A lovely itinerary idea for those already familiar with the BVI's and looking to discover the varied itinerary of a USVI only yacht charter - convenient for its St Thomas start and finish. With great options for either an adventure-packed or super relaxing charter, it's a great itinerary for repeat visitors to discover even more of the Virgin Islands charter waters.
Day 1: Time to Unwind
After meeting your crew at the arranged marina in St Thomas, you will have time to unwind and unpack as you cruise across to Caneel Bay in St John where you will enjoy your first lunch on board followed by snorkeling. At one kilometer distance, you can either travel to Cruz Bay, St John to explore the gift shops and visit local establishments or you can visit the beautiful Sapphire beach for live music at Beach bar.
Later in the afternoon, you will enjoy a relaxing sail to Maho Bay, St. John. Where you can paddleboard, take a walk on the beach or head off for more snorkeling with the famous sea turtles. Watch the sunset while enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and enjoy an evening of good food, games, and togetherness.
Today after a rejuvenating breakfast, you will head off in the dinghy over to Mary’s Point or Whistling Cay for a guided snorkel tour, learning about the coral reef ecosystem and fish/coral ID. Back in time for another splendid lunch on board and time to enjoy the water toys, sunbathing, or simply to hang out with your loved ones.
Later in the afternoon, you will set off on another leisurely sail to Waterlemon Cay, St. John. Here you can enjoy a short hike to the Annaberg ruins for a fascinating historical tour. You can also visit the Annaberg sugar plantations or check out great snorkeling, world-class fly fishing in the salt flats or simply to enjoy the calm of the afternoon.
Ritzy-Tip - Watermelon Cay is a great spot to take in a night dive at around 8 PM.
Depending on how active you are feeling today you can start the morning with a lovely hike/snorkel at Waterlemon Cay or Whistling Cay OR take a quick motor sail up to Newfound Bay to try your hand at snaring a Caribbean lobster!
This afternoon you can shoot over to Coral Bay to enjoy fresh cocktails, tasty tacos, and a fun, festive atmosphere at Lime Out OR sail on to the tranquil Salt Pond Ba where you can enjoy a quiet afternoon on a gorgeous white sand beach surrounded by breathtaking views. Other options include snorkeling at Booby Rock, a dive excursion.
Ritzy-Tip - Hike Rams Head for an epic sunset view!
If you didn’t make it up for sunset last night (we wouldn’t blame you - your yacht deck with a cocktail in hand is also a fabulous spot!) enjoy an early morning hike up the Ram’s Head Trail. Return to the yacht for a relaxing, mid-morning sail to the Lovango/Congo Cay cut.
If you are feeling adventurous after lunch why not dive the legendary Carvel Rock, making sure to look for old cannonballs and other relics. You may even get lucky and see some local blacktip reef sharks. Not a diver but still looking for an adrenaline rush? Ask your captain about some local cliff jumping options or try to surf the cut at Mingo Cay!!
At the end of the day delight in a sunset sail to the world-famous Magens Bay, St Thomas (weather dependent), and enjoy a sunset swim, paddle or walk on the longest beach of the island!
Day 5: It’s Up To You - Water Sports Or Vitamin Sea?
Today is all about water sports! (or more relaxing of course!!) Magens Bay is however the perfect spot for wakeboarding, foiling, water skiing, and tubing. Not into the action? Hideout on one of the small, secluded strips of the beach where you can find that holy grail of ‘a place to yourself’!
After lunch, we suggest you take some time on the beach or perhaps visiting the Magens Bay Beach Bar and Boutique for some day drinking and shopping fun. Beach’d out? Try an island tour which your captain can help arrange for you.
Magens Bay, St. Thomas - Photo by Michael Au, CC BY
Day 6 - A Quiet Evening and Romantic Sunset
After breakfast motor sail up to Little St. James (also known ad Epstein Island) for a gorgeous snorkel/dive at ‘Ledges’ or ‘Calf and Cow’. We recommend enjoying a land lunch at Pizza Pi, in Christmas Cove on Great St. James if you want to stray from your yacht chef just once this could be a great place to do so!
Later in the afternoon set sail for historic Buck Island and enjoy a quiet evening, enjoying the sunset and learning the history of the iconic Buck Island and its highlights.
Breakfast Snorkel the wreck of the Cartanza, an old freighter with a fascinating history! and/or dinghy over to Turtle Cove to swim with the turtles! Late morning haul up the anchor for a downwind sail to Honeymoon Beach, Water Island. Enjoy lunch aboard and then spend the afternoon on the beach or rent golf carts and explore the island.
Enjoy a leisurely sunset sail through historic downtown Charlotte Amalie and enjoy cocktails/hors d’oeuvres while your crew provide a fun, historical tour of the area. Spend the night at anchor in the harbor or stay on the dock at Yacht Haven Grande (dockage at the charterer’s expense). Enjoy some local nightlife or talk to your crew about throwing an epic theme party!
After breakfast, you could enjoy a walking tour of historic Charlotte Amalie! Check out Emancipation Gardens, the 99 steps, and the historic Fort Christian. Take advantage of duty-free shopping at the vendor’s plaza or in any of the downtown boutiques before returning to the boat to pack for a noon departure.
This is just one of the many different sailing itineraries the Virgin Islands offer - check out a great BVI only itinerary here which concentrates on the British Islands only or perhaps you are a new guest to the islands and would like to appreciate both with this ‘classic’ itinerary taking in both the British and American sides,
A repeat traveler to the Virgin Islands and perhaps ready to explore other parts of the Caribbean? We recommend The Grenadines for some great more ‘off the beaten path’ sailing, here you can see a lovely classic itinerary. For those looking for a little more glitz and glamour in their Caribbean getaway, this St Martin itinerary is a great option for motor yacht charters.
Header photo: Trunk Bay, St. John. Photo by @hanhanbvi. Used with permission.