Roughly 15 miles to the east of Fajardo, Puerto Rico, and 20 miles west of St. Thomas (in the U.S. Virgin Islands) lies one of the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets: the Spanish Virgin Islands, belonging to the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. With direct flights and no passport required for U.S. citizens, Puerto Rico makes an ideal and convenient getaway.
The two idyllic main islands, Culebra and Vieques, are nestled among some 20 other smaller islands. After being off limits to cruising yachts for decades, these quiet, secluded islands now welcome sailors and offer sheltered anchorages, thriving reefs, rich marine life and almost deserted, white sandy beaches.
With short sails between pristine beaches, line-of-sight navigation and calm seas, it’s easy for both new and experienced sailors to explore some of most tranquil and largely undiscovered islands in the Caribbean.