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There’s something about the water that will always pull us to the seas. Whether it’s the mystery of the great depths of the ocean or the movement of the ripples as the wind touches the surface, where there is water there will be people to explore it.

It’s no different in a breathtaking place like St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, where the warm water is a wonderfully clear turquoise, there are endless expanses of white sand beaches, and the open oceans tempt us with its many possibilities. And sailing the waters of St. Thomas is one of the best ways to see all that the oceans have to offer.

At Sailing With Liberty and Justice, we offer sailing charters in St. Thomas that allow visitors to get a glimpse of the beautiful open oceans and wildlife and to experience the many adventures of the Virgin Islands. With an experienced captain and first mate, you’ll get the tour of a lifetime on either our 44-foot ketch sailboat Liberty or our...

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Past and future visitors have been thinking about what life has been like in St. Thomas and St. John during the COVID-19 pandemic. In many ways, it hasn’t been very different from other parts of the world. Since mid-March, we have gone through a series of precautionary regulations that range from beach and business closures to face mask enforcement. As of May 24, 2020, we can tell you that beaches are open, uncrowded, and very clean. Restaurants on St. Thomas offer carry-out, and many other non-essential services have recently reopened.

Grocery stores have the same offerings as usual, and all workers and customers are required to wear PPE.

At this point, we have seen fewer than 70 positive test results for all three islands (with no new cases in the past two weeks), over 1,000 people have been tested, and nearly all of those infected have recovered. At this time, hotels can take reservations from local residents, and cruise ship arrivals are on hold through June, 2020. As a US Territory, we have fared rather well due to our strict isolation from the mainland, and the...

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One of the things we really enjoy about taking visitors sailing is that we meet people from all over the world with varied combinations of friends, family, and loved ones. It is always impressive to see how a day on the water can really bring people together. You could say that sailing and snorkeling in St. Thomas and St. John is the glue that helps build that bond. It is a common experience that creates special moments among those who are together on this mini-vacation on the water.

This week, we had the pleasure of doing some great Virgin Islands sailing and snorkeling with cruise ship guests who all work in real estate in Charleston, SC. The agents who sold new homes for a local SC builder were thanked with a Caribbean cruise, including excursions such as sailing with Liberty. It was so nice to see colleagues who work for competing companies share such genuine friendships and travel so well together. Barefoot social opportunities such as sailing and snorkeling certainly don’t hurt those relationships, either!

So welcome everyone, no matter what crazy, fun mix of...

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You don’t need to worry about having enough fun, safe activities while in port in St. Thomas. St. Thomas has been welcoming cruise ship passengers to Charlotte Amalie for a long time, and I think we have it down pretty darn well. If I were visiting St. Thomas for the day, here is what we locals and experienced visitors would recommend:

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When you see a beautiful body of water such as the Caribbean, it’s a natural reaction to want to be on the water on some type of sailboat or powerboat. So many people come to St. Thomas and St. John, look out at the view, and long to be on that boat on the horizon, no matter what type of boat it is. Captain Ryan and I certainly feel that way every time we’re on land. But there are so many different types of boats out there. Which kind do you choose?

Aside from self-powered boats such as kayaks or canoes, the main question comes down to chartering a sailboat vs. a powerboat. Assuming you rent a boat that comes with a captain, the next question is what sort of experience are you seeking? I’m not an all-or-nothing person, so while I prefer owning, living on, and taking out our sailboat, I understand the appeal of powerboats as well. That appeal comes down to speed, which, on a flat calm day can make for fun island-hopping, and you can travel to many places in one day.

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One of the things we really enjoy about taking visitors sailing is that we meet people from all over and with any number of combinations of friends, family, and loved ones. This week, we had the pleasure of doing some great Virgin Islands sailing and snorkeling with cruise ship guests who all work in real estate in Charleston, SC. The agents, who sold new homes for a local builder in Charleston, were thanked with a Caribbean cruise and excursions including sailing with Liberty Charters! It was so nice to see colleagues who work for competing companies share such genuine friendships and travel so well together. Social opportunities such as sailing St. Thomas and snorkeling certainly don’t hurt! Don’t forget to follow us on Social Media to keep up with all of our adventures while sailing St. Thomas!

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The year is now 2018, and people who love the US Virgin Islands have been looking forward to it. Some are return visitors who are eager to return to their favorite vacation spot, while others are cruise ship passengers or travelers who are new to St. Thomas and can’t wait to sail, swim, and snorkel.

Perhaps, the local residents are the most glad that it is a new year and a time of renewal. The last few months of 2017 were rough with two category 5 hurricanes in two weeks. Rather than counting their losses, Virgin Islanders are counting their blessings and opportunities to rebuild better.

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Thinking of booking a day sail charter while on vacation or just looking for a fun St Thomas cruise ship excursion? There are a couple reasons sailing St. Thomas with Liberty Charters is a unique and awesome experience.

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