The Virgin Islands - A 6 Day Yacht Charter Itinerary
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A 6-day private charter itinerary visiting St Tomas, St John, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke.
After lunch, we'll depart for Leinster Bay, St. John. The bay is well protected and quite comfortable (a glassy calm anchorage). The snorkeling is excellent and there is an interesting walk ashore on a trail leading to the 300-year old Annaberg Sugar Mills. The Park Service has beautifully restored these ruins. The cruise to this anchorage is awesome because it was donated to the US government by the Rockefeller’s and has been kept as a park, so it looks just as it did 1,000 years ago with no habitation. Very pretty indeed. The water is body temperature and crystal clear.
Enjoy a refreshing morning swim while breakfast is being prepared. Afterwards, we'll depart St. John and enter the beautiful British Virgin Islands. You would be crossing an international boundary to Soper’s Hole, our point of entry. Your Captain will prepare all the forms/passports and take them to the BVI Customs and Immigrations office, while the ladies shop and the men relax under an umbrella enjoying a tropical drink. Fortunately, your presence is not required for the customs. After lunch, we cruise toward Norman Island and the Bight. Often referred to by the locals as “Treasure Island”, legends of Norman Island are resplendent with stories of buried pirate treasure! If there is enough daylight, we will dingy around to Treasure Point. It is known for the “caves”, a great snorkel spot. Also, in the Bight is a floating bar, "The William Thornton," which was christened in 1966. Handy, too, is a popular beach bar known as "Billy Bones." For those with a lot of ambition, try the somewhat challenging hiking trail up to Spy Glass Hill. I prefer to go to Beneurs Bay where very few vessels go, if this is what you want then get the captain to head for Beneurs Bay which is just round the corner and you can still do those famous caves.
Cruise to Pelican Island & The Indians for a snorkel stop. There's a fun tunnel for brave snorkelers to explore! Afterwards we'll cruise to Marina Cay, a tiny, picturesque island surrounded by a beautiful reef. This island is just what you and I imagine coconut palms, white beach and crystal clear warm water. Rob and Rodie White settled on the island right before World War II. You may visit the home which they built and have a drink at the spectacular Sunset Bar. There's also a Pusser’s Company Store stocked with their nautical and tropical clothing, unique accessories and gifts. We'll show you two super snorkeling spots or you can try some water sports like knee boarding or water skiing
Today we cruise to the famous Bitter End Yacht Club in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda. We can make a lunch stop at one of the islands along the way. Christopher Columbus named Virgin Gorda because, from seaward, it resembled a full-figured woman lying on her back. Maybe he had been at sea too long! It was once the capital of the BVI's and now has a population of 3,000 people. For your one night ashore, you may want to consider dining at the Bitter End or have a very elegant meal at Biras Creek. This is a wonderful area to stretch your legs and enjoy the beautiful scenery. It's truly a “world-class” resort; the view from the restaurant has three different sea views where you can see two different Oceans. The Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The other sea view from your table is of the North Sound Bay. I can not imagine a more gorgeous view anywhere else in the world.
This may very well be your most favorite day of the vacation!! Today we're going to the Baths. Located on the southwest tip of Virgin Gorda, the Baths are a most unusual formation of large granite boulders. Where the sea washes in between the huge rocks, large pools have been created. Shafts of light play upon the water, creating a dramatic effect. The adjacent beach is white and sandy with coconut palms and excellent snorkeling. You'll enjoy the easy 20 minute trail through the Baths over to Devil’s Bay. Only one other place on the planet, the Seychelles Islands off the coast of Africa, is similar to the Baths.
Today we head for Yost Van Dyke. We can make a lunch stop at Sandy Cay, the postcard-picture perfect little deserted island that you may have all to yourself!
Jost Van Dyke is known for its 1000-foot high peaks. We will anchor in Great Harbor, near Foxy’s Tamarind Bar and Grill at the eastern end. Over the years, Foxy's has become an institution for cruising boats and was been named the “Number 3 Place to Be” in the world for every new years eve. Foxy and his wife Tessa have hosted the Wooden Boat Regatta for many years. You will not want to miss hearing Foxy sing his calypso ballads from 4-6pm and Tessa has a fantastic gift shop open until 6pm with lots of native made gifts and goodies. If we arrive on a Friday or Saturday night, you may want to spend your one night ashore at the restaurant enjoying the bountiful buffet. The fish that is served is guaranteed to very fresh - usually only 3 hours old! Roasted chicken and barbecued ribs are served alongside Caribbean rice, salads, tropical fruits, vegetables and freshly baked breads. What a super feast, no shoes required! The band starts around 8:30pm and plays until 11pm. It's a wonderful way to end your dream vacation!
Departing Jost Van Dyke for a cruise back to St. Thomas. Clear in and prepare for disembarkation.
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