Sailing and Boating Near St. Thomas

Photo credit: ©Tom Massey

Even though the airport is the main port of call on St. Thomas, you can expect to see plenty of boats passing through the bays and harbors on St. Thomas. While beautiful to watch, these boats are also a very convenient way to see St. Thomas and the rest of the virgin islands. Whether you pilot the vessel yourself, or charter the services of a native captain, sailing lets you pay no heed to predetermined routes or schedules.

If you're simply wanting to spend some time on the water, without the complications and cost involved with renting a boat you can take an excursion. See the table that follows to obtain names and phone numbers for area day sailing companies.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Aqua Blue Charters (340) 344-1190 Sapphire Beach Marina - Sapphire Beach
Caribbean Blue Boat Charters (340) 690-2583 9715 Estate Thomas - Red Hook
Cool Boats (340) 344-6812 Crown Bay Marina - Frenchtown
Cruise Ship Excursions (340) 775-5055 Upper Havensight Mall - St. Thomas
Day Sail Fantasy (340) 775-5652 Sapphire Village - St. Thomas
Daydreamer Charter (340) 775-2584 Dreams Sugar Bay Resort & Spa - 1.4 mi. (2.2 km) North-Northwest of Red Hook
Elixir Charters (340) 344-3336 Sapphire Beach Resort & Marina - East End
Fury Sailing Charters (340) 643-7733 Yacht Haven Grande - Charlotte Amalie
Good Day Charters (340) 514-3458 American Yacht Harbor - Red Hook
Independence Sailboat Charter (340) 513-2897 American Yacht Harbor - Red Hook
Jester Sailing Adventures (340) 513-2459 Secret Harbour Beach Resort - Nazareth
Nate's Custom Charters Day Tours (340) 244-2497 American Yacht Harbor - Red Hook
New Horizon Sailing (340) 775-1171 1-A-9-19 Dorothea - Sapphire Beach
Oh Be Joyful Sailing (340) 244-0605 American Yacht Harbor - Red Hook
One Love Charters (340) 227-5229 Compass Point Marina - East End
Privateer Charters (888) 727-0793 Sapphire Beach Marina - Sapphire Beach
Rumbaba Charters (340) 690-1659 American Yacht Harbor - Red Hook
Sail With Liberty (443) 831-1911 6292 Estate Nazareth #100 - Red Hook
Sail with Captain Max (340) 775-7467 American Yacht Harbor - Red Hook
Simplicity Charters (340) 998-9129 American Yacht Harbor - Red Hook
Sonic Charters (340) 244-5096 Compass Point Marina - East End
St. Thomas Scuba Snorkel Adventures Boating (340) 474-9332 Hull Bay
Sun Sea Charters (340) 626-6785 American Yacht Harbor - Red Hook
Swashbucklin Tours (340) 244-8600 3108 Estate Bethesda - Hull Bay
Take It Easy (340) 677-1320 East End
Tribal VI Day Sails (340) 998-7767 Water Island
VIBE Charters (340) 626-2875 American Yacht Harbor - Red Hook

If you're thinking about chartering a boat, you can contact one of these area agencies:

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
Awesome Power Boat Rental (340) 775-0860 American Yacht Harbor - Red Hook
Bali Bound (340) 775-2584 19-2-53 Smith Bay - Anna's Retreat
CYOA Yacht Charters (340) 777-9690 Frenchtown Harbour Marina - Frenchtown
Captain Nautica Private Charters (340) 642-8319 6186 Estate Frydenhoj - East End
Crewed Charters (340) 776-4811 3801 Crown Bay - Red Hook
Flagship Yacht Charters (340) 774-5630 Yacht Haven Grande - Charlotte Amalie
Heavenly Day Catamaran (340) 775-1800 Bolongo Bay Beach Resort - 2.8 mi. (4.6 km) Southeast of Charlotte Amalie
Island Yachts (340) 344-2143 American Yacht Harbor - Red Hook
Local Mocean Charters (340) 473-8273 Compass Point Marina - East End
Magic Moments Luxury Excursions (340) 775-5066 Compass Point Marina - East End
Nauti Nymph Powerboat Rentals (340) 775-5066 American Yacht Harbor - Red Hook
Over the Line Charters (340) 513-1285 Saga Haven Marina, 6117 Estate Frydenhoj - Maroon Town
See & Ski Power Boat Rentals (340) 775-6265 American Yacht Harbor - Red Hook
Smith's Ferry Service (340) 775-7292 Veteran's Drove - 2.1 mi. (3.3 km) East of Charlotte Amalie
St. Thomas Boat Rental (340) 227-5144 American Yacht Harbor - Red Hook
Stormy Pirates Boat Charters Red Hook (340) 775-7990 American Yacht Harbor - Red Hook
Virgin Islands Boat Rental (888) 493-2114 American Yacht Harbor - Red Hook


The U.S. Virgin Islands are some of the most popular sailing and yachting destinations in the Caribbean, and St. Thomas is no exception. Sailing itself is a unique experience, and offers those with an adventurous spirit a unique way to travel to the island. If you choose to sail to St. Thomas, your first order of business is to head to Charlotte Amalie to gain clearance at a port of entry. You'll need to present all necessary clearance documents, including a documentation of nationality for each passenger and crew member on the boat, the ships identification documents, and clearance from the last port of call. St. Thomas does not require that sailors obtain a cruising permit to sail around the U.S. Virgin Islands, however, if you will be doing so for six months or more, you must register your vessel with the Department of Planning and Natural Resources.

Once you are awarded official access to the island, you have several options regarding where to dock your vessel.

Seriously considering sailing to St. Thomas using your own boat, or a charter from a different location? This chart lists nearby marinas.

Name Phone Location
American Yacht Harbor (340) 775-6454 Red Hook
Compass Point Marina (340) 775-6144 East End
Crown Bay Marina (340) 774-2255 Frenchtown
Deep Water Dock -- Water Island
Fish Hawk Marina (340) 775-9058 Maroon Town
Frenchtown Harbour Marina (340) 777-9690 Frenchtown
Independent Boatyard (340) 776-0466 East End
Oasis Cove Marina (340) 244-0442 6186 Estate Frydenhoj - East End
Pirates Cove Marina (340) 715-7700 East End
Sapphire Beach Marina (340) 998-1203 East End
Vessup Bay Marina -- Red Hook
Yacht Haven Grande (340) 774-9500 5304 Yacht Haven Grande - Charlotte Amalie

In addition to these marinas, the Reef Ecology Foundation of St. Thomas has set up numerous mooring sites around the island. You'll recognize them by the blue striped-buoys. Yachters are allowed to use these mooring points for free, however, use is restricted to boats less than 60 feet long. For specific locations, you can call 340-775-0097.

Nearby Anchorages
Location Latitude Longitude
Careening Cove - Hassel Island 18.3302349154 -64.9345636368
Long Bay - Charlotte Amalie 18.3357116584 -64.9253153808
Hull Bay - 2.6 mi. (4.1 km) Northwest of Charlotte Amalie 18.3700901401 -64.9520140886
Elephant Bay - Water Island 18.3234061061 -64.9531835318
Lindbergh Bay - 2.6 mi. (4.2 km) West of Charlotte Amalie 18.3352533727 -64.96753335
Druif Bay - Water Island 18.3169080477 -64.9584138393
Flamingo Bay - Water Island 18.3120649004 -64.9588000774
Bolongo Bay - Bolongo Bay 18.3122940744 -64.8966747522
Water Bay - Coki Point 18.3478734848 -64.8659580946
Benner Bay - East End 18.3172441599 -64.8676478859
Jersey Bay - East End 18.3104328047 -64.8603093624
Secret Harbour Bay - Cowpet Bay 18.3179978645 -64.8531746864
Vessup Bay - Red Hook 18.3241271069 -64.8509216309
Redhook Bay - East End 18.3264540377 -64.8443555832
Cowpet Bay - Cowpet Bay 18.3159353548 -64.8440605402
Saint James Bay - Great Saint James Island 18.3088030981 -64.8322427273
Cruz Bay - Cruz Bay 18.3316454562 -64.7969716787

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