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.
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.
|Cool Boats||(340) 344-6812||Crown Bay Marina - Frenchtown|
|(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:
|CYOA Yacht Charters||(340) 777-9690||Frenchtown Harbour Marina - Frenchtown|
|Flagship Yacht Charters||(340) 774-5630||Yacht Haven Grande - Charlotte Amalie|
|(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.
|(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.
|Careening Cove - Hassel Island||18.3302349154||-64.9345636368|
|Long Bay - Charlotte Amalie||18.3357116584||-64.9253153808|
|Elephant Bay - Water Island||18.3234061061||-64.9531835318|
|Druif Bay - Water Island||18.3169080477||-64.9584138393|
|Lindbergh Bay - 2.6 mi. (4.2 km) West of Charlotte Amalie||18.3352533727||-64.96753335|
|Flamingo Bay - Water Island||18.3120649004||-64.9588000774|
|Hull Bay - 2.6 mi. (4.1 km) Northwest of Charlotte Amalie||18.3700901401||-64.9520140886|
|Bolongo Bay - Bolongo Bay||18.3122940744||-64.8966747522|
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