Not too long ago St. Martin was the sailing charter capital of the world! Recent history changed that, and the Virgin Islands became the place to go. The world of mega yachts and superyachts have discovered the charm and variety that St. Martin has to offer and it remains their playground of choice. We believe that it’s past time for charter guests on sailing yachts to rediscover all that this amazing charter destination has to offer.
Not too many years ago, St. Thomas and the USVI were the number one destination for sailboat charters in the Caribbean. Yacht vacations in St. Thomas were popular because the USVI is easy to get to, super safe, a US territory, and amazingly beautiful. Caribbean sailing vacations from the USVI remained popular until marine laws charged in the 90s and the Moorings opened their large base in a little known place called the BVI.
When Covid-19 forced island nations like the BVI to close their borders, vacationers quickly found out that there was an amazing alternative.. for less money, and closer to home. Caribbean sailing vacations focused on the US Virgin island became so popular this summer and fall that they might very well become a favorite sailing holiday destination long after the pandemic is just a memory.
When people call us to book their Caribbean Sailing Vacation, most of them do not have a good understanding of how much a yacht vacation really cost. However, most of them do have a budget in mind for what they are willing to spend for their Caribbean sailing holiday.
On yacht vacations in the Virgin Islands, most of the trip is all about the boat. And all about the crew. But when you get to an island at the end of a day’s sail, the trip becomes all about the beaches. Below is iyachtclub’s top 10 beaches to visit on your next Caribbean sailing charter. Our top 10 list includes beaches from the Spanish Virgin Islands, U S Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands. So, in no particular order, but from west to east, here is our top 10 list for Caribbean Sailing Vacation:
When our customers come down on Caribbean sailing vacations, often times they get a little “chrome fever” and start asking questions about buying a boat for themselves. After the initial thrill runs out, and they start really thinking it through, and looking at all of the wild promised on the internet, they usually come back to me and as a very good question… is buying a boat, as a business, and putting into a yacht charter vacation program, a good business decision?
Every year, about this time, I endeavor to name the top beach bars in the BVI. These are bars that everyone who has ever taken a Caribbean Sailing Vacation has been to. They are in Kenny Chesney and Jimmy Buffet songs, and most people know them.
As airline travel starts to open up again around the world, vacationers are starting to ask “what is a safe vacation to take while the Corona Virus (Covid-19) is still around. The answer is…. Caribbean sailing charters on small private sailing catamarans. Yacht Vacations are the perfect choice for small groups of family and friends to vacation.
Almost 90% of all yacht vacations take place in the Virgin Islands. There is a reason for this…. They are the easiest to get to, easiest to sail, and beautiful, making it ideal for yacht charter vacations of all kinds. But, after you have been on a couple of yacht charters in the BVI, where should you go next? I’d say, all things considered, the Cyclades in Greece, Croatia’s coast, the Grenadines and St. Maarten would make up the next best locations, with St. Maarten being the best of those choices for a sailing tour.
The British Virgin Islands are made up four main islands, Jost Van Dyke, Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Anegada over (depending of your definition of an “island”), over 50 smaller islands/keys/rocks/land masses. Only 12 of them are inhabited. So, which one is the best one?