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.
The advantages of booking a US based yacht charter vacation include:
iYachtClub ran more than 100 crewed sailing vacations this summer, all in the USVI and the response was amazing. As with charters everywhere in the Caribbean, itineraries vary trip to trip, but our guests had trip of a lifetime experiences on their sailing vacations with 7 night itineraries that looked something like this.
Pick up at amazing Yacht Haven Grande in the heart of St. Thomas. Make a short sail to historic Buck island for lunch and a swim in the natural turtle park. After lunch, take a short sail to Honeymoon Beach on Water island, home of the “better than soggy dollar” Dingy’s Beach Bar.
Take a short sail to Flat Key for the best snorkeling and diving in the Virgin Islands, followed by a trip to the north side of St. Thomas and perfect Megans Bay. Finish day two at Coki Beach, a strip of sand filled with local eateries and bars.
Head to St. John, and world famous Caneel Bay, home of the new Bikini Bar. Once again, the new beach bar rivals the old standards set in the BVI and is a perfect place to forget your troubles J. Take a late afternoon short sail down to Mahoe Bay, and another new beach bar, the Mahoe Crossroads Beach Bar.
Start your day with a hike to the Anneburg Ruins and a snorkel at amazing Waterlemon Cey. Take a nice sail in the afternoon around to funky Coral Bay and, in my opinion, St. John’s best new hot spot, the Lime Inn Taco Bar.
Start your day with the longest sail of the week, and easy few hours down to St. Croix. Spend two days exploring Buck Islands National Park, the cool Dutch town of Christiansted and, exploring the Virgin Islands only rain forest.
Sail back to St. Thomas for lunch at Christmas Cove and an amazing snorkel on the ledges off of Little St. James. Take a short sail over to Secret Harbor, another amazing St. Thomas beach and beach bar scene.
With the quality of new beach bars, amazing beaches and wildlife, and ease of access, the US Virgin Islands truly has become the new standard for Caribbean sailing vacations. Vacationers with travel concerns will find that this trip will meet or exceed their expectations for what a great sailing holiday is and I believe that things will only improve as more and more people decide to choose the USVI over the BVI for their yacht vacations.