Go Sailing in the Virgin Islands

There are many reasons why the Virgin Islands are one of the premier global destinations for cruising and recreational sailing. Thanks to the National Park land protection bestowed on many of the islands by both the US and British governments, the beauty of the islands looks much the same as it did five centuries ago when Christopher Columbus himself was sailing the waters for the first time. Cruisers also love the consistent wind conditions, which on average blow at a leisurely, but still adventurous, 10-20 knots everyday of the year. For people visiting the VI on vacation, a day trip on a sailboat may well be the best day of your vacation.

For land-lubber looking to get an introduction to sailing, a sunset sail or a half-day sail is a good option. These trips are shorter in duration than a full day sail, but they are a great way to experience the beauty of the waters of the Virgin Islands for folks with kids (who can't handle sitting for a long time), visitors with limited time, or those on a budget. If you're staying on St Thomas or St John, half-day (morning or afternoon) sails and sunset sails will stay in domestic waters, meaning you don't need a passport to join the fun. These sails will include ample time for sailing and relaxing, and half-day trips and sunset sails that offer snorkeling will also include a snorkeling stop or two. Many boats that offer a snorkeling stop will provide snorkeling equipment, but on some, you will need provide your own. Similarly, many boats include snacks and an open bar, but for those that don't, many boats allow you to bring your own. We can help you figure out which boat will best meet your needs.

Avid sailors and those who are looking for a full day of fun in the sun will love Full Day sailing trips. These trips allow guests to maximize their sailing, sightseeing, and relaxing time. Full Day trips are also the only way for guests staying in the USVI to visit the BVI. Most USVI sailboats and catamarans bound for British waters depart Red Hook on St Thomas or Cruz Bay on St John. Many of their itineraries include a stop for snorkeling, then a sail to Jost Van Dyke, home of the world-famous Soggy Dollar Bar and Foxy's. There are also many smaller/more private sailboats and catamarans that allow much more freedom to guests to determine their agenda and destination.

If you're visiting the USVI and want to get a full day of sailing in without a passport, there are many options for you. Guests staying in the Charlotte Amalie area of St Thomas or visiting on a cruise ship, can get on a sailboat in town and quickly be exploring the waters off of St Thomas. While some of these boats may sail all the way to the BVI, many prefer to stay in US waters to ensure ample snorkeling time. There are also sailboats and catamarans in Red Hook and St John that spend the day sailing and exploring the waters of the USVI.

No matter the destination or duration, a day spent sailing the waters of the Virgin Islands is sure to be one of the best of your vacation. Whether you're seeking a private sailing experience or a ride on a larger boat, a trip to the BVI or a sail in US waters, emphasis on snorkeling, or an open bar (or any combination thereof), we can help you find the best fit. Contact us now to learn about all of your Virgin Islands day sailing options. We independent, expert, no-charge advice on every Virgin Islands sail boat available.

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