Yacht Charters in the BVI: The British Virgin Islands are considered the best sailing destination in the Caribbean with an ideal blend of deep-water island hops, consistent trade winds, line-of-sight navigation and plentiful sheltered anchorages, deserted islands and beaches. The islands are a sailing charter Mecca, as nearly the entire economy of the BVI is devoted to sailing, from luxury crewed motor yachts to catamaran and sailing yacht charters.
The ultimate way to traverse the BVI is by yacht: sailing from one island to the next, sleeping under a million stars.
A BVI Yacht Charter offer a the perfect blend of white sand beaches, shimmering seas with fabulous snorkelling and scuba diving, shipwrecks, luxurious hotels and resorts, boutique shopping and beach party restaurants and bars.
The British Virgin Islands (BVI) are made up of more than 60 islands and islets at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, which separates the Atlantic Ocean from the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke and are the major islands of this archipelago in the Caribbean.
Tortola, the largest of the islands at 55 km2, has the highest elevated point in the British Virgin Islands, Mount Sage at 523 meters located in the forested Sage Mountain National Park. Nearly all charters start and end in Tortola, as that is where all the key marinas and provisioning stores are located. Take the road north or west from the busy Road Town to find a more pleasant and quieter Tortola.
Beautiful, unspoiled Anegada is known for its superb snorkelling and scuba diving and its delicious Anegada lobster. Though most of the islands in the group are volcanic, in contrast Anegada is a very flat coral and limestone atoll 24 km north of Virgin Gorda. The 38 km2 Anegada is the second largest of the British Virgin Islands. It rises only a few metres above sea level and is almost invisible to passengers arriving by sea. A visit to Anegada is a truly memorable experience with more than 300 wrecks you can dive to, colonies of pink flamingos and deserted pristine white sand beaches covered in pink conch-shell mountains.
Virgin Gorda is home to the world-famous Baths; immense boulders creating an incredible landscape of grottos and natural swimming pools. Explore the Baths and walk through the tunnel to Devil’s Bay where you can find waves good enough for a bit of surfing and hike up the daunting Virgin Gorda Peak. The 21 km2 Virgin Gorda with a population of 4,000 rises steeply from the sea with a volcanic peak of 410 metres and is known for its beaches, villas, resorts and the much-photographed Baths, a key attraction in the BVI.
The smallest of the four main islands is the 8 km2 Jost Van Dyke, renowned for its beautiful beaches and beach party culture. There’s nothing to do here but relax at one of the two welcoming bars and watch the sunset.
Marina Cay is an 8 acre flower covered island nestled in a calm, sheltered, warm-watered lagoon. Ideally suited for families with young children and with an interesting history since the author Robb White settled here in 1937.
Peter Island offers a spectacular beach and snorkelling at Deadman’s Bay, while watching out for Green Sea Turtles. Dive the famous Wreck of the Rhone, join in with the moko jumbi dancers on stilts, listen to the steel bands or visit a luxury resort. The 720 hectare island is the largest private island in the BVI.
Yacht Charters in the BVI have all of the ingredients for a perfect sailing vacation holiday with picture perfect beaches with crystal clear waters ideal for snorkelling and diving, extraordinary rock formations and a great selection of laid-back bars and restaurants, making this an excellent family-friendly location.
The best time for Yacht Charters in the BVI are from September to November before the crushing crowds of the winter holidays. Divers should plan a trip for winter or spring as summer is the worst time for visibility underwater. Most North Americans and Europeans travel to the Islands from December to April, making this period the peak tourist season. The rainy season, September to November, are not really very wet but try to avoid the ‘hurricane months’ – July to October.
Most people fly to Antigua and then take a smaller plane to Tortola or fly to St. Thomas and take a ferry to Tortola. There are no direct flights to the British Virgin Islands from the USA. All flights must connect through another Caribbean airport on islands such as Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Antigua, or St. Maarten. The UK offers direct flights during the high season. If you plan to make reservations online, remember to request flights to Tortola (EIS).
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