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Itinerary help needed please! #256519
05/25/2021 10:16 PM
05/25/2021 10:16 PM
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My wife and I will be joined by friends to sail the USVI for the 1st time. After 10 trips to the BVI, COVID created what I’m sure will be a great trip.

We’ll be on a Moorings Cat from 6/18-25, so 7 nights on the water. I’ve picked up bits and pieces of information, but I know conditions are changing. Now for my questions:

What would be a great 7 night itinerary? We’re very flexible.

Do we have enough time to justify one night in St Croix? I know others have recommended 2 nights, but with such short distances around St John and St Thomas, I’d enjoy
the time under sail.

Would you recommend an overnight at Lovango?

Thanks in advance!!!
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Re: Itinerary help needed please! [Re: SCMPSC] #256556
05/26/2021 09:51 AM
05/26/2021 09:51 AM
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We just got back with our first crew of college graduates (my son and his friends) and will be back on the boat around the same time you guys are down there with my daughter and her friends. We really enjoyed the following spots and although we had a bit more than a week decided not to do St. Croix unless we could give it more time.

We picked up the boat at Yacht Haven Grande which made provisioning super easy with a trip to Cost U Less and Pueblo. Spent the night on the dock and had dinner at Tickles which we really enjoyed

Day 1: Honeymoon Bay, Water Island: Dinghy’s Bar on the beach was fun. You have to anchor.
Day 2: Snorkeled Buck Island during the day and then got a mooring ball at Honeymoon Bay, St. John
Day 3: Hung out at Honeymoon Bay, St. John and took the dinghy to Cruz Bay for dinner and drinks that night.
Day 4: Maho Bay swimming with the turtles and hanging at Maho Crossroads. Took an impromptu trip up to Windmill Bar and it was really cool. I don’t recommend going from Maho as it was a long and expensive cab ride but definitely something to check out. Get there early and be patient. They only let 100 people in at a time so there is often a wait if they have live music.
Day 5: Coral Bay and Lime Out (the floating taco bar) for the day and then spent the night in Great Lameshur with some amazing snorkeling.
Day 6: We planned to spend the day and night at Christmas Cove but a big storm hit this day so we tucked into Cannel Bay.
Day 7: Spent the day at Christmas Cove snorkeling and doing water sports. Got shut out of pizza because we didn’t order it until noon and it was going to be a 3-4 hour wait. Took the boat back to it’s mooring ball in Redhook and had dinner at Duffy’s which is always a fun “young people’s “ hangout.


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Re: Itinerary help needed please! [Re: SCMPSC] #256557
05/26/2021 09:57 AM
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Buck Island, St Thomas as a day stop. Turtle Cove and Shipwreck Cove.

Christmas Cove, Great St James A great place to spend the night, snorkel the cay in the middle of the harbor, and share a Pizza from Pizza Pi with your crew.

Cruz Bay, St John Moor your boat at Lind Point or off of Caneel Bay on a national park mooring. Dinghy into town to see the attractions. Dinning and Limin for every budget. Shopping from trinkets to T-shirts, Jewelry, and provisions. Everything in one funky little town.

St John National Park The interactive Marine Resources guide. (Google this map) This has it all the mooring fields, snorkeling spots, pretty much anything you want to know about the Park.

Hawksnest Beach, St John Named for the Hawksnest Turtles that call this home. A white sandy slice of heaven. We could tell you about Mermaid’s Seat but it is a secret.

Trunk Bay, St John One of the most photographed beaches on the planet. It really is that pretty. Check out the snorkel trail around Trunk Bay Cay.

Trunk Bay with the Underwater Trail is a great place for beginners and anyone who wants to learn about marine life by reading the plaques along the trail. The trail follows the west side of Trunk Bay Cay for about 300 feet before making a U-turn back to the beach. The coral and fish are well represented here. The reef continues beyond to the cay's northern tip, however do not venture past where you are in view of the lifeguards. The farther out you go, the rougher the water is.

Cinnamon Bay, St John Hang out with the rich and famous as well as the turles and Conch. Spectacular water views, snorkeling and views of some of the most incredible Vacation Villas in the Caribbean.

Francis Bay Beach and Maho Bay Beach This is a two for one deal. Two great beaches in one great anchorage. This spot pretty much comes with a turtle viewing guarantee.

Maho Crossroads In their own words. “A minimum footprint pop-up village at Maho Beach in St. John, USVI. Enjoy the Paddle-In Tiki Bar, Love Maho Beach Boutique, and Terrapin Beach Club.”

Leinster Bay and Waterlemon Cay Did we mention snorkeling? This spot can keep your whole crew in the water for hours. You can snorkel around Waterlemon Cay, Snorkle the reef along the shore or dinghy into the shallows in the mangrove area and look for juvenile fish. There are more starfish here than any other place we have ever been.

Coral Bay, St John The little village time forgot. Don’t come here looking for commercialized attractions it is not that kind of town. You can find art, food, and drinks. A dive shop and a floating Taco Bar. It is that kind of town.

Lime Out, Coral Bay Speaking of floating Taco Bars, because who doesn’t want to go to a swim up Taco Bar with Rum Drinks? This one speaks for itself.

Hurricane Hole, Coral Bay St John Made up of several day mooring areas in the National Park, this is a great place to spend the afternoon. Swim and snorkel along the mangroves on shore to see countless juvenile fish and sea life.

Salt Pond, St John This one is a secret so do not tell anyone. There are a limited number of moorings surrounded by unlimited beauty.

Rams Head Trail, Salt Pond, St John This hiking trail runs from the beach at Salt Pond to the top of Rams Head. Pack some water and comfortable shoes. The views are spectacular.

Great and Little Lameshur Bays Quiet coves, snorkeling oh and did we mention stargazing? With almost no light noise from shore due to the remote location in the park this is like taking a walk around the milky way. Make sure to put a stargazing app on your phone or tablet. It is good for hours of fun.

Reef Bay, St John Limited to two moorings this is an advanced hike.
“By Ken Wild
Within the deep interior of the Reef Bay valley rests one of St. John’s most important clues to a lost culture from the island’s past, the petroglyphs. This captivating place is located at the base of the valley’s highest waterfall, surrounded by the island’s lush tropical vegetation. Here, mysterious faces are found carved into the fall’s blue basalt rock. A spring fed pool beneath reflects a 20-foot wide panorama of carvings year-round with other petroglyphs visible nearby. For those who may be unfamiliar with the term petroglyph, the term petroglyph refers to rock art carvings whereas pictographs are rock art paintings.

Red Hook, St Thomas Does your crew want to spend a little time in town? In Red Hook you can either anchor out or get a slip in the Marina for the night. Either way there are a dozen or so Bars and Restaurants. Some diverse shopping opportunities and even a Grocery Store.

Magens Bay, St Thomas Take a nice down wind sail around the north shore of St Thomas. You will get to view lots of small cays like Hans Lolick on the north side on your way to Magen’s. This is a truely magical spot with a large crescent beach located between two peninsulas. Anchor in the middle or closer to shore. The pelicans are sure to put on a show.

Way Out West, St Thomas As you leave Magens you can continue on your down wind sail around the west end of St Thomas. Once you have cleared the west end it is back up towards the anchorages west of Charlotte Amalia.

Brewers Bay, St Thomas The first of the western anchorages. This anchorage is tucked in by the University of the Virgin Islands. It features a large sand beach and a very protected area for swimming.

Linbergh Bay, St Thomas Next up is another large sand beach. The hotel located on shore has a small beach bar and restaurant. This bay is home to lots of turtles and conchs.

Druif Bay, Water Island Home of Honeymoon Beach, a great spot to waste a day snorkeling and swimming with the turtles and rays. Lime away the afternoon at a beach bar. Then have sundowners watching, wait for it the spectacular sunset to the west.

Re: Itinerary help needed please! [Re: SCMPSC] #257324
06/05/2021 12:02 PM
06/05/2021 12:02 PM
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We returned a few weeks ago from a St. Thomas/St. John only itinerary. Many great recommendations above. Lime Out has been added to our “must do” list, and we highly recommend the experience to everyone who asks. I would add that we did an overnight at Lovango and it was great. The food was very good and the ambiance is amazing. They do require a mooring ball reservation, so plan ahead. I hope you and your crew have an incredible trip!

Last edited by CaptainTodd; 06/05/2021 12:04 PM.

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