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How to Enjoy Free Access to the Virgin Islands National Park

Visiting the U.S. Virgin Islands doesn’t have to be overly expensive. In fact, if you time your visit right or meet certain requirements you can even get free access to the Virgin Islands National Park! Here’s how: Entrance-Free Dates at the Virgin Islands National Park You can enjoy free access to the Virgin Islands National…

New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Travelers

Top 4 New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Travelers The most popular New Year’s resolution ideas aren’t exactly fun. They focus on hard to accomplish tasks like quitting bad habits or weight loss through regimented workout routines. Oftentimes, we fail at these New Year’s resolution ideas because they aren’t fun! However, these New Year’s resolution ideas…

Things to Do in the Virgin Islands for Christmas

If you are visiting the Virgin Islands over the holidays, you’re in for quite the treat! Here’s the top things to do in the Virgin Islands for Christmas: 1. Island Hop Your Way Through the Holidays There’s no need to limit your Christmas cheer to just one island! One of the top things to do…

Sailing into the St. Croix Festival

There’s no better way to celebrate the holiday season in the U.S. Virgin Islands than with the Crucian Christmas Festival! Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming St. Croix festival: When is the Crucian Christmas Festival? St. Croix’s festival begins on Tuesday, December 26 with a pageant and wraps up on Saturday, January…

The Best Cyber Monday Sailing Deals

The Best Cyber Monday Sailing Deals Cyber Monday will be here before you know it! If you’re looking to snag some new gear at a discount or find the perfect gift for the sailing enthusiast in your life, don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Take advantage of these Cyber Monday sailing deals to make…

Celebrating Thanksgiving in the Virgin Islands

Celebrating Thanksgiving in the Virgin Islands Thanksgiving in the Virgin Islands is truly special! As a U.S. territory, the USVIs celebrate the holiday much the same as in the continental U.S. Think turkey, parades, and plenty of good times! Here are a few events, festivals, and ideas to make your Thanksgiving in the Virgin Islands…

Sail the Virgin Islands With The VI’s Best Sailing School

A great VI sailing school will offer you a wealth of information to decide if they are the best fit for you before you book. Here is what you should expect to see from a great VI sailing school before deciding on whether to set sail with them: 1. Plenty of Top-Notch Ratings 5 star…

Transitioning From Weekend Warrior Sailing to a Full Time Sailing Lifestyle

It can feel like a big jump to go from being a weekend warrior sailor to embracing a full-time sailing lifestyle. Here are a few tips to get you ready for the big transition:  1. Try Out A Few Different Liveaboard Options First Getting as much experience as possible before becoming a full-time sailor is…

What Makes St. John Beaches So Special

You’ll find the Caribbean’s top beaches in St. John in the US Virgin Islands. However, it’s more than the sparkling turquoise blue waters and white, crystal sands that make St. John beaches so special. Here are six stand-out features of St. John’s beaches that you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else: 1. Protected by…

5 Unique and Fun Sailing Bucket List Items

Sailors tend to be the type of people who are always looking for new adventures. Here are a few fabulous adventures we recommend adding to your sailing bucket list no matter how experienced or new you are to sailing: Circumnavigate an island Circumnavigating the world is a great sailing bucket list item— but it’s not…

Top Spots to Eat in the Virgin Islands

Wondering where to eat while in the Virgin Islands? From the top restaurants in the VI to unforgettable local cuisines, here’s what you need to know about dining in the Virgin Islands: 1. Visit One of the VIs Unique Restaurants You’ll find some incredibly unique restaurant options in the Virgin Islands. That’s in part thanks…

How to Plan A Yacht Charter Vacation in the Caribbean

Sailing on a private boat in the Caribbean offers ultimate freedom and luxury! Here is what you need to know before booking a yacht charter vacation in the Caribbean:  Booking Sailing Trips Directly vs. Through a Broker When you start searching for companies to book a yacht charter vacation through, you’ll be met with two…

Is it Safe to Sail in the US Virgin Islands?

The U.S. Virgin Islands is generally regarded as a safe place to sail. However, before setting off on your USVI adventure, there are a few things you should know regarding safety in the Virgin Islands.   Safety While Sailing the U.S. Virgin Islands The safety risk while sailing in the U.S. Virgin Islands is very low….

Is It Worth Taking ASA 118?

If you already have your basic sailing courses completed, you may be wondering what’s next. Oftentimes, ASA 118 is a logical next step to improve your sailing abilities. Here’s why: What Is ASA 118? ASA 118 is the docking endorsement course offered through the American Sailing Association. This 2-day course equips sailors with the knowledge…

Top 5 Tools for Checking Sailing Weather

Checking the weather is an absolute must before heading out on the water. However, what are the best tools for checking sailing weather before setting off on your adventure? Check out the 5 favorite tools of Go Sail Virgin Islands: 1. NOAA NowCOAST The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is one of the best…

Do I Need Travel Insurance for a Virgin Islands Sailing Trip?

Is travel insurance a great investment or a waste of money? Here’s our take on whether or not to buy travel insurance for your Virgin Islands sailing trip.  Is Travel Insurance Required in the Virgin Islands? No, it is not required to buy travel insurance in order to visit the Virgin Islands. This might come…

What is an International Sailing Certificate?

Setting sail outside of the U.S. and not sure if you need a sailing certificate? Read on to discover everything you need to know about international  sailing certificates, when you need them, and how to get one:  What is an international sailing certificate? An international sailing certificate is proof that you meet the basic requirements…

Why are the Virgin Islands known for the best sailing conditions?

The world is full of sailing itineraries and trips! So how do you choose the perfect sailing location for your trip? The Virgin Islands has some of the best sailing conditions you’ll find anywhere and  should absolutely be a top contender for your next sailing adventure. Here’s what makes sailing here so impressive:  1. Temperatures…

4 Reasons to Try Bareboat Sailing in the Virgin Islands

Bareboating sailing provides sailors the opportunity to rent a sailboat without a crew. It’s a truly unique and wonderful experience, made all the better if you plan your trip in the Virgin Islands! Here’s why: 1. Bareboat sailing is the most customizable way to see the Virgin Islands Bareboat sailing gives you the freedom to…

Choosing between sailing the BVI vs USVI

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) and U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) are both absolutely gorgeous sailing locations. However, if you are only able to visit one on your upcoming Caribbean trip, these tips will help you to make an informed decision about which territory to go to first:  BVI vs USVI Passports and Visas For U.S….