In this section we provide information about the different Charter Types, Island Logistics (taxi service, facilities at Compass Point, provisioning, restaurants & eats), and Packing Ideas. If you don't have a vacation plan we hope these suggestions, where to eat, where to go, what to see are helpful.
If you’re chartering with small children, family members, or friends with mobility restrictions, a catamaran like Reposado may be ideal:
Reposado is based at the Compass Point Marina in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Make your inquiry now, we can give you the best offer for every charter period.
A bareboat charter vacation comes with galley equipment, linens, and the ability to set sail for normally 7-30 days without a professional captain or chef.
The charter guest normally has a skippers certification and experience on similar boats. You can arrange for provisions and beverages to be delivered to the yacht, or explore the island and head to the local shops to do your own provisioning. The charter guests normally cook their own meals and sail to their destinations of choice.
Some qualifications are necessary, charter guest is required to complete a sailing resume.
You may decide to hire a skipper or an instructional skipper and a chef and just relax while they tend to your needs. We can recommend resources that will provide these services. We can also provide a sailing itinerary of destinations in the Virgin Islands.
Experience the 2019 Lagoon 450F owners version sailing yacht and learn about seasonal rates and available bookings.
Book Directly with Virgin Islands Yacht Charters (VIYC)
In St Thomas taxi service at the airport can vary. We recommend asking the cost per person from the airport to Compass Point Marina is located before committing to a taxi ride. Also, be aware that some cab companies charge a fee for the amount of luggage you have with you as well. It is highly recommended that you pre-arrange your transportation a day or two prior to your arrival. If not, likely you will end up in an open air cab or large van with other people and your stop will be the last stop because of the location.
All cab drivers are familiar with the location of Compass Point Marina. Once you arrive, you will be looking for Virgin Islands Yacht Charters (VIYC) office which has full length banners on the door that say "Virgin Islands Yacht Charters".
What Time Can We Expect Our Briefings?
This is an area where VIYC will be flexible and try to make it as convenient as possible for you. To get a jump on things and do a little prep work ahead of time, we suggest going through the Virgin Islands Chart Briefing prior to your arrival. It will help in planning your itinerary and becoming more familiar with the navigation area. This does not take the place of full chart briefing.
What Happens If We Arrive After Hours?
If you expect to arrive after hours, please communicate that to us in advance so we will know that and we can make a plan for your arrival.
When you are shopping for a bareboat charter, you will need to purchase products, cleaning supplies, food, beverages, condiments and seasonings, etc. Using a provisioning service can prove to be very helpful, because they will highlight things that you could easily overlook.
Recommendation to date ... Start with CostULess and then fill in the gaps at Moe's, or Food Center, and probably Moe's if you need more gluten free, specialized, organic types of food.
CostULess - it's very Costco-like, but not everything is in bulk. No membership required.
Among other things, they have a good selection of alcohol, wine & beer.
You can also order online for pickup and they will deliver to the marina on Tues, Wed & Thurs. for orders over $500. They don't list everything online, but you can call or message them to determine if they have what you are looking for. (https://www.costuless.com/st-thomas/about-us
You may need to fill in the gaps at other store/s for some items they do not carry, or for smaller packages on some items.
Moe's – several locations, the closest one is in Red Hook. More upscale and they do provisioning http://www.moesvi.com/home.html
Food Center – on Red Hook Rd., just .6 miles from the marina. http://foodcentervi.com/
Are There Restaurants Nearby?
Within the marina is one restaurant, The Dive Bar, and they cook up amazing burgers, veggie burgers, brats, and chicken sandwiches on their grill. Dive Bar is a popular hang out for the many businesses in Compass Point Marina as well as a local favorite for us. They are open in the afternoon from 4:00 PM to Mid-night.
Pizza Pi VI - you have to take a boat to Christmas Cove to get it.
No visit to St. John is complete without a visit to The Beach Bar. This casual open-air bar sits steps from the sand in Cruz Bay and they serve up a great Painkiller. We dinghied from Caneel to Cruz Bay for Taco Tuesday at the Beach Bar - very good tacos and bar food, nice beach vibe.
Caneel Bay - Zozo's, reservations required.
Lime Out - is a floating taco boat that has amazing food that you eat while seated at a floating bar or tables.
The Longboard - Folks love the island vibe here. They have a great menu of island dishes and they have a great happy hour.
Tap Room - We always tell people to drink local when they travel. When it comes to the USVI, that's beer from St. John Brewers. Hit up their Tap Room in Mongoose Junction in Cruz Bay for some local brews.
Chris and Karen's itemize list of the gear they pack for a 2 week sailing holiday. This A high level summary that breaks down into the following 4 categories: 1). Miscellaneous; 2). Dry fit clothing & sunburn/rash guard wear; 3). snorkeling/free dive gear; 4). Safety equipment ... namely, Personal Floatation Device (PFD), GPS personal location devices, whistles, safety knives. We hope this information is helpful in getting you to start thinking about your personal packing list.
Activity raises feel-good endorphins, while quieting your mind reduces levels of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. So how do you take a vacation, de-stress, and have the effects linger more than a day or two?
Jost Van Dyke: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jost_Van_Dyke
Magen's Bay: http://magensbayauthority.com/
Sea Dog Islands: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_Islands
§ Functional Cookies. We place cookies on your device to make navigating the website easier. These cookies are used to allow the website to remember choices you made and provide for enhanced, more personal features. For instance, these cookies can be used to remember the status of your login, or to allow you to return to a previous page.