During the winter months, St. Martin's marinas are filled to capacity with the most extravagant yachts the world has to offer. Mega yachts call on St. Maarten for the best provisioning in the Caribbean and the convenience of the region's second largest airport.

Most of these small ships are for charter on a weekly base - to the fortunate few who can afford to spend the value of a regular home on a vacation. The largest yachts charge rates of up to $300,000/week - excluding fuel and other basics!

Of course, you are going to be pampered by highly trained professional crew members, served gourmet meals and have a wide selection of water toys at your disposal.

There are more modest, but still very comfortable vessels for charter with crew, if you prefer to experience a more 'realistic' taste of the cruising life style. Boats around 50 feet of length can accommodate usually 3 couples in separate stateroom suites. Typically, a skipper/owner and his wife are hosting such a charter, and by offering their extensive nautical knowledge virtually guaranteeing a most enjoyable vacation.