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The Ultimate Guide to Sailing in St Croix

St Croix is a stunning island in the U.S. Virgin Islands and sailing in St Croix is one of the best ways to experience the area! This guide will walk you through how to plan your St Croix sailing vacation from the initial stages all the way through setting sail on your boat.

Arriving in St Croix

There are a few different ways to make your way to St Croix. St Croix does have its own airport (the Rohlsen Airport), however, this airport is fairly small and doesn’t have many flights from the U.S. mainland. It’s generally easier to book a flight to the Cyril E. King International Airport (STT) in St John and travel to St Croix from there. If you plan on renting a sailboat, you can charter a sailboat in St Thomas from Go Sail Virgin Islands and make your way to St Croix from there. Alternatively, you can also take a two hour passenger ferry, short flight, or Seaplane from St Thomas to St Croix.

Renting a sailboat in St Croix

If you fly into St Thomas, it’s easier to rent a sailboat in St Thomas than finding alternative transportation to St Croix to charter one there. Go Sail Virgin Islands offers customized bareboat charter experiences conveniently leaving from Compass Point Marina in St Thomas. Once you’re aboard, your free to take your bareboat to St Croix, the British Virgin Islands, and beyond! In order to charter a bareboat you will need your ASA bareboat certifications. Contact a Virgin Islands sailing specialist to start booking your St Croix sailing vacation.

Earning Your Bareboat Certifications in St Croix

If you don’t have your bareboat certifications but would still like to sail in St Croix, you absolutely can! Go Sail Virgin Islands offers weeklong American Sailing Association (ASA) courses. These courses are tailor-made to students and can incorporate sailing in St Croix into your certification process. Additionally, after completing your weeklong course, you’ll be eligible for a 10% discount on your bareboat charter with Go Sail Virgin Islands. You’ll be fully qualified to head back to St Croix to continue your St Croix sailing vacation!

Where to sail in St Croix

There are plenty of places to take a sailboat on a St Croix sailing vacation! Gallows Bay is a great place to moor if you’d like to explore Christensted. However, if you are looking for a more peaceful sailing and mooring location near St Croix, consider heading to Buck Island. This uninhabited island is only 1 ½ miles north of St. Croix but feels worlds away. Make sure to  check out the elkhorn coral barrier reef during your visit! A National Park permit is required for the protected park area, but there are available anchorage areas nearby.