The Spanish Virgin Islands are some lesser know islands -the main ones being Vieques and Culebra- between Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. They’re aligned with Puerto Rico so that they have a Spanish flavor but English is spoken. Previously, the maritime laws of Puerto Rico have prevailed making it illegal for our US and foreign flagged charter boats to operate paid yacht charters in their waters. Thanks to the efforts of VIPCA (the Virgin Islands Professional Charter Association), the rules have been clarified and member charter yachts can comply and legally take their charter guests to these beautiful, unspoiled islands. Come experience a Spanish Virgin Islands yacht charter for yourself!
The Spanish Virgin Islands can be visited by ferry from Puerto Rico but why not experience this unspoiled treasure on board your own private charter boat with your attentive crew to wine and dine and pamper you for a week? They can take you to secluded spots unreachable by the regular tourist.
Bioluminescent (Bio) Bay, Vieques
Teeny tiny plankton emit a chemical that lights up the water when disturbed. This wonder is a “must see” when visiting Vieques. Come on a dark night before a new moon for the best effect of the bioluminescents below and the bright starscape above as there is no light pollution!
Sun Bay Beach,Vieques-one of the three top beaches in PR-and the nearby quirky, laid back town of Esperanza
While at this secluded beach, look for the wild horses that stroll down to the waters edge later in the afternoon before you head over to Esperanza for a wide variety of shopping and dining and mellow nightlife options and the most magnificent sunset as you stroll El Malecon…….Sublime!
Flamenco Beach, Culebra
Crystal clear waters with gentle waves and just about every shade of blue make Flamenco Beach consistently rank as one of the best beaches in the world! Typically busy only on holidays, you can find private spots if you are in the mood or areas that are perfect for families with shallow, gentle waters for the young swimmers. Snorkeling is great on the reefs with amazing colorful tropical fish and the occasional turtle or manta ray.
Dewey is a quaint little town with the ferry terminal on the “outside” where visitors from Puerto Rico come and go and the harbor on the “inside” anchored by the popular cruiser’s/ locals bar/restaurant The Dinghy Dock They are connected by a narrow canal which sports an impressive Lift Bridge (which is normally brightly painted but non-functional). In town, the narrow streets are lined with numerous Spanish flavored markets, shops, hotels and bars/restaurants. You can get around the island by taxi, foot, bike, Jeep or golf cart. Something for everyone on your SVI yacht charter!
Culebrita is an undeveloped island just East of Culebra accessible only by boat with a drop dead beautiful beach, one of the oldest lighthouses in the Caribbean, a population of small, wild deer and a bubbly pool rock formation that creates a “jacuzzi” on days when the North swell is up. Often very busy on Puerto Rican holidays, to be there as the only boat in the bay is nothing short of magical!
Charter Yacht Manna, with owners/crew Wayne and Emily on board, are one of many charter yachts able to take their charter guests on a SVI yacht charter. Here’s a sample itinerary to get you ready for the adventure.