Want to explore the British Virgin Islands on a yacht charter? What a great vacation! This describes how one may travel for a week from Tortola in this great cruising area. You likely will fly into St. Thomas in the USVI, but the fast ferry system will get you quickly to Tortola. Every charter is thought through just for you by the yacht's Captain who will know the islands well and use your ideas as a further guide. It's your vacation; you can go where you want in the BVIs and stay for however long you like. You'll be dependent only on the weather and where your yacht can safely go. Of course eventually you will need to get back to Tortola on time!
One thing to note is that there are very few places in the Virgin Islands where waverunners or jetskis can be used and best to presume that everyone will be engaged in watersports other than these.
Board your fabulous charter yacht in Tortola, the capital of the British Virgin Islands. Have lunch on board at the marina as you check out the scene. Soon you'll be off to Jost Van Dyke! Visit Foxy's Bar and indulge in an island cocktail called the Painkiller. You won't be sorry! After a bit of exploring around Jost Van Dyke, go on to Great Harbour where you will spend the night. The recommended dinner is at Sidney's Peace and Love Restaurant for its family-style servings of incredibly fresh lobster; though we will expect you to be wowed by the dinner preparations aboard and won't want to eat anywhere else. Hang after dinner for the jump-up and limbo contest!
Cruise to Monkey Point and visit its two beautiful beaches. Monkey Point is off Great Guana Island, known for its iguana and flamingo populations. Take a nice swim and then eat lunch here. Depart for Marina Cay where you'll spend the rest of the day and night aboard your yacht charter. Like Monkey Point, Marina Cay is ideal for snorkeling. Marina Cay is a small island, originally settled by Perry Mason author Robb White, and its surrounding reef provides perfect grounds for sea creature viewing.
Set sail early in the morning for the 'Baths' of Virgin Gorda. These natural sea water pools are a rare wonder. Snorkel in them or just marvel at their uniqueness. In the afternoon, go to Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour and the outlying Spanish Town to eat lunch and explore. Sail over to Virgin Gorda Sound. Visit the lux accommodations and amenities on offer at the Bitter End Resort and Biras Creek. If gorgeous beaches and fruity cocktails on board are not enough, try the spa or athletic facilities.
Stay another day and night here in the lovely Virgin Gorda Sound. You will want to take the yacht's tender to Eustacia Sound to snorkel and get a good view of Richard Branson’s private Necker Island. You could also stay on land and rent a Jeep to really explore this relatively undeveloped island. Virgin Gorda is home to Little Dix Bay, which is a great place to stop, sunbathe, and sip on a refreshing beverage.
Make your way over to Anegada if the weather's good, 'the drowned island,' so-called because it barely rises out of the water. Anegada is a terrific little gem of an island that is surrounded by reefs that have sunk several ships over the years. This makes it an absolute paradise for divers! There is also good snorkeling on Anegada's north shore.
Take the yacht to Peter Island and do not miss the exquisite beach at Half Moon Bay. The sand and surf here will have you captivated for hours. When you are ready for a change of scenery, hike over to the windward beach and take a leisurely stroll. Choose between an overnight at Great Harbour OR Little Harbour. Peter Island is known for its exclusive resort, gorgeous beaches, and its wide variety of water sports. Have fun!
Enjoy your last full day with a memorable trip to The Bight, Norman's Island. Though Norman's Island is uninhabited, the water is a very popular hangout. This so-called "Treasure Island" is great for waterskiing or kayaking enthusiasts. Rock formations, known as "The Indians," in the channel between Norman Island and St. John are landmark spots for snorkelers.
Return to Tortola to disembark. Have the captain take you to Road Town or to West End (the two ferry terminals) depending on your homeward arrangements. Though you'll be leaving the Caribbean behind, you'll be taking the memories with you. Call when you're ready to book your next charter!
NOTE: This is intended as a suggestion, to give you an idea of where you may want to explore on a one week yachting vacation in the British Virgin Islands. There is plenty to see and do, and your Captain will tailor your trip to your preferences both before and during your yacht charter. Alterations will likely be made along the way, because we know you may fall in love with one harbor and just can't bear to leave!
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