The Dinghy Experience
Explore the North Shore of St. John on our new 12′ APEX Inflatables powered with 25HP Yamaha Outboards
About Renting A Dinghy
Renting a dinghy will be a highlight of your vacation we can assure you! A Dinghy will give you the ability to explore many of the best beaches and destinations St. John and nearby islands have to offer. Leaving from Cruz Bay, you are able to cruise the North Shore to Waterlemon Cay. On the way you will be able to stop at any of the beaches that might catch your eye including some of St. John’s most popular beaches such as Honeymoon, Hawksnest, Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay, Maho Bay and more. Renting a dinghy gives you the freedom to soak up the beautiful Caribbean waters at your own pace on your own schedule. After a short orientation with our staff, you will be able to captain the dinghy on your own which really is a lot of fun. Another great benefit to renting a dinghy is the fact that you don’t have to worry about finding a parking spot! Its the best way to spend your day at the beach.
Frequently Asked Questions & Rules
Please Read Before Booking A Dinghy
The Dinghy is limited to the North Shore of St. John from Cruz Bay to Waterlemon Cay. Weather conditions may limit you to certain beaches depending on the wind and swell. If you are wanting to go somewhere specific, please contact us a few days prior and we can let you know what the sea condition predictions look like. We are happy to reschedule you if possible.
We cannot control the sea conditions. We can typically predict what the sea conditions will be like 2-3 days outs. We make the decision each morning on which beaches we allow the boats to go. We are happy to reschedule you or cancel your reservation 48 hours in advance.
Yes Please do! We want you to have the best day possible. Please bring whatever you would like to make your day better. It’s your boat! We also have coolers, chairs, speakers, snorkel gear and other items available for rent!
We understand that every boat is a little different and we will go over the vessel with you prior to your departure. But… We are NOT a boat driving school. We require you to know the basics of operating a motor vessel and have experience in a similar sized vessel. We expect you to arrive to our facility confident and comfortable navigating our boats in a safe manner in the Virgin Islands waters. If you feel uncomfortable navigating on your own, we highly suggest hiring a captain or tour guide to accompany you on your trip. If during your orientation our staff feels uncomfortable in your ability to operate the vessel on your own, we hold the right to require a captain or cancel your reservation with no refund.
Yes, Absolutely! If you either feel uncomfortable operating the vessel on your own or you simply want someone to show you around you can hire a captain or a tour guide to accompany you on your trip. You can still be the captain but we will help you navigate, tie the lines and do all the dirty work! Also, if you plan on having a few drinks, having a backup captain is always a great idea!
The Dinghy will go faster than you will want to go! They have plenty of power to get up on plane and have plenty of speed. We will reiterate this during your orientation but you must use extreme caution when operating these vessels as they have the ability to go very fast.
Dinghys are not allowed to go to the BVI. Simply because thats crazy and you’ll probably run out of gas anyhow. If you wish to go to the BVI, we suggest checking out our Zodiacs and Charter Boats.
Shit Happens, we understand. When renting our boats you are taking sole responsibility for the vessel and the liability of you and your passengers. We offer a damage insurance policy for you to purchase with your rental to assist with any serious / costly damage but you are responsible for any and all damage caused while the vessel is in your care. Once again, we can’t recommend hiring a captain enough.
Trust us, we like to have a good time too! Alcohol is allowed on the boat but the driver of the boat is strictly prohibited from operating a vessel over the legal limit of alcohol of 0.08%. We take this very seriously and if the captain of the boat at all appears to be over the limit, we hold the right to require a breathalyzer test when you return. If the captain refuses to test or fails the test, we are required by law to call the US Coast Guard and local authorities. If you at all plan on consuming alcohol on your trip, we highly recommend hiring a captain.
Our mission is to provide an experience and a service you will respect
Wharfside Watersports is here to serve you and your guests while visiting St. John. We love what we do and are excited to provide you with the best experience anyone can give. We are proud of the products and services we have to offer and look forward to showing you a great time in the US & British Virgin Islands. Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time if you have any questions about Watersports, St. John or the US & British Virgin Islands. We hope to see you soon. 🙂