Virgin Islands Sample Itinerary

Day 1:
Board your yacht in St. Thomas and after lunch, enjoy a leisurely sail (or motor sail) to Frances Bay on St. John.  Have an afternoon swim, then walk the beach and enjoy a Caribbean sunset.  Savor a delicious dinner either in the cockpit under the stars or below in the coziness of the main salon.  Perhaps make plans for a “wedding in paradise.”

Day 2:
After breakfast depart for Leinster Bay, also on St. John, for snorkeling, exploring and a hike to a sugar mill.  Return for lunch and then proceed to Jost Van Dyke to clear BVI customs.  Explore Jost, visit Foxy’s and other well-known beach bars.  This is a good spot for a West Indian meal ashore at moderate prices – an island pig roast perhaps – and some evening revelry in the form of a “jump up” (party).

Day 3:
Depart Jost and sail to Sandy Spit for the beach and snorkeling.  Sail to Cane Garden Bay for the evening or on to West End, Tortola for lunch and a trip ashore to Pusser’s Landing for a “Painkiller” and shopping.  Sail on to the Bright at Norman Island and visit the “Wille T” (floating bar and restaurant) for sunset cocktails or after dinner wildness.

Day 4:
Snorkel at the water level Caves at Norman Island made famous in Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.”  Sail on to Cooper Island for lunch.  Enjoy an afternoon sail to Trellis Bay on Beef Island.  After dinner, go to the Last Resort for Tony Snell’s musical review or have a relaxing drink at Pusser’s Marina Cay.

Day 5:
Sail to Virgin Gorda and visit the Baths, those wondrous house-sized boulders that form fascinating pools and grottoes to explore.  After lunch, sail on to the North Sound.  Visit the Bitter End Yacht Club for snorkeling, boardsailing, water-skiing or hiking.  Every activity can be done here.

Day 6:
Depart North Sound after morning activities and lunch for a sail to Peter Island where there is a great beach on Deadman’s Bay and excellent snorkeling in Great Harbor.  Visit Peter Island Yacht Club – a very upscale place for a dinner ashore (jackets required in season) if that’s your preference.

Day 7:
More water sports in the morning (possibly a rendezvous dive on a coral-encrusted 1867 wreck of the British mail steamer “Rhone”.)  Following lunch, sail to Cruz Bay on St. John to clear U.S. Customs.  Check out the local shops here or sail on to Christmas Cove on Great St. James for snorkeling or watersports.  Enjoy your last evening aboard with another glorious Caribbean sunset and a special dinner prepared by your chef.

Day 8:
After breakfast (with a farewell Bloody Mary or mimosa, perhaps?) and a final swim, return to Red Hook or downtown St. Thomas for some last minute duty free shopping before you catch your flight home.