The US and British Virgin Islands are one of the world's most popular year-round charter destinations. They boast sunny, cloudless days, and with short, enjoyable cruises from one beautiful island to the next, the Virgin Islands are an excellent choice for both first time charterers and seasoned veterans.
St. Thomas and St. John are the two most often visited USVI destinations, offering everything from beautiful sandy beaches, secluded anchorages and world class boutique shopping. Many charter yachts call St. Thomas home for 3 to 4 months every year, while others are based there year-round.
With more than 15 islands located within a 30-mile radius, cruising the BVIs gives the phrase "island hopping" a whole new meaning. You can spend a night on anchor at Norman Island, the once popular hideout for the real life "Pirates of the Caribbean" and the inspiration behind Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island. Make sure to stop by the world famous "Willy T's" and, if you're lucky, BVI celebrity resident Sir Richard Branson will make a guest appearance as he's known to do!
Other activities include snorkeling the beautiful "Indians," dining at the world-renowned Peter Island Resort, and heading north to the gorgeous island of Virgin Gorda. Walk amongst the boulders at the Baths, a land feature you'll find unexpected and delightful on this sandy beach. Hop in for a snorkel, and catch a glimpse of stunning rays and a beautiful array of tropical fish.
At the northern end of Virgin Gorda, the Bitter End Yacht Club offers high style island entertainment and dining. During late March, the neighboring Yacht Club Costa Smeralda hosts the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Rendezvous and Regatta, a high-flying event featuring spectacular sailing and motor yachts.
Other popular destinations include Jost Van Dyke and Soper's Hole. Featuring reggae music from local legends, and enough rum punch to help you dance the night away, these two popular watering holes are sure to please!
Whether you are chartering with family or friends, the US and British Virgin Islands offer something for everyone. Choose to cruise in peace and serenity around the islands while snorkeling gorgeous reefs and exploring rugged coves, or choose to island hop from one breathtaking beach to the next. Make the US and BVIs your next charter destination, and you'll have a jammin' good time!