Boats seem magically suspended in air, bobbing on water so pure and clear it is all but imperceptible. Gentle waves lap the sugar sand rimming the beaches, as warm breezes move through the graceful palms. This halcyon experience throughout the United States Virgin Islands is further enhanced by your private yacht charter, enabling an exclusive, comfortable, convenient escape that gives you the freedom to explore every bay, cay, and reef along the way.
Navigating the calm, clear waters bathing the shores of St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas, is an extreme privilege. The people are warm and welcoming, the natural beauty is boundless, and the food and drink sublime. Do you have a week to spare? Imagine looking forward to this on your agenda in the midst of a bleak winter day.
Day 1: St. Thomas’s Charlotte Amalie
Beginning on the island of St. Thomas, the capital city of Charlotte Amalie holds duty-free shopping treasures that allow twice the limit of other Caribbean islands. From Chopard and Gucci to electronics and rum, it is a market not to miss, but do schedule it on a day without cruise ship crowds. The duty-free shops, restaurants, and atmosphere at the flawlessly appointed Yacht Haven Grande Marina are enjoyable, and a safe bet en route from the airport to your private yacht. After satisfying all of your hedonistic land-based pursuits, nest in for the coming week on board your own private 100-foot penthouse, packed with pleasure, luxury, and adventure.
Day 2: St. Thomas to Cruz Bay, St. John
Magans Beach on the north end across the narrow waist of St. Thomas provides protected snorkel, dive, ski, sail, and windsurf adventures in a horseshoe cove. The wraparound white sand beach and breathtaking three-sided mountain backdrop are nature personified. After an active day, return for on board cocktails and slip away to Cruz Bay on St. John.
Day 3: Cruz Bay to Caneel Bay
Moored off one of St. John’s glorious beaches, nudge your day smoothly along with an island breakfast on board, followed by an island explore of St. John’s pristine landscape. Protected and adored, the island is 60 percent national park, 40 percent perfectly manicured estates, inns, and jewelry stores, but 100 percent perfect in every detail for an enjoyable visit. The simple sight of the stunning beach at Trunk Bay is mesmerizing from first glance, as is Caneel Bay. The national park operates an underwater snorkel trail with informative signage to guide, instruct, and entertain. Return to your nurturing habitat on board your private yacht for a seafood repast under a blissful canopy of stars.
Day 4: Hawksnest to Jumby Bay
Explore some of St. John’s best beaches. Hawksnest, Honeymoon, Jumby Bay, and Leinster Bay are accessible by boat, requesting the favor of your presence with turtles, starfish, sting rays and Hawksbills. Accessible only by ferry or private boat, the island remains less crowded during busy seasons, while maintaining a festive, happy, and pleasantly busy atmosphere for an enjoyable tour. Prepare for cocktails and an outstanding dinner moored just off your favorite cove.
Day 5: Buck Island and St. Croix
After a leisurely on board breakfast, head across open water to Buck Island off the east end of St. Croix. Swim, scuba or snorkel the underwater trail populated with colorful corals, parrotfish, yellow tang, and a barracuda or two. If you are on the island at the right time, you’ll see evidence of the nesting grounds for leatherback, hawksbill, and green sea turtles, as well as brown pelicans. Cocktails and dinner in the sumptuous luxury of your private yacht, or on your favorite beach, are the order of the evening, along with a champagne toast under the star-splashed sky.
Day 6: Christiansted
After an easy start to the morning with your favorite breakfast, cruise into the harbour lined with the red roofs of Christiansted for an opportunity to see the cultural side of the USVI. Tour the Danish Colonial architectural buildings of the sugar plantation era in the West Indies, exploring the Customs House, Scale House, and opulent Governor’s house. You may also run into the Mocko Jumbie stilt dancers, a steel pan drum band, a ‘scratch’ band, or reggae musicians around town, bringing the past to life, chasing away evil spirits, tracing African roots, and telling countless stories. Colorful, enchanting, and casual, the experience is like no other on earth. Run out the clock on the last night on board your private yacht with a romantic dinner with an incredible view.
Day 7: Charlotte Amalie
Return to Charlotte Amalie for a delightful on shore evening, dining at the local favorite secreted away in a hard to find neighborhood at Thirteen Restaurant. Or opt for the glamorous Bleuwater at the Ritz Carlton, or the exquisite local cuisine of the Old Stone Farmhouse, celebrating a fabulous week of luxurious cruising in the USVI.
Combining a cruising tour of the U.S.V.I. with the B.V.I. provides an almost endless list of beautiful, comfortable, welcoming islands acting as ports of call at your disposal. In tandem with the friendly people and elegant yet casual lifestyle, the experience is unsurpassed in dialing down the noise from a busy, urban life, and one that all who seek perfection should experience. For further information about yachts available for charter in the United States Virgin Islands, and suggestions for personalizing your itinerary, contact [email protected]yachtinglifestyle365.com.
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