BVI, the British Virgin Islands is one of the most opulent and compelling charter destinations in the world. Centered in one of the most spectacular cruising areas in the Caribbean Sea, the BVI is home to a plethora of lush isles and islets, ideal for island hopping with each island offering its own unique delights.
The British Virgin Islands (BVI) are territories of Her Majesty’s land, but aside from scattered offerings of fish and chips, there’s little that’s overtly British. Most travelers come to hoist a jib and dawdle among the 50-plus isles. With steady trade winds, calm currents, protected bays and pirate-ship bars, this is one of the world’s sailing hot spots.
Roughly split into two island chains the British Virgin Islands stretch for more than 30 miles and are separated by the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Located on the northern side, the main island of this glorious archipelago is Tortola which is neighbored by the Beef Island, Guana Island, The Camanoes, Scrub Island and The Dogs. On the south side, Norman and Peter Islands, Dead Chest, Salt, Cooper and Ginger islands, and Virgin Gorda can be found. To the north east of the main group of islands are Jost Van Dyke and the Tobago islands, whilst Anegada lies 14 miles north of Virgin Gorda. Most of the islands are small and uninhabited with some being privately owned, the most notable of which being Richard Branson’s Necker Island – the secluded nature of this gorgeous destination is the ultimate island escape.
Largely unspoiled by development and brushed by gentle trade winds, the British Virgin Islands make for a great sailing destination without being too rough for motor yachts. Abound with excellent yacht facilities it comes as no surprise to know that this charter destination has become one of the most popular in the world.
The main island in the British Virgin Islands, Tortola is an eclectic mix of thick alluring jungle, towering mountain peaks and an assortment of vibrant towns. Deemed as the charter capital of the Caribbean, Tortola boasts an abundance of things to do with the hustle and bustle of the island capital of Road Town being an undoubted highlight. Sports enthusiasts will relish the opportunities to snorkel, fish, dive and hike before taking part in a game of tennis or cricket whilst beach lovers will admire the stretches of secluded sands which are lapped by crystalline azure waters.
Norman Island and Peter Island
Brimmed with beauty and loved by all, Virgin Gorda has somehow maintained her innocence despite her increasing popularity. A yacht charter is the ultimate way to explore, with a relishing cool breeze making for calm and tranquil sailing. The Baths are unmissable, boasting obscure rock formations of mysterious shapes, which invite hikers to traverse the immense boulders and alluring grottoes.
Jost Van Dyke
Small in size but with a big personality, Jost Van Dyke radiates an overwhelming sense of welcome, making it difficult for visitors to leave this captivating destination. Reputed as the ‘party island’ of the BVI, Jost Van Dyke is rich with mountainous scenery and lush vegetation making it a secluded getaway with a vibrant twist. Laced with restaurants and bars aplenty, Jost Van Dyke is one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean and for good reason.
The US Virgin Islands, no surprise, have been deemed “America’s Caribbean Paradise” where peaceful bays and gorgeous harbours form a premium superyacht charter vacation destination, are blissfully uncluttered. Compromising a trio of stunning isles, the US Virgin Islands is a world-class yachting destination set in the cobalt waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Lying to the northern tip of the Leeward Islands and closely located to Puerto Rico, the three islands within this quaint archipelago are known as St Croix, St Thomas, and St John. Although each is unique in its own right, the trio encompasses a myriad of first-class facilities, premier seaside resorts and picture-perfect anchorages. Cruising along the translucent waters of the Caribbean, a yacht charter to the US Virgin Islands exudes the epitome of relaxation.
Relatively rugged and somewhat off the beaten-track, St Croix is the largest of the three islands and lies 40 miles south of its sibling island St Thomas. Brimmed with lush rainforests, sugar plantations and rum distilleries, St Croix is the less visited of the three islands giving it an air of exclusivity. This refreshingly slow paced island boasts some of the finest cuisine in the area and is renowned for two main towns, Christiansted and Frederiksted. For shopping lovers, the restored Danish port of Christiansted offers boutique shopping in addition to remnants of Danish culture whereas the Victorian-looking Frederiksted is often explored for its tropical rainforest and exciting pirate ruins.