After you’ve had a great run in tropical trade winds, take a break from the boat. Horizon Yacht Charters helps its sailors make the most of their time at anchor, whether it’s with water toys or helicopter tours. Activities are available at the company’s Caribbean bases in the British Virgin Islands, Antigua, Grenada, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. They include:
The Virgins: Get a new angle on the cruising grounds by going zip-lining or taking a helicopter tour. Among recommended operators are the Original Virgin Canopy Tour (facebook.com/ovctbvi) and Antilles Helicopter Services (antilleshelicopterservices.com).
Antigua: Horizon clients who cruise Antigua can devote Sunday to a revered weekly event, the Shirley Heights Jump-Up. Overlooking English and Falmouth harbors from the Heights, the Jump-Up is a steel reggae band party every Sunday from around 4 p.m. through the night. Feast on jerk chicken and wash it down with rum punch. Take in the sunset, enjoy the music and the view, and make new friends.
Grenada: If you’re sailing the waters of the Spice Island, you can’t leave without stocking up on nutmeg, mace and chocolate. The award-winning Grenada Chocolate Co., situated among the cocoa groves of the island’s rainforest, produces small batches of organic dark chocolate with an intense, fruity flavor. Tour the facility, then retrieve edible souvenirs at the BonBon Shop (grenadachocolate.com).
Every base offers a range of water toys, from kayaks to snorkels, scuba gear and stand-up paddleboards, including the Horizon F14 paddleboard by Farr Yacht Design (farrdesign.com).