Yesterday, a potential (and first-time) Virgin island yacht charter customer asked, “Where do we fly, to catch the boat?” As we answer a dozen times a week, we replied, “St. Thomas.”
For many years, St. Thomas has been the gateway to the Caribbean, and the embarkation port for thousands of Caribbean yacht charter odysseys. With a major international airport and a large, protected bay in the capital city, Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas is a boater’s paradise.
St Thomas is one of three main islands that comprise the United States Virgin Islands (USVI). The other two islands are St John and St Croix.
Located in the area of the Caribbean known as the West Indies, St Thomas is 1100 miles southeast of Miami, Florida, USA, and just 35 miles to the east of the island of Puerto Rico.
Average flight time from Miami to St Thomas is 2 hours and 50 minutes, and from San Juan, Puerto Rico to St Thomas is 30 minutes.
Once onboard a luxury sailing charter vessel in St Thomas, the sailing time to the nearby British Virgin Islands is approximately 2 hours. Motoryachts can make the trip in less than 1 hour.