Sample of US Virgin Islands Including St Croix
7 Day Sailing Itinerary from the Very Experienced Crew of BLUE PEPPER .
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Welcome aboard and then to Water Island. We normally rent a few golf carts for the guests to take around the island and hit the beach (and Dinghy’s beach bar!) a comical and fun way to get the week started! Water Island is also a great place to watch the sunset from the boat; the sun goes right in the water without any islands blocking your view.
First full day:
Christmas Cove! We move to Great St. James after breakfast for our first snorkel and put all the water toys out. This is a calm cove with beautiful water and always a group favourite!
Next stop we head up the south side of St. John and up into Hurricane Hole. We have a very private mooring area there and the water is very calm, a great place for paddle boarding and tubing, and of course a great place to stay the night.
2nd full day:
Sail to St. Croix! A fantastic day of sailing and trolling for mahi mahi. It takes about 4.5 hours of real offshore sailing, often accompanied by dolphin. An opportunity for the guests to experience a genuine passage.
Upon arrival we anchor in Christiansted Harbour directly in front of a 300-year-old fort. The crew then rents a new large 15 passenger van and drive the guests all the way to Point Udall (about a 30-minute trip each way). The captain dresses his best and packs several bottles of fine French Champagne. This sunset is all about the reward of discovering a new island and putting in the hours to sail there. Point Udall is an elevated lookout with nearly 360° views of the open ocean. It is famous for being the easternmost point of the United States, so if you catch the sunset from there, technically you are the last one in America to see it go down. This is the captain’s favourite!
3rd full day:
We depart Christiansted Harbour and head for Buck Island. This little island off St. Croix is home to an amazing beach and hands down the finest snorkelling you can find in any of the Virgins Islands (yes even better than the Indians in the BVI). The
water here is perfect, and the anchorage is protected. The beach is one of the best, and when afternoon rolls around you will almost always have it to yourself. This secluded island is the gem in our USVI charter.
4th full day:
After a final swim in the morning and a hearty sailor’s breakfast we sail back towards St John, this time making our home on the north shore. Maho Bay makes for a relaxing anchorage in perfectly flat waters and is a great bay for snorkelling with sea turtles. This is also one of the best sunsets in St. John!
5th full day:
Depending on the mood of the guests, we generally do a hike in the morning at one of the captain’s favourite locations. Starting from the beach you have a 45-minute hike up the hillside, rewarded with a 360-degree view once you reach the top. On a typical clear day, you can see Puerto Rico, St. Croix, Jost Van Dyke, and a half dozen other islands. The captain carries water for all the guests as well as their cameras, etc. The guests can focus on the natural beauty of the St. John National Park.
After the hike, the captain takes the guests to a private beach, usually one of the many beaches the upscale Caneel Bay Resort used to reserve exclusively for their guests. After the 2017 hurricane the resort closed, and the beaches are now ours to explore. With several amazing beaches to choose from privacy is the top priority.
6th full day/ 7th night:
On the final day we head to Buck Island to St. Thomas. Here the captain will share with the guests the history of the nearly 200-foot-long shipwreck that lies there in 30 feet of water. The snorkelling here is exceptional, and the little bay has the highest concentration of small to medium sized fish that follow you around by the dozen. The rocks surrounding the bay make an excellent backdrop to your snorkel as well. This is also a highlight of the trip and a great place to have your final snorkel. Before we call it a day it is a fine stop to do water sports activities such as skiing, tubing or paddle boarding.
Finally, a sunset sail back towards St. Thomas where we find a safe harbour for the final night.