When searching for yacht charter vacations, you will likely come across options for bareboat charter, captain-only charter, and fully crewed yacht charter. We have shared some of the reasons we recommend chartering yachts with crews versus bareboating in this previous post, but we thought it would also be helpful to share the differences between a captain-only charter compared to fully crewed, which is what we provide at &Beyond Yacht Charters.
*Quick note: If you have questions beyond the scope of this blog post, feel free to reach out to nuestra asesora de yates, Liza,, for a concierge-level booking experience.
Many yacht charters you will see listed in the Virgin Islands are crewed, but with a captain only. This means that for the entirety of your yacht charter vacation, it will be only your group and the one captain on the vessel. The captain will be responsible for the group’s safety and operation of the boat, as well as transportation to and from the boat via dinghy. He/she will share their local knowledge and recommendations, but beyond that, you will be responsible for the rest – meals, food prep, cleaning, activities, etc.
At &Beyond Yacht Charters, all of our yachts are fully crewed because we believe it provides a far superior luxury vacation experience.
On our fully crewed yacht charter, there will be a captain and one or two crew members onboard (depending on the size of the vessel) for the entirety of your charter. Our crew members provide an array of services that are officially no longer your responsibility as a guest.
As you can see, it’s an entirely different experience to charter a yacht fully crewed compared to captain-only. If you’re looking for the ultimate luxury escape, visit our Yachts page to meet our crews and check availability.
A family yacht charter is the perfect vacation for so many reasons. It’s one of those rare experiences where everyone is happy – parents, kids, and everyone in between.
With a fully crewed yacht, so many of the responsibilities that make vacations exhausting for parents are in the hands of professionals. And the Virgin Islands make for an irresistible setting, with enough opportunities for play and relaxation that all ages feel like they’re truly in paradise.
If you’d like assistance in customizing a yacht charter to suit your family’s needs, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly.
If you’re planning a charter vacation with babies or toddlers in your family, there are a few extra things to keep in mind to ensure your time on the yacht is fun, safe, and stress-free.
We look forward to welcoming you and your family onboard for a vacation experience unlike any other! If you have additional questions about your upcoming trip, we’d be happy to assist you.
While most of our yacht charter inquiries are for a week or more, we occasionally receive requests from guests looking for a slightly shorter option, such as a 4 day yacht charter.
Our luxury yacht charter experience is one that you won’t want to cut short – trust us. But if your schedule is limiting your availability, we can a certainly help you in arranging a trip on one of our yachts. These shorter trips work particularly well if you’re willing and able to be flexible.
Because most of our luxury charters in the Virgin Islands are booked for 7+ nights at a time, that means that it may take a little creativity to find the right window on a yacht that can be available for a 4 day charter. The good news? Our yacht consultant Liza is a master with the calendar. Be sure to reach out to her directly for help!
To make the most of the time that you have onboard, we recommend that you work with our team to plan a realistic itinerary. We can develop one that makes sense for the amount of days. Depending on your pick-up location, we’ll map out the stops that are the best fit with your preferences and location.
Our Stay and Sail package gives you the best of both worlds. You combine nights on one of our yacht charters with nights on land at an exclusive resort. This season, we are partnering with the iconic Oil Nut Bay Resort on Virgin Gorda. Contact us for more details on how to maximize your island vacation with this incomparable experience.
Whether you’re looking to join us for 4 days or 7+, we can promise you that your yacht charter will be unlike any other vacation you’ve ever been on. Come indulge in true luxury and see the &Beyond Yacht Charters difference!
One of the best parts about our all inclusive yacht vacations is that sticking to your holiday budget is simple. Almost everything for your trip is covered in advance, so there isn’t much you need to worry about when it comes to money once you’re on your yacht charter.
Because there’s nothing worse than getting on vacation and being confronted with surprise expenses, we at &Beyond Yacht Charters seek to transparently provide you with all of the information you need in advance. So this way, you have clear expectations for your trip.
We hope this helps you in properly budgeting for your upcoming all inclusive yacht vacation. We look forward to providing a stress-free, rejuvenating escape for you in the magical Virgin Islands!
Considering taking a yacht charter vacation for your next couples retreat? A yacht charter for couples is an amazing option to refresh and reconnect – whether you’re going as a twosome, or as a group of couples. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions we receive, specific to chartering as a couple. And if there’s anything we missed that you’d still like to know, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our yacht consultant, Liza, directly – she’s always happy to help!
There sure are! While we have many large yachts in our fleet that are geared towards families and groups, we also have smaller yachts that are the perfect set-up for a couple to enjoy on their own. Check out the yacht BelieveN. Also, keep in mind that any yacht can be tailored to a trip for two. So if you see a larger boat in our fleet that you’d love to experience, go for it. There’s no minimum when it comes to guests.
Not at all. Our crews are often couples themselves, and are hospitality professionals at heart. They are well-trained and naturally intuitive to give you as much or as little space as you like. We hire incredibly interesting, unique people to crew our yachts to ensure our guests have an amazing time with those they’re spending time with on their vacation. In fact, most of our guests end up keeping in touch with their crew for years to come as friends.
Absolutely! Our crews are multi-talented and possess a variety of certifications and specialties. Let your yacht consultant know at the time of booking what it is you’re hoping to learn – scuba diving, paddle boarding, lobster catching + cooking, etc. – and we will do our best to match you with the crew + yacht to help you do so.
Let us know in advance what it is you’re celebrating – engagement, anniversary, or other major milestone – and we will prepare a plan with you to make this a memorable holiday at sea.
Taking a luxury yacht charter is the ultimate escape for two. Start planing your trip with our yacht consultant today.
Are you someone who has yet to experience yacht charter vacations firsthand? If so, there may be many aspects of the experience that you have questions about. To help you feel prepared, we compiled a short outline for you below. This way, you can focus more on being excited for your vacation. If you’re still wondering about something in particular after you’ve finished reading this, feel free to reach out directly to our yacht consultant, Liza. She’ll be happy to assist you!
Once you’ve booked your yacht charter, we will reach out to you to gather your group’s preferences. This is everything from what you do and don’t eat, what you like to drink, and what activities you enjoy. This information will then be passed along to your yacht’s crew so that they can prepare a meal plan for your charter and compile a loose itinerary.
Your crew will arrange a call with you to introduce themselves, become acquainted and discuss your vacation and answer any questions you may have.
Our team will also provide you with detailed information that will assist you with your travel plans, help guide you in what to pack, and answer any pre-arrival questions you have.
Once you arrive into the STT airport and take the pre-arranged short ride to our home base at the Yacht Haven Grande Marina, your luxury yacht charter officially begins. You’ll be welcomed onto your yacht by the crew with drinks and snacks (or a meal, depending on the time of day). Your Captain will share a general itinerary for your trip, though changes can be made throughout based on your preferences (time + weather depending).
You’ll then set off and head to your first stop. Each day, you will spend in a new location, spending each night in a different anchorage. Your daily activities will be based on your location and your group’s preferences – anything from hiking, water sports, relaxing on the boat, floating in the sea, beach bar hopping, and more. All of your drinks, snacks, and meals each day are included.
After arriving back to the marina in St. Thomas, most guests will exchange contact information with the crew to share photos and keep in touch post-charter. You’ll tip your crew 15-20% of the charter rate depending on the service received and say your goodbyes.
You can grab food and drinks, or shop in the Yacht Haven Grande Marina. Then, you will head to the airport for your flight. Once home, many of our guests often like to secure the same week the following year. Most guests often with the same crew, too, if possible. You know what they say – once you take a luxury yacht charter, you’ll never want to vacation elsewhere again!
Are you getting excited for your upcoming Caribbean yacht charter with us? We can’t wait to welcome you aboard! To help you prepare for your vacation on one of our yachts, we’ve compiled some simple Dos and Don’ts to help ensure you have a positive, memorable experience.
This goes for everyone in your group. If someone is a vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, or has another type of food allergy, we need to know well before the date of your charter. This way, your crew can menu plan accordingly and source any special ingredients they may need.
We are passionate about preservation and make eco conscious choices on our yachts. We ask that you please refrain from littering, secure items so they don’t drift overboard, and be mindful not to disturb the wildlife or damage coral reefs when snorkeling or diving.
The Caribbean is a melting pot of diverse cultures and traditions. Engage with the locals, try their traditional cuisine, and show respect for their customs and way of life.
Dress comfortably and casually for warm, tropical weather. The Virgin Islands is a casual place, so nothing beyond a sundress will be required for anything you do ashore. We also ask that you pack in soft-sided luggage, so that it may be stored after you unpack. Space is limited on yachts.
Spray sunscreen gets all over the boat and makes surfaces slick, which is unsafe, so we do not allow it onboard. We also provide you with eco sunscreen options that will not damage our reefs. If you prefer your own brand, feel free to bring it as long as it’s labeled “reef safe.”
Your captain and crew will provide essential safety briefings and you are expected to follow them. We want you to have an amazing time and so we will provide you with the guidance you need to avoid injuries or other mishaps that could cut your vacation short. Parents, you are responsible for the safety of your children at all times.
Your yacht crew will work hard throughout your charter to ensure you have the best vacation to date. It is customary in the Caribbean to tip 15-20% of your charter rate at the end of your trip, based on the service you received.
A Caribbean yacht charter is a truly luxurious getaway unlike any other. By adhering to these dos and don’ts, you can make the most of your experience and repeat it for years to come.
When you first start your research to charter a yacht, things can get really overwhelming, really fast. You want to take a luxury vacation, and suddenly you’re deep into an unfamiliar world with way too many choices. You don’t want to make the wrong choice. So where do you turn?
This is why, first and foremost, we recommend that you start with a luxury yacht charter group like us at &Beyond Yacht Charters. Now, rather than going at it alone, you’ve locked in an expert yacht consultant at your fingertips.
Here are just a few of the things that nuestra asesora de yates, Liza,, can assist you with:
Liza knows our fleet intimately. This means that she knows which yachts are the most suited for small children, which crews are the most fun for milestone celebrations, which crews are specially trained to teach specific hobbies such as scuba diving, and more. As your yacht consultant, she will take in all of your unique preferences and vacation desires to match you with the ideal yacht charter.
The largest yachts in our fleet can accommodate up to 8 – 10 guests. If you’re planning a trip for a larger group such as a company retreat, multi-generational family trip, destination wedding, reunion, or similar, Liza can work within your group’s size and travel dates to pair you with the yachts that can sail around and island hop together, so your group can enjoy a connected vacation amongst multiple charter yachts.
There are going to be a ton of questions that come up when you decide to charter a yacht. The good news? Liza has the answers to all of them (or can find them for you through her expert network)! She can help you feel confident about everything from dates to sail, sailing destinations, Customs & Immigration requirements, navigating dietary restrictions, finding a yacht charter in your budget, and so much more.
Liza, our expert yacht consultant, is here to ensure your luxury experience begins the moment you reach out to inquire about chartering a yacht. Reach out today, and see the &Beyond Yacht Charters difference.
When researching a vacation on a crewed catamaran charter, many people begin to wonder how they should go about selecting the crew they’d like to stay with. After all, you’re going to be on the yacht for a week or more… you want to make sure it’s a good fit, right?
You’re absolutely correct. On an all inclusive yacht charter, your crew will be with you the entire trip, not only operating the boat, but also leading you on shore excursions, taking you out snorkeling, and assisting you with an array of other activities over the course of your stay. You most definitely want to ensure you’re in the hands of professionals.
Our best advice: Trust in a charter agency/brokerage to match you with the right boat + crew.
For us at &Beyond Yacht Charters, we strive to recruit and hire the best in the industry. The crews we place on our yachts have many years of experience in both hospitality and yachting. They also hold all of the requisite certifications in safety, yacht maintenance, and culinary arts. On top of that, we as a company conduct trainings throughout the year to keep our crews up to date on everything from mixology to the local area’s floral and fauna.
When you book through a company like ours that works closely with all of the crews onboard our yachts, that means you don’t have to do the research. Simply communicate the needs and preferences of your group (traveling with young children, celebrating an engagement, avid divers, etc.) and we will match you with the best yacht + crew to ensure you have a vacation that goes smoothly and is a ton of fun.
All of our crews have bios on the individual yacht pages on our site, if you’d like to take a closer look. But we recommend that you give us what you’re looking for, and we’ll handle the rest.
We know that there’s nothing that can ruin a yacht charter vacation faster than an inexperienced, unprofessional crew. We take pride in ensuring that our crews will not only exceed your expectations, but will likely be your favorite part of your trip!
With so many islands to choose from, how do you go about selecting a region to sail for your vacation? An all inclusive yacht charter in the Caribbean gives you a lot of options. While our home base is in the US Virgin Islands (and for good reason!), we can assist you in booking a charter wherever you’d like to visit. Here are a few of the most popular sailing regions to choose from, and what to consider.
This area consists of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix. No passport is required for American citizens, and travel to and from is easy through the STT airport. There are many small islands and cays to hike, snorkel, and explore. St. Thomas and St. John are close to one another, with incredible shopping, beach bars, and restaurants throughout. St. Croix is a slightly longer sail away (which means visiting here is weather-dependent), with an even more laidback vibe.
This area consists of the small islands and cays off of Puerto Rico including Vieques and Culebra. No passport is required for American citizens, and travel to and from is easy through the SJU airport. These islands have an off-the-beaten-path feel, never crowded with tons of untouched nature for your adventures.
This area consists of many small islands and cays, with the largest/most visited being Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke. A passport is required for everyone entering, including British citizens. Yacht charters here are easiest when they begin in the neighboring US Virgin Islands, so guests are able to fly in and out of the STT airport on St. Thomas, which is cheaper with more options in comparison to flying into the BVI. The BVI is home to many iconic beach bars, snorkel + diving sites, and incomparable beaches.
This area consists of many small islands in between the larger islands of St. Vincent and Grenada. A passport is required to enter. Travel here can be accomplished through either the SVD or the GND airports. This island chain is incredibly picturesque and particularly great to visit during the summer/fall months, as they are located outside the hurricane belt. These islands are much quieter and less developed than the other regions, perfect for those looking for a serene escape.
This area consists of a large chain of islands and cays including familiar favorites such as Abaco, Bimini, Eleuthera, Harbour Island, and more. Travel here is easy due to its close proximity to Miami through a number of airports. There are seemingly endless options here. All of the islands in this region are flat (so no hiking here) which means long stretches of beaches and aqua waters. This is also a great region for speciality diving such as shark diving and treasure hunting.
Need more help deciding? Contact our expert Yacht Consultant, Liza, for personalized yacht travel planning.