You Should Know These 8 Things Before Booking a Private Jet to the Virgin Islands
Are you looking to dig your toes into the sand on some of the most renowned beaches in the world? Look no further than the US Virgin Islands. Rest your head at one of several world-class resorts and watch the cruise ships come into port in St. Thomas. Hike through the sublime shores and peaceful parklands in St. John. Sip on award-winning rums after snorkeling some of the best scuba sites in the world in St. Croix.
Before you pack your bags and book a private jet to the Virgin Islands, here are 8 things you need to know first.
Plan your arrival date
The best time to book a private jet to the Virgin Islands is between April and June. During this time the weather will be mild, and you won’t experience much rainfall. If you choose to visit during the winter season, you can expect temperatures to land somewhere in the mid-70s to mid-80s with breezy evenings. Hurricane season starts in July and runs right through October, so it’s best to avoid booking U.S. Virgin Island flights during that time.
Yes, the US Virgin Islands are US territories, which means you don’t necessarily need your passport to visit. However, the British Islands right next door are not part of the US, which means you’ll need your passport to island hop. If you cross into foreign waters on a boat, you’ll need that little blue book. Even if you don’t plan on venturing away from the US Virgin Islands, come prepared and tuck your passport in your suitcase just in case your plans change mid-vacation.
Prepare yourself for landing in St. Thomas
If you’ve never booked a private jet to the Virgin Islands, arriving in St. Thomas may be a little shocking. The airport, while stunning, is really short. That means your take-off and landing may cause your heart—and stomach!—to jump.
Don’t worry. The pilots making the Virgin Islands flight are more than prepared to handle the runway. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the exciting view.
Pack light, really light
If you’re not climatized to Caribbean weather, you’ll likely find the temperature and humidity a lot to handle on the first day. It’s going to be hot, so pack lightweight clothing. When packing for your private jet to the Virgin Islands, don’t forget your sunglasses and hat!
Book your island activities before you leave
Even though you’ll be on island time when you arrive, you may want to plan a few outings. With all the cruise ships landing in St. Thomas on a daily basis, activities in the area are typically full to capacity. Not sure what you should book? Here are a few of our recommendations:
- Charter a 50’ luxury catamaran
- Snorkel with turtles
- Book a private sunset sailboat charter
- Hop aboard a dinner cruise
Consider your accommodation options
Picking a resort to stay at after booking your private jet to the Virgin Islands can be exciting and overwhelming. There are certainly lots of options to choose from. To help narrow down the options, here are a few of our recommendations.
This island is certainly the busiest island of the three, but there are a few resorts that feel like they’re a world away from the crowds of tourists, like:
- Secret Harbour, a top pick for those looking for solitude and seclusion
- Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove, home to colorful architecture and fabulous views of Pacquereau Bay and St. Thomas Harbor
- The Ritz-Carlton, located on the shores of the turquoise Great Bay
The smallest of the three islands, St. John typically draws an outdoorsy crowd. In fact, two-thirds of the island has been designated as a national park, making it the perfect place to reconnect with nature. Some of the resorts worth stay at include:
- The Westin, located right next to the lush national park
- Sea Shore Allure, perfect for couples seeking out their very own slice of paradise
This little slice of heaven offers some of the best diving in the world. Here you’ll also discover historic landmarks and festivals worth joining. Some of the best places to stay in St. Croix include:
- The Buccaneer Hotel, a beautifully appointed hotel that overlooks the Caribbean and Christiansted harbor
- Carambola Beach Resort, spacious rooms with easy access to the beach and Carambola tide pools
Pack your camera
Of course, the Virgin Islands are full of stunning backdrops for the perfect photo op moments, but there are some truly historic and unusual sites to see too. After your private jet to the Virgin Islands touches down in St. Thomas, be sure to set aside some time for visiting these amazing sites:
Bioluminescent Bay – The water here actually lights up in the dark. This rare phenomenon is caused by millions of blooming tiny plankton called dinoflagellate. Plan your trip accordingly, though, because conditions have to be just right for this spectacular light show to take place.
Buck Islands – located about a mile and a half from the shores of St. Croix, Buck Island is home to the best diving sites in the area. The barrier reef is home to thousands of brightly colored tropical fish. Above water is pretty wonderful too, so be prepared to spend a little time hiking through the island too.
Paradise Point – If you’re traveling with your partner, be sure to spend a bit of time at Paradise Point, especially during the sunset or dusk. It offers unrivaled views of Charlotte Amalie Harbor, Water Island and Puerto Rico.
If you’ve never been on a private jet before, read our previous blog article to learn more about the exciting world of private aviation: Private Jet Travel: What to Expect When You Fly Private.
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