Road Trippin' In the BVIs: Your guide on where to rent a boat in Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, Anegada
If there is one gorgeous destination that is great for all boaters, it is the British Virgin Islands
. Navigation is a breeze between these islands, which are surrounded by protected bays and sounds formed for simple anchoring. Where to rent a boat for this amazing destination is a cinch, as Boatsetter
has thousands of boat rentals in the BVIs
to help you embark on the ultimate boat trip. Our extensive fleet features privately-owned boats for rent located worldwide that can be chartered for short or long trips.
To begin with, when you are sailing in the British Virgin Islands, each night you’ll stay in a cove. To secure your boat for the night, you’ll have the option to “grab a mooring ball” instead of anchoring. A mooring ball is a place to safely secure your boat for a few hours or the night. A mooring ball floats on the surface of the water and is connected to a large, heavy anchor permanently attached to the seabed. A length of line, called a pennant, is attached to the mooring ball and your boat is attached to the pennant.
Sailing for about seven days through BVI is ideal for both bareboats and crewed yachts alike. Your 7-day British Virgin Islands itinerary ideally should start and end on Tortola in Road Town. Tortola, being the largest of the BVI's, is a popular choice for summer vacations, so plan yours with Boatsetter now!
On Day 1 of your charter is a smooth sail through the Sir Francis Drake Channel to Norman Island, passing by some of the best snorkeling spots before stopping off at the legendary floating bar in the BVI. This bar set in “The Bight” off the coast of Norman Island, is actually a boat, affectionately known as The Willy-T, one of the most beloved bars in all of the BVI.
Slightly north-east of Tortola is the second most populated destination in the Virgin islands, Virgin Gorda. It's a perfect spot for a private, relaxed getaway. The south is where you will find The Baths, a unique formation of mammoth boulders and tiny grottos for swimming. These natural jacuzzis that bubble over with seawater are a hit with both kids and adults. Enjoy amazing snorkeling in Virgin Gorda before continuing to the North Sound- a stunning area of water on the northern tip of Virgin Gorda that is bordered by smaller islands of Moskito, Prickly Pear and Saba Rock, offering protected anchorages and exclusive luxury resorts. Located in the North Sound Playground, enjoy an afternoon of paddle boarding, kiteboarding, wakeboarding or even windsurfing.
Sail to the east of Virgin Gorda and on to Great Harbour in Jost Van Dyke island. Great Harbor is the center of JVD. It is where most of the town’s restaurants, bars and services are located. There are only about 220 residents on this idyllic island, 180 of whom are native. In JVD, enjoy locale fare like West Indian rotis, grilled fresh fish or lobster and conch stew. Conveniently, you can get to most major attractions and eateries from your yacht. Don't miss getting the infamous cocktail called the “Painkiller,” a mix of rum, orange juice, cream of coconut and nutmeg. Pick it up at the Soggy Dollar Bar, open since the 70's and always welcoming!
At the northern most part of the BVI lies Anegada, a beautiful coral island that is entirely surrounded by a reef. The coral atoll of Anegada is the resting point of many sunken ships and offers breathtaking underwater views for diving. It can be quite challenging to sail to Anegada so sailing experience is definitely a must. When you know where to rent a boat through Boatsetter
, you boat trip can be booked with a captain so no boating experience is needed.
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