Imagine a pristine paradise where your vacation choices range from checking out some of the world’s finest beaches to experiencing the best sport fishing and most incredible diving amongst wild and diverse marine ecosystems.
If you think this can only come at the expense of complicated travel schedules, time-consuming Covid 19 testing protocols and complex foreign customs and immigration rules, then think again.
The US Virgin Islands is fast becoming the destination of our times, with Yacht Haven Grande, St Thomas offering superyacht owners and charterers flexibility, ease and smooth service as well as the luxury of enjoying some of the globe’s most idyllic cruising grounds.
A territory of the USA since 1917, this exotic group of islands is situated in the Caribbean Sea, 1,100 miles from Miami, and comprises three main hubs: St Croix, St Thomas and St John, as well as 50 smaller islands, cays and inlets.
Known as America’s paradise due to its celebrated white sand beaches and balmy turquoise waters, it’s a year round destination with no ‘low’ season and an average winter temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
Those factors aside, what exactly is it that makes YHG-St Thomas, operated by IGY, stand out from the crowd? A state of the art 45-berth superyacht marina, which can accommodate yachts of up to 600 feet, is just one aspect of its appeal.
"We are trying to break habits on traditional cruising grounds after Covid 19," explains Bert Fowles, IGY’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "It’s fair to say the traditional ways of cruising have been changed.
"The USVI offers US boats and the international community an idyllic cruising destination because of the infrastructure of our facility at Yacht Haven Grande, which is one of the largest, if....