Boating and Sailing 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 get out onto the water, without the cost and responsibility involved with renting a boat you should take a day sailing excursion. See the chart below to obtain contact information for area day sail providers.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Calypso Charters (340) 777-7245 National Park Docks - Downtown Cruz Bay
Cloud 9 Sailing Adventures (340) 998-1940 Downtown Cruz Bay
Copeland Boat Charters (340) 777-1368 Cruz Bay National Park Dock - Downtown Cruz Bay
Island Roots (340) 643-5000 Cruz Bay National Park Dock - Downtown Cruz Bay
Isle-mon Charters (207) 475-8578 Downtown Cruz Bay
Kekoa Sailing Expeditions (340) 244-7245 Downtown Cruz Bay
Lion In Da Sun (340) 625-4783 Cruz Bay
Mermaid Charters (340) 642-1998 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

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.  

Thinking about chartering a yacht or boat? The following chart enables you to contact charter services that operating in this area.

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
Noah's Little Arks Dinghy Rental and Sales (340) 693-9030 Cruz Bay
Ocean Runner Power Boat Rentals (340) 693-8809 4B Cruz Bay - 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

Individual Charter Boats
Name Phone Location
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.

Is your plan to travel to St. John in your own vessel, or a charter from a different area? Take a look at the chart that follows to get information on nearby marinas.

Name Phone Location Island
Canak Bay Shipyard -- Downtown Cruz Bay St. John
Coral Bay Marina (340) 776-6665 Coral 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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