Sailing and Boating Near St. John

St. Johns waters are favored among sailors

Photo credit: © Roy McMaster

The thing that makes St. John unique in the sailing world is the pristine anchorages that go hand-in-hand with the fact that most of the island and its surrounding waters are considered a U.S. National Park, and thus are kept in exceptionally good condition.  The waters here are typically calm, even in windy conditions.

If you want to experience some time on the open water, without the cost and responsibility involved with renting a boat you can take an excursion. Take a look at the table below to get names and phone numbers for area excursion providers.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Boat Day V.I. (855) 262-8329 Downtown Cruz Bay
Born to Rhumb Charters (908) 528-0203 Downtown Cruz Bay
Cloud 9 Sailing Adventures (340) 998-1940 Downtown Cruz Bay
Copeland Boat Charters (340) 690-9988 Cruz Bay National Park Dock - Downtown Cruz Bay
Island Roots (340) 643-5000 Cruz Bay National Park Dock - Downtown Cruz Bay
Kekoa Sailing Expeditions (340) 244-7245 Cruz Bay
Lion In Da Sun (340) 626-4783 Downtown Cruz Bay
Palm Tree Charters (340) 643-4239 Cruz Bay National Park Dock - Downtown Cruz Bay
Sadie Sea Charters (340) 514-0778 Cruz Bay National Park Dock - Downtown Cruz Bay
Salty Dog Day Sails (340) 244-7290 1.1 mi. (1.8 km) South West of Coral Bay
Singing Dog Sailing Day Tours (717) 602-3536 Downtown Cruz Bay
Southern Hospitality (340) 998-4399 Cruz Bay National Park Dock - Downtown Cruz Bay
Wayward Sailor (340) 473-9705 Cruz Bay
Wharfside Watersports Charters (340) 474-0474 Wharfside Village - Downtown Cruz Bay

Boat Rentals and Charters

If you're considering chartering a boat to do some sailing upon arrival on St. John, most of the best known companies are located in the Cruz Bay area.  These operations have everything from power boats to mammoth yachts so you'll easily find the vessel you feel most comfortable operating is easily found here.  

If you are considering the option of chartering a vessel, you can contact one of these area agencies:

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
Connections Coral Bay (340) 779-4994 Coral Bay
Connections Cruz Bay (340) 776-6922 Cruz Bay
Fly Away Charters (340) 514-7403 Coral Bay
Ocean Runner Power Boat Rentals (340) 693-8809 Downtown Cruz Bay
On the Sea charters (850) 339-8113 00831 Cruz Bay, St. John - Downtown Cruz Bay
St. John Boat Rental (340) 227-5144 Downtown Cruz Bay
Stormy Pirates Boat Charters Cruz Bay (340) 775-7990 Cruz Bay Ferry Dock - Downtown Cruz Bay

Individual Charter Boats
Name Phone Location Island
Kiote Sails (340) 643-5172 Coral Bay St. John


If you plan to hire a charter or sail your own private yacht to St. John, you must first sail into Cruz Bay to clear customs, and from there you can explore the shores and find the right anchorage for you. You will not need a cruising permit unless you plan to continue to sail through U.S.V.I. waters for more than six months. There are no marinas on the island, but you will find designated anchorages in Coral Bay, Cruz Bay, Francis Bay, Chocolate Hole, and Francis Bay. There are also 210 moorings set up around the island in National Park Waters that were placed specifically by the Friends of the National Park Organization to prevent damage to local marine life. These are free to use during the day, but will cost a bit for overnight mooring, and will require a permit.

Are you going to reach St. John using your own vessel, or one you charter elsewhere? Take a look at the chart below to find summary information concerning nearby marinas.

Name Phone Location Island
Caneel Bay Shipyard -- Downtown Cruz Bay St. John
Frenchman's Cay Slipway -- Frenchman's Cay Frenchman's Cay
Soper's Hole Wharf & Marina (284) 495-4589 Frenchman's Cay Frenchman's Cay
Vessup Bay Marina -- Red Hook St. Thomas

For details about specific anchorage and mooring sites, sailing restrictions, and more, contact the Department of Planning and Natural Resources at 340-774-3320 or 340-775-6762.

Nearby Anchorages
Location Latitude Longitude
Coral Harbour - Coral Bay 18.3446327255 -64.7128415108
Grootpan Bay - 2.6 mi. (4.2 km) South of Coral Bay 18.3089103318 -64.717862606
Francis Bay - 2.3 mi. (3.7 km) West-Northwest of Coral Bay 18.3615013236 -64.7460579872
Leinster Bay - 1.9 mi. (3.1 km) Northwest of Coral Bay 18.3653299419 -64.7365951329
Borck Creek - 1.0 mi. (1.5 km) East-Northeast of Coral Bay 18.3532939462 -64.702091217
Saltpond Bay - 2.7 mi. (4.3 km) South of Coral Bay 18.3081565879 -64.7068762779
Princess Bay - 1.6 mi. (2.5 km) East-Northeast of Coral Bay 18.3550657952 -64.6928215027
Trunk Bay - 2.0 mi. (3.3 km) Northeast of Cruz Bay 18.3526829645 -64.7707557678
Hawksnest Bay - 1.4 mi. (2.3 km) Northeast of Cruz Bay 18.3480801242 -64.7795963287
Haulover Bay - 2.4 mi. (3.9 km) East of Coral Bay 18.3489666445 -64.6780157089
Chocolate Hole Bay - Chocolate Hole 18.3165137946 -64.7845959663
Caneel Bay - Caneel Bay 18.3436245459 -64.7874498367
Great Cruz Bay - Cruz Bay 18.3200756271 -64.7891288996
Sopers Hole - West End 18.3869913161 -64.7011792656
Newfound Bay - 3.0 mi. (4.9 km) East of Coral Bay 18.3462878415 -64.6686172485
Cruz Bay - Cruz Bay 18.3316454562 -64.7969716787
Saint James Bay - Great Saint James Island 18.3088030981 -64.8322427273

Calm waters and gorgeous vistas make sailing off the coast of St. John a well-loved activity.  Whether you sail direct to the island or hire a boat when you arrive, you won't be disappointed with you decision to get out on the water.  


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