Yacht jobs in the Caribbean have a lot of variety on offer. There many types of vessels sailing this area, and quite understandably so – it is right up there as one of our top 10 picture-perfect places to work. The islands are home to vibrant and healthy marine and coral life, making it popular for scuba diving and snorkelling. Pristine waters, beautiful beaches, tropical forests, volcanic mountains, rustic beach bars and island vibes are just a few of the jewels of the Caribbean.
The Caribbean and Bahamas are very popular for superyachts, especially during the Northern Hemisphere winter months: December – May. Keep reading if you are interested in sailing one of the most beautiful charters in the world!
What Qualifications Do You Need?
The bare necessities to qualify for work onboard a yacht include:
Due to the popularity of the Caribbean route, however, we recommend that you seek opportunities to grow your skills and experience, so that you are not a total novice when applying. Besides your Interior Crew Training Course (if you are interested in becoming a steward or stewardess), why not consider additional courses that speak to the activities available in the Caribbean and Bahamas? Think about scuba diving or taking part in a course to learn about the diverse coral and marine life. This will also give you more talking points with guests!
Where to go and When
Vessels generally tend to crew up for the Caribbean season in October and November. Most vessels will base themselves in South Florida, making Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach the most common places for crew to find work. Yachts may hire crew again before crossing to their next seasonal destination, the most popular of which is the Mediterranean in March and April. Keep this in mind, because if you impress on your Caribbean charter, you may get rehired for the Mediterranean trip!
Visa & Legal Requirements
To work on a boat cruising the Caribbean it is advisable to have both a Schengen and B1B2 visa as some of the Islands still fall under European and US dependency. It is also important to have many spare pages in your passport for a Caribbean season, as there is immigration control which requires an entry and exit stamp in your passport for every Island. Speak to us if you’d like to discuss possible courses that could benefit you. Our partner academy is fully ITY & MCA internationally accredited.
If you’d just like to get an idea whether a yacht job is really for you, consider downloading our ultimate yacht crew handbook that will give you the ins and outs of yacht crew life, with additional tips to help you get that job on a private yacht.