Virgin Islands

Blue water bliss

Having been earmarked by Columbus, squabbled over by imperialists and gainfully exploited by mercenaries in the golden age of piracy, the Virgin Islands is unlike anywhere else on earth. Split broadly in two, the US islands are more lively, developed and glamorous; and the British Virgins are smaller in scale but more authentic and intimate. Whichever you choose, the yacht charter highlights come thick and fast, with short cruising distances and plentiful anchorages. Enjoy the pristine habitats of Prickly Pear Island or the carnival energy of St Thomas; the rustic marketplaces of Tortola or the laid back swagger of Cruz Bay. With its year-round sun, floating bars, wreck diving sites and vibrant cultural colour, this Caribbean destination is tailor-made for charter yacht adventures.

 

What would be the perfect journey in St Thomas ? Relax on the beach in the morning, explore a colonial church in the afternoon, and have a romantic dinner in the evening. Due to its unique history and picturesque setting, you will find an experience unlike anything else in the Caribbean. Charlotte Amalie, charming capital city, is filled with colonial architecture and Danish pirate legends. Go through the castle of the legendary Blackbeard, and turn your body to the test by climbing the famous 99 steps built from the ballast bricks of eighteenth century Danish ships.

Named for an early Dutch settler and former pirate, rugged scenery and colorful folklore make up Jost Van Dyke. Enjoy protected anchorages and unspoiled beaches shaded with coconut palms and seagrape trees, and walk through old trails that crisscross the island and the East End’s natural sea-formed Jacuzzi.

Experience the beauty of Tortola by swimming or strolling the white-sand beaches, exploring ancient ruins or tasting the delectable local cuisine. Drop anchor and rock with the rhythm of the azure ocean, snorkel at the secluded palm-shaded sands of Apple Bay or Elizabeth Beach. Looking for more cultural? Visit the old Callwood Rum Distillery.

Natural beauty is in abundance here : nature sanctuaries and natural wonders of the protected National Parks will enjoy all of those who love walk and hike. For a quintessential Caribbean vacation, stroll or swim at the unspoiled beaches of Savannah Bay, Pond Bay or Devil’s Bay.

Even if uninhabited today, the legend plays a large part in the history of Norman Island with tales of pirates and treasure caves, although the role of the island as the model for the epic “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson is perhaps the most famous legend of all. The Caves are one of the most popular tourist attractions in the island.

You were looking for some of the most beautiful beaches in the world ? We found them in St John : Trunk Bay is renowned for its crystal sands and underwater nature trail in all Caribbean. Considered as an escape from your escape, St. John is one of the world’s most exclusive island paradises, covered by a protected National Park on among 60% her territory.

Top Ten Virgin Islands attractions

  1. Witness month-long carnivals on St Thomas in April or St John in June.
  2. Take a dip among the boulder-strewn ‘Baths’ at Virgin Gorda.
  3. Take a tender ashore at Honeymoon Beach for a lazy day at the Dinghy Bar.
  4. Dive the RMS Rhone shipwreck, just south of Salt Island.
  5. Get a taste of the high life at Deadman’s Creek on Peter Island.
  6. Wander the bustling local market stalls in friendly, unspoiled Tortola
  7. Snorkel off Norman Island, inspiration for Stevenson’s ‘Treasure Island’.
  8. Try a Painkiller Cocktail at the infamous Soggy Bottom Bar in White Bay.
  9. Book an exclusive night or two at Richard Branson’s famous Necker Island.
  10. Visit Callwood Rum, one of the oldest distilleries in the whole Caribbean.

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