Half Board Charter Yacht

Half Board Charter Sailing Trip, Virgin Islands
Half Board Charter Yacht Sailing Trip, Virgin Islands

Here is a Half Board Charter Yacht  itinerary and route sample for the US and British Virgin Islands for you!

 A Half Board Charter Yacht is a bit unusual from the fully crewed and inclusive charters and one that allows you the opportunity to experience the local restaurants on shore as well!

Half Board Charter Yachts generally includes all breakfasts on the yacht, 4 lunches on board, and 3 dinners on board the yacht. The rest of your meals are taken ashore at your expense.

A half board charter yacht is usually  fun for both the crew and the guests as the crew has time to interact with their guests more often in a casual relaxed setting. 

Half Board Charter Yacht Vacation- Enjoying the beach and water!
Half Board Charter Yacht Vacation- Enjoying the beach and water!

 half board charter yacht vacation sample route and itinerary

Day 1) Be picked up around noon at Charlotte Amalie, on St Thomas, USVI directly after your flight arrives and a short taxi ride from the airport to be picked up on the waterfront.  Get orientated, have a quick dip and a light lunch then motor up (flat seas) to one of the small islands off St John for a snorkel and jump in the water.

Put your fishing rods in the water immediately after leaving harbor. After your swim  sail over to Great Harbor on Jost Van Dyke to check into the British Virgin Islands and have dinner at FOXY’S Restaurant.

Half Board Charter Yacht Vacation at Foxy's at Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke
Half Board Charter Yacht Vacation at Foxy’s at Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke

Day 2) Spend most of the day at White Bay, Jost Van Dyke. Anchor off Little Jost Van Dyke this evening and take a swim over to Sandy Spit.

Day 3) Take a hike to the Bubbly Pools, then motor up to Muskmelon Bay on Guana Island for Pull toys (water skiing etc), kayaking, paddle boarding, and a SCUBA dive. A late afternoon sail over to Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda to anchor overnight completes this day with dinner on Virgin Gorda at Maya Cove.

Half Board Charter Yacht Vacation- Enjoying scooters off the Cow Wreck Beach on Anegada
Half Board Charter Yacht Vacation- Enjoying scooters off the Cow Wreck Beach on Anegada

Day 4) Up early to get to the Baths on Virgin Gorda for a great spot before the crowds and cruise ship passengers arrive.  Lunch today can be at the Top of the Baths with a fresh water swimming pool to enjoy a cocktail looking out over your charter yacht. Then mid afternoon,pull out the sails  out to Anegada, pulling up and anchoring at Pomato Point on the west end of Anegada  just before the sun goes down. 

Day 5) Move the yacht around to anchor off Anegada Reef Hotel after a walk on the beach and Pomato Point and the guests spend the entire day on Anegada. Rent scooters, hit all the beaches, the Settlement, the Fisherman’s ramp, Loblolly Bay and have a wonderful time!

Finish off day 5 with a trip out to one of the restaurants for lobster dinner on the beach. Maybe Potters? Maybe Anegada Reef Hotel, maybe the Anegada Beach Club! Options abound…

Half Board Charter Yacht Vacation- Scooter route followed on Anegada
Half Board Charter Yacht Vacation- Scooter route followed on Anegada

Day 6) Sailed from Anegada to Salt Island. Get out the fishing poles on the way! Explore the island, snorkel, collect sea glass, visit the Salt Ponds and anchor overnight.

Half Board Charter Yacht Vacation- Dinner at Anegada Reef Hotel
Half Board Charter Yacht Vacation- Dinner at Anegada Reef Hotel

Day 7) Get up early to do a SCUBA dive on the wreck of the RMS Rhone then a sail over to Roadtown so you can do a  bit of shopping. Then sail back over to Privateer Bay on Norman Island and the Caves.

Do some more playing and then meander around to drop anchor just behind Willy T floating pirate ship for the night! Easy to swim back and forth to the bar about a dozen times if you want (watching for boat traffic of course!)

Day 8) Sail early back to Roadtown. Catch the 10 AM ferry to go back to St Thomas for your flights. 

Observations on your Half board Charter Yacht Vacation Route

Half Board Charter Yacht Vacation- Meeting new friends at Foxys on Jost Van Dyke
Half Board Charter Yacht Vacation- Meeting new friends at Foxys on Jost Van Dyke

a) This was a bit of a backward trip, as this schedule has you being picked up on St Thomas and dropped off in the British Virgin Islands. Additionally, commonly one would go up the channel and come down the outside, but this is the  “wrong way around” on this one. Every trip is different. There is  no set schedule or itinerary on any of the private charters, never mind the Half Board ones. There may be a general plan once you arrive on board, but it can be adjusted  every few hours depending on weather and how much you are enjoying a place and this is a great example of a half board charter that went backwards. I am not making this route up. This is one that I did. Uncommon, but possible 🙂

b) There are several places that you have to be able to anchor with an route such as this. Muskmelon Bay on Guana Island, Pomato Point on Anegada, are places with no mooring balls.

c) Clearing in customs on Jost Van Dyke is easier then elsewhere. Although one is still never sure what is going to be charged for fees…

d) MUSKMELON Bay on Guana Island was always one of my top 5 anchorages. Muskmelon Bay they did make an attempt at putting in mooring balls, but the ground swells in the winter generally take them out. There is only a couple sandy places to anchor in this anchorage.  The beauty of it was amazing, as not only did you have a glorious sunset, many birds and great snorkeling, but you were usually alone.

e) The Baths on Virgin Gorda has now ropes across the entire beaches, there are no landing spots for a dinghy with elderly guests, or those who could not swim out and get back in a dinghy, making one more spot if you had infirm guests, they would be best to take a taxi from Spanishtown. Generally there is a line that you can pull yourself along to get into shore though.

f) Pomato Point on Anegada is a far superior anchoring spot then outside Anegada Reef Hotel on Anegada. Both in the small amount of boats that goes there and also the atmosphere and beach. The problem is you cannot dinghy around to the main anchorage at night to get to your lobster dinner, and most people do want to go out to dinner there.

The Scooter trip around the island is a BIG HIT with guests but you have to have the right group to do this. Anegada Beach Club and Cow Wreck Beach and Bar are the two places that I have guests say they enjoyed the best on these trips around the island.

g) Salt Island is still my favorite place in the Virgin Islands. Don’t go there so it stays desolate for me please 🙂

More Info On Salt Island

Half Board Charter Yacht Vacation- Enjoying a ice cream break at Loblolly on Anegada
Half Board Charter Yacht Vacation- Enjoying a ice cream break at Loblolly on Anegada

RESTAURANTS- This is where the guests ate out this week on their Half Board Charter. Generally a half board charter consists of all breakfasts on board, 4 lunches and 3 dinners, in whatever schedule is convenient for boat, crew and guests.

It is mainly alternated, a lunch off one day and then dinner off the rest, except for the day on Anegada when the charter guests had lunch and dinner off and then they had all their meals on board the next day. IF YOU ARE EXPECTING to save money on a half board charter in comparison to a full board all inclusive charter you won’t. Let me tell you that up front. The yachts generally give very little off for a half board charter, as they have to pay a cook anyways on board. On a crewed yacht, typical is a savings of $150 per person per week.

It is always more expensive to eat out on land then you expect. With marginal food and service at times. It can though be a fun experience, with getting to order exactly what you want, and not have to go back to the boat if you are having an awesome time on shore for that meal.

1) Coco Maya at Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda
2) Top of the Baths, Virgin Gorda
3) Foxy’s on Jost Van Dyke
4) Soggy Dollar Bar,White Bay on Jost Van Dyke
5) Loblolly Bay and Anegada Beach Hotel Anegada
6) Willy T’s Norman Island

On this sample half board charter route I did, the guests made dinner for the crew on board one night. After all, these guests own their own restaurant in Breckenridge, Colorado!

 Sample on board meals we had on this yacht (besides breakfasts) were Southern BBQ Chicken and Ribs,  Steak and Rosemary Garlic Potaoes,  Shrimp Alfredo and or Spaghetti and Meatballs for the younger member for dinners.

Sandwich Tray, Homemade Pizza,  Caesar Salad with either Chicken or Shrimp,  and Rosemary Garlic Ciabatta Bread and Fish and or beef tacos/burritos and all the trimmings were lunch meals

I love the half board charters, they are are a lot of fun and allows the crew to interact with you much more..if you want them too of course!

Half Board Charter Yacht Vacation-Take your cocktail table into the water on Anegada
Half Board Charter Yacht Vacation-Take your cocktail table into the water on Anegada

More Info On Anegada

Years ago the restaurant selection was not very good. Now there is an abundance of restaurants and places to go to on a half board charter in the Virgin Islands.

Perhaps you want to consider one for your next charter? Most of the crewed charter yachts offer this options nowadays. I can happily help you with this option.

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I personally ran a 10 passenger charter yacht in the British Virgin Islands for 20 years and did over 500 charters. This coupled with the fact that I have stepped aboard each of the several hundred yachts that I represent and inspected the vessel as well as quizzed the crews makes my help to you unconditionally qualified to be up to date, informed and unbiased. Many in our industry simply rely on information that they have gotten from either the internet or from our other “trade” sources. I am here for the express purpose of finding the correct match for you and your family’s needs. What I tell or show you is what I have recently seen or personally photographed myself. I do not rely upon information and pictures from 5 year old brochures. Our service is completely free to you and there is absolutely no obligations to book through us. Please let me help make your vacation the vacation of a lifetime, after all, yachting IS our world.

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