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SAILING AND ADVENTURES IN PARADISE ON YOUR OWN PRIVATE YACHT

Captain Ray

Advertiser since: 2010
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Speaks: english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type yacht
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Captain Ray

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Speaks: english
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SAILING AND ADVENTURES IN PARADISE ON YOUR OWN PRIVATE YACHT

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type yacht
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

St. Thomas Yacht Rental Photos and Description

A Truly Personalized Vacation.

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!

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Captain Ray (Property Manager)
Advertiser since: 2010
Call Manager
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Speaks: english

About Captain Ray

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

Why Captain Ray chose St. Thomas

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.

What makes this yacht unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the manager

I write this just about an hour after working on some of the trip details for our trip on Jalapeno in March--our second. That in itself speaks volumes since my husband, Mike and I have a huge "bucket list" of travels we want to fulfill, so we rarely do a trip twice -- sailing with Captains Ray and Jennifer is something we will probably put on our "annual must do" list. In a nutshell, it's wonderful! (we've traveled a great deal and Jalapeno ranks among our top trips).



First and foremost, the Jalapeno is one beautiful, comfortable boat. The Bryans have their quarters in the stern (a large bedroom and bath), but the rest of the boat is completely set up for guests. The best way to describe how it feels being on board is that you are a cherished guest, a part of the crew, and never an imposition. The boat is very clean and well kept, beautifully organized (so even when we had 8 of us onboard one day no one felt crowded or in the way), and very, very comfortable.



Ray is a highly trained, incredibly knowledgeable, and very professional skipper. He and his wife are both Outdoor Emergency Care technicians (equivalent to an EMT, but in a wilderness setting), and they are the type of people that come hell, high water, pirates, an overflowing toilet, an empty Rum jug (gasp!!) or anything that could possibly get thrown at you -- they will handle it with calm professionalism, a great sense of humor and utmost ease. I've been on other charter and private boats before, and Jalapeno is truly the most comfortable, relaxed and "safe" feeling boat I have been on.



Because Captain Ray is so well established in the Virgins, he knows all the best places to go, the best times to go there, and the best route to take. He adapts the schedule (as in very flexible) to meet your needs and wishes, and can steer your in the best directions for scuba, snorkeling, swimming, hiking, dining, shopping...whatever your hearts desire.



The only negative? It has to end. Stepping off of Jalapeno and into the taxi back to the airport was made bearable only by knowing we would come back this year.



On a scale of 1 - 10; I rate Ray's charters a 20. Mike and I can not recommend them highly enough -- and trust me, we've been on a fair number of trips (from Galapagos to Alaska). Jalapeno truly ranks number one.
Jan 2010
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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type yacht
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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4.7
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A sailing adventure to remember

  • 4 of 5
We were very well taken care of by Captain Ray and his wife and first mate Jennifer. The boat was clean and the accommodations were comfortable. I drifted off to sleep each night to the gentle rocking of the boat and the warm breezes coming in through the hatch. We were joined by our friends on the trip, and were able to enjoy stops and moorings at many wonderful Islands. Ray adjusted the itinerary to our wishes. We especially enjoyed the sailing, snorkeling(me in particular) the food and of course the comradery, and fun that eight days on a boat engenders.
  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
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Our trip aboard the Jalapeño was outstanding!

  • 5 of 5
We were part of a (2) couple group that chartered the Jalapeño for (8) days of sailing the Virgin Islands.

Capt. Ray and First Mate Jennifer could not have been nicer, or more welcoming and accommodating. The food was varied, tasty, nutritional and nicely served up. Our port-side cabin/bunk was comfortable with more than enough space to store our clothing (we brought more than was needed) and personal gear. We're used to sleeping in a queen-sized bed but had no problem with the double bunk. Showering on-deck most of the time met all our needs.

Capt. Ray designed an interesting trip which began with our first and last nights on St. John but at different anchorages. We had ample opportunity to sail Jalapeño as well as learn more about ship handling and maritime safety and courtesy.

We went as far as Anegada where the local lobster can't be beat. In our (8) night sail we ate (4) dinners aboard and (4) on-shore. With the exceptions of dinners on Anegada at Barry's place (lobster) and at Corsair's on Jost van Dyke meals on-shore couldn't compare with the food on-board. Capt. Ray's made-from-scratch lobster bisque (from the lobster we couldn't finish on Anegada) was a major treat. All our needs and questions were met with smiles and answers. A birthday was included during our sail and Jennifer surprised us with a cake made on-board complete with candle. This was without a doubt one of the best, if not the best vacations we've taken. If you're looking to sail with wonderful people on a well-maintained boat and just maybe learn about sailing and local custom, flora, and fauna Jalapeño is a really good choice. I'll post more on Trip Advisor.

Jim Diedrich
  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
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A wonderful experience - highly recommended

  • 5 of 5
Our family of four (myself, my husband, and two college age kids) had a wonderful four day trip on the Jalepeno. Ray and Jennifer were extremely welcoming and a pleasure to spend time with. We chose to focus on sailing, snorkeling, swimming and relaxing, but Ray and Jennifer will facilitate whatever else you want to do as well. We would highly recommend an expedition on the Jalepeno and would love to go back some day for a longer trip.
  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
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Amazing!

  • 5 of 5
My husband, daughter and I recently completed a trip I’ve been dreaming of for 30 years and planning for two years. We met Ray, Jen, and Jalapeno in St. Thomas and had a 16 day adventure to the Leeward Islands, including stops at St. John (US Virgins), St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, Antigua, St. Barts, Anguilla, and Virgin Gordon and Tortola (British Virgins).

Our sailing conditions included long passages with little wind, nice wind, and more than enough wind! We encountered rough, sloppy seas, broken boat parts, and engine troubles. Through it all, Ray and Jen maintained unfailing good humor and accommodated our every need and want.

We had great drinks and meals, even if it required Jen setting the toaster up in the floor of the cockpit to keep it from flying around. We had an awesome, day-long celebration for our daughter, who turned 21 on the trip, completely with mimosas to start the day and homemade birthday cake to end it.

Ray and Jen joined us for many land adventures and gave us recommendations for several others that we enjoyed on our own. When our plans for activities one day didn’t work out as expected, Ray jumped to the rescue and cleared customs for us to visit some unplanned harbors, replacing frustration with delight for all. Ray was a gracious escort for several adventures – star gazing, scuba diving, dinner at Dune Preserve to see Bankie Banks, a late night dinghy ride back to the boat at Cane Garden Bay, and a hike to the top of the hill overlooking Colombier.

This was our second charter on Jalapeno, and the boat was, as always, well equipped and spacious. When Ray and Jen didn’t join us for land excursions, it was because they stayed behind to do maintenance, food prep and cleaning to ensure that everything was in top condition for us. We were spoiled rotten the entire trip!

We made family and friendship memories to last a lifetime. I have tears in my eyes as I write this – tears of sadness that our trip is over and tears of joy at the wonderful reminiscences. Thank you Ray and Jen.
  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
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Sailing Nirvana

  • 5 of 5
We wanted a unique sail, combining the benefit of experienced crew and personalized attention. What we received exceeded all expectations. From the raucous nightlife of Willie T's, to the edge-of-the-world feeling approaching Anegada for a Christmas Eve feast of lobster, every day was more amazing than the last. After relaying to Ray the desire for an informal ceremony "at some point" along the trip, he adjusted the itinerary to include an early morning stop at the tiny island of Sandy Spit. Who knew he and Jennifer were consummate wedding planners along with all of their other skills. After thoughtful words from Ray and exchanging of vows, we enjoyed the surprise of champagne and fluted glasses, smuggled aboard the dinghy by Jennifer. It was the perfect spontaneous moment to remember for a lifetime.
Of course, the food was wonderful and we were always well-supplied with a variety of tasty drinks. Bloody Mary's are now ruined for me, because no other bartender can measure up to Ray's concoctions.
At the end of the trip, we were sad to leave not only the Islands, but our 2 newest friends. I have a feeling we will be back for an anniversary!
  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
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Excellent out of the way and out of the ordinary

  • 4 of 5
We thoroughly enjoyed our 'cruise' with Ray and Jennifer from St. Thomas to the Spanish Virgin Islands. We would definitely recommend booking with Jalapeno. The only reason that this is not a five star is that a five star would have a helicopter on the deck....for us it was a five star for the adventure!

This kind of trip is not for everyone.....those that like floating on a high rise may find accomodations and space inside a little tight...but for those who want the comforts of home, good cooking, great meals ashore and a bit of 'off the beaten path', this trip is for them. The accomodations are clean, well-maintained and are comfortable for a couple (which we were). It can easily accomodate a family or 3 or 4.adults (more would likely seem crowded...unless very close friends).

Ray is an experienced and conscientious captain. We anchored in the most private of coves (twice with no other boats at all)...great snorkeling, beautiful scenary, splendid weather, etc. etc. We saw rays, turtles, lots of different fish, octopi, even the occasional lion fish (unfortunately).

The rum cocktails were great (ask to try the dark and stormy).

The prices are very reasonable considering you have your own private ship with crew that will tailor the itinerary to your own wishes.
  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
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Car: not necessary

Jalapeno offers her guests adventure sailing in the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, and the Spanish Virgins.

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Rates & Availability

From $934 Per night

St. Thomas Yacht Rental Rates

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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $78 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Notes 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: $4,750 - $5,690 - $6,630
1/2 Dinners: $5,200 - $6,280 - $7,360
All Dinners Aboard: $5,650 - $6,870 - $8,090

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Amenities

St. Thomas Yacht Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • yacht
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Included in Price
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 1 -
  • Each stateroom has its own head.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Jalapeno offers two staterooms for our guests. The forward cabin is a V berth and the second cabin has a double berth.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
Notes:
Jalapeno is your home for your cruise and has most every amenity you would have at home. Your itinerary is based on your personalized preferences. In addition to sailing, charters offer swimming, snorkeling, sunning, relaxing, hiking, reading, sight-seeing, napping, eating, and drinking. Your crew can also recommend and arrange additional activities like diving, parasailing, island tours, and other excursions depending on each island's offerings. The Virgin Islands offer a tremendous variety of bays and anchorages to visit. A varied menu will be designed around the food selections on your preference sheet as are the beverages. Guests select which meals to eat aboard and which to eat ashore.

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