sailing holidays virgin islands

Discover why a British Virgin Island Yacht Charter,
is such a great way to explore this beautiful vacation paradise.

Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, Anegada, Cooper Is. Norman Is. Peter Is. St. Thomas, St. John
The Virgin Islands are the most popular charter destination for good reason. A relatively small cruising ground with a huge variety of beautiful bays and beaches, great snorkelling/diving, lovely scenery and some excellent beach bars and entertainment ashore.

British Virgin Island Vacations

The trade winds average 20 - 25 knots in winter throughout the Caribbean, but the outside islands protect this cruising ground from the Atlantic swells, providing great sailing and comfortable powerboating.
A British Virgin Island sailing charter is an excellent choice for a first time British Virgin Island vacation, unless you want longer sails or less people. The climate throughout The Caribbean is hard to beat, with a minimum temperature of 70F even at night and a winter high of around 82F. In the summer this rises only slightly but feels warmer as the wind is generally lighter.

Islands you will be visiting on your British Virgin Island Sailing Charter

Tortola is in the center of The British Virgin Island vacation cruising ground and is the largest island in the group. Road Town is the capital and offers low key shopping and some nice bars and restaurants, with an easy, laid back atmosphere. West End is a busy anchorage and a port of entry. Cane Garden Bay is a beautiful beach with some popular bars. For the serious (and thick skinned) party goer, the infamous Bomba's Shack is the place to be on a full moon night. Marina Cay and The Last Resort are both popular restaurants (with some great music) on small islands off Tortola's east end.

enjoying a fully crewed yacht charter
Virgin Gorda is the next largest and is divided into two distinct areas by some spectacular hills. Spanish Town and The Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor are on the lower, southern end, just north of the famous Baths. North Sound has several popular anchorages and resorts (Bitter End Yacht Club, Biras Creek and Leverick Bay).
Jost Van Dyke has a character all of its own. The island is well known for its casual flavor and popular local bars, including the legendary Foxy's, but also has some nice beaches and spectacular hikes.
The Bight at Norman Island is a popular anchorage for The Caves and the imfamous 'Willie T' floating bar and restaurant.
Peter Island has three popular bays, Little Harbor, Great Harbor and spectacular Dead Man's Bay, as well as the luxurious Peter Island Yacht Club resort.
Cooper Island has a popular restaurant and bar set on an attractive beach. You can snorkle for Conch or dive at some great dive sites nearby. There is a dive company next to the restaurant and the famous wreck of The Rhone is not far away, on Salt Island.
Unlike the other volcanic islands, Anagada is a large, flat coral island only 28 feet above sea level at its highest point. Surrounded by reefs, the islands is off limits to most bareboaters unless part of a flotilla, but offers miles of beaches and a chance to be on your own. There is a popular restaurant featuring local lobster. There are some great dive sites, most for more experienced divers.

Guidelines for arranging a Virgin Island charter - what to ask:

What type of yacht should I charter? The sailing distances are short and the area is well protected from the Atlantic swells, so this is an ideal area for both bareboats and crewed yachts. Though still outnumbered by sailboats, this is one of the few The Caribbean cruising grounds where you can charter a smaller (30-50') powerboat (both bareboat and crewed). The smoother sailing also makes this area popular with catamarans. The differences between a bareboat and crewed yacht charter.
How many days should I charter for? Although this is a relatively small area, there is so much to see that most charters run for 7 - 10 nights. Bareboat companies normally have a minimum of 6 or 7 nights, but it is possible to charter a crewed yacht for as little as 3 nights, with a surcharge on the prorated weekly price.
Where should I start and finish my charter? The cruising ground is primarily in The British Virgins, but charters can start in the more heavily populated U.S.V.I..
What does it cost? Prices for a 7 day charter start around $1200 per person for a party of 4 (see sample). A more luxurious yacht around 60-70 feet will average $2500 - $3000 per person (see sample). Per person prices will be lower for parties of 6 or 8 (see sample).
How do I book? All boats look great on the internet, so it is important to use a broker who knows the boats and crews personally and can give you unbiased advice. The crew is generally more important than the boat, particularly on smaller charters. A good broker will ensure your money is kept in an escrow account rather than given to the boat, and can make sure you use the correct contracts etc.. We have 33 years experience in arranging Virgin Island charters. The next stage is to tell us what you are looking for so that we can send you a selection of yachts that fit your requirements.

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