Mention the Virgin Islands, and most people think of the US Virgin Islands or the British Virgin Islands. However, only 15-20 miles from these islands, and just 6 miles east of Puerto Rico, it places the Spanish Virgin Islands, also known as the "traffic islands".
Restored to the United States in 1898, this region consists of the Culebra and Vieques Islands as well as the surrounding islands and islands. The Spanish Virgin Islands have always been a well-kept secret, even in the days of Bluebird and other famous pirates who used the islands to hide the hideout.
The fact that the Marines and US Navy used the islands for bombing until 2003 also kept land, commercial developers, and an abundance of sailing charters. The result is virgin and pristine islands, with spacious desert white sandy beaches. Pure blue turquoise water and intact coral reefs filled with fish, corals and crustaceans. There are hills to climb and explore; almost empty anchors, and the natural charm of the British Virgin Islands thirty-five years ago. If you're looking for a somewhat remote paradise for your next vacation on a windsurfer, the Spanish Virgin Islands are your answer!
The Spanish Virgin Islands are easily accessible from Puerto Rico's east coast, just outside the town of Fajardo, where your sailing ship will be docked. Although Puerto Rico is the Commonwealth of the United States, its strong Spanish heritage remains. Regardless of whether you are wandering or renting a glider, it is helpful to take a few days before or after you hire to explore the island. Three highlights not to be missed are Old San Juan, El Link Rainforest and Rio Camoe Cave. Wandering among the seven block area known as "Old San Juan", it is easy to see why it is considered one of the best preserved treasures of Spanish colonial architecture. The narrow, cobblestone streets lined with some of the oldest buildings in the Western Hemisphere. Bright pastel facades and wrought iron balconies are fun. With its Spanish style patios, antique shops and art galleries, the influence of the ancient world can be easily appreciated. Southeast San Juan, the Caribbean National Forest, known as "El Yunque", covers 28,000 acres and 3,500 feet above sea level. El Yunque, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. forest system, is home to more than 225 species of native trees. There are 50 types of orchids and a large selection of rare plants and animals, as well as many waterfalls. There are many miles of well-marked paths (many paved roads) to explore. It's a natural wonder that you won't forget it soon. Northwest San Juan puts the Rio Camui Cave Park. This is the third largest ground river cave system in the world. A two-hour tour allows you to explore 268 acres of tunnels, gates, stalagmites, stalactites and underground rivers. While the mainland, Puerto Rico has a lot of great sites. Your real sailing adventure begins while exploring the islands known as the Spanish Virgins.
Leaving Fajardo Island and sailing through the sound of Vieques, Isla Palominos is a great introduction to this region. This is the jewel of a tropical island. During the day, coral reefs on the northern shore are an excellent place to dive. At night, Isla Palominos Island is the perfect place to watch the sunset over El Yunque Rain Forest and dine on the fresh tuna or bonito that caught it roaming through the sound. The next place to explore is Cayo Luis Pena, opposite Culebra Island. This two-mile uninhabited sanctuary and wildlife includes many hiking paths and gorgeous secluded beaches. This is the sailing charter place looking for seclusion. If you have a fairly fast boat, and the conditions are light, then the marina is a good place to launch snorkeling or diving expeditions to the coral off the Culebra, including Las Hermanas and Cayo Yerba. Puerto Rico. The lobster season lasts one year, so your next meal can be found under the coral. This marina also provides a wonderful view of the sunset from El Yunque Rain Forest. Imagine sitting in the cockpit of your sailing charter at dusk eating on your freshest fishing with this incredible view! Isla de Culebra is located to the east of the island of Cayo Luis Peña, 11 square miles of pristine beauty of the island. Attracted by solitude, its stunning miles and miles of stunning beaches, it is the attractive city of Dewey.
Diving and snorkelling sites are among the best in the Caribbean! This is an ideal destination for a few days vacation rental charter. You will have no choice but to enjoy the natural beauty of this island. This island includes only about 2000 people, who live precisely at "island time", and there are no resorts or nightclubs to entertain you. The sleepy town of Dewey consists of a variety of lean, two-story wood and a few bars and restaurants, whose owners may or may not choose to open it on any given day. Since 1909, the entire coastline and a third of the interior has been designated as the Culebra National Wildlife Refuge, which is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This protected land is home to endangered sea turtles, including leather turtles, and about 50,000 seabirds. There are three roads in Culebra – all leading to the beach. The most famous and possibly the most exciting in the entire Caribbean are Playa Flamenco. This deserted beach, wide and smooth, is made up of fine white sand like sugar powder. If hiking is not the thing to do, you can ride sailboats through mangrove swamps off Esnenada Honda near Dewey. Alternatively, fasten the sailing charter in the port of Dakity or Bahia de Almadovar for a day of diving. There is a reason inviting the Puerto Rican tourism office to Culebra, "The thickest place in Puerto Rico!" There are some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling in the Caribbean in Culebra, which also enjoys coral reef protection, serving American fish and wildlife. Virgin reefs and calming clear waters provide a great opportunity to observe barracuda, stingray rays, parrotfish, trumpet fish, blue fish, deep purple sea fans, a variety of colorful coral reefs, as well as an opportunity to swim with sea turtles. At night, in the quiet Bahia de Almadovar Marina, you can see the shining lights of St. Thomas 15 miles away as the sun sets on another perfect day for a sailing rental. Another dock for your sailing charter is Culebrita. The diving here is also excellent. The beaches are great, especially the 400-foot white sand crescent on the north shore.
Anchors in Colibrieta were neglected during the week, but the weekends are a different story. Everyone from Puerto Rico, with a speedboat, seems to make Colbrita a favorite weekend getaway. After several days of isolation, it may be fun to watch people as families laugh, dance on the deck to distract salsa music, share a drink or two with you, and then disappear at sunset. The last point on your sailing charter to the Spanish Virgin Islands must be Vieques Island. 21 miles long and three to four miles wide, many cruisers consider the bays, bays and beaches of this island to be the best on all Virgin Islands. Due to its recent history as a site of American bombing, the island has not been touched by developers, (although unlike St. Croix, it is the largest island in both the US and British Virgin Islands.) Population living in the central part, the island is also home to a large herd Of roaming goats, a few fragile cattle, wild horses Basso Fino. Most of the locals travel on horseback.
The main city is Esperanza, with its beautiful white beach promenade, lined with picturesque restaurants. One of the highlights of Vieques is its overnight trip to Mosquito Bay, and it is said to have the highest degree of luminosity in the world. Concentrations of massive organisms emit a strange glow when disturbed by the movement in the water. If the water is calm, you can boat from your harbor in Ensenada Sun Bay. Otherwise, it is worth hiring one of Esperanza's many tour operators to take you on a night diving trip, kayak or electric boat to experience this wonderful phenomenon. You must spend your last night sailing charter in Green Beach, located at the western end of Vieques. The beach, with its narrow stretch of sand lined with palm trees, overlooks directly across the water to El Yunque in Puerto Rico, just six miles from the west. While drinking the last rum on the deck, watch the green flash as the sun disappears beneath the horizon on this paradise.
If you are looking for undisturbed anchors, secluded white beaches, amazing diving / snorkeling, and immersion in the Caribbean Sea in Spanish culture with locals, unaffected by tourism or development, the Spanish Virgin Islands are for you! These islands and virgin islands will provide an opportunity to rent completely unique sailing from the British Virgin Islands and the nearby United States. One of our yachts offering perfect sailing on the Spanish Virgin Islands is the Marolanga charter yacht.