St. John and USVI

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In response to the popularity of the Virgin Islands and at the requests from many of our clients to explore some of the other locations in this beautiful region, we have created a USVI itinerary which embarks out of our main base in Hodges Creek in Tortola.

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Overview

On this seven day charter, we highlight the beauty and allure of St John as we experience its fantastic anchorages and attractions along with a few of the hotspots in the British Virgin Islands which make this region of the Caribbean a sailor’s paradise.

With two thirds of St. John made up of national park, this popular destination is recognized as one of the most beautiful islands in the Virgin Islands.  Less is more on St. John. It's the smallest, quietest, least populated and most secluded of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, where even the residents of neighboring St. Thomas and St. Croix come to get away from it all. That's not to say there isn't a plethora of tourist-friendly beaches (all 44 are open to the public) and frosty blender drinks. Shore excursions run the gamut from snorkeling to eco-hikes. And there's shopping, of course, though truth be told local handicrafts who hold their own against mass-produced duty-free goods -- St. John's tranquility has transformed it into artists' community of sorts, and several have stores in town.

Much of the development is confined to Cruz Bay, St. John's only real town. Otherwise, St. John's unspoiled beauty is its main draw. Though the island is only about nine miles long, it takes about an hour to drive from Cruz Bay to the east end along winding roads; St. John rewards those who explore on foot, networked with hiking trails that lead to historical sites and hidden coves.

St. John will be our central point throughout the charter with excursions over to St Thomas as well as Jost Van Dyke and other favorites of the British Virgin Islands.

 

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Map

 St. John Map

Arrival

Arrival Info

Guests who choose to sail our St John / USVI Itinerary, arrive at our main base, Hodges Creek on Tortola. For United States Citizens, be certain to have your passport with you as you will need to clear British Virgin Customs upon arrival.

By Plane:

Your flight itinerary for arriving in the British Virgin Islands can consists of flights either into St. Thomas or Beef Island, Tortola. If you land in St. Thomas (STT), you will need to take a 45 minute Ferry ride from Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas to Road Town in Tortola. The ferry is approximately a 10 minute taxi ride from the airport with the last ferry leaving to Road Town around 4pm. Once you arrive in Road Town, taxi services are available to take you on a 15 minute ride from the Ferry dock to the base.

Some guests choose to fly directly into Tortola's Beef Island Airport (EIS) which will be via San Juan, Puerto Rico. From The Beef Island Airport taxi service is available to take you to our base location. The taxi ride is approximately 35 minutes and the cost of taxi transfers is currently $30 per couple.

Our Base Location: Hodges Creek Marina, Tortola.

Hodges Creek Marina is located on the east end of Tortola, minutes from Beef Island airport and 15 minute shuttle ride from the Road Town ferry dock.

The meeting time to board the yacht is at 5pm on Saturday. To ensure your catamaran is cleaned and provisioned accordingly for your charter, we allow you to board the vessel no earlier than 5pm on your arrival day. After your arrival to the yacht, you will enjoy a delicious cocktail upon a warm greeting from your captain and chef. You will enjoy your first dinner on the boat under the stars.

Ferry Schedule and Pricing:

After arriving in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas you will take the St. Thomas/Tortola Ferry to West End, Tortola. Visit www.vinow.com for a complete ferry schedule.

Please note:

US Citizens must have a valid passport. Citizens of other countries should confirm entry requirements with their consulate. Also, Tortola charges a departure tax of $20 per person by air, and $5 per person by sea.

Itinerary

Day of Arrival:

We welcome you aboard at our home base at Hodges Creek in Tortola, BVI. After a cocktail, we enjoy our first dinner aboard. We depart for Norman Island for a beautiful dinner in The Bight. We enjoy a relaxing evening under the stars… or for a bit more excitement you can take in the world famous nightlife that can only be experienced at the floating bar, “The William Thorton”.

Sailing Day 1:

We awake to the smell of fresh coffee and breakfast as we get ready for a morning of snorkeling The Indians. These incredible rock formations, reach up from 50 feet off the ocean floor forming beautiful rock pinnacles that reach toward the sky. Colorful corals make for a natural aquarium where you can snorkel through the rock saddle into an incredible shallow blue pool. Don’t forget the camera to capture incredible underwater shots. After lunch back at the boat, we sail to the south side of St. John’s Cruz Bay. After a quick check in at customs, we spend the afternoon exploring the fantastic shops this main hub of St John. Back on to the boat and then we’re off to Caneel Bay where we’ll spend the evening enjoying the beautiful beaches and you can experience the amazing 170 acre resort created by Laurance Rockefeller.

Sailing Day 2:

Today we head toward St Thomas the island of Great St. James. Located just off the southeast tip of St. Thomas, this small island offers some incredible snorkeling in its sheltered Christmas Cove. With a small inlet in the middle of the cove, there is easy snorkel right from the yacht. The Stragglers, a rocky outcropping leading south from the island of Great St. James itself is another popular spot we’re sure not to miss. After a day exploring the cove, we enjoy an evening under the stars with a fantastic dinner and cocktails.

Sailing Day 3:

Today we hoist the sails and head for some of the incredible beaches of St John’s National Park. In the 1950s, the Rockefeller family donated more than 5,000 acres of land to the Federal government. St. John boasts, not just one or two perfect beaches, but beach after pristine beach. We take our pick, drop anchor, enjoy a delicious lunch and then spend the afternoon basking in the sun.

That afternoon, we head for Leinster Bay, a beautiful secluded beach where we have dinner and enjoy the evening sky.

Sailing Day 4:

This morning, we take advantage of the great snorkeling which makes Leinster Bay popular. If you interested in a little more strenuous of a work out, you can choose to explore the hiking trails which lead out of Leinster Bay 1.8 miles up to the Annaberg Sugar Mill ruins. Here you will step back in time and get a feel for the equipment and labor of the 18th century sugar mills. The Annaberg Sugar Mill has the distinction of being the largest, tallest windmill in the Virgin Islands. At the site of the ruins, you can see this along with the rest of the mills structures while taking in the amazing views of Leinster Bay below.

After a delicious lunch back on board, we head to Jost Van Dyke. After clearing customs in Great Harbour, We enjoy some time at Foxy's and join up with other fellow sailors. Tonight’s activities are filled with live entertain at these local watering holes and then return to the yacht for a peaceful nights’ rest.

Sailing Day 5:

After a delicious breakfast, a cup of fresh coffee and an early morning dip, we're on to White Bay. No visit to the islands is complete without a visit to one of the sailor’s hotspots of Ivan’s Stress Free Bar and The Soggy Dollar! After lunch, we are off to Peter Island. Home to the beautiful Peter Island Resort you can take a walk through the grounds before a delicious meal back on the boat. Take a romantic evening stroll along the beach while you enjoy the amazing colors of the sun setting over the islands.

Sailing Day 6:

Today we take a short sail up to Cooper and Salt Islands for some incredible snorkeling around the wreck of the Rhone. The Wreck of The Rhone is one of the most famous dive and snorkeling sites in the world. Located off Salt Island, the R.M.S Rhone (Royal Mail Steamer) went down in 1867 in a hurricane and here you’ll get a glimpse of one of the first iron sailing ships ever built as she rests from 20 to 80 feet on the ocean floor celebrex .

That afternoon we head back to Hodges Creek on Tortola where we’ll get cleaned up and head out for dinner out at one of Road Town’s great restaurants or relax at the Marina's restaurant. After a night cap back on the boat and a toast to a fantastic week, it’s off to bed.

Departure Day:

After breakfast, we exchange email addresses and say our goodbyes until your next island adventure!

Area Attractions

Great St. James

This island is exremely convenient to local shops and restarants in St. Thomas. We suggest you bring a camera because the views are breathtaking!

Leinster Bay

A rocky bay, perfect for strolling along the beach as you search for that perfect oceanic souvenior to take home and show off to others.

White Bay

A great place to utilize your on-board snorkeling equipment. This secluded island offers beaches full of marine life and reefs close to shore where you can relax on the white sandy beaches.

Cooper Island

A small, yet charming island which is perfect for mooring the catamaran as you enjoy the calm waters, swimming and snorkeling.

Salt Island

Very much a small island, there is on average only three residentual homes on the island. It doesn't get more secluded then this. Well known for the underwater scenes shown in the film, "The Deep," Salt Island is named for its

Jost Van Dyke

Jost Van Dyke has fewer than 200 inhabitants and they are widely known as a welcoming people. The island's name conjures up its rich, colorful past. Jost Van Dyke is said to have been named for an early Dutch settler, a former pirate. Although it measures just four miles by three, with the highest point at 1,054 feet, this rugged island has been home to many people, including the Arawak Indians, Caribs, Dutch, Africans and British.

At Great Harbour, Little Harbour and White Bay there are safe, protected anchorages and unspoiled beaches shaded with coconut palms and seagrape trees.

Discover inviting restaurants, bars, and small shops selling local treasures. For lunch, there are barbecues, West Indian rotis, flying fish sandwiches, grilled fresh fish and lobster. Club Paradise is famous for its conch stew and barbecued ribs. Happy Laury's Snack Bar is known for its pig roasts and honey-dipped chicken.

The Soggy Dollar Bar and Gertrude's in White Bay are renowned for drinks made with the island's famous rum, frosty beers and tales of pirates and sunken treasure. Parties here are legendary, especially at Foxy's. This bar and its owner are known to travelers from around the world for the New Year's Eve and Halloween parties, when Great Harbour fills up with yachts. The "Painkiller," one of the most famous cocktails in the Caribbean, was invented at The Soggy Dollar Bar.

Explore Jost Van Dyke's history in the vegetation-covered ruins of centuries-old sugar mills, or on the old trails that crisscross the island. William Thornton, architect of the U.S. Capitol Building, was born on Jost Van Dyke, and John Lettsome, founder of the London Medical Society, was born on neighboring Little Jost.

In the autumn and winter, observe whales and dolphins from a peaceful hilltop, or visit the East End of the island where you can relax in the natural Jacuzzi formed by the foaming seas. Little Jost and Sandy Cay are a short boat ride away, and on nearby Great Tobago you'll find extraordinary advanced dive sites and a marine sanctuary that shelters a nesting colony of magnificent frigate birds.

Jost Van Dyke is accessible by boat or ferry. Accommodations are available at several small hotels and simple beachside cottages or stay at a campground at White Bay or Tula's. Whether you’re staying on land or lying at anchor, you're sure to go home with many memories of this unforgettable island.

Special Offers

 

Our Guaranteed Departure Policy: When you purchase any of our stateroom packages for two, your catamaran will depart on the confirmed charter date for the confirmed stateroom price even if no other staterooms are reserved on that vessel.

Book By the Stateroom Yacht Assignment: Every yacht within the Festiva Sailing Vacations' fleet is identical in terms of cabin layout and design. To create the best make-up when purchasing stateroom packages, we do not assign guests to a specific yacht until we receive each guest's preference form. This allows us to mix those couples with similar interests when possible.

Book By the Stateroom Provisioning Details: Menu offered is a delicious variety of cuisine planned in advanced to accommodate our guests throughout the course of the week. Some snacks and fruit will be provided in addition to the set meals. Chefs cater to any food allergies or special dietary requirements and guests are asked to indicate this information on pre charter preference forms.

Book By the Stateroom Occupancy Details:Occupancy aboard some our catamarans is limited to 8 guests in total (including children) in the British Virgin Islands and 6 guests in Greece, St. Maarten and St. John. When chartering with children under the age of 16, you must reserve all guest cabins on the yacht. When party exceeds eight in total, two or more yachts will sail in tandem. Special flotilla discounts may be available for reservations of more than one yacht.

Payment Details - A 50% deposit is required for Caribbean bookings. Balance of charter amount is due 60 days prior to departure.  A 100% deposit is required for reservations made inside 90 days.

What's Not Included in Package Price: Two Dinners Ashore on Caribbean Charters. Local cruising permits and park fees (if any), gratuities for crew, special requested liquors and transfers to base location.