Boating and Sailing Near Charlotte Amalie

Charlotte Amalie offers a day of shopping and the tourist life for sailors making port

Photo credit: © New Horizons Sailing

As you can imagine with any island chain, the virgin islands are ripe for sailing. Skilled captains coming in from other islands will find refuge at Charlotte Amalie, where they can shop, sleep, and replenish suppliers. Those new to sailing can charter a boat or enroll in a trip out to sea, visiting small islands or some of the other big ones.

Boat Trips and Day Sailing

There are a number of small islands surrounding St. Thomas that make sailing trips quite popular. With Charlotte Amalie being the tourism center that it is, you should not be surprised to see businesses selling day trips and sailing excursions. Places like the historic Hassel Island and the exclusive Water Island are some popular destinations.

If you just want to get out onto the water, without the cost and complications involved with renting a boat you can take an excursion. See the table that follows for information on area excursion providers.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Cool Boats (340) 344-6812 Crown Bay Marina - Frenchtown
Cruise Ship Excursions (340) 775-5055 Upper Havensight Mall - St. Thomas
Day Sail Fantasy (340) 775-5652 Sapphire Village - St. Thomas
Fury Sailing Charters (340) 643-7733 Yacht Haven Grande - Charlotte Amalie

If you're thinking about renting a boat, you can contact one of the following agencies:

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
CYOA Yacht Charters (340) 777-9690 Frenchtown Harbour Marina - Frenchtown
Flagship Yacht Charters (340) 774-5630 Yacht Haven Grande - Charlotte Amalie
Limnos Charters (340) 755-3203 Compass Point Marina - St. Thomas


Sailors making their way to St. Thomas aboard a private yacht will first have to stop in Charlotte Amalie, as it is the official port of entry to the island, and customs officials will need to speak with you and your crew before allowing you official entry. Customs officials will ask to see a number of documents including papers identifying each passenger and crew member and proving their nationality, all official papers for the vessel, and proof of clearance from your last port of entry. From there, sailors have the option to continue traveling and docking elsewhere (usually near Red Hook), or claim a spot at one of the marinas in Charlotte Amalie.

Is your plan to reach Charlotte Amalie using a vessel you own, or a boat you charter in a different location? Take a look at the listing that follows to find summary information for area marinas.

Name Phone Location
Crown Bay Marina (340) 774-2255 Frenchtown
Frenchtown Harbour Marina (340) 777-9690 Frenchtown
Yacht Haven Grande (340) 774-9500 5304 Yacht Haven Grande - Charlotte Amalie

As you sail around Charlotte Amalie, you may notice a collection of blue striped-buoys. These are official mooring sites set up by the Reef Ecology Foundation of St. Thomas. Visitors arriving in vessels under 60 feet long are welcome to moor overnight for free. For specific locations, contact the Foundation directly at 340-775-0097.

Nearby Anchorages
Name Location Latitude Longitude
Anchorage Careening Cove - Hassel Island 18.3302349154 -64.9345636368
Anchorage Long Bay - Charlotte Amalie 18.3357116584 -64.9253153808
Anchorage Elephant Bay - Water Island 18.3234061061 -64.9531835318
Anchorage Druif Bay - Water Island 18.3169080477 -64.9584138393
Anchorage Lindbergh Bay - 2.6 mi. (4.2 km) West of Charlotte Amalie 18.3352533727 -64.96753335
Anchorage Flamingo Bay - Water Island 18.3120649004 -64.9588000774
Achorage Hull Bay - 2.6 mi. (4.1 km) Northwest of Charlotte Amalie 18.3700901401 -64.9520140886
Anchorage Bolongo Bay - Bolongo Bay 18.3122940744 -64.8966747522

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