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US Virgin Islands Yacht Charters

Sailing the US Virgin Islands (USVI) archipelago offers you the chance to experience one of the world’s most wonderful cruising grounds, as well as some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean.

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Highlights

  • Easy travel from the US
  • Underwater snorkel trails
  • Virgin Islands National Park

Boat Rentals St. Thomas

Meal on board yacht charter

The US Virgin Islands comprise St. Croix, St. John, Water Island and St. Thomas, where you’ll find our base at Compass Point Marina. The USVI also have many idyllic smaller islets and peaceful cays. While the islanders speak English, the culture is a unique blend of European, American and Caribbean influences. 

The USVI has much to offer as a destination, including some of the best powdery white sand beaches and seven expansive national parks for hiking and adventure. Excellent shopping options are available as well, with visits to vibrant Cruz Bay and bustling Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas.

From our base, sail to the nearby island of St. John, which has some of the most beautiful and best-protected beaches in the world. The island is a favorite destination thanks to its lush surroundings, national park and clear waters full of turtles and rays. 

If you just want to swim and relax, you’ll be spoilt for choice on your Virgin Islands yacht charter. Popular choices to explore by boat include Honeymoon Beach, Caneel Bay, Oppenheimer Beach and Maho Beach in Francis Bay. With abundant coral, Leinster Bay and Waterlemon Cay offer awesome opportunities for snorkeling.

Available charter types

Bareboat

For experienced sailors, a bareboat charter is the perfect getaway.
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Skippered

Relax and leave all the sailing to a professional skipper.
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Easy crewed

The simplest, hassle-free way to charter a crewed private yacht.

Fully crewed

Your own private yacht for an all-inclusive luxury sailing vacation.
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Cabin cruise

Reserve a private ensuite stateroom on a modern catamaran.

SailShare

Low package rates for island-hopping aboard a sailing yacht.

Aqualodge

Get closer to nature on the perfect self-catering Caribbean vacation.

Power Catamaran

Cruise faster and see more on the perfect charter boat.

US Virgin Islands Things to do

Skippered charters anchored in torquoise bay

Explore the National Park on St. John

Take your pick of some of the finest beaches in the USVI and quiet overnight anchorages while sailing the Virgin Islands.

Discover Magen’s Bay on St. Thomas

Head to this immense mile-long, white sand beach; one of the island’s most popular. Make sure you get there early, it’s one of our favorite things to do in the US Virgin Islands.

Visit a beach club at Lovango Cay

Enjoy music, beach games, great food and watch the awesome sunset. More mooring balls are being added here.

Snorkel Waterlemon Cay

Enjoy the warm waters or, if you feel energetic, hike to the Annaberg ruins, a sugar plantation, during your St. Thomas sailing vacation.

Experience pizza with a difference

On Great St. James, at Christmas Cove, which is only accessible by boat, you will find floating restaurant Pizza Pi. Don’t miss it while on your Virgin Islands yacht charter and keep an eye out for turtles and spotted eagle rays.

Discover the Spanish Virgin Islands

Sail to Culebra or Vieques and enjoy those unique and tropical islands. Long, uncrowded beaches, gentle sea breezes, near-empty anchorages, rare flora and fauna, and world-class snorkeling: everything you’ve been hoping for.

Weather insights

Zodiac boat in beautiful beach

When is the best time to go to the US Virgin Islands?

The best time to visit the US Virgin Islands is between December and May, when trade winds are the most steady and temperatures are comfortable, although the USVI have pleasant weather for most of the year. 

Temperatures in the USVI are around 75°F to 82°F all year round. August, September and October are the warmest months, with hardly any wind, which makes it feel even hotter. The low season is summer time, when it is less crowded. The hurricane season is between June and October.

What are the sailing conditions in the US Virgin Islands?

The Virgin Islands sailing conditions include easy passages that suit all experience levels, particularly novice sailors. You’ll find gentle and near constant winds most of the year, calm seas at 3 to 4 feet and easy line of sight navigation. 

The Virgin Islands wind systems include the trade winds season between November and June and the famous Christmas winds in December and January, which can keep you going for several days. 

Group enjoing sunset on beach and catamaranyacht

Sailing US Virgin Islands with Dream Yacht Charter

USVI charters

Sail the US Virgin Islands and enjoy one of the world’s most special sailing destinations. Choose our bareboat yacht charters with cutting-edge catamarans and monohulls.

US Virgin Islands skippered charters

Can’t sail? Hire a skipper and make the most of your vacation by sailing the islands of the USVI. Your skipper will sail you and your guests while you relax. 

Charter sail boat in exotic paradise sea

USVI sailing itinerary

Take a look at our US Virgin Islands sailing vacation suggestions

USVI 7 Days
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7-day itinerary US Virgin Islands

Day 1

Provision and overnight at Compass Point Marina, taking a drink at the nearby Dive Bar or head into Red Hook.

Day 2

Sail around the island to the wonderful beach at Magen’s Bay and explore the area.

Day 3

Head over to St. John along the north shore and stop for a snorkel at Hawksnest before heading to Francis Bay for overnight. If you want to try the local atmosphere, try lunch at Maho Crossroads – a pop up village with food and bar.

Day 4

Discover Waterlemon Cay and Leinster Bay, taking time to enjoy the clear waters. For lunch, head over to Hansen Bay to taste the tacos from floating restaurant Lime Out. For the evening, make your way to Salt Pond or Lameshur.

Day 5

Prepare for a passage to Water Island, where you can dine at Heidi’s Honeymoon Grill or Dinghy’s Beach Bar & Grill.

Day 6

Sail back to Honeymoon Beach, St. John, and dinghy to Cruz Bay. Discover the national park and there are many dining choices. You could even try the floating pizza restaurant on Great St. James – delivery and pick up options available.

Day 7

Visit Christmas Cove on Great St. James and try the floating pizza restaurant Pizza Pi – delivery and pick up options available.

Day 8

Sail back to Compass Point Marina for disembarkation.

7-day itinerary Spanish Virgin Islands

Day 1

Check in 5pm at Compass Point Marina St Thomas and board your vessel for the night.

Day 2

Leave the dock at Compass Point Marina and head west to Isla de Culebra. This first leg averages about 5 hours. First stop is Flamenco Beach, consistently rated in the top 10 worldwide by Travel and Leisure Magazine. One of the great attractions at Flamenco are the morning and afternoon fishing sessions by the “squadron” of over 30 brown pelicans. Also, the Sherman tanks at Flamenco are the #1 most Instagrammed spots in the Caribbean. When you’re ready to leave this magnificent beach, sail eastward to Culebrita Island for the night. Spend some time exploring the island with its gin-clear water and white sand beaches, which also features a historic lighthouse and pocitas (natural tide pools) on the north side of the island.

Day 3

After breakfast, enjoy a short sail to Ensenada Honda on Isla de Culebra, and tie up at the Dinghy Dock restaurant to enjoy a late breakfast or early lunch. (Mamacita’s is a great option). Explore the rustic town of Dewey where you can do some shopping and replenish provisions at La Cava. Rent a Jeep or scooter and explore the island or go beach hopping to experience the unspoiled beauty of this special island. Get back to town by 4:30pm so you can get a spot at Zaco’s Tacos which is highly recommended.

Day 4

Enjoy a nice downwind sail to the west end of Vieques and Punta Arenas, known as Green Beach. This unique spot features a beautiful beach lined with lush vegetation and palm trees. If you are seeking to visit a place that has a “remote” feel, this spot is for you. None of the beaches in Vieques feel crowded, but Punta Arenas feels the most secluded. This beach is part of the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge and offers very scenic views of the main island of Puerto Rico and El Yunque, the only rain forest in the US Parks system.

Day 5

Sail toward Esperanza town on the south shore of Vieques. Before anchoring for the night, spend the day at Sun Bay Beach. Here you can stroll along the beach, enjoy the day with an umbrella and a cooler of beverages. Snorkel, kayak, and stand-up paddle boarding are great in this protected bay. Overnight in Esperanza for the night and go ashore and discover the great bars and restaurants. The bioluminescence tour is a must-see (best on new moons) and is a kayak tour through Mosquito Bay that has phosphorescence that lights up when the water is stirred. We recommend Salty Spirit tours.

Day 6

Head east to Bahia de la Chiva. In the middle of the bay is Isla Chiva. Anchor off Isla Chiva and enjoy a great day of beaching and relaxing. Motor back into Ensenada Honda for the night.

Day 7

Set sail for your return to St. Thomas. If you get back early enough, overnight at Christmas Cove or Secret Harbor and motor in early for checkout 10am the next day.

Useful information for Virgin Islands yacht charters

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How do I get to the US Virgin Islands from the US?

To get to the US Virgin Islands for your St. Thomas boat charter, fly into Cyril E. King Airport (STT) on St. Thomas. There are direct flights from many US cities, but some are only on weekends. Most flights connect through Miami, Ft Lauderdale or Atlanta. 

You can also connect through Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) at San Juan in Puerto Rico, which is the nearest international airport. Several airlines operate flights from SJU to STT, including Seaborne and Cape Air.

What language is spoken in the US Virgin Islands?

The language spoken in the US Virgin Islands is English.

What is the currency for the US Virgin Islands?

The currency in the US Virgin Islands is the US Dollar (USD).

What documents do I need to sail the US Virgin Islands?

US citizens do not need a passport to enter the US Virgin Islands, but will need one for the other Caribbean countries (it must be valid for another six months from date of entry). Visas may be required for citizens from other countries of origin – check with the tourist board to make sure you have the correct documents before you travel.

How do I get around the US Virgin Islands?

You can get around the US Virgin Islands easily with advance planning. The cab fare is $15 per person from the airport to Compass Point Marina and some cab companies charge a fee for your luggage. 

We recommended arranging your transfer a few days before arrival. This means you won’t have to share an open-air cab or large van with other travelers.  

We recommend the following taxi companies:

  • Rachel Brown Taxi & Tours: (340)-771-2986
  • A&P Taxi Service: (340)-642-4966
  • Big Love’s Taxi: (340) 201-7299 
  • Mr. Nice Guy Taxi: (786) 296-8767
  • Prestige Taxi: (340) 643-7002

If you want to provision your boat, you may want to consider renting a car instead of hiring a taxi  – remember we drive on the left. You can leave the car at the marina and the car rental company will pick it up. We recommend Paradise Rental Car™ (340-643-2692) or Discount Car Rental (340-776-4858).

What is the Wi-Fi like in the US Virgin Islands?

There’s no Wi-Fi access at Compass Point Marina and, while some yachts have Wi-Fi onboard, it will not work until within range of a cell tower. Add an international package to your cell phone account with your provider so you can hotspot. There are Wi-Fi hotspots and internet access in some cafes, but you may need to pay.

What regulations are there in the US Virgin Islands?

The USVI banned the import, sale and distribution of all sunscreens containing oxybenzone, octinoxate and octocrylene, as they cause harmful bleaching to coral reefs. Anyone found using a non-approved sunscreen will be fined $1,000.

One of the most popular sunscreen brands here in St .Thomas is Bare Republic, which you can buy at our office. Other reef-safe brands include All Good, Babo, Badger, Raw Elements, Manda, Kokua Sun Care, Mama Kuleana, Raw Love, Think Sport, Sea & Summit and Stream2Sea.

Please note, spray sunscreens are strictly forbidden onboard due to discoloration to the boat over time. Avoid Coppertone products or those with self-tanners or bronzers as they will damage the boat.

In the USVI, night sailing is not allowed. We ask you to be settled at a mooring by 5pm. If you are sailing the St. John National Park, please visit the park’s website for information and regulations on mooring, anchoring and fishing. For overnight anchoring or mooring between the hours of 5pm and 7am, there is a self-registration fee. Overnight fees must be paid prior to spending the night at one of the many payment station rafts.

Please note that due to regulations enforced by the BVI authorities it is not allowed to take your charter boat from the US Virgin Islands to the British Virgin Islands (and vice versa).

Where can I find weather forecasts in the US Virgin Islands?

You can find US Virgin Islands weather forecasts on the Windguru website ahead of your sailing vacation.

What provisioning is there in the US Virgin Islands?

There is plenty of choice for reliable and affordable provisioning on St. Thomas, but you must be onboard to accept delivery. Please do not arrange delivery before your arrival at Compass Point Marina. For more information, please see the Base Guide in the Downloads section.

What baggage can I take on my sailing vacation?

Please only take soft bags and not suitcases as they are too cumbersome on board.

What is the electrical current in the US Virgin Islands?

The electrical current in the US Virgin Islands is 110V.

What is the dialing code for the US Virgin Islands?

The dialing code for the US Virgin Islands is +1 340.

Why should I book with Dream Yacht?

Dream Yacht Worldwide is now the world’s leading yacht charter company and offers you:

  • A diverse fleet of yachts with a wide variety of models and manufacturers to suit every type of sailor.
  • We have 40+ exciting destinations and we’re a pioneer in finding new sailing grounds.
  • You can be assured of our commitment to customer service excellence.
  • You’ll receive a warm and friendly welcome from our base teams who will share regional tips, recommendations and advice.
  • We’re also a trusted seller of new and used boats and an innovator in charter management options – sailing is our business.

What licenses do I need to hire a yacht and sail myself?

The skipper of a yacht has primary responsibility for the safety of the crew and yacht at all times. Many destinations require just relevant experience demonstrated by a sailing resume.

To charter in the Mediterranean, it is mandatory that you hold a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities for bareboat charters in Italy, Greece, Croatia, Spain, Malta, Montenegro and Turkey. Other destinations that require a license include Madagascar, Seychelles, Thailand, Brazil and Sweden. For Belize, the port authority will issue a certificate of competency and an application is made on arrival.

You must take your proof of competency and original certificate with you on your charter. We advise you to contact our team about your qualifications and destination requirements before booking.

By accepting the yacht contract you are confirming that you and/or members of your crew are capable and competent to sail the yacht in the conditions and cruising area of the charter. We reserve the right not to hand over the yacht if, after inspection, it is the opinion that the charterer is not, or may not be competent to be in charge of the vessel.

What is a skippered yacht charter?

A skippered yacht charter is when you rent one of our boats for you and your guests and a professional skipper sails it for you. No sailing experience is needed.

You will need to choose a yacht with a cabin for your skipper to sleep in as they are responsible for your yacht for the duration of your charter. We will find the skipper for you once you have found your perfect destination and yacht.

You will need to pay for your skipper’s food. You can invite the skipper to dine with you on board or out at a local restaurant.

What is the difference between crewed and by the cabin charters?

Our by the cabin charter charters offer exciting destination tours on a set itinerary crafted by our destination experts. You can book a double cabin and private bathroom and will share the boat with other guests who have booked the other available cabins. You will be looked after by a professional skipper and hostess with itineraries ranging from three to 11 nights. There is a set menu and included meals and drinks vary depending on location.

Can you tell me about your yachts?

Our super premier yachts are less than 12 months old from their first charter date, while premier yachts are less than three years old from their first charter date. Our yachts are well maintained and undergo regular, scheduled technical inspection.

In case of emergency, you can rely on our hotline, at any time, seven days a week. If you experience a technical failure affecting major and important parts of the yacht, we will repair the failure within four hours of receiving your call during working hours (8am to 5pm). If you lose more than four hours (during working hours), we will compensate you for one full day. If the repair takes more than one day, we will provide you with a similar boat or compensate you on a pro-rata basis. If restrictions to this guarantee apply in specific areas, this will be detailed during the charter check-in at the base.

Do I need insurance?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits. Please make sure you have personal travel insurance that covers sailing.

We will insure the vessel throughout the charter with first-class insurers against all risks, to provide permission to charter as under contract terms and to cover third-party liability.

The following options are available in limited locations:

  • Security Deposit: This varies on the size of the boat and when the boat is returned without damage it is refunded.
  • Damage Waiver: The charterer agrees to pay a non-refundable damage waiver at the time of booking, as well as a reduced damage deposit on embarkation that is refundable upon completion of the charter should no damage occur.

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As pioneers in the industry, Dream Yacht was one of the first to develop the Cabin Cruise concept. It’s an ideal choice for solo or couples travelers seeking relaxed adventure, exotic destinations, and unique local cultures in an intimate, social setting – in comfort at sea.

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Private accommodations

Comfortable and private standard double cabins with ensuite bathroom

Curated itineraries

Experience world-class destinations, local culture and excursions with our expertly curated itineraries

Accessible

An affordable and intimate experience without the need to book an entire yacht or provide sailing qualifications

Vetted crew

Enjoy our professional crew with a strong local knowledge and friendly service

Full board meals

Enjoy fresh and delicious cuisine prepared and served daily

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Relax on deck socializing with fellow travelers, kayak or snorkel from your yacht, or enjoy exploring ashore

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