The chain of islands known collectively as "the Virgin Islands" are divided into two groups: the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI).
Thanks to good breeze year round and easy navigation, bareboat chartering is very popular in this part of the Caribbean. Sailboats (both monohull and catamaran) dominate the bareboat charter fleets, though powercats are also establishing themselves as a popular option. The best time of year for yacht chartering in the Virgin Islands is from November to April, though the climate is pleasant year round.
The BVIs are less developed than the USVI and include several islands within close proximity: Jost Van Dyke, Tortola, Norman Island, Peter Island, Cooper Island, Virgin Gorda, and Anegada. Most islands have well-protected harbors, and the short distances between them make for easy hops between beautiful beaches and bays. The USVI are made up of three islands: St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix. St. Thomas boasts the region's only international airport and is the most developed of the group. St. John is known for its laid-back approach, while St. Croix is the least well known of the group. Many cruising itineraries begin and end in St. Thomas with most of the time spent in the BVIs. Learn more about cruising in the Virgin Islands.