Sample Itinerary: Spanish Virgin
This sample itinerary for the Spanish Virgin Islands was provided by
the s/v Fidelity (no longer in charter).
SAMPLE ITINERARY FOR THE SPANISH VIRGIN
The Spanish Virgin Islands consists of three major islands of Vieques,
Culebra and Culebrita and a myriad of smaller islands located west of
the Virgin Passage midway between the island of Puerto Rico and St.
Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. While these islands are favorites of
the resident mariners of Puerto Rico on weekends, the bays and beaches
are relatively uninhabited otherwise. A week's itinerary or longer, of
course, depends on the interests and wishes of our guests. However,
possibilities include: Isla de Culebrita, Isla de Culebra, and Isla de
ISLA DE CULEBRITA
|On the island of Culebrita, Bahia de
Tortuga lies on the north side, a pristine, half-mile long crescent
shape ringed by palm trees and bordered at the northwestern end by "The
Jacuzzis," unusual volcanic rock formations similar to The Baths on
Virgin Gorda. If there are no north swells, this is a great anchorage
but becomes untenable with winds much to the north of east. Culebrita
is a wildlife refuge available for daytime hiking to the top where a
125-year-old lighthouse remains at an elevation of over 300 feet.
Culebrita is ringed with reefs and no other anchorage is a realistic
alternative although, with a total of six beaches, some are reachable
by dingy if the seas are especially quiet.
ISLA DE CULEBRA
Located on the southeast side of Culebra, these anchorages are
surrounded mostly by mangroves with no beaches available. While this
bay used to be almost completely void of surrounding structures,
building has now resulted in a number of magnificent homes ringing
- Puerto del Manglar and Bahia
By far the best anchorage is in Bahia Almodovar, shielded by the island
itself to the west and north, islets in Manglar to the east and reefs
to the south. Snorkeling is interesting along the mangrove shores and
also along the reef where conch and spiny lobster abound.
|By far the best
anchorage is in Bahia Almodovar, shielded by the island itself to the
west and north, islets in Manglar to the east and reefs to the south.
Snorkeling is interesting along the mangrove shores and also along the
reef where conch and spiny lobster abound.
Besides being a great refuge in a storm, Ensenada Honda provides
numerous opportunities for anchoring in undisturbed areas and also
access to the town of Dewey from the east. Besides anchoring in the bay
itself, alternatives exist including Ensenada Fulladoso, Ensenada
Dakity an especially well protected area, and around the islet of Cayo
Pirata in the north of the bay.
The town of Dewey, accessible from the east anchorage of Ensenada
Honda, is the population center of Culebra whose total numbers are
approximately 2000. This is an interesting town to explore with
boutiques, gift shops, bar/restaurants, and a ferry terminal on the
west side of town. One can walk around the major areas in a couple of
hours. There is a canal which spans the short distance from the
Ensenada to the western side of the island and can be safely navigated
by dingy. The canal is bordered by restaurants which provide an
enjoyable interlude to an afternoon's exploration, or delightful dining
atmosphere for an evening's repast.
- Dewey from Ensenada Honda
to Ensenada Honda
Slightly south of the Bahia Tamarindo opposite Cayo de Luis Peņa, the
town of Dewey has an anchorage named Bahia de Sardinas immediately to
the western entrance of the cross-Dewey canal. This anchorage can be
rolly with any wind at all and is also occasionally subject to
rockin'-n-a-rollin' due to passage of the ferry boats as they approach
and depart the terminal on shore.
- Other Areas on or around Culebra
There are numerous beaches and snorkeling spots around the island
although most on the northerly side are suitable only for day
anchorages. Some of these include:
- Punta Melones - a delightful anchorage in
good weather just north of Bahia Sardinas with small beach
- Cayo Luis Peņa - great snorkeling and
some nice beaches make this a worthwhile daytime stopover
- Bahia Tamarindo - a rocky and rolly place
to anchor but good snorkeling at the point of Punta Tamarindo Grande
- Bahia Flamingo - this north-coast bay is
suitable for anchorage only in summer but in the winter has great surf
ISLA DE VIEQUES
The island of Vieques was once home to the U.S. Navy practice bombing
and targeting area and still shows the remnants of these activities.
Last time we were there, they were still clearing unexploded ordnance
from Bahia Salinas del Sur at the southeastern tip of the island.
However, there are several interesting and enjoyable stopovers that
make the trip to this southernmost island of the SVI most enjoyable.
This quaint little village borders the southern side of the island of
Vieques about 1/3 of the distance from Punta Arenas on the west to the
eastern end of the island. As many towns of Spanish origin adjacent to
the sea, this one has a malecon or cement boardwalk nicely decorated
along the beachfront. Across the road from the malecon are a number of
restaurants and bars and a couple of boutiques and gift shops. One
anchors in well sheltered Puerto Real to the west of the twin
sheltering islands of Cayo Real and Cayo de Tierra, or in Ensenada Sun
Bay to the east. From Esperanza, one can catch a taxi across the island
to Isabel Segunda or rent a car to tour the island, well worth the day.
Immediately to the east of Puerto Mosquito east of Esperanza lies
Puerto Ferro, both are phosphorescent bays but only the latter with
sufficient water to carry a boat of Fidelity's draft into the bay. With
an opening of perhaps 500 feet, the bay itself is on the order of a
half mile wide and usually perfectly undisturbed by wind and waves from
outside. The bay itself is ringed with mangrove with only one tiny
beach area. But the stay is well worth the evening's anchorage as the
phosphorescence is spectacular... far more impressive than Puerto
Phosphorescencia in southwestern Puerto Rico. On diving into the water
at night, streamers of light span from the fingertips on past your
field of vision and one can make "light angels" in the water similar to
those we used to make in the snow.
morning, Puerto Ferro
For the ultimate in peace and quiet, enter and spend time in Ensenada
Honda on the south coast midway between east and west tips of the
island. This bay is entirely ringed with mangroves with passages between
small islets and inlets carrying up to 15 feet of water. This is the
perfect place to spend a day or two exploring the bay by dingy, dropping
a fishing lure overboard or snorkeling the reefs that shelter the
entrance from the south.
Fisherman tending his traps
Quoting Don Street, "This is definitely one of the ten best anchorages
in the eastern Caribbean. The bay is well sheltered under almost all
conditions except for winds from the southwest. It is a quiet bay with
sandy beaches, some mangroves and good snorkeling. It is also possible
to hike over to the north shore of the island and swim in Bahia Icacos.
400-year old Saco tree
The town of Isabel Segunda (Isabel II) is the capital of Vieques island
and lies almost directly opposite Esperanza on the north shore of the
island. The architecture is fabulous and traditional, well worth the
visit. As stated by the Vieques Travel Guide, Isabel Segunda has "...old
fashioned charm with rich history." The last Spanish fort built in the
western hemisphere, El Fortin Conde de Marisol, is just off the center
of town and is now a museum. Never having been fired upon, this
structure is in pristine condition and well worth the trip itself.
Isabel II Lighthouse
|The town is terminus of a ferry service from Fajardo on Puerto Rico and
thus presents itself as the perfect place to end an enjoyable period
aboard Fidelity in the SVI as it is only a short ride back, thus
eliminating having to sail upwind into churlish conditions to St.
Remember, there are many variations to this sample itinerary. Your
charter will be customized to fulfill the dreams of your charter party.
That's the beauty of a Virgin Islands crewed charter yacht sailing
If you want to scuba dive,
there are boats that specialize in this activity. They will be
well-equipped and have a divemaster or dive instructor aboard and will
make sure you dive on some spectacular spots. Another possibility is to
do a "rendezvous" dive. This is where a yacht will coordinate with
shore-based dive operators to take you on a dive.
Or maybe you want to spend more time sailing than at anchor and improve
your sailing skills at the same time. Your experienced captain will be
happy to oblige your wishes.
Whether you want an active nightlife visiting local hot spots or just
enjoy the pleasure of quiet, secluded anchorages, a charter yacht in
the Virgin Islands can accommodate your desires.
And, of course, if your idea of the ideal vacation is no itinerary at
all, then a crewed yacht charter vacation is the perfect choice. You
can decide each morning over coffee in the cockpit what you want to do
that day (even if it's nothing at all), and it's OK to change your
OUR PROFESSIONAL CREWS WILL MAKE SURE EACH
CHARTER GUEST EXPERIENCES THE PERFECT PERSONALIZED ITINERARY FOR THEIR
VIRGIN ISLANDS VACATION.
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