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I cruised the Virgin Islands aboard 2 crewed catamarans December 10-16, 2018.  I am delighted to report that the area has recovered very nicely and is well worth visiting after the hurricanes of Summer 2017. 

Thanks,
Michael Sawyer

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The Virgin Islands are an excellent yacht charter location with the Caribbean's calmest waters. Very short distances between idyllic anchorages mean more time enjoying the area.  We particularly recommend the Virgin Islands for your first Caribbean charter. 

They are so enchanting, in fact, that people keep coming back again and again!  Most of the islands of interest are in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), and many yachts specialize in the BVI only.  The one exception is St. John in the USVI, but you could happily spend 10 days in the BVI and never miss St. John.


 

 
 
Virgin Gorda

VIRGIN GORDA, BVI

Virgin Gorda, the fat virgin, is the second largest and perhaps one of the most interesting of the British Virgins. The island is approximately 10 miles long with high peaks in the northern and central areas. All land over 1,000 feet high on Virgin Gorda has been designated National Parks land to preserve its natural beauty.

The Baths are a stunning location - think "Stonehenge by the sea".

North Sound is a stunningly beautiful, breezy location. A quick vehicle ride up from Leverick Bay to Hog Heaven Bar perched above gives a magnificent view - and cool breezes - up at elevation. Oil Nut Bay resort is a lovely place to visit, for lunch or a spa day!

Spanish Town, the original capital, is still the major settlement on the island. Although opinions vary it is commonly thought that Spanish Town is so called for the number of Spanish settlers, who came to work in the copper mines in the early 16th century. The mines were still working until 1867, and the ruins at Copper Mine Point are still visible today.
 
 
Jost Van Dyke

JOST VAN DYKE & SANDY CAY, BVI

Jost Van Dyke is named after a Dutch pirate and the Western most island in the BVI. It's highest peak rises to 1,070 feet giving an all embracing vista of the harbors of this serene wonderland. Great Harbor has Foxy's beach bar, a world-famous spot for New Year's Eve.

Sandy Cay
Sandy Cay is one of the smallest islands to the west of Tortola. With it's natural botanical gardens, sweeping panoramic views and long white beaches, is a tiny pearl in the ocean. Laurence Rockefeller donated the island to the British Government as a national park, with the proviso that it stay in its native state.

Sandy Spit
Aside from being everyone's idea of the perfect tropical island, Sandy Spit has good snorkeling and is a fair anchorage and every photographers' fantasy.
 
 
Tortola

TORTOLA, BVI

Tortola, the turtle dove, is the BVI's largest island with 21 square miles. Road Town, capital of the BVI's, has numerous marinas, hotels, thriving ships chandleries and boatyards, and is abuzz with social activity.

At West End, a protected harbor bordered by flamboyant architecture known as Sopers Hole awaits you. This is one of the hot spots for shopping, dining and entertainment for the yachting community. It is also an ideal place to anchor when going to the infamous Bomba's Shack full moon party.

The peaks of Sage Mountain dominate the west side of the island. The area is a natural rain forest which is preserved as a national park for the enjoyment of hikers and future generations. The lookout platform at the summit affords a superb panoramic view.

On the largely undeveloped north side of the islands there are many natural and historical sites of beauty and interest.

Cane Garden Bay, the subject of many postcards, has a white palm fringed beach stretching the entire length of the bay. The Callwood Rum Distillery is housed there in a musty stone building dating back to slavery. Arundel rum in old and new bottles line the shelves. Also to be seen are the copper boiling vats, the old still and the cane crusher.

Brewers Bay is one of the most beautiful anchorages in the Virgin Islands. Fortunately it is seldom used by visiting yachtsmen owing to the extensive coral formations which make access to the anchorage difficult for the novice. The snorkeling here can be good at times, and there are scuba diving options outside the bay. On a short walk ashore guests can see the ruins of Tortola's only remaining windmill.
 
 
St. John

ST. JOHN, USVI

St. John in the US Virgin Islands beckons with beautiful anchorages, beaches and snorkeling. For your first yacht charter to the Virgin Islands, you could happily spend 10 days in the BVI only, and save St. John for another trip. For a charter departing from St. Thomas, St. John is typically your first anchorage. A one-way charter from the BVI to St. Thomas would typically include the last day in St. John.

St. John is just 1.5 miles east of St. Thomas. About 70% National Park, the donation of this land by the Rockefeller family guarantees that the beautiful hillsides will not be developed and the coral reefs will be protected for generations to come.

Numerous sites around St. John are under active archeological excavation: the period of European colonialism with its sugar cane economy and slave holding plantations, and pre-Columbian artifacts of the Taino, Arawak and Carib Indian tribes. You can see remnants of old sugar plantations. One hiking trail passes by ancient petroglyphs. These symbols were carved into the rocks in the mountainside, and the identity of the authors and an explanation of why and what they mean is still debated to this day.

There are also several other hiking trails ranging from novice to challenging, especially when you factor in the bright Caribbean sun!
 
 
Salt Island

SALT ISLAND, BVI

In former times Salt Island supplied the salt for the British Navy's Caribbean fleet from it's salt ponds. Although belonging to the crown the island and it's salt ponds were operated by the local populace. Even today it's occupants harvest the salt - you will find it for sale both on the island and in local stores. Each year they pay their token tithe to the queen - one sack of salt.

A great tragedy occurred in 1867 on the rocks of Salt Island, when the Royal Mail Ship Rhone sank in a storm, taking 125 persons with her. Its remains are extensive and have become a fascinating underwater habitat for marine life. It is part of the national park system and is rated the most popular wreck dive in the Caribbean by numerous dive publications.
 
 
Anegada Island

ANEGADA ISLAND, BVI

Anegada is the destination for those who want to be by themselves. It is the only coral island of the entire chain (the others being volcanic) and has the third largest barrier reef in the world. On old charts it was called "the drowned island" - in fact Anegada in Spanish means sunken island. The highest point is only 28 feet above sea level. The area has long been a source of confusion to sailors, who were unaware of the shifting currents. More than three hundred ships have been wrecked off this sleepy island.

The north shore is one non stop beach along which you can walk for miles without encountering a soul. Cow Wreck is a favorite beach and beach bar here. On the south side there are quaint restaurants where, if you have a hankering for fresh lobster, you may feast on a catch. The sail to and from Anegada is a sailors delight.
 
 
Cooper Island

COOPER ISLAND, BVI

The Beach Club is the main attraction here, nestled in between the palm trees on Manchioneel Bay. It has a relaxed atmosphere and is one of the popular haunts for visiting yachtsmen. It is an ideal spot to go ashore and stretch your legs after a busy day of diving on the wreck of the Rhone.

Another attraction here is the abundance of dive sites and great snorkeling opportunities. Many believe that it has some of the best snorkeling in the islands.
 
 
Marina Cay

MARINA CAY, BVI

This flower covered 8-acre island near Tortola's Trellis Bay, "Beef Island" airport and Scrub Island Marina and Resort is a beautiful anchorage with calm waters.

Neighboring Guana Island has several anchorages, and Monkey Point is a superb place to snorkel.

 
 
Peter Island

PETER ISLAND, BVI

Peter Island has several anchorages for varying interests. Deadman's Bay on the North Side and White Bay to the South offer two of the prettiest palm fringed beaches in the islands. Great Harbour is a calm secluded anchorage which is ideal for water sports. Little Harbour next door is another lovely anchorage.

Deadman's Bay looks out on a small island, Dead Chest. Teach, the pirate also called Blackbeard, evidently marooned some of his men on Dead Chest to teach them discipline or survival. They were given only a single cutlass and a bottle of rum. Legend has it that this is the origin of the song "Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum."

The Resort and Spa ashore here are currently closed, but yachts may still use the beach in Deadman's Bay.

 
 
 
Norman

NORMAN ISLAND, BVI

It is said that a seafaring uncle once described Norman Island and its treasure caves so graphically to Robert Louis Stevenson that he was inspired to write "Treasure Island". Many years later Brian Henson, son of the late Jim Henson, directed filming of the Muppet version of "Treasure Island" after having sailed the islands with his family. The infamous Willy T floating bar is here.
 
 
 

GETTING HERE

  1. You can fly into Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (airport code EIS), the airport connected by road to Tortola, BVI. Some yachts can meet you at Trellis Bay, right at the airport.
  2. You can fly into St. Thomas, USVI (airport code STT). Some yachts can pick you up at St. Thomas.  Smaller yachts often start at Red Hood (a taxi of about 50-60 minutes from STT), the closest point to St. John and the BVI.  For yachts that only charter in the BVI, you can either walk on a ferry or take a private water taxi to your yacht in the BVI.  A taxi from STT to the Charlotte Amalie ferry terminal takes less than 10 minutes, and ferries take 1 - 1.5 hours to reach Tortola.  The largest, fastest ferry is "Road Town Fast Ferry".
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