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,
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.
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.
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 and a couple
of excellent restaurants. Stay in Cane Garden Bay to enjoy a
serene evening or head to West End, Tortola and a shore excursion
to Pusser's Landing for a "Painkiller" and some island shopping.
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 because of deep, dark caves that 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.
Virgin Gorda is world famous for its geologically mysterious Baths,
an area where huge boulders descend into pools and grottoes that
are fascinating for visitors of all ages to explore. Enjoy a
gourmet lunch on board 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.
Enjoy a morning swim before heading to Peter Island, to a quiet
beach on Deadman's Bay and a colorful coral reef at Great Harbor.
For a delightfully upscale experience, spend the afternoon and
evening at Peter Island Marina, Resort and Spa. This is a convivial
setting in which to meet fellow yachtsmen and take advantage of
five star formal dining and world class facilities.
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. The final dinner on the aft deck, bathed in
the balmy Caribbean breeze, is a moment to savor.
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.