USVI CHARTER DAY TRIPS – SOUTH SIDE TOUR

THE SOUTH SIDE SHOWDOWN

YELLOW LEG

DEPART AMERICAN YACHT HARBOR AND HEAD SOUTH BETWEEN CURRENT CUT. TO YOUR LEFT YOU WILL SEE GREAT SAINT JAMES ISLAND, HOME TO CHRISTMAS COVE. YOU WILL PASS THEST THOMAS YACHT CLUB ON YOUR RIGHT, WHERE SOME OF THE MOST ELITE SAILORS IN THE WORLD HAVE BEEN GROOMED, AS YOU CRUISE INTO OPEN OCEAN TOWARD BUCK ISLAND. LOTS OF MAJOR ISLANDS IN THE CARIBBEAN POSSESS A NEARBY “BUCK” ISLAND;. HISTORY CLAIMS THE NAME “BUCK” WAS KNOWN AS THE LOCATION BAD SLAVES WERE SENT TO WITH NO WATER, FOOD, OR SHADE AS A FORM OF PUNISHMENT – ONE LOOK AT THE LANDSCAPE AND ONE CAN IMAGINE WHERE THE PUNISHMENT COMES INTO PLAY. ALL BUZZ-KILLS ASIDE, TODAY THE ISLAND IS A NATIONAL PARK BIRD SANCTUARY SURROUNDED BY AN ABUNDANCE OF MARINE LIFE. ONCE YOU ARIVE AT BUCK YOU CAN SWIM WITH THE TURTLES AND FEED THE YELLOW TAIL SNAPPER BY HAND – BRING SOME DOG FOOD, ITS THEIR FAVORITE. TEST YOUR SWIMMING SKILLS AND SEE IF YOU CAN SWIM DOWN TO OPENING OF THE SHIPWRECK AT 30′.

ORANGE LEG

UP NEXT IS HONEYMOON BEACH AT WATER ISLAND. wATER ISLAND IS KNOWN AS THE “4TH U.S.VIRGIN ISLAND”, IT WAS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OWNED UNTIL 1996 WHEN IT WAS SOLD TO THE USVI FOR 25M. THERE ARE ONLY A FEW HUNDRED “RESIDENTS” ON THE ISLAND WHOM ARE MOSTLY SNOWBIRDS, SPENDING ONLY WINTERS ON ISLAND. YOU CAN RENT GOLF CARTS AND CRUISE AROUND, CHECK OUT FORT SEGARRA OR JUST RELAX AND HAVE A DRINK AT THE FLOATING BAR. CHOOSE TO EAT AT HEIDI’S HONEYMOON GRILL OR  WAIT FOR THE NEXT STOP AS YOU HEAD TO THE NEWEST BEACH BAR ON ST. THOMAS, ABI.

RED LEG

YOU’LL RECOGNIZE THE SHORE VIEWS AS WE LOOP BACK TO THE SOUTH SIDE TO HANG OUT AT ABI. HERE YOU CAN PLAY BEACH VOLLEYBALL OR RELAX IN A CABANA, MOST WEEKENDS THEY’LL HAVE LIVE MUSIC TO ENJOY. THE PROPERTY ISUNIQUE AS ITS MADE OUT OF SHIPPING CONTAINERS SO IT HAS A COOL MAKE-SHIFT VIBE AND IS GREAT PLACE FOR A $15 BRUNCH ON THE WEEKENDS. THEY OFFER FRESH SQUEEZED CITRUS BEVERAGES, OTHERWISE KNOWN ON ISLAND AS “CRUSHES” BE SURE TO GRAB ONE. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS NOT A SNORKEL SPOT.

PURPLE LEG

HEADING CLOSER EAST YOU’LL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE ON SOME MORE ADVANCED SNORKELING AT COW AND CALF REEF – LEGEND HAS IT THE REEF WAS NAMED BY DRUNKEN WHALERS THAT WOULD MISTAKE THE TOPS OF THE REEFS AS A MOTHER WHALE AND ITS CALF. WE LOVE THIS REEF BECAUSE OF ALL THE TUNNELS AND CORAL ARCHES TO SWIM THROUGH. KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THE SHARK THAT HANGS OUT AROUND THE REEF ALONG WITH A LOBSTER OR TWO. FOR THE MORE ADVANCED FREE DIVERS THERE IS A 20′ SWIM THROUGH PASSAGE WITH AN ENTRANCE AT ABOUT 35′.

GREEN LEG

 LAST LEG OF THE TRIP AS WE HEAD TOWARDS THE HARBOR BUT IF YOU HAVE TIME LEFT STOP IN AT CHRISTMAS COVE AND GRAB A SLICE OF PIZZA FROM THE FLOATING PIZZERIA, PIZZA PI, OR SHOOT OVER TO CRUZ BAY FOR A DRINK AT BEACH BAR. YOU CAN ALSO TAKE A WALK AROUND THE TOWN OR GO SHOPPING AT MONGOOSE JUNCTION, HOME TO THE TAP ROOM. DON’T WORRY IF YOU ARE OUT OF TIME, RED HOOK HAS PLENTY OF GREAT FOOD AND DRINK TO ENJOY AFTER YOUR TRIP.

I wish you the very best, u guys r not just renting out ur boat, but creating life long memories for families

Chris W. (18 Aug 2017)

I've been on many boat trips but this one was UNIQUE and SPECIAL

Kusumchugani (03 Jan 2017)

The boat was beautiful and exactly what we needed.  Clean and spacious with the best sound system!!!

Jamie H. (03 Jan 2017)

Thanks again Charter St Thomas for a memorable family fun filled day on your boat.

Tina F. (03 Jan 2017)
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