Sailing out of St. Thomas! (yacht charter near you)
The US Virgin Islands is an ideal destination for a Caribbean yacht charter vacation. It is well-known for its natural beauty, excellent snorkeling sites, and perfect year-round weather. Visit islands like St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John and discover secluded bays with postcard-perfect beaches which are only accessible with a yacht charter! There is plenty to look forward to when exploring this charming archipelago in the Caribbean Sea.
Kick-off your US Virgin Islands sailing yacht itinerary from Banner Bay’s Point Marina, a quaint marina located away from the busy St. Thomas cruise traffic. Feel free to grab a refreshing drink at the nearby Dive Bar that also offers delicious burgers and snacks before we embark on our US Virgin sailing adventure. You could also pay a visit to the Red Hook, or start your charter here, it is a beautiful marina dotted with many cute island-style shops, bars, and restaurants.
Your first stop on this yacht charter vacation is the picturesque beach at Magens Bay in St. Thomas that was named by the National Geographic as one of the best ten beaches in the world. With about a mile of soft white sand and crystal-clear waters, Magens Bay offers ideal conditions for swimming thanks to its secluded shoreline and calm waters. Along the rocky coast, you will find a beautiful place for snorkeling. As for water sports, kayaking and paddle-boarding are extremely popular here at Magens Bay. Our yacht charter guests will be happy to hear that on this beach, you could also buy tasty burgers and pizza!
The plan is to sail to St. John along the north shore and stop for a snorkel at Hawksnest before heading to Francis Bay, where you will be spending the night. St. John may be the smallest of the main US Virgin Islands, but its unspoiled beauty is a sight to behold. It is home to a fabulous national park and has some of the most amazing beaches in the Caribbean. One of these beaches is Hawksnest Beach, a short stretch of sand ideal for families with children. There is a beautiful snorkeling reef with excellent elkhorn coral just a few steps from the shore. Picnic tables and barbeque grills are also available at Hawksnest Beach. We will also be visiting the famous Maho Crossroads, a pop-up village with food and a bar. Located just across the street from the Maho Beach, this mini-beach oasis boasts a convention food truck, a cute tiki bar, and a few stores. It’s a beautiful place to get a refreshing drink and enjoy spectacular views of St. John.
In the morning, our US Virgin Islands yacht charter takes us to Waterlemon Cay and Leinster Bay, where some of the best snorkeling sites can be found. Snorkel enthusiasts can look forward to the bays aqua blue waters that are home to sea turtles, orange and yellow starfish, and rays. At Leinster Bay, there is even a chance to spot dolphins. Located right off Leinster Bay, Waterlemon Cay makes for an excellent hiking destination with a few lovely paths where travelers can admire the tropical vegetation. For lunch, head over to Hansen Bay to taste the mouth-watering tacos from a floating restaurant called Lime Out. In the evening, we can either go to Salt Pond or Lameshur.
On Day 5, we are visiting the charming Water Island. This small residential island located just off St. Thomas is famed for its unspoiled beauty and magnificent views. There is little civilization here, as there are no hotels, shops, or main towns. The island has a population of about 200 people and is an ideal destination for yacht charter travelers looking for peace while exploring the US Virgin Islands. Whether you wish to relax on the island’s beach, enjoy activities like kayaking or hiking around the island, go on a bike tour, or explore remains of a military fortification, a visit to the Water Island promises to be a memorable experience. For lunch, we recommend visiting Heidi’s Honeymoon Grill or Dinghy’s Beach Bar & Grill. We will be spending the evening in Lindberg Bay with an optional dinner at the beachfront Emerald Bay Resort.
In the morning, sail back to Honeymoon Beach, which is situated between two coral reefs on the Caneel Bay. It’s one of the most popular St. John’s north shore beaches and offers amenities like kayak rentals, souvenir shops, bars and snack stands. If your idea of having a good time includes enjoying turquoise waters and soft sugar-white sand, you will fall in love with this magnificent beach. The main activity today is exploring the national park.
On day 7 of your US Virgin Islands yacht charter adventure, we will be visiting the Christmas Cove on Great St. James. Located off the eastern coast of St. Thomas, the Christmas Cove is one of the most magical destinations in the area. Popular with charter boats, this cove is ideal for swimming around the anchorage, and close encounters with dolphins are possible. For lunch, we can order pizza delivery! That’s right. Restaurant Pizza Pi offers New York-style pizza delivery to Christmas Cove from their 37-foot sailing vessel.
On the last day, we sail back to Compass Point Marina for disembarkation.