Buoyed by a strong response to the pandemic, the US Virgin Islands isn’t just setting the pace for Caribbean air arrivals — it’s also arguably the hottest yachting destination in the region right now.
From an increase in bold-faced names bringing their boats to the USVI to a sizzling charter industry, there’s no buzzier marine getaway in the region.
And the USVI is looking to strengthen that position.
“Despite numerous pandemic-related challenges, we have leveraged the talent and creativity of our team to sharpen our focus on our incredible marine and charter yacht industry,” said USVI Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte.
The USVI plans to “take full advantage of our natural resources and assets to deliver world-class experiences for visitors arriving on our shores.”
The USVI’s surging marine presence was strengthened significantly this past winter season when leading charter operator The Moorings launched a major new charter base in St Thomas.
“We forecast the 2020-2021 numbers to show significant growth due to the large number of visiting vessels,” Boschulte said.
Indeed, the USVI has even been hosting a number of marine events amid the pandemic.
“Because of the diligent adherence to public health protocols, including our Travel Screening Portal, we have been successful in delivering marine events in the Territory over the past year,” Boschulte said.
Upcoming marine events on the calendar include the International Optimist Regatta, from June 14 to 20; the Virgin Islands Charter Yacht Show, from Nov. 7 to 10; and the first-ever Caribbean Charter Yacht Show at Yacht Haven Grande in St Thomas, which is scheduled for Dec. 9-12, 2021.
USVI Tourism is also working with the Office of the Governor to create a marine program specific for the island of St Croix.
For more, visit the USVI.