Sample USVI Itinerary
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Here is a sample of what to expect on your all-inclusive charter yacht vacation.
We have compiled 2 options sample itineraries that will give you an idea of how much you can enjoy your charter vacation without leaving the US waters. The crew is always happy to discuss and change the route depending on the weather and of course your suggestions. The all-inclusive charter week offers you a private Captain and Chef (additional crew on larger yachts), luxury en-suite cabins, all meals, snacks, all beverages including the ship’s bar, appetizers, cruising permits, and mooring ball fees. All meals enjoyed ashore will be at your expense.
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After you arrive at the St. Thomas International Airport (STT), a taxi will take you on a scenic drive to the West side of St. Thomas. Your crewed charter yacht will be docked or moored at either American Yacht Harbour in Red Hook or at Yacht Haven Grande Marina in Charlotte Amalie. Your crew will advise on transportation and arrival information. Motor to Water Island nearby especially if you arrive later in the afternoon.
You may board your yacht at Noon and in Caribbean style, cold local specialty cocktails will be served. From American Yacht Harbor in Red Hook, you can motor or sail to Cinnamon Bay on St. John for lunch onboard. Snorkel the nearby reefs and then take a leisurely sail to Maho Bay, St. John. Here you can enjoy watching the turtles come up for air, walk on the beach, or paddleboard around the bay. Maho Bay is very protected for your overnight anchorage. This is also where we have enjoyed memorable sunsets while sipping on a cold beverage and hors d’oeuvres. Just a good way to unwind after traveling to paradise.
Enjoy a pleasant breakfast, then dinghy over to Mary’s Point or Whistling Cay for a guided snorkel tour, learning about the coral reef ecosystem and fish/coral identification. Return to the yacht for a lovely lunch on board and a swim. Enjoy a short sail up the channel to Watermelon Cay, St John. There is a nice shore-side trail to the Annaberg Ruins where you will enjoy a historical tour of the sugar plantation and slavery. You can also choose a shorter walk up to Murphy’s Mansion to experience amazing views over the bay. Nearby the mooring field you will have an opportunity to kayak, paddleboard, snorkel, or dive around the Cay. For the fishermen, there are salt flats for bone-fishing or fly-fishing. This is another calm anchorage for stargazing.
Enjoy breakfast onboard, followed by a nice hike/snorkel at Waterlemon Cay or motor sail up to Newfound Bay for some fishing and lobster hunting. Continue to Coral Bay to enjoy some time walking around this quaint town. You have the opportunity here to visit the swim-up festive “Lime Out” floating bar or sail to Salt Pond Bay. Enjoy a quiet afternoon on a gorgeous white sand beach surrounded by gorgeous views. Other options include snorkeling at Booby Rock, a SCUBA dive, or taking a hike on Ram Head Trail for an Epic sunset view with St. Croix in the distance. Another stop-over at Hansen Bay for some fun on the tube and paddleboards is a fun option.
After an early breakfast, you can decide whether to stay in the St Thomas area or enjoy sailing a few hours South to St. Croix. (This is an option at your discretion and may take 4-5 hrs)
If you are interested in a longer beam reach sail then St. Croix is a great diversion from the beaten track. Sailing to the largest island in the Virgin Islands allows you to do plenty of fishing along the way.
It is a quiet, very friendly island with a fascinating history. If you are already on the south end of St. John it will be easy to depart roughly 35 miles to the south where you will be able to see how long the island of St. Croix is. This tropical island is famous for world-class SCUBA diving and fishing on the north shore, snorkeling with sea turtles at Buck Island, and fascinating historical stories.
For the more adventurous, you may want to rent a jeep and do a wall dive at Cane Bay SCUBA. Explore the rainforest where you can stop at Norma’s Domino club. Here you can feed beer to the drinking pigs, explore beautiful beaches, and drive to the Easternmost point in the USA. Maybe a round of golf? Try the Buccaneer Golf course for a unique island golfing experience. Tour the Danish fort of Christiansvaern near the anchorage. See Fort Frederick, Estate Whim or the famous Cruzan Rum factory. Dance the night ashore to local bands and then sail back to St. Thomas in the morning of Day 6.
If you chose not to sail to St. Croix you can continue here. After a hearty breakfast, Enjoy a downwind sail to Lameshur Bay for a lunch stop and water sports. In the afternoon sail to Cruz Bay on the Western side of St. John. Your crew will moor the yacht near the harbor and take the tender in to explore this very colorful town and meet the friendly locals at Mongoose Junction. Stop in for a cold one at the street-side Woody’s bar with a World famous happy hour. The yacht will find a calm anchorage near Caneel Bay for the night where you can enjoy another perfect sunset over St. Thomas.
Breakfast followed by lots of water-sports after a beam reach sail to Magens Bay. Weather permitting this is the perfect spot for wakeboarding, paddle-boarding, water skiing, and tubing. Not up to the water fun? Chill out on the beach where you can find secluded sections of the beach all to yourself or stop at the Beach Bar and enjoying local cocktails.
Motor or sail over to Great St. James where you can tuck into Christmas Cove. Here are some of the best snorkeling spots where spotted eagle rays and turtles are in abundance. Close to shore is a shallow ledge where a large variety of smaller schools of colorful fish hide. This anchorage is part of the Parks division and mooring balls are free. This is also the permanent anchorage for “Pizza Pi” where homemade pizzas are sold to neighboring charter yachts. Not too far west, close to the anchorage, lays “Cow and Calf” which is perfect for SCUBA diving. Set Sail for historic Buck Island on St. Thomas and enjoy a quiet evening, enjoying the sunset and the pretty scene.
After breakfast, snorkel the wreck of the Cartanza, an old freighter with a fascinating history. Or you may want to take the dinghy to snorkel with the turtles at Turtle Cove. Head off on a downwind sail to Honeymoon Beach, Water Island. Enjoy lunch onboard and then spend the afternoon on the beach or rent golf carts and explore the island. At sunset, it is nice to slowly motor through the cuts through historic downtown Charlotte Amalie. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while your crew anchors in the harbor or dock at Yacht Haven Grande (dockage at the charterer’s expense). Enjoy some local nightlife or an Epic theme party.
After breakfast, you have the chance to see more of the historic Charlotte Amalie. Check out Emancipation Gardens, the 99 steps, and the historic Fort Christian. Take advantage of duty-free shopping at the vendor’s plaza or in any of the downtown boutiques. If you are carrying your purchases, a taxi will be on standby to return you to the dock. Now it is time to pack and say farewell to your crew until you return for the next unforgettable trip on an Epic Yacht Charter. Your crew will arrange transport to the airport or accommodations if you decide to stay in paradise a little longer!
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