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.What’s on this page
Yacht Hire St. Thomas
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.
While the USVI have much to offer as a destination, including expanses of powdery white sand and seven national parks, the islands are also the gateway to the British Virgin Islands. And this is where most of our customers choose to spend their sailing time.
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 Watermelon Cay offer awesome opportunities for snorkeling.
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US Virgin Islands Things to do
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 holiday.
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 snorkelling: everything you’ve been hoping for.
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.
In the BVI, winds are mainly from east or northeast, depending on the time of year. The sailing area is less crowded when the winds are lighter. Groundswells can occur between December and March after particularly strong winds, so be careful.
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US Virgin Islands skippered charters
Can’t sail? Hire a skipper and make the most of your holiday by sailing the islands of the USVI. Your skipper will sail you and your guests while you relax.
USVI sailing itinerary
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Provision and overnight at Compass Point Marina, taking a drink at the nearby Dive Bar or head into Red Hook.
Sail around the island to the wonderful beach at Magen’s Bay and explore the area.
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.
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.
Prepare for a passage to Water Island, where you can dine at Heidi’s Honeymoon Grill or Dinghy’s Beach Bar & Grill.
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.
Visit Christmas Cove on Great St. James and try the floating pizza restaurant Pizza Pi – delivery and pick up options available.
Sail back to Compass Point Marina for disembarkation.
Check in 5pm at Compass Point Marina St Thomas and board your vessel for the night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
UK citizens will need a passport to enter the US Virgin Islands which must be valid for another six months from date of entry). Visas may be required for citizens from other countries, so check with the tourist board.
Talk to us 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 holiday.
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 holiday?
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.
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What is the cancellation policy for Sail Share?
We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits.
Our Sail Share cabin cancellation fees are:
- More than 90 days before original embarkation date: 25% of the charter fee
- 89 – 60 days before original embarkation date: 50% of the charter fee
- 59 – 30 days before original embarkation date: 75% of the charter fee
- Fewer than 29 days before original embarkation date: 100% of the charter fee
How flexible is the itinerary for a Sail Share charter?
Our yacht itineraries are designed by our destination experts and are set to showcase the best of the destination’s highlights. They are set and not flexible, even if you book all the cabins.
What happens if the weather changes while sailing on a Sail Share charter?
The skipper may decide to change the itinerary if there is bad weather.
Can I choose which cabin I want when I book a Sail Share?
Choose a double cabin with shared bath, or private bath for an additional fee.
Are there child or age restrictions for Sail Share?
Minimum Age: 16 years old
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