Sample Itinerary

West Indies Charter Yacht Services Limited

A Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Board your yacht in St. Thomas and after lunch, enjoy a leisurely sail (or motor sail) to Frances Bay on St. John (click to read about St. John and the National Park there). Have an afternoon swim, then walk the beach and enjoy a Caribbean sunset. Savor a delicious dinner either in the cockpit under the stars or below in the coziness of the main salon.

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Day 2: Perhaps make plans for a “wedding in paradise”. After breakfast depart for Leinster Bay, also on St John, for snorkeling, exploring and a hike to a sugar mill. Return for lunch and then proceed to Jost Van Dyke to clear customs into the British Virgin Islands. Explore Jost, visit Foxy’s and other well known beach bars. This is also a good spot for a West Indian meal ashore at moderate prices – an island pig roast perhaps? And, a great place for some evening revelry in the form of a “jump up” (party).

Day 3: Depart Jost van Dyke for a quick sail to Sandy Spit for a morning of beachcombing and snorkeling. Sail on to Cane Garden Bay, Tortola – (listen carefully to Jimmy Buffet’s song Mañana, and he sings about sailing in to Cane Garden Bay!) Stay in Cane Garden Bay for the evening or sail on to West End, Tortola for lunch and a trip ashore to Pusser’s Landing for a “Painkiller” and shopping.

Day 4: Sail on to the Bight at Norman Island and visit the “Wille T” (a floating bar and restaurant) or Billy Bones ashore for local roti (spicy curry wrapped meat and vegetables) and sunset cocktails or after dinner wildness (Billy Bones announces Happy Hour with a blast from a pirate cannon!). This island is nicknamed ‘Treasure Island’, as it is rumored to be the basis for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Sail on to Cooper Island for lunch. Enjoy an afternoon sail to Trellis Bay on Beef Island. After dinner, go to the Last Resort for Tony Snelling’s musical review or have a relaxing drink at Pusser’s Marina Cay

Day 5: Sail to Virgin Gorda, and visit the famous Baths, which are world famous house-sized boulders that form fascinating pools and grottoes to explore. After lunch, sail on to North Sound, and visit the Bitter End Yacht Club for snorkeling, boardsailing, water-skiing or hiking. Almost any activity can be found in the islands, year round!

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Day 6: Depart North Sound after morning activities and lunch for a sail to Peter Island, where there is a great beach on Deadman’s Bay and excellent snorkeling in Great Harbor. Visit Peter Island Yacht Club – a very upscale place for a dinner ashore ( jackets required in season ) if that’s your preference.

Day 7: More water sports in the morning (possibly a SCUBA dive on the coral-encrusted 1867 wreck of the British mail steamer R.M.S. Rhone). Following lunch, sail to Cruz Bay on St John to clear U.S. Customs. Check out the cute local boutiques here or sail on to Christmas Cove on Great St James island for one more chance at snorkeling or other watersports. Enjoy your last evening aboard with another glorious Caribbean sunset, and a special dinner prepared by your chef.

Day 8: After breakfast (with a farewell Bloody Mary or Mimosa, perhaps?) and a final swim, return to Red Hook Bay on the east end of St. Thomas, or to the main harbor on the south side, Charlotte Amalie. Downtown St Thomas offers some very fine last minute duty free shopping before you catch your flight home.

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West Indies Charter Yacht Services, Ltd.
Denver, Colorado

Toll Free USA: 877-772-7245
Phone/ Fax: 303-860-0005

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Our Services

West Indies Charter Yacht Services Limited

Capture the magic of the Caribbean from the deck of your own private charter yacht! Clear blue water, warm tropical breezes, lush green island palms, white sand beaches

What is a Charter Yacht Vacation?

It is the most unique and personalized vacation you can imagine! The professional crewmembers of your yacht will be your captain, chef, tour guide, watersports activities director, nature guide (both above and below the water), and more!

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Do I have to share the yacht?

No, you charter the whole yacht. You select the yacht which offers the right accommodations for your party, from a honeymoon or anniversary for two, on up to a larger yacht for 5 couples. We can even arrange for two or more yachts to sail together in tandem for larger groups.

What types of yachts are there?

Generally, yachts are broken down into three categories: Power yachts, Sailing yachts, and Multihull sailing yachts (Catamarans and Trimarans). We offer yachts that specialize in teaching sailing for those who want to add that to their vacation, as well as those yachts which offer SCUBA diving – from instructing those who have never tried it, to offering experienced divers access to our beautiful reefs and coral encrusted shipwrecks.

What is an example of a normal charter week?

The best part of a charter yacht vacation is that the itinerary is totally flexible. You decide, with the captain’s input, where you want to go each day – or you can sit back and let your Captain show you the islands.

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Why choose a Charter Yacht vacation?

1) Our vacations are customized for your needs! A detailed food and activity preference sheet is sent to you prior to each charter. Does a cruise ship captain sit down and plan each day with you depending on what YOU feel like doing that day? Imagine going up to the captain of one of those ships and saying “That beach looks nice, can we go there?”

For example, Cane Garden Bay – Cruise ships are kept out by the reef, but your yacht can slip through to this local spot, shared only by a few other yachts and the locals. Enjoy the native music and dance on the beach, or relax without crowds.

2) Our yachts provide food that rivals the best restaurants around. Also, that restaurant goes with you to all the different islands, rather than leaving it up to you to guess each day in each different port.

3) On a no-crew charter, you worry about the anchor and the reefs, where to go and what to do.

With our professional crews, you get to do as much or as little as you want. Our professional crews worry about the anchor and you get to snorkel or dive the reefs, they handle all the food (and the dishes!!) and you have a personal tour guide who knows the islands and where to go.

4) Experience the Caribbean’s small islands and out-of-the-way jewels.

Don’t be restricted to the big islands where the cruise ships dump thousands of tourists each day. We can take you to small anchorages and secluded coves because our yachts only draw 5 or 6 feet, instead of 28ft below the surface!

For your next Caribbean vacation select a fully staffed Charter Yacht, either sail or power, ranging in size from 40 to 105 feet. All inclusive vacation packages are available, including food, beverages and all water sports. Come as a Guest, Leave as a Friend!

 We know these Boats and Crews!

West Indies Charter Yacht Services, Ltd.
Denver, Colorado

Toll Free USA: 877-772-7245
Phone/ Fax: 303-860-0005

Email For Availability And Reservations

FAQ

West Indies Charter Yacht Services Limited

Q: What is the cost of A Crewed Charter?

A: The cost of crewed charters vary depending on the size of vessel, power or sail, number of people on board, etc. The duration of the charter is usually a week, but can be any length. Generally, all food, beverages and water activities are included. Diving is usually extra.

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The price per person starts around $1200. Motor yachts cost more than sail. Groups on larger yachts can often be less expensive per person than a couple on a small yacht. Yachts are available for parties of 2 or more. Large groups may prefer to charter more than 1 yacht and travel as a flotilla. This is very common, especially for corporate groups.

The summer season may be less expensive than winter in the Caribbean. Summer season is May 1st to December 14th. Winter season is December 15th to April 30th.

Xmas and New Years usually have an additional fee. Dockage and shore excursions are extra.

Gratuities are the norm when the service merits it. Remember that your crew work hard to ensure your vacation is a great one. They are your chef, bartender, tour guide, waiter, ….

Q: What kind of activities are there to do?
A: All yachts have water sports and will vary depending on equipment. These might include snorkeling, Scuba Diving, kneeboarding, water-skiing, windsurfing, kayaks, fishing and, of course, sailing.

Most water sports are included but some are extra, and can be arranged by your crew. These would be diving and parasailing. On shore activities can be recommended by your crew and will vary depending on the island.

Q: What type of food and drinks are served?
A: The menus are designed around your food preferences. The chefs are excellent and can usually prepare any dish requested. Drinks such as wine, beer and alcohol are included as part of the “ships bar”. The amount and variety will vary depending on the cost of the charter with larger, more expensive yachts providing finer wines and premium liquors.

Q: What’s our itinerary going to be like?
A: The itinerary is based on your preferences of activities. The crew know the territory very well and will tailor the cruise to fit your requests. The Virgin Islands and the Caribbean offer a tremendous variety of bays, anchorages and towns to visit. It isn’t possible to see everything in one visit, however, and you may need to adjust your itinerary to accommodate your schedule and activities you have chosen or return again in the future for another charter

Q. What Should You Bring?
First, only bring soft sided luggage since space is limited and storage is easier. Also hard luggage can damage woodwork and paint. For clothing bring casual wear, mostly shorts and t-shirts, and swimsuits. A few of the more formal restaurants require long pants and collared shirts and occasionally a jacket, but “smart casual” is the norm.

You can bring your own mask and snorkel if your inclined, but all yachts carry an assortment of sizes. If you are expecting to scuba dive, check with your broker to make sure of the available equipment on board the yacht. Most yachts carry sunscreen of the type they prefer used, so generally it is on board. If you bring your own, please don’t use oily lotions as it stains the yachts’ upholstery.

Q. What’s the Weather like?
The extremely consistent weather conditions in the Virgin Islands are one of the reasons this area is considered to be one of the best cruising grounds in the world!

 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
 Avg. Temp.  77  77  78  78  80  82  83  83  83  82  81  79  80
 Avg. Max Temp.  82  83  85  86  87  88  88  87  86  88  86  84  86
 Avg. Min. Temp.  71  71  72  74  75  77  77  77  76  76  74  73  74

The trade winds are nearly constant ranging from 10-25 knots, allowing for wonderful sailing. It also keeps it nice and pleasant for sunbathers! The water temperature ranges from 76 to 85.

Q. Where can we Cruise?                 

The 3 most popular cruising areas in the Caribbean are:
The Virgin Islands: US & BVI
Leeward Islands: St Martin & St Barts to Antigua
Windward Islands: St Lucia to Grenadines

Generally your cruising would be contained within one of the island groups mentioned above. To cruise other areas in the Caribbean is possible, but it will require more planning and usually cost, due to airfare, provisioning, etc. Check with your sales agent for more information.

Q. Island Do’s and Don’ts
Remember, you are visiting in a different land, with its own culture. If you find the local islanders gruff, try saying ‘Good Morning’ ‘Good Afternoon’ and ‘Good Evening’. A smile and polite greeting may seem old-fashioned to you, but here, they are still very much a part of everyday life here in the islands. Try it, you will very likely get a broad smile in return, and may make a new friend. Who knows, you might even start a trend when you get home! In towns, the local islanders generally prefer you to be covered up. T-shirt and shorts are fine, shoes are often optional, but bikini tops are not appropriate in their eyes for city wear. Now, on the beach, that’s another story! Passports are necessary to travel between the US and British Virgin Islands – they are two separate countries. In absolute worst case situations, a photo ID and Birth Certificate might get you through immigration both in the BVI and US immigration, but a current passport will ensure smooth sailing.

Q. Do you offer Special Cruises?
Yes, there are cruises to meet almost every need. Some of these include:

Scuba Diving
Many programs are available for diving from beginner up to Advanced Diver. The variety of diving and the beauty is unmatched in the Caribbean and includes reef, night, cave and wreck dives.

Learn To Sail
Most yachts are happy to share their knowledge of sailing with you and there will be opportunities to steer the boat and adjust the sails if your want. There are, however, captains that are qualified sailing instructors for those charter guests that are interested in learning more.

Captain Only
A few yachts are available with the captain only. The yacht is available with the captain at a lower rate than fully crewed and the charter guest pays all the expenses. These would be provisions (including enough for the Captain), fuel, water, taxes, etc. Also, you prepare the meals and look after your cabins. This might be a good choice for those that want to eat ashore frequently and don’t need the personal service that a fully crewed charter includes.

Honeymoon and Wedding trips
We have done weddings aboard our yachts on occasion, most of which were pre-planned! More commonly though is the honeymoon cruise. Our private yachts provide one of the most romantic ways to begin your new life together – without any worries after all you’ve gone through with the preparation.

Special Diets
Most of our yachts will do everything to accommodate your personal dietary requirements. Many can do vegetarian menus that will delight everyone, not just the vegetarians! Kosher is available on some boats, though often in ‘modified’ form due to the constraints of a yacht’s galley. The most important thing is to get in touch with the yacht as soon as possible and communicate your special needs early. With enough warning, most things are possible even here in the islands!

Physically Challenged
While all of our yachts are willing to make accommodations for specific needs, some yachts have unique abilities in this area. Please look in the catalog for yachts showing this symbol:

Clothing Optional
Many yacht crews do not mind their guests ‘expressing themselves’, and the seclusion possible on your own yacht ensures you privacy.

With advance notice of your needs, your Charter Vacation Specialist can help arrange a charter where everything fits together perfectly. We can be sure that you have the crew, accommodations, cuisine, destinations and activities you want for your vacation.

We know these Boats and Crews!

West Indies Charter Yacht Services, Ltd.
Denver, Colorado


Toll Free USA: 877-772-7245
Phone/ Fax: 303-860-0005

Email For Availability And Reservations