This upcoming winter offers the perfect chance to escape the confines that COVID-19 has imposed on the world so far in 2020. We look at the top destinations in the Americas that are open for travel with limited or no restrictions. If you are considering a winter getaway, we have selected the top locations that are home to a variety of sights and experiences, with easy, unrestricted access to all visitors.
Mexico offers yachting guests amazingly varied landscapes from white sandy beaches to rocky mountainous coastlines and an abundance of diverse cultures and destinations. The climate in Mexico is consistently warm averaging 28°C throughout the dry season of December to April.
There are three main yachting destinations to visit in Mexico. On the Pacific coast the Baja Peninsula and the sea of Cortez is home to popular names such as Cabo San Lucas famed for its unrivalled deep sea fishing and sparkling beaches paired with luxury restaurants dotted along the coast specialising in fish and seafood.
Further down the coast, the Mexican Riviera from Mazatlán to Acapulco you can find modest sized towns with cobblestone streets and colonial plazas adjacent to stunning snorkelling and diving locations.
On the Caribbean side, Cancun is a popular destination for many tourists and the surrounding region is steeped in ancient history and stunning coastlines to explore, complimented the whole way by traditional Mexican cuisine.
Travelling to Mexico
- Mexico has already reopened to travellers without the need for quarantine on arrival.
- If you present symptoms arriving at an airport in Mexico, you should ask for the International Health Team but no prior covid-19 test is necessary before travel.
About the Bahamas
A year-round destination, the Bahamas boasts some of the clearest waters in the world packed with wildlife. A perfect escape for a variety of reasons whether its diving the Andros Wall, fishing for renowned bone fish, absorbing the vibrant Caribbean culture or relishing in the relaxing peace. The word Bahamas is derived from the Spanish ‘Baja mar’ meaning shallow sea. This sun-soaked archipelago is the perfect getaway for those interested in spending the day on a private island or getting close up with nature. Of the 700 islands, only 30 are inhabited meaning there is plenty of space to find your own personal space.
Travelling to the Bahamas
Until 1st November 2020:
- All travellers are subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival via commercial air and private flights, charter flights, pleasure craft, or yacht from any country.
- Travellers are permitted to quarantine within a hotel or on a yacht under a “Vacation-in-Place” approach.
- All persons entering the country will need an approved International travel certificate and a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test certificate.
- After the 14 days, all persons intending to remain in the country will be required to complete another COVID-19 test, at their own expense, to exit Vacation-in-Place.
Beginning 1st November 2020:
- The Bahamas will remove the mandatory “Vacation in Place” requirement for all visitors, returning citizens and residents thereby enabling everyone to move about and explore the destination beyond the confines of their hotel or other accommodations.
- All incoming visitors must present a COVID-19 RT-PCR Negative (Swab) Test upon arrival taken no later than seven days from the date of arrival in The Bahamas.
- A second rapid antigen test must be taken 4 days after arrival.
THE WINDWARD AND LEEWARD ISLANDS
The Windward and Leeward Islands have a magnetic pull over travellers seeking a well-established destination with an unsurpassed climate. Despite its long-founded reputation as a holiday hotspot the islands offer a comparatively undeveloped and charismatic destination. Dense rainforests up volcanic peaks, dreamy white-sand beaches flanked by crooked palms and turquoise waters home to mesmerizing coral reefs and tropical fish is the backdrop of a Caribbean holiday. A yacht charter is the best way to fully experience the island cruising lifestyle that surrounds these tropical islands.
About the Leeward Islands
The Leeward Islands are the more northerly in the group composed of the many smaller islands that make up the Lesser Antilles, including Anguilla, Antigua, Barbuda, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Nevis, Redonda, Saba, St. Barts, Saint Kitts, Saint Martin, Sint Eustatius, the British Virgin Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands. They are referred to as the Leeward Islands due to their location away from the trade winds.
About the Windward Islands
The Windward Islands are located farther south comprised of Barbados, Grenada, the Grenadines, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Tobago and Trinidad, which are among the larger of the Lesser Antilles islands. They are referred to as the Windward Islands due to their location on the path of North-eastern trade winds.
Travelling to the Windward and Leeward islands
- A number of countries in the Caribbean have now reopened their borders. This includes Barbados, Bermuda, St Barts, The US Virgin islands, Antigua and Barbuda, St Lucia, St. Maarten and the Dominican Republic.
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines borders are open but all new arrivals still need to quarantine. Turks and Caicos borders are also open to international travellers, but new arrivals must present a negative COVID-19 test result on arrival and need to have insurance that covers any potential costs related to coronavirus.
- It has been agreed that initially, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be in a travel Bubble, allowing unrestricted travel between the nations, as they presently meet the criteria.
Please do not hesitate to get in contact with us if you would like further details on a more specific destination you are considering travelling to.