US Virgin Islands sailing vacations are among the top choices for sailors and vacationers every year—and for good reason, too. Comprising St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. James, and Water Island, the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) are coveted for their powdery, white beaches and stunning coral reefs across an impressive 117 miles of coastline.
With seven national parks, USVI is a haven of beautiful wildlife, which you can explore during your virgin island sailing charters by snorkeling and diving with the islands’ turtles and rays. Or you can head inland and explore the forests of the islands’ hilly terrain.
At night, you’ll want to head to Charlotte Amalie, the capital of St. Thomas, where the views of the many ships and boats along the night’s horizon are yet another one of USVI’s spectaculars.
Day 3. Caneel Bay → Trunk Bay (St.John)
Home to some of the bluest waters in the Caribbean, Trunk Bay is the crown jewel of the Virgin Islands National Park. Trunk Bay is a photogenic paradise that even features 650 feet of underwater trails with signs for the most remarkable swimming and snorkeling experiences. This heart-shaped bay is arguably one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Within a protective cove, you will find Maho Bay. With long seagrass, Maho Bay is great for seeing turtles whilst snorkeling. North of Maho Bay and less popular (however just as beautiful) is Francis Bay. If you are looking for a more laid-back atmosphere Francis Bay is the perfect spot with turquoise blue waters and the breathtaking mountainous backdrop of St John.
Cinnamon Bay Beach is ranked as one of the most beautiful, pristine beaches within the Virgin Islands National Park. Enjoy 1/2 mile long of white sand dotted with stunning coconut palm trees, and plenty of cays to explore for snorkellers. You may even spot a turtle or stingray, as well as colorful fish.
Day 4. Trunk Bay → Leinster Bay (St.John)
Snorkeling in the USVI is fairly exceptional overall, but rocky windswept Leinster Bay is the #1 snorkeling spot in St. John. TripAdvisor even named this area, in conjunction with Waterlemon Cay, the #1 St. John attraction for travelers because there's a little something for everybody.
Day 5. Leinster Bay → Coral Bay (St.John)
Enjoy sunbathing or sightseeing on your way to Lameshure Bay. Make a lunch stop in Coral Bay which is a naturally protected bay on the east end of St. John which is made up of smaller bays such as Princess Bay, Hansen Bay, and Coral Harbor which features Lime Out, a floating Taco Bar! From Coral Bay, it’s an easy sail to the beautiful and family-friendly salt pond. Enjoy tropical sightseeing & convenient access to several trails right from the beach! The water here is fairly shallow, and the snorkeling is some of the best that the island has to offer, or continue over to Lameshure Bay. Lameshur Bay is located on the south shore of St John. It's a must-see spot due to its remote location, white sandy beach, and fantastic hiking trails with access to sugar mill ruins.
The snorkeling is some of the best in St John so make sure you try this out - you may even spot some octopus, rays, barracuda, tangs, parrot fish, Caribbean lobsters, coral banded shrimp, and Queen Angelfish.
Day 6. Coral Bay → Magens Bay (St.Thomas)
Located on the north shore of St Thomas, Magens Bay is about one mile long. As this beach is one of the most popular in St Thomas, it does get busy so the best times to visit are morning and late afternoon if you want to avoid the crowds.
If you would like a break from the beach, you can hike a nature trail. Amongst the mangrove trees, you may spot exotic birds and flowers.
Day 7. Magens Bay → Druif Bay → Yacht Haven Grande Marina (St. Thomas)
Enjoy snorkeling with turtles, relaxing on the beach, or grabbing some drinks and food at Dinghys beach bar. Golf carts are also available for rent to drive around the island. Be sure to explore the historic fort and enjoy the scenic view.