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“A DIAMOND IN THE RUM” Cruzan Rum, locally known as “The Rum of the Islands,” comes from St. Croix and the name Cruzan comes from the name of the local people of the island known as Crucians. Since the early 1800’s, the Nelthropp family has lived on the island and has been an integral part of this legendary island’s rich history. It is here that the family produces Cruzan Rum, thereby upholding the centuries-old tradition of crafting the finest Virgin Islands’ rum. At Cruzan, every last drop of rum is brilliantly crafted to exceptional standards, using natural ingredients and a unique distillation process. Cruzan Rum consistently achieves the light, distinctive taste which has made it one of the fastest growing, premium rums in the world. Cruzan’s line of rums has grown to include Aged Dark, Aged Light, Aged 151 Proof and Black Strap, as well as 14 flavors, including the newest member of the flavor lineup, the very popular, Blueberry Lemonade. Cruzan also reintroduced its Estate Diamond Rums in Aged Light & Aged Dark. For rum connoisseurs, Cruzan Single Barrel is the world’s first single barrel rum and winner of a Double Gold Medal at the prestigious San Francisco Spirits Competition. Rounding out the portfolio is Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum, made with a unique blend of nine spices and Cruzan Velvet Cinn, which takes the naturally sweet flavor of rich dairy cream a step further by adding a robust and lingering taste of bakery cinnamon. So be sure to ask your bartender for a Cruzan Rum Drink, because in the Virgin Islands when we say “Rum” we mean Cruzan Rum!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 8 Welcome & Island Information 10 Clearance, Customs & Immigration 12 Communications 14 Obtaining a Captain’s License 16 U.S. Coast Guard 17 Weather & Water Safety 18 Navigating the Waters 20 Cruising & Mooring Permits 22 National Park Rules & Regulations 24 Marinas 27 Marine Services and Supplies 30 USVI Map 32 Regatta & Racing Calendar 33 Yacht Clubs 34 Fishing & Tournament Calendar 40 Water Sports 42 Activities 44 Provisioning 48 Shopping 52 Dining 53 Places to Stay on Land 57 Taxi Rates 58 Transportation

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62 Welcome & Island Information 64 Clearance, Customs & Immigration 66 Cruising & Mooring Permits 67 Communications 68 Safety in the Water & Weather 72 Marinas 76 BVI Map 78 Yacht Clubs 79 Things to Do 80 Water Sports 81 Fishing 82 Transportation

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PUERTO RICO

86 A Side Trip to Puerto Rico 90 Customs & Immigration 92 Marinas

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 94 Directory of Advertisers & Essential Services

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Rita Jones & Jennifer Sibilly

ART DIRECTOR M. Alicia Ziff

ADVERTISING SERVICES Lisa Lawlor

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DISCLAIMER:

The United States Virgin Islands Marine Guide is published by Media Marketing, Inc. with offices at 1000 Blackbeard’s Hill, Suite 7, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. 00802; tel.: 340-774-0920; fax: 340-774-3144; e-mail: rjmedia@hotmail.com; website: www. vimarineguide.com. Contents copyright 2016 by Media Marketing, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced in any form without written permission from the publisher. All prices and dates contained within the Marine Guide are subject to change without notice. Publisher assumes no responsibility for the return of unsolicited photographs or articles and may use them at the publisher’s discretion. Such materials are submitted at the risk of the photographer/author. Media Marketing, Inc. is not responsible for any advertiser temporarily closing or going out of business, nor is Media Marketing, Inc. responsible for any personal injury that may occur as a result of the inherent risks associated with any of the activities advertised in this publication.

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WELCOME

TO THE UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS

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ISLANDS’ SIZE St. Croix 84-square miles;

St. Thomas-32 square miles; St. John-19 square miles; Water Island-.76 square miles. POPULATION 103,574 year-round residents (July 2015 estimate), with approximately 50,000 each St. Thomas and St. Croix and the remainder on St. John and Water Island. LOCATION/GEOGRAPHY 40 miles east of Puerto Rico, 1,100 miles southeast of Miami and 1,500 miles southeast of New York. LATITUDE/LONGITUDE 18º 20N, 64º 50W. CAPITAL Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. CULTURE & LANGUAGE Although predominantly Caribbean in origin, the population includes large communities of American, Danish, French, Asian, African and Middle Eastern residents as well. The official language is English, though Spanish and Patois (PA-twah), a regional blend of Danish, Spanish, English, Portuguese and African are also spoken. CLIMATE Temperatures range between the 80F’s during the day and mid 70F’s at night and stay fairly consistent throughout the year. The average rainfall is approximately 40” per year. CURRENCY U.S. dollar. Traveler’s checks and major credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are plentiful. CUSTOMS & TAXES U.S. citizens have a

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$1,600 duty-free allowance per person, though only $800 of these items may come from other Caribbean Basin countries. Within that allowance, U.S. residents 21 years of age or older may bring home 5 liters of liquor, provided four were bought in the U.S. Virgin Islands and at least one is a product of the U.S. Virgin Islands. 1,000 cigarettes may be included, provided 800 were purchased in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and up to 100 cigars. Additional items will be charged duty. There is a 10 percent hotel tax, but no sales or luxury tax. AREA CODE 340. TIME ZONE Atlantic Standard Time. Daylight Savings Time is not observed. GOVERNMENT The U.S. Virgin Islands is an unincorporated U.S. territory, selfgoverned by elected officials. VOLTAGE Standard U.S. 120-volt current. POSTAL SERVICE U.S. Postal Service. Federal Express, DHL and UPS may apply international rates. LEGAL DRINKING AGE is 18. Rules against drinking and driving are comparable to those of the U.S. SMOKING IS PROHIBITED in restaurants, and public buildings. Bars with outdoor seating may allow smoking in an open area no closer than 20 feet from the entrance or any service area. NO CELL PHONE use while driving.


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CLEARANCE, CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION

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hen entering the U.S. Virgin Islands from a foreign port or international waters, boaters must report immediately to a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office for clearance. Members of the Local Boater Option (LBO) program may report by phone or through the online Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS), and may be exempt from an in-person inspection. An Electronic Notice of Arrival/Departure (eNOAD) is required of commercial vessels and vessels for hire. Visit www.nvmc.uscg.gov for requirements and an online application.

CLEARANCE INFORMATION REQUIREMENTS The master of the vessel must clear

customs for the boat and all persons aboard. No other person may leave the vessel until clearance is issued. Small pleasure boats must provide the following: • LBO number or Float Plan number, if applicable • Documentation of citizenship for all persons on board • Ship’s documents, including registration number and nationality • CBP user decal number for vessels 30 feet or longer • Cruising license number for qualifying foreign vessel • Return contact number U.S. citizens and nonimmigrant aliens from Canada must present a valid passport or other Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-compliant document. Non-U.S. citizens must have a valid passport and if required, a visa. Visit www.cbp.gov for details. Those who do not clear customs are subject to a $5,000 penalty for the first violation and $10,000 for each subsequent violation and possible vessel seizure and/ or imprisonment.

YACHTS IN TRANSIT: IMPORTATION OF SPARE PARTS There is no duty or excise tax on spare parts for your vessel brought into the U.S. Virgin Islands. FIREARMS Firearms and ammunition must be licensed and declared to Customs upon entry to the U.S. Virgin Islands. PETS Pets must be declared with U.S. Customs. They must be healthy upon arrival and proof of current vaccination is required. Puppies younger than 3 months must be confined at a place of the owner’s choosing, then be vaccinated and stay in confinement for an additional 30 days.

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U.S. PORTS OF ENTRY ST. THOMAS: Edward W. Blyden Terminal-Waterfront Ferry Dock Charlotte Amalie Monday through Saturday Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. -12 p.m., 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., 7 days 1 (877) 305-8774 YACHT HAVEN GRANDE:

Hours of Operation: By appointment only Yacht Haven Grande Marina Office: (340) 774-9500 This office is available for incoming vessels docking at Yacht Haven Grande Marina only. The marina office will set up an appointment for you with 48-hour notice. ST. JOHN: Cruz Bay CBP Terminal 7 days a week Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Phone: 1 (877) 305-8775 ST. CROIX: Gallows Bay Marine Facility Christiansted Monday through Friday Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone: (340) 773-1011 After hours: (340) 773-1490

All travelers must have a passport for international air travel. U.S. citizens on a closed loop cruise may enter the U.S. with a birth certificate and a government issued photo ID, but may still be required to present a passport to enter countries your cruise ship is visiting. For more document regulation information and visa requirements for foreign travelers visit www.cbp.gov.

After hour arrivals should leave a brief message with boat name, registration number, date and time of arrival and a return telephone number. If you do not have a return number or the number is international, call again after 8 a.m. for instructions on entering procedures.

PASSPORT REGULATIONS

U.S. and Canadian citizens must present a valid WHTI-compliant document such as a valid passport, a U.S. passport card, a trusted traveler card (NEXUS, SENTRI, Global Entry or FAST/ EXPRES), permanent resident card, military identification card, U.S. merchant mariner document or an enhanced driver’s license that denotes both identity and citizenship when entering the U.S. by land or sea. Those under the age of 16 may present a birth certificate or alternative proof of citizenship when entering by land or sea.

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COMMUNICATIONS

RADIO COMMUNICATIONS A working VHF radio is required on charter boats and vessels over 65.5 feet to monitor weather and contact emergency services, marinas and other boaters. Do not rely solely on your cell phone, as service is not always dependable in open waters. Channel 16 is monitored 24/7 for distress calls. MOST COMMON VHF FREQUENCIES

Channel 16: Initial calling and Distress Safety calls only. Switch to another channel after initial contact. Channel 22a: U.S. Coast Guard operations (Make contact on Channel 16 first) Channels 9, 68, 69, 71, 72, 78a: Non-commercial working channels Channels 24-28: Marine telephone Channels Wx-1 162.55, Wx-2 162.4 and Wx-3 162.475: Weather broadcasts of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Visit www.navcen.uscg for a full list of VHF channels. TELEPHONE SERVICE The area code for the U.S. Virgin Islands is (340); for Puerto Rico

the area code is (787). For U.S. calls, dial 1, area code and number. For international calls, dial the International Access Code (011), country code, city code and number. Contact your service provider in advance, as some do not offer services in the U.S. Virgin Islands or roaming charges may apply. Pay-as-you-go and temporary rental phones are available from local providers. Many charter companies provide creditcard activated cell phones onboard.

INTERNET Those without a smart phone can access the internet at communication centers and internet cafés throughout the islands, often at the marina or in the immediate vicinity. Many businesses, resorts and restaurants provide free low bandwidth WiFi for customers. Consider a long-range WiFi adapter for internet access while cruising.

MEDICAL CARE

It’s a good idea to keep a copy of your personal prescriptions on hand as a precaution. Island pharmacies can help you with refills and over-the-counter medications for minor ailments, but for something a bit more serious, a health care professional may be required. Walk-in clinics and dentists are readily available and many will accept your medical insurance plan. For High Speed Internet emergencies, full hospital and emergency by minutes or the hour medical facilities are located on St. Phone • Fax • Messages Thomas and St. Croix. St. John has two healthcare centers, but more Mail • Western Union community severe illnesses or injuries are transferred Boat Charter Bookings to St. Thomas by medical ferry. St. Thomas and St. Croix each have five and more! air ambulance companies providing emergency service. Please refer to the Advertisers Cruz Bay: 340-776-6922 Directory at the back of the Marine Coral Bay: 340-779-4994 Guide for medical services contact E-mail: connections@islands.vi information. 

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SEA TOW U.S.V.I.

Anyone who has ever had an emergency out on the water knows how alarming it can be. Rest assured that Sea Tow is always ready and waiting to provide assistance, whether it’s a simple mechanical problem or a serious crisis at sea. Sea Tow U.S. Virgin Islands is part of an international network of experts in on-water assistance. Capt. Alan Wentworth and his experienced team offer aid 24/7 with five dedicated vessels specially equipped for marine salvage, towing, shallow water operations, crew transportation, marine debris removal and equipment/vehicle transportation. Their Special Opps vessel was designed for ship line handling, hazmat response, boom tending, safety vessel and launch responsibilities. Sea Tow will help with any emergency at sea, but for comprehensive coverage, membership packages include everything from at-sea fuel delivery to towing and emergency response. Just visiting? Members from other areas receive membership privileges in the USVI as well. Sea Tow also provides free automated radio checks and a cell phone app is available for non-emergency assistance. Sea Tow also takes an active role in the community. They participate in several island initiatives, including shoreline clean ups and the Hassel Island restoration project. They also provide transportation to and from Hassel Island for those who want to explore on a selfguided tour. Visit www.seatow.com/local/virginislands/ for more information.

EMERGENCIES

Leave a float plan and emergency contacts with your charter company in case of an emergency, and notify them with any itinerary changes. Make sure someone back home has the charter company’s contact information as well.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS ON SHORE Police, Fire or Medical Emergency: Dial 911 Hospitals: St. Thomas, Roy L. Schneider Hospital, 776-8311 St. Croix, Juan F. Luis Hospital 778-6311 St. John, Morris F. De Castro Clinic 776-6400 St. John, Myrah Keating Smith Clinic 693-8900 Diving Emergencies: St. Thomas, 776-8311 St. Croix, 778-6311, ext. 2664 St. John, 776-2686 Marine Safety: St. Thomas/St. John, 776-3497 St. Croix, 772-5557 Puerto Rico, (787) 729-6770 Police Departments: St. Thomas, 774-2211 St. John, 693-8880 St. Croix, 778-2211 U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Virgin Islands: 714-2851 (787) 289-2040 for emergencies only OFF SHORE International Distress: Channel 16 U.S. Coast Guard: Channel 22

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GETTING YOUR CAPTAIN’S LICENSE

s captain of your own boat, a charter boat captain or a captain for hire, a captain’s license issued by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is required. For most charter boats, an Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels License (OUPVL) is adequate. Courses are available nationwide, and much of the required training can be accessed on line. In the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. Coast Guard-approved sailing schools such as The Captain School www.captainschoolusvi.com provide full licensing courses as well as specialized safety and boating instruction. Visit www.uscg. mil for requirements, forms and applications. The OUPVL is commonly referred to as the “Six-Pack” because of its limit of six passengers on board. However, a 2014 federal ruling amended that law to increase the passenger limit to 12 for U.S. UPVs less than 79 feet in overall length whose voyages originate in the U.S. Virgin Islands and traveling within the territory and on international voyages (but not to another U.S. port outside the U.S. Virgin Islands). To carry seven to twelve passengers, other requirements must be met in addition to the OUPVL. A charter yacht must be in compliance with safety standards established by the United Kingdom Code of Practice for the Safety of Small Commercial Motor or Sailing Vessels commonly known as the Yellow Code (for motor vessels) or the Blue Code (for sailing vessels), the codes also used in the British Virgin Islands. They must maintain a Small Commercial Vessel Certificate issued by a certifying authority under the code and keep it on board. Equipment and frequency of examination requirements differ from existing U.S. requirements for a UPV in other U.S. ports. An OUPVL alone is not suitable for international voyages, which require a Merchant Mariner Credential with an officer endorsement as Master. Check with the island nations that you plan to visit. Each has its own licensing requirements. No matter how many passengers are aboard, compliance with basic safety

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regulations must be met. The operator must not only have the appropriate Coast Guard license, he or she must also be enrolled in a drug-testing program. The vessel must have the required life saving equipment, fire extinguishers, navigational lights and horn.

CREWMEMBER REQUIREMENTS

Crewing a vessel is a great way to experience the islands and there are plenty of opportunities to do so. Job listings are plentiful on line, on marina bulletin boards, through crew placement agencies and by word of mouth at local marinas. If you are a U.S. citizen, you do not require a work permit to work on any U.S.-based vessel. Non-U.S. crew must obtain a C1/D crewmember visa. Visa requirements and forms can be found at usvisa.immigrationvisaforms.com. A (TWIC) Transportation Worker Identification Credential is required for those whose job entails unescorted access to secure areas of the port facility

LBO REGISTRATION LOCATIONS USVI Port of St. Thomas Edward W. Blyden Marine Terminal Veterans Drive, Charlotte Amalie (877) 305-8774 Port of St. Croix Gallows Bay (340) 773-1011 After business hours: (340) 773-1490 Port of St. John CBP Terminal–Cruz Bay (877) 305-8775

For registration locations in Puerto Rico, please refer to the Puerto Rico section of this guide on page 86.

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340-775-2278 CaptainSchoolUSVI@gmail.com www.CaptainSchoolUSVI.com and all mariners holding USCG-issued credentials. It is recommended that you apply well in advance. Visit www.tsa.gov for requirements or to schedule an appointment at an enrollment center.

LOCAL BOATER OPTION PROGRAM

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he Local Boater Option (LBO) is an alternative inspection program allowing low risk boater participants frequently traveling between Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to report to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) by phone or on line. Participants in this program may be exempt from reporting for an in-person inspection at their Port of Entry, unless directed by a CBP officer. Enrollment is voluntary and free of charge. Vessel information and required documentation must be reviewed and verified by CBP to establish the applicant’s immigration status and identity in order to register. Participants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. The Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS), http://svr.cbp.dhs.gov, is an automated on line reporting system for LBO participants to report their intended arrivals from foreign ports. New applicants can enroll and set up an appointment for a face-to-face interview through the SVRS system as well. MARINE GUIDE •

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16 THE U.S. COAST GUARD

Semper Paratus – Always Ready – is the motto of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), established in 1790. Operating under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security, the USCG enforces the nation’s laws at sea to protect the personal safety and security of the U.S. people, its marine transportation systems and the marine environment. More than 45,000 strong, it is charged with protecting and guarding the nation’s coastlines, inland waterways and ports and responding to emergencies at sea. Additionally, the Coast Guard is responsible for licensing mariners, documenting U.S. flagged vessels, implementing a variety of safety programs and maintaining maritime aids to navigation. www.gocoastguard.com

THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS COAST GUARD AUXILIARY To aid the USCG in non-military and non-law-enforcement activities, more than 35,000 volunteers in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary assist more than 76 million recreational boaters with boating safety outreach and prevention. Three flotillas service St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John, with close to 100 members. The Auxiliary conducts harbor patrols, safety patrols, search and rescue missions and marine environmental protection assistance, and offers free vessel safety inspections, float plans and safety education courses for recreational boaters. www.cgaux.org VI RESCUE SQUADS The all-volunteer Virgin Islands Rescue Squads of St.

Croix, St. John, St. Thomas and Water Island provide 24/7 assistance, working hand-in-hand with EMS, Police and Fire Departments, the USCG, VITEMA, FEMA and other first responders during rescues and emergencies on land, air or sea. With the Center for Emergency Medicine & Technical Rescue Training on St. Croix, they also provide training for the Caribbean, Central and South American regions in search and rescue, emergency medical care and other techniques based on U.S. and International standards and procedures. www.virescue.org

COAST GUARD BOATING APP

Launched in 2015, the USCG Boating Safety App provides boating safety resources for mobile device users while out at sea. Though not meant to replace a VHF radio, the app allows access to the latest safety regulations and navigation rules, file a float plan, access a safety equipment checklist or request a free boating safety check, find the nearest NOAA weather buoy, report hazards and request emergency assistance. The app was created as a gift in memory of USCG Auxiliarist Julian Romero and is a free download at Apple and Google Play on line stores. COAST GUARD HELICOPTER: ANATOLIY LUKICH / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM


WEATHER

WEATHER FORECASTS Updated weather forecasts are crucial for boaters, and should be consulted before heading out to sea. Local newspapers and TV stations offer general forecast information, and local radio stations such as WVWI 1000 AM or WIVI 96.1 FM on St. Thomas, and WSTX 970 AM on St. Croix provide hourly forecasts. The National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) broadcasts continuously on VHF channels Wx-1 162.55 and Wx-2 162.4 with current local conditions. Those with a NOAA weather receiver on board can access the Virgin Islands All Hazards Weather Radio WNG-677 at 162.5 FM. For online radar images and detailed projections, visit www.weather.gov. TIDES AND SWELLS Tides are nominal, usually no more than 12 inches.

Higher swells are experienced on the Atlantic shores from November through April. In some areas, such as Pillsbury Sound between St. Thomas and St. John, the current can reach 1 to 2 knots.

TROPICAL WEATHER CONDITIONS & HURRICANES Hurricane season extends from June 1 to November 30, most active between August and October. Major storms can be tracked 3 to 7 days in advance. Should extreme weather conditions be forecast, your charter company may instruct you to return to the marina to safely secure the vessel.

WATER SAFETY TIPS

• Create a checklist for all the required safety, communication and mechanical equipment and make sure they are in good working order. Consider a free vessel safety check from the USCG before departure. • Check the local weather before departure and keep your VHF radio on at all times for updates. Be aware of any sudden changes such as darkening clouds, winds, choppy waters or a sudden drop in temperature. • Operate your vessel at a safe speed at all times. Reduce your wake speed near the beach to avoid other boaters and swimmers. Steer clear of larger vessels that may be restricted in their ability to stop or turn. • If possible, limit your sailing to daylight hours. When sailing at night, avoid turning on flashlights or other bright lights that can destroy night vision. Reduce speed and use your radar and/or electronic chart plotter to help identify obstacles. • Know the U.S. Coast Guard established light display standards for both vessels and navigational aids such as channel markers. Background photo and PHOTO ABOVE © DON HEBERT

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CHARTS Do not rely solely on line-of-site navigation. Navigational

charts are invaluable resources that include information on tides, currents, known hazards and more. The NOS 25640 chart covers the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and the NOS 25641 chart covers the area between St. Thomas, St. Croix and Virgin Gorda. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov provides paper, pocket, print-on-demand and electronic charts. Your charter company may also have printed copies available.

BUOY SYSTEM The International Association of Lighthouse Authorities’ B buoy identification system is used throughout the Caribbean to identify channel boundaries and controlled areas. Remember the three R’s: “Red Right Returning.” Red conical buoys mark the right (starboard) side of the channel when coming in from open waters, and green buoys mark the left (port). Striped green and red buoys indicate recommended channel routes. REEFS Refer to your navigational chart to identify known reefs,

shallows and rocks. Post a lookout at all times; many can easily be spotted with the naked eye. Remember the darker the water, the deeper it is.

RIGHT OF WAY Slow down and remain alert in high traffic areas such

as harbors and the established ferry routes. Sailboats and larger vessels cannot change course or stop quickly and should be given the right-of-way. Although required to display running lights at night, not all vessels use them, so be extra cautious after dark. Remain at least 200 yards away from any naval vessels and slow to 5 knots.

EMERGENCIES Boaters involved in an accident must stop immedi-

ately and give assistance to anyone injured and minimize any danger caused by the accident if it is safe to do so. They must give their name, address and identifying number in writing to anyone injured or the owner of any damaged property. Bodily injury or vessel damage of more than $100 must be reported immediately to the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (340) 774-3320. Report emergencies on VHF Channel 16. Rescue 21 is the USCG’s advanced command, control and direction-finding communications system to locate mariners in distress. For those with a VHF radio equipped with digital selective calling (DSC), the system can send an automated digital distress alert containing the participant’s Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number, GPS coordinates and the nature of the distress, allowing for more immediate coordination with the Department of Homeland Security and other first responders. Go to www.navcen.uscg.gov to register on the CG Nat’l Distress System page. BACKGROUND PHOTO © DON HEBERT, CHECK OUT WWW.YACHTMRSHAPPY.COM FOR MORE YACHT PHOTOS.


PROTECTING OUR WATERS DISCHARGE OF SEWAGE Federal law prohibits the discharge of

raw sewage, with the exception of gray water from showers or sinks, in any No Discharge Zone (NDZ), which includes all waters within 3 miles of the shore. A U.S. Coast Guard Approved Marine Sanitation Device (MSD) is required for all recreational vessels with an installed head. Enzyme deodorizers should be used for holding tanks and portable toilets.

DISCHARGE OF TRASH It is illegal to throw garbage from a boat in any NDZ area. Ground food waste may be dumped 3 miles from shore. Food waste, paper, rags, glass, metal, bottles, crockery and similar refuse may not be discharged less than 12 miles from land. Floating dunnage, lining and packing materials cannot be dumped less than 25 miles from shore. Plastics should not be discharged in the ocean or navigable waters at any time. Trash should be stored in a container on board and placed in a proper receptacle after returning to shore. DISCHARGE OF OIL AND OTHER HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES Discharge of petroleum products and hazardous substances is illegal in all U.S. navigable waters. No person may intentionally drain oil or oily waste into the bilge. Oil waste must be discharged at a proper reception facility. On recreational vessels, a bucket or bailer is adequate. Any discharge of oil or hazardous substances into the water must be reported to the U.S. Coast Guard on VHF Channel 16 or call 340-776-3497 for St. Thomas/St. John, 340772-5557 on St. Croix or their Boating Safety Hotline at 1-800368-5647. Do not use detergent or other chemicals on a spill to disperse the oil or sheen. Ocean going vessels of 40 feet or longer with a galley and berth must have a written Waste Management Plan posted identifying the vessel’s name, home port and discharge and disposal requirements. MAINTAIN YOUR BOAT

• Regularly scrub your deck with fresh water to reduce the need for heavy cleaners. Use phosphate-free, biodegradable soaps or natural cleaning products. •Heavy maintenance and cleaning should be done while the boat is out of the water. To scrub the boat bottom while in the water, use a hard (not ablative) anti-fouling paint. • Reduce the chance of “aquatic hitchhikers” by removing any visible mud, plants, fish or animals and eliminate water from equipment before transporting. • Keep your bilge clean to make it easier to spot fuel or oil leaks and avoid discharging petroleum into the water. For more information refer to “Virgin Islands: The Legal Requirements of Boating” at www.boat-ed.com/abc/abc_specific_ images/pdfs/vi_law.pdf.

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CRUISING & MOORING

CRUISING PERMITS Cruising permits are not required in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Vessels staying 6 months or more must register with the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (340) 774-3320 for St. Thomas, (340) 772-1955 for St. John and (340) 772-1955 on St. Croix.

PUBLIC MOORINGS

Public moorings for vessels under 60 feet in length are free and do not require a permit. They are available for day use only. Other moorings require a permit from the Department of Planning and Natural Resources. Moorings on St. Croix can be white, orange or yellow. On St. Thomas and St. John, look for orange moorings with reflective tape around the middle or blue stripes. NATIONAL PARK MOORING SYSTEM The Virgin Islands National Park offers more than 350 moorings. Large boat moorings for vessels between 65 and 100 feet in length are available for day use in Lind Point, Francis Bay, Leinster Bay, Great Lameshur Bay and the southeast entrance of Princess Bay in the V.I. Coral Reef National Monument. Day use is free. A $26 per night self-registration fee is charged for overnight mooring or anchoring in the National Park. Overnight stays are restricted to 30 per year, with no more than 7 consecutive nights in one bay. Check the tag on your mooring for directions to the appropriate payment station. Floating fee stations are found at Leinster Bay, Francis Bay and Caneel Bay. Land-based stations are found at the National Park Visitors Center in Cruz Bay, Salt Pond Beach and Lameshur Bay. National Park Service mooring buoys are white with a blue reflective band around the center. White buoys indicate day and overnight use, unless designated with a “day use only” sticker. Blue buoys are for commercial vessels. Orange buoys designate SCUBA diving day use only. Between November and July, a Bay Host vessel flying a green National Park Service flag is available for assistance or call the Virgin Islands National Park (340) 776-6201. PRIVATE VESSEL SIZE LIMITS

• 12 feet or less: May anchor in sand only and at least 200 feet from a mooring field. • 13 to 60 feet: Must use moorings if available. • 61 to 125 feet: Prohibited from using moorings other than the big boat moorings. Anchor in sand 200 feet seaward of mooring field on the north shore of St. John only. To anchor seaward of the buoy field at Caneel Bay, use the designated anchoring zone. • 126 to 210 feet: Prohibited from using moorings. Anchor in sand at Francis Bay only, 200 feet seaward of mooring field at depths greater than 50 feet, more than 300 feet from any park buoys and shoreward 50 feet of a line drawn from Mary Point to America Point. • 210 feet and over: Banned from mooring or anchoring. • 26 feet or less: May access National Park beaches through channels designated by red and green buoys. Boats may not anchor in channels. Channels may be used for pick up and drop off or payment of mooring fees. Visit the new interactive www.nps.gov/viis/planyourvisit/boater-information. htm for a complete mooring guide, anchoring map with coordinates and more.

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BUCK ISLAND REEF NATIONAL MONUMENT, ST. CROIX • A permit is required for overnight anchorage in a dedicated area off West Beach and must be approved prior to anchoring within park boundaries. Applications are available at the Visitor Contact Station at Fort Christiansvaern or can be downloaded from www.nps.gov/buis. You must present your boat registration and a valid picture ID with your permit. Overnight guests may stay for no more than 14 consecutive nights at a time. Permits are valid for one year. • Pick up moorings are available at the dedicated scuba area and the underwater trail on the eastern shore. • Boats under 20 feet may anchor bow and stern near the shoreline in the wet sand below the high tide line. • Boats under 16 feet may haul out on the beach area outside the posted bird nesting area. • The south side pier is for drop-off and pick-up only. • Fishing gear must be stowed and cannot be used within park boundaries. • No wakes are permitted from the West Beach anchorage to the east and north lagoons. • Vessels over 42 feet are prohibited in the lagoon area. • The underwater trail and moorings are closed from sunset to sunrise. For more information contact the St. Croix National Park Headquarters at the Christiansted National Historic Site, St. Croix at (340) 773-1460. BACKGROUND BUCK ISLAND PHOTO © DON HEBERT

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GARBAGE DISPOSAL

.S. Federal law requires that all vessels entering U.S. waters that have visited a foreign port within a given period must properly dispose of all onboard “regulated garbage,” also referred to as “international garbage,” upon arrival. Garbage is considered regulated if your: • Vessel has been in any port outside the United States (and Canada) within the previous two-year period. • Vessel has moved during the previous one-year period, either directly or indirectly, to the continental United States from any territory or possession (or from Hawaii); to any territory or possession from any other territory or possession (or from Hawaii); or to Hawaii from any territory or possession. REGULATED GARBAGE must be incinerated, but you won’t find incineration services at all marinas. It is highly advisable to dispose of all trash generated in a foreign port such as the British Virgin Islands before leaving. Regulated garbage disposal is available at Crown Bay Marina and Yacht Haven Grande on St. Thomas. There are no regulated garbage facilities on St. Croix or St. John. TRASH RECEPTACLES FOR NON-REGULATED GARBAGE are provided at all marinas.

Sometimes a small fee will apply. On St. John, boaters will find receptacles at the Cruz Bay taxi parking lot, at Chocolate Hole and in Coral Bay. Larger community bins and collection centers are found at convenient spots throughout the islands.

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NATIONAL PARK

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RULES AND REGULATIONS

o ensure the environmental health and beauty of the Virgin Islands National Park, rules and regulations have been put in place to preserve and protect its natural resources. Enjoy all the park has to offer, but please observe these simple rules.

MARINE RESOURCE PROTECTION

The following are prohibited in National Park waters: • The damage, feeding or removal of any live or dead marine organisms, including shells, coral, sea sponges or fans, or any artifacts from shipwrecks or historical sites. • Dropping anchors, anchor chains and anchor lines in fragile marine habitats such as coral or seagrass beds. • Tying boats or dinghies to any natural featuring including rocks and vegetation. • Vessels entering any area designated with a white oblong buoy marked with NO BOATS or the international “boats keep out” symbol, an orange diamond with an orange cross in it. • Dumping of human waste or refuse. • Use of water skis, dive propulsion vehicles or other personal watercraft or towing of recreational devices. Recreational kite surfing is prohibited in boat exclusion areas and mooring areas. • Use of bright deck lights and underwater lights (other than hand held dive lights), metal detectors, magnetometers, side scan sonar or subbottom. • Kayaks within 200 feet west of Trunk Bay to avoid the underwater snorkel trail • SCUBA diving in Trunk Bay, St. John, designated boating channels, shipping lanes or dock areas. SCUBA diving and snorkeling is permitted in areas adjacent to beaches and in boat exclusion areas. FISHING

• Hand-held rod and line fishing is permitted outside Boat Exclusion Areas. A permit from the National Park Service (NPS) is required to fish within the Buck Island Reef National Monument, St. Croix. • Possession of or use of spearfishing equipment is prohibited within the park. • Fishing is not permitted while attached to moorings with the exception of yellow fishing moorings in the monument, to fish for hardnose only. SHORELINE USE

• Pets are banned at park campgrounds or beaches and must be leashed in all other areas of the park. • Glass bottles and containers are not permitted on park beaches. • Camping is allowed only at designated sites at the Cinnamon Bay Campground. Length of stay is limited to 14 days from December 15 to April 15. • Fires are permitted only in NPS provided grills or in portable grills designed to contain combustible materials. • Trash from vessels may not exceed two 10-gallon bags and must fit inside NPS trash containers identified for vessel trash in Cruz Bay, Francis Bay, Leinster Bay, Salt Pond and Little Lameshur Bay. • Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Visit www.nps.gov/viis/ for a full list of regulations and a new interactive marine map featuring information on beach access, snorkeling areas and more. Mooring information is included in the Cruising & Mooring section of this guide.

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MARITIME LAW

Maritime law (also know as admiralty law) governs a range of marine-related issues, including marine commerce, navigation, salvage, crew members and the transportation of passengers and goods by sea. Much of maritime law relates to unforseen Specializing in accidents at sea. The 1851 Shipowners Admiralty & Maritime Law Limitation of Liability Act protects boat U.S. Virgin Islands owners by capping the limits of damage claims after an accident. This law was passed to encourage investment in the risky business 340-513-9884 of shipping at a time when shipping was vital michaelfitzsimmonspc@gmail.com to commerce and communication. Laws governing “maintanence and cure” protect seamen’s rights when injured on board. In cases of passenger injury, maritime law establishes a ship owner’s legal obligation to take responsible care of its passengers. Volunteers who save another person’s ship or cargo from peril at sea can claim compensation under maritime laws of salvage. Maritime law protects the marine services industry as well. If your client quite literally sails off into the sunset owing money for marine supplies or services, then the supplier or provider can arrest the boat itself and hold it while a federal judge resolves the claim for payment. For advice on maritime law, contact Michael Fitzsimmons, Esq. at (340) 513-9884.

2017 USVI Public Holidays January 1 January 6 January 16 February 20 March 31

New Year’s Day Three Kings’ Day Martin Luther King Day Presidents’ Day Transfer Day/ 100th Anniversary April 13 Holy Thursday April 14 Good Friday April 16 Easter Sunday April 17 Easter Monday May 29 Memorial Day June 19 Organic Act Day Emancipation Day July 3 July 4 U.S. Independence Day July 31 Hurricane Supplication Day September 4 Labor Day October 9 Columbus Day/ Puerto Rican Friendship Day October 25 Hurricane Thanksgiving Day November 1 D. Hamilton Jackson Day/ Liberty Day November 11 Veterans’ Day November 23 U.S. Thanksgiving Day December 25 Christmas Day December 26 Boxing Day December 31 New Year’s Eve

ST. THOMAS SAIL AND POWER SQUADRON/SAFE BOATING WEEK The all-volunteer St. Thomas Sail and Power Squadron focuses on the promotion of boating safety. A member of the U.S. Power Squadrons, the world’s largest non-profit boating organization, the group was chartered in 1990. It is one of seven squadrons covering the U.S. Caribbean, and is headquartered in Puerto Rico. The group of approximately 35 members provides free vessel safety checks as well as basic and advanced boating courses in seamanship, navigation, piloting and more. Working with the Department of Planning and Natural Resources and the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the squadron promotes the use of life jackets and other boating safety practices with a Fun Day, outreach materials, displays and a walk-a-thon during the annual National Boat Safety Week, May 2026. Call Commander Lawrence Benjamin at (340) 344-3106 for more information. MARINE GUIDE •

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ST. THOMAS MARINAS AMERICAN YACHT HARBOR MARINA North Side of Red Hook Bay (340) 775-6454 www.igy-americanyachtharbor.com COMPASS POINT MARINA The Lagoon, Benner Bay (340) 775-6144

99 Slips | 16 Berths Yachts up to 200'

Your best stop in the Virgin Islands. Everything you need, right on-site. Provisioning, Ship’s Chandlery, Restaurant/Pub, Ice Cream & Cafe, Fuel Dock, Spa, AT&T Store, Dive Operator, Pet Shop & more.

www.crownbay.com +1 (340) 774-2255

CROWN BAY MARINA Gregorie Channel, Sub Base (340) 774-2255 www.crownbay.com FRENCHTOWN MARINA, CYOA Frenchtown West of Charlotte Amalie Harbor (340) 777-9690 www.cyoacharters.com INDEPENDENT BOATYARD AND MARINA The Lagoon, Benner Bay (340) 776-0466 ibyvi.com Laundry facilities on the premises.* The Blue Flag Program**


HAULOVER MARINE YACHTING CENTER Sub Base (340) 776-2078 OASIS COVE The Lagoon, Benner Bay (340) 244-0442 www.oasiscove.com SAGA HAVEN MARINA The Lagoon, Benner Bay (340) 775-0520 www.sagahaven.com

SAPPHIRE BEACH MARINA (Amantha Yacht Sales) North of Red Hook Bay Entrance (340) 998-1203 www.saphhirebeachmarina.com TROPICAL MARINE, INC. Estate Nadir (340) 775-6595 YACHT HAVEN GRANDE MARINA East End of Charlotte Amalie Harbor (340) 774-9500 www.yachthavengrande.com Monitors VHF Channels 16 & 10 18°20'N / 64°50'W 340.774.9500

The premier marina facility for superyachts within the Caribbean. Located alongside scenic Charlotte Amalie Harbor in St. Thomas, USVI, The Marina at Yacht Haven Grande offers side-to berthing for yachts up to 600 feet and beyond, 18-foot concrete docks and piers, and marina facilities dedicated to crew, owners, and guests. • 46 megayacht berths • Max. length: 656 ft / 200+m | Max. draft: 18 ft / 5.5 m • Extra-wide concrete docks with side-to berthing • WiFi, telephone and satellite TV • On-site customs & border protection office • In-slip fueling, oil removal, black water pump-out

• 24-hr video surveillance & on-site security • Promenade w/ restaurants, bars and music • Provisioning and ships’ chandlery • Designer and “local flavor” boutiques • Swimming, fitness center, tennis and volleyball court

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ST. CROIX MARINAS ST. CROIX MARINE Gallows Bay East of Christiansted Harbor (340) 773-0289 www.stcroixmarine.com GREEN CAY MARINA Across from Green Cay East of Christiansted Harbor (340) 718-1453 www.greencaymarinastcroix.com JONES MARITIME MARINA & SILVER BAY Christiansted (340) 773-4709 www.jonesmaritime.com SALT RIVER MARINA Salt River Bay, West of Christiansted Harbor (340) 778-9650 *

Laundry facilities on the premises. All others, ask at the marina office for drop-off or self-service laundries within walking distance. ** The Blue Flag Program promotes environmentally responsible beaches and marinas throughout the world. The Blue Flag eco-label is awarded on an annual basis to those that voluntarily meet its strict criteria of water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management and safety, www.blueflag.global.

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Annette Viculo (travel agent), Carolyn Racine (Marketplace Excellence), and Judith Ackerman (Dept of Tourism) at the 2016 Newport International Boat Show


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MARINE SERVICES

egular maintenance on a boat is crucial to avoid mechanical complications at sea, and equipment must be kept in good working order at all times. The Virgin Islands boasts a full range of marine related services to supporting its solid boating industry. Surrounding most marinas are chandleries, boatyards, dry docks, machine shops, towing, outboard and diesel repairs, fuel and more to ensure the safety of you and your vessel. Local marine supply outfitters keep many common replacement parts on hand, and they can order additional parts through their partnerships with various manufacturers. If you prefer to order parts yourself, the U.S. Postal Service may be the most affordable and reliable mailing option. Other carriers may apply international rates. Please note that flammable or combustible items must be shipped rather than flown in, which may cause a delay in arrival. Check the directory at the back of this guide for contact information for marine related services. PHOTO © DON HEBERT

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MARINE SERVICE PROFESSIONALS SERVICES INC.

REFRIGERATION & AIR CONDITIONING WATER MAKERS, ELECTRIC MOTORS & PUMPS 340-776-0038 reefcoservices@gmail.com

VHF CH. 16 www.reefco.net

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CARGO SHIPPING

any boat owners hire a delivery crew to sail their vessel to and from the Caribbean for the peak sailing season, though many prefer the safer and possibly more economical option of cargo shipping. Container or flat rack cargo on a shipping barge is available for most boats, and lift on/lift off or float on/float off yacht transportation services are available for larger vessels. Those permanently relocating to or from the U.S. Virgin Islands should also consider cargo shipping for their personal belongings, building materials and equipment, dry goods, merchandise or car. In conjunction with stateside and international partners, several reputable shipping and moving companies on is-

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land can provide ocean and airfreight pick-ups and delivery, documentation, consolidation, Customs clearance services and door-to-door service.

RELOCATING

Before you can ship your belongings, you’ll need to find a home base. If you’re moving to the Virgin Islands and plan to live on land, contact an island realtor in advance with your requirements and preferences. They can save you a lot of time and money by researching appropriate housing options and setting up site visits for your arrival. Visit Marine Guide online www.vimarineguide.com


• Sales and Services • Yamaha Outboards • Boats • Yanmar Diesel Engines & Generators 340-776-5432 8185 Subbase St. Thomas, USVI 00802-5825

Fax 340-775-4507 htapp@offshorevi.com www.offshorevi.com

MARINE SUPPLIES

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St. Thomas (Airport) sw2875@sherwin.com Ph: (340) 776-0836

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MACEO BUTTS, MGR 340-774-6166

SURVIVAL CRAFT REGULATIONS

new U.S. Coast Guard regulation is under review aimed at increasing passenger safety. The regulation would phase out life floats and rigid buoyant apparatuses in favor of the Inflatable Buoyant Apparatus (IBA) on all U.S. inspected passenger ships, ferries and other vessels with a route no more than 3 miles off shore. The IBA raft is designed with a floor that ensures that no part of the individual is immersed in water during an emergency in which they must abandon ship. If approved, the new rule could come into effect within the next year. Caribbean Inflatable Boats & Liferafts on St. Thomas (340) 775-6159 www.caribbeaninflatable.com is the only

dealer licensed to inspect, certify and repair IBAs in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. In anticipation of this regulation, they have been working with manufacturers to ensure sufficient availability of IBAs for USVI vessels. Look for updates on their Facebook page: Caribbean Inflatable Boats & Liferafts, Inc.

PHOTO © DON HEBERT

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2017 REGATTA CALENDAR* *Events subject to change without notice. Confirm date and location at the event website listed.

JANUARY 2017

9 MLK Regatta St. Thomas Yacht Club www.styc.net 14-15 San Sebastian Vela Cup Club Nautico de San Juan, Puerto Rico www.nauticodesanjuan.com 16 Latitude 18 Halyard Challenge The Royal BVI Yacht Club www.royalbviyc.org TBA MLK Regatta The Royal BVI Yacht Club www.royalbviyc.org

FEBRUARY 2016

4 Manhattan Yacht Club Challenge or GEMYC The Royal BVI Yacht Club www.royalbviyc.org 3-5 International Dinghy Regatta Club Nautico de San Juan, Puerto Rico www.nauticodesanjuan.com 17-19 Annual Sweethearts of the Caribbean and 33rd Annual Classic Yacht Regatta BVI, West End Yacht Club www.facebook.com/groups/weycbvi TBA Puerto del Rey Sailing Challenge Puerto Del Rey, Fajardo, Puerto Rico www.puertodelrey.com TBA Bill Chandler’s Sunfish Race St. Croix Yacht Club www.stcroixyc.com TBA Cruzan Open One Design Race St. Croix Yacht Club www.stcroixyc.com

MARCH 2017

1-5 Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean Virgin Gorda, BVI www.yccs.it.com 3-6 19th Annual Dark and Stormy Regatta BVI, West End Yacht Club www.facebook.com/groups/weycbvi 6-7 50 Degrees YCCS Regatta Virgin Gorda, BVI www.yccs.it.com 10-13 Lorna Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous Virgin Gorda, BVI Yacht Club Costa Smeralda www.yccs.com

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TBA Hookanson Memorial Race St. Croix Yacht Club www.stcroixyc.com 23 ‘Round the Rocks Race St. Thomas Yacht Club www.stthomasinternationalregatta.com 24-26 St. Thomas International Regatta www.stthomasinternationalregatta.com 27-Apr 2 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival BVI www.moorings.com

APRIL 2017

TBA SCYC Rhodes 19 Championship St. Croix Yacht Club www.stcroixyc.com TBA Governor’s Cup The Royal, BVI Yacht Club www.royalbviyc.org

MAY 2017

6-7 Commodores Cup Regatta St. John, Coral Bay Yacht Club (340) 513-4955 TBA Race to Bitter End Yacht Club BVI, West End Yacht Club www.facebook.com/groups/weycbvi 19-21 BVI Dinghy Championships The Royal BVI Yacht Club www.royalbviyc.org 26-27 42nd Annual Foxy’s Wooden Boat Regatta BVI West End Yacht Club www.facebook.com/groups/weycbvi TBA BVI Exquisite Boat Show www.bviexquisiteboatshow.com TBA Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta & Dinghy International Regatta Palmas del Mar Yacht Club & Marina, Humacao, Puerto Rico www.heinekenregattapr.com TBA Memorial Day Race St. Croix Yacht Club www.stcroixyc.com

JUNE 2017

TBA International Optimist Regatta (IOR) The Royal BVI Yacht Club www.royalbviyc.org TBA Anegada Pursuit Race The Royal BVI Yacht Club www.royalbviyc.org

JULY 2017

1 26th Annual Firecracker 500 Race BVI www.facebook.com/groups/weycbvi TBA Premiers Cup The Royal BVI Yacht Club www.royalbviyc.org

OCTOBER 2017

TBA Columbus Day Regatta St. Croix Yacht Club www.stcroixyc.com TBA Virgin’s Cup The Royal BVI Yacht Club www.royalbviyc.org TBA Quantum/Red Stripe IC 24 Regatta The Royal BVI Yacht Club www.royalbviyc.org

NOVEMBER 2017

10-12 St. Croix Yacht Club 22nd International Regatta www.stcroixyc.com TBA Peg Legs Round Tortolla Race The Royal BVI Yacht Club www.royalbviyc.org 25 Atlantic Anniversary Regatta Virgin Gorda, BVI www.yccs.it.com 25-26 Thanksgiving Regatta St. John, Coral Bay Yacht Club (340) 513-4955 TBA SCYC Rhodes 19 Series St. Croix Yacht Club www.stcroixyc.com

DECEMBER 2017

TBA Gustav Wilmerding 22nd Annual Memorial Challenge BVI, The West End Yacht Club www.facebook.com/groups/weycbvi 1 Carlos Aguilar Memorial Match Race St. Thomas Yacht Club www.styc.net TBA SCYC Rhodes 19 Series St. Croix Yacht Club www.stcroixyc.com TBA Commodore’s Cup The Royal BVI Yacht Club www.royalbviyc.org


USVI YACHT CLUBS

ST. THOMAS

ST. THOMAS YACHT CLUB Located in Cowpet Bay (340) 775-6320 stycmanager@gmail.com www.styc.club With more than 400 members, the St. Thomas Yacht Club has been the core of the island’s yachting community since 1964. It is best known as the host of the St. Thomas International Regatta, called the “Crown Jewel” of the Caribbean racing circuit, as well as the International Optimist Regatta, the Carlos Aguilar Match Race and the Choice Wireless VI Open Tennis Tournament. Their youth sailing program has produced several world-class competitors, including Taylor Canfield, named the top match racer in the world by ISAF and the youngest to win the World Championship in match racing.

ST. CROIX ST. CROIX YACHT CLUB Located in Teague Bay (340) 773-9531 stcroixyc@gmail.com www.stcroixyc.com Covering nearly 6 acres, the St. Croix Yacht Club hosts a fleet of more than 150 ATIONAL P RO VOC

vessels and a membership of more than 400. Organized in 1952, the club boasts a clubhouse, swimming area, dining, shower facilities and a ship store. A full calendar includes weekly club races, frequent socials and a comprehensive junior sailing program, as well as the annual St. Croix International Regatta each November.

ST. JOHN CORAL BAY YACHT CLUB Meetings held the first Tuesday of every month at Skinny Legs Restaurant Coral Bay (340) 715-2666 Facebook: Coral Bay Yacht Club St. John VI NAUTI YACHT CLUB Occasional meetings at Driftwood David’s in Cruz Bay (340) 690-7979 ST. JOHN YACHT CLUB (340) 778-6101 swanvi@pennswoods.net www.stjohnyachtclub.org Casual fun is at the heart of St. John’s three yacht clubs, with informal meetings and socials. Each hosts its own annual regattas and combine their efforts in the St. John community during charity events such as the annual Commodore’s Cup benefiting the Kids and the Sea program.

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FISHING PERMITS

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fishing permit is not required for recreational fishing in the U.S. Virgin Islands with the exception of Altona Lagoon and Great Pond, St. Croix, the St. James Reserve and Cas Cay/Mangrove Lagoon Reserves off of St. Thomas. Pots, traps, set-nets or haul seines, explosives or toxins may not be used, and the sale, barter or trade of catch by recreational fishermen is prohibited. Commercial fishing requires a license, issued only to U.S. citizens that have resided in the U.S.V.I. for at least five years. Recreational anglers fishing in the exclusive economic zone from 3 to 200 miles offshore are required to register with NOAA Fisheries at www.countmyfish.noaa.gov to participate in NOAA’s recreational catch survey. FISHING REGULATIONS

The following are illegal at all times: • Harvesting, possession of or harassment of sea turtles or their eggs. • Removing, breaking or destroying any living coral. • Possession or harvesting of Goliath Grouper (Jewfish), Nassau Grouper or seahorses. • Fishing in Marine Reserves around the Virgin Islands. • Fishing in swimming areas in the Virgin Islands National Park (NPS), Trunk Bay, Jumbie Bay, designated boat exclusion areas and from NPS mooring balls. Spearfishing is prohibited in all NPS waters. • Fishing between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the NPS Red Hook Dock and NPS Cruz Bay Finger Pier on St. John. Rod and reel, hand lines, traps and bait fish nets are permitted. CATCH LIMITS

• Yellowtail snapper must be 12 inches in length. • Whelk shells must be greater than 2-7/16 inches in diameter. Closed season: April 1–September 30. The NPS allows one gallon per fisher per day.

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• The minimum catch limit for parrotfish in St. Croix waters is 8 inches for redband parrotfish and 9 inches for SPORTFISHING CHARTERS all other parrotfish. Midnight, blue Top Local Boat Specialize in and rainbow parrotfish may not be Atlantic Blue Marlin BLUE MARLIN Tournament Fishing! (Boy Scouts) harvested. The bag limit is no more than 2 parrotfish per person per day or 6 per vessel per day. •Q  ueen conch must be landed with meat and shell intact, with a minimum 9-inch DAILY CHARTERS shell size from the tip of the spine to the 1/2 Day (4 hours) 3/4 Day (6 hours) distal end of the shell or with 3/8 inch 340-775-9982 www.blackpearlsportfishing.com com Full Day (8 hours) lip thickness at its widest point. In the American Yacht Harbor Marlin Day (10 hours) Tournament & Custom Charters recreational sector, three queen conchs St. Thomas, USVI may be harvested per person per day, or if more than 4 persons are aboard the vessel no more than 12 queen conch per vessel per day. In NPS waters, the limit is two per day. Closed season is June 1 through October 31. CONTINUED ON PAGE 36

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• The bag limit is 5 fish per person per day or 15 fish per day per vessel with 3 or more persons aboard for the following species: snapper, grouper angelfish, boxfish, goatfish, grunts, wrasses, jacks, scups and porgies, squirrelfish, tilefish, surgeonfish, triggerfish and filefish. Harvesting of surgeonfish is limited to 1 per person per day or 4 per vessel per day. • A federal permit is needed for Atlantic blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna and skipjack tuna. Commercial harvesting is not allowed. Blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish may be caught by rod and reel only. Blue marlin must have a 99-inch lower jaw fork, white marlin a 66-inch lower jaw fork, and sailfish a 63-inch lower jaw fork. Yellowfin tuna must have a minimum 27-inch jaw fork, and the recreational bag limit is 3 per person per day. Contact the Division of Environmental Enforcement on St. Thomas (340) 774-3320 ext. 5106 or on St. Croix (340) 773-5774 for more information. For a downloadable copy of the U.S. Virgin Islands Commercial & Recreational Fishers’ Information Handbookt visit www.caribbeanfmc.com.

SPINY LOBSTER RESTRICTIONS

Spiny lobster, known as Caribbean lobster, may be caught by snare, trap or by hand only and must be landed whole. Spearfishing, hooks, gigs, poisons, chemicals and explosives are prohibited. Lobsters must have a carapace of at least 3.5 inches or no less than 6 ounces in tail weight. No lobster may be imported without an exoskeleton, berried (egg-bearing females) or stripped (those stripped of their eggs). The National Park enforces a catch limit of two per fisher per day. PHOTO © DON HEBERT

THE LIONFISH INVASION

PHOTO © DON HEBERT

In the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Caribbean Oceanic Restoration and Education Foundation (C.O.R.E.) has implemented a multi-faceted invasive Lionfish species management program in an effort to curb an infestation. The program includes educational materials and classroom presentations to increase public awareness as well as eco-friendly free diving and scuba diving search and extraction training for the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. An Invasive Species Response Network has been implemented, with sighting hotlines and a sighting page on their website, www.corevi.org.   Should you encounter a lionfish, do not attempt to touch or capture it. Its spines are venomous. Please report any sightings to C.O.R.E. Invasive Lionfish Sighting Hotlines St. Croix: (340) 201-2340 St. John: (340) 201-2342 St. Thomas: (340) 201-2341

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British Virgin Islands: (284) 496-8145 Puerto Rico: (787) 531-0613


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USVI OPEN/ATLANTIC BLUE MARLIN FISHING TOURNAMENT

he USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament (ABMT) is one of the top fishing competitions in the Caribbean. Held each year during the August full moon, the height of marlin season, ABMT lures a school of local, national and international competitors. The average catch in this modified catch-and-release program is 280 pounds. A two-day “Wet ‘N’ Wild” center console tournament for billfish, wahoo and yellowfin tuna is held in conjunction. The fun-filled MarlinFest is hosted the week of the tournament. Activities include a welcome cocktail party, a concert, the Red Hook Arts, Crafts, Food and Music Festival, a Chowder Challenge, a BBQ beach party, BVI excursions and a golf tournament. Known as the “Boy Scout Tournament,” the ABMT’s tournament proceeds are donated to the V.I. Council of the Boy Scouts of America. With the Scouts, the ABMT has created a Marine Vocational Program to provide training and career opportunities in the marine industry for local youths as well as swimming and PADI dive certification classes. For more information, visit www.abmt.vi. L to R: Addie Ottley (WSTA radio personality who assisted in this project), Sue Boland (MVP board member), Jimmy Loveland (USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament director and MVP founder who spearheaded the effort), Meme St. John (Crowley Logistics and Warehouse manager), Melanie Bell (Crowley Customer Service), Jose Nazario (Cyril E. King Airport manager), Jennifer Morales (Crowley Caribbean Service manager). Credit: Dean Barnes

Sunscreen should protect more than your skin Before you slather up with sunscreen, read the label carefully. According to a recent study, the chemical oxybenzone, an ingredient found in over 3,500 sunscreen products worldwide, has toxic effects on coral reproduction and exacerbates coral bleaching. Some sunscreens also contain other chemicals known to contribute to coral bleaching such as butylparaben, octinoxate and 4-methylbenzylidene camphor.That being said, we still need protection from the sun. How can you be sure your sunscreen is safe for the environment? First, consider wearing a hat and shirt or stay in the shade during peak sun hours to cut down on your sunscreen use. Waterproof sunscreen is more likely to stay on your skin in and out of the water. Try to find one that uses natural mineral ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium oxide, or choose one that is labeled biodegradable, such as eco-friendly Badger, Tropical Sands, SmartShield and Coral Safe brands. Visit the Environmental Working Group’s sunscreen guide at www.ewg.org for a comprehensive list. MARINE GUIDE •

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FEBRUARY

2017 FISHING CALENDAR*

6-8 53rd July Open Marlin Tournament

12 Couples Tournament St. Thomas

The Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club www.vigfc.com

St. Thomas, The Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club www.vigfc.com

MARCH

AUGUST

11-12 24th Golden Hook Challenge

St. Croix, Golden Hook Fishing Club www.fishstx.com

APRIL

1 18th Annual Dolphin Tournament

St. Croix, Golden Hook Fishing Club www.fishstx.com 9 Dolphin Derby St. Thomas The Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club www.vigfc.com

MAY

27-29 Memorial Day Tournament

4-8 45th Annual USVI “Boy Scout” Open Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament St. Thomas www.abmt.vi

4-8 Marlin Fest Red Hook, St. Thomas www.abmt.vi

SEPTEMBER

20 27-Oct 1 64th Annual International Billfish Tournament

San Juan, Puerto Rico Club Nautico de San Juan www.sanjuaninternational.com

St. Thomas The Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club www.vigfc.com

OCTOBER

Frenchtown, St. Thomas Committee for the Betterment of Carenage (340) 514-5141 or (340) 998-1715

14-15 Guy/Gal “Reel Challenge”

St. Croix, Golden Hook Fishing Club www.fishstx.com

JULY

TBA Puerto Del Rey Fishing Tournament

TBA CBC Kingfish Shootout

2 July Open Kids Tournament

St. Thomas The Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club www.vigfc.com

16 Bastille Day Kingfish Fishing Tournament St. Thomas

Northside Sport Fishing Club www.facebook.com/ NorthsideSportfishingClub

* Events subject to change without notice. Confirm date and location at the event website listed.

TBA Scrub Island Blue Marlin Invitational BVI

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NOVEMBER

Puerto Del Rey, Fajardo, Puerto Rico www.puertodelrey.com

18 Wahoooo!!! Tournament

St. Croix, Golden Hook Fishing Club www.fishstx.com 26 Wahoo Windup St. Thomas The Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club www.vigfc.com

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10 San Juan Christmas Boat Parade www.nauticodesanjuan.com

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WATER SPORTS

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JET SKIS AND WAVERUNNERS

Motorized personal watercrafts such as Jet Skis or WaveRunners can be rented by the half-hour at some resorts and beaches. Jet skis are not allowed in the National Park. BOATING AND SAILING

Vessels are available for water excursions of all kinds. Island hop with a small powerboat or join a group half-day, full day or sunset sail. Those with the required certification can charter a boat on their own or relax and enjoy with a hired captain and crew.

Those with a competitive edge can participate in several world-class sailing regattas in both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, or contact a local yacht club for fun informal races. Check the Marine Guide’s Racing Calendar for scheduled events. FISHING

Common catches are wahoo, dolphin, grouper, snapper and tuna. Some local restaurants will cook your catch of the day if you notify them in advance. For big game fishing, there are many stateof-the-art fishing vessels for hire. Fishing tournaments are held throughout the year, including world-class angling at the U.S.V.I. Open Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament. KAYAKING

Explore the many mangroves and lagoons by kayak for an unforgettable eco-experience. They can be rented at water sports centers and at a number of beaches for solo sails or join a combination kayaking, hiking and snorkeling tour of the Marine Sanctuary and Mangrove Lagoon on St. Thomas, Caneel Bay on St. John and Hassel

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Island offered by V.I. Ecotours (340) 7792155 on St. Thomas. Open ocean and shoreline kayaking tours are available on St. John, and tours are held of the Salt River National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve on St. Croix. BOARD SPORTS

Hull Bay on St. Thomas, Reef Bay on St. John, Sprat Bay on Water Island and Judith’s Fancy, St. Croix have the best surfing, with swells of 6 to 8 feet between November and March. Steady tradewinds are ideal for windsurfing and kiteboarding at Sapphire Beach or Morning Star Beach, St. Thomas and Divi Carina Bay, St. Croix. Stand-up paddling (SUP) boards, lessons and tours are available at most water sports centers and some beaches. V.I. Ecotours (340) 779-2155 offers snorkel gear, SUPs, kayaks, floats and beach chairs for rent on a daily or weekly basis, with free delivery to your car rental, villa, condo or beach. Water-propelled jetpacks and flyboards can be found on St. Thomas and St. Croix. UNDERWATER EXPLORATIONS

You’ll find some of the best diving and snorkeling sites in the Caribbean in local waters. Equipment is readily available for rent or purchase, and many dive shops and water sports centers offer lessons and tours. Trunk Bay, St. John and Buck Island off St. Croix offer marked snorkeling trails. Walk the ocean floor with Sea Trekkin’ at Coral World Marine Park on St. Thomas or take an exhilarating ride beneath the waves on a Breathing Observation Submersible Scooter.

DIVING ST. CROIX

St. Croix offers several unique dive sites ideal for both the experienced diver and beginners. Avid explorers can dive a wreck, a wall, a pier and a reef all in one day! Salt River Canyon’s wall plunges down as far as 1,000 feet, it is filled with fascinating sealife. Explore the many pinnacles, mini canyons and swim-throughs at this popular dive site. Frederiksted Pier is considered one of the top macro dives sites in the Caribbean. Coral encrusted pilings brim with sea horses, golden-eyed shrimp, parrotfish and even an eel or octopus or two. If you prefer a shore dive, Cane Bay is your best choice, with sands that gradually slope to meet a colorful reef. The Butler Bay Wrecks are a collection of sunken tugboats, freighters and trawlers, including the North Wind, sunk after being used as a prop in the TV movie Dreams of God: The Mel Fisher Story. When arranging a dive, there are several reputable dive operators to choose from, featuring a full range of PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) courses, rental equipment and several top-spot tour options. PHOTO © DON HEBERT

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challenge on the rugged terrain of St. Thomas and St. John, but St. Croix offers long stretches of flatter ground ideal for biking. Rentals are available and group tours range from scenic coastal tours to more challenging tours for the avid mountain biker. Visit the Virgin Islands Cycling Facebook page for a schedule of road races and group rides. HIKING More than twenty hiking trails provide beginner and experienced hikers an up-close experience of St. John’s Virgin Islands National Park. Free trail maps are available at the National Park Visitors Center (340) 776-6201 and several different guided tours are offered throughout the week. St. Croix Hiking Association www.stcroixhiking. org provides directions for several suggested self-guided tours. The 1.5-mile Discovery Nature Trail on St. Thomas ends at beautiful Magens Bay beach. For a walking tour of historic downtown Charlotte Amalie, pick up a copy of Places To Explore for a free map. GOLFING The Mahogany Run Golf Course (340) 777-6006 ext. 1 on St. Thomas was designed by worldrenowned architects George and Tom Fazio. The 6,000-yard par-70 course is famous for its Devil’s Triangle. Free 9-hole golf is available at the Herman E. Moore Golf Course at the University of the Virgin Islands’ St. Thomas campus. Three courses are available on St. Croix. The par-72 course at the Carambola Golf Club (340) 778-5638, has a fourstar rating from Golf Digest and a Golf Magazine Gold Medal. The challenging


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par-70 course at the Buccaneer Golf Club (340) 712-2144 was designed by PGA professional Bob Joyce on the grounds of an old sugar plantation. The Reef Golf Course (340) 773-8844 in Teague Bay features a 9-hole, par-35 course and a driving range. HORSES Horseback tours splash along the shore and amble through the rainforest and historic ruins of St. Croix. Tours can also be found at St. Thomas’ Golden Age Ranch (340) 775-6077 (www.facebook. com/golden-age-ranch), a non-profit sanctuary for retired racehorses, and at Carolina Corral on St. John (340) 6935778 (www.horsesstjohn.com), whose horses are all rescue animals. Check local listings for events held at the racetracks on St. Thomas and St. Croix. TENNIS Tennis courts are found at several island resorts at a nominal fee for non-guests. Free public courts are found in Sub Base, St. Thomas, Cruz Bay on St. John and in Frederiksted and Christiansted on St. Croix, for use on a first come, first served basis. ZIP LINING With six zip lines, two skywalks, and a panoramic view of Magens Bay from high above the treetops, Tree Limin’ Extreme (340) 998-7942 (www.ziplinestthomas.com) is a favorite St. Thomas adventure. ON FOUR WHEELS St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix offer individual rentals and group jeep tours to explore the island, or enjoy the excitement of an ATV tour of the rainforest on St. Croix. A golf cart is all you’ll need to leisurely explore Water Island’s military structures and plantation ruins.


PROVISIONING

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nce on the water, you can’t just make a stop for that one ingredient you’re missing, so thinking ahead is crucial when planning your meals. Your provisioning list should be completed well in advance and include everything you need, from paper products to seasonings. Consider the cost before you start packing boxes of food from home. Additional baggage fees often cost more than you may be saving or the inconvenience may not be worth what little you save. Grocery stores are usually found close to the marina, so it’s easier to shop when you arrive. When preparing your list, don’t forget the essentials. Besides food products, you’ll need garbage bags, cleaning supplies, hygiene products and plenty of bottled water. CONTINUED ON PAGE 46.

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Larger islands offer markets and convenience stores to supplement your provisions along the way, but smaller islands may not offer all you need. Think about the vessel you’ll be sailing on. Most have limited storage and working space, and many do not have refrigeration. Plan simple meals with few ingredients and buy boxed milk and canned juices whenever possible. Pack what you need for the day on ice. You might not want to waste any of your precious vacation time on shopping. Your charter company may provide provisioning services or recommend a company to prepare pre-cooked gourmet meals for you. Refer to the Groceries and Provisioning listings in the Advertisers’ Directory at the back of this guide for more information. PHOTO COURTESY OF SEASIDE MARKET

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uring your time in port, take advantage of the low duty-free prices offered in the U.S. Virgin Islands on luxury items such as jewelry, watches, electronics, liquor and more. Downtown shopping districts provide a larger array of choices, but there is shopping in or near marinas, near cruise ship ports and at island attractions, as well. Many name brands establish a set duty free price on their products, regardless of the store you shop in. Many local retailers offer the same duty-free pricing on line or by phone should you want something when you return home.

WHAT IS DUTY FREE?

As a duty-free port, tax, known as duty, is not charged for merchandise brought into the territory for re-sale. This allows retailers to offer lower duty free prices to their customers, ranging between 5 and 60 percent, depending on the item. For even greater savings, no sales or luxury taxes are charged.

DUTY FREE ALLOWANCE

Your duty free allowance is the amount you may bring back into the U.S. without incurring additional duty. U.S. citizens have a $1,600 duty-free allowance per person, including children. Only $800 of these items may come from other Caribbean Basin countries. Purchases can be combined for family members. Additional items will be charged duty. Within that allowance, U.S. residents 21 years of age or older may bring

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home 5 liters of liquor, provided four were bought in the U.S. Virgin Islands and at least one is a product of the U.S. Virgin Islands. 1,000 cigarettes may be included, provided 800 were purchased in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and up to 100 cigars.

MAIL IT

Most retailers will be happy to pack, insure and mail purchases to your home to allow for hassle-free travel. U.S. citizens may mail one package home to friends or relatives from the U.S. Virgin Islands with a value of up to $200 per day (excluding alcohol and tobacco) without declaring it for duty, provided one person does not receive more than $200 of gifts in one day. Priority Mail and Express Mail are available at stateside rates. DHL, Fed Ex and UPS shipping is also available, though some apply international rates. Visit the tourist booth in front of A.H. Riise on the St. Thomas waterfront for a Places to Explore Guide and Places to Eat Map.

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DINING

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ooking is limited on board, so while in port, take the opportunity to go ashore for a unique island ST. THOMAS - ST. JOHN ST. CROIX DINING MAP DINING MAP dining experience. Most ports offer a full range of international choices as well as some undeniably tasty local cuisine. From food trucks serving up home cooking to an elegant night of dining at a world class resort, you’ll find the flavors and atmosphere to suit your every mood. Be sure to indulge in the fresh local seafood or arrange to have one of several local restaurants on standby to cook your catch after a day of fishing. Pick up your free copy of the Places to Explore guide and a Places to Eat Map for more on the best in local dining and after dinner entertainment or visit stthomasdining.com or stcroixvidining.com. TIPPING It is customary to tip your server the standard 15 to 18 percent. Although most restaurants leave it to your discretion, a few will automatically include the tip on your bill, particularly for parties of 6 or more. Be sure to check your bill carefully. BEER Cool down after a hot day on the beach with a refreshing islandstyle craft beer. A handful of Virgin Islands restaurants feature their own microbrewery selections on tap. St. John Brewers features a great selection of award-winning tropical ales such as Mango Pale Ale and Island Summer Ale, available at most local groceries and bars. On St. Thomas, stop by the Frenchtown Brewing Company’s 3-barrel nano-brewery for a tour and a taste of house favorites and seasonal brews. You’ll find their beers on tap at several local restaurants. 2017

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Photo courtesy of The Westin St. John Resort & Villas.

PLACES TO STAY ON LAND

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o accommodate travel plans, most charter guests will spend at least a night or two on land before or after their time at sea. Choose a cozy historic inn, a hillside villa, a condo on the beach or a world-class luxury resort. The U.S. Virgin Islands is a premiere travel destination and offers a wide variety of options for overnight visitors, no matter what their budget or preferences.

ST. JOHN ACCOMMODATIONS

THE WESTIN ST. JOHN RESORT & VILLAS | www.westin.com/stjohnvillas Great Cruz Bay, St. John | Tel: 340-693-8000 A perfect place for a relaxing family vacation, romantic getaway or team retreat in function space, voted, “the Best on St John.” Whatever the reason for the visit this island retreat brings signature Westin amenities and activities from watersports to tennis and spa treatments to gourmet dining. Studio, 1, 2 or 3 bedroom villas feature fully equipped kitchen or kitchenette and spacious living areas; all nestled into a tropical paradise at the edge of Great Cruz Bay.

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ST. THOMAS ACCOMMODATIONS

BOLONGO BAY BEACH RESORT | www.bolongobay.com

Southside, Bolongo Bay, St. Thomas | Tel: 340-775-1800 Family owned and managed for 40 years, Bolongo is known for its friendly, attentive service and relaxed, tropical atmosphere. Just 65 ocean view rooms nestled along a 1,000 ft. palm-lined beach with complimentary non-motorized water sports and Scuba lesson. Enjoy dining at two popular restaurants - the Lobster Grille featuring fresh seafood, lobster and steaks or Iggies with a casual beach-fare menu and the weekly Carnival & Limbo Show. All Inclusive or room-only plans available.

EMERALD BEACH RESORT | www.emeraldbeach.com 8070 Lindbergh Bay, St. Thomas | Tel: 800-233-4936 100% Beach Front Rooms. Experience St. Thomas’ best kept secret. Lounge under lush palms, wade in Lindbergh Bay’s cool waters, take a dip in the waterfall pool, or enjoy waterfront dining at the Caribbean Fusion Restaurant. Exercise facilities onsite, along with wedding services and meeting accommodations. All rooms are equipped with complimentary high speed internet, refrigerators, coffee makers, A/C, safes, flat screen TV’s, private balcony, and a breathtaking ocean view.

FRENCHMAN’S REEF & MORNING STAR MARRIOTT BEACH RESORT St. Thomas | Tel: 340-776-8500 | www.frenchmansreefmarriott.com Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort provides guests with casually-sophisticated accommodations overlooking a secluded beach and the Caribbean’s most beautiful natural harbor, Charlotte Amalie. With 478 hotel rooms and surrounded by Caribbean waters, the hotel provides luxury accommodations in an exclusive setting. With 6 restaurants and bars and 4 swimming pools. Frenchman’s promises an unparalleled Caribbean vacation.

LINDBERGH BAY HOTEL and VILLAS | www.lindberghbayhotelandvillas.com 8075 Lindbergh Bay St. Thomas | Tel: 800-792-2742 All rooms feature a private balcony, flat screen TV, ocean views, A/C, and free wifi. Enjoy our open-air restaurant and bar, Oceanside Bistro. We offer two pools, relaxing beach deck, and shuttle to our sister property, Emerald Beach Resort. Choose from a wide variety of rooms and suites to create your perfect Caribbean vacation. Whether you’re looking for a comfortable hotel for your business trip, or a romantic getaway for your wedding, look no further than Lindbergh Bay Hotel and Villas.

PARADISE COVE | Paradisecovevirginislands.com 2GA Ridge Rd, Estate Nazareth St. Thomas | Tel: 340-626-0860

Located on the East End: Plan your relaxing vacation or event at Paradise Cove. Let the stunning turquoise Caribbean water, boats under full sail, views of St. Croix and French Cap sooth your soul and recharge your life. Fully furnished studios & cottages, with spectacular views await you. On site pool & sun deck, close proximity to white sandy beaches. Welcome friendly and informed staff. The perfect vacation getaway for families and honeymooners alike. Perfect place for groups; planning business, spiritual or health retreats. Email: paradisecoveusvi@gmail.com

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ST. THOMAS ACCOMMODATIONS

PARADISE PROPERTIES | paradiseproperties@vipowernet.net

Sapphire Village & Crystal Cove Villas, East End | Tel: 800-524-2038 Discover the freedom and privacy of condo vacations in St. Thomas. Choose the best locations - 1 & 2 bedroom units at beachfront Crystal Cove Villas or studio and 1- bedroom units at Sapphire Village, perched hillside overlooking the ocean and marina. All condos feature fully equipped kitchens, pools, tennis & access to beautiful beaches. Amenities within Sapphire Beach Resort include water sports, restaurants, entertainment and white sand beach.

SECRET HARBOUR BEACH RESORT | www.SecretHarbourVI.com East End, St. Thomas | Tel: 340-775-6550

Boutique resort w/pristine Caribbean blue water and a tranquil, uncrowded swimming beach features 48 beachfront condominiums + 2 ADA rooms. Ideal for families, couples, watersport vacations & weddings. Privately owned units are beautifully furnished suites in studio, 1 or 2-bedroom layouts w/fully equipped kitchens; private patio/balcony & daily housekeeping. Amenities: 2 restaurants, concierge w/watersport rentals & excursion boats, PADI dive center, pool, tennis, fitness, massage, gifts & free Wi-Fi. Book direct using resort website, Facebook or phone for special discounts.

SERENDIPITY VILLA | www.serendipityusvi.com Peterborg, St Thomas, U.S.V.I. | Tel: 340-227-4779

A private waterfront villa rental in one of the most spectacular settings in St. Thomas. It offers a peaceful haven with stunning views of the British Virgin Islands and Hans Lollik. Floor to ceiling windows and full ocean panoramas from every single room. Luxurious accommodations and total tranquility. 7 bedrooms, 7+ baths, for 6-20 guests, WIFI, pool, 4 minutes to Magens Bay, close to top restaurants, hiking, golf and surrounded by wildlife and natural beauty. Wedding and reunion groups welcome. Do a 3-D walkthrough at https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=vKLKhoZKVxc

SUGAR BAY RESORT AND SPA | www.sugarbayresortandspa.com 6500 Estate Smith Bay, St. Thomas | Tel: 340-777-7100 Perched mountainside surrounded by breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea and neighboring islands. The resort features 297 renovated rooms, a secluded beach with an array of water sports and recreational equipment; three inter—connecting freshwater pools with a waterfall and grotto; tennis, onsite spa; state-of-the-art fitness center, and a comprehensive schedule of daily activities. Various restaurants, coffee shop, poolside grill and multiple bars that offer a diverse dining experience.

THE WINDWARD PASSAGE HOTEL | www.windwardpassage.com Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas | Tel: 340-774-5200

This charming hotel is centrally located in the heart of St. Thomas directly across the street from the Charlotte Amalie Harbor where the Seaplane and inter-island ferry terminals are located. The hotel is a block away from the duty free shops and restaurants of the downtown area. The hotel is comprised of 150 rooms and junior suites that surround a central courtyard. All rooms feature air conditioning, coffeemaker, iron and ironing board, cable TV, hair dryer and free wireless internet. For Centennial Special Rates go to: www.WindWardPassage.com, use Promo Code Cen100.

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ST. CROIX ACCOMMODATIONS

CARIBBEAN BREEZE APARTMENTS AND VACATION HOMES

53 Prince St., Frederiksted | Tel: 340-227-9853 caribbeanbreezevacationsstcroix.com Beautifully restored Historic Danish Building in Frederiksted, only blocks from the beautiful west end beaches and spectacular SCUBA Diving off the pier. Half acre secure, gated courtyard with new swimming pool. Six all new completely remodeled studio and one bedroom units with full kitchens. Wifi, Dishnet or Netflix, LED Hi-Def TV’s, memory foam mattresses, fully furnished kitchens, linens and towels. Rates starting from $100/night. Owner operated and live onsite.

HOLGER DANSKE HOTEL | www.holgerhotel.com 1200 King Cross Street, Christiansted | Tel: 340-773-3600 Conveniently located on the boardwalk in the heart of historic Christiansted. The award-winning restaurant and pool deck overlook the picturesque harbor where fishing, snorkeling, scuba and sailing are at your doorstep. The beach is just a short ferry ride away. Room amenities include AC, Satellite TV, FREE WiFi, in-room safe, refrigerator and microwave or kitchenette, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and board, and large balcony.

TAMARIND REEF RESORT, SPA & GREEN CAY MARINA 5001 Tamarind Reef, St. Croix | Tel: 800-619-0014 www.TamarindReefResort.com

Green Cay Marina photo courtesy of Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Green Cay Marina

This intimate 40-room property (all with ocean view and private patio/ balcony) features full amenities including a sparkling pool, numerous water sports, fitness center, tennis, award-winning restaurants and spa. Guests can enjoy a relaxing massage on the beach, snorkel along one of the best reefs in the Virgin Islands or kayak to Green Cay. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the 154-slip marina with boating charters footsteps away. Perfect for couples, families, executives and weddings.

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TAXI RATES Taxi vans, open-air safari buses and air-conditioned sedans can be

found at all major destinations. Private pick up can easily be arranged for beach days or full or half day island tours. Larger taxis will often pick up several passengers at a time heading in the same direction. Registered vehicles display an official taxi license plate issued by the Virgin Islands Taxicab Commission and are required to post the latest published fares in the cab. For two or more passengers, request to see the official rate sheet. Establish the fare before your trip. *Disclaimer: Rates are standard fares for one passenger. Additional luggage, radio-call and latenight pick up charges apply. Rates are subject to change.

ST. THOMAS TAXI RATES* Destination From Charlotte Amalie Airport

Destination From Charlotte Amalie Airport

Airport $7 American Yacht Harbor $13 Blackbeard’s Castle $5 Bluebeard’s Castle $5 Bolongo Bay $10 Coki Beach $12 Compass Point $12 Cowpet Bay $15 Crown Bay $5 Drake’s Seat $7 Elysian Resort $15 Emerald Beach Resort $7 Frenchtown $4 Havensight $6 Hull Bay $12 Island Beachcomber $7 Lindberg Bay Hotel & Villas $7 Mafolie Hotel $8

Magens Bay Mahogany Run Marriott Frenchman’s Reef Morningstar Beach MountainTop Paradise Point Tramway Point Pleasant Resort Red Hook Reichhold Center Ritz Carlton Sapphire Beach Secret Harbour St. Thomas Yacht Club Sugar Bay Tillett Gardens Tutu Park Mall Windward Passage Hotel Yacht Haven Grande

$15 $8 $8 $12 $14 $14 $18 $5 $9 $18 $4 $7 $8 $15 $4 $4 $10

$10 $12 $10 $13 $8 $10 $8 $10 $11 $12 $9 $11 $13 $15 $13 $15 $7 $5 $15 $18 $13 $15 $15 $18 $15 $18 $13 $15 $9 $11 $9 $11 $4 $7 $4 $7

ST. JOHN TAXI RATES* Destination

Annaberg Plantation Bordeaux Mountain Caneel Bay Chocolate Hole Cinnamon Bay Coral Bay Francis Bay Gallows Point

From Cruz Bay

$13 $17 $6 $7 $9 $16 $13 $5

Destination

Hawksnest Hurricane Hole Leinster Bay Reef Bay Trail Head Salt Pond Trunk Bay Westin Resort

From Cruz Bay

$6 $19 $13 $9 $20 $8

$6

ST. CROIX TAXI RATES* Destination From Airport/Christiansted/Frederiksted

Airport Buccaneer Hotel Cane Bay Carambola Beach Resort Caravelle Hotel Chenay Bay Beach Resort Christiansted Club St. Croix Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino Frederiksted Frederiksted Hotel Gallows Bay

-/$16/$17 $20/$9/$24 $20/$24/$26 $20/$30/$27 $16/-/$24 $21/$15/$27 $16/-/$24 $16/$8/$24 $24/$18/$36 $12/$24/$12/$24/$17/$6/$26

Destination From Airport/Christiansted/Frederiksted

Green Cay Marina Hibiscus Beach Hotel Hotel on the Cay Island Center King Christian Hotel St. Croix Yacht Club St. George Botanical Gardens Salt River Marina Sand Castle on the Beach Sunny Isle Shopping Center Tamarind Reef Hotel The Palms (Cormorant) Whim Plantation Museum

$18/$12/$27 $16/$10/$24 $16/-/$24 $12/$12/$20 $16/-/$24 $24/$18/$36 $12/$18/$12 $17/$22/$24 $12/$24/$8 $12/$12/$20 $21/$12/$30 $16/$10/$24 $12/$20/$10

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TRANSPORTATION

BY LAND Cars, jeeps, SUVs and vans are

convenient and easy to rent at many local and national rental agencies. Driving is done on the left. A U.S. driver’s license is valid for 90 days. International drivers can apply for a temporary permit at the time of rental. Prices may vary seasonally and reservations are recommended. Taxis and “safari” buses are plentiful at major destinations. Although licensed taxis are required to post established rates and their personal identification/ taxi license, it’s always advisable to agree on a price beforehand. Fares are calculated per person one way, with additional charges for luggage, late night or radio calls. Private taxis are available at an addition charge; otherwise, most taxis in high traffic areas will fill their vehicle with several passengers going in the same direction. A public bus system and “$1 safaris” travel limited routes.

BY SEA Passenger ferries run frequently

between St. Thomas, St. John and the British Virgin Islands, and a new ferry is scheduled to begin service in 2017 between St. Thomas and St. Croix. Ferries are usually quite punctual, so be sure you know when the last returning trip is scheduled. Bring your passport if you plan to visit the British Virgin Islands.

BY AIR Regularly scheduled commercial, commuter and seaplane flights run between St. Thomas, St. Croix, the U.S., the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean destinations. There is no air service to St. John. Charter flights and helicopter tours can be arranged for private tours.

TO THE U.S. American Airlines (800) 474-4884 www.aa.com Jet Blue (800) 532-2583 www.jetblue.com Delta (800) 221-1212 www.delta.com Spirit (801) 401-2200 www.spirit.com United (800) 864-8331 www.united.com INTER-ISLAND/CARIBBEAN Cape Air (800) 227-3247 www.capeair.com Seaborne Air (866) 359-8784 www.seaborneairlines.com PHOTO © MEDIA MARKETING, INC.

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INTER-ISLAND/CARIBBEAN CONT’D

Liat (340) 774-2313 www.liat.com

CHARTER Cape Air (800) 227-3247 www.capeair.com Sea Flight VI (St. Thomas/St. Croix) (340) 714-3000 Capitol Air (340) 998-8654 www.capitol-air.com Air Sunshine 1-800-327-8900 www.airsunshine.com Bohlke (340) 778-9177 www.bohlke.com Hummingbird Air (340) 775-3571 www.hum-air.com

ALWAYS... Buckle up!

Island Airlines (340) 344-3900 www.islandairlinesllc.com Coastal Air Transport, Inc. (St. Croix) (340) 773-2721 Air America (787) 276-5669 www.airamericacaribbean.com Caribbean Buzz Helicopters (340) 775-7335 www.caribbean-buzz.com

Cessna Amphibious Caravan SEA FLIGHT Modern Leather Seats • Quiet Cabin • Cool Air Conditioning

$90 one way daily flights between St. Thomas and St. Croix. Charters available for all Caribbean islands, fishing & sightseeing. St. Thomas: 340-714-3000, 340-714-3003 or 340-771-5101 St. Croix: 340-719-3300, 340-277-8057 or 340-422-5084 seaflightvi.com

Watch for Tommy Starfish Road Signs! Remember, Drive on the Left in the USVI. No Cell phone use while Driving. It’s the Law!

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ST. THOMAS-ST. JOHN FERRY SCHEDULE* *All times and rates are subject to change without notice. Please call in advance for more information.

TRANSPORTATION SERVICES AND VARLACK VENTURES (340) 776-6282 From Red Hook To Cruz Bay

Departures: Daily. 5:30 a.m. (weekdays only), 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., then hourly from 8 a.m. to midnight Fare (Adult/Child under 12): One way non-residents, $7/$1; One way V.I. residents, $6/$1; $4/piece for luggage/boxes From Cruz Bay To Red Hook

Departures: Daily. Hourly from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fare (Adult/Child under 12): One way non-residents, $7/$1; One way V.I. residents, $6/$1; $4/piece for luggage/boxes From Charlotte Amalie To Cruz Bay

Departures: Daily. 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 5:30 p.m Fare (Adult/Child under 12): One way non-residents, $13/$3.50; One way V.I. residents, $12/$3; $4/piece for luggage/boxes From Cruz Bay To Charlotte Amalie

Departures: Daily. 8:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 3:45 p.m. Fare (Adult/Child under 12): One way non-residents, $13/$3.50; One way V.I. residents, $13/$3; $4/piece for luggage/boxes PRIVATE WATER TAXI SERVICE, JUST A PHONE CALL AWAY*

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KEEP OUR ISLANDS CLEAN. Use trash receptacles located throughout our islands.


ST. THOMAS-ST. JOHN CAR FERRIES*

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

There is an additional Port Authority port fee of $3 for cars, small and medium SUVs and motorcycles and $4 for large SUVs, pick-up trucks and vans, collected at the Red Hook Ferry Dock. Please arrive 25 minutes before scheduled departure. LOVE CITY CAR FERRY (CAPTAIN VIC) (340) 779-4000 www.lovecitycarferries.com From Red Hook to Cruz Bay

Departures: 7 a.m. (weekdays only, no holidays), 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. Fare: $35 one way, $50 round trip From Cruz Bay to Red Hook

Departures: 6:15 a.m. (weekdays only, no holidays), 8 a.m., 10 p.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:15 p.m. Fares: $35 one way, $50 round trip

RED HOOK PHOTO © DON HEBERT

ST. THOMAS-ST. CROIX FERRY (QE4)** ** Service is scheduled to begin sometime during 2017. From Gallows Bay, St. Croix To Charlotte Amalie Waterfront

Departures: 7 a.m., 1 p.m. Fare: $50 one way

From Charlotte Amalie Waterfront To Gallows Bay, St. Croix

Departures: 9:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. Fare: $50 one way

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WELCOME

TO THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

MAHOE BEACH PHOTO © DON HEBERT

ISLANDS’ SIZE The British Virgin Islands are comprised of more than 60 small islands and cays. Only four are of significant size: Tortola, 21 square miles; Anegada, 15 square miles; Virgin Gorda, 8 square miles; Jost Van Dyke, 4 square miles. LOCATION/GEOGRAPHY Directly to the east of the U.S. Virgin Islands and 60 miles east of Puerto Rico, with the Caribbean Sea to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the north. LATITUDE/LONGITUDE 18º 30 N, 64º 30 W. POPULATION 33,454 (July 2015 estimate), with the majority on Tortola. CAPITAL Road Town, Tortola. LANGUAGE The official language is English. CULTURE Half the population is of Caribbean origin, though West African, European and American influences can be found. CLIMATE/RAINFALL Temperatures range

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from the low 70s in the winter and low 90s during the summer, with an average rainfall of 40-50 inches per year. CURRENCY The U.S. dollar. Travelers’ checks and major credit cards are accepted. There is a ten-cent stamp duty on all checks and travelers’ checks. CUSTOMS & TAXES U.S. citizens may bring back $800 of merchandise duty free from the British Virgin Islands. That includes two liters of alcohol, as long as one liter is produced in a Caribbean Basin country, and 200 cigarettes. Mailed gifts cannot exceed $50 per day. TIME ZONE Atlantic Standard Time. Daylight Savings Time is not recognized. GOVERNMENT Non-sovereign, internal self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom. AREA CODE 284 VOLTAGE 110 volts.


2017 BVI Public Holidays January 1 New Year’s Day January 2 New Year’s Holiday March 6 H. Lavity Stoutt’s Birthday March 13 Commonwealth Day April 14 Good Friday Easter Sunday April 16 Easter Monday April 17 June 5 Whit Monday June 10 Sovereign’s Birthday July 1 Territory Day August 7-9 August Festival St Ursula’s Day October 21 December 25 Christmas December 26 Boxing Day

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BVI CLEARANCE, CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION

SOPER’S HOLE PHOTO © DON HEBERT

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pon entering British Virgin Islands waters, vessels must proceed directly to a port of entry for Customs and Immigration clearance. The captain must present the ship’s papers and valid passports for all crew and passengers. No other passenger may disembark at any time until clearance is issued. Boats that do not clear into a port of entry prior to entering a marina are subject to a fine of up to $10,000 and/or possible seizure or forfeiture of the vessel. The marina is subject to substantial fines as well.

MEDICAL There are no medical or vaccination requirements to enter the British Virgin Islands. CUSTOMS, DUTIES & TAXES Imports are subject to duty charges, which vary depending

on the item, but items entering the BVI on a temporary basis are exempt. There is no sales tax. A 7% Hotel Accommodation Tax is charged for those staying six months or less in hotels or other vacation rental accommodations. The departure tax is $15 per resident, $20 per non-resident and $6 for children under six years of age.

FOOD A $25 application must be submitted for the importation of meat products to the Department of Agriculture (284) 495-2532. Visitors arriving from North America with less than 40 pounds of meat products for consumption during their stay are exempt. YACHT IN TRANSIT IMPORTATION OF SPARE PARTS Spare parts for yachts in transit

FIREARMS Firearms must be declared to Customs upon entry and will be held at

Police Headquarters until departure.

JET SKIS Imported Jet Skis and water bikes may not be used

in BVI waters and must be declared to Customs upon entry.

PETS ABOARD A $10 import permit from the

Department of Agriculture (284) 468-6123/6124 must be issued at least two weeks in advance of entry into the territory for pets. Current health certificates, vaccinations and anti-rabies certificate are required.

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PHOTO © JOHN MCALLISTER

may enter the territory free of duty, though the Comptroller of Customs may apply certain conditions for handling them. All packages must be clearly marked with the vessel’s name and “Yacht in Transit.” If the parts are to be installed by a BVI company, the duty for most marine spare parts is 5% of the value including shipping costs and insurance.


BVI PORTS OF ENTRY TORTOLA: Road Harbour

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.S. and Canadian visitors must present a passport valid for six months. A visa may be required for visitors from other countries. Contact the Immigration Department (284) 4943471 ext. 4700 for visa requirements. Visitors may be granted entry for one month, provided they possess a return or ongoing ticket, evidence of adequate means of support and pre-arranged accommodations during their stay. Visitors wishing to stay longer must apply for an extension.

Monday - Sunday and public holidays 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. TORTOLA: Soper’s Hole, West End Monday – Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday and public holidays 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. JOST VAN DYKE: Great Harbour Monday – Sunday and public holidays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. VIRGIN GORDA: Spanish Town Monday – Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. VIRGIN GORDA: Gun Creek, North Sound Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. FOR AFTER-HOURS CLEARANCE Contact the Immigration

Department (284) 494-3471/3701 ext. 4700. Overtime fees will be applied. Vessels must raise a yellow flag until the clearing process has been completed. When traveling between the BVI and USVI, all vessels must clear out of BVI waters at a port of entry and clear into the U.S. Virgin Islands at Cruz Bay, St John or Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas.

SHOPPING IN THE BVI

Road Town’s West Indian charm is a lovely spot for some leisurely shopping. Wander the colorful downtown shops and galleries or explore local crafts at the Crafts Alive Village near the ferry dock. With 54 retail shops, the new duty free Tortola Pier Park by the cruise ship dock features luxury items and locally made goods. DUTY FREE SHOPPING The currency in the British Virgin Islands is the U.S. dollar, so currency exchange isn’t necessary. U.S. citizens may bring home $800 duty free and U.S. Virgin Islands residents enjoy no duty limits. Most shops are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some stay open later on Friday and Saturday or when a cruise ship is in port. Many shops close or close early on Sundays. MARINE GUIDE •

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BVI CRUISING & MOORING PERMITS

CRUISING PERMITS Cruising permits issued by the British Virgin Islands Customs Department (284) 494-3475 or (284) 468-3701 ext. 2533 are required for clearance into the British Virgin Islands and are valid only for a specific charter period. CRUISING FEES DEC. 1 – APRIL 30: BVI based charter boats $2 per person per day

Non-BVI based charter boats $4 per person per day

MAY 1 – NOV. 30: BVI based charter boats 75¢ per person per day

Non-BVI based charter boats $4 per person per day Private vessels staying more than one month must pay a $200 temporary importation fee for up to one year. NATIONAL PARKS MOORING PERMITS More than 200 mooring buoys have been installed at many BVI dive sites for day use only, with a 90-minute limit. Vessels are required to use National Parks Trust mooring buoys at designated reef areas. A small conservation fee is charged for use. National Parks permits are available from the National Parks Trust (NPT) at 61 Main Street, Road Town, Tortola (284) 494-3904, through charter companies and at your port of entry. BUOY COLOR SYSTEM YELLOW MOORING BUOYS: Commercial dive vessels. LARGE YELLOW BUOYS: Commercial dive vessels and vessels over 55 feet. WHITE BUOYS: Non-commercial vessels, daytime dive use only. BLUE BUOYS: Dinghy use only. ORANGE BUOYS: Non-diving, day use.

Vessels over 55 feet or 35 tons may use the larger 18-inch yellow buoys only. Boaters are responsible for their vessel even when tied to a National Parks mooring. Do not leave vessels unattended. Where mooring buoys are not provided, anchor in sandy areas only.

OVERNIGHT MOORINGS Privately owned overnight moorings for boats under 60 feet are marked with a large white buoy. Fees vary per owner. For moorings and anchorage locations, please refer to the marinas, moorings and anchorages section of this guide. CAUTIONARY FLAG SYSTEM The Baths National Park in Virgin Gorda uses a cautionary flag system to indicate reefs or adverse conditions. RED FLAG: Do not use the mooring and no access to the beach. YELLOW FLAG: Use mooring with extreme caution. BLUE FLAG: Jellyfish warning.

Visit www.bvitourism.com for more details.

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BVI COMMUNICATIONS

RADIO COMMUNICATIONS VHF radios are required on charter vessels. Channel

16 is continuously monitored by Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) and most marinas.

COMMON FREQUENCIES Channel 16: Emergencies and initial contact. Once contact is established, switch to an open channel Channel 3: Weather Channel 12: Communication between charter companies and their yachts Channel 6 and 68: Ship-to-ship contact Channel 67: Virgin Islands Search & Rescue working frequency TELEPHONE SERVICE British Virgin Islands Area Code: 284

For calls between the British Virgin Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S., dial 1, area code and phone number.

CELLULAR PHONES Depending on your cell phone provider, roaming charges may apply, so check with your provider before your visit. Your charter company may provide a cell phone on board for emergency contact and credit card calls. Temporary, pre-paid, monthly, online top up services and local SIM cards are available from CCT Global Communications (284) 444-4444, Flow BVI 1 (800)804-2994 and Digicel (284) 300-0001. INTERNET & E-MAIL ACCESS Many local bars, restaurants, resorts and other

businesses provide WiFi service. Landlines and high-speed internet can be accessed at telecommunication centers and internet cafés on Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke. Some offer special internet rates for yacht crews and cruisers. DOG ISLAND, BVI PHOTO © DON HEBERT

EMERGENCY NUMBERS ON SHORE Police, Fire or Medical Emergency: Dial 999 or 911 Emergency Operations Centre: (284) 494-4499 Hospital: (284) 494-3497 Police Department: (284) 494-2945 Marine Base via Police Headquarters (284) 494-3822 Virgin Islands Search & Rescue (VISAR): VHF: Channel 16, Phone: 999, 911, 767 or 494-4357 (494-HELP), from outside BVI (284) 499-0911 OFF SHORE International Distress: Channel 16 Virgin Islands Search & Rescue: VHF Channel 16 or by phone 999, 911 or 767 (SOS)

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SAFETY IN THE WATER 68 B

e sure your on board equipment and safety gear are seaworthy and in good working order before leaving the dock. Visit www.cgaux. org for a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary self-inspection form, an online Virtual Vessel Examiner or to set up a free on site vessel safety check.

VISAR

Virgin Islands Search and Rescue is a volunteer organization dedicated to saving lives at sea. Founded in 1988, it is modeled after the U.K.’s Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the oldest lifeboat service in the world. The emergency response team is on call 24/7. It partners with police, fire and ambulance services, and has carried out more than 450 search and rescue missions throughout the British Virgin Islands and surrounding waters. Members receive extensive training in seamanship, small boat handling, search and rescue techniques and first aid, and they frequently cross-train with the U.S. Coast Guard. Visit their website www.visar.org for more information.

EMERGENCY AT SEA

The 767 (SOS), 999 or 911 numbers will operate even if your regular cell service does not work locally. Have your exact location, the name of your vessel and the nature of the emergency ready.

KIDS AND THE SEA

Surrounded by so much water, water safety is a top priority for Kids and The Sea (KATS). This non-profit organization on Tortola is dedicated to teaching safety in boats and in the sea to local youths, as well as introducing them to possible career opportunities in the marine industries. Swimming lessons, a sea skills class, a sailing program, scuba diving and windsurfing instruction are offered within their watersports program for children ages 5 to 18. The sailing program boasts three levels, and has its own sailing center on the West End, with Lasers, IC 24’s and instructor chase boats. Visit www.katsbvi.com for more information.


NAVIGATING THE WATERS

NAVIGATION With so many small islets and cays, line-of-sight

navigation can be a challenge for those not familiar with the area. Always have some form of navigation tool at hand and designate a lookout to watch for shallows, rocks and reefs. CHARTS The NOS 25640 should be the only chart you’ll need for the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Access print and electronic charts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are at www.noaa.gov or ask your charter company for a printed copy. Caribbean Yachting Series I Charts and Imray-Iolaire charts of specific areas are available online and at some island chandleries. GPS Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) systems may not be completely reliable and even the slightest deviation can throw you significantly off course. Use your GPS in conjunction with navigational charts and depth readings to ensure you stay on course. BUOYAGE SYSTEM The International Association of Lighthouse Authorities Maritime Buoyage System B is used in the British and U.S. Virgin Islands. Channel markers are red buoys to starboard (right) and green buoys to port (left). When returning from open waters, the rule is “Red Right Returning.” REEFS IN THE BVI Your navigational chart will identify any known shallows, reefs and other cautionary areas, but underwater topography can change. Assign a lookout at all times to sight immediate hazards. The waters surrounding Anegada, Gorda Sound, the Camanoe Passages and White Bay, Jost Van Dyke require extra caution. Use the provided moorings whenever possible. Anchor only in sandy areas with no sea grass or coral.

WEATHER

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS WEATHER FORECASTS Before any voyage, make sure you stay up-to-date on the local weather. Because weather and sea conditions can change instantly, check forecasts regularly throughout your trip and be aware of changing conditions around you. Several on line sites provide accurate weather information. Check www.weathercarib.com or www.weatherbvi.com for general forecasts, satellite imagery and advisories. The Marine Weather Center at www.mwxc.com offers custom weather services ranging from single-day e-mail forecasts to monthly and yearly subscriptions for phone-in and vessel-specific forecasts, routing advice for SSB (Single Sideband) radio and more. On the radio, ZBVI Radio 780 AM updates local forecasts hourly and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issues 24-hour weather advisories from (NOAA) on VHF Channels Wx-1 162.55, Wx-2 162.4 and Wx-3 162.475. PHOTOS PAGES 70 AND 71 © DON HEBERT

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PROTECTING OUR WATERS

DISCHARGE OF SEWAGE No untreated sewage may be discharged in any harbor or

within 1,000 yards of the shoreline. A Type III MSD or type I MSD marine sanitation device is mandatory. Holding tanks should be emptied outside the restricted areas or pumped into a sewage treatment facility. A working pump out station is available at the fuel dock at Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour. DISCHARGE OF OIL AND OTHER HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES No oil or oily waste may

be discharged into the water or intentionally drained into the bilge.

DISCHARGE OF GARBAGE No garbage may be discharged in the waters of the British

Virgin Islands at any time. Garbage receptacles are provided ashore. A nominal fee may be charged for disposal at some locations.

GARBAGE DISPOSAL LOCATIONS Road Town Across from The Pub The Moorings Village Cay - base of A Dock Tortola Marine Management

Hodge’s Creek Hodge’s Creek Marina

East End Penns Landing

Virgin Gorda Leverick Bay Bitter End Yacht Club Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour by the fuel dock

West End West End Ferry Dock Soper’s Hole Marina Fuel Dock

Jost Van Dyke Great Harbour Little Harbour

Nanny Cay Central parking lot and boat yard

Beef Island Trellis Bay, near dock

Cane Garden Bay Behind Rhymer’s Beach Bar

Marina Cay Pusser’s

BVI MARINE ASSOCIATION The Marine Association of the British Virgin Islands is a strong advocate for all facets of the marine industry. The non-profit organization advances professional and ethical standards of business and encourages the employment and training of islanders in the industry. Additionally, they seek to maintain a strong nautical tourism presence by protecting marine life and the environment with initiatives such as their water quality program. They actively network with the government and other organizations locally and as a member of the regional Caribbean Marine Association to assist with policy-making decisions and environmentally sound marine development. Visit www.caribbeanmarineassociation.com or www.bvimarineassociation.com or for more information. THE INDIANS PHOTO © DON HEBERT

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THE VIRGIN ISLANDS SHIPPING REGISTRY (VISR)

title of ownership identifying a ship and its owner with a particular country is referred to as a shipping registry. All commercial vessels in international waters are required by law to be registered, with the exception of some small fishing vessels. Registered vessels must adhere to maritime policies of that country. The British Virgin Islands Registry (VISR) holds a Category 1 status within the Red Ensign Group of British shipping registries, authorized to register yachts of up to 3,000 gross tons and general cargo ships of unlimited tonnage. It enforces regulations applicable to the British Virgin Islands regarding shipping operations, safety of life at sea, security and the prevention and response to pollution from vessels wherever they may be and all vessels in territorial waters. Vessels registered with VISR are considered British ships and are entitled to physical protection by Great Britain and its Consulates worldwide. B.V.I. registry is offered to residents and corporate bodies registered in the B.V.I. Visit www.vishipping.gov.vg for registration information and application forms. PHOTO © DON HEBERT

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VI MARITIME MUSEUM

he tradition of wooden boat building has made the BVI one of the major boatbuilding centers of the Caribbean over the last two centuries, centered on the trading sloop known as the “Tortola Boat,” unique to the territory. This long tradition is spotlighted at the VI Maritime Museum. Located on the second floor of the Centre of Applied Marine Studies at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College in Paraquita Bay, Tortola, the museum features marine artifacts, photographs, tools of the trade, locally made boat models and the Virgin Islands Wall of Fame, highlighting Virgin Islands shipwrights, captains and seamen. Educational outreach programs focus on preserving the islands’ martime heritage. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $3 for visitors and free for residents. Call (284) 852-7169 for more information. CURATOR GEOFFREY BROOKS GUIDES SCHOOL CHILDREN THROUGH THE EXHIBITS. PHOTO: VIRGIN ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM

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BVI MARINAS AND YACHT SERVICES

FUEL • ICE WATER COMING SOON:

HOTEL , RESTAURANT & BAR, POOL, SHOWERS, LAUNDRY, WIFI, PUMP OUT STATION, MOORINGS & DOCKAGE

N 18° 26.375 W 064° 33.776

Fat Hogs Bay,Tortola • E: jollymon@surfbvi.com E: pacificseal@gmail.com • T: 284 443 4684 T: 284 440 3454

B & G CHARTER MANAGEMENT Soper’s Hole (284) 495-1446 info@bgbvicom www.bgbvi.com THE BITTER END YACHT CLUB North Sound, Virgin Gorda (284) 494-2745/2746 www.beyc.com FORT BURT MARINA Road Harbour, Tortola (284) 494-4200 FRENCHMAN’S CAY MARINA Soper’s Hole (284) 495-1446 www.bgbvi.com H.R. PENN MARINA West of Road Town, Tortola (284) 494-7959


HODGE’S CREEK MARINA Maya Cove, Tortola (284) 494-5000 Facebook: Hodge’s Creek INNER HARBOUR MARINA Road Town, Tortola (284) 494-4289 JY HARBOUR VIEW MARINA East End, Tortola (284) 495-0165 www.bviharbourview.com KENNETH CHALWELL MARINA Fat Hogs Bay, Tortola (284) 542-0985 Facebook: Kenneth Chalwell Marina LEVERICK BAY RESORT AND MARINA Leverick Bay, Virgin Gorda (284) 495-7421 www.leverickbay.com MANUEL REEF MARINA Sea Cows Bay, Tortola (284) 494-0445 www.manuel-reef-marina.com MARINE GUIDE •

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COME PLAY ON OUR ISLAND Enjoy all the amenities of our Marina Village: Casual and fine dining, Ixora Spa, gourmet market, dive shop, sailing school, boutique, fitness center, Pavilion Beach and resort pool. Our accommodations - just steps away from our marina - set the pace for luxury Caribbean island resorts. Marina services: • 55 deep water slips • Rates by the day, week, month, season • Free Wi-Fi for registered marina guests • Marina restrooms and showers • Electricity, water, ice, trash disposal

THE MOORINGS (Moorings charter boats only) Wickham’s Cay II, Road Harbour, Tortola (284) 494-2331 or (888) 952-8420 www.moorings.com NANNY CAY RESORT AND MARINA Nanny Cay, Tortola (284) 394-2512 www.nannycay.com

British Virgin Islands Lat: 18.466518 Long: -64.524330 Marina Radio Channel: 74 284-394-3440 scrubisland.com

NORTH LATITUDE MARINA Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke (284) 495-9930 www.northlatitudemarina.com PENN’S LANDING MARINA East End Bay, Tortola (284) 495-1134 www.pennslandingbvi.com

MARINE SERVICE PROFESSIONALS

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PETER ISLAND YACHT HARBOUR & RESORT Sprat Bay, Peter Island (284) 495-2000 or (800) 346-4451 www.peterisland.com PUSSER’S MARINA CAY Marina Cay near Beef Island (284) 494-2174 www.pussersrum.com SABA ROCK RESORT North Sound, Virgin Gorda (284) 495-7711 www.sabarock.com SCRUB ISLAND MAINSAIL RESORT MARINA Scrub Island near Beef Island (284) 440-3440 or (877) 890-7444 www.scrubisland.com SOPER’S HOLE WHARF & MARINA Frenchman’s Cay, West End, Tortola (284) 495-4589 or (284) 494-0740 www.sopersholemarina.com VILLAGE CAY MARINA Wickhams Cay 1, Road Town, Tortola (284) 494-2771 www.villagecayhotelandmarina.com VIRGIN GORDA YACHT HARBOUR Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda (284) 495-5500 www.virgingordayachtharbour.com YCCS MARINA VIRGIN GORDA North Sound, Virgin Gorda (284) 393-2000 www.marina.yccs.it

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MARINAS AND ANCHORAGES British Virgin Islands Go to page 72 for contact information.

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BVI YACHT CLUBS THE ROYAL B.V.I. YACHT CLUB Located at Road Reef Marina, Road Town, Tortola (284) 494-3286 www.royalbviyc.org The Royal B.V.I. Yacht Club is recognized by World Sailing (formerly ISAF) as the National Authority for sailing in the British Virgin Islands. Founded in 1973, they host a busy calendar of fun cruises, competitive sailing and training programs for all ages and skill levels. Many of its members and alumni have gone on to compete in international regattas and the Olympic Games. The club is the main sponsor of the annual BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival. WEST END YACHT CLUB Meetings held at Fish ‘N’ Lime Inn, Soper’s Hole Westendyachtclub@gmail.com Facebook Page: West End Yacht Club BVI Known as the “Loyal Yacht Club,” the West End Yacht Club hosts a number of annual competitions, including Foxy’s Wooden Boat Regatta and the Sweethearts (Schooners) of the Caribbean & Classic Yacht Regatta.

BITTER END YACHT CLUB (QUARTERDECK CLUB) Located at the Bitter End Resort on Virgin Gorda (284) 494-2746 www.beyc.com Named a World’s Best Resort by Condé Nast Traveler, the Bitter End Yacht Club features a world-class marina with a club fleet of more than 100 vessels, watersports, snorkeling, diving and fishing excursions, a U.S. Sailing Association school and more for the avid yachtsman. Two regattas are held each week and they sponsor several watersports events throughout the year, including the Pro Am Regatta Week, when resort guests are invited to crew with the pros. YACHT CLUB COSTA SMERALDA VIRGIN GORDA North Sound, Virgin Gorda (284) 393-2000 www.yccs.com This luxury superyacht marina and clubhouse located in the North Sound on Virgin Gorda is the Caribbean winter base for the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Sardinia, Italy. The club holds several international regattas in Europe as well as the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous from its Virgin Gorda base.

Founded by independent owners of crewed yachts, the non-profit BVI Charter Yacht Society is the sole government-recognized crewed charter yacht organization in the territory. Founded in 1982, their goal is to promote the industry and the interests of BVI based vessels while holding its members to high standards and maintaining healthy relations with government agencies. They are active supporters of many local charities and PHOTO © DON HEBERT community organizations and partner with environmental agencies to encourage green choices. For its members, the Society offers access to worldwide charter yacht brokers, insurance plans, industry related updates and more. It also hosts an annual BVI Charter Yacht Show, a four-day event at Nanny Cay. Visit www.bvicrewedyachts.com for more information.

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THINGS TO DO BVI SPRING REGATTA AND SAILING FESTIVAL The BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival attracts up to 100 yachts each year for a full week of intense sailing and lively parties, March 27 through April 2, 2017. The week begins with fun warm-up racing, including the Nanny Cay Cup, the Scrub Island Invitational and the VP Bank Tortola Sloop Spring Challenge, and ends with three days of serious regatta comPHOTO © DON HEBERT petition. The VX One Caribbean Cup introduces a relatively new class in a two-leg international series, starting at the St. Thomas International Regatta and ending at the BVI Spring Regatta. Visit www.bvispringregatta.org for more information. THE LORO PIANA CARIBBEAN SUPERYACHT REGATTA AND RENDEZVOUS March 10 through 13, 2017, is the seventh annual event hosted by Virgin Gorda’s Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and Boating International Media. The four-day event includes three days of racing and cruising, social events and entertainment. Visit www. loropianasuperyachtregattaandrendezvous.com PHOTO © DON HEBERT for information. SUMMER SIZZLE July is the month for style in the British Virgin Islands with the 9th annual Summer Sizzle. Signature by Terry Donovan hosts this four day fashion and lifestyle event attended by celebrities, top designers and models, international media, industry executives, buyers and more. The event culminates with a Global Glamour fashion show highlighting international and trendsetting Caribbean designers and models. Visit www.summersizzlebvi.com for more information. BVI FOOD FÊTE Experience a true culinary adventure during the BVI Food Fête! Spread throughout the month of November, the event includes tastings, cooking competitions, demonstrations, bar crawls and plenty of live music, hosted on Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, and Virgin Gorda. A Barefoot Gourmet Soiree is held on the beach on Peter Island and Anegada’s annual Lobster Festival features talented local chefs preparing Caribbean lobster in a myriad of unique ways. Visit www.bvifoodfete.com for information. FOXY’S TABOO PHOTO © DON HEBER T

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WATER SPORTS

PHOTO © DON HEBERT

BOATING AND SAILING

The British Virgin Islands is considered one of the boating capitals of the world. Take a cruise on a luxury sailboat for a week, island hopping to your heart’s content, or join a fun-filled day tour on a fast-paced powerboat. Contact any marina or water sports center for bookings. DIVING AND SNORKELING

More than 100 fascinating dive and snorkel sites make the BVI an underwater paradise. Dive shops and water sports centers offer guided tours, rental equipment and instruction for both amateurs and more experienced divers and snorkelers. FISHING

Tuna, dolphin and wahoo are plentiful, and big game blue marlin and kingfish lure anglers from around the globe. Check the tournament schedule in this guide and refer to the fishing regulations section for recreational fishing permit information. KAYAKING

Two-seater kayaks are available for rental at many water sports centers to explore the many hidden lagoons and bays. Many charter boats include one on board. BOARD SPORTS

Steady tradewinds are ideal for surfers, wakeboarders, kiteboarders, windsurfers and stand-up paddlers. Surfing is best from November through March. Favorite surf hangouts are Cane Garden Bay, Bomba’s in Apple Bay, Cooten Bay and Josiah’s Bay. Trellis Bay and Nanny Cay, Tortola and North Sound, Virgin Gorda offers the best windsurfing. Board equipment sales, rentals, lessons and tours are offered at most water sports centers. SWIMMING WITH THE DOLPHINS

One of the main attractions on Tortola, Dolphin Discovery at Prospect Reef features a lively interactive romp in the water with some playful dolphins. Partial and fullday excursions from Red Hook, St. Thomas or Cruz Bay, St. John include ferry transportation. Visit www.dolphindiscovery.com for information.

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THE WRECK OF THE RHONE

eatured in the 1977 movie The Deep, the Wreck of the Rhone has been named the top wreck dive in the Caribbean by both Sport Diver Magazine and Scuba Diving Magazine. The 310-foot iron sail-steamer sank in 1867 and is submerged 20 to 80 feet in the water, its chain still wrapped around the same coral head that caused its demise. The hull is encrusted with coral, home to an abundance of sealife. Divers can explore the decking, parts of the rigging, steam engine, driveshaft and the 15foot, 3,000–pound propeller. Moorings are for day use only. Anchorages are available at Salt Pond Bay or you can tie up to the floating dinghy mooring system in Lee Bay. Anchoring, fishing and water skiing in the Marine Park are prohibited.

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FISHING REGULATIONS PHOTO © DON HEBERT

FISHING LICENSES

A temporary pleasure/recreational fishing license is required for visitors fishing on a catch-and-release basis. A permit is $45 and is valid for one month for non-residents over the age of 18. No more than 30 pounds of fish per boat is allowed for personal use, not for sale. A big game/sportfishing license is required to conduct fishing expeditions or participate in any fishing event. Submit your application at the Ministry of Natural Resources & H BEST Labour’s Conservation & Fisheries DEALS Department (284) 468-2700 in the • Bareboat / Skippered Central Administration Complex in • Monos 32’ – 51’ • Cats 38’ – 47’ Road Town, Tortola or fax it to (284) Latest fleet addition: POWERCATS 47’ 468-2781. A copy of your valid photo 30 CHARTER SEASON I.D. is required. Permit applications sailing@conchcharters.com m:(284)494-4868 www.conchcharters.com are available online at www.bvidef.org. HH

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FISHING REGULATIONS

Possession of billfish such as blue and white marlin, sailfish and swordfish is prohibited. Spear fishing and the use of scuba equipment to capture or remove any marine animal or coral are also prohibited. You may not catch the following during closed seasons: January 1–March 31 Margate Fish, Red Hind March 1–May 31 Nassau Grouper April 1–November 30 Marine Turtles Lobsters July 31–October 31 August 15–October 31 Queen Conch, Whelk The BVI has declared itself a shark and ray sanctuary, and prohibits commercial fishing of all shark and ray species in territorial waters. PROHIBITED AREAS

Fishing is not allowed within the boundaries of any marine park or from National Park moorings. Fishing and anchoring are not allowed at Horseshoe Reef, Anegada. MARINE GUIDE •

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TRANSPORTATION

CAR RENTALS Cars, SUVs, jeeps and scooters are available for rent on Tortola and Virgin Gorda. Jeeps and SUVs are found on Jost Van Dyke and Anegada offers rental jeeps and scooters only. Drivers must be at least 25 years of age and possess a valid overseas drivers license. If staying more than one month, you will need a temporary license from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Vehicles are driven on the left.

serves Tortola. Virgin Gorda and Anegada have small airports for commuter and charter flights. Cape Air (284) 495-2100 or 1-800-227-3247 (www. capeair.com) offers direct flights from both Tortola and Virgin Gorda to San Juan, Puerto Rico. If you are traveling on from Tortola to other islands after 4 p.m., check charter flights or ferry service schedules. You may have to spend the night on Tortola.

COMMUTER PLANES Because no direct flights are available from the U.S., Canada, Europe or South America, flights must connect from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico or another Caribbean island. Beef Island’s Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport

AIRLINES, CHARTERS, HELICOPTERS

Beef Island Duff’s Bottom Towers Road Town Virgin Gorda 284 495 2626 284 494 3197 284 495 4877 284 342 5266 284 346 8080

TO PUERTO RICO CAPE AIR (800) 227-3247 www.capeair.com Seaborne Airlines (866) 359-8784 www.seaborneairlines.com Air Sunshine (284) 495-8900 www.airsunshine.com VI Air Link (284) 495-2271 www.viairlink.com Liat (284) 495-0407 www.liat.com TO USVI Cape Air (800) 227-3247 www.capeair.com Seaborne Airlines (866) 359-8784 www.seaborneairlines.com  Air Sunshine (284) 495-8900 www.airsunshine.com Liat (284) 495-0407 www.liat.com

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VI Airlink (284) 495-2271 www.viairlink.com


TO CARIBBEAN Air Sunshine (284) 495-8900 www.airsunshine.com Liat (284) 495-0407 www.liat.com VI Airlink (284) 495-2271 www.viairlink.com InterCaribbean Airways (877) 887 9233 www.intercaribbean.com WinAir Toll free (866) 466-0410 www.fly-winair.sx Seaborne Airlines (866) 359-8784 www.seaborneairlines.com CHARTERS Cape Air (800) 227-3247 www.capeair.com Capitol Air (340) 998-8654 www.capitol-air.com Bohlke Air (340) 778-9177 www.bohlke.com

Fly BVI (284) 495-1747 www.fly-bvi.com Caribbean Wings (284) 495-6000 www.bvi-airlines.com Air Sunshine (284) 495-8900 www.airsunshine.com VI Airlink (284) 495-2271 www.viairlink.com Island Birds (284) 495-2002 www.islandbirds.com Fly the Whale (seaplane) (212) 221-1203 www.flythewhale.com Shoreline Aviation (seaplane) (340) 642-3000 www.shorelineaviation.com Antilles Helicopter Services (284) 441-7335 www.antilleshelicopterservices.com Caribbean Buzz Helicopters (340) 775-7335 www.caribbean-buzz.com Air America (787) 276-5669 www.airamericacaribbean.com

FERRY SERVICE Island hopping by ferry is a fun and easy way to explore the British and U.S. Virgin Islands. Plan ahead to make sure you don’t miss the last ferry of the day and don’t forget your passport. Call ahead, as schedules may change seasonally. TO AND FROM ST. THOMAS, ST. JOHN AND TORTOLA ROAD TOWN FAST FERRY (284) 494-2323 www.tortolafastferry.com SMITH’S FERRY SERVICES (TORTOLA FAST FERRY) Road Town (284) 495-4454 or West End (284) 494-4495 www.bviferryservices.com NATIVE SON INC. West End (284) 495-4617 Road Town (284) 494-5674 www.nativesonferry.com

The Island Standard for over 30 years! The smoothest-safest-fastest

HASSLE-FREE

Inter-Island Transportation in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Meet and Greet, Airport to Dock. Ask about custom day trips.

340-775-6501

virginislandswatertaxi.com vitaxi@viaccess.net

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INTER-ISLAND BOAT SERVICES (284) 495-4166 www.interislandboatservices.com SPEEDY’S (284) 495-5235 www.bviferries.com TO AND FROM ST. THOMAS, ST. JOHN AND VIRGIN GORDA INTER-ISLAND BOAT SERVICES (284) 495-4166 www.interislandboatservices.com SPEEDY’S (via Tortola) (284) 495-5235 www.bviferries.com TO AND FROM ST. THOMAS, ST. JOHN AND ANEGADA (VIA VIRGIN GORDA) INTER-ISLAND BOAT SERVICES (284) 495-4166 www.interislandboatservices.com TO AND FROM PETER ISLAND AND ST. THOMAS PETER ISLAND FERRY (For resort guests only) (284) 495-2000 www.peterisland.com TO AND FROM TORTOLA AND VIRGIN GORDA SPEEDY’S (284) 495-5235 www.bviferries.com TO AND FROM VIRGIN GORDA AND BEEF ISLAND NORTH SOUND EXPRESS (with stop at Leverick Bay) (284) 495-2138 PHOTO © DON HEBERT

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SPEEDY’S (284) 495-5235 www.bviferries.com TO AND FROM BEEF ISLAND AND MARINA CAY PUSSER’S MARINA CAY (284) 494-2174 www.pussers.com TO AND FROM JOST VAN DYKE, ST. THOMAS AND ST. JOHN INTER-ISLAND BOAT SERVICES (284) 495-4166 www.interislandboatservices.com TO AND FROM JOST VAN DYKE AND TORTOLA NEW HORIZON FERRY SERVICES (284) 495-9278 www.newhorizonferry.com TO AND FROM BEEF ISLAND (TRELLIS BAY) AND SCRUB ISLAND SCRUB ISLAND MAINSAIL RESORT MARINA (284) 394-3440 www.scrubisland.com TO AND FROM TORTOLA AND ANEGADA SMITH’S FERRY SERVICES (Tortola Fast Ferry) Road Town (284) 495-4454 or West End (284) 494-4495 www.bviferryservices.com TO AND FROM TORTOLA (HANNAH BAY MARINA) AND NORMAN ISLAND NANNY CAY MARINA (284) 494-0093 WATER TAXIS BETWEEN ST. THOMAS, ST. JOHN AND BVI DOHM’S WATER TAXI (340) 775-6501 www.dohmswatertaxi.com DOLPHIN WATER TAXI Tel: (340) 774-2628 www.dolphinshuttle.com On Demand and After Hours Service TO ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS HERE, OR OTHER MMI PUBLICATIONS, CONTACT: rjmedia@hotmail.com (340)-774-0920


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THE “OUT ISLANDS”

hough most visitors enjoy one or more of the four major British Virgin Islands, Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and Anegada, boaters can explore more than 60 small islands and cays that make up the territory, ranging from small rocky outcrops to lush mountainous expanses. Several are uninhabited national parks, while others feature opulent tropical resorts. NORMAN ISLAND is the BVI’s largest uninhabited island, the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island.” In the large bay known as The Bight, moorings are available for those wanting to snorkel nearby sites such as the Caves and the Indians. In the bay, the old schooner William Thornton, known as the Willy T, is the party place, especially on the weekends. Ashore, there’s Pirate’s Bight, with 3 restaurants, bar and gift shop. PETER ISLAND is named after a Dutch privateer, and is home to the world-class Peter Island Resort. Enjoy the beach at Deadman’s Bay or call ahead for reservations at the gourmet restaurant. A ferry from Road Town, Tortola is available free for restaurant guests. DEADMAN’S CHEST is less than half a mile northeast of Peter Island. Formerly a firing range used by the Royal Virgin Islands Police, the island is now an uninhabited national park featuring several great diving and snorkeling spots. COOPER ISLAND is brimming with tropical greenery and wildlife, it consists of four privately owned properties. It is a favorite safe anchoring harbor for boaters and there is a small beach club on Machioneel Bay. Snorkeling sites such as Cistern Point are within swimming distance. SALT ISLAND is less than 5 miles southeast of Road Town, Tortola, was formerly known for its salt ponds. Today its claim to fame is the wreck of the Royal Mail steamer RMS Rhone. The marine park is considered one of the best dive sites in the Caribbean. THE SCRUB ISLAND RESORT MARINA AND SPA is just a mile and a half off Trellis Bay. The state-of-the-art marina features 55 slips. The resort features luxury accommodations, dining, spa services, water sports and three beaches. Regular ferry service is available to and from Tortola.

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BVI FINANCIAL SERVICES

ost know that the BVI is a world leader in the marine industry, but few realize it is the region’s foremost international financial center as well. No taxes are levied on the interest or foreign income earned by a non-resident company, making it an appealing place to take care of business. The territory offers a wide array of financial management, banking, insurance, trust and estate planning, mutual fund administration services and more. In 2007, the British Virgin Islands was admitted to ordinary membership of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), recognizing the BVI Financial Services Commission’s compliance with international standards. The Global Financial Centres Index, published by the City of London, lists the BVI in 34th place among the 69 leading international finance centers. Call BVI Finance (284) 468-4335 or visit www.bvifinance.vg for more information on BVI financial services. MARINE GUIDE •

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rimming with diversity, boaters will find Puerto Rico an easy, irresistible, diversion during their voyage. Just 40 miles west of the U.S. Virgin Islands, there’s plenty to see and do on this fascinating island.

SAN JUAN

On the northeast tip of Puerto Rico is its capital, San Juan, the oldest city under the U.S. flag. Christopher Columbus landed here in 1493 and named the island San Juan Bautista. The City of Puerto Rico, or Rich Port, was founded by Juan Ponce de Leon in 1521. Sometime later in the 1500s the names were switched. There are two districts of special interest to visitors, the Old San Juan Historic District and the Beach and Resort area. Famous for its blue cobblestone streets, Old San Juan is an intriguing tour of history. There are more than 400 beautifully restored 16th and 17th century buildings as well as numerous plazas and parks in its 7-square block

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area, ideal for a walking tour. Stop by the Alacaldia (City Hall), an exact replica of the one in Madrid, to visit its tourist center. El Capitolio (Capital Building) features an impressive rotunda exhibiting Puerto Rico’s constitution. Catedral de San Juan is the second oldest cathedral in the Western Hemisphere. El Morro Fortress is San Juan’s famous national symbol. This 16th century citadel rises 140 feet above the water and features 18-foot thick walls, one of the city’s major means of defense when it was completed in 1589. It’s companion, Castillo de San Cristóbal, completed in 1771, is considered the Gibraltar of the Caribbean. It is one of the largest defenses ever built in the Americas, rising 150 feet and covering 27 acres of


land. It was used as a film location for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The Beach and Resort district just outside of Old San Juan is resplendent with fancy hotels, casinos, nightclubs, restaurants and chic shops. Those overnighting in San Juan will undoubtedly spend their evenings in this party hot spot. Just outside the city, the Bacardi Rum Distillery is a 15-minute ferry and short cab ride away. Venturing further, the Arecibo Observatory is the largest singleunit radio telescope in the world and base for NASA’s SETI program (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence). It was featured in the movie Contact starring Jodie Foster. One of the top natural attractions of the island is the Río Camuy Cave Park, the third largest underground cave system in the world, with caves over 600 feet deep. In the central region, Toro

Verde is an ecological adventure park touting the longest zip line on earth. FAJARDO

Located on the eastern shore, Fajardo is the island’s foremost recreational boating and water sports center. There are 7 marinas, including the Blue Flag designated Puerto del Rey Marina. It is the largest in the Caribbean, with 750 slips, a large charter fleet and marine services. The area is known for its breathtaking beaches, most notably Seven Seas Beach, with water sports facilities and great snorkeling and diving spots just offshore. Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve represents 7 different ecological systems, including coral reefs and mangroves. El Faro, a 19th century working lighthouse, protects the Laguna Grande bioluminescent bay, a lush rainforest with various trails and boardwalks and an important scientific research center. MARINE GUIDE •

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PONCE

In the Southern Coastal Plain region, Ponce is the island’s second largest city and one of the busiest ports in the Caribbean. Founded in 1692 by explorer Ponce de Leon’s great grandson, it is known as the “Cuidad Señorial,” or Majestic City, for its beautifully restored neoclassic buildings, facades, plazas and fountains. Drive up El Vigia Hill for an incredible view from “Virgin’s Cross” (La Cruz del Vigia), a 100-foot observation tower. Stop by Castillo Serralle, the grand former home and gardens of the Don Q rum family. Nearby, the Tibes Indigenous Ceremonial Center is one of the largest and most important archeological sites in the West Indies, featuring ancient ball fields, dance grounds, an astronomical observatory and a reconstructed village. MAYAGUEZ

In the middle of the west coast, Mayaguez is a college town with three major universities. At the city center is the Spanish-style Plaza Colon, a tribute to Christopher Columbus. Other landmarks include the Art Deco Teatro

Yaguez, Mayaguez Post Office, the Juan A. Rivera Zoo and the University of Puerto Rico’s Tropical Agricultural Research Station. THE SPANISH VIRGINS

East of mainland Puerto Rico lies a cluster of small islands known as the Spanish Virgins. A favorite hideout for pirates back in the day, they are now known for their relaxed atmosphere and natural beauty. Culebra, the “Last Virgin,” is best known for Flamenco Beach, named the second most beautiful beach in the world by the Discovery Channel. Its National Wildlife Refuge is one of the oldest bird sanctuaries in the U.S., established in 1909 by Theodore Roosevelt. On Vieques, the “Little Girl Island,” you’ll find Mosquito Bay, the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world, as well as the largest wildlife refuge in the Caribbean. The town of Isabel Segunda is home to Fortin Conde de Mirasol Fort & Museum, the last Spanish fort built in the Americas. Vieques is an hour’s ferry ride from Fajardo. Background © Alberto Loyo Photos below Shutterstock.com

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agical in its hushed and serene surroundings, it’s easy to see how El Yunque National Forest got its name. According to legend, the spirit Yuquiye or “Forest of Clouds,” protected the Taino people from his mountaintop throne on the highest peak. This sense of the mystic is still felt today in this pristine rainforest. Originally set aside by the Spanish crown in 1876, El Yunque is one of the oldest preserves in the Western Hemisphere, the only tropical forest in the U.S. National Forest System. Less than an hour from San Juan, this 28,000-acre tropical forest lies on the eastern side of the Luquillo Mountains. El Yunque receives 240 inches of rainfall, more than 100 billion gallons, per year. More than 240 species of plants can be identified, 26 unique to the area, as well as abundant wildlife such as the rare Puerto Rican Parrot and the tiny but vocal Coqui tree frogs. Photo right of El Yunque © IrinaK Several trails explore lush greenery, ferns, wildflowers and waterfalls, for those hiking or on horseback, and picnic shelters provide parking, restroom facilities and drinking water. Permits are available for camping. Entrance to the park is free. El Portal Visitors Center is open 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, $4.00 fee for adults and $2.00 for senior citizens age 65 and over. Children age 15 and under and education groups will not be asked to pay an entrance fee. Open all year except christmas. Visit www.elyunque.com or call (787) 888-5646 or (787) 888-1880 for details. background photo: Shutterstock.com; © Sahani Photography

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ll vessels must physically report to a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspection site when entering Puerto Rico waters from a foreign port or the U.S. Virgin Islands, unless participating in the Local Boaters Option (LBO) program using the online Small Vessel Reporting System. With the exception of noncommercial pleasure vessels under 300 gross tons, advance Notice of Arrival is required 96 hours before arrival. Only the master of the vessel may disembark for a Customs interview. Private vessels 30 feet and over must have a valid user fee decal or must complete the application and be charged the yearly user fee when reporting to CBP. This fee can be paid online at www.cbp.gov.

THE MASTER OF EACH VESSEL MUST PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING:

• LBO registration number or Float Plan Number (if applicable) • Name, date of birth and citizenship of all persons onboard, including passport number and visa information • Name of the vessel and/or boat registration number and nationality • CBP user fee decal number if more than 30 feet long • Cruising license number for qualified foreign vessel • Return contact number To report, call (877) 529-6840 or (787) 729-6840 from 8 a.m. to midnight, 7 days a week. After hours arrivals should leave a brief message with boat name, registration number, date and time of arrival and a return telephone number. If you have no return number or the number is international, call again after 8 a.m. upon arrival for instructions. Visit www.cbp.gov for more details.

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DEDICATED SITES FOR INSPECTION Port of San Juan: 1 (877) 529-6840, (787) 729-6840 Port of Ponce: (787) 841-3130/3131 Port of Mayaguez: (787) 831-3340/3368/3369/3370 Culebra Station: (787) 742-3531, 863-0950 Vieques Station: (787) 741-8366, 863-0950 Port of Fajardo: (787) 863-0950/0102

THE GENERATOR PEOPLE Sales, Service & Installation Service to All Major Brands Alternate Energy • UPS

SERVING THE ENTIRE CARIBBEAN BASIN PR: 787-622-9330 VI: 340-690-9122

marinedivision@antillespower.com www.antillespower.com For additional information and special offer contact us: 787-622-9330 marinedivision@antillespower.com


Puerto Rico Marinas SAN JUAN

CLUB NAUTICO DE SAN JUAN (787) 722-0177 www.nauticodesanjuan.com SAN JUAN BAY MARINA (787) 721-8062 www.sjbaymarina.com CANGREJOS YACHT CLUB (787) 791-1015 www.cangrejosyachtclub.com

PONCE

CLUB NAUTICO DE PONCE (PONCE YACHT AND FISHING CLUB) (787) 842-9003 www.ponceyachtandfishingclub.com ABOVE PHOTO COURTESY OF PUERTO DEL REY MARINA

FAJARDO

EL CONQUISTADOR RESORT AND MARINA (787) 863-1000 www.elconresort.com MARINA PUERTO CHICO Phone: (787) 863-0880 Website: www.puertochico.com PUERTO DEL REY MARINA (787) 860-1000 www.puertodelrey.com SUNBAY MARINA (787) 863-0313 www.sunbaymarina.com VILLA MARINA (787) 863-5131 www.villamarinapr.com

The Blue Flag Program promotes environmentally responsible beaches and marinas throughout the world. The Blue Flag eco-label is awarded on an annual basis to those that voluntarily meet its strict criteria of water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management and safety, www.blueflag.global.

PUERTO RICO LBO REGISTRATION LOCATIONS

Those frequently traveling between Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands may register for the Local Boater Option (LBO), a program allowing participants to report to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) by phone or on line. Port of San Juan San Juan Bay Marina Club Nautico de San Juan Cangrejos Yacht Club (877) 529-6840 or (787) 729-6840 Port of Fajardo Puerto Real Municipal Pier in front of Fajardo Custom House (787) 863-0950 or (787) 863-0102 Port of Mayaguez Mayaguez Seaport (787) 831-3340/3368 /3369/3370 (787) 882-3556/76 (Airport)

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Culebra Station Dewey Dock Ensenda Honda (787) 742-3531 or (787) 863-0950 Port of Ponce Ponce Pier Ponce Yacht Club Caribbean Image Marina (787) 841-3130 or (787) 841-3131 Vieques Station Mosquito Pier (787) 741-8366 or (787) 863-0950


EAST

PALMAS DEL MAR YACHT CLUB HUMACAO (787) 656-7300 www.palmasdelmar.com

SOUTH

MARINA DE SALINAS PORTA CARIBE (787) 824-3185 www.marinadesalinas.com

WEST

MARINA PESCADERIA CABO ROJO (787) 717-3638 www.marinapescaderia.com Visit www.marinas.com/puertorico for a full listing of marinas on Puerto Rico.

Visit Marine Guide online www.vimarineguide.com

PUERTO RICO EMERGENCY NUMBERS

ON SHORE: Police, Fire or Medical Emergency: Dial 911 Ambulance: 787-343-2222 U.S. Coast Guard (Non-Emergency): (787) 729-6800 U.S. Coast Guard (Emergencies only): (787) 289-2041 USN Operations Center Recompression Chamber: (787) 865-2000 Ext. 3636/4584 Police: 787-343-2020, Regional Offices: (787) 3-Digit Regional Prefix plus 2020 Puerto Rico State Emergency Management Agency: (787) 724-0124 OFF SHORE: International Distress: Channel 16 MARINE GUIDE •

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ADVERTISING SERVICES DIRECTORY OF& ESSENTIAL DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM HELPLINE:

St. Croix: 340-772-0357 | St. John: 340-776-6450 | St. Thomas & Water Island: 340-774-8784

ST. THOMAS ACCOMMODATIONS

BOLONGO BAY BEACH RESORT On Bolongo Bay www.bolongobay.com

340-775-1800

8070 Lindbergh Bay www.emeraldbeach.com

800-233-4936

See ad on page 54

FRENCHMAN’S REEF & MORNING STAR MARRIOTT BEACH RESORT 340-776-8500 5 Estate Bakkeroe Frenchmansreefmarriott.com Above Crown Bay Marina islandviewstthomas.com

8075 Lindbergh Bay www.lindberghbayhotelandvillas.com See ad on page 54

2GA Ridge Road, Estate Nazareth Paradisecovevirginislands.com

340-626-0860

See ad on page 54

PARADISE PROPERTIES

See ad on page 55

East End www.SecretHarbourVI.com Peterborg, Northside www.serendipityusvi.com 6500 Estate Smith Bay, East End www.sugarbayresortandspa.com

340-227-4779

Waterfront, Charlotte Amalie www.windwardpassage.com

340-777-7100

340-774-5200

ATM VI-ATM RETAIL ATM PROVIDER

Over 50 locations on St. Thomas and St. John SAFE & SECURE See ad on page 11

ATTORNEYS

MICHAEL FITZSIMMONS, ESQ.

340-513-9884

michaelfitzsimmonspc@gmail.com

BATTERIES /SOLAR SUPPLIES 8525 Lindberg Bay, Suite 13 CBSTT@hotmail.com

BOAT & DINGHY SALES AND REPAIRS 340-775-6159

On the road to Compass Point, East End www.caribbeaninflatable.com

BOAT YARDS & MARINAS

ACCOUNTING/BUSINESS ADVISORS St. Thomas, USVI www.bdousvi.com

See ad on page 59

CARIBBEAN INFLATABLE BOATS & LIFE RAFTS, INC.

See ad on page 55

BDO USVI, LLC

340-714-3000

See ad on page 29

See ad on page 55

THE WINDWARD PASSAGE HOTEL

St. Thomas & St. Croix seaflightvi.com

CARIBBEAN BATTERY 340-774-6166

See ad on page 55

SUGAR BAY RESORT AND SPA

SEA FLIGHT

See ad on pages 23 & 95

340-775-6550

See ad on page 55

SERENDIPITY VILLA

3439 Kronprindsens Gade, Ste. 5 www.reefco.net

800-524-2038

Sapphire Village & Crystal Cove Villas, East End www.paradisepropertiesvi.com www.crystalcovevi.net

SECRET HARBOUR BEACH CONDOMINIUM RESORT

AIR CONDITIONING

REEFCO MARINE REFRIGERATION, AIR CONDITIONING & WATER MAKERS 340-776-0038

AIRLINES / CHARTER SERVICES

340-774-4270

LINDBERGH BAY HOTEL and VILLAS 800-792-2742

PARADISE COVE

See ad on page 42

See ad on page 28

See ad on page 54

ISLAND VIEW GUEST HOUSE

340-777-ZIPS(9477)

7406 Estate St. Peter, Across from the Great House www.ZiplineStThomas.com

See ad on page 54

EMERALD BEACH RESORT

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS

ZIPLINE TREE LIMIN’ EXTREME

340-776-0640

See ad on page 5

INDEPENDENT BOAT YARD & MARINA

6249 Estate Frydenhoj, East End officeiby@gmail.com

CAMERAS/ELECTRONICS

BOOLCHAND’S

Havensight Mall Bldg 2, Suite C www.boolchand.com See ad on Inside Back Cover

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340-776-0466

340-776-0302


CAPTAIN & CREW TRAINING

THE CAPTAIN SCHOOL USVI

American Yacht Harbor, Red Hook www.captainschoolusvi.com

340-775-2278

See ad on page 15

CAR RENTALS

BUDGET RENT A CAR

Call for Free Pickup on St. Thomas www.budgetstt.com

800-626-4516

Full service interior cleaning for any size yacht. UPHOLSTERY CLEANING • CARPET CARE PROFESSIONAL COURTEOUS STAFF

SALES & SERVICES

See ad on page 59

CARPET & UPHOLSTERY CARE

#1 STEAM CARPET & UPHOLSTERY CLEANING

Lindbergh Bay www.number1steam.com

340-776-5572

St. Thomas • St. John • British Virgin Islands

See ad on page 29

ABC SALES & SERVICES, INC. 110 Sub Base www.abcvi.com

CHEMICAL • PLASTICS • PAPER

The Cleaning Professionals since 1964.

340-774-1073

340-774-1073

Fax: 340-775-0346 • Web site: www.abcvi.com 110 Sub Base, St. Thomas, VI 00803

See ads on pages 4, 28 & 95

CHANDLERIES

BUDGET MARINE ST. THOMAS 6198 Estate Frydenhoj www.budgetmarine.com

340-779-2219

A beacon of hope & light in downtown Charlotte Amalie

Founded in 1660

Sunday 9 a.m. services are culturally & musically rich and diverse.

See ad on page 6

ISLAND MARINE OUTFITTERS

340-714-5311

SHERWIN-WILLIAMS

340-776-0836

Crown Bay Marina & American Yacht Harbor Islandmarineoutfitters@gmail.com Space 118 Contant #9 - 7A sw2875@sherwin.com

ST.THOMAS

REFORMED CHURCH

Visit our historic Sanctuary

All are welcome! 5 Crystal Gade, at the corner of Crystal and Nye, Charlotte Amalie (340) 776-8255 • stthomasreformedchurch.org The STRC app is available in the App store in Mac and Android formats.

See ad on page 29

CHANDLERIES/PROVISIONING YACHT CHANDLERS ST. THOMAS, LLC 340-779-2248

CARIBBEAN

HAVEN

Come feel at home in our cigar lounge.

Yacht Haven Grande Marina STT@yachtchandlers.com See ad on page 44

CHURCHES & SYNAGOGUES

ST. THOMAS REFORMED CHURCH 5 Crystal Gade, Charlotte Amalie stthomasreformedchurch.org

340-776-8255

Caribbean Haven House of Cigars

HOUSE OF CIGARS and TOBACCO

340.775.2442 6785 Estate Smith Bay, St. Thomas

See ad on page 95

CIGAR LOUNGE & SHOP

CARIBBEAN HAVEN HOUSE OF CIGARS 6785 Estate Smith Bay chhct1@gmail.com

340-775-2442

See ad on page 95

CLOTHING & RESORT WEAR

SIX FIFTEEN COUTURE

East End Galleria, Red Hook www.sixfifteenvi.com

340-715-7297

Specializing in

See ad on page 51

COFFEE CAFES

LATTES IN PARADISE

Admiralty & Maritime Law 928-607-6575

Facing the water! 1st Floor @ AYH, Red Hook www.Lattes.vi

U.S. Virgin Islands

340-513-9884

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CUSTOM EMBROIDERY, MONOGRAMMING & SILKSCREENING INSCRIPTIONS 340-776-8262

Across from Havensight Mall www.companycasuals.com/inscriptions See ad on page 29

DIVE CENTERS

ST. THOMAS DIVING CLUB

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort www.stthomasdivingclub.com

340-776-2381

DIVE SERVICE CENTERS

Gregorie East Marina, Frenchtown hitecwatersports@hotmail.com

340-774-5650

DIVING EMERGENCIES 340-693-6215

EPIRB’S/ACR ELECTRONICS

CARIBBEAN INFLATABLE BOATS & LIFE RAFTS, INC.

340-775-6159

On the road to Compass Point, East End www.caribbeaninflatable.com

NATIVE SON FERRY

FERRIES

340-774-8685

Veteran’s Drive, Charlotte Amalie & Red Hook www.nativesonferry.com See ad on page 61

SMITH’S FERRY SERVICES

Veteran’s Drive, Charlotte Amalie www.bviferryservices.com

340-775-7292

FIBERGLASS REPAIR

Independent Boat Yard

340-714-1884

FIRE FIXED SYSTEM & PORTABLE EXTINGUISHER SALES, INSPECTION & CERTIFICATION

CARIBBEAN INFLATABLE BOATS & LIFE RAFTS, INC.

FUEL DELIVERIES TRI-ISLAND ENERGY 340-774-FUEL (3835)

Saga Haven Marina, Estate Frydenhoj www.TriIslandEnergy.com

GOLF COURSES

MAHOGANY RUN GOLF COURSE

800-253-7103

Mahogany Run www.mahoganyrungolf.com

GROCERY STORES

MOE’S FRESH MARKET

The Galleria, Red Hook www.MoesVI.com

340-693-0254

See ad on page 45

PLAZA EXTRA TUTU

4605 TuTu Park Mall, Suite 200

340-775-6159

On the road to Compass Point, East End www.caribbeaninflatable.com

FLORISTS

BLOOMING THINGS 340-775-0373

340-775-5646

HAUL OUT FACILITIES SUBBASE DRYDOCK 340-776-2078

Across from Crown Bay Cruiseship Dock, Sub Base www.subbasedrydock.vi See ad on Inside Front Cover

HOSPITALS

See ad on page 61

MICHAEL SHEEN FIBERGLASS

See ad on page 1

See ad on page 43

See ad on page 41

RECOMPRESSION CHAMBER ROY L. SCHNEIDER HOSPITAL

340-776-2303

AH Riise Mall, Havensight Mall & Crown Bay Center www.jlpenha.com

See ad on page 24

See ad on page 41

HI-TEC WATER SPORTS

FRAGRANCES/COSMETICS

PENHA DUTY-FREE

ROY L. SCHNEIDER HOSPITAL CHARLOTTE KIMELMAN CANCER INSTITUTE

340-775-5433

CARIBBEAN INFLATABLE BOATS & LIFE RAFTS, INC.

340-775-6159

HYDRO TESTING

340-776-8311

On the road to Compass Point, East End www.caribbeaninflatable.com

JANITORIAL & YACHT SERVICES

ABC SALES & SERVICES, INC. 110 Sub Base www.abcvi.com

340-774-1073

See ads on pages 4 ,28 & 95

Mandela Circle, Havensight Upstairs from the Health Food store, back entrance

www.bloomingthings.net

See ad on Opposite Inside Back Cover

ROSES TOO WHOLESALE & RETAIL 340-776-2720 Suite 104 Frostco Center, Altona www.rosestoo.com See ad on page 96

96 • ADVERTISERS’ DIRECTORY

ROSES TOO, INC. JESSICAROSES.TOO@HOTMAIL.COM 340.776.2720 WWW.ROSESTOO.COM SUITE 104 FROSTCO CENTER


JEWELRY/WATCHES

BOBBY’S JEWELERS

12 Main Street, Charlotte Amalie www.bobbysjewelers.com

800-232-6229

See ad on page 51

BOOLCHAND’S

Havensight Mall Bldg 2, Suite C www.boolchand.com

340-776-0794

340-776-7770

5332 Raadets Gade, #19, Charlotte Amalie www.houseofrajah.com See ad on page 50

TRIDENT JEWELS & TIME

9/LB Main Street tridentjewelers@aol.com

340-776-7152

340-775-6159

On the road to Compass Point, East End www.caribbeaninflatable.com

LIQUOR

AH Riise Mall, Havensight Mall & Crown Bay Center www.jlpenha.com

340-776-2303

BLADE & KEY CENTER

COMPASS POINT MARINA

6300 Estate Frydenhoj, East End info@compasspointmarina.com

340-775-3254

340-775-6144

340-775-6081 340-514-5511

See ad on page 28

INTERNATIONAL MARINE SURVEYORS

East End bajor00802@gmail.com

340-775-6363

St. Thomas & St. John www.SeaTow.com

340-777-4869

See ad on page 13

MEDICAL FACILITIES

RED HOOK FAMILY PRACTICE

Red Hook Plaza www.redhookfamilypractice.com

340-775-2303

See ad on page 97

Monitoring VHF Channels 16 and 11 Sub Base, Crown Bay www.crownbay.com See ad on page 24

Monitoring VHF Channels 16 and 10 Alongside Charlotte Amalie Harbor www.yachthavengrande.com

East End Boat Park, Suite #25 howemasu@gmail.com

MARINE TOWING & SALVAGE

CROWN BAY MARINA 340-774-2255

YACHT HAVEN GRANDE MARINA

HOWE MARINE SURVEYS

SEA TOW VIRGIN ISLANDS

Across from the High School, Red Hook state@islands.vi

MARINAS

Salvage, Towing, Mechanical, Cleaning www.usvicommercialdivers.com

See ad on page 28

See ad on page 1

LOCKS & SAFES

USVI COMMERCIAL DIVING 340-244-8772

MARINE SURVEYORS

LIFE RAFTS

PENHA DUTY-FREE

MARINE SERVICES

See ad on page 29

See ad on Back Cover

CARIBBEAN INFLATABLE BOATS & LIFE RAFTS, INC.

Across from Crown Bay Cruiseship Dock, Sub Base www.subbasedrydock.vi See ad on Inside Front Cover

See ad on Inside Back Cover

HOUSE OF RAJAH JEWELERS

SUBBASE DRYDOCK 340-776-2078

ST. THOMAS SLEEP CENTER 340-777-SLEEP(7533) Paragon Medical Bldg. #305; Behind the Hospital www.sleepvi.com

VIRGIN ISLANDS EAR, NOSE & THROAT & FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY 340-774-8881 Paragon Medical Bldg. #308; Behind the Hospital www.entvi.com

340-774-9500

See ad on page 25

MARINE GENERATORS

ANTILLES POWER

Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico www.antillespower.com

340-690-9122

See ads on pages 27 & 91

MARINE REPAIRS

BRADFORD AIRCRAFT & MARINE ACCESSORIES

Bldg. #86 Subbase, Suite #4 bradfordaircraft@gmail.com

340-774-5811

RED HOOK FAMILY PRACTICE Red Hook Plaza, St. Thomas www.redhookfamilypractice.com Tel.: 340-775-2303 YACHT HAVEN FAMILY PRACTICE Yacht Haven Grande, St. Thomas Tel.: 340-776-1511 CRUZ BAY FAMILY PRACTICE Boulon Center, St. John Tel.: 340-776-6789

888-391-3993

MARINE GUIDE •

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VIRGIN ISLANDS ORTHOPAEDICS/ ACTIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY

340-714-2845

YACHT HAVEN FAMILY PRACTICE

340-776-1511

9149 Estate Thomas, Paragon Medical Bldg, Ste 104 www.viortho.com Yacht Haven Grande www.redhookfamilypractice.com

FISH TAILS BAR & GRILL and SUSHI BAR 340-714-3188 Red Hook, Next to the Ferry Dock www.fishtailsvi.com

See ad on page 97

FRENCHTOWN DELI 340-776-7211

MEDICAL FACILITIES: CHIROPRACTIC

CHIROPRACTIC HEALTH CENTER

340-774-4346

Havensight Mall, Suite 304 Dr. Kevin Lenahan & Dr. Lisa A. Yanni Chiropractichealthcentervi.com

NOTARY PUBLIC/SECRETARIAL

SANDRA’S OFFICE SERVICE

340-775-3254

At the Blade & Key Center, Red Hook state@islands.vi

OUTBOARDS/DIESEL SALES & REPAIRS

OFFSHORE MARINE

340-776-5432

8185 Subbase www.offshorevi.com See ad on page 29

OUTBOARDS/SALES & REPAIRS GARY’S MARINE SERVICES 340-779-2717

Across from Independent Boatyard pgxmax@vitelcom.net See ad on page 25

PURE’LY PAWS

PET SUPPLIES

East End Galleria, Red Hook www.purelypaws.com

THE GRILLE

340-777-6250 ext. 1241

Mahogany Run Golf Course www.mahoganyrungolf.com See ad on page 43

IGGIES BEACH BAR & GRILL

340-693-2600

THE LOBSTER GRILLE

340-775-1800

PIZZA AMORÉ

340-774-2822

Bolongo Bay www.iggiesbeachbar.com Bolongo Bay www.lobstergrille.com

Al Cohen’s Mall, Havensight www.pizzaamorestthomas.com

TICKLES DOCKSIDE PUB 340-776-1595 Crown Bay Marina TicklesDocksidePub.com

SAIL LOFTS 340-715-PAWS

PHOTOGRAPHERS

DON HEBERT PHOTOGRAPHY

Frenchtown

340-642-5539

Available throughout the Virgin Islands www.donhebert.com

POLICE DEPARTMENT

ST. THOMAS POLICE

340-774-2211

REAL ESTATE

CALYPSO REALTY 340-774-1620 or 800-747-4858

QUANTUM SAILS 340-777-LOFT(5638)

See Map at SAILS.VI usvi@quantumsails.com

SHIPS AGENT VIRGIN ISLAND LUXURY YACHT SERVICE 340-626-5987 Yacht Haven Grande www.VILYacht.com

SHOPPING MALLS

Villa Sales, Rentals, Leasing www.CalypsoRealty.com

CROWN BAY CENTER

REFRIGERATION

See ad on page 49

REEFCO MARINE REFRIGERATION, AIR CONDITIONING & WATER MAKERS 340-776-0038 3439 Kronprindsens Gade, Ste. 5 www.reefco.net

RESTAURANTS

Frenchtown Bellabludining.com

CARIBBEAN SALOON

American Yacht Harbor, Red Hook www.CaribbeanSaloon.com

SOUVENIRS, T-SHIRTS, GIFTS

WATERFRONT TRADING CO.

340-244-4164

Downtown on the Waterfront, next to AH Riise Rolex and in the AH Riise alleyway facebook.com/waterfronttrading

See ad on page 28

BELLA BLU

340-774-2132

161-A Subbase, West of Charlotte Amalie www.CrownBayCenter.com

340-774-4349 340-775-7060

See ad on page 52

98 • ADVERTISERS’ DIRECTORY

See ad on page 51

SPAS & BEAUTY PRANA SPA 340-776-7899

Yacht Haven Grande or Bluebeard’s Castle www.spausvi.com


SUGAR AND SPICE SALON SPA

340-776-5893

5332 Yacht Haven Grande, Space #2 www.sugarandspicesalonspa.com

SPORTFISHING

BLACK PEARL SPORTFISHING

DOHM’S WATER TAXI 340-775-6501

340-775-9982

Saga Haven Marina www.blackpearlsportfishing.com

DOUBLE HEADER SPORTFISHING 340-777-7317 Sapphire Beach Marina, East End www.doubleheadersportfishing.net

MARLIN PRINCE

340-693-5929

MIXED BAG

340-513-0389

American Yacht Harbor, Red Hook www.marlinprince.com

6501 Red Hook Plaza, Suite 201 www.vigfc.com

340-775-9144

TAXI SERVICE RAFI’S CERTIFIED TAXI & TOUR GUIDE 340-690-4066 Throughout St. Thomas rafi’stours@yahoo.com

VISITOR INFORMATION

St. Croix, St. John & St. Thomas VISITUSVI.com

800-372-USVI

REEFCO MARINE REFRIGERATION, AIR CONDITIONING & WATER MAKERS 340-776-0038 3439 Kronprindsens Gade, Ste. 5 www.reefco.net See ad on page 28

HEAVENLY DAYS CATAMARAN Bolongo Bay Beach www.HeavenlyDaysvi.com

WOODWORKING

YACHT CARPENTRY PLUS

340-775-9255

ST. JOHN ACCOMMODATIONS

Great Cruz Bay www.westin.com/stjohnvillas

340-693-8000

See ad on page 53

ATTORNEYS

MICHAEL FITZSIMMONS, ESQ.

340-513-9884

michaelfitzsimmonspc@gmail.com See ad on pages 23 & 95

FUEL

PUMA 340-693-8771 Monitoring VHF Channel 16 Adjacent U.S. Customs, Cruz Bay www.caneelbay.com.com

HOSPITALS

WATER MAKERS

Bolongo Bay Beach www.bolongobay.com

See ad on page 60

See ad on page 26

See ad on page 9

WATER SPORTS

340-774-2628

Serving the entire BVI www.dolphinshuttle.com

WESTIN ST. JOHN RESORT & VILLAS

See ad on page 39

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM

DOLPHIN WATER TAXI

Independent Boat Yard

SPORTFISHING CLUBS

VIRGIN ISLANDS GAME FISHING CLUB

BOLONGO BAY WATERSPORTS

6501 Red Hook Plaza, Suite 201 virginislandswatertaxi.com See ads on pages 60 & 83

See ad on page 35

St. Thomas & St. John www.sportfishingstjohn.com

WATER TAXIS

340-775-1800 340-775-1800

See ad on page 40

KAYAK & SUP WEEKLY RENTAL VIRGIN ISLANDS ECOTOURS 340-779-2155 Free Delivery to your Yacht or Villa www.viecotours.com

MORRIS F. DECASTRO CLINIC MYRAH KEATING SMITH CLINIC

340-776-6400 340-693-8900

CARIBBEAN INFLATABLE BOATS & LIFE RAFTS, INC.

340-775-6159

LIFE RAFTS

On the road to Compass Point, East End www.caribbeaninflatable.com

MAIL SERVICES

CONNECTIONS 340-776-6922 Cruz Bay and Coral Bay connections@islands.vi See ad on page 12

MARINE TOWING & SALVAGE

SEA TOW VIRGIN ISLANDS St. Thomas & St. John www.SeaTow.com

340-777-4869

See ad on page 13

MEDICAL FACILITIES

CRUZ BAY FAMILY PRACTICE

Boulon Center, Cruz Bay www.cruzbayfamilypractice.com

340-776-6789

See ad on page 97

MARINE GUIDE •

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POLICE DEPARTMENT

ST. JOHN POLICE

RESTAURANTS

LEMONGRASS RESTAURANT and BAR

340-693-8880

340-693-8000, ext. 1761

The Westin St. John Resort & Villas, Great Cruz Bay www.westin.com/stjohnvillas See ad on page 53

ST. CROIX CARIBBEAN BREEZE APARTMENTS AND VACATION HOMES 340-227-9853 53 Prince St., Frederiksted caribbeanbreezevacationsstcroix.com See ad on page 56

HOLGER DANSKE HOTEL

340-773-3600

1200 King Cross Street, Christiansted www.holgerhotel.com See ad on page 56

3 miles East of Christiansted www.TamarindReefResort.com

800-619-0014

See ad on page 56

MEDICAL FACILITIES

VIRGIN ISLANDS EAR, NOSE & THROAT

340-773-8881

VIRGIN ISLANDS ORTHOPAEDICS/ ACTIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY

340-692-5000

4423 Estate Mary’s Fancy, Christiansted www.viortho.com

VIRGIN ISLANDS SLEEP CENTER

AIRLINES / CHARTER SERVICES

SEA FLIGHT

340-719-3300

St. Croix & St. Thomas seaflightvi.com

POLICE DEPARTMENT

ST. CROIX POLICE

340-778-2211

GOLDEN HOOK FISHING CLUB

340-773-4693

SPORTFISHING CLUBS

See ad on page 39

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS CALL 999

See ad on page 59

MICHAEL FITZSIMMONS, ESQ.

FOR POLICE, FIRE OR MEDICAL EMERGENCIES IN THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

340-513-9884

michaelfitzsimmonspc@gmail.com See ad on pages 23 & 95

CRUZAN RUM

DISTILLERY

www.cruzanrum.com

ACCOMMODATIONS

340-692-2280

See ad on page 3

DIVING EMERGENCIES

JUAN F. LUIS HOSPITAL

340-778-6311

BUNKERS OF ST. CROIX

340-778-8066

FUEL DELIVERIES ON ST. CROIX

27 Castle Coakley www.bunkersofstcroix.com

340-777-SLEEP(7533)

Beeston Hill Medical Center, Suite 8 www.sleepvi.com

5000 Estate South Gate, Suite 2, Christiansted www.fishstx.com

See ad on page 56

ATTORNEYS

800-619-0014

Monitoring VHF Channel 16 Tamarind Reef, 3 miles East of Christiansted www.TamarindReefResort.com

Beeston Hill Medical Center, Suite 8 www.entvi.com

ACCOMMODATIONS

TAMARIND REEF RESORT, SPA & MARINA

MARINAS

GREEN CAY MARINA

ELM BEACH SUITES

284-494-2888

GORDIAN TERRACE

284-499-6045

Cane Garden Bay, Tortola elmbeachsuites.com North Sound, Virgin Gorda gordianterrace.com

ACCOUNTING/BUSINESS ADVISORS

BDO USVI, LLC

St. Thomas, USVI www.bdousvi.com

340-776-0640

See ad on page 5

See ad on page 26

GROCERY STORES

ASSOCIATIONS

PLAZA EXTRA WEST SUPERSTORE

340-719-1870

CHARTER YACHT SOCIETY

284-494-6017

SEASIDE MARKET & DELI

340-719-9393

MARINE ASSOCIATION of the BVI

284-541-7615

#14 Plessen, Frederiksted office@plazaextrawest.com

2001 Estate Mt. Welcome, Christiansted www.seasidemarketstx.com See ad on page 46

HOSPITALS

Box 3042, Road Town, Tortola www.marinebvi.com

BAR & LOUNGE

AROMAS CIGAR & MARTINI BAR

JUAN F. LUIS HOSPITAL

340-778-6311

CRUCIAN GOLD

340-773-5241

JEWELRY/WATCHES

1112 Strand Street, Christiansted www.cruciangold.com

Columbus Building, Road Town, Tortola www.bvicrewedyachts.com

See ad on page 48

100 • ADVERTISERSʼ DIRECTORY

Tortola Pier Park AromasBVI.com

284-544-4665

See ad on page 65

BOAT YARDS

VIRGIN GORDA YACHT HARBOUR

284-495-5500

Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda www.virgingordayachtharbour.com See ad on page 75


CANVAS & UPHOLSTERY

PHILLIP’S SAIL & CANVAS

Huntums Ghut, Road Town, Tortola

CAR RENTALS

FIRST CHOICE CARS

284-494-4982

284-543-1423

Wickhams Cay I, Road Town, Tortola firstchoicecarsbvi@gmail.com

MAHOGANY CAR RENTALS

The Valley, Virgin Gorda www.mahoganycarrentalsbvi.com

284-495-5469

See ad on page 82

NATIONAL CAR RENTALS

284-494-3197

Road Town, Beef Island, Duff’s Bottom & Towers, Tortola and Virgin Gorda www.nationalcarbvi.com See ad on page 82

CARPET & UPHOLSTERY CARE

ABC SALES & SERVICES, INC. 110 Sub Base, St. Thomas www.abcvi.com

340-774-1073

CHANDLERIES

See ad on page 6

INFINITE SOLUTIONS

Jayla Place, Road Town, Tortola www.infinite-solutions.biz

DIVE CENTERS

BLUE WATER DIVERS

284-494-5030

284-494-2847 284-495-1675

Hodges Creek Marina, Mariner Inn & Marina, Cooper Island, Norman Island www.sailcaribbeandivers.com

ELECTRONICS

CAY ELECTRONICS, LTD

Nanny Cay Marina, Tortola www.cayelectronics.com

284-494-2400

See ad on page 74

NATIVE SON FERRY

FERRIES

Road Town, Tortola & West End www.nativesonferry.com

284-495-4617

See ad on page 72

284-495-9242

KENNETH CHALWELL MARINA

284-443-4684

Cane Garden Bay, Tortola deram110@gmail.com Fat Hog’s Bay, Tortola jollymon@surfbvi.com See ad on page 72

SOL PETROLEUM

Fish Bay, Jean Hill, Tortola www.solpetroleum.com See ad on page 73

FUEL & TANK CLEANING

WOODS’ MARINE SERVICES, LTD.

ANTILLES HELICOPTER SERVICES Tortola Airport fly@ahs-vi.com

HOSPITALS

340-775-7292

284-494-3497

ABC SALES & SERVICES, INC.

340-774-1073

JANITORIAL & YACHT SERVICES

See ads on pages 4,28 & 95

LAUNDRIES

SUBASH LAUNDRY

West End, Tortola barbieanchor54@outlook.com

284-494-3933

LIFE RAFTS

CARIBBEAN INFLATABLE BOATS & LIFE RAFTS 340-775-6159

On the road to Compass Point, St. Thomas ISO-9650-1 Compliant www.caribbeaninflatable.com

Wickhams Cay II, Road Town, Tortola www.nautool.com See ad on page 75

MARINAS

B & G YACHT MANAGEMENT 284-494-3906

Cutlass Building, Road Town, Tortola misspinklilly@hotmail.com

FOOD & BEVERAGE SUPPLIES

TRELLIS BAY MARKET, BAR & GRILL 284-495-1421 Beef Island, Tortola www.trellisbaymarket.com

284-441-7335

PEEBLES HOSPITAL

See ad on page 61

BLOSSOM’S FLORIST

284-495-2066

MACHINE SHOPS & WELDING

Veteran’s Drive, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas www.bviferryservices.com

FLORIST

284-494-2107

NAUTOOL 284-494-3187

See ad on page 61

SMITH’S FERRY SERVICES

284-494-0969

HODGES GAS STATION

110 Sub Base, St. Thomas www.abcvi.com

Nanny Cay Marina & Soper’s Hole Marina, Tortola www.bluewaterdiversbvi.com

SAIL CARIBBEAN DIVERS

BVI, Anguilla, Monserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, Saint Martin bsylvester@deltapetroleum.com

HELICOPTER TOURS

284-494-6588

Nanny Cay Marina, Road Town, Tortola www.budgetmarine.com

COMPUTERS

FUEL

Sea Cows Bay, Tortola www.woods-marine-services.com

See ads on pages 4,28 & 95

BUDGET MARINE B.V.I.

DELTA PETROLEUM

Monitoring VHF Channel 16 Soper’s Hole, Tortola info@bgbvi.com

284-495-1446

See ad on page 74

KENNETH CHALWELL MARINA Monitoring VHF Channel 16 Fat Hog’s Bay, Tortola jollymon@surfbvi.com

284-443-4684

See ad on page 72

MARINE GUIDE •

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RESTAURANTS

LEVERICK BAY RESORT & MARINA 284-495-7421 Monitoring VHF Channel 16 North Sound, Virgin Gorda www.leverickbay.com

MANUEL REEF MARINA 284-494-0445

Monitoring VHF Channel 16 Sea Cows Bay, Tortola www.manuel-reef-marina.com

PETER ISLAND RESORT 284-495-2000 Monitoring VHF Channel 16 www.peterisland.com

SCRUB ISLAND RESORT, SPA & MARINA, BVI

Monitoring VHF Channel 74 Scrub Island, BVI www.scrubisland.com

284-394-3440

See ad on page 74

SOPER’S HOLE MARINA

Monitoring VHF Channel 16 Frenchman’s Cay, Tortola www.sopersholemarina.com

284-495-4589

284-494-2771

Monitoring VHF Channel 16 Wickham’s Cay 1, Road Town, Tortola www.villagecaybvi.com

284-495-5500

Monitoring VHF Channel 16 Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda www.virgingordayachtharbour.com See ad on page 75

MARINE & AUTO SALES AND PARTS

NIBBS AUTO SALES & PARTS LTD. See ad on page 73

MARINE PARTS

Fish Bay, Tortola & Virgin Gorda www.ctlbvi.com

284-494-2359

MARINE PARTS & SERVICE

CRC ENGINES & FABRICATING Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour chris@crcenginesbvi.com

284-495-5262

MARINE SERVICES

USVI COMMERICAL DIVING

340-244-8772

Salvage, Towing, Mechanical, Cleaning www.usvicommercialdivers.com See ad on page 29

MEDICAL FACILITIES

VI MEDICAL CLINIC

PARASAILING

Cane Garden Bay, Tortola parasailingbvi@gmail.com

PLUMBING

CTL HOME CENTER

Fish Bay, Tortola & Virgin Gorda www.ctlbvi.com

284-495-9258

FOXY’S TABOO

284-340-9258

Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke annie@foxysbar.com Diamond Cay, Jost Van Dyke annie@foxysbar.com See ad on page 79

HENDO’S HIDEOUT

284-340-0074

QUITO’S GAZEBO

284-495-4837

SIDNEY’S PEACE & LOVE

284-495-9271

White Bay, Jost Van Dyke www.hendoshideout.com Cane Garden Bay, Tortola quitosltd@gmail.com Little Harbour, Jost Van Dyke jvanterpool@hotmail.com

TOP OF THE BATHS RESTAURANT & BAR 284-495-5497

SAILMAKERS/CANVAS SPECIALISTS

DOYLE SAILMAKERS (BVI) LTD

284-494-2569

LAYNE SAIL & CANVAS REPAIR

284-544-5733

PHILLIP’S SAIL & CANVAS

284-494-4982

Road Reef Marina, Road Town, Tortola doylecaribbean@gmail.com

Hodges Creek Marina, East End, Tortola nallie44@hotmail.com Huntums Ghut, Road Town, Tortola

SHOPPING

BLUE WATER DIVERS

284-494-2847

THEE ARTISTIC GALLERY

284-495-5104

TORTOLA PIER PARK

284-494-8775

Nanny Cay Marina & Soper’s Hole Marina, Tortola www.bluewaterdiversbvi.com Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour, Virgin Gorda info@gordianhouse.com Road Town, Tortola www.tortolapier.com

VIRGIN ISLAND SEARCH & RESCUE

VISAR 284-494-4357

VISITOR INFORMATION

THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS TOURIST BOARD

284-494-3134

Road Town, Tortola www.bvitourism.com | info@bvitourism.com See ad on page 63

284-494-0971

WATER TAXIS

284-442-4440

DOHM’S WATER TAXI 340-775-6501

Manuel Reef, Sea Cow’s Bay, Tortola

PARADIZE WATER SPORTS

FOXY’S BEACH RESTAURANT

284-494-2193

Next to Botanical Gardens, Road Town, Tortola www.nibbsautosales.com

CTL HOME CENTER

284-494-2888

Cane Garden Bay, Tortola elmbeachsuites.com

The Baths Hill, Virgin Gorda www.TopoftheBaths.com

VILLAGE CAY HOTEL & MARINA

VIRGIN GORDA YACHT HARBOUR

ELM BEACH SUITES

284-494-2359

102 • ADVERTISERS’ DIRECTORY

6501 Red Hook Plaza, Suite 201 St. Thomas, USVI virginislandswatertaxi.com See ads on pages 60 & 83


DOLPHIN WATER TAXI 340-774-2628

Serving the entire BVI www.dolphinshuttle.com See ad on page 60

WOODWORKING

THE WORKBENCH

284-495-5310

Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour workbenchbvi@gmail.com

YACHT CHARTERS

CHARTERPORT

284-494-7955

CONCH CHARTERS

800-521-8939

Nanny Cay, Tortola yachting@CharterPortBVI.com Road Town, Tortola www.conchcharters.com See ad on page 81

YACHT MANAGEMENT

The BVI welcomes visitors and residents alike to its newly enhanced cruise pier and shopping center, Tortola Pier Park. Located in the relaxed capital island of Tortola, the new facility features unique local craft shops that neighbor international brands, authentic cuisine and lively entertainment. Dock at our full service marina, and enjoy the convenience of our various services including ATM, Scooter and Car rentals, medical services and free Wi-Fi. With something for everyone, now is the time for you to discover Tortola Pier Park in the British Virgin Islands.

REGENCY YACHT VACATIONS LTD.

284-495-1970

Village Cay Marina, Tortola calendar@regencyvacations.com

YACHT SALES/BROKERS

BVI YACHT SALES, LTD.

284-494-3260

SOUTHERN TRADES

284-494-8003

Nanny Cay Marina, Tortola www.bviyachtsales.com

Inner Harbour Marina, Road Harbour, Tortola southerntrades@surfbvi.com

PUERTO RICO ACCOUNTING/BUSINESS ADVISORS

BDO PUERTO RICO, P.S.C. San Juan, Puerto Rico www.bdopr.com

787-754-3999

See ad on page 5

BOAT REPAIR

ISLAND MARINE INC.

787-633-3088

Puerto Del Rey Marina, Carr 3 KM514, Fajardo islandmarineinc@gmail.com

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PUERTO DEL REY MARINA Land Storage, Fajardo www.puertodelrey.com

787-860-1000

See ad on page 93

MARINAS

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Monitoring VHF Channels 16 and 71 Fajardo www.puertodelrey.com

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787-860-1000

See ad on page 93

MARINE GENERATORS

ANTILLES POWER

Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands www.antillespower.com

787-622-9330

See ads on pages 17 & 91

PROVISIONS

LIKE US/TORTOLAPIERPARK FOLLOW@TORTOLAPIERPARK

PUERTO DEL REY MARINA

Gourmet Deli & Market, Fajardo www.puertodelrey.com

787-860-1000

See ad on page 93

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Where Magical Moments are Always in Bloom

Large selection of flowers from all over the world. Wholesale and retail available. Worldwide delivery. Conveniently located directly across from Yacht Haven Grande.

Mandela Circle (Upstairs from the Health Food store, back entrance) P.O. Box 2875, St. Thomas USVI 00803

340.775.0373 bloomingthingsvi@aol.com

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