Exploring the Virgin Islands by Megayacht this Winter

Exploring the Virgin Islands by Megayacht this Winter

With a busy summer Mediterranean charter season now winding up, we take a look towards the premiere mega yacht destinations worth visiting this winter – first up the beautiful Virgin Islands

The scattering of emerald green isles that make up the Virgin Islands have long been a yachtsman’s haven and continue to appeal to the world’s travelling elite. This winter, an assortment of superyachts in all shapes, styles and sizes will be making their way to these blissful cruising grounds including some of the markets most impressive charter yachts.

Vessels such as the highly anticipated 95m/312ft Lurssen motor yacht KISMET (aka Kismet 2) which will be making her charter debut this season, the 85m/279ft motor yacht SOLANDGE (read our in-depth review) and the 86m/283ft Superyacht AIR offer the highest levels of luxury and service which combined with these spectacular Caribbean islands makes for the ultimate yachting vacation.

Sunset in the British Virgin IslandsMan water skiing near Virgin Islands beach
Young woman looking through binoculars on beach, St. John, US Virgin Islands, USA

The archipelago of more than 60 idyllic islands and islets are divided between the cosmopolitan US Virgin Islands and the neighbouring and relatively unspoilt British Virgin Islands. The US Virgin Islands are known for their buzzing social scene and glamorous coastlines and are situated just a short flight from the United States. The main islands of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix are a hive of superyacht activity throughout the year, but are most popular as offering an idyllic winter escape amongst breath taking beaches, beautiful harbours and cosmopolitan flair.

View of famous Trunk Bay beach in St. John, US Virgin Islands

With a number of multi-cultural influences evident in this cluster of islands, ranging from Dutch-style architecture to French-inspired design, the US Virgin islands hold a rich history alongside their Caribbean paradise settings. They are also free ports, allowing guests to indulge in some tax-free designer shopping. Head Yacht Haven Grande for high-end boutiques such as Louis Vuitton and Bulgari, just a stone’s throw from the pier; downtown Charlotte Amalie, meanwhile, is best for Caribbean artefacts.

Charter guest snorkelling in the warm waters at St. Croix Island in US Virgin Islands
Pirate sculpture at the tropical island in CaribbeanView of luxury yachts in marina and harbor in the tropical island of St. Thomas, USVI

The British Virgin Islands meanwhile exude a low-key ambiance and get-away-from-it-all feel. Throughout the islands, coral reefs and stunning beaches provide every opportunity for all manner of watersports, from snorkelling and sea kayaking to wreck diving and sports fishing.

Furthermore, the diversity of the volcanic landscapes on the islands create the perfect environment to get the adrenaline pumping with some ashore activities such as hiking, horse riding on the beach or a round of golf to a backdrop of pristine coastline and Caribbean waters. The strong identity and rich histroy of the Virgin Islands also mean that a a scattering of monuments, statues and musems can be enjoyed by those looking for some cultural indulgence.

Contact your preferred charter broker for more information about booking a luxury yacht charter in the Virgin Islands this winter.

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	As the largest of the <a href="/british-virgin-islands/british-virgin-islands-luxury-yachting-guide-1279.htm">BVI</a>&rsquo;s, Tortola is the ideal place to begin your charter itinerary of the idyllic Virgin Islands. Embark from the Village Cay Marina in Road town and enjoy a few hours relaxation, enjoying the views of the lush green backdrops and sandy beaches before hopping in the tender to explore the balmy waters of Cane Garden Bay.</p>
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	To get a feel for the many international origins that have influenced the Virgin Islands, step back in time on the St. Thomas capital of Charlotte Amalie in the <a href="/us-virgin-islands/us-virgin-islands-luxury-yachting-guide-1289.htm">US Virgin Islands</a> and explore its many important historical sites. The city is known for its striking Danish colonial architecture which combined with the strong <a href="/caribbean/caribbean-luxury-yachting-guide-1.htm">Caribbean</a> culture results in a fusion of colours, styles, restaurants and backdrops.&nbsp;</p>
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	Subtle British influences can be found throughout the British Virgin Islands and you can often see bright red London-style phone boxes punctuating the picture postcard settings. Virgin Gorda is one of the most popular superyacht destinations in the archipelago, known for its exclusive yachts clubs, safe anchorages and hidden coves that dot the coastline and are only accessible by water.&nbsp;</p>
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	A <a href="/post.htm?id=2880&amp;name=exploring-the-virgin-islands-by-megayacht-this-winter">Virgin Islands superyacht experience</a> just isn&rsquo;t complete without exploring the kaleidoscopic depths of the coral-rich Caribbean waters. There a multitude of spectacular dive sites to choose from including &lsquo;The Indians&rsquo; off the coast of Norman Island in the BVI&rsquo;s. Reputed to be the site of buried treasure from the galleon Nuestra Senora, this dramatic reef and rocky outcrop resemble an Indian headdress and are fantastic for snorkelling.</p>
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