St. Thomas is widely known as the best shopping spot in the Caribbean and one of the ten top shopping areas in the world! Many duty-free bargains can be found at prices that are below stateside, with no sales tax making it worth your while to spend some time perusing the shops in downtown Charlotte Amalie.
It goes without saying that the various collection of restaurants on St. Thomas are in a “best” category all by themselves. The variety is impressive, from local kallaloo to authentic Italian dishes, fresh local fish and fungi to burgers. Red Hook on the East End of St. Thomas has eight restaurants of various cuisines. Frenchtown has almost as many. Downtown has mostly restaurants serving lunch and a few that offer dinner.
Megans Bay Beach is noted as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches by both Conde Nast and National Geographic. It’s as clear as the candy blue water, as to why this is so! The gorgeous white sand beach arches for nearly a mile. Swim, snorkel, kayak, take a beach walk, relax in the Sun!
Mountain Top offers a spectacular panoramic view of both the US and British Virgin Islands, a total of 20 islands in all, from an impressive height of 1,500 feet above sea level. National Geographic has rated this view of Magens Bay as one of the 10 best views in the world. Just breathtaking! Mountain Top has a casual shopping area for browsing and a bar which is home of the Banana Daiquiri. If you ask the bartender his name, “Joe Bananas”, is usually the reply!
One of the main attractions to visitors from all over the globe are the Caribbean’s coral reefs, surrounding the islands. These reefs are home and sanctuary to thousands of marine species. To snorkel and dive from white sandy beaches into the pristine waters that encompass the reefs, is a magical experience. At a place like Coki Beach, you will be greeted by a school of colorful black and yellow Sargent Majors and vibrant Blue Tangs, along with Parrotfish of various sizes. If you venture out into slightly deeper water, you will see Yellow snappers rising up from the reef and stationary trumpet fish staking small prey. Even deeper, using SCUBA, you can see Gray Angel fish and the colorful yellow and black French Angels, slowly searching for the perfect sponge to feast on, orange squirrel fish suspended under a coral out- cropping, and black and white Juvenile High Hats, with impossibly long Dorsal fins, dancing their special dance for no one but themselves.
Fort Christian is a Dano-Norwegian-built fort in Charlotte Amalie. Built from 1672-1680, early in the first successful colonial establishment on the island. The fort served as the critical point of defense and government during Dano-Norwegian, and later Danish, administration, which ended in 1917 with the sale of the islands to the United States. It currently houses the St. Thomas Museum, which holds artifacts and art of the Dano-Norwegian period. It was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1977.
Blackbeard’s Castle is one of five National Historic Landmarks in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Built in 1679 by the Danes as a watchtower to protect the harbor and Fort Christian. Blackbeard’s Castle was originally called Skytsborg (protection castle). It is located at the highest point on Government Hill. Skytsborg served as a very effective vantage point for Danish soldiers to spot enemy ships. Fort Christian is at sea level, thus making it ideal for thwarting attackers with cannon fire; however, the fort itself did not provide an ideal view of incoming ships entering the harbor.
It is not known what year Skytsborg took on the name of Blackbeard’s Castle, but the infamous Edward Teach, commonly known as Blackbeard, did sail the Caribbean waters in the early 18th century. It has become part of the lore of the island that he used the tower as a lookout for his own purposes of piracy.
The natural beauty of St. John offers visitors a pristine tropical paradise! With two-thirds of the island designated as National Forest, St. John has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, like blue-flag rated Trunk Bay, with it’s crystal sands and underwater snorkel trail!
Annaberg Sugar Plantation Ruins takes you back in time to 1780, when sugar, molasses and rum were produced here. Explore the ruins of the old windmill and catch a cultural demonstration.
Reef Bay Trail and Petroglyphs is the most popular trek in the National Forest. Descending over nine hundred feet through a shady forest, you will see the remains of four sugar plantation estates and ancient petroglyph rock carvings.
Whether you are newly certified, or an experienced diver, diving in St. John is easily accessible and offers an array of experiences for everyone! Sea life is abundant, with over five hundred species of fish, including vibrant Blue Tangs, silvery Horse-eye Jacks, Queen Triggerfish, Spiny Lobster, Spotted Eagle Rays, Creole Wrasses and Cleaner Gobies, Moray Eels, Seahorse and Octopus! Hawksbill, green and leatherback turtles call the waters of the USVI home, and can be seen on many dives!
You can choose to do marina-based game fishing from American Yacht Harbor, Yacht Haven Grande, and/or Crown Bay Marina, or cruise the beautiful USVI’s, by adding it to your cruise of the the “Spanish Virgin Islands”! (Puerto Rico, Culebra, Culebrita and Vieques)
One Net’s crew will meet you at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport with the owner’s traditional champagne welcome. After settling in aboard One Net, you can enjoy lunch as we head out for a day of fishing offshore, river fishing for tarpon, or enjoy some of the many activities in the area. You can have dinner aboard, before experiencing Old San Juan at night, or we can arrange for you to dine at one of the many fine restaurants here.
We leave San Juan and drop anchor at Icacos Island, where you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, a beach walk and lunch. From there, we head for an anchorage at Ensenada Honda, in Culebra, where you can have dinner aboard, or in Culebra. There are casual restaurants, like the Dinghy Dock, a local favorite, or you can choose “island” fine dining at El Eden.
You can enjoy one of Culebra’s beautiful beaches, like Playa Flamingo, or take an eco-tour of Culebrita, have lunch aboard One Net, then take a scuba or snorkeling tour, followed by dinner aboard or shore side!
Leaving Culebra, we make way for an anchorage at Caneel Bay, St. John, where you can have lunch aboard or at the casual Caneel Beach Terrace, then snorkel the underwater trail at Trunk Bay, and swim and play on Honeymoon Beach, before enjoying dinner aboard, or you can try the Italian cuisine at Zozo’s!
You can choose to start the day relaxing on the beach, or take a SCUBA tour, which we can arrange for you, or you can explore St. John history, by joining a hiking tour. After lunch aboard, you may decide to play, swim and relax at the beach, or take a leisurely stroll around the shops at Wharfside Village and Mongoose Junction, enjoy dinner aboard or at one of the restaurants, like the Extra Virgin Bistro, where they only use local, fresh ingredients, or the vegetarian friendly trattoria, Café Roma, followed by tropical cocktails and fun at a local favorite, The Beach Bar!
Our next stop is in St. Thomas, where we can arrange for you to take an island tour of the sites, or you can take a SCUBA or snorkeling tour, have lunch aboard or over in Red Hook, then enjoy a leisurely afternoon of duty free shopping in Charlotte Amalie! You can choose to enjoy the island nightlife, or we can set anchor in Christmas Cove, for a more quiet evening!
Leaving St. Thomas, we make way for an anchorage at Sun Bay inVieques. After lunch aboard, or on the beach, you can enjoy the award-winning Sun Beach and go for a horseback ride, followed by dinner aboard or at El Quenepo, then a night time kayak or electric boat tour of the ‘Bahia Fosforescente’!
We leave Vieques, and head for Puerto Del Rey, near Fajardo, where you can explore El Yunque, the rain forest, have a spa day at the Waldorf Astoria, play a round of golf at the Arthur Hill designed 18-hole golf course, or we can anchor at Cayo Lobos and spend the day fishing, swimming and snorkeling at La Cordillera Natural Reserve. As always, you can choose to dine aboard One Net, or we can arrange for you to dine ashore.
We depart Puerto Del Rey and fish our way back to San Juan Bay Marina. Here, you can get in any “last minute” shopping before you leave to catch your departing flight, or you may want us to arrange shoreside lodging for you, so you can explore Old San Juan more in depth before you leave!