The anchorages on St John:
Leinster Bay is one of the best mooring points on the northern side of St John island in the United States Virgin Islands. It is located in the Caribbean Sea and is one of the top destinations for yacht charters and a perfect starting point for discovering more beautiful destinations. Leinster Bay is found E of Mary Point after crossing Funghi Passage. It is a large bay, divided into Mary Point on the W side and Waterlemon Bay on the E side.
In the past, anchoring was allowed here but now you will only find mooring balls. As with most locations around St John, these are maintained by the US Park Service and are subject to certain regulations. For stays longer than 14 days in one 6 month period you will need to obtain a permit from the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR). Visitors should always enter from Cruz Bay to clear customs and discuss their travel plans and options. The fee for mooring can be paid on site. The area can be busy during high season and if given the option it is best to pick a ball near the shore.
This mooring spot is not ideal for provisioning. It is of note that the island of St John does not have any marinas.
A very quiet and peaceful anchorage that is ideal for those looking for a place away from the crowds. There are two main beaches in the bay, St Mary’s Creek Beach and Annaberg Beach.
Things to Do
This is one of the best spots on the island for snorkelling with lots to see for beginner and advanced divers. The stunning scenery and off the beaten path feel of this spot makes this an easy favourite for yacht charters in the area.
Along the seagrass bed, you can spot sea turtles, rays, conches and plenty of colourful starfish. The diversity and variety of fish close to Waterlemon Cay is even more impressive.
Annaberg Sugar Plantation
This is the closest mooring point if you wish to visit the Annaberg Sugar Plantation. You may also visit from nearby Maho Bay and Francis Bay after a short hike or using transport. The trail to the plantation is relatively short and easy for families and children. It provides information on the history and brutal conditions that more than 600 slaves lived under during colonial rule. There is no fee to enter the trail but visitors should consider using the donation box.