Festiva Sailing Vacations | St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

May the tradewinds push your catamaran gently along and the sun warm your skin into a golden hue as you embark on a fantastic Caribbean voyage with Festiva Sailing Vacations. We’ve added this spectacular U.S. Virgin Islands itinerary in response to requests from our clients who want to explore this popular and dramatic group of islands. You’ll depart from Tortola and experience the beauty of St. John as you explore anchorages around the island.


Sailing day one:

You’ll snorkel The Indians, incredible rock formations reaching up 50 feet off the ocean floor. Weave your way in between the coral into a stunning shallow blue pool. Set sail to St. John’s Cruz Bay for some shopping, then get back on the boat to Caneel Bay for some beach time.

Sailing day two:

More incredible snorkeling right off the boat awaits as you sail toward Great St. James, an island off the coast of St. Thomas. After a day of sun and surf, relax under the stars with a fantastic dinner and cocktails on the boat.

Sailing day three:

You’ll find eye-opening beauty in St. John’s National Park on day three. Take your pick of pristine beaches and spend the afternoon relaxing in the sun. Head to Leinster Bay, another beautifully secluded beach, where dinner awaits on the boat.

Sailing day four:

Snorkel Leinster Bay, and get some land based exercise by hitting the hiking trails up to the Annaberg Sugar Mill ruins. After a well-earned lunch, sail to Jost Van Dyke, the smallest of the four main islands in the British Virgin Islands. Tonight’s a party night as you hit up some live entertainment and carouse into the night at local watering holes.

Sailing day five:

Nothing cures a hangover like a morning dip in the sea, and a visit to Ivan’s Stress Free Bar in White Bay. After lunch, head to Peter Island to walk the lovely grounds of the resort there. Finish your day with an evening stroll along the beach highlighted by the warm colors of the setting sun.

Sailing day six:

The R.M.S. Rhone waits to be explored off Salt Island on day six. The ship went down in a hurricane in 1867 and is now one of the most famous diving wrecks in the world, lying between 20 and 80 feet of water. Head back to Hodges Creek in Tortola for dinner on the island, then toast your fantastic week on the boat and depart the next day.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as Creative Resources Manager for RTX, based in Asheville, NC. You can find him hiking the mountains of Asheville, gardening, traveling, and hanging with his growing family. His favorite RTX exchange destinations are Rangeley, Maine, Lake Tahoe, Banff, Canada, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Cape Cod, and Orange Beach, Alabama. .


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