|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Sail the US, British or Spanish Virgin Islands for an adventure of a life time. Jalapeno charters offers personalized sailing vacations in the BVI, USVI, and the Spanish Virgins aboard our 52 foot ketch, Jalapeno. Join us for a few days, a week, or more sailing and exploring these Caribbean islands. Jalapeno provides one or two couples, or families up to 6 with possibly the most exotic, relaxing, and fun vacation experience they have ever had. Why take a cruise ship when you can have your own private sailing yacht take you to destinations the cruise ship passengers never go. Relaxing and reading, swimming, snorkeling, or learning to sail, your crew is ready to meet your vacation needs. Work with the captain directly to customize your personal sailing cruise through Caribbean waters.
Factors to consider when planning your trip:
* Do you want to do a little or lots of sailing?
* Balance between dining aboard and meals ashore?
* Private anchorages or nighttime entertainment?
* Been here before, and want to go to different places while definitely hitting a few of your prior favorites?
* It is all good, and your crew likes to be flexible.
* Never been here before? No problem. We will make sure you see all the 'not to be missed' attractions.
* Been here a dozen times? We will still take you to new places you have not seen.
We can take you to Anagada where being on the beach at Cow Wreck or Loblolly Bay feels like you are at the end of earth. Day stops at places like the Baths, the Indians, pirate caves, Sandy Cay or Sandy Spit may be high on everyone's list. Perhaps you want to add a stop at the Dogs or Monkey Point. Don't forget Jost Van Dyke! This island has great hang-outs like the Soggy Dollar, Foxey's, Ivan's, Sydney's, Abe's and many more. On Virgin Gorda in the North Sound privacy can be had off Mosquito Island or Prickly Pear, while Leverick Bay, Saba Rock, and the Bitter End Yacht Club get you doing things ashore.
This is a truly custom made vacation and is designed around the desires and wishes of you and your party. Your crew will do their best to make sure your charter is a fantastic experience that you will remember with fond memories and want to repeat. The crew will act as your chef, bartender, waiter, tour guide, activities director, and sailing instructor (should you desire)!
Two cabins, each with its own head (bathroom), accommodate 2 couples with two additional bunks available in the salon. Each stateroom is made-up with bed linens, pillows, bath towels, and beach towels. A change of linens and bath towels is provided mid-week. We also supply soap, shampoo and sunscreen.
Jalapeno is well equipped with all the comforts of home. Our large galley is a delight to cook in and holds plenty of food and beverages for your cruise. In the Caribbean, rum is king -- and a favorite of the crew for making the guests “boat drinks” before sunset, and sipping after dinner.
Your crew will prepare all your meals and beverages specified in your preference sheet. Many guests like to eat a few meals ashore to enjoy the local cuisine and ambiance at some of the local establishments, which can range from a fancy dinner to a traditional island beach barbeque (guests are responsible for any meals ashore). You might invite the crew, which is a special treat, but it is not expected. The point is for you to enjoy the islands.
The Caribbean has some of the most beautiful water in the world and beautiful fish to go with it. You can bring your own mask and snorkel, or use a set from the assortment aboard Jalapeño. We also have fins as they can be a bit more difficult to travel with.
Come sail with us for a relaxing yet adventurous vacation personalized to meet your needs. We look forward to spoiling you!
Captain Ray Bryan grew up skiing and hiking the Sierra Nevada Mountains and has been sailing for 30 years. He holds a 100 ton US Coast Guard Captain’s license and is an avid diver and snorkeler. Ray has degrees in Mechanical Engineering, holds a Professional Engineering license, and has a very successful engineering firm specializing in product development for over 20 years.
First mate Jennifer met Ray skiing and shares his love of the outdoors. Jennifer taught school and was a school administrator for many years, but her love of the sea and sailing has called her to a different life.
Ray and Jennifer have both worked hard to fulfill their dream of sailing their own charter yacht in the Caribbean. Their goal is to insure you relax, enjoy your time on board, and experience the beauty of the Caribbean.
Captain Ray purchased this yacht in 2007
Jalapeno Charters offers personalized sailing vacations in the BVI, USVI, and the Spanish Virgins aboard our 52 foot ketch, Jalapeno. Join us for a few days, a week, or more sailing and exploring these Caribbean islands. Jalapeno provides one or two couples, or families up to 6 with possibly the most exotic, relaxing, and fun vacation experience they have ever had. Why take a cruise ship when you can have your own private sailing yacht take you to destinations the cruise ship passengers never go. Relaxing and reading, swimming, snorkeling, or learning to sail, your crew is ready to meet your vacation needs.
A sailing charter provides you with your own personal yacht and the opportunity to see and experience what very few people get to in the Caribbean. Get off the plane, settle in on Jalapeno and enjoy the rest of your vacation. Go where you want, when you want, linger away the day or not! Where ever you adventure Jalapeno is with you, providing all the comforts of home while being worlds away.
We thoroughly enjoyed our sailing trip on the Jalapeno! Captain Ray and first mate Jen met or exceeded all of our expectations as the crew. They are doing a great job putting all their experience together and running the business. Clear instructions, great service, good food, respectful behavior, professional yet relaxed environment. We really liked being included in the decision-making. Great information was provided about both sailing and the areas we explored. It was a fantastic vacation.
Our trip aboard Jalapeno was our best vacation ever! The experience, views, and the time on the water was something you could not get from a hotel or villa. Being able to visit all of the different islands was absolutely amazing. We were able to discover so many different beaches, restaurants, and enjoy each of the islands' awesome scenic areas. And we were able to spend so much time in the beautiful Caribbean water swimming and snorkeling. What a wonderful sailing experience!
We CANNOT say enough about Ray and Jennifer. They welcomed us aboard Jalapeno with open arms and graciously shared her with us for our week away. Their attention to detail was second to none. All of our wants and needs were taken care of, from planning months ahead to the last time we stepped off the boat. All aspects of the trip -- from the islands we visited, to the delicious food they prepared for us, to all of our activities -- were completely centered around our interests. Ray and Jennifer made it a priority to make sure our experience on board went well above our expectations!
We can't wait to sail with them again!!!
We had an incredible week aboard Jalapeño! Captain Ray and Jen were wonderful hosts who worked tirelessly to make our trip unforgettable. Ray plotted a course that adjusted to our desires and everyone enjoyed each of the islands we visited (St. John, Peter, Jost, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Sandy Spit). Jen went above and beyond to make sure our youngest son (age 7) had a great time and both of our boys learned to sail. Ray and Jen were outstanding hosts providing us history, information, beach and restaurant suggestions. We miss the gorgeous views, boat drinks and great conversation!
From the moment Captain Ray met us at the marina with a friendly smile, we knew this was a great vacation choice. We sailed for a week throughout the BVI's and really had the vacation of a lifetime. Captain Ray and First Mate Jennifer, a better team, you could not find, were accommodating, happy and extremely knowledgeable. They made us feel right at home on their beautiful boat and were just so easy to be around. It was very comfortable and all amenities really were supplied. This was a first time experience for us so it was nice that options were presented to us each day with lots of information about what we might be choosing. The meals were wonderful and with three teenagers, there was no shortage of food. We especially loved "Cocktails" every night with well planned out appetizers and fruity drinks. We also had three meals onshore and we were always given lots of ideas as to the best places to go. Ray and Jennifer have this charter business down to a tee. They know all the best snorkeling spots (and will accompany you if you want). They know everything you will see when you are out and can teach you a ton about marine life. Hiking to amazing vistas is an option on several of the islands. We paddle boarded, swam and sailed (and what a great job they did teaching my children about sailing). I really wanted a nice, relaxing week with nothing to think about except which island we were going to next. The week was perfect. Some nights we were moored in bays with one or two other boats. To look at the stars in complete darkness, lying in a hammock, is just incredible. Other nights, we went onshore where there was more action and once were treated to an authentic pirate show. I really felt, the whole week, that it was both Ray and Jennifer's mission, to make sure we had the best vacation ever. If you are looking for an awesome sailboat excursion, choose this boat. We love the Jalapeño and the incredible memories we made. We can't wait to go on another trip. Thank you Captain Ray and First Mate Jennifer.
"The best vacation ever!" That is a quote from our 17 year old daughter. I couldn't agree more. We were looking for something different for our holiday vacation. We wanted a unique, relaxing and uncrowded experience. The Jalapeño, Ray and Jennifer came through in a big way. From the first hour, I knew we'd made the right choice. Once we left the marina and stopped for a snorkeling swim, I realized I left my backpack in the taxi. Jennifer immediately got on her cell, used her local contacts, and tracked down my backpack in 10 minutes. After a "no big deal" trip back to the marina, my backpack was soon returned. That type of above and beyond service is the standard. Ray and Jen were not just the crew of the boat, they were an integral part of our vacation and I couldn't think of two better people to spend it with. Friendly and funny and full of all kinds of interesting info about the Virgin Islands, sailing, marine life...you name it. What was most amazing to me was, at one of the busiest times of the year, several times, Ray would find an anchorage with few or no other boats. The weird thing is, they were in such fantastic places that you wondered why everyone else wasn't there! The best snorkeling I've ever experienced, by far. Beautiful beaches to explore. Hikes from our private beach, over a ridge to a busy beach with lots of people and local food stands, or to an old lighthouse with thousands of butterflies and hermit crabs along the way. Unbelievable. We opted to have several meals on board...good choice. Great food from salmon, to chicken, empanadas, to pork. The food was amazing and all prepared fresh. Served with a smile and a glass or two of wine. Some nights that was followed by a guitar session with Ray and our daughter or an astronomy lesson. I'm telling you, this is a great trip. The boat is spotless, safe and provided ample space for all of us. Ray and Jen's knowledge of sailing is vast and we always felt safe, even in 7' waves in the open water. I could go on for a while about how special this trip was, but the best thing I could say, is just experience it for yourself. I was amazed how connected I felt to the places we were and Ray and Jennifer too. Great people, great boat, great food, great sights. No complaints. Do it!
Our stay with Ray and Jennifer on the Jalapeño was just as expected = terrific. A beautiful boat based out of a lovely harbor in St. Thomas. Our trek around the BVIs was an amazing adventure. Our hosts knew the ins and outs of every stop and even had a huge social network amongst the bar, restaurant, motor bike rental and other locals.
The Jalapeño was in tip-top shape, clearly owned and maintained by intelligent and detail oriented people.
We were spoiled all week. From Bloody Mary second breakfasts to treks to fabulous lobster restaurants via Zodiac Boat. Top notch across the board.
We would absolutely recommend the trip to family and friends. My one word of caution is that an extremely tall person (I am 6'4") could be challenged in the front bed with a tall partner (5'8") due to the shape of the bow of the boat. Doable but tight. There is a second bedroom just feet away.
We had an amazing trip and adventure and recommend the Jalapeño and Ray and Jennifer highly!
Captain Ray and the First Lady provide a relaxing, safe sailing adventure. They have thought of everything in terms of their guests comforts and preferences. The forms provided before sailing cover all necessary subjects and help them to provide you with the kind of trip you prefer. Jalepeno is a beautiful boat, and kept in pristine condition. Captain Ray makes sailing look easy, and is a calm presence. We ate two meals a day on the boat, and each meal was different, very tasty, and a nice blend of flavors and textures. The shore restaurant recommendations were "spot-on". Captain Ray has an intimate knowledge of the BVI, and his telling of the history and lore is very entertaining. It was a delightful week and one we would highly recommend to others.
Jalapeno offers her guests adventure sailing in the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, and the Spanish Virgins.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$101 per night, per additional guest|
Above rates are for 2 people, all breakfasts and lunches included with 1/2 dinners ashore. Please contact us for more options.
Other typical FULL Crew rates:
(Weekly Rates) 1 couple/2 people - 2 couples/4 people - Family of Six
All Dinners Ashore: $6,230 - $7,170 - $8,110
1/2 Dinners: $6,500 - $7,580 - $8,660
All Dinners Aboard: $6,770 - $7,990 - $9,210