The U.S. Virgin Islands
St. Thomas, St. John, Water Island, and St. Croix:
They may fly the American flag, but "America's Paradise" is, in reality, a mix of the foreign and familiar that offers something for everyone to enjoy. The history, beautiful beaches, myriad activities, great cuisine, and no-passport-required status make the Virgin Islands an inviting yacht charter destination for many Americans.
St. Thomas boasts one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. We've sailed from Ft. Lauderdale to Trinidad and can easily say that the twinkling night lights of the Charlotte Amalie harbor are the prettiest anywhere! As the most visited port in the Caribbean, downtown Charlotte Amalie offers elegant dining, exciting nightlife, duty-free shopping a gondola and even a zip line! Though it's full of energy, especially downtown, this island also possesses numerous sublime natural splendors, such as stunning views of the Caribbean from 1,500 feet above sea level.
Most St. Thomas Yacht Charter crews pick up their guests at Crown Bay Marina located between the airport and the downtown Charlotte Amalie shopping district or at Yacht Haven Grande Marina, just east of downtown Charlotte Amalie. Another option is to meet your crewed yacht at American Yacht Harbor Marina in Red Hook on St. Thomas’ East end. Adjacent to the East end is the ever popular anchorage of Christmas Cove with it's excellent snorkeling. You might even get to sample one of the newest creations from the Pizza Pi boat located in the harbor!
With a population of about 200 people, Water Island offers visitors a superb opportunity to relax away from everything and enjoy a laid-back vacation. It is a small residential island; the smallest of the four USVI islands at just 491.5 acres. The calm bay at Honeymoon Beach is a great place to watch your first sunset after meeting your crewed charter yacht at Crown Bay Marina in St. Thomas. Your Captain will be happy to show you all the fun things to do such as enjoy live music on Honeymoon beach, sample the restaurants, kayak, snorkel, explore the shoreline at Limestone, visit the remains of the military fortifications at Fort Segarra, take a bike tour or join residents for movie night under the stars! And if you are really lucky, when the visibility is good, you can see Puerto Rico’s El Yunque mountain to the west during the day and the glow from the city at night.
Two-thirds of St. John, USVI is a national park. Donated by Laurence Rockefeller in the 1950s, it is home to the Virgin Islands National Park, which protects over 7000 acres of the 12,500-acre island. The island's comfortable pace is perfect for enjoying world-renowned beaches such as Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay, and Salt Pond Bay. A nature lover's favorite, St. John offers hiking, camping, specialty shopping, and breathtaking views. You could easily spend a week exploring the North coast anchorages of Caneel Bay, Cinnamon Bay, Maho & Francis Bay, and Leinster Bay & the Southern anchorages of Little Lameshur Bay and Coral Bay. St. John offers imaginative shops with distinctive resort wear, quality jewelry, unique international & local crafts & duty-free luxury goods. The island is home to many talented artists who work in a wide array of mediums & modes. St. John's three shopping areas, all within walking distance of the main ferry dock & each with a personality all its own, are attractions in themselves offering charming restaurants, cafes & bars along with the shops.
Located 40 miles South of St. Thomas, St. Croix, USVI is one of the only dive destinations where you can dive a wall, wreck, pier and reef all in one day. One of only three underwater national monuments in the United States, Buck Island and its surrounding coral reef ecosystem support a large variety of native flora and fauna, including the hawksbill turtle and brown pelican. Underwater trails make Buck Island a popular destination for snorkelers and a must-do for every visitor. While not a regular stop on many crewed yacht charter itineraries (one day to get there and one day to get back), you can easily take the sea plane from St. Thomas to find well-equipped sport fishing charter boats, offering full- and half-day trips. Whether you prefer to angle for big game fish, fly fish or bone fish, you'll find it on St. Croix.