Virgin Islands Luxury Yachting Guide

Sprinkled alongside each other like tiny flecks in the Caribbean blue, the US and British Virgin Islands (BVI) are nothing short of a paramount cruising destination. With dizzying lengths of pristine beach and unfathomable numbers of sheltered bays, more than 60 island oases make up this majestic delight.

Combined with the Virgin Islands’ simple navigation, ideal anchorages, and supreme seaside venues, there is no wonder this island chain is synonymous with premium yachting. The trio of St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas form the US ingredient of this brilliant partnership, while the British Virgin Islands consist of over 40 small paradises, including the ultimate anchorage points of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, and Jost Van Dyke.

The epitome of island lifestyle, the Virgin Islands encourage lazy mornings on the beach, afternoons browsing boutiques, and evenings spent enjoying a sunset drink. But the real beauty of the islands lie in the number of stunning places only accessible via boat, making a yacht the perfect key to discovering a multitude of secret pleasures not open to the rest of the world.

Marinas and Regattas
Arguably the world’s chartering capital, there is no surprise the Virgin Islands are strewn with several world-class marinas and hospitable ports able to accommodate superyachts well over 100 metres. Year-round winds in the Virgin Islands attract discerning travellers with a bevy of nautical thrills. Frequent regattas and sailing celebrations are staged above the water, while below lies an alluring menagerie of captivating coral reefs and famous shipwrecks.

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The US Virgin Islands seem to come in two varieties; boisterous and peaceful.

St. Thomas
The busiest is St Thomas, offering a colourful and charismatic collection of restaurants, bars and beaches. Luxury trimmings are as easy to find on this island as in Paris’ finest, and those searching for an opulent escape will find it in St Thomas’s ritzy hotels and stunning world-class golf facilities.

St. John
A short sail away is the less populous St. John, whose landscape is dotted with quiet bays and legendary pirate ruins. With two-thirds of the island belonging to national park, much of this secluded treasure’s 1950s charm remains. Visited mostly for day trips, docking at St John in the evening is a practically-private paradise.

St. Croix
Even further still is St Croix, whose beauty lies in its exclusivity, home to some of the finest cuisine in the Virgin Islands.

British Virgin Islands
The principle island in the BVI is Tortola, a colourful muddle of mountains and coast, conventional and new-age. About 80% of the Virgin Islands’ population reside on this lively island, creating a paradise of choice. The narrow, sheltered curve of glistening sand that is Cane Garden Bay makes an excellent place to drop anchor, with its series of picturesque bays, entertaining water-sports facilities and restaurant-lined streets that keep the festive spirit alive well after sunset.

Virgin Gorda
The Baths on Virgin Gorda make this sleepy island an integral part of any yachting itinerary. Drawing eager eyes with their ethereal giant granite rock formations, the Baths entice hikers to traverse their mass, as snorkellers explore their grottoes.

Jost Van Dyke
Jost Van Dyke possesses a personality that belies its tiny size and attracts to its shores an upbeat and vivacious crowd. With few commercial facilities and sparse accommodation, Jost is truly a destination of escapism.

Outer Islands
Besides these floating fantasylands, there are a scattering of outer-islands which can be perfectly explored by yacht, many of which are virtually deserted or whose waters are home to fascinating dive or snorkel sites. A number of these smaller islands are independently owned and available for private hire. Guana Island is one of the most breathtaking and comes complete with beach, cottage and 850 acres of lush greenery.

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