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8 days discovering the US Virgin Islands on a superyacht

8 days discovering the US Virgin Islands on a superyacht

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Water Island, St. Thomas

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St Thomas, US Virgin Islands

For a relaxing, re-energizing tropical break, warm azure waters and coconut palm-lined beaches take your private yacht or enjoy a luxury yacht charter in the US Virgin Islands. Those looking for a more active holiday can tee-off on top-rated golf courses or enjoy secluded bays perfect for water sports.

Younger guests are guaranteed to be fascinated by the hidden coves and legends of piracy. Sublime snorkeling among shoals of tropical parrot and butterfly fish will entertain all the family while the distraction of duty-free shopping is never far away.

It’s hard to believe that the upbeat island of St. Thomas, where the banana daiquiri was rumored to have been invented, the laidback national park of St John and the out-of-the-way St Croix are all part of the same country.

In just one vacation you can experience the contrasting atmospheres and landscapes of all three islands as well as explore some of the surrounding 60 islets, cays and rocks that make up the US Virgin Islands.

Day 1: Water Island, St. Thomas

A cruise in the US Virgin Islands is likely to begin in St. Thomas, the most developed, and hence the main transport hub, of the islands. Flying to the island is easy; the international commercial ‘Cyril E. King’ airport is also very used to dealing with private jets.

Heading west along the coast you soon leave the bustle of the main town behind as you discover the unspoiled tranquility of areas like Brewers Bay where you can drop anchor and take in the Caribbean vibe.

At night you can either enjoy the peace and quiet staying at anchor in Druif Bay off Water Island, or return to the dock at Charlotte Amalie to enjoy the Caribbean party atmosphere.

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Day 2
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Hassel Island

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For those looking to go sailing through history while relaxing in the US Virgin Islands, then a day exploring Hassel Island is a must, especially as it's a mere stone's throw away from Water Island. A rich tapestry of sites left over from the history books, visitors can sightsee via the self-guided walking trail, or the more adventurous can go kayaking or snorkelling.

During the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815) the British troops had headquarters on Hassel Island, utilising the pre-existing Danish fortifications while adding more than 30 new military structures over the years. Discover Shipley's Battery, the Officers' Quarters and the British barracks complex, as well as the British Army hospital, Fort Willoughby and the Creque Marine Railway, among other fascinating artefacts.

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Day 3
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Christiansted, St. Croix

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Buck Island St. Croix

By the time you’re awake you’ll be cruising the 40 miles south to the biggest of the U. S. Virgin Islands, St. Croix. Just to the northeast of St. Croix itself lies Buck Island, where you can anchor for the day. The national park here not only offers superb scenery, but also has a spectacular reef offering with some of the best dives in the Carribean and underwater snorkel trails.

In the afternoon you can head to Christiansted, one of the Caribbean’s most colorful towns, and enjoy the shopping offered at King’s Wharf. Smaller yachts can go into the marina; larger ones can appreciate the view anchored out in the bay.

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