Unless you've made dozens of trips to the BVIs there are many areas that one can go to "get away from the crowds". Generally getting away from the crowds anywhere will negate the opportunity to eat ashore, as mentioned in your last sentence.
Have you spoken to your charter company and specifically mentioned your intentions of possibly sailing to St Croix or the SVI? There will probably either be restrictions or a specific criteria you or the vessel you are chartering on must meet. Chartering in the SVI from St Thomas generally means there will not be much support in the event of a mechanical problem. Are you comfortable with that? Who are you chartering with, Fairwinds, Island Yachts or CYOA?
On St Thomas there are a plethora of land activities and restaurants. Send me a PM if you want specific suggestions. As far as places to stop Linbergh, Brewers, Megens, Honeymoon, Christmas
Cove etc... all provide good places to spend the evening on the hook in typically flat water
St John has dozens of bays with VI Park service mooring
balls. Typically the snorkeling around them is good. Francis/Maho is nearly always calm but with very limited shore side food
other than the restaurant at the top of the stairs. You do have the opportunity to catch a cab/safari and take it into Cruz Bay and have many dining options. Leinster/Waterlemon has great snorkeling some hiking but no access to shoreside establishments. Lameshur has great snorkeling and is usually nearly vacant. Coral
Bay is a fun place to visit as far as a variety of dinghy
accessible bars/restaurants like Skinny Legs, Donkey Cafe and Lucy's (all reasonably priced and unique).
reccommendations would be hard to give as it is so weather
dependent. If there are large north swells then clearly the sail to Megens on STT would be rough. A 2-3 day cricumnavigation of St Thomas with a stop on Water Island makes for a fair amount of sailing with no crowds. The same holds true for St John, some of the north side bays can be busy during the day like Hawksnest and Caneel but usually clear out later. You could easily spend 10 days sailing around either St Thomas or St John, especially if you wish to dive a lot. The diving on St Croix is fantastic!!!! Christianstad Harbor has a variety of restaurants to choose from.
Originally Posted by SkyPilot
Yes, I know its rough to have such problems
has an 11 day charter coming up in April out of St Thomas. We want to get a good bit of diving and snorkeling in, and I fall on the side of getting away from the crowds, vs going to the crowds. As such, I'm currently planning on bypassing the BVIs and focusing on USVI, St John and St Croix, with possible leg over to SVI.
Recomendations on route? Land activities? Good evening/restaurants for families?