Luxury yacht charters: The Virgin Islands
The Virgin Islands are expecting a phenomenal winter season in 2018/19, as the superyacht fleet returns to one of the great cruising grounds of the world. These stunning archipelagos have staged a spectacular recovery after the 2017 hurricane season, and are now welcoming yachts back to experience the exquisite natural beauty and glamorous yachting lifestyle of this magnificent destination. Luxury yacht charters in the Virgin Islands allow charter guests to enjoy ultimate freedom and privacy as they float through this tropical landscape in consummate luxury.
What Kind of Experiences are There to Enjoy on a Luxury Yacht Charter in The Virgin Islands?
The Virgin Islands are the remnants of ancient volcanoes scattered through the sparkling blue-green sea, their lush hills sloping down to sugar-white beaches edged by jungle and turquoise sea. Offshore, coral reefs and shipwrecks, caves and tunnels create vivid underwater landscapes for the diver or snorkeller, while world-class marinas, fine restaurants, and boutiques create the perfect blend of luxury and relaxation for the elite yacht traveller.
The British Virgin Islands are made up of four main islands – Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and Anegada – as well as 32 other small islands and cays. The US Virgin Islands also have four major islands – Saint John, Saint Croix, Saint Thomas and Water Island – and over 50 small islands and cays. The BVIs and the USVIs are located only 29 miles apart at their closest point, meaning that you can easily experience the best of both worlds on a Virgin Islands luxury yacht charter.
Whether you decide to cruise the British Virgin Islands, the US Virgin Islands, or both, to rent a yacht in the Virgin Islands is the ideal way to explore these archipelagos, as the island chains are densely clustered, meaning short and protected cruising distances between each stunning location. The natural beauty, endless attractions, and easy cruising also makes the Virgin Islands one of the top cruising destinations for family yacht charters.
When is the best time to rent a yacht in the Virgin Islands?
The ideal time to rent a yacht in the Virgin Islands is during the tropical winter months between December and April. As the icy winter grips the Northern Hemisphere,a Virgin Islands luxury yacht charter promises a heavenly escape, with balmy average temperatures of 28℃ (82℉), lower humidity, and warm, crystal clear seas. Summer charters are also possible and have some advantages including exceptional sportfishing and quiet anchorages, but high temperatures and humidity are a factor, while hurricanes are a real risk from June to November, with storm activity peaking during August and September.
Experiences on a British Virgin Islands Yacht Charter
The British Virgin Islands offer a dazzling amount of experiences for charter yacht guests. The Virgin Gorda Baths are a must-see, with their towering granite boulders creating large rock pools and glimmering caverns to snorkel and swim through. Anegada, the fourth largest barrier reef on earth encircles the atoll, where vast white sandy beaches and pink flamingos contrast vividly with the turquoise sea. Divers will definitely want to dive the wreck of the RMS Rhone off Salt Beach, before making their way along the scuttled shipwrecks of Wreck Alley.
The laid-back islands of Jost Van Dyke is a famous yachting destination with its swim-up beach bars under the palms, great restaurants, and lively New Year’s Eve celebrations, while Tortola continues to charm with its beautiful beaches, national park, and excellent Nanny Cay Marina. Some of the luxury resorts of the BVIs are still under reconstruction following the hurricanes, but many are open and welcoming visitors, including the Scrub Island Resort and Marina.
Experiences on a US Virgin Islands Yacht Charter
The US Virgin Islands offer the perfect mix of stunning beaches, boutique shopping, and luxury resorts. Saint Thomas is the epicentre of the action, where you can fill your days with duty-free shopping, long lunches in excellent restaurants, and a great round of golf before relaxing on famous beaches such as Magens Bay. Saint Thomas is also home to Yacht Haven Grande, an ultra-luxurious marina which won the title of ‘Superyacht Marina of the Year’ in 2016.
Two-thirds of neighbouring Saint John is a protected national park which lends itself to some breathtaking hikes along trails which lead you right up to the mountain top, while down on the coast, the spectacular white sand beach at Trunk Bay is home to an underwater snorkelling trail. The pristine waters of this quiet island attract dolphins and sea turtles, making it the perfect spot to anchor for a heavenly day on the water.
The pretty island of St Croix enchants with its colonial architecture, picture-perfect beaches and lush rainforest, while also offering fine restaurants, golf courses, and two superyacht marinas. St Croix also hosts the vibrant Mardi Gras festival each March, a wonderful event to fit into your Virgin Islands luxury yacht charter.
Cruising the Virgin Islands on a superyacht is one of life’s great experiences. The upcoming season is shaping up to be superb as yachts flood back to the region, so speak to your broker as soon as possible to rent a yacht in the Virgin Islands.