Fly into St. Thomas, and board your yacht, at Crown Bay Marina. Spend a relaxing afternoon in Honeymoon Bay on Water Island…swim, snorkel or walk along the beach before enjoying an appetizer and the Captain’s cocktail of the evening. Watch the sun set behind the Spanish Virgin Islands in the near distance, with a passion fruit daiquiri in hand.
Following an early breakfast, we’ll set sail for Vieques (approximately 4 hours), making Ensenada Honda, a secluded mangrove anchorage, our stop for the night. Have lunch, and then spend the afternoon in the kayak disappearing down hidden waterways in the mangroves. You’ll see a variety of bird life, as well as various marine creatures just under the surface of the water, such as upside-down jellyfish, crabs and trunkfish.
After waking up to the sound of gentle waves lapping the side of the hull and an occasional bird calling from the mangroves, sit back in the cockpit and enjoy a breakfast of coconut muffins w/guava jam and a plate of fresh pineapple, accompanied by a pot of hot coffee or tea. When you are ready for some adventure, your captain will take you in the dinghy to spend the morning exploring the various beaches or sandy spits in the area and then unwind by spending the afternoon lounging on the deck with a good book, and a bottle of sunscreen!
The next day, you will make a short sail to Sun Bay, located next to the fishing village of Esperanza. Following afternoon activities of your choice possibly a rendezvous dive with Blue Caribe Dive Center or a snorkel or just sit back and relax while your captain and chef whip up a batch of cocktails and an appetizer. After dinner and the when the sun has set, go on a local boat tour of Puerto Mosquito, which is one of the best bays in the world for bioluminescence! Watch the glowing green wash of the dinghy streaming behind the boat, once we’ve turned off all our lights and stare in fascination at the phosphorescence as illuminated fish zoom past us in all directions like comets streaking through the sky.
In the morning, you will sail to the westernmost tip of Vieques, Punta Arena, for a lunch of barbequed Jamaican Jerk chicken Caesar salads, with fresh mango and homemade croutons. And don’t forget the cold Carib beer!
The next day, you can rent a car and explore the El Yunque national forest, the only tropical rain forest in U.S. jurisdiction of 28,000 acres, 240 species of trees, and a 3,532 foot peak, El Toro. Have you worked up an appetite? Savor a delicious appetizer of freshly made Basil and Olive Tapenade served with crudites andcrackers and a Pina Colada.
In the morning, sail to Culebra (approximately 3 hours) making our way into the harbor and main port of Dewey. Want to stretch your legs? Rent a bike and following only a 30-minute ride, spend the afternoon on the spectacularly beautiful long white sand beach, Flamenco. If you’d like to experience some local cuisine have dinner at Mama Cita’s, which offers an eclectic mix of Caribbean influenced dishes.
Following breakfast the next morning, we’ll make a short sail to Cayo Norte, where you can be put ashore to wander an isolated beach and gather coconuts. Then have a swim followed by lunch in the comfort of you yachts cockpit, as she sits in a little pocket in the reef off of the island of Culebrita. If you feel like stretching your legs…hike up to the lighthouse to enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of Culebrita Reef.
In the morning, l move to another bay on Culebrita, where you can walk the gorgeous sand beaches of White Bay, bask in her turquoise waters (keep an eye out for sea turtles, who love this bay), or explore and swim in the seaward pools known locally as “the Jacuzzis”. Following lunch, we’ll head back to St. Thomas for the night.
Have a lazy breakfast and a swim the next morning, and if you have the desire and time before your charter ends at noon, take a taxi downtown to do a bit of last minute shopping in the duty free port if St. Thomas. Each trip is tailored to your preferences and the current weather conditions of your charter. Please discuss your preferences with the captain and be open to other suggestions that may improve your charter experience.