Often described as “4 lively islands, one gentle people,” St. Thomas, Water Island, St. Croix and St. John, the "American Caribbean", offer a very cosmopolitan culture as well as pristine, sandy beaches and crystal clear waters ideal for diving or snorkeling.
Explore the lush green island of St. John, which is two-thirds national park. Stroll down one of the many long white beaches or hike along a nature trail, many of which end with outstanding panoramic views of white beaches and emerald cays. St. John just got voted the Nr. 1 Caribbean island from the readers of the Conde Nast Travel Magazine.
St. Thomas is filled with bustling towns and great duty-free shopping. At Charlotte Amalie, cruise port and capital of the USVI, white and red-roofed brick buildings from the days of Dutch power stand vibrantly against a backdrop of emerald hills.
For first-timers in Caribbean yacht charters, there is no better place then the British Virgin Islands to have your sailing vacation, whether you go on a crewed yacht charter or a bareboat yacht charter.
Easy island hops and year-round balmy temperatures make the BVI the perfect Caribbean sailing vacation destination for everyone.
Even the most experienced sailors return year after year, hooked on this cruising paradise.
Virgin Gorda and "The Baths" - a top destination for every Caribbean yacht charter With a population of about 2,500 is a favorite stop-over for both yachtsmen and landlubbers. It is linked to the other islands by a small airport and regular ferry services. The northern half of the island is mountainous with a good-sized peak of 1,370 feet, while the southern half is flat and scattered with giant boulders. The B.V.I.'s most famous natural attraction, The Baths - giant boulders forming a series of spectacular pools and grottoes - is located here. There are some 20 beaches on Virgin Gorda, including the beautiful Devil's Bay (a national Park), Spring Bay and Trunk Bay. There is also the abandoned Copper Mine on the southeast tip of the island where a boiler stack and other 19th century stone buildings can still be observed.
Anegada - a unique escape - a coral island with a small population of 150 people. Its highest point is only 28 feet above sea level and it can barely be seen on the horizon when approached by sea. It's known for its miles of endless white sand beaches and the horseshoe reef, which in years past has ensnared hundreds of shipwrecks. Today this reef makes the island a popular dive area.
One of the advantages if you start your Virgin Islands yacht charter in St. Thomas is the large selection of flights heading into STT (airport code of St. Thomas), sometimes directly from major cities in the US.
One of the new airlines that offers very affordable airfares (out of Providence/Boston, NY, Atlantic City, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale) is Spirit Air, visit their website at www.spiritair.com
If you fly into Tortola, BVI, you will arrive in Beef Island Airport (airport code EIS). This puts you right into the heart of the BVI, but it will be harder to visit St. John, one of the most beautiful Virgin Islands.
The following locations offer high speed internet with your WiFi enabled laptop. Sopers Hole, Tortola at Pussers, Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor close to the Marina Office, Trellis Bay at Mongoose Junction, Saba Rock Resort, North Sound Virgin Gorda.
Average temperatures ranging from 77 degrees Fahrenheit in winter to 82 degrees Fahrenheit in summer. There is less than a 5 degree Fahrenheit difference in temperature from winter to summer.