British Virgin Islands: the cozy Caribbean you dreamed about
A luxury yacht charter in the BVI is the only way to enjoy the paradise that is The Caribbean. Best exemplifying the charm of the region, the BVI, with its wonderful beaches and crystal-clear waters, is sure to mesmerize the most travelled of explorers.
In particularly, a yacht charter in the BVI will not disappoint enthusiasts of snorkeling and water sports, as the waters glisten a vivid shade of blue and the exotic marine life is plentiful. You will particularly adore the islands of St. Thomas, St. John and Virgin Gorda – each unique in their splendor, but equally as stunning.
St. Thomas, the most famous of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is the perfect place to start and end a trip. After landing at the Cyril E. King airport, enjoy a day of shopping in the many island’s shops and malls. Crown Bay Marina is a full-service marina for charter visitors, located just 10 minutes away from the airport, and is a great starting point. For larger yachts is the “Waterfront” to Charlotte Amalie.
St. John, the smallest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is by two-thirds a national park, it offers scenic hiking trails, many secluded coves and beautiful wide beaches. In addition to this, it houses the remains of pre-Columbian civilization and the remains of Danish colonial sugar plantations. Francis Bay, located between the beach of Maho and Leinster Bay, is located only 12.3 nm from Magen’s Bay. The vibrant marine life and a sunken airplane are an attraction for snorkelers.
Head north from Francis Bay to British Virgin Islands, through Soper’s Hole (about 3.7 nm), where is the customs and you undergo regular customs controls (usually agents do not ask to see the passengers), and where you can go ashore for a walk and a shopping tour in the city. Then head to Norman Island (4.7 nm), and moor in “The Bight”, famous for being the setting of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island”.
Cruise to Peter Island (4.6 nm), located directly in front of the Sir Francis Drake Channel from Road Town. Great Harbour is a perfect place for snorkeling, water skiing and practicing other water sports. Sprat Bay is another renowned place to visit. Nearby is the Deadman’s Bay where is a beautiful bay with coconut palms.
From Peter Island, cruise through turquoise waters towards the southern cape of Virgin Gorda (9.6 nm). Here you will find “The Baths”, where giant rocks form a series of spectacular pools and grottos filled with sea water, a perfect place for swimming and exploring.
From Virgin Gorda you can reach the small island of Marina Cay, only 11.5 nm. Nearby is also Beef Island airport for visitors arriving or departing. In Marina Cay you can swim and snorkel; the cliffs of Great Camanoe lies to the west of the island. Here you can enjoy a drink or a dinner at Pusser’s Landing, a restaurant offering a breathtaking view.
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