Charter Yacht Three Moons
This is a sample itinerary for chartering in the Spanish Virgin Islands aboard the beautiful charter yacht Three Moons written by Capt. Gary Messick. Three Moons is an Irwin 72 with 4 ensuite Double cabins and full air conditioning. Her crew of three will ensure you never want for anything while sailing through the clear, blue, warm waters of the Caribbean.
The Spanish Virgin Islands are a very enticing alternative to visitors who have been to the US & British Virgin Islands previously and would like to explore a new territory. Easy to reach by flying into San Juan and taking a taxi ride to Fajardo, Puerto Del Rey is a very nice starting place and only 15 miles away are Culebra and Los Hermanos.
Culebra has a small population and several shops and restaurants and is divided by a canal that is picturesque by dinghy. A town exists called Dewey, which has numerous anchorages and snorkel and diving.
One of the most treasured beaches in all the Caribbean is Flamenco, which lies on the north shore of Culebra. Although it is protected by reef, access in the winter months can be challenging. It is, however, always accessible by a taxi from town.
To the east is Culebrita, a park territory, very popular with Puerto Ricans, especially on weekends.
Then, about 8 miles south is the island of Vieques, lying mainly west to east, the east coast can be sloppy in the winter months with northern swells. But the entire south side offers numerous protected anchorages with bays that offer a variety of pristine beaches, snorkeling and many dive options. The majority of Vieques used to be a military base, and once the base closed, it was turned into a park territory.
After passing a small bay, traveling west, one comes to Ensenada Honda; a very protected bay offering a wonderful anchorage with unlimited activities.
Continuing west are 3 additional bays; several of which are strongly phosphorescent. Night snorkeling offers incredible illumination of bio- luminescent life. (Quite the experience!)
Further west is the small town of Esperanza. Initially a fishing community it has grown into a town with a dive shop and several shops to explore and shop for local gifts.
On the west end of Vieques is Green Beach, a popular day beach. On the north west corner of the island lies Isabel Segunda; the capitol and a small township offering several restaurants and numerous shops.
Only a short sail brings us back to Fajardo. One of the highest elevation rain forests in the islands is El Yunque; only about 10 miles from Fajardo and with an elevation of 3,500 ft, providing a majestic view all the way east to St Thomas in good weather. El Yunque also offers a wonderful hike and change of scenery to the beautiful bays of the Spanish Virgins.
Old Town San Juan also offers a great variety of activity on Puerto Rico and majestic forts to explore.
We hope to share these islands with you on Three Moons.
Note: Three Moons also offers SCUBA diving on board for up to 2 certified divers.