January Sailing Destinations: Top Picks for 2024

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Prime January Sailing Spots

Sailing in January. This is always an exceptional month for sailing and cruising. With the Caribbean and the British Virgin Islands season at its peak, there’s no shortage of breathtaking destinations to explore. Warm weather, vibrant marine life, and fewer crowds post-holiday season make it a sailor’s paradise. Two standout destinations are the Caribbean and New Caledonia. All our destinations offer favourable conditions and are known for their pristine beaches and azure waters. Mid to late January can also bring about some last-minute deals, with many returning to their daily routines post-holidays. Whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation, sailing in January promises an unforgettable experience with ideal weather and water temperatures perfect for a refreshing swim or dive.

Benefits of Sailing in January

The Allure of January Yachtcharter. lies not just in the destinations but also in the experience itself. Post-holiday months tend to offer serenity at popular sailing destinations, as most tourists have returned home. This tranquillity allows sailors to have more secluded anchorages, quieter marinas, and undisturbed natural beauty. Besides, many charter companies provide attractive offers during this month, making it economically advantageous for those looking to explore on a budget.

Tips for January Sailing

Planning a Sailing Trip in January. It’s essential to consider a few things. Always check the weather forecasts, especially for regions known for sudden climatic shifts. Equip your yacht with necessary safety gear and ensure that everyone on board knows the safety procedures. Lastly, while January offers solitude, it’s crucial to book your charters and marinas in advance, as some popular spots may still be in demand.

Quick Links for January Sailing Destinations: Top Picks for 2024

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🌍 Tips
Wind 🌬️ Best Reason to Pick
Itinerary Link
🇬🇩 1. Grenada in January 27°C 80°F 24-28°C
10-25 kn
Volcanic landscapes, lush rainforests, and beautiful sandy beaches await you. Grenada Sailing Itinerary
🇦🇬 2. Antigua in January 27°C 81°F 22-27°C
5-15 kn
Discover 365 beaches and a rich calendar of events and festivals. Antigua Sailing Itinerary
🇻🇬 3. BVI in January 27°C 81°F 24-28°C
15-25 kn
Sheltered bays, perfect weather and peak excitement await in the BVI’s post-holiday tranquillity. BVI Sailing Itinerary
🇧🇸 4. Bahamas in January 25°C 77°F 18-25°C
5-20 kn
200 km of island paradise, balmy breezes, calm seas, and island adventures await in the Bahamas. Bahamas Sailing Itinerary
🇳🇨 5. New Caledonia in January 28°C 82°F 23-29°C
15-20 kn
Warm seas, stunning UNESCO sites and rich local culture to immerse yourself in, New Caledonia Sailing Itinerary
🇨🇺 6. Cuba in January 27°C 81°F 19-27°C
15-22 kn
Vibrant cultural heritage, colonial architecture, and… those famous cigars. Cuba Sailing Itinerary
🇧🇿 7. Belize in January 28°C 82°F 21-28°C
5-15 kn
Diverse ecosystems, ancient Mayan ruins, and world-class snorkelling. Belize Sailing Itinerary
*Ranges are typical and subject to change. Not for navigational use.

1. Grenada

January Weather. The allure of Grenada as a prime January sailing destination is undeniable. Expect average temperatures to oscillate between a pleasant 24c (76f) and 28c (82f). Consistent northeasterly winds, ranging from 10-25 knots, grace the region. Plus, with January ushering in the dry season extending until May, you’re in for clear skies and minimal rain. (Rephrased for enhanced clarity and flow.)

The Essence of Grenada. A mosaic of stunning mountains, endemic fauna and flora, tranquil lakes, and diverse wildlife – Grenada is a treasure trove for nature enthusiasts. Dive deep into its colonial legacy and marvel at its volcanic foundations.

Lush Landscapes. Witness landscapes where rocky terrains and pristine beaches juxtapose against lush foliage. And while you’re at it, encounter fascinating species like armadillos, mona monkeys, and mockingbirds.

Marine Ecology. Grenada’s marine sanctuaries, teeming with vibrant coral reefs and seagrass meadows, beckon snorkelers and sailors alike, especially in January.

🧭 Navigational Difficulties (Moderate) ★★★☆☆
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Family Friendly ★★★★☆
🤿 Diving & Snorkeling ★★★★★
🍽️ Shore-side Eating ★★★★☆
🏛️ Sightseeing ★★★★☆

2. Antigua

Vibrant Antigua. Nestled within the Leeward Islands, Antigua emerges as a top-notch January sailing hotspot, captivating with its natural splendour, pulsating live music scenes, and mesmerising waters that shimmer in countless shades of blue. This serene haven boasts over 54 miles of picturesque coastline, dotted with 365 pristine beaches, each radiating its own charm and allure.

More than Amazing Beaches. Whilst its beaches are undoubtedly a highlight, Antigua offers much more: snorkelling amidst the vibrant coral reefs might introduce you to a Hawksbill sea turtle; hiking up to Fort Barrington provides panoramic views; and adrenaline-seekers can zip line through the dense rainforests.

Sailing in Antigua. January in Antigua offers sailors short passages amidst crystalline blue waters and straightforward line-of-sight navigation. The month sees daily highs averaging at 27c (80f) and lows around 22c (72f). Predominant easterly breezes flow consistently, averaging about 12 knots.

🧭 Navigational Difficulties (Moderate) ★★★☆☆
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Family Friendly ★★★★☆
🤿 Diving & Snorkeling ★★★★★
🍽️ Shore-side Eating ★★★★☆
🏛️ Sightseeing ★★★★☆

3. The British Virgin Islands

Winter Sun. The British Virgin Islands are a great winter sun sailing destination as high season has got into the full swing but the holiday season has past and the crowds have somewhat subsided but the middle or end of the month. The BVI is one of the best places to go sailing in January.

Weather In January. The BVI’s weather makes it one of the best places to go sailing in January. The average high for the month is 83f (28c) and the average low is 75f (24c), although rainfall can occur it is rare at this time of year. The wind tends to be stable between 15 – 25 knots in a northeast direction, which varies from a southeast direction in the earlier winter months.

Peak Season. The peak sailing time in the BVI is between December and April, with private boats venturing from the Mediterranean across the ocean, bring more boats and tourists to the area.

In January the majority of these boats have arrived from the Mediterranean but the majority of sailors have come and gone over the busy holiday period and the new year. By the middle and end of January, the BVI is quieter once again.

🧭 Navigational Difficulties (easy) ★☆☆☆☆
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Family Friendly ★★★★★
🤿 Diving & Snorkeling ★★★★★
🍽️ Shore-side Eating ★★★★★
🏛️ Sightseeing ★★★★★

4. Bahamas

Weather In January. The Bahamas is one of the best places to go sailing in January with an average high of 78f (25c) and an average low of 60f (18c). The water stays at a comfortable 76f (24c) and wind conditions stabilise, gentle, trade winds of between 5 -20 knots, which are usually blowing from the northeast.

The Bahamas. 200 km of island paradise; Gentle winds and easy sailing conditions allow guests to enjoy some of the finest scuba-diving spots in the world, and navigation is very straight forward, mainly due to the line of sight.

🧭 Navigational Difficulties (Moderate) ★★★☆☆
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Family Friendly ★★★★☆
🤿 Diving & Snorkeling ★★★★★
🍽️ Shore-side Eating ★★★★★
🏛️ Sightseeing ★★★☆☆

5. New Caledonia

Weather. New Caledonia has a tropical climate with hot and humid summer months (November to March) and a cooler drier winter months (June to August).

New Caledonia is a great place to go sailing in January with the average January weather temperatures ranging from 29c (84f) to 23c (73f) in the evening. The islands average 7 hours of sunshine a day with the sea temperature reaching 26c (79f), which is ideal for swimming and snorkelling.

Island. Located within the Southwest Pacific, off the coast of eastern Australia, and is a French overseas territory.

New Caledonia is a small collection of islands, islets all filled with beautiful natural scenery, UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the form of lagoons, landscapes, and culture. New Caledonia is a great place to go sailing in January and these are some places worth visiting are;

  • Grande Terre – Which is the largest and main island.
  • Turtle Bay (Baie de la Tortue) – A great destination to snorkel with coral reefs and crystal clear water.
  • Loyalty Islands
  • Chesterfield Islands
  • Belep archipelago
  • Isle of Pines –  Deserted beaches, blue water and lagoons, a great place to visit is Kuto Bay with ruins to explore and the village of Vao.
  • Moro Islet – Ideal for watersports, relaxing and enjoying the beaches.
  • Nokanhui – With underwater wonders.
  • Upi Bay or St Joseph – Which are ideal for kayaking, spotting turtles, reef sharks, and stingrays.
  • La Piscine Naturelle –  A turquoise bay with tropical forests and reefs.
  • Baie de Prony – On the south end of the mainland which is a nature reserve with sandy beaches, coral reefs, and red mineral sand.
🧭 Navigational Difficulties (Fairly Easy) ★★☆☆☆
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Family Friendly ★★★★☆
🤿 Diving & Snorkeling ★★★★★
🍽️ Shore-side Eating ★★★★☆
🏛️ Sightseeing ★★★★☆

6. Cuba

Cuba. The largest island in the Caribbean, there’s an abundance of beauty on the island of Cuba. With over 300 white sandy beaches, crystal clear blue waters, and quaint coastal towns, Cuba has exactly what you need for a lovely getaway.

Cuba is one of the best places to go sailing in January with a one-of-a-kind culture filled with life, music, and colour. Here you’ll find a deep and rich history, gorgeous beaches, wonderfully unique art, and architecture.

Weather In January. Cuba is a great place to go sailing in January with an average high temperature of 26c (79f) with 7 hours of sunlight a day and a low of 16c (61f) at night. Cuba has long passages depending on the chosen itinerary but they can vary from 30 – 60NM.

In January the winds tend to blow between 15 – 25 knots, in east or northeasterly direction. Cuba is a great place to go sailing in January for experienced sailors.

🧭 Navigational Difficulties (Challenging) ★★★★★
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Family Friendly ★★★☆☆
🤿 Diving & Snorkeling ★★★★★
🍽️ Shore-side Eating ★★★☆☆
🏛️ Sightseeing ★★★★☆

7. Belize

Belize. Located in the Caribbean, Belize is a small country in Central America, neighbouring Guatemala. Belize is home to the second-largest coral reef in the world – Mesoamerican Reef. A reef which runs 350NM from the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico) down the coast of Belize.

This is the perfect location for snorkelling with over 50 species of corals, 500 species of tropical fish, whale sharks, and seabirds.

Weather In January. Belize is a great place to sail year-round but is also a great place to go sailing in January. With year-round easterly trade winds blowing between 15 and 22 knots, you are guaranteed calm waters with short passages and line-of-sight navigation.

🧭 Navigational Difficulties ★★★☆☆
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Family Friendly ★★★☆☆
🤿 Diving & Snorkeling ★★★★★
🍽️ Shore-side Eating ★★★☆☆
🏛️ Sightseeing ★★★★☆

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