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What’s New for the High Season?

As the charter yacht high season approaches the Virgin Islands, green vegetation reigns supreme, once again inviting tourists and locals to relish the sand between their toes, fresh air in their lungs, and sunshine on their faces. Here’s what’s in store for the Virgin Islands this upcoming season…

Bucket List

One fresh activity to look forward to this season is visiting Richard Branson’s Necker Island Nature Preserve, where conservation is the raison d’être.

Accessible only by boat, visitors can see vibrant flamingos, hold a baby tortoise, encounter exotic lemurs, and experience the joy of this endangered-animal sanctuary.

Charter yacht guests can dinghy into Necker Island where they will meet Gumption, director at Sea It Clear Tours, for a private conservation experience. Spots go quickly, so be sure to book these excursions early.

Feeling like a little relaxation? Take your charter yacht to the new Oil Nut Bay Marina Village set to open in December; a hotspot renowned for its serenity.

BVI Updates and Enhancements 

Pirates Bight at Norman Island has a gorgeous new outdoor dining area where visitors can indulge in fresh seafood and a variety of tropical cocktails.

Hendo’s Hideout in White Bay is the new place to be on Jost Van Dyke! With Caribbean inspired food, a beach bar, corn hole, volleyball, and family-friendly board games, Hendo’s embodies the spirit of island fun. Here, you’ll find excellent service, food, and enough chairs to chat and chill all day long.

The Willy T floating bar has a new location in Great Harbour, Peter Island and is ready for visitors! The new Willy T is almost identical to the former, except larger. A beloved fixture of the British Virgin Islands, the famous floating bar and restaurant is inviting guests to make new memories aboard.

USVI Updates and Enhancements

Flying in to St. Thomas to board a charter yacht? Beer enthusiasts visiting Yacht Haven Grande will have reason to linger over a pint—or three—at the marina’s new brewery and distillery. Check it out this season.

Business is in full swing at Pizza Pi, the Caribbean’s only floating pizzeria! With winter, spring, and summer seasonal menus, a bounty of flavours and toppings are sure to please any palate. For something truly unique, try the Mango Mami Pie, with mango chutney, red onions, fresh mango, goat cheese, and bacon. Those with a penchant for tradition will appreciate the Fresh Margherita with house made spinach pesto. Did we mention dingy delivery? Christmas Cove is a wonderful stop during a week-long journey onboard any charter yacht.

The upcoming yachting season will offer conservation opportunities, beachside cabanas, locally made brews, some of the most unique pizzas in the world, and, lastly, a chance to enjoy our lively, lush islands to the fullest once again. Don’t miss out!

Photography courtesy of CYI Charters, Tanya Theron—Chef M/Y Irresistible, and Ishoot BVI

Lauren Hodgins
Lauren is a crewed yacht charter broker based on St. Thomas, USVI. Working in the industry since 2004 and sailing over 8,000 nautical miles to date, Lauren now heads Caribbean Yachts International. www.CYIcharters.com
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