Sailing and Boating Near St. Croix

Photo credit: © David Campbell
 

It makes sense that because St. Croix is an island, sailing would be a popular activity for tourists when they arrive, but actually sailing to this destination is just as popular. Whether you own your own watercraft, or charter a crewed yacht, there are tons of accommodations around St. Croix for those who choose to sail to the island rather than fly.

Boat Trips and Day Sailing

Sightseeing, snorkeling, dinner cruises, and even wedding parties are possible aboard the boats that sail around St. Croix on a daily basis.  A small number of tour operators exists that specialize in boating and water activities, so if you'd like to spend some time sailing without captaining the boat yourself, you can absolutely make it happen. 

If you're just wanting to enjoy some time on the water, without the stress and cost of sailing on your own you should take a day sailing excursion. Wondering what's included and where you'll go? Take a look at the listing that follows for contact phone numbers for area day sailing companies.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Big Beard's Adventure Tours (340) 773-4482 Hotel Caravelle - Downtown Christiansted
Bilinda Charters (340) 514-2270 Downtown Christiansted
Jolly Roger Charters (340) 513-2508 Christiansted Boardwalk - Downtown Christiansted
Roseway Sailing (340) 626-7877 Gallow Bay Dock - Christiansted

Seriously considering chartering a vessel? The following table indicates how to reach a local charter company.

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location Island
Buck Island Charter (340) 718-3161 Green Cay Marina - The vicinity of St. Croix
Lady Jasmyn Charters (603) 781-9864 3280 Golden Rock - 1.3 mi. (2.1 km) West-Northwest of Christiansted St. Croix
Llewellyn's Charter (340) 773-9027 6.6 mi. (10.7 km) East of Christiansted St. Croix
VIP Sail and Power Yacht Charters (340) 776-1510 Compass Point Marina - East End St. Croix

Docking

Sailors will find docking privileges around St. Croix at Christiansted Harbor, Frederiksted Harbour, Chenay Bay, Cottongarden Bay, Salt River Marina, and Teague Bay.

Do you plan to travel to St. Croix using your own vessel, or one you charter? See the chart that follows to find basic information for nearby marinas.

Marinas
Name Phone Location
Green Cay Marina (340) 718-1453 Tamarind Reef Hotel - 2.4 mi. (3.9 km) East-Northeast of Christiansted
Jones Maritime Dock Marina (866) 609-2930 Downtown Christiansted
Salt River Marina -- Clairmont
Silver Bay Dock Marina -- Downtown Christiansted
St. Croix Marine (340) 773-0289 Christiansted
St. Croix Yacht Club (340) 773-9531 6.7 mi. (10.7 km) East of Christiansted

Sailors should note, however, that restrictions do exist regarding sailing the waters around the National Park. You can contact the National Park Service at 340-773-1460 for details. On a final note, if you'll be sailing through U.S. Virgin Island waters for more than six months at a time, you will need to register your vessel with the Department of Planning and Natural Resources. They can be reaches at 340-772-1955, and are also available to answer any of your questions regarding mooring sites and permits.

Nearby Anchorages
Location Latitude Longitude
Christiansted Harbor - Downtown Christiansted 17.7486307362 -64.7050631046
Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve - 4.1 mi. (6.6 km) West-Northwest of Christiansted 17.7746851892 -64.7581708431
Chenay Bay - 3.1 mi. (4.9 km) East-Northeast of Christiansted 17.7611179762 -64.6587789059
Turtle Beach - Buck Island 17.7860968649 -64.6279120445
Teague Bay - 6.7 mi. (10.7 km) East of Christiansted 17.7562455281 -64.6021413797
Cottongarden Bay - 7.8 mi. (12.6 km) East of Christiansted 17.7605164931 -64.5845514536
Frederiksted Harbour - Frederiksted 17.7119103678 -64.8869007826

However you choose to make it happen, getting out and doing a little sailing during your time on St. Croix is a must.

 

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