Delightful Honeymoon Steals and Deals in the Caribbean

Honeymoon in the Caribbean

Nothing compares to an intimate escape to the Caribbean with your loved one aboard a luxury charter yacht.  Make your dreams come true by indulging in a private yacht vacation for your honeymoon and be treated to a romantic voyage to paradise complete with unparalleled pampering, five-star luxury, and once in a lifetime experiences.   Pop open that bottle of champagne and toast to a wonderful new life together as you share your first memories as husband and wife on a luxury yacht charter! Continue reading

St. Thomas – A Wondrous, Intoxicating, and Alluring Tropical Sanctuary

The charmed island of St. Thomas is a tropical oasis that has been luring visitors to her sun-soaked shores for decades.   With breathtaking panoramas featuring sugary white sand beaches, rolling green hills, and glimmering bays, the hypnotizing beauty of this Caribbean charter destination is simply divine.  Part of the US Virgin Islands, the 32-square-mile island is one of the loveliest stretches of land in the Caribbean, but it is not its scenery alone that makes visitors keep coming back.    Influenced by the English, Dutch, Spanish, French and Danish the fascinating history and vibrant culture that has evolved in St. Thomas lends to a uniqueness not found in other Caribbean locales.  The island also offers much in the area of fun with activities and attractions geared towards watersport enthusiasts, thrill seekers, and history buffs. Continue reading

Planning a Charter in Florida, New England, Mexico, the Bahamas or the Caribbean? Educational Fun Below the Waterline Begins with Free Fishinars from REEF.org

Maltese Falcon - Caribbean Charter

Luxury charter yachts and their crews lead charter guests to some of the world’s most extraordinary spots for snorkeling and diving. Take your underwater exploration to the next level by attending a Fishinar, presented by REEF, in the comfort of your living room. Fishinars are open to divers, snorkelers, and devout landlubbers alike. Participation is free but you need to register for each session you want to attend. No special software is required, just a web browser. You don’t need a microphone or a

webcam to be able to participate. Great for first-timers or those wanting a review. To see the current schedule and to register for one or more sessions visit REEF.org/resources/webinars.

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Highlights from the current calendar:

Yacht Charters in the Sea of Cortez:

April 18: QUE PASA? THE TOP 12 FISH OF THE NORTHERN SEA OF CORTEZ. Tropical Eastern

Pacific (TEP) region REEF Fish ID: Learn tips from REEF Expert and fish geek, Jonathan Lavan, on how to ID Sea of Cortez fish.

Lionfish on Bahamian Reef

Southern Atlantic and Caribbean Yacht Charters:

April 25: LIONFISH 101

Join REEF’s Special Projects Director, Lad Akins for an hour long update on the lionfish

invasion, biology/ecology, impacts and what is being done throughout the region. Lad’s talk will be followed by a 15 minute Q&A session.

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New England Coastal Yacht Charters:

May 18: THE NORTHEAST’S DIRTY DOZEN

What those die-hard drysuit divers in the North Atlantic are seeing on their dives
A great way to prepare yourself for the Great

Annual Fish Count in July!

REEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the

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conservation of the marine environment by educating, enlisting and enabling divers and other marine enthusiasts to become active stewards and citizen scientists. REEF links the diving community with scientists, resource managers and

conservationists through marine-life data collection and related activities.

REEF’s marine conservation and citizen science programs currently operate in the coastal areas of North and Central America, the Caribbean and Hawaii. Our specific project regions include the Tropical Western Atlantic (Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda, Gulf of Mexico, and Mid-Atlantic States), Northeast US & Canada (Virginia through

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Newfoundland), West Coast (California through British Columbia),Tropical Eastern Pacific (Gulf of California to the Galapagos Islands), and Hawaiian Islands.

Interested in luxury yacht charters in these regions? Sunreef Yachts Charter has a wide range of yachts with dive certified crew and even dive masters on board. Whether you are seeking a superyacht, luxury catamaran, power boat, or sailing yacht, contact a Sunreef Yachts Charter professional to make to find your perfect yacht and crew in destinations worldwide.

Virgin Islands Adventure: Spending 7 Nights Aboard a Private Luxury Yacht Charter

The Virgin Islands, named by Christopher Columbus for the legend of St. Ursula and her 11,000 virgins, are a spectacularly beautiful group of islands. Breathtaking scenery, ideal climate and comfortable cruising conditions equal paradise for Luxury Crewed Yacht Charter clients who have the opportunity to explore living reefs, white sand beaches and charming towns, all within close proximity to one another. Presented here is a sample seven night itinerary designed with something for everyone.

Day 1: St. Thomas to St. John

Board your luxury charter yacht in St. Thomas, USVI and enjoy a delightful lunch on the aft deck and a leisurely sail to Francis Bay on St. John. It is nearly always possible to find a lovely secluded spot on this vast, white sand beach. Launch the yacht toys and spend the afternoon playing and swimming in crystal clear, turquoise waters. Snorkelers head for the deeper waters just beyond the shallow fringing reef along Francis Bay’s rocky north shore to view an amazing and rich variety of marine life. Stroll along beach or follow the Francis Bay Trail that runs along the salt pond behind the beach and is an excellent place for bird watching, especially early in the morning. Return to the the yacht to enjoy signature sunset cocktails followed by a delicious dinner under the stars.

Day 2: St. John to Jost Van Dyke

Leinster Bay, St John, offers a morning of spectacular snorkeling or hiking. Most agree that Waterlemon Cay, just offshore from the east end of Leinster Bay, is the best snorkeling on St. John. Explorers and hiking enthusiasts can walk along the many island trails where visitors are likely to spot feral donkeys and small herds of goats that roam freely through the bush. History buffs should take the Brown Bay Trail that leads to some of the most extensive ruins on the island of St. John.

In the afternoon set sail for the Jost Van Dyke, first stop in the British Virgin Islands. Foxy’s is one of the world famous beach bars where visitors can divulge in authentic Calypso island revelry. Join a “jump up” party and mix with visitors and locals, sample island cuisine, microbrews, and potent tropical rum drinks.

Day 3: Jost Van Dyke to Tortola

Sail around Sandy Cay, Sandy Spit and Green Cay for a morning of exploring, beach combing and spectacular snorkeling in the beautiful British Virgin Islands. Sandy Spit is a picture perfect “deserted island” and the marine life surrounding the island is breathtaking. Next cruise to Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, a magnificent stretch of beach with charming local bars, a couple of excellent restaurants and a small rum factory.
 Overnight in Cane Garden Bay or head to West End, Tortola and a shore excursion to Pusser’s Landing for a “Painkiller” and some island shopping.

Day 4: Tortola to Norman Island

The Bight at Norman Island is renowned for legends of hidden pirate treasure yet to be found. Norman Island, rumored to be the basis for the Robert Louis Stevenson novel, Treasure Island, is a popular snorkeling destination where deep, dark caves provide a magical experience. The island is privately owned and the only permanent inhabitants are wild goats. However, an old barge named the “Willie T” operates as a risque bar and restaurant known for seriously wild partying, mostly after dark.

Day 5: Norman Island to Virgin Gorda

Virgin Gorda is world famous for its geologically mysterious Baths, where huge boulders descend into pools and grottoes that are fascinating for visitors of all ages to explore. Board your yacht for lunch and a picturesque cruise to North Sound, Virgin Gorda, to visit the Bitter End Yacht Club, a premiere luxury water sports resort with a variety of activities available including kitesurfing, boardsailing, diving and hiking. The Bitter End Spa is rated “A World’s Best” by Conde Nast Traveler.

Day 6: Virgin Gorda to Peter Island

Enjoy a morning swim then cruise to a serene beach on Deadman’s Bay and a colorful coral reef at Great Harbor. Spend the afternoon and/or evening at Peter Island Marina, Resort and Spa for an upscale island experience. This is a beautiful setting in which to meet fellow yachtsmen and elite travelers, enjoy five star formal dining and world class facilities.

Day 7: Peter Island to St. John

Launch the yacht’s water toys and have some water sports fun either above or below the water line. Divers will thrill to the 1867 wreck of the British mail steamer R.M.S. Rhone, laying on the ocean floor encrusted in coral. In the afternoon, sail to Cruz Bay, the main town on St John, to clear U.S. Customs. For guests who enjoy shopping and shore excursions, this charming city features island architecture, quaint boutiques and restaurants and historical points of interest. Guests who prefer the surf, head to nearby Christmas Cove on Great St James Island for afternoon snorkeling and other watersports fun. The final dinner on the aft deck of the yacht, bathed in the balmy Caribbean breeze, is a moment to savor.

Day 8: St. John to St. Thomas

Enjoy an excellent breakfast on deck and go for a final swim before setting sail for St. Thomas. Say a fond farewell to the crew as the dream of returning to the spectacular Virgin Islands begins to take shape. Guests that have an extended stay of a day or two will find St. Thomas an enchanting island with excellent attractions, restaurants and duty free shopping.  

Please contact Sunreef Yachts Charter professionals to explore the many exciting possibilities of Luxury Yacht Charter in the Caribbean and Destinations worldwide.

These and many other Luxury Charter Yachts are available for charter in the Virgin Islands.

OLGA

PARADISE

BIG CITY

INSPIRATION

DAMRAK II

Luxury Yacht Charter Destinations in the U.S. Virgin Islands Offer More Than Spectacular Cruising

St. Croix

The US Virgin Islands are part of a breathtakingly beautiful archipelago located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, 1,100 miles southeast of Miami. On the three main islands, Saint Thomas, Saint John and Saint Croix, yachtsmen will find unparalleled cruising and more. Discover secluded white sand beaches and lively local beach bars, snorkeling trails and shipwrecks, world class spas and golf courses, tax free designer shops, local art galleries and five star restaurants, all within close range. 

The historic main island towns are characterized by picturesque pastel buildings, charming

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shops and restaurants flavored by a local cultural with a diverse history. Named by Christopher Columbus in 1493, the islands have been controlled by many European powers over the succeeding centuries including Spain, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, and Denmark-Norway. Each has left a legacy still evident in local customs, culture and cuisine.

The US Virgin Islands is renowned for vast white sand beaches, including Magens Bay, touted by National Geographic Magazine as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Cinnamon Bay, Salt Pond Bay and Trunk Bay. Strategic harbors, including Charlotte Amalie and Christiansted, which have great historical

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importance serving explorers, pirates, settlers and kings. Today, vast protected areas are owned by the National Park Service, including more than half of Saint John, nearly all of Hassel Island and many acres of coral reef, making the USVI a nature lover’s dream destination.

Yacht charter guests will delight in shore excursions that provide unique cultural experiences. Enjoy historical tours, culinary

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encounters, artisan fairs, local markets and live music. Visit galleries and shops where artisans and crafters present functional and decorative pieces that masterfully capture the island aesthetic. Restored great houses, reincarnated as museums like the Haagenson House on St. Thomas and Whim Museum on St. Croix, provide a glimpse into the past, displaying skillfully created mahogany pieces, delicate linens and original art.

 

Charlotte Amalie

A land excursion up through winding hills and along mountainous roadways guarantees breathtaking panoramic views, each seemingly more dramatic than the previous. In St. Thomas, Drake’s Seat, is the famous vantage point from where Sir Francis Drake used to observe his fleet. Just below Drake’s Seat is Magens Bay Beach, and to the west is MountainTop, which soars 1,500 feet above sea level. Plan to consume a signature “World Famous” Banana Daiquiri at this high altitude shopping 

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complex. Another well-known attraction on the other side of town is Paradise Point, which has a state-of-the-art tramway that ascends 700 feet for a bird’s eye view over Charlotte Amalie Harbor and beyond.

For history and archeology enthusiasts, each of the three main islands has well preserved sites and museum artifacts. Fort Christian is a Danish-built fort in Charlotte Amalie that houses the St. Thomas museum. Governor Jørgen Iversen Dyppel led thesecond expeditionary force from Denmark to St. Thomas, where he arrived on 25 May 1672 and initiated the construction of the fort. As the oldest standing structure in the U.S. Virgin Islands, this fort has served as a town center, a government building, and a jail. The museum holds artifacts and art of the Danish period

Fort Christian, 1671

On St. Croix, the Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preservecontains the only known site where members of a Columbus expedition set foot on what is now U.S. territory. It also preserves upland watersheds, mangrove forests, and estuarine and marine environments that support threatened and endangered species. The site is marked by Fort Salé, a remaining earthworks fortification from the French period of occupation, about 1617. The park also preserves prehistoric and

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colonial-era archeological sites including the only existent example of a ball court in the Caribbean. 

Contact Sunreef Yachts Charter professionals for information on luxury charter yachts worldwide. Our brokers have first hand knowledge of popular charter destinations and know intimately the yachts and crews available for charter in the region. It is the goal of everyone on the Sunreef team to personally insure that our clients are always matched with the perfect yacht and ideal crew.  

PUMPKIN FRITTERS: A Taste of the Virgin Islands

PUMPKIN FRITTERS: A Taste of the Virgin Islands

 On a visit to one of the local restaurants in St. Thomas, where recipes are handed down through generations, we managed to obtain this delicious recipe for  pumpkin fritters. This dish can be sweetened with maple syrup or cinnamon sugar for breakfast or dessert, or served as an excellent compliment to meats and spicy main courses.
Pumpkin Fritters

1 ½ cups mashed pumpkin
¼ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 ¼ cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
Oil for deep frying
Remove seeds and stringy fibers from center of pumpkin. Cut the pumpkin to smaller pieces for quicker boiling. Place in a pot and cover with water. Boil until pumpkin is fork tender. Drain water and scoop out pumpkin from outer shell. Mash with a fork. In a mixing bowl, combine pumpkin, sugar, salt, vanilla, baking powder, milk and flour and stir until ingredients are combined. An electric mixer is not recommended. Drop by the teaspoonfuls into hot oil and fry 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Makes 12 fritters. Per fritter: 115 calories, 6 grams fat, 3 milligrams cholesterol and 86 milligrams sodium. Bon Apetite!