A charter yacht is unquestionably the best way to explore the exquisite beaches of the Virgin Islands. In fact, it's easy to anchor at a different beach each day and experience some of the most beautiful and idyllic sites on the planet - the hardest part is choosing which one to visit. To help you out, our experts have rounded up seven of the best beaches, perfect for any type of yachting vacation in the Virgin Islands.
1. Lindquist Beach, U.S. Virgin Islands
Accessible only by boat or an unmarked dirt road, Lindquist Beach on St Thomas is one of the Virgin Island's best kept secrets. A stretch of powdery white sand and luminous blue water, the untouched beach offers an idyllic retreat for sunbathing and swimming, whilst being in easy reach of the island’s big city life. Reefs on both ends of the shore overflow with tropical fish, providing an excellent opportunity to make use of you superyacht's snorkeling and scuba diving gear.
2. Deadman's Bay, British Virgin Islands
Palm tree-lined Deadman’s Bay on Peter Island is a mile-long crescent of pure perfection. According to legend, the beach was named after the pirates who were marooned on the neighbouring Dead Chest Island and washed up on its shores. A popular anchorage lies nearby and stepping ashore you’ll see why these pirates may have found gold after all. The waters are ideal for watersports and sea turtles can be spotted on the seagrass beds.
3. Apple Bay Beach, British Virgin Islands
A surfer’s paradise can be found on Apple Bay Beach in west Tortola. Offering some of the best waves in the Caribbean, the conditions are perfect for beginners and pros alike. The pretty white sandy beach is also home to the popular surfer’s hangout Bombas Surfside Shack, renowned for its full moon parties, and local residents host Friday night fish fires under the banyon trees.
4. Savannah Bay Beach, British Virgin Islands
A beautiful long curving sweep of sand known as Savannah Bay Beach lies to the north of Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour. This unspoilt patch of beach with gin-coloured waters is often deserted and its spectacular sunsets are not to be missed. The bay also provides picturesque daytime anchorages and is reached via Blowing Point’s southern entrance.
5. Honeymoon Beach, U.S. Virgin Islands
Most beaches on St John offer an unrivalled level of quiet and unspoilt beauty, yet for the ultimate idyllic escape pay a visit to Honeymoon Beach. For those on the island, the beach can only be reached by a hike through the jungle, meaning yacht-goers often arrive to find the palm tree-lined shore deserted. Get your kayaks and paddleboards out for endless hours of fun.
6. Trunk Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands
Another unmissable site on St John’s is Trunk Bay. With its pure white sand and border of lush foliage, this beach regularly ranks in magazine polls of the world's top ten beaches. Unfortunately, its beauty has not gone amiss and it’s a favourite with tourists too. However, rise early and you can have this beach all to yourself, and avid snorkelers will love the underwater trail of coral and other marine life.
7. Anegada, British Virgin Islands
Be sure to include a visit to the island of Anegada on your itinerary for one big stretch of deserted unbroken beach. It’s advised that luxury yachts with a shallow draft make the journey here – preferably catamarans – to avoid damaging the coral. On shore, there is an abundance of wildlife including turtles, pelicans, endangered iguana and flamingos.
View all luxury yachts available to charter in the Virgin Islands to begin your beach adventure in the archipelago. For help on planning your itinerary, please talk to your preferred charter broker.