US Virgin Islands Overview & Highlights

Discover top highlights and embark on an unforgettable US Virgin Islands yacht charter sailing trip.

Epic sunset at Magens Bay on St. Thomas

The US Virgin Islands don't get as much attention as their more popular sister next door, the BVIs, but they should for charter crews.

I visited the BVIs four times before exploring a USVI yacht charter. Verdict? I was especially blown away by the Virgin Islands National Park and the beauty of some of the bays.

And, don't tell the British Virgin Islands, but I think the USVIs have better beaches! (yes I love Anegada's north shore, but these USVI beaches are more numerous and can be accessed right from your dinghy)

Why might you like a USVI yacht charter?
  • Idyllic Caribbean surroundings - Plenty of protected anchorages. Coconut palm lined white sandy beaches. Great snorkeling and fishing. 
  • Settled weather - you can expect steady trade winds out of the east year round. If you avoid the summer months when tropical systems can develop, there is little risk of a major weather disruption
  • Easy navigation - there are some hazards to avoid, but most of the sailing and navigating is point and shoot, line of sight passages
  • Amenities - there are some really fun beach bars and restaurants to visit. There are even vendors you can visit in the National Park
  • Mooring balls - plenty of well maintained balls are available from the National Park Service, making it easier and less stressful for crews
  • Easy logistics - no need for a transfer with many direct flights available from mainland US. You can be on your charter yacht within 30 minutes of landing, seriously!
  • Good for kids -when I take my little kids on a yacht charter for the first time, I think the US Virgin Islands will be the destination. Why? Short passages, plenty of activities, protected swimming/snorkeling areas, and lots of beaches to relax on.
The beautiful Virgin Islands National Park at St. John, this at Maho Bay

Highlights of a US Virgin Islands yacht charter

  • Beach, snorkel, repeat. The Virgin Islands National Park has countless opportunities for snorkeling and beaching all day long. The setting doesn't get any better thanks to its protected status.
    • Hawksnest Bay for turtle sightings
    • Trunk Bay for the underwater snorkel trail
    • Cinnamon Bay for swimming and gazing at luxurious villas
    • Maho Bay for the awesome beach
    • Leinster Bay / Watermelon Cay for the best snorkeling in the Virgin Islands
  • Cruz Bay and Coral Bay on St. John are fun, quirky towns with lots of shopping, dining, and drinking
  • The south drop is just an hour away where you have great chances of catching mahi, wahoo, and tuna to cook up right on your yacht
  • Marvel at Magens Bay, one of the most spectacular settings I've visited in the Virgin Islands
  • Lime away the afternoon and enjoy an epic unobstructed sunset at Honeymoon Beach, Water Island
  • Grab a pizza from the floating pizza boat, Pizza PI VI, at Christmas Cove

US Virgin Islands charter planning?

Consider booking with the Yacht Warriors.