Paradise lost can be paradise found against the turquoise backdrop and warm sea breezes of the US Virgin Islands. A sublime collection of beautiful bays and cool little cays, perched 80 miles off the coast of Puerto Rico, and awash in natural wonders, cultural charisma, and pirate fables – the USVI is a dreamy charter destination. Spend your days sailing from St Thomas to Salt Island, let your private chef go gourmet with freshly caught lobster, and step ashore to discover Black Beards castle. Throw into the mix the fact that US citizens don’t even need to bring their passport and you may have found the perfect home away from home…
Luxury Shopping and Fine Dining on St. Thomas
Pint sized St Thomas offers a very warm welcome to island life for those venturing on a charter around the islands. The waters bob with superyachts and the high-class resorts boast decadent places to dine and sublime spas to get you ready for your days at sea. Splurge on duty free shopping and take a kayak trip through the dense mangrove lagoons.
Charlotte Amalie is the place to splash the cash with its array of luxury boutiques and its trendy yet casual dining scene. The Old Stone Farmhouse is without a doubt the place to bag a table for dinner. As one of the most opulent and sought after dining spots in St. John you can fall head over heels for the truffle honey chicken with lavender waffles, Bluefin tuna, and dark warm red wine list.
As daylight fades lose yourself in the fiery glow of a Caribbean sunset with a glass of champagne as you sail away to the bliss of St. John.
White Sands, Snorkeling, and Nature Trails in St. John
Wake up with a delectable brunch served on deck and feel at complete peace in the astounding national park that makes up St. John. Flowering jungles, beaches with pearl white sands, and drifting turtles make it the ultimate haven for nature lovers.
Spend the day snorkeling in the shallows and hiking the trail heads. Woody’s Seafood Salon is the place to stop for lunch – only a stone’s throw away from the pier in Cruz Bay. Gorge on corn crusted scallops and drunken shellfish stew, all washed down with ice cold local beer. Be sure to stop by Trunk Bay to see how the world looks when it is left untouched.
Plantations and Rum Soaked Splendor on St. Croix
Old world plantations, crumbling sugar mills, and hazy rum distilleries make up the culturally rich island of St. Croix. This is one of the top diving spots in the whole of the Caribbean, a place where the tectonic plates shifted to form an underwater wall with sheer drops into the depths of the blue. It makes for a fascinating spot for discovery.
St Croix is carving out a name for itself in the world of fine dining. No place is capturing the imagination of epicureans quite like Balter. Locally sourced ingredients, a family run vibe, and in house sommelier makes for an exciting dinner. From charred shrimp tagliatelle to bread fruit crusted chicken, complimented with signature martinis – this is how you dine in paradise.
Opt for a morning riding horses around the star features of St. Croix’s past, sip and swirl true island rums all afternoon at the distillery, and take your own certified instructor for a night dive around Frederiksted Pier.