Sailing around the Virgin Islands with 8 port visits along the way.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Philipsburg was founded in 1763 by John Philips, a Scottish captain in the Dutch navy, and soon became a bustling center of international trade. Two historic forts bear witness to Philipsburg's strategic importance in St. Martin's history: Fort Amsterdam and Fort Willem.
The main shopping district, Front Street, is in the heart of the city. Philipsburg has a port that is home to many cruise liners and tall ships.
Road Bay, Anguilla
Road Bay is a commercial freight port in Anguilla, but it is also known for its calm, protected waters and water sports activities. The beach is long and features everything from bars to restaurants and shopping.
Seclusion and privacy are part of the draw to Anguilla's beaches, and you'll find a bit of that style of travel at Road Bay though you'll never be too far away, either. Neither too close nor too far from cities you'll have everything you need.
Gorda Sound, Virgin Gorda (overnight)
Gorda Sound, commonly referred to as North Sound is a large protective basin in Virgin Gorda where yachts of all sizes and shapes meet, moor and eat at local restaurants. Famous (and not so famous) people are known for anchoring their mega-yachts here.
Gorda Sound, Virgin Gorda
North Gorda Sound:
More commonly known as Gorda Sound, this is an excellent and roomy harbor between Virgin Gorda on the south and Mosquito Island, Colquhoun Reef, and Prickly Pear Island on the north.
Gorda Sound is a full-service destination that combines a safe haven in storms, secure moorings, beautiful beaches, lively nightlife.
The Bight, Norman Island, BVI, Sopers Hole, Tortola,
Soper's Hole, Tortola, BVI (overnight)
Soper's Hole is a favorite "gunkhole" on Tortola, a delightful spot to anchor. Soper's Hole exhibits quaint charm and is a center of activity. Soper's Hole is a very picturesque harbor as well as an excellent overnight anchorage.
Blackbeard, rumor has it, used Soper's Hole as a lookout from which his men could spot ships laden with riches headed for Europe. The only Jolly Roger you'll see today in Soper's Hole is the Jolly Roger Restaurant & Inn.
Sopers Hole, Tortola, Gorda Sound, Virgin Gorda
White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, BVI
This pristine beach is among the most spectacular in the British Virgins; it is that perfect Caribbean beach one picture's in the mind's eye. A reef runs nearly the length of beach, just a couple of hundred feet offshore, and provides calm water protection for swimmers and snorkelers. A break in the reef allows sailboats to anchor close to the beach.
Basseterre, St. Kitts (am), South Friar's Bay beach, St. Kitts (pm)
Unlike other islands where traditional lifestyles have been stamped out by mass tourism, St. Kitts boasts a thriving West Indian culture. Her lush and forested slopes rise gracefully to mist-shrouded peaks.
A worthwhile site for history buffs, the imposing 17th century fortress (Brimstone Hill) looms over green fields of sugar cane and banana trees. St. Kitts’ was the first successful colony in the British West Indies. Indeed, when viewed from the top of Brimstone Hill, the “Gibraltar of the Caribbean” appears to dominate everything in the Southern Sea.
Originally discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, the island was named for his patron saint, St. Christopher. The British later shortened the name to St. Kitts. The island was colonized beginning in 1623, first by the French, and then by English settlers. Britain and France held the island jointly from 1628 into the 1700's, with periods of fighting. By 1783, the treaty of Paris ceded St. Kitts and Nevis to Great Britain.
Basseterre has been the capital of St. Kitts since 1727, and remains the capital of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis today. It offers elegant Georgian architecture and colorful shopping.
Frier's Beach is a clean and friendly place where a variety of sea life, including squid and sea urchin reside. Chairs are available.
Gustavia, St. Barthelemy (France)
Discovered by Columbus in 1493, and named for his brother Bartolomeo, St. Barths was first settled in 1648 by French colonists from the nearby island of St. Kitts.
This original settlement was not a successful. In 1651 the island was sold to the Knights of Malta.
France repurchased the island in 1878. The free port status remained, and does to this day, along with such Swedish mementos as bits of architecture, a cemetery, a few street signs and, of course, the name of the harbor and capital, Gustavia.
In 1957, American millionaire David Rockefeller bought a property: the notoriety of the island quickly grew and its transformation as an upscale tourist destination was underway.
In 1967, Britain cut loose most of their Caribbean dependencies because they had become a losing proposition.
During the last twenty years the resident population of St. Barths has more than doubled. Fewer natives are leaving, and growing number of outsiders are arriving to make an island home for themselves, especially from Metropolitan France.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten (return)
Return for disembarkation.