The American Virgin Islands
In the early months of 2019, we adopted the Virgin Islands as our home. Sailing between the British, American, and Spanish islands, we found all kinds of anchorages, and we never ceased to be surprised. We know that we will still return to these islands a few times!
We'll talk a little about the American Islands, as we didn't know as much as the British.
These islands are basically 3: St Thomas Island, St John Island, and St Croix Island (which we don't know yet), followed by other little ones. The map above clearly shows the division between the American (left) and British (right) islands.
Here, most of the time, you may not anchor, and buoys are available to leave the boats as shown in the picture above.
You must pay your buoy per night by filling out a form and leaving the money in an envelope that is in a float, located in each bay (as shown in the picture below, left). The responsibility lies with the sailor. Unlike the British Isles, you have a choice of mooring (not charged) or having a buoy (charged by government boats)
The anchorages of the American islands are, for the most part, beautiful beaches of clear sand, crystal clear water.
There is a bay we love, called "Christmas Cove", where there is a very charming pizza boat, where they sell local beers that we like very much. In addition, it is a very well preserved place with stunning scenery under the water. Filled with turtles, stingrays and fishes. Once we saw 2 dolphins playing around Beluga, we could not resist and we jumped in the water to see them closely!
The beach here is pebbly, so almost no one goes down on it, which makes it a great playground for Kira.
St Thomas Island is the most populated, home to the capital "Charlotte Amalie" (pictured left), while St John is a little smaller and less explored, with the most beautiful beaches. St Croix is some 35 nautical miles south, so we didn't get to know it as it is a bit off the route of all the Virgin Islands.