From Great Thatch in the west to Anegada in the east, this chain of 50 or so islands that comprise the British Virgins stretches 35 miles and makes for an easygoing, completely enjoyable luxury yacht charter in the Caribbean Sea. The islands are a perfect getaway for a week-long charter or a longer stay, as each destination is only a short run from the others.
The water is usually tranquil, providing smooth passages and the location is perfect for the serious diver or the beginning snorkeler alike. For those who like a party, there’s a rich nightlife, and the nature lover will not be disappointed by the neon seas and sparkling beaches. The group has an established and growing cluster of fine resorts, some of which charterers can access for their spas, and fine dining. In many ways, the B.V.I. have it all as a charter destination. As with any yacht charter, a week in the B.V.I. may not be enough to satisfy your need for adventure or repose. If you’re looking for a longer itinerary, it would be very easy to do a 10- to 14-day charter, especially if you include the U.S.V.I. or the Spanish Virgin Islands to the west.
Day 1: Beef Island to Guana Island
Arrive at Beef Island Airport. Before rushing off, you might visit Trellis Bay, a quaint collection of shops, galleries and bars that provides a welcoming experience for newcomers to the B.V.I. Your yacht will take you to White Bay on Guana Island, a secluded anchorage with several snorkeling options, although going ashore is prohibited. If you’re into aquatic life, have the captain use the underwater lights to watch the huge tarpon feed in the evening.
Day 2: Guana Island to Norman Island
From White Bay, you pass Great Camanoe to visit Norman Island. The trip takes one to two hours, but there are several good spots to stop for lunch and a dive off Pelican Island and the Indians just outside The Bight. You’re also very close to the south drop, so fishermen will find an opportunity to flex their casting arms.
Day 3: Norman Island to Peter Island
Peter Island Yacht Club is nestled well inside Sprat Bay. If you’re looking to be pampered, the spa facilities are outstanding. For fun in the sun, there are three beaches within easy walking distance. Divers might be keen to take advantage of the proximity to the wreck of the RMS Rhone. For the evening, there are two excellent restaurants ashore to sample Caribbean cuisine.
Day 4: Peter Island to Virgin Gorda
Head to The Baths at Virgin Gorda. This collection of strangely situated boulders along the water’s edge is immortalized in every photo collage of the B.V.I. A trail leads between the boulders to a bar and restaurant with an incredible bird’s-eye view of The Baths. Two great spots to tie up are the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and Biras Creek Resort, where you can visit for a fantastic meal.
Day 5: North Sound
Gorda Sound is a large body of protected water. Shore options abound here with about a half-dozen bars and restaurants that are dinghy accessible. If you’re there on a Friday night, don’t miss the Jumbie party and stiltwalkers at Leverick Bay.
Day 6: North Sound to Jost Van Dyke
On Jost Van Dyke, you’ll either anchor in Great Harbour or go to the dock at Foxy’s Taboo. If the weather is settled, there is phenomenal diving on Mercurius Rock, between JVD and Tobago Island. If you stay at Foxy’s, Green Cay and Sandy Cay both make for great beach picnic sites. Most of the nightlife is in Great Harbour. The famous Foxy’s is definitely the happening place.