British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands, at the heart of the Caribbean. Locally
known as Natures Little Secrets are the perfect destination
for a yacht charter vacation. Through a unique combination of
geology and geography, the islands boast some of the best sailing
in the world.
The steady trade winds ensure smooth calm seas for everyone. Experience
the many islands all with a serenity from a landscape where the
few buildings are no higher then the palms. With protected anchorages,
pure white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Mesmerising reefs,
great snorkeling and diving; there really is something for everyone
in the British Virgin Islands.
Tortola is a great place to start your vacation. It is the largest
and most populated of the islands and has an airport and ferry
port, making it easily accessible. The name Tortola was given
to the island by Christopher Columbus and means Turtle Dove.
The highest point in Tortola is Sage Mountain, a National Park
standing at an impressive 1780 feet. A walk through this lush
rainforest will reveal amazing trees, wildlife and stunning views
of the other islands and their coral reefs. Some of the best surf
beaches can be found on the North side of the island, these along
with traditional Caribbean restaurants and duty free shopping,
make Tortola well worth a visit.
A short sail makes Peter Island the ideal Lunch spot on your first
day of charter. Swim in the warm water, snorkel the reefs or visit
the world famous Peter Island resort with its powder white palm
fringed beaches. The Spa is not to be missed, enjoy a massage
whilst listening to the crashing waves and relax in the privacy
of the hot tub overlooking the palms. For the more energetic,
you can walk the whole loop of the island, and reward yourself
afterwards with a cocktail from the beach bar and restaurant,
or maybe a little something from the excellent boutique.
Norman Island has much to offer those seeking peace and quiet
and also the party crowd. Secluded Benures Bay has superb snorkeling.
Just around the corner is The Bight, the anchored schooner, the
William Thornton Willy T will keep you dancing until the early
A must see are the Caves where real treasure was found. It is
said that the book Treasure Island was inspired by Norman Island.
There are hundreds of varieties of tropical fish and many sea
turtles to be seen here. The nearby rock formation called the
Indians is a fantastic dive site.
Virgin Gorda is the second largest island in the group and encompasses
the area known as the North Sound. This is a water sports enthusiast
dream with ideal conditions for Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Kite
surfing, and kids tubing, not to mention the variety of snorkeling.
Your captain will navigate through the reef and lead you to snorkel
around the sunken 17th Century cannons and ships anchor, with
the good chance of seeing Eagle Rays, Octopus, Nurse Sharks and
Sea Turtles, along with the numerous colourful tropical fish.
The beaches are very secluded, and with their powder white sands,
will appeal to sun worshippers and shell seekers alike all with
the backdrop of Richard Bransons Necker Island. Ask your crew
to pack you up a picnic!
Why not celebrate with a meal at one of the beachside restaurants.
The Bitter End Yacht Club has local music, and a first class sailing
centre. Saba Rock, built on a small island, was once owned by
the treasure hunter Burt Kilbride. It has a museum showing some
of his great finds from various shipwrecks. You can even buy the
gold and silver dubloons to take home with you. A nice night out
for families, there is a great kids menu and an outside aquarium
full of fish, lobster, moray eels and conch for viewing only,
not to eat!
For a spectacular sunset cocktail, make your way by boat to Biras
Creek. This world class restaurant offers an outstanding menu
and amazing views, ideal for a romantic evening or relaxing with
For a real fun Caribbean evening, visit Leverick Bays Moko Jumby
night. These traditional skilled dancers on stilts will delight
kids and adults alike. A casual BBQ and dancing, make this a great
family night, or stay later for the top quality live local music.
For the ladies, Virgin Gorda has many small boutiques and a Pussers
Anegada, lies 15 miles north of Virgin Gorda, and due to the large
Horseshoe Reef and giant coral heads, can only be negotiated by
experienced sailors, this makes it an idyllic escape. Its highest
point is only about 28 feet above sea level, earning it the name
the drowned land. The whole island can easily be toured in a
day by taking a ride with one of the friendly taxi drivers or
by bicycle. You can see the pink flamingoes in their natural habitat,
wild donkeys and cows, and then stop off to snorkel with the
sea turtles at loblolly bay.
Keen fisherman can try their hand at fly fishing. Bring your catch
back to your yacht and enjoy a fresh fish lunch cooked by your
A visit to Anegada would not be complete without sampling the
delicacy the island is famous for. Freshly caught giant spiny
lobsters are cooked to order by the islands chefs. An experience
not to be missed, enjoy your meal under a blanket of stars with
your feet in the sand and a tropical island cocktail.
Jost Van Dyke
A pleasant downwind sail from Anegada will take you to Jost Van
Dyke. Enjoy the sail by sunning on the bow, watching the frolicking
dolphins, taking the helm or snoozing in the shade. On the way,
stop for a snorkel at Monkey Point, where the Giant Tarpon make
Jost Van Dyke has a lot to offer. Stop off at the picture postcard
island of Sandy Spit, swim ashore from your yacht and explore
this unique tiny island with its white sands and crystal clear
warm waters. White Bay is home of the Soggy Dollar beach bar,
inventor of the famous painkiller rum cocktail. Sailors are
known to swim ashore with their dollars in their pockets, hence
the name. At the other end of the bay is Ivans Stress Free Bar.
The interior is decorated with millions of shells, and if you
are lucky, you can spend the evening jamming with Ivan and listening
to his stories of all the celebrities that have visited his bar.
Have a look at the photos of Ivan with Kenny Chesney and Keith
Richards on the wall.
Great Habour is the home of Foxys Beach Bar, world famous and
often in the top 5 of the best places to spend New Years Eve.
This laid-back beach bar has great food, especially the BBQ night,
and if you turn up at happy hour, you may get to see and listen
to Foxy himself and be entertained by his witty anecdotes about
So party or privacy, long or short sail you decide. The British
Virgin Islands with their secluded sparkling coves, gorgeous beaches
and pristine snorkeling make this the perfect vacation destination
You can choose between a long or short sail, a quiet or party
cove, a secluded beach, exciting dive site, tranquil snorkeling,
Located on the southern end of the Eastern Caribbean chain, the
Windward Islands are one of the best-kept Yacht Charter secrets.
With West Indian flare and influence, these lush tropical volcanic
islands are teeming with wildlife sustained by fresh water waterfalls
amongst misty rain forests.
The yacht charter area runs from the vibrant French island of
Martinique in the North to Grenada in the South, including the
island of St Lucia, Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The Grenadines consist of 32 stunning islands and Cays, offering
an incredible variety of destinations and diversions. With turquoise
waters and palm fringed beaches the sailing is extraordinary.
The Tobago Cays at the centre of the Grenadines, are made up of
five islands offering amazing snorkeling on the pristine coral
reefs. You will find pure white sand beaches, secluded anchorages
framed by sheer volcanic backdrops. The Tobago Cays can only be
reached by boat, giving you peace and privacy. Recently made a
National Park, this is an area of outstanding natural beauty that
you should see for yourself.
The Leeward Islands are a yachtsmans paradise. These islands
sit half way down the Eastern Caribbean chain beginning with Nevis,
St. Kitts, St Barths, Anguilla and St. Martin in the North. Antigua
and Barbuda placed in the middle, and the islands of Montserrat
along with Guadaloupe and quiet and peaceful Dominica in the South.
Nevis, St. Kitts and Anguilla are a nature lovers haven. The
Sparsely populated Nevis offers deserted beaches, peace and tranquility
and great opportunities to explore a time forgotten island. From
the top of the 3,232 foot Nevis peak to the wedding site of Horatio
Nelson, there is a world of fauna and flora to be explored. Enjoy
the sight of the green vervet monkeys bought to the island as
family pets for the plantation owners, but now they run wild.
St. Kitts has one of the largest colonial forts still standing
and remnants can be seen across the island of colonial plantation
life. Hike the orchid flecked forests with a guide to the lip
of the volcanic peak at about 2,000 feet.
A short sail from St Maarten is the wreck dive capital reefs
of Anguilla with its miles of powder white beaches. Visited by
celebrities looking for seclusion, it boasts great local cuisine
of fresh lobster, seafood and a friendly atmosphere.
St Barths and St Maarten
St. Barths is the St. Tropez of the Caribbean. Cafés, designer
shops, exclusive wine stores, galleries and unique boutiques line
the quaint Swedish style harbour of Gustavia. The strong French
history offers excellent shore side cuisine and nightlife abounds.
Also renowned for its natural beauty, the shoreline includes around
20 white sandy beaches including Nicki and Shell beach, most with
a coral reef and several offshore marine reserves.
St. Maarten is the smallest landmass ever to be divided between
two nations. The French and Dutch can each lay equal claim to
the stunning sandy beaches and sparkling waters. Visit Grand Case
where cafés and bistros line the waterfront. You can be sure
of a fine meal at one of the many restaurants with the best of
Frances top chefs in residence. Margot and Philipsburg are the
places to be for duty free shopping jewellery, watches, cosmetics
and electronics can be purchased at bargain prices.
Spanish Virgin Islands
A visit to the Spanish Virgin Islands will take you on a journey
back in time. Until recently the islands were off limits to charter
yachts as they lie within the territory of the US Navy. This has
preserved the natural charm and landscape of the islands, which
lie 15 miles East of Fajardo on Puerto Rico.
Culebra boasts spacious white and mostly deserted beaches, with
local restaurants and small local shops. If you want peace and
quiet and an escape from civilization, then this is the place
for you. A must see is the only drawbridge in the Caribbean! Sail
to Vieques, with its two world-renowned bioluminescent bays. Take
a tour, Kayak and swim through the bioluminescent waters.
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