In 1867, the “unsinkable” British Royal Mail Ship RHONE was caught in a hurricane between Peter and Salt Island in the British Virgin Islands, foundered and sank. The wreck of the RMS RHONE now lies beneath the waters of Black Point Rock. Both snorkelers and divers alike can explore this incredible wreck now home to moray eels and octopus. — Missy Johnston, Charter Broker
The eastern selection of Virgin Islands remains British territory while the western islands for the Virgin Islands of the United States. St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas are all found in the west under United States rule. Home to an incredible rainforest, Frederiksted on St. Croix offers hiking, horseback riding, zip lining explorations.
The more urban island of St. Thomas is a cultural hub due to its staple as a cruise destination. Boutiques and restaurants line the harbor with sophisticated offerings. St. Thomas also is home to Magen’s Bay, renown as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Nestled at the bottom of a deep bay, tall tree-laden hills surround the beach, creating a stunning scenic view. Legend says that privateer Sir Francis Drake used the bay as a stakeout when choosing vessels to plunder.
The Virgin Islands National Park comprises two-thirds of St. John. Its tranquil natural beauty abounds as you explore the island’s beaches and botanical gardens or simply enjoy the view from afar while anchored out during your Virgin Islands yacht charter.
The eastern islands comprise Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke, along with many other smaller islands and cays. Picturesque and inviting, Tortola is an ideal place to drop anchor during a Virgin Islands yacht charter. Tender ashore to discover the white-sand beaches of Smuggler’s Cove and Long Bay Beach and visit the Sugar Works Museum, the many old fortresses on the island or, for some island flavor, the Callwood’s Rum Distillery.
Tie up at the legendary Bitter End Yacht Club, a premier resort of Virgin Gorda. A visit to The Baths National Park is a must during a Virgin Island yacht charter. These mysterious sea pools, springs and grottos are a geological masterpiece.
Once home to the legendary pirate of its namesake, Jost Van Dyke is an unspoiled island with many protected anchorages. Once on land, indulge in some of the island’s unique gastronomy. West Indian rotis, flying fish sandwiches and the infamous painkiller cocktail from The Soggy Dollar Bar all are on the menu.
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