Located 200km away from Puerto Rico you will find the British Virgin Islands - a beautiful archipelago of unique islands in the heart of the Carribean sea. It feels like summer all year around her, the sun is always shining and the waters always warm.
Today a British overseas territory, these beautiful islands have been claimed throughout their history by the Dutch, the Danes, the French and the British. The capital is Road Town on the main island of Tortola , from where you can go sailing by chartering a sailboat in the BVI and set off on a unique sailing adventure.
Also worth visiting is the Virgin Gorda island - home to the Baths which is a labyrinth of beachside boulders. The bulk of the local population lives on the islands of Tortola and Virgin Gorda, while Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, Peter Island and The Settlement are mostly visited by boating lovers. Cruising through the area you will see multiple islands to discover in this beautiful part of the Caribbean Sea: a sailboat charter in the British Virgin Islands is a must if you want to call yourself a true sailor.
When it comes to renting a sailboat in the BVI, the average cost may vary depending on several factors. For example, the age and model of the vessel as well as the season and rental duration may affect the final price. There are plenty of sailboat rental options for all needs and budgets, so be sure to take into consideration the above factors when looking for your dream boat.
We have plenty of sailboats available for rent in the British Virgin Islands: you can choose your favorite one depending on your wants and needs.
For a bit more adventure, you can also plan a visit to the US Virgin Islands nearby. Charlotte-Amelie, the capital of this group of islands, and it is just 12 miles from Jost Van Dyke. You might also want to discover Anguilla, another British overseas territory nearby. With boats in other parts of the Caribbean, you can explore islands like the Windward Islands and Trinidad and Tobago too.
These are our highly recommended ports and marinas to start your next sailing adventure:
The British Virgin Islands is a haven for tourists - its white sands, clear waters and incredible weather, it is no surprise that tourism makes up 45% of the British Virgin Islands national income.
The 'must-visits' in the British Virgin Islands are its white sand beaches, The Baths and snorkelling on its incredible coral reefs. The British Virgin Islands has countless white sand beaches that, along with the incredible weather, make the perfect place to sit back and soak in the sun. Notable beaches are White Bay, Savannah Bay and Cow Wreck Beach.
Cow Wreck Beach is particularly great for families with young children as the waters are only waist high near the shore. It's also a great place to go on a fishing trip from!
The Baths is a beach area on the island of Virgin Gorda that you can take luxury yachts to that formed with the erosion of granite over millions of years that caused boulders to create beautiful, natural tidal pools, tunnels, arches and scenic grottoes that are open to the sea. The area is a national park and a major tourist attraction.
Every island in the British Virgin Islands is surrounded by coral reefs making the BVI the perfect place to experience sealife.
The best time to visit the British Virgin Islands varies. The areas busiest time of year is the winter but September to November can be a great time to visit to avoid the busier season and make the most of lower prices.
Hurricane season is from June to November which is certainly not ideal for sailors. Keen sailors should visit the British Virgin Islands in March when the BVI Spring Regatta is held annually.
Divers should also plan their trip for Winter or Spring when underwater visibility levels are the best as the summer is terrible for visibility levels.
In regards to the temperature, don't be put off by the thought of it being Winter. The reason the British Virgin Islands are so popular in the Winter is because even from November to April, the month with the lowest high temperature still peaks at 28C. It is truly summer all year around in the British Virgin Islands.
Catamaran rentals in the BVI vary considerably in builder, length of time and price of the charter. For those who have a sailing license, bareboat charters are available and for those who don't then you can rent a boat that comes with a captain and even a crew.
It is quite popular to rent a boat through Click&Boat that includes a captain to take care of everything while you enjoy your time out on the water. Many of our listings include added or optional extras too. From snorkelling and diving equipment to jet-skis, dinghies and wakeboards.
When booking with Click&Boat, take advantage of our internal messaging system which allows you to send messages directly to boat owners to talk about itineraries, prices, extras, and ask any questions you may have. You can also use our expert sailing advisors, ready on deck to help you plan your time on board.
So, are you coming on board?