You’ve heard of the US Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix, + more) and the British Virgin Islands (Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, + more) – and maybe you’ve even visited them all – but have you explored the Spanish Virgin Islands yet?
If you’ve not visited this stunning stretch of islands, we recommend you add it to your bucket list stat!
The Spanish Virgin Islands are a relatively small cluster of islands and cays located in between St. Thomas and Puerto Rico. They are a part of the US, so no passport is required for US visitors.
The Spanish VI are comprised of two main islands – Vieques and Culebra – and several smaller cays, a few of which you may have also heard of such as Culebrita, Palomino Island, and Cayo Lobo.
Here are 5 Reasons Why You Should Add the Spanish VI to your Bucket List
Far fewer people are familiar with the Spanish Virgin Islands in comparison to the USVI and BVI. That means there is much less tourism overall, so if peace, quiet, and near empty beaches are what you’re looking for, this is your place.
Visiting the Spanish VI feels a bit like a Caribbean of yesteryear. The beach bars and restaurants are small, locally-run, and have an off-the-beaten-path kind of vibe. Much of the islands and cays are rugged and untamed, allowing you to hike and explore, as if for the first time.
The Spanish Virgin Islands are home to a wide array of incredible plants and animals. If you’re a nature lover, you’ll be in heaven here among the free roaming horses on Vieques, the bioluminescent bay, goats, seabirds, and thriving reefs.
With very little development on these islands, that means the “light pollution” here is virtually non-existent. Some visitors say that they’ve never seen stars shine brighter than they do over the Spanish Virgin Islands.
Truly exploring the Spanish Virgin Islands is like entering into a secret club. Have you hiked to the old lighthouse? Did the sea turtles greet you when you pulled into their beach? Did you eat mofongo while watching the waves? If you know, you know.
How to Charter to the Spanish Virgin Islands
If you’re interested in your own sailing adventure to the Spanish Virgin Islands, we have several yachts in our fleet available to take you there (click the links to tour the individual yachts): Laysan, True Story, Champagne, Big Nauti, and Libra.
Contact our yacht consultant for more details, to check availability, and to start planning your Spanish Virgin Islands yacht charter.
More and more people are entering the yachting universe. What used to be the privilege of a happy few is quickly becoming a reasonable investment opportunity for many. If you’ve been curious about how you, too, could become a yacht owner, as well as how it could be a viable business venture, read on.
Boat sales have continued to be on a sharp rise since the start of the COVID pandemic – the NMMA, National Marine Manufacturers Association reports a 34% increase in power boat sales in February 2021 in the USA, compared to February 2020. At the Annapolis sailboat show this last October 2021, orders for new catamarans were taken into 2025. At the Paris Salon Nautique, December 4-12, 2021, record sales were being registered. This is a very good sign for the industry as a whole.
Owning a yacht is one thing, but turning it into a profitable business is another thing altogether. Doing this correctly will totally redefine your yacht. You don’t need to be an expert sailor, or boater, to participate in this adventure. The only way to accomplish this objective is to place your yacht into commercial charter operations.
Unless you have yacht maintenance, accounting, crew selection and recruitment, charter management skills, yacht charter experience, and significant time on your hands, you should seriously consider recruiting a professional charter yacht management company to provide these services to you.
Even though there are many “owner operators” running their own vessels, as well as owners personally managing their yachts, there are many drawbacks and pitfalls that owners unwittingly experience when pursuing this route.
One really good reason to place your yacht into commercial charter operations is to take advantage of the US tax code. Section 179 of the US Tax Code allows for a very effective deduction of the cost of your yacht against your taxable income.
Another good reason for entering into this luxury niche market is that yacht owners are somewhat like art collectors; the more you share your asset, the more aspirational it becomes, which in turn increases its value. Commercial yachts, like works of art, honestly could be classified as “public” assets, i.e. privately owned but enjoyed by the public. It is very difficult to accurately assess their true value.
For example buying an exquisite piece of art is not necessarily “profitable,” however it most certainly will transform your lifestyle. The yachting market behaves in a similar manner. The current reality though has had market values boosted due to the enormous current supply chain challenges for new yacht manufacture.
We hope this helps give you a useful peek into the industry of yacht ownership and the yacht charter business. If you’d like to dive deeper into what’s involved in yacht management, feel free to contact our yacht consultant. We love chatting about all things yachts.
Now you can comfortably start looking for the nearest boat show to imagine your next investment!
Are you planning an upcoming vacation to the Virgin Islands?
We hear from many guests that they feel torn when doing their research on where to stay. On one hand, they love the idea of taking their holiday to sea – exploring the islands by yacht and waking up in a new bay each day. But they also feel drawn to the land-based resort experience – a beach and pool just steps from their room and a restaurant to pop into whenever they like.
Typically, planning a vacation that includes both options – time staying at sea and time staying on land – hasn’t been easy (or even feasible) when it comes to length of stay and logistics. That is, until now.
We’ve got good news: you can now do both! And we’ll help make it simple and easy to plan.
&Beyond Yacht Charters has partnered with the private island resort, Lovango Beach Club, to bring travelers an exclusive new vacation concept called Stay & Sail.
The Stay & Sail Vacation Package gives travelers the best of both worlds. We work with you to customize an itinerary that blends your perfect mix of 3-5 nights on a luxury yacht charter with however many nights of indulgence you desire at the Lovango Resort.
You can view sample itineraries here.
Lovango Resort’s boutique accommodations are unlike anywhere else in the Virgin Islands. Whether you choose to stay in one of their glamping tents, or their luxury treehouses, or their private villa, you’ll feel ensconced in the natural, tropical environment while still enjoying all of the upscale amenities of a 5-star resort including shopping, a beach club, and waterfront dining.
Before or after your nights at the resort, depending on your personalized itinerary, you’ll board one of our modern, spacious catamarans to explore more of the surrounding islands and cays. Your all-inclusive yacht charter experience comes with a talented private chef who will cater to your dietary needs and preferences, plenty of yacht toys, and plush accommodations.
Contact our yacht consultant to design the Virgin Islands getaway you’ve been dreaming of. There’s no better way to experience the full magic the VI has to offer than through Stay & Sail. Away we go!
Do you ever wish you could have your own personal chef? Even those of us who love to cook appreciate a break from time to time, especially on vacation.
The all inclusive experience is one of the main attractions of the yacht charter vacation. Knowing that your food and drinks will be taken care of is a huge weight off everyone’s shoulders in your family/group. No research, no shopping, no budgeting, no planning, no reservations – it’s all taken care of on yacht charter so you can relax and play, free from those responsibilities.
Each of our luxury yachts is crewed by a captain and a chef. Our chefs are a highly talented, creative group who love nothing more than pleasing the palates of the guests who come aboard their vessels.
While the perks of having your own personal chef are many, here are a couple, in particular, that our guests consistently rave about.
Your yacht chef will do everything they can to accommodate your specific dietary needs and preferences. Simply let us know in advance and your chef will not only ensure you’ve got plenty of options onboard for your entire stay, but they may even come up with something extra delicious that you’ve never tried before. Vegan? Gluten free? Allergic to shellfish? No problem!
First time guests sometimes ask us if there will be enough food or if they need to bring anything extra. Not to worry – we’ve got you covered. Our chefs not only plan your main meals, they also plan out an array of fun treats and snacks for you to grab anytime. No one is ever hungry on yacht charter!
We can’t tell you how many times past guests have reached out asking for what was in a particular dish they had on charter, telling us they’ve been craving it ever since they got back home. Our chefs are well-traveled and come from a variety of backgrounds. Many have extensive culinary training and specialties that they showcase in their creations while on charter. Our chefs also love to incorporate locally sourced ingredients and destination-specific flavors to complement your Caribbean experience. One piece of advice? Be prepared to be wowed!
If you have more questions about food options on yacht charter (or anything else), feel free to reach out to our yacht consultant – we’re always available to chat and help you plan the trip of a lifetime.