One of the most popular cruising destinations in the Caribbean, the British Virgin Islands are ideal for those who enjoy on-water activities and island charm mixed with a little adventure. Snorkel colourful coral gardens, explore the ever-popular Baths, enjoy island vibes and rum cocktails on shore and relax on pristine beaches on a luxury yacht charter in the British Virgin Islands. Whether you’re racing in regatta season or simply coming to chill on the sands, these magical islands offer easy cruising and glassy waters.
British Virgin Islands Luxury Yacht Charter
LUXURY YACHTS FOR CHARTER IN THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
BVIS YACHT SEASON AND WEATHER
Temperatures rarely dip below the mid -20s in this sun-soaked paradise. Peak charter months are during the dry season, which runs from December to April when charterers will find reliable trade winds, warm, sunny weather and a lively atmosphere on shore.
Shoulder season months can also bring fine weather and showers generally tend to move quickly. Sea temperatures rarely dip below 25°C year round.
The official hurricane season runs from June to November.
BVI YACHT CHARTER ITINERARIES
Following 2017’s Hurrican Irma, the BVIs are getting back on their feet. On Virgin Gorda, Oil Nut Bay’s new marina can accommodate yachts up to 30 metres and a draft of up to 2.4 metres. Scrub Island Resort has berths for yachts up to 45m and is now open.
Several resorts and marinas are reopening in early 2019, with more planned in late 2019.
Recent on-shore reopenings include Cooper Island Beach Club, Corsairs Beach Bar & Restaurant, Pusser’s Marina Cay for patio dining, Scrub Island Resort and The Willy T, which has moved locations to Peter Island.
There are myriad itineraries that will combine jaw-dropping BVI highlights with equally spectacular anchorages, secret idyllic coves and some once-in-a-lifetime BVI experiences. Whether you’re looking for mesmerising wreck dives or get-away-from-it-all beaches, the BVIs will not disappoint.
Some of the best-known and most popular destinations in the BVIs include Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke.
From Tortola cruise the sea caves and clear waters of Norman Island (reputed to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island) and on to Salt Island where guests can snorkel or scuba around the Rhone wreck, which dates back almost 150 years. A leisurely cruise north will bring you to the Scrub Island Resort Marina, home to the award-winning Ixora Spa. Lying 5 nautical miles south-east of Scrub Island, arrive early at the famous Baths on Virgin Gorda and enjoy the pristine waters in these famed boulder-fringed pools. Paradise bays and pure shores abound on Gorda. Anchor in North Sound and head ashore for cocktails, before heading north to the glittering beaches and snorkel sites of Anegada. Enjoy a lunch on your own sand spit at Sandy Cay en route to Jost Van Dyke, where guests will find the picture-perfect horseshoe bay of Grand Harbour and where you can head ashore for chilled drinks at Foxy’s (a BVI institution).
THE BVIS BY SUPERYACHT
GETTING TO THE BVIS
Flights to the BVIs connect via neighbouring islands, for example from Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Antigua, or St. Maarten.
The Terrance B. Lettsome Airport (EIS), previously known as Beef Island Airport, on Tortola is the BVIs main airport and accommodates private and commercial aircraft.
Additional airports in the BVIs include Auguste George Airport on Anegada and Taddy Bay Airport on Virgin Gorda, though it is advisable to check for restoration updates post Hurricane Irma.