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 simply want to spend a few hours on the water, without the stress and cost of sailing on your own you can take an excursion. Curious what's included and where you'll go? See the table below to obtain contact information for area day sailing companies.
|Boat Day V.I.||(855) 262-8329||Downtown Cruz Bay|
|(340) 777-7245||National Park Docks - 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||Downtown 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|
|Sail Pepper||(340) 771-7011||Coral Bay|
|Sail Safaris||(340) 626-8181||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|
|Wish Upon a Star Charters||(631) 946-9292||St. John|
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.
Envisioning chartering a yacht or boat? You can take a look at this next table to help you get in touch with area charter companies.
|(340) 779-4994||Coral Bay|
|Connections Cruz Bay||(340) 776-6922||Cruz Bay|
|Fly Away Charters||(340) 514-7403||Coral Bay|
|Noah's Little Arks Dinghy Rental and Sales||(340) 693-9030||Cruz Bay|
|Ocean Runner Power Boat Rentals||(340) 693-8809||Downtown Cruz Bay|
|St. John Boat Rental||(340) 227-5144||Downtown Cruz Bay|
|Tropic Powerboat Rentals||(340) 776-6462||1.2 mi. (1.9 km) South West of Coral Bay|
|Kalina||(340) 244-9070||1.7 mi. (2.7 km) South West of Coral Bay|
|Kiote Sails||(340) 643-5172||Coral Bay|
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.
Contemplating traveling to St. John in your own vessel, or a boat you charter elsewhere? This next chart lists area marinas.
|--||Downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|--||Frenchman's Cay||Frenchman's Cay|
|(284) 495-4589||Frenchman's Cay||Frenchman's Cay|
|--||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.
|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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