The USVI is a popular sailing destination in the Caribbean. With short distances, predictable tropical weather, an abundance of water activities and onshore restaurants and bars, the USVI has something to offer everyone! Most sailing vacations start from St. Thomas to explore the main islands of St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island, plus 50 smaller islets and cays. Those who want to enjoy an exhiriating sail can make the 3-4 hour passage to St. Croix.
Explore the seven national parks, soak up the sun on unblemished white beaches, and experience the unique cultural blends of its locations and people. With so much to do and see in the US Virgin Islands, your sailing vacation will be packed with beautiful sightseeing, great food, yummy cocktails, beautiful sunsets, exciting water toys, and a whole lot of fun!
One of the best parts about a yacht charter through the US Virgin Islands is the destination’s consistently warm, sunny weather and steady winds. Many traveling during the winter months choose to charter a yacht in the USVI to escape the cold at home, because it’s during this peak season from December through April that you’ll find less rain and good winds in the Caribbean.
Once June comes around, sailing starts to slow through July — and by September, it’s the peak of storm season. However, it doesn’t last long. By November, many are back on the water. In fact, those cruising the Virgin Islands often prefer to avoid the winter crowds and sail throughout fall and spring. With beautiful days and year-round temperatures in the 80’s— and let’s not forget water temperatures also in the high 70’s to low 80’s— you can rest assured knowing it’s okay to pack light and that you’ll leave with a sun-kissed glow no matter when you sail!
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20-30 minutes | 1 mile
Stroll along the cobble stone alleyways of the largest city in the U.S. Virgin Islands while admiring its Danish colonial architecture, building structure and history. Climb her streets of steps and explore the historic 17th homes and fortifications. For the more adventurous you will find a variety ecotours and underwater safaris available to explore.
3.5 hours | 20 miles
The most highly celebrated beach in St. Thomas because of its pristine waters, sandy shores and spectacular scenic hillside views. An all-around perfect spot for a variety of water sports like wakeboarding, paddle-boarding, water skiing, and tubing. Not up to the water fun? This is a perfect spot for picnicking, sunbathing, or people-watching. Chill out on the beach or stop at the Beach Bar and Boutique for shopping and enjoying local cocktails.
1.5 hours | 8 miles
Popular for its energetic vibe and awesome snorkeling and located next to Coral World Ocean Park. Coral World offers a number of activities and attractions for watching and interacting with a variety of marine life. Surrounding the beach eateries serve up a diverse selection of casual meals including burgers, sandwiches, and local cuisine.
2-2.5 hours | 12 miles
Rams Head Trail is an awesome hike with awesome views where you will see many different types of terrain and vegetation. Once you get to the top of Rams Head you will be rewarded with a 360 view of paradise. The view at the top is simply amazing but make sure you also enjoy the journey along the way. Once the hike is over swimming and snorkeling at Salt Pond Beach will help you to cool off.
1 hour | 6 miles
Coral Bay has a well-deserved standing as one of St. John’s quirkier communities, having been an area for pirates and hippies alike. Enjoy the relaxing beaches and delicious restaurants. Walk the Drunk Bay trail and enjoy the gorgeous hills overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the rocks, and the coral artwork.
1 hour | 6 miles
Relax in the warm, shallow waters of this remote bay or snorkel over the shallow barrier reefs. Vibrant, healthy “forests” of coral and lots of amazing marine life to see.
1 hour | 6 miles
Crystal-clear water. Abundant corals, fish and marine life. This is a “must see”. One of the best snorkeling areas to see schools of fish, rays, turtles, star fish, conch and beautiful hard and soft coral reef formations. The sea grass beds are a great place to spot turtles, rays and Queen conch.
20-30 minutes | 1.5 miles
Mary Point on the northern edge of St John offers great snorkeling and scuba diving with soft corals and abundant sea life. The clear waters allow you to look down into the deep and see large coral formations. You can snorkel the surface and admire the coral from afar or free-dive down to explore them up close. This deep spot means that snorkelers often spot large fish such as tarpon, which is an uncommon occurrence at shallower snorkeling spots.
45-60 minutes | 4 miles
Considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. Trunk Bay offers stunning scenic views, great snorkeling with 650 feet of underwater trails with signs, remarkable swimming and a beach that you won’t want to leave.
20-30 minutes | 1.5 miles
Situated at the northern edge of Hawksnest Point enjoy views across Durloe Channel to Henley Cay, Ramgoat Cay and the island of Lovango. A great spot to see sea turtles and stingrays, or to enjoy watersports activities, beaching it up or just swimming and relaxing on the boat. There are several beaches here to choose from, and Cruz Bay is right around the corner with tons of lovely shops, beach bars, and fine dining.
30-45 minutes | 2 miles
A perfect destination for beach-side fun and recreation. Here you will find a very artsy and fun village with good shopping, including local pottery, local art work, jewelry and duty-free items. The quaint streets are lined with shops, restaurants, and bars, all of which are within easy walking distance of each other.
45-60 minutes | 3 miles
A white sandy beach with crystal-clear water and some of the best snorkeling you will find. Swim with turtles and stingrays and explore the magnificent underwater beauty. A great snorkeling spot for families and first-time snorkelers. A stroll along the beach yields plentiful shells and sand dollars to be admired. A perfect place to enjoy a peaceful sunset and a relaxing night.
2-2.5 hours minutes | 12 miles
When you’re ready to relax on a sun kissed stretch of sand this is a great choice. A beautiful beach with a sandy shoreline and surrounded by coconut and sea grape trees. Under the trees you will find picnic tables and hammocks. Snorkeling is a must to see fish, corals, turtles and rays up close, especially around the rocky headland that extends into the water between Honeymoon Beach and Solomon Bay next door.
1 hour | 5 miles
Snorkel or scuba dive the fantastic reefs. Follow along the underwater snorkeling trail at the eastern most point of the reef, which has been referred to as “one of the finest marine gardens in the Caribbean Sea.”. Take a hike around the island and enjoy the view or jump in the sapphire-blue water for a swim and relax on the gorgeous beach.
1 hour | 5 miles
One last short adventure to return your yacht. Soak in the Caribbean sun all the way.
Traveling to the US Virgin Islands is a breeze. Hundreds of aircraft fly in and out of Cyril E. King Airport each day and several airlines offer direct flights from major U.S. cities such as Atlanta, New York City, Miami, Chicago, etc. Passports aren’t needed either if you are flying from within the U.S. The airport is only 2 miles from Charlotte Amalie, so if your charter is set to begin from St. Thomas Harbor, then it is just a 10 minute drive from the airport. Some other charters set out from American Yacht Harbor on the east side of the island which is a 30 minute ride from the airport.