We sail with some really fun people who are visiting St Thomas and St John on vacation. They’ve already made the great decision to go sailing on our catamaran with us, and they’re looking for other cool things to do on their island visit. So I thought we’d share some of those ideas with you, now. Hopefully, you’re reading this before your trip for the things that might require reservations or planning ahead of your trip.
So, obviously, sailing with us on Justice is the very best thing to do, and I’ll quickly tell you why, first. Our boat is spacious, we never book more than 12 people, we turn the engines off and sail (not all sailboats really sail), we know the best reefs and beaches, we leave from the east end of St Thomas which gives us terrific access to the best sailing and beautiful island scenery. What’s more, our food is tops, Mumfy’s Famous Pum Runch is a big hit, and we have a close family vibe with our guests that makes the day extra fun. Seriously, we’re nice people and do whatever we can to make your day awesome. But even if we’re booked the day you’re looking...more
When Captain Ryan found and fell in love with the light blue Bruce Roberts Offshore 44 ketch in 1998, she had already been named Liberty by her original owners. Who doesn’t love the idea of liberty? It’s a great name for a boat that is capable of taking you anywhere the seas flow, so Ryan didn’t even think about changing the name when he bought her. We don’t know a lot about the original owners, just that they were a German family living in South Africa during the Apartheid era. They wanted to leave but weren’t allowed to take any money with them, so they used what they had to build a boat and sailed away. From clues we’ve found aboard such as artwork and marina stickers, she went to Portugal and some other European coastal locations before crossing the Atlantic and being sold to an Annapolis area man who had intentions of cruising with her. Alas, his plans never came to fruition, so he put Liberty up for sale, and Ryan picked her up to live aboard and hopefully cruise as well. He had been looking for the perfect boat for some time, and when Liberty came along, he thought long...more
Whether you’re a true romantic or just someone who enjoys being out on the water, a sunset cruise in St. Thomas may be one of the most romantic and unique experiences anyone can enjoy. Simply being there to witness the sounds and smells of the fresh air and water and the stunning colors of the setting sun may be absolutely perfect all on its own.
There are some things that you can do, however, to ensure that the evening remains as blissful as possible from beginning to end.more
If you’re planning a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands and spending time on tropical beaches, there’s a good chance that you’ll end up snorkeling at least once. Snorkeling is a great way to get up close to sea life. But if you are new to swimming in open waters and aren’t familiar with snorkeling equipment, or maybe if you’re a little nervous about the experience, you might feel like a fish out of water.
The good thing about snorkeling is that there is minimal equipment and it only takes a few minutes to get accustomed to how it all works. Unlike scuba diving, where you take a class or two before jumping in the water, you don’t need any official lessons before donning your snorkeling gear. But it does help to get a few tips.more
What could be better than lounging on a beach on a tropical island? If you’re planning on a vacation to the U.S. Virgin Islands, there’s a good chance that you’re imagining days spent soaking up the sun and swimming in the ocean, but St. Thomas has a beautiful history and plenty of sites to see within the island. If you want a day to explore the land and get to know the history and culture of St. Thomas, there is no shortage of things to do and places to see.more
Have you been daydreaming of lounging on a tropical beach? Or sailing the open waters with a warm wind on your face, maybe watching the sunset after a day of swimming? Daydreaming is nice, especially if it’s been a while since your last vacation or if you’re struggling to get through a cold winter, but actually going to a tropical location is obviously much better.
Sail VI offers St. Thomas and St. John sailboat and catamaran charters that will make your best daydream a reality. From the moment you step on our sailboat to the very last second of your trip, our team will do everything we can to ensure that your day is perfect. We provide a delicious meal, all of the drinks you could want, and opportunities to see the beautiful ocean and wildlife of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Even though we will provide a variety of essentials, you’ll still want to make sure you have a few things to make your day comfortable, relaxing, and safe. If you have any questions about our sailing St. Thomas charters, don’t hesitate to reach out to Sail VI.more
As you can imagine, there is a lot of sea life to see in the ocean. And one of the best ways to get an up-close look at a variety of life in the U.S. Virgin Islands is going snorkeling! The St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix areas are some of the best places to go snorkeling and experience the ocean.
If you’re planning a tropical getaway, there’s no better place to visit than the U.S. Virgin Islands, and there’s no better way to explore the area than with a sailing charter! Sail VI offers sailboat and catamaran day rentals so you can get to know the area and snorkel in pristine waters. Our captain and crew have lived all over the eastern seaboard and Caribbean, and love spending their time on the water. If you want to get away from all of the chaos and drama of the past year and need a vacation like no other, let us help!
Here Are Some of the Best Places to Snorkel in the U.S. Virgin Islands
- Salomon/Honeymoon Bay
- Hawksnest Bay
- Leinster Bay
Now, more than ever, you need to relax and escape reality, but cold weather and closed borders might make you think there aren’t any good out of town options. Think again! The US Virgin Islands has maintained its no-passport-required policy, making it a great place to help you feel like you’re in another world while staying in domestic territory. That’s right, you do not need a passport to fly into St. Thomas!
Tourism is St. Thomas’ main industry, so our local government has worked hard to make sure people can still safely visit and have a great time. What does this mean for you if you’re planning a trip to visit with us on Justice or Liberty in the US Virgin Islands?
It means that you have a variety of airlines making flights directly to St. Thomas and St. Croix. St. Thomas’ Cyril King Airport receives flights from American, Delta, United, and Spirit. We’ve flown them all and have had the most consistently positive experiences with Delta. That said, Spirit has some great deals that are worth checking out if you don’t mind traveling light and amenity-free (or...more
Are you dreaming of a cruise to St. Thomas for the 2020-2021 winter season? Thinking about all the fun you were planning to have on an excursion in St Thomas or St John? Well just because cruise ships aren’t coming to the Caribbean this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t still get your boat fix!
Why not come to the US Virgin Islands for a longer visit and still get out on a St. Thomas sailing charter? There are fantastic places to stay here, and Sail with Liberty and Justice has you covered with personalized boat trips and all the best sailboat amenities you could want for a perfect day on the water. Some guests have such as great time that they book another sailing excursion while in St. Thomas. It's not unusual for guests to go on a sunset sailing cruise one night, and then a full day with snorkeling the next or in a few days.
Thinking of a day sail on a luxury sailing catamaran from one island to another with stops for snorkeling, lunch, and tropical drinks? We’ll set you up with the best boat rental in St. Thomas aboard our 43’ catamaran Justice. If your style is...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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:more
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.more
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!more
There are many mysteries and untold stories from the depths of the deepest sea, but there is also a beautiful side you may or may not be familiar with in person. In order to have a safe and fun experience, keep in mind what is safe and what is not in the ocean and around beaches. Whether participating in water sports or lounging on the beach, remember to enjoy the coral and sea animals from a safe distance.more
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.more
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.more