U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
A territory of the United States of America since 1917, the United States Virgin Islands is an exotic group of islands located in the Caribbean Sea. The United States Virgin Islands is comprised of three principal islands – St John, St Thomas and St Croix – plus 50 smaller islands, cays and islets that are part of the Caribbean archipelago.
Come enjoy the “Best of the USVI” with Sunshine Daydream Charters! No passports? No problem! Many of our guests are opting to spend time in US waters these days. By doing so, you can save yourself the extra time and money involved with British customs, while still enjoying world class snorkeling, sightseeing and delicious food and beverages at Lime Out (taco and craft cocktail boat- CLOSED ON MONDAY’S), Dinghy’s Beach Bar on Water Island, Pizza Pi (pizza boat in Christmas Cove off of St Thomas), ZoZo’s at Caneel Bay (opening in December 2020), or the new restaurant at the Lovango Resort & Beach Club (opening in December 2020).
On your USVI charter, we can circumnavigate St. John and all of the outlying cays and islands, making snorkel stops at some beautiful offshore reefs only accessible by boat. Or if floating around on a noodle while enjoying a cold beverage in our crystal clear waters is more your speed, we can do that too! Want to swim with turtles? Let’s head out to turtle Cove on Buck Island, just a few miles off the South shore of St. Thomas. There is also a shipwreck to explore on the Western tip of the island!
Worked up an appetite from all the snorkeling and swimming? Let’s stop at Lime Out (CLOSED ON MONDAY’S) in Coral Bay, St John for some delicious tacos and tasty craft cocktails! More in the mood for pizza? Let’s make our lunch stop at Pizza Pi, located in Christmas Cove off of St Thomas. If you would prefer to have lunch on land, Dinghy’s Beach Bar on Water Island, Zozo’s at Caneel Bay, or Lovango Resort & Beach Club are all wonderful options!
This trip is an excellent way to explore the beauty of the U.S. Virgin Islands while avoiding the time and money involved with customs over in the British Virgin Islands.
Let Sunshine Daydream Charters help you plan a memorable day on the water enjoying your “Best of the USVI” charter!
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS (CLOSED UNTIL AT LEAST 12/1/2020)
The British Virgin Islands, part of a volcanic archipelago in the Caribbean, is a British overseas territory. Comprising 4 main islands and many smaller ones, it’s known for its reef-lined beaches and as a yachting destination. The largest island, Tortola, is home to the capital, Road Town, and rainforest-filled Sage Mountain National Park. On Virgin Gorda island is the Baths, a labyrinth of beachside boulders.
Are you looking to explore the British Virgin Islands while vacationing on St John or St Thomas? Sunshine Daydream will take you from St. John or St Thomas to the BVIs on a private charter you will never forget!
There are many options in customizing a day trip to the British Virgin Islands. Choose and plan your travels to Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, Peter Island, Norman Island, Salt Island (wreck of the Rhone) and Cooper Island. Don’t know exactly where you want to go? Let one of our highly experienced captains assist you in planning a memorable day at sea!
Please note that you will need to bring your passports to travel from St. John or St Thomas to the British Virgin Islands. In addition, there is a $75/per person cash only customs fee, additional fees apply on Sundays and holidays.
JOST VAN DYKE
The smallest of the four main islands in the British Virgin Islands, Jost Van Dyke (pronounce ‘yost’) is a wonderful place to kick back and enjoy the afternoon.
A charter to Jost Van Dyke typically begins in Great Harbour, home of two very popular bars – Foxy’s and Corsairs. You can enjoy a little shopping, exploring or a even a cocktail while Captain Rob clears into British Customs for your day abroad.
After you check in, you can pop over to B-Line Beach Beach Bar on nearby Little Jost for a drink and a game of corn hole. B-Line is a like a quintessential beach bar of yesteryear, and oftentimes our group will be the only ones there. After that, we can drop anchor at either Sandy Cay or Sandy Spit for a quick swim in and a walk on a beautiful beach.
White Bay, Jost Van Dyke
Not to be missed on any charter to Jost Van Dyke is the famous White Bay with its long stretch of beautiful white sand. Swim ashore to experience Soggy Dollar Bar (original home of the Pain Killer), One Love (amazing lobster quesadillas), Gertrude’s (authentic Roti, a classic West Indian dish), Ivan’s Stress Free Bar (quieter location), Hendo’s Hideout, or any of the other beachfront establishments. This is a great way to wrap up your perfect day on the water exploring all the British Virgin Islands have to offer on your charter to Jost Van Dyke!
Cooper Island Beach Club is a family owned eco–resort, committed to supporting sustainable tourism in the British Virgin Islands. Nestled on the sandy shores of Manchioneel Bay, 30 Moor-SeaCure mooring balls are available on a ﬁrst-come basis for our yachting visitors. Enjoy lunch and dinner in the beachfront restaurant, plus happy hour and stunning sunsets from the deck. Ten guest rooms feature a luxurious king bed, en-suite bathroom & private spacious balcony. The Seagrape Boutique offers beach fashion and local crafts while the gourmet coffee shop next door serves homemade pastries and ice-cream. The Rum Bar has over 230 rums from around the world, handcrafted specialty cocktails and six craft beers from our on-site microbrewery.
Enjoy a delicious lunch and/or some island cocktails at the very quaint Cooper Island Beach Club. Don’t forget to stop by the rum bar to sample one (or three) of the over 150 different delicious rums they offer. Don’t forget to sample some of Cooper Island Brewing Company’s handcrafted beer while you’re at it! There is also a coffee/gelato shop to get you refueled for the rest of the day! After lunch there is a great reef close by for an afternoon snorkel, or we can head over to the Wreck of the Rhone off Salt Island.
Virgin Gorda is the third largest of the British Virgin Islands (behind Tortola and Anegada), and has the second largest population. Christopher Columbus is said to have named the island “The Fat Virgin”, from the horizon the island’s profile looks like a fat woman lying on her side.
Virgin Gorda is home to “The Baths”, also known as the 8th Wonder of the World. At The Baths, the beach shows evidence of the island’s volcanic origins, as huge granite boulders stand in formations on the beach, forming scenic grottoes that are open to the sea. This is a must see for everyone! Top of the Baths restaurant offers a great lunch option, and there is shopping and a grocery store in Spanish Town.
Swimming in to the Baths, which is the most popular option, requires about a 30 yard swim. There are “swim lines” that are used to keep boats out, which can be used to help assist you to the beach. You’ll want to have a dry bag with you if you intend to bring any valuables (camera/wallet etc…) into the Baths. You also have the option of docking in Spanish Town and taking a taxi to the Baths.
This requires a little more time, and will cost approximately $12-$14 per person for the taxi ride plus any docking fees in Spanish Town (usually $20-$40). This is a good option if you have anyone in the group who is not a good swimmer, or if you are wanting to have lunch at Top of the Baths restaurant after exploring.
Please keep in mind that Virgin Gorda is the furthest destination that day charter boats go to (approximately 30 miles from St John), and is not always accessible when the wind and seas are up. Your experienced captain will make the call if the sea conditions are unsafe to make the journey. Please keep in mind that the Baths are an hour in each direction from St John or St Thomas (not including clearing customs), and allow for one or two more stops along the way.
“The Triangle”, as it’s referred to by many of the local captains, is a very popular trip that includes both Norman Island and Jost Van Dyke, and all they have to offer.
A typical Triangle Trip would start out with a beautiful morning snorkel somewhere along the North shore of St John. Followed by a short cruise across to Sopers Hole (aka West End) on Tortola to check into British waters. Once checked through customs, we will head up the Sir Francis Drake channel towards Norman Island for the best snorkelling in the BVI’s. Join us to snorkel The Indians, the Caves, Spyglass Wall or The Aquarium.
After working up an appetite in the water, a delicious beach front lunch at Pirate’s Bight is sure to hit the spot. Feeling adventurous, how about a quick stop at the Willy T? A floating “pirate” bar and restaurant where you can test your cannonball skills by jumping off the top deck, always a big hit for the kids and adults alike!
Now it’s time to head over to Jost Van Dyke for the afternoon. Time permitting, it is always a good idea to stop at Sandy Key or Sandy Spit for a swim and walk on the beach. Ready for adult beverages, kids ready run and play on a beautiful white sand beach? Jost is the place! White Bay is the home of many wonderful beach front bars and restaurants. Stop by The Soggy Dollar Bar, home of the Original Pain Killer!
Have you heard of the smallest of the four main islands in the USVI, Water Island? Sunshine Daydream can take you here on a day trip from St. John.
On your way to Water Island, VI from St. John, you will pass through the Pillsbury Sound and Great St. James Island (home of the snorkel spot Christmas Cove). You could take a break to snorkel nearby at Buck Island for sea turtles.
Before arriving at Honeymoon Beach on Water Island, you will then cruise past Charlotte Amalie to observe the largest cruise ships in the Caribbean. If you haven’t eaten, Honeymoon Beach is home to Dinghy’s Beach Bar, home of the “Creamy Dinghy” drink, and Heidi’s Honeymoon Grill.
Spend your day on Water Island, VI relaxing on a beach chair or floating around sipping your favorite cocktail. If you are more adventurous, you could take a golf cart to see Fort Segarra, part of the coastal defense system for the US Virgin Islands during War World II.
Want to visit a luxury resort on it’s own island? Peter Island is home to Peter Island Resort and Spa as well as a great lunch spot during your private boat charter from St. John. Take a break from the sun and visit the spa or shop in the boutique. If relaxing on the beach is more your scene, Little Deadman’s Beach offers complimentary chairs and cabanas. There is an additional hourly dock fee for guests looking to take in the serenity of Peter Island. *PETER ISLAND RESORT AND SPA IS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO EXTENSIVE DAMAGES FROM HURRICANE IRMA*
Norman Island, aka “Treasure Island”, is said to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stephenson’s pirate novel Treasure Island. While the island is uninhabited, it is a very popular destination for day charter and term charter boats.
Norman Island is home to The Caves, a series of three treasure caves you can explore while seeing beautiful coral and schools of tropical fish. Just off Norman Island are The Indians, rated the #1 snorkeling spot in the British Virgin Islands. The Indians are known for swim-through underwater caves and the healthiest coral.
Charter to the Willy T
Did you work up an appetite from all the snorkeling? Check out Pirate’s Bight, with some of the best food you’ll taste on your travels including baby back ribs or Caribbean chicken Roti. Don’t forget to stop for a cocktail or shotski at the famous Willy T, the legendary floating bar, and if you’re feeling adventurous, take a jump off the upper deck of the “pirate ship.” These two stops are in the Bight, the most beautiful bay off Norman Island.
OFF THE BEATEN PATH
Ok, you’ve snorkeled the Caves at Norman Island, explored the Baths on Virgin Gorda, and had your fill of pain killers at Soggy Dollar? Let’s explore some of the less frequented spots. Maybe snorkeling Monkey Point on Guana Island? We could head up to the North Sound of Virgin Gorda and see Sir Richard Branson’s two islands and have lunch at beautiful Saba Rock. How about snorkeling the RMS Rhone that sunk off the shores on Salt island in 1867? Whatever your pleasure, Sunshine Daydream charters can accommodate.