Charter a yacht in the British Virgin Islands

When Columbus landed on the island for the first time about 500 years ago, he was so taken with the unspoilt nature of the land that he gave it the name ‘Virgin’s Island’. Unfortunately the peaceful conditions didn’t last long, as pirates found refuge there and used it as a base to raid other ships.

The names of the islands still remind us of these turbulent times: Jost Van Dyke, Peter, Norman and Cooper were all infamous pirates from years ago. Norman Island is allegedly the place that inspired Robert Louis Stevenson to write his famous book Treasure Island and Sir Francis Drake even dedicated a channel to the name.

These days you won’t come across swashbuckling pirates in the BVI’s, but you will find lasting treasure in the coveted soft sand and gently lapping blue green waves.

The British Virgin Islands offer a sailing paradise with good conditions mainly from February to May, lush green hillsides, extensive coral reefs and famous shipwrecks.

There really is something for everyone across the 50 idyllic islands: from water sports to dolphin and whale watching. The beautiful bays provide stunning berths and there are many luxury marinas to choose from. For party lovers, head to the Foxy on Jost Van Dyke or Norman Island’s Willi T Restaurant, which is located on a ship.

This is the perfect location for families and beginners thanks to the short distances between islands and the straightforward navigation.