bag if this is something you fancy!). An alfresco dining area sits mid-ships, perfect for lunches in the sun or dinners at sunset.
Please check the What’s included tab for a breakdown of the ticket price and the board cash.
- HALF BOARD – All breakfast (includes tea and coffee), six meals (combination of lunch or dinner)
- Use of all facilities on board including snorkelling gear, paddle boards, kayaks, board games
- All bedding (pillow, duvet, bedding)
- All tender trips during the voyage, to and fro the boat
- Full crew, plus tuition
What’s not included
BOARD CASH (in EUROS OR USD)
- (€20 per person, per trip for water maker (unlimited water)
- €14 per person, per day for waste charge)
- 6-7 meals ashore (at guests expense)
- Tea/Coffee/Alcohol (cash honesty bar)
- Wash or swim towels
- Use of sleeping bags for sleeping on deck (only if you want!)
- Any local taxes including departure and landing tax – estimated to be between €100-200 per person . If there are places guests want to go that have a landing tax, the cost will be split between those that want to go and added to your honesty tab.
- Domestic flights
- Crew and tour leader tips
Florette and her crew can organise extra activities for guests including things like wine tasting, BBQ evenings and pizza making nights. None of these are mandatory and will depend on the feeling of the group but once agreed, will be planned, costed and split between the guests. Florette runs a very fair ship and is transparent with any extra costs. All guests are responsible for recording their own usage/extras in their honesty tab which is payable in EUROS/USD at the end of the trip.
We do require 12 guests to run this voyage, which we know is achievable for this boat given the leas time and good following she has. However, the boat reserve the right to cancel the trip up to 60 days before departure if this minimum number is not reached. For the payment, we ask for a 25% deposit now and no full balance payment until the 60 day date once the voyage has been confirmed. If the trip does not go ahead, your deposit will be refunded in, but we can not be liable for the cost of your flights.
Travel insurance notes
As this is an active adventure holiday, we advise that everyone has the appropriate personal accident travel insurance whilst onboard in addition to standard travel insurance which would cover you in the time between making your booking and departing for your adventure. These policies can sometimes be combined so please check with your travel insurance provider.
This voyage will be more than 12miles offshore.
Are all meals included?
Please check the What's included Tab within each voyage.
Are there any added extra's?
Soft drinks & alcohol may be purchased onboard.
Are drinks included?
Tea/Coffee is included at breakfast. All other drinks/alcohol can be purchased onboard with an honesty bar.
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please ask at the time of booking.
Are there any water toys?
Yes, Florette carries Kayaks and SUP's for guests use - a buoyancy jacket must be worn.
What language is spoken onboard?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
5x family cabins (double+single), 2x double cabins, 4x twin bunk cabins, 4x hammock bunks
How many toilet/showers does she have?
4 toilets with 3 showers & 1 deck shower
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore on most voyages.
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Yes, please bring european adaptors
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
Do I need sailing experience?
On her week-long voyages, no - just a love for adventure! On her Ocean crossings, some previous time on the water is recommended.
Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.
Is bedding included?
All bedding is but towels are not. If you would like to sleep under the stars on deck, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag.
From: Marigot Bay, St Martin
To: Deshaies, Guadeloupe
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.
Marigot Bay, St Martin
There are two airports on St Martin.
St Martin Esperance Airport (also known as Grand Case Airport) is 25 minute taxi ride to Marigot Bay.
Indirect flights connect the UK to St Martin Esperance Airport from Newcastle, London Gatwick, Birmingham and Glasgow International.
The second, Princess Juliana International Airport, has direct flights internationally and includes flights from Amsterdam and Paris.
*As a former French colony you may find flights to/from Paris are shorter and with fewer stops.
STAY IN MARIGOT BAY
There are plenty of places to stay in Marigot Bay. Try Fantastic Hotel, Over The Hill Guest House and Hevea Hotel.
Flights to most major UK airports via France from Pointe-à-Pitre Le Raizet Airport.
You can get to/from Pointe-à-Pitre Le Raizet Airport (PTP) to Deshaies Harbour by taxi, it is around 40 minutes.
Need help with flights?
If you require some expert help with sourcing the right flights to meet the boat, please get in touch with Jenny at the Flight Centre via this form, she will be able to send you a quote within24 hours.