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In all, 10 major islands and 50 smaller isles make up the British Virgin Islands. Despite the number, many visitors to the British Virgin Islands tend to stick to one island. For example, families gravitate toward one of the larger islands like Tortola, Virgin Gorda or Jost Van Dyke because of the number of activities and inclusive resort options. While the capital island of Tortola and the rugged beauty of Jost Van Dyke are certainly breathtaking, we propose testing the waters, so to speak, and visiting more than just one island during your stay.

We’re not talking about a cruise, though. Instead, we’re talking about chartering your own yacht or catamaran through the crystal clear Caribbean waters. In this corner of the world, island hopping is not only one of the most popular modes of travel, it’s often the only way to travel. Aside from enjoying the natural beauty of the islands, you’ll also be able to create family memories that will last a lifetime on a trip unlike any other.

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Land, ho! Bitter End Yacht Club

Every family vacation has to begin somewhere. In this case, it’s at the Bitter End Yacht Club on the third largest island of the chain, Virgin Gorda. This luxury resort has something the whole family can get behind. In addition to day excursions are available to surrounding islands like Anegada, The Baths, and Norman Islands, guests can also snorkel along the shore, fish off the docks, or hike through one of the island’s two national parks. To top it off, all guests have complimentary access to a range of sail boats through the Bitter End Club Fleet. A little rusty on your sailing skills? No worries. The staff will guide you through the ropes with an introductory class or refresher course.

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Then Charter Your Own Vessel

Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to see all (or at least some) of the 60 islands within the British Virgin Islands. With The Moorings, you can set your own course, essentially waking up on one island, lunching in another, and watching the sunset from a third. The Moorings have ports of call in more than two dozens of the islands, which places much of the natural beauty of the BVI at your fingertips. The entire family can learn how to sail or spend their day pursuing their own activities as they cruise the waterways, like perfecting that perfect front flip off the side and into the turquoise waters below.

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Proclaim Your Summer Freedom

If you book now, you can have your cake and eat it too with one of the many Summer Freedom specials. Ranging from exclusive luxury vacation rental deals to discounted yacht and other watersport excursions, these vacation package offers are too good to pass by. Everyone deserves a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, so why not have yours this summer?