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The British Virgin Islands (BVI for short) are one of the most popular places in the world to spend a week or two on your own private yacht charter. Made up of around 50 volcanic islands, and cays, and with almost constant trade winds, the sheltered waters of the BVI offer the ultimate in a sailing or motor yacht vacation. There are numerous restaurants and bars, stunnning coral reefs to snorkel or scuba dive on, warm waters and beautiful white sandy beaches.
In the British Virgin Islands you will find safe anchorages, waterside restaurants, gentle sailing, lively nightlife in the many bars and night clubs, gorgeous snorkeling, stunning beaches and friendly faces. The British Virgin Islands really are one of the most perfect yacht charter destinations and are ideal for a family or group vacation on the water.
The incredible scenery, stunning sunsets and azure waters are all the better for being slightly off the beaten track. This is not a ‘mass tourism’ destination. There are no direct flights from major tourism locations, with most visitors having to travel through Puerto Rico or one of the other Caribbean transport hubs.
Although a peacefull paradise now, the British Virgin Islands was once home to pirates and buckaneers. The famous ‘Dead Chest’ is a cay on which Blackbeard is reputed to have abandoned a rebellious crew, left only with a bottle of rum, and the notorious ‘Black Sam Bellamy’ leaves behind Bellamy Cay, now home to a great restaurant, the ‘Last Resort’ just off Trellis Bay.
Tortola is the largest Island, which is home to most of the yacht charter companies operating in the BVI. Virgin Gorda is the second most populated and has a very laid back atmosphere and an incredible bolder strewn landscape. Other Islands include Jost Van Dyke, Anegada, Norman, Ginger, Cooper, Peter Island, Great Camanoe, and of course, Sir Richard Branson’s exclusive island resort of Necker Island. The population of the entire British Virgin Islands is estimated at around 22,000 in 2006.
Most yacht charterers at some point in their sailing vacation make a stop at Jost Van Dyke, either to sample the famous ‘Painkiller’ cocktails at the Soggy Dollar Bar on White Bay, or to Foxy’s in Great Harbor for a lively atmosphere and live music. Foxy’s also puts on a popular full moon party, as lively as those at Trellis Bay and Bomba’s Shack on Tortola.
The main yacht charter season runs from November to July, peaking from mid-December to March when the waters are busiest … but rest assured, there is plenty of room for all, and it is almost always possible to find a deserted beach entirely to yourself if you are in the mood for solitude.
The British Virgin Islands have a well developed yacht charter business, and you will find excellent quality provisioning and amenities for your every need. Wether you are looking to charter a sailboat, catamaran, monohull or motor yacht, you will definitly find the British Virgin Islands has what you are looking for.
A crewed yacht charter in the BVI is the ultimate in luxury, adventure and relaxation. Many of the yachts have a speciality, whether it’s scuba diving, water sports, mountain biking or fine cuisine, you will find details of a great variety of yachts for varying budgets on our website To book your yacht you will need to contact us and will arrange your vacation, match you with the right crew, and of course be a point of contact should anything go wrong.
It is important to choose a brokerage that knows the boats well, and is up to date with crew changes. Many brokers do not live in the islands and therefore aren’t as well acquainted with the boats and crews as we are. We regularly inspect all the crewed vessels in the charter fleet, and are constantly up to date with crew changes etc.
Please contact one of our local charter experts and let us help to deliver a vacation of a lifetime!