British virgin islands (bvi)
sun-drenched memories while cruising along with gentle trade
winds and exploring the delights of over 40 enticing Caribbean
islands that seem to have been created just for you. The
beautiful British Virgin Islands are a yachter’s paradise. Only
2 to 3 hours between islands within this archipelago promises a
leisurely daily sail followed by a relaxing dinner or island
Located in the
north of the Caribbean Sea to the east of both Puerto Rico and
the US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands are part of
the Leeward Island chain. Christopher Columbus, on his second
voyage to the New World in 1493, named these islands in honor of
Saint Ursula and her 10,000 virgins. The British Virgin Islands
have a total population of around 22,000 people.
understandable why BVI is one of the Caribbean’s most popular
yacht charter destinations. Azure waters reveal a rainbow of
tropical fish and coral for some of the most famous snorkeling
in the Caribbean, and an abundance of unspoiled white sandy
beaches, restaurants and bars with local charm, and a large
selection of cays and harbors with convenient mooring make it a
popular choice for serious sailors and new yachting adventurers
The largest and most well known
island within the British Virgin Island is Tortola, which is
approximately twelve miles long and three miles wide. Road Town
on Tortola is the capital of the islands and the major harbor.
Most yacht charters will start and end here. Marinas on Tortola
include Village Cay Marina, Fort Burt Marina, Inner Harbour
Marina and Nanny Cay. If you rent a car, Tortola offers
breathtaking views from its steep and winding roads. Be sure to
visit Tortola’s north shore where you’ll find Cane Garden Bay,
highly regarded for its beaches and anchorage, restaurants and
bars. Long Bay, Brewer’s Bay and Smuggler’s Cove are also worth
Cruising to the western reaches of Tortola you’ll find Soper's
Hole, a protected harbor lying between Frenchman's Cay and
Tortola that offers a marina with a full range of services
located in charming colorful houses. Stop into Pusser's Landing
for waterfront dining, an outdoor terrace and the company store.
Jost Van Dyke is north and west of Tortola. Great Harbour is the
entry port to BVI on Jost Van Dyke, and is where you’ll find the
famous Foxy’s – a marina as well as a great open air place for a
cool drink, a good meal, and souvenir T-shirts. Sail over to
White Bay, another appealing mooring spot, named for its long
stretch of white sandy beach. Be sure to try a Painkiller rum
drink while you while away an hour or two at the Soggy Dollar
Bar. Don’t forget to explore Little Harbour, a great place to
moor and eat lunch or dinner. Try the lobster at Sydney’s Peace
and Love restaurant.
(the fat virgin) was named by Christopher Columbus because he
thought the island looked like a fat lady reclining on her back.
This island is abundant with tempting places to cruise into and
discover. On the southwest side, take a dip in the Baths, an
amazing natural arrangement of granite rock formations and
pools, fun for climbing and exploration. Spanish Town is a major
settlement on Virgin Gorda and is the site for the Virgin Gorda
Yacht Harbour. And, don’t miss The Bitter End Yacht Club on the
North Sound for beaches, dive shop, hiking, and restaurants.
island is Anegada, known for fantastic snorkeling among its
coral reefs. Eleven miles long with sandy beaches, Anegada
boasts Horseshoe Reef, home of some of the largest fish in the
not-to-be-missed islands in this archipelago offer their own
unique flavor. Stop at Sandy Cay, one of the uninhabited islands
of BVI, and hike the well marked trail that runs the length of
the island. Norman Island offers the Caves, one of the most
popular tourist attractions in the BVI. Don’t miss the
spectacular snorkeling at the Indians, a small group of rocks
located just Northwest of Norman Island.
islands of BVI include; Beef Island, Cooper Island, Ginger
Island, Great Camanoe, Great Thatch, Guana Island, Mosquito
Island, Necker Island, Peter Island, and Salt Island. The
official currency of the British Virgin Islands is the US
English is the
Virgin Islands are known as Nature’s Little Secrets. With the
never ending choices of water fun, yachting, dining and charming
islands to discover, there is no question why.
us virgin islands
Christopher Columbus discovered the Virgin Islands in 1493, he
could not have known that this alluring group of tropical
islands of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix along with
several smaller surrounding islands would one day become the
most popular yachting gateway to the Caribbean.
of white beaches, an array of water sports, amazing views, mouth
watering cuisine and well stocked duty free stores, UVI beckons.
Set among some of
the world’s most magnificent sparkling sailing waters and lined
with an abundance of tempting coves and bays to encourage
cruising along their perimeters, The US Virgin Islands lie in
the northern Caribbean, about 50 miles east of Puerto Rico. The
islands are geographically part of the Virgin Islands
archipelago and are located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser
Antilles. Though Columbus originally claimed the islands for
Spain, the desirable US Virgin Islands were owned by many
countries until the United States purchased them from Denmark in
The islands are
all within a short daily sail of two to three hours apart,
making cruising and line-of-sight navigation easy for new
yachting captains. UVI offers something for everyone, and
yachting enthusiasts agree that the three main islands of the US
Virgin Islands offer distinctly different atmospheres.
St. Thomas is the
best known of the US Virgin Islands, and is a popular yacht
charter origination site. The constant arrival of cruise ships
into St. Thomas Harbor in Charlotte Amalie, the capitol city,
keeps St. Thomas bustling with tourists. Shopping at St. Thomas
is one of the most popular activities, so be sure to dock and
enjoy the enticing selection of duty free merchandise with no
commercialized, St. Thomas still offers plenty of interesting
places for charter boat travelers to anchor and enjoy. On the
north side of the island, Magen’s Bay is a beautiful beach for
families, and Hull Bay Beach is popular with surfers looking for
the perfect wave. If you are into windsurfing, Sapphire Beach
awaits by Sapphire Bay Marina, and is also convenient to Red
Hook Marina on the island’s western tip.
Immediately west of Charlotte Amalie within Sub Base, Crown Bay
Marina invites yachters in for the day with restaurants and
provisions. Great St. James Island just off the southeast tip of
St. Thomas offers pleasures of diving and snorkeling at
Lying east of St.
Thomas, the island of St. John is a quiet, non-commercial
contrast to its neighbor. St. John’s tranquil, unspoiled
personality and green forested hillsides are protected against
development by the National Park Service, which maintains
two-thirds of the island, including The Virgin Islands National
Park and the underwater Virgin Islands Coral Reef National
Monument. Boating and sailing, walking tours, hiking and
snorkeling are allowed within the park.
St. John is also
known for its lovely beaches. Moor your yacht and enjoy the
snorkeling at spectacular Trunk Bay, where the fish and coral
abound. Cruz Bay, located on the west side of St. John, is an
entry point for yachts returning from the British Virgin
Islands, and is also host to ferries unloading passengers and
vehicles. Cruz Bay is filled with artisans' shops and galleries,
shops, and restaurants with fine cuisine.
On the east side
of St. John is Coral Bay, a quaint area featuring restaurants
and bars with local flavor, pristine beaches and snorkeling.
Sailing around St. John will yield other delightful bays
including the peaceful Hawk Nest Bay, Salomon Bay, Cannel Bay
with its seven white beaches and yacht moorings, and Cinnamon
Bay which offers beach and campground.
miles south of St. Thomas is the third and largest island of the
US Virgin Islands, St. Croix. Main attractions include
Christiansted and Frederiksted, charmingly slow-paced Danish
towns with beautiful architecture and waterfront parks. Enjoy
duty free shopping and a laid back ambiance, and you may even
want to take the Cruzan Rum Factory tour. Not to be missed is
the Buck Island Reef National Monument, accessible through
chartered powerboats or catamarans. At Buck Island, scuba divers
and snorkelers will delight in the colorful coral, fish, sea
turtles and stingrays along the marked snorkel trail. St. Croix
mooring possibilities include Green Cay Marina, the St. Croix
Yacht Club, and East End Marine Park, just to name a few.
currency of the US Virgin Islands is the US dollar.
English is the official
language. A charter cruise exploring the US
Virgin Islands promises a glorious yachting experience of sunny
skies, crystal blue waters, tropical settings, and memorable
diversions for every age.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
For those seeking
the beauty of the Caribbean combined with the seclusion of quiet
coves and bays with white sand beaches, a charter cruise among
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is for you. Part of the Windward
Islands, St. Vincent and the Grenadines are 32 volcanic islands
located south of St Lucia and north of Grenada. Only nine of the
islands are inhabited, while the rest are known for their bird
sanctuaries, scenic hiking routes and colorful fish and coral
featuring some of the finest diving and snorkeling in the
St. Vincent is the primary
island of the group, irresistible with its mountains blanketed
with lush greenery and its famous volcano, La Soufreière, which
last erupted in 1979. The Lagoon Hotel and Marina on the
southern tip of St. Vincent is a popular origination point for
Caribbean yacht charters. Kingston, the capital of this
18-mile-long island, is home to Fort Charlotte as well as the
oldest Botanical Gardens in the Caribbean. Don’t miss Trinity
Falls on the leeward side of St. Vincent, as well as the Falls
of Baleine with its breathtaking beauty only reachable by boat.
The Grenadines begin just nine
miles south of St. Vincent with the island of Bequia, known for
its whaling and boat building history. Charming Bequia has
excellent yacht anchorage at Port Elizabeth in Admiralty Bay,
convenient for yacht services and plentiful galleries,
restaurants and bars. Anchor at Princess Margaret Beach and
enjoy its golden beach, spectacular snorkeling and diving.
your Caribbean cruise south, find out why the rich and famous
are drawn to the island of Mustique and its yacht harbor,
Britannia Bay. Next in line is Canuoan, a central stop for
charter sailors, followed by Mayreau, a romantic non-commercial
island offering picture postcard views of the Grenadines. A
notable anchorage spot and one of the most fantastic beaches in
the Caribbean is the popular and picturesque Salt Whistle Bay of
As you sail to
the east of Mayreau, the five deserted islets comprising Tobago
Cays offer white beaches and spectacular diving and snorkeling
in shallow waters. Other stops on your charter cruise may
include Union Island, Petite St. Vincent, Palm Island and the
largest island of The Grenadines, Carriacou.
many islands of St. Vincent and The Grenadines, new vistas are
just a short sail away!
St. Martin & St. Barts
Where else can
you yacht around one tropical island and really visit two? St.
Martin/St. Maarten is an island of the Lesser Antilles, and
along with St. Bart, Martinique and Guadeloupe, is part of the
French West Indies. This island of two countries was settled by
the French in the north (St. Martin) and by the Dutch in the
south (St. Maarten), offering Caribbean yacht charter visitors
the pleasure of two cultures in one appealing island.
Martin is a popular cruise ship stop due to its exceptional
variety of duty free shops, great restaurants and bars, and
beautiful beaches. Divers will enjoy exploration of coral and
colorful marine life in addition to a variety of old shipwrecks.
Your yacht charter experience is easy on St. Martin due to its
plentiful supply of marinas. In the French sector of St. Martin,
the town of Marigot features two marinas, Port La Royale and
Marina Fort Louis, which allows direct access to the Caribbean
Sea. Anse Marcel harbor next to the Marina Port de Lonvilliers
is a good choice for sailors. Cruise to a stop in well-known
Orient Beach to enjoy a variety of water sports and decide just
how optional your clothing will be!
St. Maarten, the Dutch side of the island, yachters will find
the full service Simpson Bay Marina, the Yacht Club Isle de Sol,
the Yacht Club Port de Plaisance and right between the two
countries, Oyster Pond Marina. A variety of bays including Great
Bay, Little Bay, and Cole Bay offer opportunities to anchor your
charter yacht and enjoy the view.
A short yacht cruise south from
St. Martin lies St. Bart, a French paradise in the Caribbean
Leeward Islands. Also known as Saint-Barthelemy, Saint Barths,
or Saint Barth, this favorite yachting destination stands tall
with numerous volcanic peaks and 20 beaches, many undeveloped,
waiting to delight the eyes. Scuba diving is a favorite pastime
around this natural marine reserve revealing nurse sharks,
lobsters, conch and green sea turtles.St. Bart has removed
itself from mega-commercialism and instead has become known as
the getaway of choice for celebrities. Its amazing natural
beauty and lack of casinos, golf, large resorts or cruise ship
traffic gives St. Bart a slower, more intimate appeal.
Sophisticated elegance with impeccable service sets the tone in
the small hotels and duty free shops in St. Bart. Over 100
restaurants, many in the island’s main town of Gustavia, offer
French cuisine comparable to any dining in the world. Charter
yachting is great with steady winds of 10 to 20 knots, and St.
Bart offers plenty of yacht anchorage choices including Ile
Fourche and Saline Beach.
St. Martin and St. Barts are
jewels in the Caribbean offering beauty for the eyes and rest
for the soul. Include them in your yachting experience!
St. kitts and nevis
Get away from
it all with a yacht charter to St. Kitts and Nevis, a pair of
neighboring mountainous islands that grace the eastern Caribbean
as part of the Leeward Islands chain. These unspoiled beauties
lack the touristy commercial development of many Caribbean
islands, yet are all the more special for their natural
attractions and tranquility.
Named in 1493
by Christopher Columbus after St. Christopher, the patron saint
of travelers, St. Kitts is 69 square miles with a population of
31,880. Basseterre is the capital, and English is the official
adventure around St. Kitts will lead you south to include an
anchorage at Frigate Bay, known for its beaches and watersports.
Continuing to the southeast peninsula, white sand coves welcome
exploration. Cruise into Turtle Bay and enjoy a swim at Turtle
Beach. St. Kitts also offers an underwater scuba diving paradise
with its wrecks, reefs, walls and caves awaiting discovery.
While yachting along the
coastline of St. Kitts, look for nine forts which guarded the
island during its history. The most notable is Brimstone Hill
Fortress, a well preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site today.
Don’t miss Mt. Liamuiga - the island’s extinct 3,792-foot
volcano, the lush tropical rain forest, or the Black Rocks, and
stroll through numerous museums, churches and historic sites. In
addition to cruising the delightful waters surrounding St. Kitts
during your Caribbean yacht charter experience, you may wish to
alight to take the island’s scenic 17.5 mile train ride.
Nevis is the smaller of the two
islands at 36 square miles, yet this exotic paradise boasts an
abundance of sites both of historic merit and of natural beauty.
Sail north of Charlestown, the island’s capital, to Pinney’s
Beach, where watersports take full advantage of the sparkling
Caribbean waters. Cruise to Oualie Beach and Newcastle Beach
further to the north. For land lubbing, the 3,232-foot Nevis
Peak extends the challenge of a day-long climb, or take your
camera to capture the Colonial architecture of churches,
windmills and Great Houses or the historic ruins of a sugar
St. Kitts and
Nevis offer luxuriant beauty for your yacht charter vacation,
from vistas of volcanic peaks to the sun, sand and tropical
waters that make sailing the Caribbean an excursion to savor.
natural wonders of St. Lucia (Loo-sha) make it one of the
most popular yacht charter destinations in the Caribbean. Part
of the Lesser Antilles, St. Lucia is an independent island
nation on the boundary of the eastern Caribbean Sea and the
the harbors in the pleasant trade winds of St. Lucia will reveal
a distinct difference between its northern and southern regions.
The heaviest tourist and resort development is found between the
capital city, Castries, and the northern end of the island. Sail
south of Castries to discover lush unspoiled mountains, valleys,
and fishing villages. Castries itself is a cruise ship port, and
is filled with waterfront duty-free shopping, artist galleries
and fresh produce and fresh fish markets.
If white sand
beaches and a pleasant yacht anchorage are your goal, sail to
Rodney Bay, a lagoon and marina near the northern tip of St.
Lucia. Yacht provisions, fuel and water are readily available,
and Rodney Bay is a customs checkpoint. Pigeon Island National
Park is not to be missed, and history buffs will enjoy Fort
Rodney, an old British military base.
for yachters to explore is Marigot Bay, about 20 minutes south
of Castries, which is also a port of entry for the island from
the Caribbean Sea. Marigot Bay offers an unspoiled landscape as
well as one of the island’s most luxurious resorts. At St.
Lucia’s most southern point, Vieux Fort is the island’s second
largest town and a popular yacht charter anchorage. Open markets
are plentiful with offerings of fruit, spices and a large
variety of fresh fish.
perfect romantic site? Cruise down the west coast of St. Lucia
where between the cities of Soufrière and Choiseul you’ll find
the romantic vistas created by the impressive Pitons, a pair of
twin volcanic peaks that soar 200 feet upward from the Caribbean
St. Lucia also
provides prime diving and snorkeling opportunities, as its warm
clear waters offer spectacular views of pristine coral reefs and
colorful fish. Other popular sites of St. Lucia include the
Diamond Baths, the Botanical Gardens, Maria Island Nature
Reserve and plantation tours. English is the official language.
and romantic island has been called the world’s leading
honeymoon destination. St. Lucia’s allure is perfectly
accessible on a memorable Caribbean yachting vacation.
Martinique, with its tropical rain forests, green forested
mountains, a dormant volcano, and sparkling waters, is, at 426
square miles, the largest island in the Windward Islands chain
and the premier Caribbean yacht charter destination of the
A region of
France, “The Isle of Flowers” or “Madinina” entices its yachting
visitors with French cuisine as well as Creole and African
dishes, local and European produce, the finest French and
European fashions and products, and the famous Martinique rum.
Pointe du Bout is the island’s main resort area, offering
hotels, golf, shopping and casino nightlife. Notable sights
include the ruins of La Pagerie, where Napoleon’s Empress
Joséphine was born in 1763, and to the north, the city of St.
Pierre, site of the historic volcanic eruption of Mt. Pelée in
1902 that demolished the entire city and its population.
Martinique hosts numerous
sailing and yachting events, and it is easy to understand why
this Caribbean jewel has become such a popular sailing
destination. Martinique’s coastline boasts the Atlantic Ocean on
the east and the Caribbean Sea on the west. Numerous marinas and
bays around this island of stunning natural beauty make it easy
to spend a week in enjoyable exploration.
You may wish to begin your
Carribbean yachting escape in the harbor of Le Marin on the
southwest coast of Martinique. Its generously large bay is the
home of Martinique’s largest marina, Port de Plaisance, where
yacht provisions are abundantly available and the harbor is
highly regarded as a safe place should a hurricane threaten.
Another not-to-be-missed bay is the island’s capital,
Fort-de-France. This popular sailing destination offers
boutiques, open air markets, parks, the Bibliothèque Schoelcher,
and the Saint-Louis Cathedral.
Other anchorages to explore
during your Carribean yacht charter include the fishing villages
of Grande Anse d' Arlet, well known by divers for its tropical
fish and colorful corals, and Le Francois on the east coast,
which puts you in the island mood with rum tasting opportunities
and a beautiful botanical park. Alluring beaches including
Salines Beach and Anse Mitan answer the call for sand and sun.
The vibrant island of Martinique
offers a memorable cruising experience with tropical delights
around every point.
antigua and barbuda
Warm steady trade winds and an
undulating coastline of safe harbors draw yachters to the
independent British Commonwealth nation of Antigua and Barbuda.
Located in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the eastern
Caribbean, Antigua (An- tee -gah) is about 14 miles
long and 11 miles wide. Barbuda, a flat coral island with an
area of only 68 square miles, lies approximately 26 miles due
north. Redonda, a rocky, uninhabited nature preserve, is also
part of the nation of Antiqua and Barbuda.
Antigua’s white corridors of sandy
beach are its main draw, with shopping, dining and charming inns
ready for vacationers. St. John’s, on the west coast, is the
capital of Antigua and offers plenty of attractions including
the Antigua and Barbuda Museum, the Cathedral of St. John the
Divine, and Redcliffe Quay. Antigua’s history as a sugar
plantation island is still evident today, as over a hundred
abandoned sugar mill towers still grace the rolling
countryside. Coral reefs that protect the coastline of Antigua
and Barbuda, once an obstacle to enemy ships, provide abundant
marine life great for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Antigua is a great Caribbean
yacht charter vacation destination because of its many harbors.
Sail into English Harbour on the southern coast, famous for the
historic military lookout of Shirley Heights. Nearby Falmouth
Harbour to the east is a major yachting center with three large
marinas and Nelson’s Dockyard, the only working Georgian
dockyard in the world. Good anchorage for your charter yacht can
be found on the east shore at Green Island, as well as at Five
Island Harbour just south of St. John’s and at Jolly Harbour on
the south coast, which offers marinas, restaurants and shopping.
The island of Barbuda is lesser
known than Antigua, and offers an inviting contrast of quiet and
solitude. Good sailing is available with anchorage opportunities
on the west coast and to the south. Codrington, on Barbuda’s
west side, is the island’s largest town and is famous for the
Frigate Bird Sanctuary in Codrington Lagoon. The Lagoon is also
one of Barbuda’s most famous beaches, yet on your yacht charter
cruise, you will encounter very few humans visiting its pink
Antiguans say there are enough
beaches on their island to visit a different one every day of
the year. Why not charter a yacht and discover these Caribbean
treasures for yourself?
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