The British Virgin Islands Sailing Charters
The British Virgin Islands (BVI) are in the Caribbean Sea, just east of Puerto Rico. Christopher Columbus was the first European to visit the BVI, in 1493. Over the years, the islands have been dubbed a “sailor’s paradise,” and there is a large available fleet of yacht charters in the area. The tropical climate and steady trade winds makes the BVI an ideal spot for sailing the azure seas. Book your yacht charter during the driest months of February and March if you want to ensure the sunniest day during your vacation. Hurricane season runs from June through November.
Some of the most beloved British Virgin Islands include:
A lush, mountainous island, Tortola is the largest of the BVIs and a main port of entry for yachtsand mega yachts. This destination has wonderful opportunities for shopping, dining, and relaxation. The capital of Road Town is known as the “Small Town with the Big Heart.” Visitors can stay in beautiful resorts or villas and enjoy pristine beaches and lovely ocean views. It is truly a Paradise vacation location!
This fantastic yachting destination is best known for the Baths—where giant boulders form swimming grottoes and pools along the coastline. The island’s name comes from Christopher Columbus’ observation that it was shaped like a “Fat Virgin,” or woman in the reclining position. There are lush nature sanctuaries with fauna-lined trails throughout the area. Visit any of the local yacht clubs for friendly socialization, drinks, or a delicious meal.
Spanish Townoffers plentiful shops, fine restaurants, and convenient banking. The Gorda Yacht Harbouris a lovely spot to anchor overnight. A visit to the local copper mineprovides an historical adventure. See the ancient Spanish ruins against thedramatic ocean backdropat Little Fork National Park. Visit the Bitter End Yacht Club—an exclusive venue on the north side of the island that is accessible only by water.
The smaller islands ofMoskito, Prickly Pear, Eustatia,and Necker are known for their fine resorts and eclectic restaurants. This is alsoan ideal spot for water sports like windsurfing, kayaking, and kiteboarding.
Virgin Gorda is known for its gorgeous beaches, including Savannah Bay, Pond Bay, Mahoe Bay,and Spring Bay. Devil’s Bay and Spring Bay—where you will find enormous boulders cradling the sea. The island’s most popular destination is St. Barths, home to emerald sea pools, boulders, and secluded grottoes.
Places to visit:Little Fort National Park, Nail Bay, Gorda Peak National Park, Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour andNorth Sound.
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This island, named after an early Dutch settler and former pirate, is best known for its casual lifestyle and laid-back atmosphere.It is a favorite stop for sail boat anchorage, and at any hour of the day or night, you will find company in its many bars, restaurants, or shops. The local cuisine includes grilled fresh fish, succulent lobster, barbeque, and West Indian rotis. Be sure to spend time on the island’s beautiful beaches, including White Bay, Great Harbour, and Little Harbour. If you are in the area during the New Year’s or Halloween celebrations, you’ll be in for a treat, as the locals host elaborate parties and music events to mark the occasions.
The name means, “drowned island,” and this is the only all-coral atoll in the BVIs. It has over 300 wrecks in its waters, and many of the artifacts discovered from the wrecks can be seen in the local nautical museum. The island is well-known for its endless white-sand beaches, unique wildlife species, and unusual fauna and is an eco-tourist’s delight! Rare iguanas are nurtured by the National Parks Trust in the area, which releases new generations back into the wild.
The Settlement is the island’s main town and a good place to shop for souvenirs or dine on lobster and other seafood. You will love diving and snorkeling here, as the island is surrounded by coral reefs, including the world-famousHorseshoe Reef.
Beautiful beaches to visit include Cow Wreck Beach, Flash of Beauty, Bones Bight, and Windlass Bight. Divers will love the waters aroundAnegade Island,where you will find tunnels and steep ocean drops where needle fish, mojarra, stingrays, parrot fish, and other rare marine life species swim. Be sure to keep an eye out for the manywrecks of American and British warships that lie at the bottom of the ocean floor.
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