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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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United States Virgin Islands 8 Welcome & Island Information 10 Clearance, Customs & Immigration 12 Obtaining a Captain’s License 14 Communications 16 Navigating the Waters 18 Marinas 21 Yacht Clubs 22 Marine Services and Supplies 26 USVI Map 28 Cruising & Mooring Permits 30 National Park Rules & Regulations 32 U.S. Coast Guard 33 Weather & Water Safety 34 Fishing 40 Water Sports 42 Land Activities 44 Provisioning 46 Shopping 50 Dining 52 Places to Stay on Land 56 Taxi Rates 57 Transportation British Virgin Islands 60 Welcome & Island Information 62 Clearance, Customs & Immigration 64 Communications 66 Marinas 70 BVI Map 72 Cruising & Mooring Permits 73 Safety in the Water & Weather 74 Yacht Clubs 75 Things to Do 76 Water Sports 77 Fishing 78 Transportation Puerto Rico 82 A Side Trip to Puerto Rico 86 Customs & Immigration 88 Marinas Additional Information 90 Directory  of Advertisers & Essential Services Cover Photo “Turtles View” Photo © Don Hebert


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Crew Health Insurance Yacht / Fleet Insurance Local Marine Directory Marine Vendor Discounts Marine Apprenticeships for VI Youth Marine Vendor Promotion To Members Marine Vendor Advertising Compliance Guidance Transient Moorings Advocacy

VIPCA is the U.S. Virgin Islands’ non-profit association providing one voice unifying, supporting and furthering the capabilities of the maine industry. Membership is open to crew, day and term-charter cessels, ferries, water taxis, charter companies, marine service providers, charter brokers and marine or other vendors.

www.VIPCA.org info@VIPCA.org USVI Charter Yacht Show

Health and Yacht insurance is provided by America’s leading marine insurance provider

November 10-13th, 2018 / 9-12th, 2019 For term charter vessels and charter brokers

Marine Expo November 10th, 2018 / 9th, 2019 For all marine vendors and VIPCA members

Support VI Youth Marine Apprenticeships and My Brother’s Marine Workshop by donating to MRF at CFVI.net

Day Charter Conference & Cocktail November 13th 2018 At 6PM / 12th, 2019 For day charter owners/crew and hoteliers/villas/timeshares/airbnb owners/booking agents ALL VIPCA EVENTS ARE HELD AT YACHT HAVEN GRANDE. EXHIBITORS, VENDORS, AND PUBLIC VISITORS PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE IN ORDER TO ATTEND.

WHAT IS VIPCA ?

The Virgin Islands Professional Charter Association (VIPCA) is the non-profit 501(c)(6) founded to meet the demands of the VI marine industry and to foster its growth. VIPCA’s goals include facilitating affordable health & yacht insurance, compliance guidance, a local marine directory, broadening transient mooring availability, and improvement of Customs clearance as well as freedom of passage between the Virgin and Spanish Virgin Islands. VIPCA’s work also includes international representation for the charter yacht industry at the annual USVI Charter Yacht Show, Day Charter Conference and Marine Expo mid-November at Yacht Haven Grande. WHAT IS THE MARINE REBUILD FUND?

VIPCA’s board, elected annually to represent each segment of the marine industry, realised that a 501(c)(3) charity arm was required to provide an avenue for marine environmental protection and youth training. The Marine Rebuild Fund (MRF) was thus born. In June 2018 VIPCA ran its inaugural “Marine Youth Apprenticeship”, funded by MRF. This intensive six week annual program offers Virgin Islands youth training on-the-water. A mentorship program will follow these apprentices to careers as captains, crew or another marine based employment that they choose. A marine trade school was next on the agenda. In partnership with VIPCA, “My Brother’s Workshop–Marine” was created and there now is year round MBW Marine Vocational Training provided for at-risk youth in marine maintenance services. You can join VIPCA for crew, charter vessel and vendor benefits at www.VIPCA.org and/or donate to Marine Rebuild Fund’s youth training programs at www.CFVI.net. MARINE GUIDE •

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Publisher’s Letter

Welcome Aboard

Welcome to our islands, where our sands and waters are as alluring as ever, despite two Cat 5 hurricanes. With this issue, we’d like to honor the many first responders that came to the aid of the community during and after hurricanes Irma and Maria in September of 2017. Thank you to the firefighters, local police and marshals who were out in force to keep the community safe. To the U.S. Army and Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Marines, U.S. Air Force, National Guard and FEMA, all of whom helped evacuate the critically ill and brought in much needed food, water, medicine and emergency supplies, we are grateful. To the U.S. Coast Guard and Homeland Security who made our ports safe and our airport operational to bring in additional rations and equipment, we give thanks. To local search and rescue teams and hospital staffers that kept emergency medical services running throughout both storms, we are humbled by your service. To the Water and Power Authority, who worked tirelessly to get electrical power to critical services such as hospitals, and to Waste Management, who were out immediately after the storms to clear our roads, we appreciate your work. Let us not forget our friends and neighbors as well. The daily heroes that helped a stranger in need, shared food with a neighbor and volunteered with relief efforts, you are the true soul of our islands. Recovery takes time. Your understanding is appreciated as we rebuild, restore and revitalize our homes and businesses, resorts and marine industry.

Rita Jones & Jennifer Sibilly

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Rita Jones & Jennifer Sibilly Publishers


CRUZAN RUM

“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!

CRUZAN® BUCKET LIST

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Publishers Rita Jones & Jennifer Sibilly

FOR ANY FISHERMAN, THERE'S ALWAYS A NEW PLACE, ALWAYS A NEW HORIZON.

Art Director M. Alicia Ziff

- Jack Nicklaus

Editor Lori Abbotts

Advertising Services Lisa Lawlor

Sales Representatives Lynda MacLean, St. Thomas, St. John Bobbie Bryan, St. Thomas Teri Gizzi, St. Croix Bobbi Fawcett, British Virgin Islands Disclaimer: United States Virgin Islands Marine Guide

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Contents copyright 2018-2019 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. In 2017 hurricanes Irma and Maria severely damaged some of our local landmarks, activities, hotels and businesses. Although most are now either fully or partially operational, as of this publishing, full restoration is not yet complete. Many plan to have repairs completed during the time span of this issue. Please call or visit the website of any destination you plan to visit to be sure all activities are operational. We apologize for any inconvenience.


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WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS Background Photo © Don Hebert

ISLANDS’ SIZE St. Croix–84 square miles; St. Thomas–32 square miles; St. John–19 square miles; Water Island–.76 square miles. Population: 102,951 year-round residents (July 2016 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 8º 20N, 64º 50W. CAPITAL Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. CULTURE & LANGUAGE The population includes large communities of Caribbean, American, Danish, French, Asian, African and Middle Eastern residents. The official language is English, though Spanish and Patois (PA-twah), a regional blend of Danish, Spanish, English, Portuguese and African are also common. 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

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and major credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are plentiful, especially in high traffic areas. CUSTOMS & TAXES U.S. citizens have a $1,600 duty-free allowance per person. There is a 12.5 percent hotel tax, but no sales or luxury tax. AREA CODE The area code throughout the territory is 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. DRINKING The legal drinking age is 18. Rules against drinking and driving are comparable to those of the U.S. SMOKING Smoking is prohibited in restaurants and other 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. Smoking is prohibited within 50 feet of the water line on public beaches. CELL PHONES Handheld cell phone use is prohibited while driving.


USVI CARNIVALS

Each island has its own month-long Carnival celebration. On St. Thomas, Carnival is celebrated in April, St. John Festival culminates on July 4th and St. Croix’s Crucian Christmas Festival is held in December with the big parade on Three Kings Day, January 6. Visit www.vicarnivalschedule.com for event schedules.

WHALES & DOLPHINS

February and March are the prime whale watching months for St. Thomas and St. John. Endangered humpback whales can reach up to 50 feet long and up to 65 tons. They travel each year to South America to mate and calve. On their way home, many swim through the passage between the two islands with their young in tow. Bottlenose dolphins are also a familiar sight. These curious mammals often act as playful escorts for lucky boaters. Whale watching excursions are hosted each year by the Environmental Association of St. Thomas. Visit eastvi.org for information.

TURTLES OF THE USVI

There are seven species of sea turtles in the world, and three of these inhabit the waters of St. John. The two most common are the green and hawksbill turtles, while the leatherback is rarely seen. Sea turtles spend most of their lives in the water only coming ashore to nest. Turtles travel thousands of miles a year. Visit www.nps. gov/viis/learn/nature/turtles-of-the-virgin-islands.htm MARINE GUIDE •

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ARRIVING IN THE USVI

The master of the vessel must report immediately upon arrival to a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) designated inspection site when entering the U.S. Virgin Islands from a foreign port or international waters. 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 nvmc.uscg.gov for requirements and an online application. CLEARANCE INFORMATION REQUIREMENTS Small pleasure boats must provide the following: • LBO number or Float Plan number, if applicable • Documentation of nationality 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 FAILURE TO REPORT can result in a penalty of $5,000 for the first violation and $10,000 for each subsequent violation with the conveyance subject to seizure and forfeiture. In addition, any master who intentionally commits a violation may be liable for a fine of not more than $2,000 or imprisonment for one year or both. 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 AND AMMUNITION must be licensed and declared to Customs upon entry to the U.S. Virgin Islands. PETS must be declared with U.S. Customs with proof of current vaccination. 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. 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. 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.

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Non-U.S. citizens must have a valid passport and if required, a visa. Visit cbp. gov for details. Any person requiring a visa to enter the U.S. must arrive on a recognized carrier such as a ferry boat or commercial airliner. Charter boats are not recognized carriers.

PORTS OF ENTRY ST. THOMAS EDWARD W. BLYDEN MARINE TERMINAL (Waterfront Ferry Dock, Charlotte Amalie) Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 7 days Phone: 1 (877) 305-8774 YACHT HAVEN GRANDE Hours of Operation: By appointment only Yacht Haven Grande Marina Office: (340) 774-9500 The marina office will set up an appointment for incoming vessels docking at Yacht Haven Grande Marina, with 48-hour notice. ST. JOHN CRUZ BAY CBP TERMINAL Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 7 days Phone: 1 (877) 305-8775 ST. CROIX Christiansted GALLOWS BAY MARINE FACILITY, Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone: (340) 773-1011 Phone after hours: (340) 773-1490 There is a fee for overtime, weekend or holiday clearance. After hour arrivals should call and leave a brief message with boat name, registration number, date and time of arrival and a return telephone number, or call again after 8 a.m. for instructions on entering procedures. Background Photo © Don Hebert

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GETTING YOUR CAPTAIN’S LICENSE

A captain’s license issued by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is required to carry passengers for hire. The most commonly used license is the Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels License (OUPVL), also known as the “Six Pack” because of its limit of six passengers on board. In 2014, the regulation was amended for the U.S. Virgin Islands, increasing the passenger limit to 12; UPVs less than 79 feet in 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 obtain a captain’s license, courses are available throughout the U.S. in the classroom and on line, covering four areas: rules of the road, chart plotting navigation, navigation general (including aids to navigation) and deck general (code of federal regulations). Applicants must also have a minimum of 360 days of boating experience, at least 90 in the last three years and 90 on the ocean or near coastal waters. They also need to take USCG approved First Aid and CPR training as well as a physical exam and drug test. Visit uscg.mil for requirements, forms and applications. To carry seven to twelve passengers, a charter yacht must also be in compliance with either the yellow or blue code of safety standards established by the United Kingdom Code of Practice for the Safety of Small Commercial Motor or Sailing Vessels, and maintain a Small Commercial Vessel Certificate issued by a certifying authority under the code. Equipment and frequency of examination requirements differ from existing U.S. requirements for a UPV in other U.S. ports. International voyages require a Merchant Mariner Credential with an officer endorsement as Master. Check USCG Approved Courses & Instructors with the island nations that you plan to OUPV • Masters • Towing • Aux Sail • STCW 2010 visit for their licensing requirements. Basic Safety Training • Crowd Management Crisis Management • Security Officer FCC MROP • Renewals • CPR First Aid CG Compliant Drug & Alcohol Consortium Bridge Resource Management Advanced Fire Fighting • Medical Care Provider

340-775-2278 CaptainSchoolUSVI@gmail.com www.CaptainSchoolUSVI.com

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Photo © Don Hebert


LOCAL BOATER OPTION AND SMALL VESSEL REPORTING SYSTEM

The Local Boater Option (LBO) is an alternative inspection program for low risk boaters. It allows reporting to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) by phone or online for frequent travelers between Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Participants in this program may be exempt from reporting for an inperson inspection at their Port of Entry, unless directed by a CBP officer. Enrollment is voluntary and free of charge. To register, required documentation must be reviewed and verified in a face-toface interview. Participants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. The Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS), http://svr.cbp.dhs.gov, allows LBO participants to report their intended arrivals from foreign ports on a web-based automated online reporting system. The site also facilitates new applicants with enrollment and interview scheduling. Existing LBO participants do not need to reapply for participation in SVRS, though to gain access to the float plan and vessel registration features they will need to request SVRS access. Those currently enrolled in one of CPB’s Trusted Traveler programs are not required to schedule an in-person interview, but must complete the SVRS application.

USVI LOCAL BOATER OPTION REGISTRATION LOCATIONS PORT OF ST. THOMAS Edward W. Blyden Marine Terminal Veterans Drive, Charlotte Amalie (340) 774-6755 PORT OF ST. JOHN Cruz Bay Creek Bulkhead (340) 776-6741 For registration locations in Puerto Rico, please refer to the Puerto Rico section of this guide . U.S. citizens are not required to obtain a work permit to work on a U.S.-based vessel. Non-U.S. crew must obtain a C1/D crewmember visa. Visa requirements and forms can be found at https:// travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/other/crewmember.html Those whose job entails unescorted access to secure areas of the port facility, and most mariners holding USCG-issued credentials will be required to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). Visit tsa.gov for requirements or to schedule an appointment. Photo © Don Hebert

CREWMEMBER REQUIREMENTS

Working aboard a vessel is an ideal way to travel the islands while accruing the hours necessary for a captain’s license. You’ll find job listings online, on marina bulletin boards, through crew placement agencies and by word of mouth at local marinas. MARINE GUIDE •

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RADIO, PHONE, INTERNET

RADIO Charter boats and vessels over 65.5 feet must be equipped with a working VHF radio to monitor weather and to communicate with emergency services, marinas and other boaters. Cell phones, while convenient, are not always dependable in open waters. Channel 16 is monitored 24/7 for distress calls. THE MOST COMMON VHF FREQUENCIES ARE: CHANNEL 16: Initial calling and distress safety calls only. Switch to another channel after initial contact. CHANNEL 1022 (FORMERLY 22A): U.S. Coast Guard liason and maritime safety information broadcasts (Make contact on Channel 16 first) CHANNEL 9: Boater calling, commercial and non-commercial CHANNELS 68, 69, 71, 72, 1078 (FORMERLY 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 NAVCEN.USCG FOR A FULL LIST OF VHF CHANNELS. PHONE SERVICE area code for the U.S. Virgin Islands is (340); for Puerto Rico, (787). For calls to the U.S., dial 1, area code and number. For international calls, dial the International Access Code (011), country code, city code and number. Check with your service provider before your visit. Some do not provide service in the USVI and others may apply roaming charges. Pay-as-you-go cell phones are available from local providers and many charter boats provide a credit-card activated cell phone onboard. INTERNET Smart phones can access the internet throughout the islands. Many businesses, resorts and restaurants provide free WiFi for customers. Consider a longrange WiFi adapter for internet access while cruising.

High Speed Internet by minutes or the hour



Phone • Fax • Messages Mail • Western Union Boat Charter Bookings and more!

Cruz Bay: 340-776-6922 Coral Bay: 340-779-4994 E-mail: connections@islands.vi

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Mermaid’s Chair

Photo © Don Hebert

Exposed only at low tide, the sandy strip known as Mermaid’s Chair is St. Thomas’ delicate separation between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. It connects St. Thomas and West Point, which becomes a temporary island itself during high tide. Far from everyone and everything, this secluded spot is a must for those looking to explore off the beaten path, a 1.5-mile hike from the entrance of the Preserve at Botany Bay. MARINE GUIDE •

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SAILING SAFELY 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. Paper, pocket, print-on-demand and electronic charts are available from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at nauticalcharts.noaa. gov. Some charter companies will provide paper charts. BUOY SYSTEM The International Association of Lighthouse Authorities’ B buoy identification system is used to identify channel boundaries and controlled areas throughout the Caribbean. “Red Right Returning” will help you remember the rules of the road. Red conical buoys mark the right (starboard) side of the channel when coming in from open waters, and green THE CARIBBEAN’S MOST TRUSTED COMPREHENSIVE ORTHOPAEDIC CLINIC

Back, Neck & Spine • Hand, Wrist & Elbow Foot & Ankle • Podiatry • Wound & Diabetic Foot Care • Joint Replacement & Revision Knee • Hip • Shoulder • Sports Medicine Pediatric Orthopaedics LOCATIONS ST. THOMAS Foothills Professional Building, 9151 Estate Thomas, Suite 206 St. Thomas, USVI 00802 • Phone: (340) 779-2663 ST. CROIX 301 Sunny Isle Medical Center Christiansted, USVI 00820 • Phone: (340) 718-2665 ST. JOHN Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center 3-B Sussanaberg St. John, USVI 00831 • Phone: (340) 779-2663 ANGUILLA | TORTOLA

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buoys mark the left (port). Striped green and red buoys indicate recommended channel routes. KNOWN REEFS, SHALLOWS AND ROCKS are indicated on your navigational chart. A lookout should be posted at all times to spot immediate visible hazards. RIGHT OF WAY Slow down as you enter high traffic areas. Because they cannot change course quickly, right-of-way should be given to sailboats and larger vessels. Remain at least 200 yards away from any naval vessels and slow to 5 knots. Running lights are required at night, but not all vessels comply, so be extra observant after dark. BOATING EMERGENCIES If involved in an accident, boaters must stop immediately and give assistance to anyone injured and minimize any danger caused by the accident if it is safe to do so. Name, address and identifying number must be given in writing to anyone injured or the owner of any damaged property. Immediately report bodily injury or vessel damage of more than $100 to the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (340) 774-3320. Report emergencies on VHF Channel 16. Replacing the National Distress Response System, Rescue 21 is the U.S. Coast Guard’s advanced computing, command, control and communications system to locate mariners in distress. Through VHF radios equipped with digital selective calling (DSC), the system is able to send an automated digital distress alert containing their Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number, GPS coordinates and the nature of the distress of registered participants, allowing for effective and fast coordination of first responders. To register, visit navcen.uscg.gov.


PERSONAL EMERGENCY SERVICES Leave a float plan and emergency contact info with your charter company, and be sure to notify them with any last minute itinerary changes while on the water. Likewise, leave your charter company’s contact information with someone back home.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS ON SHORE: Police, Fire or Medical Emergency: Dial 911

HOSPITALS: St. Thomas, Roy L. Schneider Hospital, (340)-776-8311 St. Croix, Juan F. Luis Hospital (340)-778-6311 St. John, Morris F. De Castro Clinic (340)-776-6400 St. John, Myrah Keating Smith Clinic (340)-693-8900 DIVING EMERGENCIES: St. Thomas, (340)-776-8311 St. Croix, (340)-778-6311, ext. 2664 St. John, (340)-776-2686 MARINE SAFETY: St. Thomas/St. John, (340)-776-3497 St. Croix, (340)-772-5557 Puerto Rico, (787) 729-6770 Police Departments: St. Thomas, (340)-774-2211 St. John, (340)-693-8880 St. Croix, (340)-778-2211 U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Virgin Islands: (340)-714-2851 (787) 289-2040 or (787) 279-7778 for emergencies only OFF SHORE: International Distress: Channel 16 U.S. Coast Guard: Channel 1022

Serving the U.S. Virgin Islands

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SAFETY AT SEA: Above and Below Marine Services You can’t prepare for the unpredictable, but should it happen while you’re under sail, feel confident you can get help fast with Above and Below Marine Services, serving St. Thomas and St. John. As part of TowBoatU.S., Above and Below has three boats ready and waiting to assist you out at sea in the U.S.V.I. any time of the day or night, whether you are a member or not. A fourth boat and a barge will soon be added as well. If the unthinkable happens and you need to salvage your sunken or partially sunken boat or lost cargo, Above and Below is a specialist in towing, re-floating a vessel, patching or repairing and protecting the environment from cargoes such as oil or other contaminants. In addition to towing and salvage services, Above and Below can help you with marine hydraulics, fuel polishing, fuel tank cleaning, install engines and light mechanical work to keep your vessel running smoothly. For membership and insurance information visit marineservicesvi.com or call 340-201-2820. MARINE GUIDE •

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USVI MARINAS ST. THOMAS American Yacht Harbor Marina North Side of Red Hook Bay (340) 775-6454 igy-americanyachtharbor.com American Yacht Harbor Compass Point Marina The Lagoon, Benner Bay (340) 775-6144 Compass Point Marina Crown Bay Marina Gregorie Channel, Sub Base (340) 774-2255 crownbay.com Crown Bay Marina Frenchtown Harbor Marina, CYOA West of Charlotte Amalie Harbor (340) 777-9690 cyoacharters.com CYOA Yacht Charters Independent Boatyard and Marina The Lagoon, Benner Bay (340) 776-0466 ibyvi.com Haulover Marine Yachting Center Sub Base (340) 776-2078 subbasedrydock.com

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

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Oasis Cove The Lagoon, Benner Bay (340) 244-0442 oasiscove.com Saga Haven Marina The Lagoon, Benner Bay (340) 775-0520 sagahaven.com

Laundry facilities on the premises* The Blue Flag Program**


Sapphire Beach Marina (Amantha Yacht Sales) North of Red Hook Bay Entrance (340) 998-1203 sapphirebeachmarina.com Tropical Marine, Inc. Estate Nadir (340) 775-6595

Yacht Haven Grande Marina East End of Charlotte Amalie Harbor (340) 774-9500 yachthavengrande.com The Marina at Yacht Haven Grande There are no marinas on Water Island or St. John at this time

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U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS YACHT CLUBS ST. THOMAS St. Thomas Yacht Club Located in Cowpet Bay (340) 775-6320 stycmanager@gmail.com styc.club St. Thomas Yacht Club The St. Thomas Yacht Club has promoted quality racing since 1964. The club hosts several regattas each year, including the “Crown Jewel of Caribbean racing,” the St. Thomas International Regatta. Their youth sailing program has produced several world-class competitors, and a new sailing center offers instruction with professional coaches, boat access and plenty of racing opportunities. They also offer tennis and squash. ST. CROIX St. Croix Yacht Club Located in Teague Bay (340) 773-9531 stcroixyc@gmail.com stcroixyc.com St. Croix Yacht Club Organized in 1952, the St. Croix Yacht Club is the hub of the island’s yachting and racing community, with a fleet of more than 150 vessels and a membership of more than 500. There are weekly club races, frequent socials and junior sailing programs. The big race of the year is 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 Coral Bay Yacht Club St. John VI Nauti Yacht Club Occasional meetings at Driftwood David’s in the Lumber Yard in Cruz Bay (340) 690-7979 St. John Yacht Club (340) 778-6101 swanvi@pennswoods.net stjohnyachtclub.org St. John’s three yacht clubs reflect the laid back and relaxed attitude of the island, with informal meetings and casual socials. Regattas are held separately by each club, and band together for local charities with events such as the annual Commodore’s Cup benefiting the Kids and the Sea program. Photo © Don Hebert

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MARINE SERVICES

Regular 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 support its 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.

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ORDERING PARTS 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.

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PROTECT THE WATERS

Regular maintenance of your boat can do a lot to limit marine pollution. Scrubbing your deck regularly with fresh water reduces the need for heavy cleaners. When necessary, use phosphate-free, biodegradable soaps or natural cleaning products. Keep your bilge clean to make it easier to spot fuel or oil leaks. To scrub the boat bottom while in the water, use a hard (not ablative) anti-fouling paint. DISCHARGE OF SEWAGE The discharge of untreated or inadequately treated sewage in waters is prohibited within any No Discharge Zone (NDZ), within 3 miles of shore, with the exception of gray water from showers or sinks. A U.S. Coast Guard Approved Marine Sanitation Device (MSD) is required to prevent the discharge of sewage for all recreational vessels with an installed head. Enzyme deodorizers should be used for holding tanks and portable toilets. DISCHARGE OF TRASH The Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) prohibits the discharge of solid waste in any NDZ area. Plastics should not be discharged in the ocean at any time. 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. Store garbage in a container on board and place it in a proper receptacle on shore. DISCHARGE OF OIL AND OTHER HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES U.S. Coast Guard regulations prohibit discharge of oil within 12 miles of shore. Oil waste and other hazardous substances 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, 340-772-5557 on St. Croix or their Boating Safety Hotline at 1-800-368-5647. Do not use detergent or other chemicals on a spill to disperse the oil or sheen. For more information, refer to “Virgin Islands: The Legal Requirements of Boating” at boat-ed.com/abc/abc_specific_images/pdfs/vi_law.pdf

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Photo © Don Hebert

MAINTAIN YOUR BOAT


REGULATED GARBAGE DISPOSAL Proper disposal of regulated garbage, or “international garbage,” upon arrival is required by U.S. Federal law. 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, between the continental United States, any U.S. territory or possession. It is best to dispose of all trash amassed in a foreign port such as the British Virgin Islands before your departure from that port. When entering the U.S. Virgin Islands, regulated garbage must be incinerated, but not all marinas have that capability. 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. Non-regulated trash receptacles are provided at all marinas, though a small fee might be charged. On St. John, boaters will also find receptacles at the Cruz Bay taxi parking lot, at Chocolate Hole and in Coral Bay. Larger community bins and collection centers are found throughout the islands.

CARGO SHIPPING

Sailing your vessel from the U.S. to the Caribbean can be a lengthy and challenging proposition. Some boat owners hire a delivery crew to make the journey, while others opt for the more secure and often more economical option of cargo shipping. Container or flat rack cargo on a shipping barge can be used for most boats, and lift on/lift off or float on/float off yacht transportation services are equipped to handle larger vessels. RELOCATING Cargo shipping is also ideal for those making a more permanent move to the U.S. Virgin Islands. There are several reputable shipping and moving companies with stateside and international partners to ship personal belongings, furniture, vehicles and more. They can arrange ocean and airfreight pick-ups and delivery and provide documentation, consolidation and Customs clearance services. If you plan to live on land, contact an island realtor in advance. They’ll be able to narrow down the housing options according to your preferences and set up site visits for your arrival. Once you decide on your permanent location, your shipping company will provide door-to-door service for your belongings.

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ST. CROIX MARINAS Go to page 20 for contact information.

1 St. Croix Marine 2 Green Cay Marina 3 Jones Maritime Marina 4 Salt River Marina

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CRUISING & MOORING Photo © Don Hebert

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) 773-5774 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 Visit the interactive nps.gov/viis/planyourvisit/boater-information.htm for a complete mooring guide, anchoring map with coordinates and more. Day use is free for National Park moorings. 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. 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) 773-1460. 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

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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.

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 faxed to (340) 719-1793 , attention: Law Enforcement. Completed applications may also be scanned and emailed to Isander_Rodriguez@nps.gov. Permit processing can take up to five business days. 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.

A Buck Island excursion

Considered one of the best marine gardens in the Caribbean, the park includes 176 acres of land and 704 acres under water. An underwater marked trail explores the eastern tip of an elkhorn coral barrier, home to more than 250 species of fish. A member of “your boat’s crew” will lead a short guided tour of the trail, as required by the park service, and then you are free to explore on your own. The island itself is a nesting ground for endangered Leatherback, Hawksbill and green turtles. Hiking trails roam the island and Turtle Beach, named one of the world’s most beautiful beaches by National Geographic, is a lovely spot to relax on the sands. Be sure to bring your own water and snacks or join an excursion that includes a lunch stop on St. Croix. Visit www.stcroixtourism.com for information on tours. Turtle Hatchling Photo © Don Hebert MARINE GUIDE •

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NATIONAL PARK RULES AND REGULATIONS

MARINE RESOURCE PROTECTION The following are prohibited in National Park waters: BOATS • Dropping anchors or any other mooring device in coral, seagrass beds or other fragile marine habitats. • Tying boats or dinghies to any natural featuring including rocks and vegetation. • Vessels may not enter areas 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. • No dumping of human waste or refuse. • Water skis, dive propulsion vehicles or other personal watercraft or towing of recreational devices is prohibited. Recreational kite surfing is prohibited in boat exclusion areas and mooring areas. • Bright deck lights and underwater lights (other than hand held dive lights), metal detectors, magnetometers, side scan sonar or subbottom are prohibited. • Kayaks must stay 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 is not allowed. SCUBA diving and snorkeling is permitted in areas adjacent to beaches and in Boat Exclusion Areas. • Do not destroy, molest, remove, deface or displace any live or dead marine organisms or artifacts from shipwrecks or historical sites.

FISHING • Hand-held rod and line fishing is permitted outside Boat Exclusion Areas. Pots or traps of conventional Virgin Islands design no larger than five feet in diameter are also permitted. Bait fish may be taken by nets no greater than 20 feet in length and a mesh no larger than 1 inch. All other means of fishing is prohibited. • Possession or use of spearfishing equipment is prohibited. • A permit from the National Park Service (NPS) is required to fish within the Buck Island Reef National Monument, St. Croix (see pg 29 for more information). • Fishing is strictly prohibited in areas containing underwater signs and markers, including Trunk Bay. SHORELINE USE • Pets are not allowed in park beaches, in the campground or picnic areas, but may be walked on a leash on trails. • 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 nps.gov/viis/ for a full list of regulations and a new interactive marine map featuring information on beach access, snorkeling areas and more.

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Maritime Law (also known as admiralty law) governs a range of maritime-related issues, including marine commerce, navigation, salvage, crew members and the transportation of passengers and goods by sea. Much of maritime law relates to unforeseen accidents at sea. The 1851 Shipowners Limitation of Liability Act protects boat owners by capping the limits of damage claims after an accident. This law was passed to encourage investment in the risky business of shipping at a time when shipping was vital to commerce and communication. Laws governing “maintenance 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 reasonable 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. Background Photo: Hawksnest Beach, St. John © Don Hebert; Hawksnest Beach offers great snorkeling with three small reefs of elkhorn corals and lots of small fish. Amenities include changing rooms, picnic tables, grills, restrooms and accessible paths and beach ramps. www.nps.gov/viis/planyourvisit/ placestogo.htm

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COAST GUARD

THE U.S. COAST GUARD Defending more than 100,000 miles of ports and inland waterways, the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) task of providing maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship for U.S. waters is a massive undertaking. Established in 1790, the USCG is the only military branch of the Department of Homeland Security. Safeguarding the largest Exclusive Economic Zone in the world, its reach stretches across 4.5 million square miles, from north of the Arctic Circle to South America, from Guam to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and spans nine time zones. In addition to its military duties, the USCG also provides first responder and humanitarian services for emergencies at sea and is responsible for licensing mariners, documenting U.S. flagged vessels, implementing a variety of safety programs and maintaining maritime aids to navigation. gocoastguard.com THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS COAST GUARD AUXILIARY Assisting the USCG with nonmilitary and non-law-enforcement activities, the Coast Guard Auxiliary boasts more than 30,000 volunteers in 1,000 local units throughout the U.S. Visit cgaux. org for information on free vessel safety inspections, float plans, checklists, safety education courses and more. VI RESCUE SQUADS Working in conjunction with EMS, Police and Fire Departments, the USCG, VITEMA, FEMA and other first responders, the Virgin Islands Rescue Squads provide 24/7 volunteer assistance during rescues and emergencies on land, air or sea. In addition, the St. Croix Rescue Academy’s domestic and international emergency response training and EMS education program provide training for the Caribbean, Central and South American regions using techniques based on U.S. and International standards and procedures. virescue.org COAST GUARD BOATING APP Created in memory of USCG Auxiliarist Julian Romero in 2015, the USCG Boating Safety App provides boating safety resources for mobile device users while out at sea. Users can receive the latest weather reports from the closest NOAA weather buoys as well as report the location of a hazard on the water. An emergency assistance button will call the closest Coast Guard command center. A free download is available at Apple’s App Store and Google Play.

Photo © Don Hebert

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WEATHER

WEATHER FORECASTS Local newspapers and TV stations offer general forecast information, and local radio stations such as WVWI 1000 AM or WIVI 95.5 FM on St. Thomas, WSTX 970 AM on St. Croix and ZBVI 780 AM in the British Virgin Islands provide frequent forecasts throughout the day. Check the continuous National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) broadcasts on VHF channels Wx-1 162.55 and Wx-2 162.4 for current local conditions. A NOAA weather receiver can access the Virgin Islands All Hazards Weather Radio WNG-677 at 162.5 FM. TIDES AND SWELLS Tides rarely exceed 12 inches, though higher swells are experienced on the Atlantic shores from November through April. In 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, with the most activity between August and October. Larger weather systems can be tracked 3 to 7 days in advance. In anticipation of extreme weather, your charter company may instruct you to return to the marina to safely secure the vessel.

WATER SAFETY TIPS

• Contact the U.S. Coast Guard for a free vessel safety check. • Check local weather forecasts before departure and be aware of any changes such as darkening clouds, winds, choppy waters or a sudden drop in temperature. • Keep your VHF radio on at all times for weather updates, emergencies and communication with other vessels. • Designate a lookout. • 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. • It’s best to avoid sailing at night, but if you do, avoid turning on flashlights or other bright lights that can impair 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.

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Recreational fishing does not require a permit in the U.S. Virgin Islands, except for Altona Lagoon and Great Pond, St. Croix, the St. James Reserve and Cas Cay/Mangrove Lagoon Reserves off St. Thomas. Commercial fishing requires a license. Recreational anglers fishing in the exclusive economic zone from 3 to 200 miles offshore are required to register with NOAA Fisheries at countmyfish.noaa.gov to participate in their recreational catch survey. FISHING REGULATIONS The following may not be used by recreational fishermen: pots, traps, set-nets or haul seines, explosives or toxins. The sale, barter or trade of catch by recreational fishermen is prohibited.

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. • In the Virgin Islands National Park (NPS), fishing is prohibited in swimming areas, when tied to a mooring ball, at the NPS Red Hook Dock and at the Cruz Bay Finger Pier. Spearfishing is prohibited in all NPS waters

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FISHING PERMITS


CATCH LIMITS • Yellowtail snapper must be 12 inches in length. • Whelks must have shells greater than 2-7/16 inches in diameter and must be landed live and whole in the shell. In NPS waters, the limit is one gallon of whelks per day. Closed season: April 1 – September 30. • Midnight, blue and rainbow parrotfish may not be harvested. • Queen conch must be landed live and whole in the shell, with a minimum 9-inch length from the tip of the spine to the distal end of the shell or with a 3/8 inch lip thickness. In the recreational sector, six queen conchs may be harvested per recreational fisher, not to exceed 24 per boat per day. In NPS waters, the limit is two per day. Closed season: June 1 through October 31. • 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 Highly Migratory Species Permit (HMSP) is needed to fish for billfish,


swordfish, sharks, and yellowfin, bigeye, bluefin, skipjack and albacore tunas. Permit holders must report total landings of species covered by HMSP to NOAA Fisheries. The minimum legal harvest size for yellowfin, bluefin and bigeye tuna is 27-inch fork length. The recreational limit on yellowfin tuna is three per day. There are no bigeye, albacore or skipjack limits. For a downloadable copy of the U.S. Virgin Islands Commercial & Recreational Fishers’ Information Handbook visit caribbeanfmc.com.

SPINY LOBSTER RESTRICTIONS

Spiny lobster, known as Caribbean lobster, may be taken by hand, or caught by snare or trap, 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. Egg-bearing females must be returned to the water unharmed, and may not be stripped, scraped, shaved or clipped to remove the eggs. The National Park enforces a catch limit of two per fisher per day.

LIONFISH

Beautiful to behold but venomous to the touch, the Photo © Don Hebert graceful lionfish is an unwelcome invader. Accidentally introduced into the Atlantic, this aggressive Indo-Pacific native has no natural predators in Atlantic or Caribbean waters. Reproducing at incredible rates, the voracious lionfish has decimated fisheries along the U.S. eastern seaboard and down into the Caribbean. In the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Caribbean Oceanic Restoration and Education Foundation (C.O.R.E.) implemented a Caribbean Lionfish Response Program in 2009 to assist with all facets of invasive species management. The program includes educational materials and public awareness, as well as eco-friendly diving and SCUBA search, collection and extraction training, community lionfish response and sighting networks. Do not attempt to touch or capture a lionfish on your own. Report all sightings to C.O.R.E.at corevi.org/lionfish-sighting-network. INVASIVE LIONFISH SIGHTING HOTLINES St. Croix: (340) 201-2340 St. John: (340) 201-2342 St. Thomas: (340) 201-2341

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

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Haiti

Helping our neighbors is a time-honored island tradition. With the Virgin Islands Billfish Tournament for Haiti, Neltjeberg Bay Enterprises has raised significant funds for the Ensemble Scolaire Pere Basile Moreau secondary school in Port au Prince. The largest secondary school in Haiti, with more than 1,200 students, it was completely destroyed during the 2010 earthquake that devastated much of the island of Hispanola, which Haiti and the Dominican Republic share. The tournament has been held each August since to help rebuild the school and its infrastructure. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three boats and the tournament includes two days of dancing, music and raffles. For more information email caribbeanrosevi@gmail.com.

MARINE VOCATIONAL PROGRAM

Living on an island, fishing, sailing, swimming and diving are all favorite pastimes, but those same activities can also lead local youths to a successful career later in life. With training on and in the water, the Marine Vocational Program (MVP) exposes them to the many employment prospects the marine industry has to offer. The USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament (ABMT) has for many years benefited the Virgin Islands chapter of the Boy Scouts of America. Spearheaded by the ABMT director, Capt. Jimmy Loveland, the group’s first learn-to-swim program was initiated more than ten years ago. With the formation of the MVP, they now offer programs to encourage youths to consider careers in the marine and tourism industries. Swimming, scuba diving, sailing and boat handling courses are available to boys and girls ages 8 to 16. The six-week basic learn-to-swim course is taught by teachers from the St. Thomas Swimming Association. Successfully completing the course allows students to continue with the more advanced water programs, such as scuba lessons, taught at the St. Thomas Diving Club at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort. Several students have gone on to receive their PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification. Sailing lessons are taught by U.S. Sail certified members of the Antilles School Sailing Team. A boat handling class was recently created to teach youths how to prepare a vessel. On it, youths learn how to prepare a vessel for setting sail, control the engine throttle, read a compass, tie knots, boating safety and more, grooming them for the next steps towards future employment on the sea. For more information, visit abmt.vi/Pages/mvp.htm Photos courtesy of Marine Vocational Program

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the ANNUAL USVI OPEN/ATLANTIC BLUE MARLIN FISHING TOURNAMENT Photo courtesy of Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament

(ABMT) enjoys the reputation of being one of the top angling competitions in the Caribbean. The “Super Bowl of Big Game Fishing” is held during the August full moon and attracts local, national and international competitors. A modified catchand-release rule with qualified observers was initiated in the early 1980s, and no marlin has been boated since. An additional two-day Wet ‘N’ Wild center console tournament was added to the roster to catch the “Big 5,” blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, wahoo and yellowfin tuna. On land, the MarlinFest fishing expo is hosted the week of the tournament. Enjoy parties, beach BBQs, a BVI excursion and a street fair filled with arts, crafts and food. Proceeds from the tournament are used to fund a Marine Vocational Program created by ABMT to provide training and career opportunities in the marine industry for local youths as well as swimming and PADI dive certification classes. The program serves both the Boy Scouts of America and the Boys and Girls Club. For more information, visit abmt.vi. MARINE GUIDE •

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ON THE WATER

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ADVENTURES

WATER SPORTS BOATING AND SAILING For a day of island hopping, a sunset cruise or a week of Caribbean exploration, you’ll have no problem finding a sailboat or powerboat for hire. Those with the required certification can charter a private boat, or sail with a hired captain and crew. Several world-class sailing regattas are held annually in both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and fun informal races are frequently held at local yacht clubs FISHING Local waters are teeming with wahoo, dolphin, grouper, snapper and tuna, as well as big game fish. Ask the crew about local restaurants that will cook your catch of the day. Fishing tournaments are held throughout the year, including the world-class USVI Open Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament. 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. BOARD SPORTS Board sports of all kinds are enjoyed in local waters. Surfers will find swells of 6 to 8 feet between November and March at Hull Bay on St. Thomas, Reef Bay on St. John, Sprat Bay on Water Island and Judith’s Fancy, St. Croix. Windsurfing and kiteboarding are best 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 watersports centers and some beaches. V.I. Ecotours (340) 779-2155 offers snorkel gear, SUPs, kayaks and floats for rent, with free delivery to your car rental, villa, condo or beach. P.O. Box 302180 HI-TEC St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. 00803 WATER SPORTS, INC.

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UNDERWATER EXPLORATIONS Snorkeling and diving are exceptional in local waters. Equipment can be rented at watersport centers and dive shops. They also offer lessons and certifications as well as group and private tours. St. Croix is famous for its wide range of diving adventures, including its famous


underwater wall. Trunk Bay, St. John and Buck Island off St. Croix offer marked snorkeling trails. On St. Thomas, walk the ocean floor with Sea Trekkin’ at Coral World Marine Park, or zoom under and over the waves with a Breathing Observation Submersible Scooter (BOB). KAYAKING Kayaks can be rented at a number of local beaches. V.I. Ecotours (340) 779-2155 on St. Thomas combines kayaking, hiking and snorkeling on tours of the Marine Sanctuary and Mangrove Lagoon on St. Thomas and Hassel Island. Open ocean and shoreline kayaking is available on St. John, and tours are held through the Salt River National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve on St. Croix. DIVING With clear, warm waters and an abundance of exotic sea life, diving is one of the favorite recreational activities in the U.S. Virgin Islands. There are dozens of options, such as a wreck, boat, wall, beach, cave and night diving, as well as specialty dives such as meditation, photography and even wedding underwater tours. Because of their close proximity, St. Thomas and St. John share many sites in and around Pillsbury Sound, such as the dramatic formations and coral gardens of Carvel Rock, the tunnels, arches and “Champagne Cork” at Cow and Calf, and magnificent rock spires of Congo Cay. St. Croix’s best diving is found at Salt River Canyon, with two steep sea walls inhabited by hordes of fish, deep-water sea fans and black coral. CAVE DIVING can be ideal for those of all levels of experience. Eagle Shoals off St. John’s east end features a fascinating maze of arches, tunnels and caves, including “The Cathedral,” a great choice for beginners. Just off the Bight of Norman Island in the British Virgin Islands, explore the colorfully veined Caves recessing up to 70 feet through shallow waters. NIGHT DIVES offer a unique perspective on the underwater world, and tours are plentiful. It is especially spectacular at St. Croix’s Frederiksted Pier. At a maximum of 40 feet, the pier is home to octopus, seahorses, frog fish, bat fish, lobster, parrot fish and many other sea creatures. A Night Dive PADI Advanced Certification includes a three-night training course. Photo © 123rf; Kevin Panizza

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ADVENTURES ON LAND

BIKING Cycling is best on St. Croix, with its long expanses of flatter ground. Rentals are available and group tours vary in length and difficulty. Visit the Virgin Islands Cycling Facebook page for a schedule of road races, group rides, clinics and community events. The mountainous terrain of St. Thomas and St. John is appropriate only for avid mountain bikers. HORSES Gallop along the beach or meander through the rainforest on a horse from one of two stables on St. Croix. St. Thomas’ Golden Age Ranch (340) 7756077 (www.goldenageranch.org) is a

non-profit sanctuary for abandoned or unwanted horses that provides tours, and the horses at Carolina Corral on St. John (340) 693-5778 (www.horsesstjohn.com), are also all rescue animals. Check local listings for events held at the racetracks on St. Thomas and St. Croix. TENNIS Many resorts provide tennis courts for guests, with a nominal charge for nonguests. Free public courts are found in Sub Base, St. Thomas, Cruz Bay on St. John and in Frederiksted and Christiansted on St. Croix. Use is on a first come, first served basis. ON FOUR WHEELS Explore the islands with individual or group jeep rentals on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix. ATV tours ride through the rainforests and ruins on St. Croix, and golf carts are the ideal way to discover Water Island’s historic military structures and plantation ruins. HIKING The Virgin Islands National Park features more than twenty trails throughout St. John, for both the beginner and more experienced hiker. Free trail maps are available at the National Park Visitors Center (340) 776-6201. Guided tours highlight coastal shorelines, birdwatching and more. The St. Croix Hiking Association www.stcroixhiking.org provides suggestions for several self-guided tours. On St. Thomas, the 1.5-mile Discovery Nature Trail ends at beautiful Magens Bay, or pick up a copy of Places To Explore for a walking tour map of historic downtown Charlotte Amalie.

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IN THE AIR Breeze through the treetops with a panoramic view on a zipline adventure with Tree Limin’ Extreme (340) 998-7942 (www.ziplinestthomas.com). High flying excitement can also be enjoyed on St. Thomas and St. Croix with parasailing and sky diving. GOLFING Free golfing is available at the 9-hole Herman E. Moore Golf Course at the University of the Virgin Islands’ St. Thomas campus. On St. Croix, the par72 Carambola Golf Club (340) 7785638 has a four-star rating from Golf Digest and a Golf Magazine Gold Medal, and the par-70 Buccaneer Golf Club (340) 712-2144 was designed by PGA professional Bob Joyce. The Reef Golf Course in Teague Bay (340) 773-8844 is a 9-hole, par-35 course with a driving range.


One of the most essential tasks while planning a charter vacation is provisioning your trip. You’ll end up saving money, not to mention time, by planning in advance. Contact your charter company to see what’s included. Some may stock a limited amount of items such as paper products; with other bareboat options, you’re on your own. Ask if they have a suggested checklist to get you started. They may also offer provisioning services to have your vessel fully stocked before your arrival or have pre-cooked gourmet meals prepared for you.Some may feel tempted to bring their food from home, but that savings can be deceiving. Additional baggage fees may cost more than you’re saving. Your best bet is to buy a few of your favorite gourmet items on island. Grocery stores are usually found close to the marina, often within walking distance. You can supplement your provisions along the way, but keep in mind that smaller islands may not offer all you need. When preparing your list, don’t forget the essentials. First on your list should be plenty of bottled water. Charter boats typically have limited storage and working space, so meals should be simple, with few ingredients. Refrigeration, if any, will also be limited. Buy boxed milk and canned juices and pack what you need for the day on ice. Be sure to pick up paper products, garbage bags, cleaning supplies and hygiene products. Refer to the Groceries and Provisioning listings in the Advertisers’ Directory at the back of this guide for more information.

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DUTY-FREE SHOPPING

Although sand and sea top the list for reasons to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands, dutyfree shopping comes in as a close second. It’s status as a duty-free port makes it the ideal place to purchase luxury items such as jewelry, watches, electronics, liquor and more at substantial savings. The downtown areas of Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas, Cruz Bay on St. John and both Christiansted and Frederiksted on St. Croix provide the best shopping, but many ports, marinas and attractions offer shopping opportunities as well.

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WHAT IS DUTY FREE? A duty-free port is one in which retailers are not charged tax, or duty, for merchandise brought into the territory for re-sale. Retailers pass the savings on to their customers with lower duty-free prices. The savings can range from 5 to 60 percent. In addition, there is no sales or luxury tax, so the savings can be significant. Name brands establish a set duty-free price on their merchandise, so the price will be the same no matter which store you visit. Some larger retailers also offer duty-free prices on line or by phone if you decide to make additional purchases from home. Continued on pg. 48.


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DUTY FREE ALLOWANCE U.S. citizens are allowed to bring up to $1,600 of merchandise back into the U.S. per person without incurring additional duty. This duty-free allowance can be combined by families, including children, for larger purchases. 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, provided 800 were purchased in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and up to 100 cigars. Purchases from other Caribbean Basin countries are limited to $800.

Purchases over the duty-free allowance will be charged duty. ART SCENE Artists find plenty of inspiration in the islands. Many retail and souvenir shops feature a section of hand made arts and crafts items. Roadside and beachside stands dot the islands with local carvings, handmade West Indian dolls, coconut jewelry and calabash souvenirs that make a nice memento of your stay. MAIL IT You may feel hesitant to make larger duty-free purchases because of limited storage space and lack of security on your vessel. Most retailers will be happy to mail an insured package to your home so it’s safely waiting for you on your return. You can also combine purchases and mail them yourself through the U.S. Postal Service at stateside rates. 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. DHL, Fed Ex and UPS shipping is also available, though some apply international rates. Photo © Don Hebert

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CARIBBEAN DINING

While island hopping, you should take the opportunity to experience the many wonderful tastes of the Caribbean. Each island has its own local specialties and most ports feature a selection of dining choices for every taste. Enjoy a casual home cooked meal at one of the many food trucks that dot the islands, relax at a seaside bistro or indulge with international gourmet cuisine at an elegant resort. Try as many as you can during your stay. Look for Places to Eat Maps to help you find a new dining experience. Seafood is a must in the islands, and you can enjoy the catch-of-the-day at most restaurants or if you’ve been fishing, arrange with a local restaurant to cook your catch. An 18% tip is considered standard and may be added automatically for large parties. Check your bill. Once you’ve finished with dinner go out on the town. There is a large array of bars and clubs for a little nighttime fun, from the casual neighborhood hangout to the sophisticated nightclub with VIP service. Live music can be found most nights, and there are frequent concerts, theater performances, art shows and more. Per the USVI Department of Health, Smoking is prohibited in all “enclosed areas of public places…” within 20 feet from the entrance of the establishment, to include windows and ventilations. The Smoke-free Act prohibits smoking in virtually all workplaces, including restaurants and bars.


FOOD TOURS Taste your way through St. Thomas! New food tours invite you to roam historic Charlotte Amalie while sampling the best of local flavors and learning a bit about island history, culture and art, or sip your way downtown to taste Cruzan Rum, locally distilled vodka and more. Tour the island with your foodie guide on a combination sightseeing and tasting tour or visit a local restaurant for a hands-on cooking class. For schedule of events and more information visit flavoursofstthomas.com. VIRGIN ISLANDS SPORTS HISTORY COMES ALIVE AT WIN MILL 2.0 The Virgin Islands has produced an impressive number of elite athletes. If you have an interest in sports history, stop by the Win Mill 2.0 in Frenchtown which showcases the largest collection of Virgin Islands sports memorabilia. Owner Rashidi Clenance is a former local sports reporter, radio and TV sports talk show host who grew up with basketball legend Tim Duncan. They remain close friends, and the bar served as a distribution center for Duncan’s hurricane relief efforts in 2017. Part curator and part bar owner, Rashidi is passionate about the need to preserve Virgin Islands sports history. Every inch of Win Mill 2.0 is filled with game jerseys, bats, baseballs, boxing gloves, pennants, autographed photos and more, from the likes of Duncan, boxing great Julian Jackson and others. You’ll see the boots and hat of horse jockey Julio Felix, who recently won his 3,000th race, and a newspaper

article from 1895 about Peter Jackson, the first black heavyweight champion. There is a Horace Clark jersey from his days with the Yankees in the 1950s as well as a game jersey from Ronald Charles, worn during the famous 1979 Michigan State game against Indiana State, the most watched college basketball game in history. There’s even an autographed Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover from local model Hannah Davis. Enjoy a cold brew and a tour of Virgin Islands sports history.

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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. In 2017 hurricanes Irma and Maria severly damaged some of our hotels. Although most are now either fully or partially operational as of this publishing, full restoration is not yet complete. Please call or visit the website of any destination to be sure all activities are operational. We apologize for any inconvenience.

ST. JOHN ACCOMMODATIONS

HILLCREST GUEST HOUSE | www.HillcrestStJohn.com

#157 Enighed, Cruz Bay, St. John | Tel: 340-776-6774 Need to get away? Hillcrest Guest House is one of the oldest and established guest houses on Cruz Bay, St. John, US Virgin Islands. Operating as a Bed and Breakfast hotel , they feature six separate one bedroom suites with kitchenette, air condition, breakfast items, drinks and liquor. All of the suites have a private bathroom with a shower. Free Wi-Fi, beach chairs and snorkel equipment. $185 to $235/day.Check out the Hillcrest calendar online at www.HillcrestStJohn.com.

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. CROIX ACCOMMODATIONS BLUE ANCHOR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT | www.blueanchorproperty.com 5304 Yacht Haven Grande, Suite 100, St. Thomas | Tel: 340-643-2583 The premier full service vacation rental and property management service on the islands of St. Thomas and St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. Blue Anchor is dedicated to delivering the highest quality customized property management for vacation rentals. Comprehensive services include property management, marketing, vacation rental, concierge and maid services. Vacation rental guests can expect hightouch, personal assistance every step of the process to assure their vacation experience is as effortless and memorable as possible.

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, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and board, and large balcony.

RENAISSANCE ST. CROIX CARAMBOLA BEACH RESORT & SPA Estate Davis Bay, St. Croix | Tel: 340-778-3800 www.renaisssancestcroix.com A luxury hotel, built on a sugar plantation, boasting an unbeatable location steps from their private beach. Leave all your worries behind in our villa-style suites as you spread out in our spacious sleeping and living areas, complete with kitchenettes and luxurious bedding. Indulge at our fun-filled pirate buffet, beach bar and continental restaurant. To stay active, kayak on the beach, swim some laps in the outdoor pool, and get moving at the fitness center.

TAMARIND REEF RESORT, SPA & GREEN CAY MARINA 5001 Tamarind Reef, St. Croix | Tel: 800-619-0014 www.TamarindReefResort.com 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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ST. THOMAS ACCOMMODATIONS BLUE ANCHOR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT | www.blueanchorproperty.com 5304 Yacht Haven Grande, Suite 100, St. Thomas | Tel: 340-643-2583 The premier full service vacation rental and property management service on the islands of St. Thomas and St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. Blue Anchor is dedicated to delivering the highest quality customized property management for vacation rentals. Comprehensive services include property management, marketing, vacation rental, concierge and maid services. Vacation rental guests can expect hightouch, personal assistance every step of the process to assure their vacation experience is as effortless and memorable as possible.

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 sailing trips on Heavenly Days 53' catamaran. Enjoy dining at Iggie’s Oasis, a sunny poolside bar and restaurant featuring homemade cooking, local ingredients, amazing views and live music. 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.

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.

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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 on Sapphire Beach 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.

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.

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TAXI RATES

Taxi vans, cars and open-air “safari” buses are readily available at all resorts and major destinations and may be a safe alternative for those who are hesitant to drive on the left. Private pick up can also be arranged from your location. Arrange a beach or shopping drop off and pick up or book a full or half-day tour. Be aware that drivers frequently pick up several passengers going in the same general 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 late-night 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/$15 Blackbeard’s Castle $5/$8 Bluebeard’s Castle $5/$8 Bolongo Bay $10/$12 Charlotte Amalie $7 Coki Beach $12/$14 Compass Point $12/$14 Cowpet Bay $15/$18 Crown Bay $5/$5 Drake’s Seat $7/$9 Elysian Resort $15/$18 Frenchtown $4/$7 Havensight $6/$8 Hull Bay $12/$15 Mafolie Hotel $8/$10 Magens Bay $10/$12 Mahogany Run $10/$13

Marriott Frenchman’s Reef $8/$10 Morningstar Beach $8/$10 MountainTop $11/$12 Paradise Point Tramway $9/$11 Point Pleasant Resort $13/$15 Red Hook $13/$15 Reichhold Center $7/$5 Ritz Carlton $15/$18 Sapphire Beach $13/$15 Secret Harbour $15/$18 St. Thomas Yacht Club $15/$18 Sugar Bay $13/$15 Tillett Gardens $9/$11 Tutu Park Mall $9/$11 Windward Passage Hotel $4/$7 Yacht Haven Grande $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 Maho Bay Campground Reef Bay Trail Head Salt Pond Trunk Bay Westin Resort

From Cruz Bay

$6 $19 $13 $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 Green Cay Marina

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Destination From Airport/Christiansted/Frederiksted

Hibiscus Beach Hotel Hotel on the Cay Hovensa 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

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GETTING AROUND

BY AIR Commercial, commuter and seaplane flights are regularly scheduled 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. Go to page 80 for list of Charter Airlines.

BY LAND Your own comfort level will decide your mode of on-island transportation. Driving is done on the left in the U.S. Virgin Islands, so if you feel comfortable switching sides, cars, jeeps, SUVs, electric cars and vans are available at many local and national rental agencies. 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. Scooters and motorbikes are also available, but the steep mountainous terrain make them appropriate only for experienced riders. If you’d rather let someone else take the wheel, taxis and “safari” buses are plentiful at all major destinations. Licensed taxis are required to post established rates and their personal identification/taxi license. Fares are calculated per person one way, with additional charges for luggage, late night or radio calls. Most taxis in high traffic areas will fill their vehicle with several passengers going in the same direction, but private taxis are available at an addition charge. A public bus system and “$1 safaris” travel limited routes.

British Virgin Islands, and a brand new state-of-the-art ferry provides service between St. Thomas and St. Croix. Ferries run on time, so be sure to get there in advance. Bring your passport if you plan to visit the British Virgin Islands and make sure you know when the last returning trip is scheduled.

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

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All times and rates are subject to change without notice. Please call in advance for more information.

ST. THOMAS-ST. JOHN TRANSPORTATION SERVICES AND VARLACK VENTURES Transportation Services (340) 776-6282 Transportation Services of St. John, Inc. Varklack Ventures (340) 776-6412 • Varlack-ventures.com 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 per piece for luggage or 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 per piece for luggage or 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 per piece for luggage or 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, $12/$3 $4 per piece for luggage or boxes

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DOHM’S WATER TAXI (340) 775-6501 dohmswatertaxi.com DOLPHIN WATER TAXI (340) 774-2628 dolphinshuttle.com On Demand and After Hours Service WATER ISLAND FERRY (340) 690-4159 waterislandferry.com From: Crown Bay, St. Thomas To: Water Island


ST. THOMAS-ST. JOHN CAR FERRIES

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 FERRIES (Captain Vic) (340) 779-4000 lovecitycarferries.com Love City Car Ferries, Inc. 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

ST. THOMAS TO ST. CROIX FERRY QE IV FERRY (340) 473-1322 qe4ferry.com

From: Gallows Bay, St. Croix Departures: 7 a.m., 1 p.m.

To: Charlotte Amalie, Waterfront Fare: $50 one way

From: Charlotte Amalie, Waterfront Departures: 10 a.m., 4 p.m.

To: Gallows Bay, St. Croix Fare: $50 one way

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WELCOME TO THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS Virgin Gorda Photo © Don Hebert

ISLANDS’ SIZE The British Virgin Islands encompass more than 60 small islands and cays, with four of significant size: Tortola, 21 square miles; Anegada, 15 square miles; Virgin Gorda, 8 square miles; Jost Van Dyke, 4 square miles. LOCATION/GEOGRAPHY East and adjacent to 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 4,232 (July 2016 estimate), with the majority on Tortola CAPITAL Road Town, Tortola. LANGUAGE English CULTURE Most of the population is of Caribbean origin, though British, West African, European and American influences are found. CLIMATE/RAINFALL Temperatures

EMANCIPATION FESTIVAL

The British Virgin Island breaks out the feathers and glitter with carnival festivities held at the end of July through the beginnning of August. The Emancipation Festival celebrates freedom from colonialism as well as the islands’cultural history with local and international music, pageants, food fairs, gospel and folklore presentations, parades and more. Virgin Islands Festival

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range from-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 take home $800 of merchandise duty free from Caribbean Basin countries, including the British Virgin Islands. That includes two liters of alcohol, as long as one liter is produced in a Caribbean Basin country. cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/kbyg/types-exemptions TIME ZONE Atlantic Standard Time. No Daylight Savings Time GOVERNMENT Non-sovereign, internal self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom AREA CODE 284 VOLTAGE 110 volts

SUMMER SIZZLE

Fashion heats up in July at the BVI’s Summer Sizzle. The four-day fashion and lifestyle event is attended by celebrities, top designers and models, international media, industry executives, buyers and others. Highlights include dinner parties on the beach, fashion industry workshops and trunk shows, culminating with the Global Glamour Runway Show showcasing international and emerging Caribbean designers. Visit summersizzlebvi.com for more information.


ARRIVING IN THE BVI

Vessels must proceed directly to a port of entry for Customs and Immigration clearance immediately upon entering British Virgin Islands waters. Only the captain may disembark to present the ship’s papers and valid passports for all crew and passengers for clearance. 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 BVI CUSTOMS, DUTIES & TAXES Duty charges on imports vary depending on the item. Items entering the BVI on a temporary basis are exempt. There is no sales tax. A 10% 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 is required for the importation of meat products to the Department of Agriculture (284) 495-2532, unless arriving from North America with less than 40 pounds of meat products for personal consumption in the BVI. IMPORTATION OF SPARE PARTS Spare parts for yachts in transit may be brought into the BVI free of duty. If the parts are to be fitted by a BVI company, the duty for most marine spare parts is 5% of the value including shipping costs and insurance. FIREARMS Firearms must be declared to Customs upon entry and surrendered to Customs 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 require a $10 import permit from the Department of Agriculture (284) 468-6123/6124 clearing them of any potentially infectious diseases, and issued at least two weeks in advance of entry into the territory. Current health certificates, vaccinations and anti-rabies certificate are required. BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS To enter the British Virgin Islands, U.S. and Canadian visitors must present a passport valid for six months. Visitors from other countries may require a visa. Contact the Immigration Department (284) 494-3471 ext. 4700 for visa requirements. Cleared visitors are 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. For longer stays, an application for extension is required.

BVI SPRING FEST

Cane Garden Bay throws the ultimate Spring Break party in March with the BVI Spring Fest, a three-day weekend of non-stop music on the beach with international and local Look for info on the next BVI Spring Fest lineup. artists.

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PORTS OF ENTRY TORTOLA ROAD HARBOUR Monday – Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. JOST VAN DYKE GREAT HARBOUR Monday – Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. VIRGIN GORDA SPANISH TOWN Monday – Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. GUN CREEK, NORTH SOUND Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Contact the Immigration Department (284) 494-3471/3701 ext. 4700 for after-hours clearance. Overtime fees will be applied. Vessels must raise a yellow flag until the clearing process has been completed. Travel between the BVI and USVI requires all vessels to 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. Photo © Don Hebert

SHOPPING Road Town, Tortola is a charming spot for shopping for both luxury items and locally made goods. Visit the Crafts Alive Village near the ferry dock and the retail shops in the duty free Tortola Pier Park by the cruise ship dock. The currency is the U.S. dollar. U.S. citizens may bring home a total of $800 in purchases duty free from the British Virgin Islands and other Caribbean Basin countries. U.S. Virgin Islands residents enjoy no duty limits on purchases from the British Virgin Islands. 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. Most shops close or close early on Sundays. MARINE GUIDE •

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RADIO, PHONE AND INTERNET

RADIO COMMUNICATIONS VHF radios are required on all 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 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.

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)

CELLULAR PHONES OFF SHORE Not all stateside cell phones work in the INTERNATIONAL DISTRESS: BVI, and roaming charges may apply. Channel 16 Consider a temporary or pre-paid cell VIRGIN ISLANDS SEARCH & RESCUE: phone and local SIM card, available from VHF Channel 16 or by phone CCT Global Communications (284) 444999, 911 or 767 (SOS) 4444, Flow BVI 1 (800)-804-2994 and or (284) 499-0911 Digicel (284) 300-0001. Your charter company may also provide a cell phone on board for emergency contact and credit card calls. INTERNET & E-MAIL ACCESS Free WiFi is available at some local bars, restaurants and resorts.

SOGGY DOLLAR RADIO STATION

No shoes, no shirt, no subscription is the motto of Soggy Dollar Bar’s new Soggy Dollar Radio, broadcasting from Jost Van Dyke. Visit soggydollar.com for live web cam action and radio streaming. Mobile users can download the App from the iPhone App store or Google Play.

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NAVIGATING SAFELY

CHARTS The NOS 25640 and NOS 25641 should be the only charts necessary for the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Print and electronic charts are available from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at charts.noaa.gov or ask your charter company for a printed copy. Caribbean Yachting Series I Charts and ImrayIolaire charts of specific areas are available online and at some island chandleries. GPS Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) systems can be helpful, but service is not always reliable and can throw you off course with even the slightest deviation. Only use GPS in conjunction with navigational charts and depth readings. BUOYAGE SYSTEM Both the British and U.S. Virgin Islands use the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities Maritime Buoyage System B. Channels 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 Known shallows, reefs and other cautionary areas will be identified on your navigational chart, but keep in mind that underwater topography is constantly changing. Be sure to designate a lookout at all times to avoid immediate hazards, particularly in the waters surrounding Anegada, Gorda Sound, the Camanoe Passages and White Bay, Jost Van Dyke.

BVI ART REEF

The British Virgin Islands’ newest fantasy art eco-dive site combines conservation, history and art in one unique Art Reef. Abandoned and beyond repair, the WWII warship Kodiak Queen, one of the few ships to survive Pearl Harbor, has found new life submerged near Necker Island as an artificial reef. The project was spearheaded by philanthropist Sir Richard Branson to raise awareness of ocean conservation while providing a fun and exciting dive experience. A massive art installation of a giant kraken engulfs a large portion of the ship with its outstretched tentacles, doubling as a coral nursery planting platform. The site will be used for coral restoration, species monitoring, conservation education and swim programs. Partnering with the non-profit Beneath the Waves, a unique assessment of shark and other marine life recovery will be conducted using artificial reefs and eDNA (environmental DNA). divethebviartreef.com Photo by Armando Jenik armandojenik.com

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BVI Marinas Photo © Don Hebert

Fort Burt Marina Road Harbour, Tortola (284) 494-4200 H.R. Penn Marina West of Road Town, Tortola Hodge’s Creek Marina Maya Cove, Tortola Hodge’s Creek Marina, Tortola, BVI

FUEL • ICE WATER COMING SOON:

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

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

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Inner Harbour Marina Road Town, Tortola JY Harbour View Marina East End, Tortola (284) 496-0165 bviharbourview.com JY Harbour View Marina Kenneth Chalwell Marina Fat Hogs Bay, Tortola (284) 542-0985/443-4684 Kenneth Chalwell Marina


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

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

Leverick Bay Resort and Marina Leverick Bay, Virgin Gorda (284) 495-7421 leverickbay.com

North Latitude Marina Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke (284) 495-9930 northlatitudemarina.com

Manuel Reef Marina Sea Cows Bay, Tortola (284) 494-0445 manuel-reef-marina.com

Penn’s Landing Marina East End Bay, Tortola pennslandingbvi.com Penn’s Landing Marina BVI

The Moorings (Moorings charter boats only) Wickham’s Cay II, Road Harbour, Tortola (888) 952-8420 moorings.com/base’guide/tortola The Moorings Marina, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Pusser’s Marina Cay Marina Cay near Beef Island (284) 494-2174 pussers.com Pusser’s

Nanny Cay Resort and Marina Nanny Cay, Tortola (284) 394-2512 nannycay.com

Scrub Island Mainsail Resort Marina Scrub Island near Beef Island (284) 394-3440 or (877) 890-7444 scrubisland.com Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, Autograph Collection

Laundry facilities on the premises*

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Village Cay Marina Wickhams Cay 1, Road Town, Tortola (284) 494-2771 villagecaybvi.com Village Cay BVI Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda (284) 495-5500 virgingordayachtharbour.com Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour YCCS Marina Virgin Gorda North Sound, Virgin Gorda (284) 393-2000 marina.yccs.it YCCS Clubhouse & Marina Virgin Gorda, BVI *

Laundry facilities on the premises. All others, ask at the marina office for drop-off or self-service laundries within walking distance.

MARINE ASSOCIATION OF THE BVI

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The Marine Association of the British Virgin Islands provides a strong voice for the marine industry. The non-profit organization actively works with the government and other organizations to assist with policy-making decisions and environmentally sound marine development. They also work towards promoting the employment and training of the local workforce in marine and marine-related industries. bvimarineassociation.com


MAINTAIN YOUR BOAT and PROTECT THE WATERS

DISCHARGE OF SEWAGE Discharge of untreated sewage in any harbor or within 1,000 yards of the shoreline is strictly prohibited. A Type III MSD or type I MSD marine sanitation device is required to prevent the overboard discharge of sewage. Empty holding tanks outside the restricted areas or pump into a sewage treatment facility. There is a working pump out station at the fuel dock at Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour. DISCHARGE OF GARBAGE No garbage may be discharged in the waters of the British Virgin Islands at any time. Dispose of garbage ashore in the provided receptacles only. A chart of disposal locations is required aboard every charter vessel. DISCHARGE OF OIL AND OTHER HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES No oil or oily waste may be discharged into the water or intentionally drained into the bilge.

THE VIRGIN ISLANDS SHIPPING REGISTRY (VISR) To develop its maritime industry to international standards, the British Virgin Islands relaunched its Shipping Registry (VISR) as a self-contained department of the BVI government in 2006. VISR is now recognized as a Category One ship registry 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 regarding shipping operations, safety, security and the prevention and response to pollution from BVI registered vessels in territorial and international waters. The main reason to register a ship is to prove nationality. 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. Vessels registered with VISR are considered British ships and are entitled to physical protection by Great Britain and its Consulates worldwide. Visit vishipping.gov.vg for registration and more information.

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MARINAS AND ANCHORAGES British Virgin Islands Go to page 66 for contact information.

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A flag system in the area around the Baths National Park in Virgin Gorda has been developed by the National Parks Trust. It is designed to keep both boaters and the ecology safe. Please be on the look-out for these cautionary pennants. RED FLAG: Warning. Do not use the mooring and no access to the beach. YELLOW FLAG: Use mooring with extreme caution.

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LOCATED NORTH OF VIRGIN GORDA

GREEN FLAG: Moorings available for use. BLUE FLAG: Jellyfish warning. Necker Island

In addition, vessels must display a dive flag when diving in all British Virgin Islands waters.

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9 Nanny Cay M Prospect Reef N Road Harbour 7 Sea Cows Bay O Soper’s Hole P Trellis Bay/Beef Island Q Wickham’s Cay II

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PETER ISLAND

j Great Harbour k Green Cay l Little Harbour m Little Jost Van Dyke n Sandy Cay o White Bay

y Deadman’s Bay z Great Harbour A Key Bay B Little Harbour C White Bay a Sprat Bay

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Always consult a chart in unfamiliar waters.

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CRUISING & MOORING PERMITS

CRUISING PERMITS Cruising permits issued by the BVI 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 BVI based charter boats $6 per person per day Non-BVI based charter boats $16 per person per day Private vessels staying more than one month must pay a $200 temporary importation fee for up to one year. In addition, a $10 environmental and tourism levy will be charged per person for visitors arriving by land or sea. Exemptions include visitors arriving in the BVI on a second or subsequent occasion in the course of the same visit, persons in transit who on arrival do not leave the airport or dock and crew of vessels. 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 fee is charged for use. National Parks permits are required by law, 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 must check the integrity of their mooring, pick-up line and down line, and are responsible for their vessel, even when tied to a National Parks mooring. 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. CAUTIONARY FLAG SYSTEM The Baths National Park in Virgin Gorda uses a cautionary flag system to indicate water 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 bvitourism.com for more details.

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SAFETY IN THE WATER

Check that your on board equipment and safety gear are fully operational before leaving the dock. A Coast Guard Auxiliary self-inspection form is available online at cgaux.org.

VISAR

The mission statement of Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) is very simple: VISAR saves lives at sea. Since its inception in 1988, VISAR has carried out more than 1,300 search and rescue missions in British Virgin Islands waters. This allvolunteer organization partners with police, fire and ambulance services, and its emergency response team is on call 24/7. visar.org For an emergency at sea, call 767 (SOS), 999 or 911. The 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

Safety on boats and around the sea is the top priority for the Kids and The Sea (KATS), Tortola’s non-profit water sports program for local children ages five to eighteen. Swimming is at the heart of the program, but they also offer classes in sea skills, sailing, scuba diving and windsurfing. The sailing program features three performance levels, starting with the basics and culminating with competitive IC 24 class racing at the Chief Ministers Cup, a three-day event for children throughout the Caribbean. The KATS sailing center boasts a fleet of thirteen Lasers, two IC 24’s, and three instructor chase boats. katsbvi.com

WEATHER FORECASTS

weathercarib.com and weatherbvi.com provide general forecasts, satellite imagery and advisories. The Marine Weather Center at mwxc.com offers paid monthly and yearly subscriptions with custom services including single-day e-mail forecasts, phone-in and vessel-specific forecasts, routing advice for SSB (Single Sideband) radio and more. On the radio, ZBVI Radio 780 AM marine forecasts are reported throughout the day. For 24/7 up-to-the-minute area advisories, turn to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s VHF Channels Wx-1 162.55, Wx-2 162.4 and Wx-3 162.475. Photo © Don Hebert

FULL MOON PARTIES

There’s no better way to howl at the moon than at a full moon party on the beach! Bomba Shack in Capoon Bay, Tortola starts the party late, serving its infamous Midnight Tea at the stroke of midnight. At Trellis Bay, the party is more family friendly, with arts and crafts, mocko jumbie and live calypso music. A fireball is set ablaze at midnight. Check local listings for additional full moon parties. MARINE GUIDE •

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YACHT CLUBS

YACHT CLUB COSTA SMERALDA VIRGIN GORDA North Sound, Virgin Gorda (284) 393-2000 yccs.com YCCS Clubhouse & Marina Virgin Gorda, BVI This luxury superyacht marina and clubhouse is located in the North Sound on Virgin Gorda, the Caribbean winter base for the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Sardinia, Italy. The club organizes top level events such as the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous and the Rolex Swan Club Caribbean in March, and the Transatlantic Superyacht and Maxi Regatta in December.

ROYAL BVI YACHT CLUB Road Reef Marina, Road Town, Tortola (284) 494-3286 royalbviyc.org Royal BVI Yacht Club The official National Authority for sailing in the British Virgin Islands, the Royal BVI Yacht Club has been hosting an active schedule of sailing, cruising, angling and social events since 1973. The Club offers training programs, and supports many national and world sailing events. Photo © Don Hebert

WEST END YACHT CLUB Westendyachtclub@gmail.com West End Yacht Club BVI Known as the “Loyal Yacht Club,” they host several annual races, including Foxy’s Wooden Boat Regatta and the Sweethearts (Schooners) of the Caribbean & Classic Yacht Regatta.

BVI CHARTER YACHT SOCIETY

Founded in 1982, the non-profit BVI Charter Yacht Society is the only recognized crewed charter yacht organization in the BVI. It is an active participant in all matters affecting the interests of BVI based vessels, maintaining a cooperative relationship with government and environmental agencies. They are also active within the community, supporting many local charities and community events. Its members are provided benefits such as access to worldwide charter yacht brokers, insurance plans, industry related updates and more. Its annual BVI Charter Yacht Show is a premiere four-day boating event at Nanny Cay. bvicrewedyachts.com

BVI SPRING REGATTA AND SAILING FESTIVAL

Held each year in March, it’s two days of warm-up races include fun runs such as the Nanny Cay Cup, the Scrub Island Invitational and the VP Bank Tortola Sloop Spring Challenge, followed by three days of serious competition. Visit bvispringregatta.org for more information.

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THINGS TO DO

BVI FOOD FÊTE November is Culinary Month in the BVI. In Road Town, Taste of Tortola provides the best of the island’s food, wine and entertainment on the water’s edge. On the other end of the island, Spanish Town hosts Seafood & Soca and Conch & Calypso nights. The Peter Island Food Festival includes a Barefoot Gourmet Soiree, a beach relay, a Caribbean Tasting Menu and more. Head to Virgin Gorda for the Taste of Virgin Gorda and the On the Rocks Bar Crawl with games, music, food and late night parties, or visit Jost van Dyke for the Jost Crawl from Diamond Cay to White Bay and the Jost Pork Festival. Anegada highlights its specialty during its Lobster Festival. Bvifoodfete.com FOXY’S NEW YEAR Arguably the best known bar in the Caribbean, Foxy’s Tamarind Bar on Jost Van Dyke hosts what Fodor’s Travel considers one of the top 20 New Year’s Eve parties in the world. “Old Year’s Night,” as it is called, is a massive party on the beach with entertainment from dusk till dawn. Check out upcoming events at foxysbar.com.

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WATER SPORTS Photos © Don Hebert

BOATING AND SAILING The British Virgin Islands is ideal for a sailing adventure. Cruise the tropics on a luxury sailboat or yacht, explore on your own with a bareboat charter or join a tour for a day of sunning, sailing and snorkeling. Contact any marina or water sports center for bookings. FISHING The warm tropical waters are teeming with fish such as tuna, dolphin and wahoo. The islands lure many experienced anglers with big game blue marlin and kingfish fishing tournaments. KAYAKING Explore the fascinating shoreline, lagoons and bays with a kayak, available for rent at many water sports centers. Some charter companies include a kayak on board for use by their guests. BOARD SPORTS Surfing, wakeboarding, kiteboarding, windsurfing and stand-up paddling are popular pastimes. Surfing season runs from November through March. The best surfing can be found at Cane Garden Bay, Bomba’s in Apple Bay, Cooten Bay and Josiah’s Bay. Steady tradewinds make Trellis Bay and Nanny Cay, Tortola and North Sound, Virgin Gorda best for windsurfing. Equipment sales, rentals, lessons and tours are offered at most water sports centers. DIVING AND SNORKELING Natural and wreck dive sites are plentiful, offering some of the best underwater adventures the Caribbean has to offer. Dive shops and water sports centers offer guided tours, rental equipment and instructions. See Wreck of the Rhone page 81.

BVI ASSOCIATION OF REEF KEEPERS Organized in 1993, the BVI Association of Reef Keepers (ARK) is dedicated to raising awareness of coral reef conservation. Partnering with the BVI government, it established a Reef Check monitoring system, one of the first in the Caribbean, and is active with endeavors such as Turtle Encounters, BVI Art Reef, a Ridge to Reef Project to conserve coastal areas and a coral restoration nursery project. For more information visit bviark.org.

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Photo © Don Hebert

FISHING REGULATIONS

FISHING LICENSES Visitors fishing in the British Virgin Islands must apply for a pleasure/recreational fishing license. The $45 permit is valid for 30 days for nonresidents over the age of 18 for fishing on a catch-and-release basis. No more than 30 pounds of fish per boat is allowed for personal use only. A big game/sportfishing license is required to conduct fishing expeditions or participate in any fishing event. Applications should be submitted to the Ministry of Natural Resources & Labour’s Conservation & Fisheries Department (284) 468-2700 in the Central Administration Complex in Road Town, Tortola, or it may be faxed to (284) 468-2781. A copy of your valid photo I.D. is required. Download applications from bvidef.org. FISHING REGULATIONS 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 July 31-October 31 Lobsters August 15-October 31 Queen Conch, Whelk Possession of billfish such as blue and white marlin, sailfish and swordfish is prohibited. Spear fishing and use of scuba equipment to capture or remove any marine animal or coral are prohibited. The BVI is declared 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.

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FISHING TOURNAMENTS Head to Nanny Cay in March for the annual Mahi Mayhem (csfbvi.com/mahi/). Towards the end of July, cast your line at the annual Virgin Gorda International Marlin Tournament sponsored by the BVI Sport Fishing Association and Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour (bvisportfishingassociation.org). During the September full moon, the Scrub Island Blue Marlin Invitational held out of the prestigious resort is close to some of the BVI’s prime marlin fishing grounds (skipstournaments.com/scrub-island.cfm). MARINE GUIDE •

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TRANSPORTATION

CAR RENTALS

FERRY SERVICE

On Tortola and Virgin Gorda, cars, SUVs, jeeps and scooters are available for rent. Jeeps and SUVs can be rented on Jost Van Dyke, and Anegada offers rental jeeps and scooters. Drivers must be at least 25 years of age and possess a valid overseas drivers license. A temporary license from the Department of Motor Vehicles is required if staying more than one month.

Perhaps the easiest way to travel between the British and U.S. Virgin Islands is by ferry. Ferries tend to run on time, so be sure to arrive early and be aware of when the last ferry of the day leaves. Schedules may change seasonally.

Using a Ferry Service? Don’t forget your passport! TO AND FROM ST. THOMAS St. John and Tortola Road Town Fast Ferry (St. Thomas only) (284) 494-2323 tortolafastferry.com Smith's Ferry Services (Tortola Fast Ferry) Road Town (284) 495-4454 West End (284) 494-4495 bviferryservices.com

TB Lettsome Airport, Beef Island 284 345 2626 and 284 495 2626

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TO AND FROM ST. THOMAS, ST. JOHN AND ANEGADA (via Virgin Gorda) Inter-Island Boat Services (by reservation only) (284) 495-4166 interislandboatservices.com TO AND FROM PETER ISLAND AND ST. THOMAS Peter Island Ferry (For resort guests only) (284) 495-2000 peterisland.com TO AND FROM TORTOLA AND VIRGIN GORDA Speedy's (284) 495-5235 bviferries.com TO AND FROM VIRGIN GORDA AND BEEF ISLAND North Sound Express (with stop at Leverick Bay) (284) 495-2138 Speedy's (284) 495-5235 bviferries.com TO AND FROM BEEF ISLAND AND MARINA CAY Pusser's Marina Cay (284) 494-2174 pussers.com

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COMMUTER PLANES

There are no direct flights from Europe, North or South America. Flights must connect from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico or another Caribbean island to Beef Island’s Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Tortola, or the small commuter airstrips on Virgin Gorda and Anegada. Cape Air (284) 495-2100 or 1-800-2273247 (capeair.com) flies direct from Tortola and Virgin Gorda to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Check ferry and charter schedules if planning to travel from Tortola to outer islands after 4 p.m. You may have to spend the night on Tortola. TO PUERTO RICO CAPE AIR (800) 227-3247 capeair.com Seaborne Airlines (866) 359-8784 seaborneairlines.com Air Sunshine (284) 495-8900 airsunshine.com VI Air Link (284) 495-2271 viairlink.com TO USVI Cape Air (800) 227-3247 capeair.com Seaborne Airlines (866) 359-8784 seaborneairlines.com  Air Sunshine (284) 495-8900 airsunshine.com TO ANEGADA VI Airlink (284) 495-2271 viairlink.com TO CARIBBEAN Air Sunshine (284) 495-8900 airsunshine.com Liat (284) 495-0407 liat.com VI Airlink (284) 495-2271 viairlink.com

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InterCaribbean Airways (877) 887 9233 intercaribbean.com WinAir Toll free (866) 466-0410 fly-winair.sx Seaborne Airlines (866) 359-8784 seaborneairlines.com CHARTERS Cape Air (800) 227-3247 capeair.com Capitol Air (340) 998-8654 capitol-air.com Bohlke Air (340) 778-9177 bohlke.com BVI Airways gobvi.com Fly BVI (284) 495-1747 fly-bvi.com Caribbean Wings (284) 495-6000 bvi-airlines.com Air Sunshine (284) 495-8900 airsunshine.com VI Airlink (284) 495-2271 viairlink.com Island Birds (284) 495-2002 islandbirds.com Fly the Whale (seaplane) (212) 221-1203 flythewhale.com

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FINANCIAL SERVICES As the region’s foremost financial centre, the territory offers a wide array of financial management, banking, insurance, trust and estate planning, mutual fund administration services and more, and is the second largest offshore hedge fund domicile in the world. No taxes are levied on the interest or foreign income earned by a non-resident company, an attractive financial incentive for global companies. In 2007, the British Virgin Islands was admitted to ordinary membership of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), recognizing the BVI Financial Commission’s compliance with international standards. Call BVI Finance (284) 468-4335 or visit bvifinance.vg for more information on BVI financial services.


THE “OUT ISLANDS”

NORMAN ISLAND was the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island.” Grab a mooring at The Bight, the island’s large bay, and snorkel the nearby Caves and the Indians. Ashore, there’s Pirate’s Bight, with 3 restaurants, a bar and a gift shop. PETER ISLAND is the largest private island in the BVI, home of the world-class Peter Island Resort, with five sandy beaches, including the popular Deadman’s Bay. A ferry from Road Town, Tortola is available free for guests dining at the resort’s gourmet restaurant. COOPER ISLAND is five miles from Tortola and adjacent to “wreck alley,” where a number of vessels were deliberately sunk as dive sites. The island consists of a handful of privately owned properties, as well as the Cooper Island Beach Club eco-resort on Machioneel Bay. SCRUB ISLAND lies just a mile and a half off Trellis Bay. The island’s luxury resort and marina feature state-of-the-art accommodations, dining, spa services, water sports and three beaches. NECKER ISLAND is a private island owned by Sir Richard Branson. On it, Branson built the ultimate luxury resort catering to just 36 guests, with stunning panoramic views and first class accomodations. SALT ISLAND was once known for the salt harvested from its lake, it’s now known for the wreck of the Royal Mail steamer RMS Rhone just off its shores. The marine park is considered one of the best dive sites in the Caribbean.

THE WRECK OF THE RHONE

The 310-foot iron sail-steamer sank in 1867 and is submerged in 20 to 80 feet of water. Named the top wreck dive in the Caribbean by both Sport Diver Magazine and Scuba Diving Magazine, and featured in the 1977 movie The Deep, the site offers exceptional diving and snorkeling. Explore parts of the rigging as well as its decking, steam engine, driveshaft and 3,000–pound propeller. The colorful coral encrusted hull is home to a myriad of fascinating sea creatures. The Rhone is now a BVI Marine Park. Photo © Dennis Sabo | Dreamstime.com

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Puerto Rico A VISIT TO

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Aerial view of El Morro in Old San Juan Puerto Rico. © www.123rf.com; eddtoro35

SAN JUAN Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan, is the oldest city under the U.S. flag, founded in 1521. The Old San Juan Historic District lies at the heart of this walled city, once considered Spain’s crown jewel in the Americas. Its famed blue cobblestone streets are lined with colorful restored 16th and 17th century buildings, historic landmarks, plazas and parks easily explored on 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. San Juan is famous for its iconic El Morro Fortress. 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. Today, its sprawling green lawn is a popular spot for kite flying. It’s companion, Castillo de San Cristóbal, completed in 1771, 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. Beyond the historic district are fashionable areas such as the Condado, filled with designer boutiques, beachfront hotels and casinos. The highlight of Santurce is Plaza del Mercado, a busy market during the day and a lively assortment of restaurants, sidewalk cafes and bars at night. Hato Rey is the financial district, known for Plaza Las Americas, the Caribbean’s largest shopping center. Adjacent to the San José Lagoon and just two miles from the airport, The Mall of San Juan offers sophisticated world-class shopping, dining and entertainment, the only mall on the island with a children’s play area. Bayamon is a great spot for families, with the Luis A. Ferre Science Park and the jogging and biking trails of Paseo Lineal Rio Bayamon. Many of the city’s luxury hotels are found in Carolina, filled with museums, art galleries, outdoor plazas. Guaynabo is the modern suburban area with attractions such as La Marquesa National Forest and the Puerto Rico Sports Museum. Just outside the city, the Bacardi Rum Distillery is a 15-minute ferry and short cab ride away.


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NORTH Outside San Juan, along the northern coast, Porta Atlantico is a collection of towns featuring some of the island’s most popular attractions. The Arecibo Observatory is the largest single-unit radio telescope in the world and base for NASA’s SETI program (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence). The Río Camuy Cave Park, is the third largest underground cave system in the world, with caves over 600 feet deep. In the central region, just west of San Juan, Dorado Beach Resort sports four of the best golf courses on the island. One of the oldest festivals in Puerto Rico, the colorful Festival of Masks, has been celebrated in Hatillo since 1832. EAST Known as Porta Antillas, boating and water sports are the focus of Puerto Rico’s eastern coast. Prestigious resorts, world class golfing, and the best fishing, cruising and sailing make this the island’s premiere vacation spot. Fajardo, the island’s foremost recreational boating and water sports center, boasts 7 marinas. The Blue Flag designated Puerto del Rey Marina is the largest in the Caribbean, with 750 slips, a large charter fleet and marine services. Also of note are Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve and El Faro, a 19th century working lighthouse protecting the Laguna Grande bioluminescent bay. SOUTH Puerto Rico’s southern region is known as Porta Cariba, the Gateway to the Caribbean. Ponce is the island’s second largest city and one of the busiest ports in the Caribbean, founded in 1692. Known as the “Cuidad Señorial,” or Majestic City, it is known for its beautifully restored neoclassic buildings and graceful plazas and fountains. Plaza de las Delicias, the city’s central square, is home to the unique red and black Parque de Bombas firehouse. Other top attractions include the Ponce Museum of Art, the beachfront Guancha Paseo Tablado boardwalk and Castillo Serralle, the mansion 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. WEST Stretching along the west coast, Porta del Sol is the first area of Puerto Rico to be explored by Ponce de Leon. Midway down the coast is Mayaguez, the largest city in the region, with three major universities and the island’s only zoo. Rincon is known for some of the best surfing in the Caribbean. Towards the south, Cabo Rojo is famous for its wildlife refuge, salt flats and particularly stunning beaches. THE SPANISH VIRGINS A favorite hideout for pirates, the small cluster of islands just to the east of mainland Puerto Rico are known as the Spanish Virgins. Today they are enjoyed for their tranquility and pristine 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. Lion Fountain in Plaza Las Delicias, the main square in Ponce, Puerto Rico. © www.123rf.com; demerzel21

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Vieques, the “Little Girl Island,” is an hour’s ferry ride from Fajardo. Its Mosquito Bay is the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world. The island also offers the largest wildlife refuge in the Caribbean and Fortin Conde de Mirasol Fort & Museum, the last Spanish fort built in the Americas. CENTRAL The interior of Puerto Rico is dominated by the Cordillera Central mountain range. The region is known for its coffee plantations as well as the Caguana Archeological Site, the Toro Verde ecological adventure park featuring one of the longest zip line in the world and the flower-filled town of Aibonito, known as the Garden of Puerto Rico. EL YUNQUE No trip to Puerto Rico is complete without a visit to El Yunque rainforest, one of the oldest preserves in the Western Hemisphere, and the only tropical forest in the U.S. National Forest System. Its 28,000 acres receive 240 inches of rainfall each year, producing lush greenery, wildflowers and waterfalls. The marked trails feature more than 240 species of plants as well as rare wildlife such as the Puerto Rican Parrot and the tiny Coqui tree frog. Upland Grass Anole (Anolis krugi) hides amongst vegetation in El Yunque © 123rf; Jason Ross

PUERTO RICO MARINAS

Weather the Storm

Devastation came quick and hard in Puerto Rico during Hurricane Maria in 2017, but surprisingly, most marinas weathered the storm quite well. Although boats were lost due to breaking lines during storm surges, most of the actual marinas themselves, built to higher safety codes after Hurricane Hugo in 1989, sustained less damage compared to the rest of the island. Just 20 miles from the eye of the storm, Puerto del Ray Marina in Fajardo, the largest marina in the Caribbean, was open for business less than a week after being hit by Maria. It is working at full capacity, offering all of their regular services to their clients. Few boats there suffered substantial damage and debris was cleared within a few days. At Club Nautico de San Juan, a handful of covered slips were damaged, which resulted in the loss of two boats, but the majority of the marina suffered no real damage to its infrastructure and only minor damage was incurred by the remainder of the vessels. The Yacht Club at Palmas del Mar took a more direct hit, serving as the welcoming committee for the storm as it made landfall in Humacao. Only five boats were lost, but they had no electricity until the end of December and their four docks with 158 slips received some damage. Much of the system supplying electricity to the docks has to be replaced, but they are open for business and adding more services as repairs continue. Plans were already in the works to remodel and expand, and the storm gave them the opportunity to refocus those plans and take the marina to a new level. MARINE GUIDE •

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ARRIVING IN PUERTO RICO

CUSTOMS & IMMIGRATION Vessels must immediately report to a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspection site upon entering Puerto Rico waters from a foreign port or the U.S. Virgin Islands, unless a member of the Local Boaters Option (LBO) program using the online Small Vessel Reporting System. Advance Notice of Arrival is required 96 hours before arrival, except noncommercial pleasure vessels under 300 gross tons. The master of the vessel must submit to a Customs interview and 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 • Cruising license number for qualified foreign vessel • Return contact number • Valid CBP user fee decal number for vessels more than 30 feet long. The fee can be paid on line at www.cbp.gov or an application must be filled out and the annual fee paid while reporting to CBP. 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 cbp.gov for more details.

P.O. Box 13279, San Juan, PR 00908-3279


THE POWER OF ENERGY Sales, Service & Installation Service to All Major Brands Alternative Energy • UPS

SERVING THE ENTIRE CARIBBEAN BASIN PR: 787-622-9330 VI: 340-690-9122 24/7 Emergency: 844-949-2688

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

DEDICATED SITES FOR INSPECTION PORT OF SAN JUAN (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 (787) 863-0950 VIEQUES STATION (787) 741-8366 (787) 863-0950 PORT OF FAJARDO (787) 863-0950/0102

The most complete mega yacht marina in San Juan! New! Seven mega yacht berths with 480 & 208 volts (100 amp, single phase or 3-phase) 117 wet slips (30, 50 or 100 amp) Premium fuels • On-site security • Skipper Shop Walking distance from bars, restaurants, hotels and supermarkets

The Best Kept Secret in the Caribbean! Latitude 18 27 58 North • Longitude 66 05 32 West Radio channel 16, working channel 8

Dockmaster Israel Díaz

idiaz@nauticodesanjuan.com • 787-667-9713

Club Náutico de San Juan

480 Manuel Fernández Juncos Ave. San Juan, 00907 787-722-0177

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PUERTO RICO MARINAS

SAN JUAN Club Nautico de San Juan (787) 722-0177 nauticodesanjuan.com Club Nautico de San Juan San Juan Bay Marina (787) 721-8062 sjbaymarina.com San Juan Bay Marina Cangrejos Yacht Club (787) 791-1015 cangrejosyachtclub.com Cangrejos Yacht Club

PONCE Ponce Yacht and Fishing Club (787) 842-9003 ponceyachtandfishingclub.com Club Nautico Ponce

EAST Palmas del Mar Yacht Club Humacao (787) 656-7300 palmasdelmar.com The Yacht Club Marina at Palmas del Mar SOUTH Marina de Salinas Porta Caribe (787) 824-3185 marinadesalinas.com

WEST Marina Pescaderia, Cabo Rojo (787) 717-3638 marinapescaderia.com Marina Pescaderia Puerto Real

This publication is not liable for information that is subject to change; check with service providers listed for current information.

THEYACHTCLUB PALMAS DEL MAR PUERTO RICO

Welcome Home

Discover the Best Yacht Club in Puerto Rico Your home port in the Caribbean

info@theyachtclubmarina.com T. 787.242.2307 www.theyachtclubmarina.com Docks 40 - 190 ft. 18° 4’ 35’N 65° 47’ 46’W


With everything you need, we are more than a marina, we are a gateway to the Caribbean.

Wet slips | Dry Stack | Boatyard | Land Storage | Hurricane Tie-Down | Travelift, Forklift & Sealift Fuel Dock | Helipad | Bar & Restaurant | Deli & Market | Provisioning | Concierge Services Business Center | Fishing Tournament | Sailing Regata | Car Rental | Marine Supply Store Airport Nearby | Charters | Dealers | Emergency Rescue Services

FAJARDO, PUERTO RICO | 787.860.1000 MARINA@PUERTODELREY.COM | PUERTODELREY.COM We are a Blue Flag Marina Latitude: 18°17.40N - Longitude: 65°37.70W

FAJARDO El Conquistador Resort and Marina (787) 863-1000 elconresort.com El Conquistador Hotel and Marina Marina Puerto Chico (787) 863-0834 marinapuertochico.com Marina Puerto Chico Puerto del Rey Marina (787) 860-1000 puertodelrey.com Marina Puerto del Rey SunBay Marina (787) 863-0313 sunbaymarina.com Sunbay Marina Villa Marina (787) 863-5131, (787) 728-2450 villamarinapr.com Villa Marina Yacht Club, Fajardo, PR

EMERGENCY NUMBERS ON SHORE: Police, Fire or Medical Emergency: Dial 911 U.S. Coast Guard (Non-Emergency): (787) 729-6800 U.S. Coast Guard (Emergencies only): (787) 289-2041 Police: 787-343-2020, Regional Offices: (787) 3-Digit Regional Prefix plus 2020 Puerto Rico Emergency and Disaster Management State Agency: (787) 724-0100/0124 OFF SHORE: International Distress: Channel 16 The Blue Flag Program promotes environmentally responsible beaches and marinas throughout the world. Visit www.blueflag.global for more information.

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DIRECTORY OF ADVERTISING & ESSENTIAL SERVICES ▶ ▶ ST. THOMAS ◀ ◀

ACCOMMODATIONS

EMERALD BEACH RESORT

emeraldbeach.com | 800-233-4936 8070 Lindbergh Bay See ad on page 54

BLUE ANCHOR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT blueanchorproperty.com | 340-715-7730 Yacht Haven Grande, Suite 101 See ad on page 54

BOLONGO BAY BEACH RESORT bolongobay.com | 340-775-1800 On Bolongo Bay See ad on page 54

FRENCHMAN’S REEF & MORNING STAR MARRIOTT BEACH RESORT

Frenchmansreefmarriott.com | 340-776-8500 5 Estate Bakkeroe See ad on page 54

ISLAND VIEW GUEST HOUSE

islandviewstthomas.com | 340-774-4270 Above Crown Bay Marina

LINDBERGH BAY HOTEL and VILLAS

lindberghbayhotelandvillas.com | 800-792-2742

8075 Lindbergh Bay See ad on page 54

PARADISE PROPERTIES

paradisepropertiesvi.com | 800-524-2038 Sapphire Village & Crystal Cove Villas, East End See ad on page 55

SECRET HARBOUR BEACH CONDOMINIUM RESORT

SecretHarbourVI.com | 340-775-6550 East End See ad on page 55

SUGAR BAY RESORT AND SPA

sugarbayresortandspa.com | 340-777-7100 6500 Estate Smith Bay, East End See ad on page 55

THE WINDWARD PASSAGE HOTEL

windwardpassage.com | 340-774-5200 Waterfront, Charlotte Amalie See ad on page 55

ACCOUNTING/BUSINESS ADVISORS BDO USVI, LLC

bdousvi.com | 340-776-0640 St. Thomas, USVI See ad on page 6

ACTIVITIES/ATTRACTIONS

FLAVORS OF ST. THOMAS FOOD TOURS flavorsofstthomas.com | 787-964-2447 Charlotte Amalie See ad on page 51

ZIPLINE-TREE LIMIN’ EXTREME

ZiplineStThomas.com | 340-777-ZIPS(9477) 7406 Estate St. Peter, by the Great House See ad on page 43

AIR CONDITIONING

REEFCO MARINE REFRIGERATION, AIR CONDITIONING & WATER MAKERS 3439 Kronprindsens Gade, Ste. 5 reefco.net | 340-776-0038 See ad on page 22

AIRLINES / CHARTER SERVICES SEA FLIGHT

seaflightvi.com | 340-714-3000 St. Thomas & St. Croix See ad on page 57

ASSOCIATIONS

VI PROFESSIONAL CHARTER ASSOCIATION VIPCA.org | 340-642-0656 6100 Red Hook Quarters, Suite E-21, East End See ad on page 3

ATTORNEYS

MICHAEL FITZSIMMONS, ESQ. michaelfitzsimmonspc@gmail.com | 340-513-9884 See ad on pages 5, 31 & 90

AUTO & MARINE PARTS NATIONAL PARTS

islandparts.com | 340-774-1029 Charlotte Amalie West

BATTERIES /SOLAR SUPPLIES

CARIBBEAN BATTERY

CBSTT@hotmail.com | 340-774-6166 8525 Lindberg Bay, Suite 13 See ad on page 22

BOAT & DINGHY SALES AND REPAIRS

CARIBBEAN INFLATABLE BOATS & LIFE RAFTS, INC.

caribbeaninflatable.com | 340-775-6159 On the road to Compass Point, East End

BOAT YARDS & MARINAS

INDEPENDENT BOAT YARD & MARINA officeiby@gmail.com | 340-776-0466 6249 Estate Frydenhoj, East End

CAMERAS/ELECTRONICS BOOLCHAND’S

Specializing in

Admiralty & Maritime Law U.S. Virgin Islands

340-513-9884

michaelfitzsimmonspc@gmail.com

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boolchand.com | 340-776-0794 Havensight Mall Bldg 2, Suite C See ad on page 6

CAPTAIN & CREW TRAINING THE CAPTAIN SCHOOL USVI

captainschoolusvi.com | 340-775-2278 American Yacht Harbor, Red Hook See ad on page 12

CAR RENTALS

BUDGET RENT A CAR

budgetstt.com | 800-626-4516 Call for Free Pickup on St. Thomas See ad on page 57


CARPET & UPHOLSTERY CARE ABC SALES & SERVICES, INC.

A beacon of hope & light in downtown Charlotte Amalie

Founded in 1660

abcvi.com | 340-774-1073 110 Sub Base See ads on pages 2, 22 & 91

Sunday 10 a.m. services are culturally & musically rich and diverse.

CHANDLERIES

Visit our historic Sanctuary

BUDGET MARINE ST. THOMAS

www.budgetmarine.com | 340-779-2219 6198 Estate Frydenhoj See ad on page 4

ISLAND MARINE OUTFITTERS

Islandmarineoutfitters@gmail.com | 340-714-5311 Crown Bay Marina & American Yacht Harbor

SHERWIN-WILLIAMS

sw2875@sherwin.com | 340-776-0836 Space 118 Contant #9 - 7A See ad on page 22

CHURCHES & SYNAGOGUES

ST. THOMAS REFORMED CHURCH

stthomasreformedchurch.org | 340-776-8255 5 Crystal Gade, Charlotte Amalie See ad on page 91

CUSTOM EMBROIDERY, MONOGRAMMING & SILKSCREENING

INSCRIPTIONS

companycasuals.com/inscriptions | 340-776-8262 Across from Havensight Mall See ad on page 22

DIVE CENTERS

ST. THOMAS DIVING CLUB

stthomasdivingclub.com | 340-776-2381 Bolongo Bay Beach Resort See ad on page 41

DIVE SERVICE CENTERS HI-TEC WATER SPORTS

hitecwatersports@hotmail.com | 340-774-5650 Gregorie East Marina, Frenchtown See ad on page 40

ST.THOMAS

REFORMED CHURCH

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.

FUEL

USVI FUEL SERVICES

pumaenergy.com | 340-774-3139 Subbase 8240 See ad on Inside Back Cover

FUEL DELIVERIES

TRI-ISLAND ENERGY

TriIslandEnergy.com | 340-774-FUEL (3835) Saga Haven Marina, Estate Frydenhoj See ad on page 19

GROCERY STORES/PROVISIONING MOE’S FRESH MARKET

MoesVI.com | 340-693-0254 The Galleria, Red Hook and Charlotte Amalie See ad on page 45

PLAZA EXTRA TUTU

plazaextratutu.com | 340-775-5646 4605 TuTu Park Mall, Suite 200

HAUL OUT FACILITIES

SUBBASE DRYDOCK

subbasedrydock.vi | 340-776-2078 Across from Crown Bay Cruiseship Dock, Sub Base See ad on Inside Front Cover

HYDRO TESTING

CARIBBEAN INFLATABLE BOATS & LIFE RAFTS, INC.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

caribbeaninflatable.com | 340-775-6159 On the road to Compass Point, East End

marineservicesvi.com | 340-201-2820 Estate Frydenhoj, East End See ad on page 17

ABC SALES & SERVICES, INC.

ABOVE AND BELOW MARINE SERVICES

EPIRB’S/ACR ELECTRONICS

CARIBBEAN INFLATABLE BOATS & LIFE RAFTS, INC.

caribbeaninflatable.com | 340-775-6159 On the road to Compass Point, East End

FERRY SERVICES

SMITH’S FERRY SERVICES

JANITORIAL & YACHT SERVICES abcvi.com | 340-774-1073 110 Sub Base See ads on pages 2, 22 & 91

GLOBAL SOLUTIONS

globalsolutionsvi.com | 340-514-9657 8124 Sub Base

bviferryservices.com | 340-775-7292 Veteran’s Drive, Charlotte Amalie See ad on page 59

FIBERGLASS REPAIR

MICHAEL SHEEN FIBERGLASS 340-714-1884 Independent Boat Yard

FIRE FIXED SYSTEM & PORTABLE EXTINGUISHER SALES, INSPECTION & CERTIFICATION

CARIBBEAN INFLATABLE BOATS & LIFE RAFTS, INC. caribbeaninflatable.com | 340-775-6159

On the road to Compass Point, East End

FLORISTS

BLOOMING THINGS

bloomingthings.net | 340-775-0373 Mandela Circle, Havensight See ad on page 96

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

SALES & SERVICES CHEMICAL • PLASTICS • PAPER

The Cleaning Professionals since 1964.

St. Thomas • St. John • British Virgin Islands

340-774-1073

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

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JEWELRY/WATCHES

MARINE GENERATORS

boolchand.com | 340-776-0794 Havensight Mall Bldg 2, Suite C See ad on page 6

antillespower.com | 340-690-9122 Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico See ad on pages 23 & 87

BOOLCHAND’S

GET CHARMED

sandalsforyourneck.com | 340-775-6381 Garden Street in Charlotte Amalie, Crown Bay & STT Airport Lounge See ad on page 48

HOUSE OF RAJAH JEWELERS

houseofrajah.com | 340-776-7770 5332 Raadets Gade, #19, Charlotte Amalie See ad on page 49

REGENCY JEWELERS

sales@regencyvi.com | 340-776-5481 18 Main Street, Charlotte Amalie See ad on page 46

LIFE RAFTS

CARIBBEAN INFLATABLE BOATS & LIFE RAFTS, INC.

caribbeaninflatable.com | 340-775-6159 On the road to Compass Point, East End

LOCKS & SAFES

ANTILLES POWER

MARINE INSURANCE

CARIBBEAN RISK GROUP

CRGVI.com | 340-774-2323 The Royal Palms Professional Bldg., Estate Thomas See ad on page 23

MARINE REPAIRS

BRADFORD AIRCRAFT & MARINE ACCESSORIES bradfordaircraft@gmail.com | 340-774-5811 Bldg. #86 Subbase, Suite #4

SUBBASE DRYDOCK

subbasedrydock.vi | 340-776-2078 Across from Crown Bay Cruiseship Dock, Sub Base See ad on Inside Front Cover

MARINE SURVEYORS

INTERNATIONAL MARINE SURVEYORS

state@islands.vi | 340-775-3254 Across from the High School, Red Hook

bajor00802@gmail.com | 340-775-6363 East End See ad on page 22

J.B. HEAD & MACHINE SHOP

COMPREHENSIVE ORTHOPAEDIC GLOBAL

BLADE & KEY CENTER

MACHINE SHOP

jbmachineshop59@yahoo.com | 340-777-4899 Sub Base

MARINAS

MEDICAL FACILITIES

COGVI.com | 340-779-2663 Foothills Professional Bldg., 9151 Estate Thomas See ad on page 16

AMERICAN YACHT HARBOR

RED HOOK FAMILY PRACTICE

COMPASS POINT MARINA

YACHT HAVEN FAMILY PRACTICE

AYH@IGYMarinas.com | 340-775-6454 Red Hook, East End See ad on page 18

redhookfamilypractice.com | 340-775-2303 Red Hook Plaza See ad on page 92

info@compasspointmarina.com | 340-775-6144 6300 Estate Frydenhoj, East End

Yacht Haven Grande redhookfamilypractice.com | 340-776-1511 See ad on page 92

CROWN BAY MARINA

crownbay.com | 340-774-2255 Sub Base, Crown Bay See ad on page 18 YACHT HAVEN GRANDE MARINA

www.yachthavengrande.com | 340-774-9500 Alongside Charlotte Amalie Harbor See ad on page 19

MEDICAL FACILITIES: CHIROPRACTIC CHIROPRACTIC HEALTH CENTER

Chiropractichealthcentervi.com | 340-774-4346 Havensight Mall, Suite 304 Dr. Kevin Lenahan & Dr. Lisa A. Yanni

NOTARY PUBLIC/SECRETARIAL SANDRA’S OFFICE SERVICE

state@islands.vi | 340-775-3254 At the Blade & Key Center, Red Hook

OUTBOARDS/SALES & REPAIRS

GARY’S MARINE SERVICES

pgxmax@vitelcom.net | 340-779-2717 Across from Independent Boatyard

OUTBOARDS/DIESEL SALES & REPAIRS OFFSHORE MARINE

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

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offshorevi.com | 340-776-5432 8185 Subbase See ad on page 22

PET SUPPLIES PURE’LY PAWS

purelypaws.com | 340-715-PAWS East End Galleria, Red Hook See ad on page 10

REAL ESTATE

CALYPSO REALTY

CalypsoRealty.com 340-774-1620 or 800-747-4858 Villa Sales, Rentals, Leasing


REFRIGERATION

REEFCO MARINE REFRIGERATION, AIR CONDITIONING & WATER MAKERS reefco.net | 340-776-0038 3439 Kronprindsens Gade, Ste. 5 See ad on page 22

RESTAURANTS

CARIBBEAN SALOON

CaribbeanSaloon.com | 340-775-7060 American Yacht Harbor, Red Hook See ad on page 50

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

FRENCHTOWN DELI 340-776-7211 Frenchtown

VISITOR INFORMATION

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM VISITUSVI.com | 800-372-USVI St. Croix, St. John & St. Thomas See ad on page 1

VI HOT SPOT

vihotspot.com | 340-714-1178 Estate Thomas, Charlotte Amalie See ad on page 15

WATER MAKERS

REEFCO MARINE REFRIGERATION, AIR CONDITIONING & WATER MAKERS reefco.net | 340-776-0038 3439 Kronprindsens Gade, Ste. 5 See ad on page 22

WATER SPORTS

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

PIZZA AMORÉ

pizzaamorestthomas.com | 340-774-2822 Al Cohen’s Mall, Havensight

SIB’S ON THE MOUNTAIN BAR & RESTAURANT facebook.com/SibsOnTheMountain | 340-774-8967 33 Estate Elizabeth See ad on page 51

WATER TAXIS

DOHM’S WATER TAXI

virginislandswatertaxi.com | 340-775-6501 6501 Red Hook Plaza, Suite 201

DOLPHIN WATER TAXI

TICKLES DOCKSIDE PUB

TicklesDocksidePub.com | 340-776-1595 Crown Bay Marina WIN MILL 2.O

facebook.com/WinMill2.O | 340-643-iWiN (4946) Frenchtown Plaza See ad on page 51

SAIL LOFTS

QUANTUM SAILS

usvi@quantumsails.com | 340-777-LOFT(5638) See Map at SAILS.VI

SHOPPING

CROWN BAY CENTER

CrownBayCenter.com| 340-774-2132 161-A Subbase, West of Charlotte Amalie See ad on page 47

dolphinshuttle.com | 340-774-2628 Serving the entire BVI See ad on pages 58 & 79

WOODWORKING

YACHT CARPENTRY PLUS 340-775-9255 Independent Boat Yard

▶ ▶ ST. JOHN ◀ ◀

ACCOMMODATIONS

WESTIN ST. JOHN RESORT & VILLAS westin.com/stjohnvillas | 340-693-8000 Great Cruz Bay See ad on page 52

HILLCREST GUEST HOUSE

HillcrestStJohn.com | 340-776-6774 #157 Enighed, Cruz Bay See ad on page 52

VANGIE’S SECRET

vangiessecret.com | 800-296-9551 Online serving St. Thomas, the Caribbean and the U.S. See ad on page 48

SOUVENIRS, T-SHIRTS, GIFTS WATERFRONT TRADING CO.

facebook.com/waterfronttrading | 340-244-4164 Downtown on the Waterfront, next to AH Riise Rolex and in the AH Riise alleyway See ad on page 48

SPORTFISHING

DOUBLE HEADER SPORTFISHING

ATTORNEYS

MICHAEL FITZSIMMONS, ESQ. michaelfitzsimmonspc@gmail.com | 340-513-9884 See ad on pages 5, 31 & 90

FUEL PUMA

caneelbay.com | 340-693-8771 Adjacent U.S. Customs, Cruz Bay See ad on page 20

LIFE RAFTS

doubleheadersportfishing.net | 340-777-7317 Sapphire Beach Marina, East End See ad on page 35 MARLIN PRINCE

caribbeaninflatable.com | 340-775-6159 On the road to Compass Point, East End

MIXED BAG

connections@islands.vi | 340-776-6922 Cruz Bay and Coral Bay See ad on page 14

marlinprince.com | 340-693-5929 American Yacht Harbor, Red Hook

sportfishingstjohn.com | 340-513-0389 St. Thomas & St. John

SPORTFISHING CLUBS

VIRGIN ISLANDS GAME FISHING CLUB vigfc.com | 340-775-9144 6501 Red Hook Plaza, Suite 201 See ad on page 35

CARIBBEAN INFLATABLE BOATS & LIFE RAFTS, INC.

MAIL SERVICES CONNECTIONS

MEDICAL FACILITIES

CRUZ BAY FAMILY PRACTICE

cruzbayfamilypractice.com | 340-776-6789 Boulon Center, Cruz Bay See ad on page 92

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ACCOMMODATIONS

BLUE ANCHOR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT blueanchorproperty.com | 340-715-7730 Yacht Haven Grande, Suite 101, St. Thomas See ad on page 53

CARIBBEAN BREEZE APARTMENTS AND VACATION HOMES

caribbeanbreezevacationsstcroix.com | 340-227-9853 53 Prince St., Frederiksted See ad on page 53

HOLGER DANSKE HOTEL

holgerhotel.com | 340-773-3600 1200 King Cross Street, Christiansted See ad on page 53

RENAISSANCE ST. CROIX CARAMBOLA BEACH RESORT & SPA renaissancestcroix.com | 340-778-3800 Estate Davis Bay, Kingshill See ad on page 53

TAMARIND REEF RESORT, SPA & MARINA TamarindReefResort.com | 800-619-0014 3 miles East of Christiansted See ad on page 53

AIRLINES / CHARTER SERVICES SEA FLIGHT

seaflightvi.com | 340-719-3300 St. Croix & St. Thomas See ad on page 57

ATTORNEYS

MICHAEL FITZSIMMONS, ESQ. michaelfitzsimmonspc@gmail.com | 340-513-9884 See ad on pages 5, 31 & 90

AUTO & MARINE PARTS NATIONAL PARTS

islandparts.com | 340-773-1029 Christiansted

DISTILLERY

CRUZAN RUM

QUITO’S INN

quitosltd@gmail.com | 284-495-4837 Cane Garden Bay, Tortola See ad on page 75

ACCOUNTING/BUSINESS ADVISORS BDO USVI, LLC

bdousvi.com | 340-776-0640 St. Thomas, USVI See ad on page 6

ASSOCIATIONS

CHARTER YACHT SOCIETY

bvicrewedyachts.com | 284-494-6017 Columbus Building, Road Town, Tortola

MARINE ASSOCIATION of the BVI marinebvi.com | 284-541-7615 Box 3042, Road Town, Tortola

BAR & LOUNGE

AROMAS CIGAR & MARTINI BAR AromasBVI.com | 284-544-4665 Tortola Pier Park See ad on page 63

CANVAS & UPHOLSTERY PHILLIP’S SAIL & CANVAS

284-494-4982 Huntums Ghut, Road Town, Tortola

CAR RENTALS

ITGO CAR RENTAL

info@itgobvi.com | 284-494-5150 Mill Mall, Road Town, Tortola

MAHOGANY CAR RENTALS

mahoganycarrentalsbvi.com | 284-495-5469 The Valley, Virgin Gorda See ad on page 78

NATIONAL CAR RENTALS

nationalcarbvi.com | 284-345-2626 Road Town & Beef Island See ad on page 78

CARPET & UPHOLSTERY CARE ABC SALES & SERVICES, INC.

cruzanrum.com | 340-692-2280 See ad on page 5

abcvi.com | 340-774-1073 110 Sub Base, St. Thomas See ads on pages 2, 22 & 91

BUNKERS OF ST. CROIX

BUDGET MARINE B.V.I.

FUEL DELIVERIES

bunkersofstcroix.com | 340-778-8066 27 Castle Coakley See ad on page 20

GROCERY STORES/PROVISIONING

PLAZA EXTRA WEST SUPERSTORE office@plazaextrawest.com | 340-719-1870 #14 Plessen, Frederiksted

SEASIDE MARKET & DELI

seasidemarketstx.com | 340-719-9393 2001 Estate Mt. Welcome, Christiansted See ad on page 44

SPORTFISHING CLUBS

GOLDEN HOOK FISHING CLUB

fishstx.com | 340-773-4693 5000 Estate South Gate, Suite 2, Christiansted See ad on page 37

▶ ▶ BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS ◀ ◀

ACCOMMODATIONS BIG BAMBOO

bigbambooanegada.com | 284-499-1680 Loblolly Bay, Anegada

ELM BEACH SUITES

elmbeachsuites.com | 284-494-2888 Cane Garden Bay, Tortola

GORDIAN TERRACE

gordianterrace.com | 284-499-6045 North Sound, Virgin Gorda

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CHANDLERIES

budgetmarine.com | 284-494-6588 Nanny Cay Marina, Road Town, Tortola See ad on page 4

COMPUTERS

INFINITE SOLUTIONS

infinite-solutions.biz | 284-494-5030 Jayla Place, Road Town, Tortola

DELIVERY SERVICES DELIVERANCE

deliverancebvi@yahoo.com | 284-340-8075 East End, Tortola

DIVE CENTERS

BLUE WATER DIVERS

bluewaterdiversbvi.com | 284-494-2847 Nanny Cay Marina & Soper’s Hole Marina, Tortola

SAIL CARIBBEAN DIVERS

sailcaribbeandivers.com | 284-495-1675 Hodges Creek Marina, Mariner Inn & Marina, Cooper Island, Norman Island

ENTERTAINMENT ELM BEACH SUITES

elmbeachsuites.com | 284-494-2888 Cane Garden Bay, Tortola

FERRY SERVICES ANEGADA EXPRESS

anegadaexpress.com | 284-340-4455 Anegada

SMITH’S FERRY SERVICES

bviferryservices.com | 340-775-7292 Veteran’s Drive, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas See ad on page 59


FLORIST

PLUMBING

misspinklilly@hotmail.com | 284-494-3906 Cutlass Building, Road Town, Tortola

ctlbvi.com | 284-494-2359 Fish Bay, Tortola & Virgin Gorda

BLOSSOM’S FLORIST

FUEL

HODGES GAS STATION

deram110@gmail.com | 284-495-9242 Cane Garden Bay, Tortola

KENNETH CHALWELL MARINA

jollymon@surfbvi.com | 284-443-4684 Fat Hog’s Bay, Tortola See ad on page 66

FUEL & TANK CLEANING

WOODS’ MARINE SERVICES, LTD.

woods-marine-services.com | 284-495-2066 Sea Cows Bay, Tortola

FOOD & BEVERAGE SUPPLIES

CTL HOME CENTER

POWERBOAT RENTALS

C&D POWERBOAT RENTALS

info@cdpowerboats.com | 284-542-9104 Loblolly Bay, Anegada

RESTAURANTS

ANEGADA REEF HOTEL

info@anegadareefhotel.com | 284-495-8002 Setting Point, Anegada

BIG BAMBOO

bigbambooanegada.com | 284-499-1680 Loblolly Bay, Anegada

ELM BEACH SUITES

BUCKS FOOD MARKET

elmbeachsuites.com | 284-494-2888 Cane Garden Bay, Tortola

TRELLIS BAY MARKET, BAR & GRILL

annie@foxysbar.com | 284-495-9258 Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke

orders@bucksfoodmarket.com | 284-495-5423 Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda trellisbaymarket.com | 284-495-1421 Beef Island, Tortola

FOXY’S BEACH RESTAURANT FOXY’S TABOO

CTL HOME CENTER

annie@foxysbar.com | 284-340-9258 Diamond Cay, Jost Van Dyke See ad on page 75

JANITORIAL & YACHT SERVICES

quitosltd@gmail.com | 284-495-4837 Cane Garden Bay, Tortola See ad on page 75

HOME MAINTENANCE PRODUCTS ctlbvi.com | 284-494-2359 Fish Bay, Tortola & Virgin Gorda

QUITO’S GAZEBO

ABC SALES & SERVICES, INC.

SIDNEY’S PEACE & LOVE

abcvi.com | 340-774-1073 110 Sub Base, St. Thomas See ads on pages 2, 22 & 91

LIFE RAFTS

CARIBBEAN INFLATABLE BOATS & LIFE RAFTS

caribbeaninflatable.com | 340-775-6159 On the road to Compass Point, St. Thomas ISO-9650-1 Compliant MARINAS

KENNETH CHALWELL MARINA

jollymon@surfbvi.com | 284-443-4684 Fat Hog’s Bay, Tortola See ad on page 66

LEVERICK BAY RESORT & MARINA leverickbay.com | 284-495-7421 North Sound, Virgin Gorda

MANUEL REEF MARINA

manuel-reef-marina.com | 284-494-0445 Sea Cows Bay, Tortola SCRUB ISLAND RESORT, SPA & MARINA, BVI scrubisland.com | 284-394-3440 Scrub Island, BVI See ad on page 67

VILLAGE CAY HOTEL & MARINA

villagecaybvi.com | 284-494-2771 Wickham’s Cay 1, Road Town, Tortola

MARINE & AUTO SALES AND PARTS INTERNATIONAL MARINE

info@imlbvi.com | 284-494-2516/2517 Road Town and Fish Bay, Tortola See ad on page 68

NIBBS AUTO SALES & PARTS LTD.

nibbsautosales.com | 284-494-2193 Next to Botanical Gardens, Road Town, Tortola See ad on page 68

MARINE PRODUCTS CTL HOME CENTER

ctlbvi.com | 284-494-2359 Fish Bay, Tortola & Virgin Gorda

jvanterpool@hotmail.com | 284-495-9271 Little Harbour, Jost Van Dyke

SAILMAKERS/CANVAS SPECIALISTS DOYLE SAILMAKERS (BVI) LTD

doylecaribbean@gmail.com | 284-494-2569 Road Reef Marina, Road Town, Tortola

LAYNE SAIL & CANVAS REPAIR

nallie44@hotmail.com | 284-544-5733 Hodges Creek Marina, East End, Tortola

PHILLIP’S SAIL & CANVAS

284-494-4982 Huntums Ghut, Road Town, Tortola

SHOPPING

BLUE WATER DIVERS

bluewaterdiversbvi.com | 284-494-2847 Nanny Cay Marina & Soper’s Hole Marina, Tortola

THEE ARTISTIC GALLERY

info@gordianhouse.com | 284-495-5104 Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour, Virgin Gorda

TAXI SERVICES

AUBREY LEVONS TAXI SERVICE 284-341-1699 Anegada

VISITOR INFORMATION

THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS TOURIST BOARD bvitourism.com | 284-494-3134 Road Town, Tortola See ad on page 61

WATERMAKERS

CARIBBEAN TECHNOLOGY LTD.

caribbeantechnology.com | 284-494-3150 Nanny Cay Marina, Tortola See ad on page 68

WATER TAXIS

DOHM’S WATER TAXI

virginislandswatertaxi.com | 340-775-6501 6501 Red Hook Plaza, Suite 201, St. Thomas, USVI

DOLPHIN WATER TAXI

dolphinshuttle.com | 340-774-2628 Serving the entire BVI See ad on pages 58 & 79

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YACHT CHARTERS

HURRICANE PROGRAM

yachting@CharterPortBVI.com | 284-494-7955 Nanny Cay, Tortola

puertodelrey.com | 787-860-1000 Land Storage, Fajardo See ad on page 89

CHARTERPORT

CONCH CHARTERS

www.conchcharters.com | 800-521-8939 Road Town, Tortola See ad on page 77

YACHT MANAGEMENT REGENCY YACHT VACATIONS LTD.

calendar@regencyvacations.com | 284-495-1970 Village Cay Marina, Tortola

PUERTO DEL REY MARINA

MARINAS

CLUB NAUTICO DE SAN JUAN

nauticodesanjuan.com | 787-722-0177 480 Manuel Fernández Juncos Ave., San Juan See ad on page 87

PUERTO DEL REY MARINA

puertodelrey.com | 787-860-1000 Fajardo See ad on page 89

THE YACHT CLUB LLC

YACHT SALES/BROKERS

theyachtclubmarina.com | 787-242-2307 Palmas Del Mar, Puerto Rico See ad on page 88

BVI YACHT SALES, LTD.

bviyachtsales.com | 284-494-3260 Nanny Cay Marina, Tortola

SOUTHERN TRADES

southerntrades@surfbvi.com | 284-494-8003 Inner Harbour Marina, Road Harbour, Tortola

▶ ▶ PUERTO RICO ◀ ◀

MARINE GENERATORS ANTILLES POWER

antillespower.com | 787-622-9330 Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands See ad on pages 23 & 87

ACCOUNTING/BUSINESS ADVISORS

PROVISIONS

bdopr.com | 787-754-3999 San Juan, Puerto Rico See ad on page 6

puertodelrey.com | 787-860-1000 Gourmet Deli & Market, Fajardo See ad on page 89

FLAVORS OF SAN JUAN FOOD TOURS

THE MALL OF SAN JUAN

FUEL

YACHT SERVICES

pumaenergy.com | 787-705-7929 Centro Internacional Mercadeo 1st Tower, No. 100, St. 165, Suite 804, Guaynabo See ad on Inside Back Cover

operations@waterfrontpr.com | 787-723-0011 Calle Miraflores-final, San Juan See ad on page 86

BDO PUERTO RICO, P.S.C.

PUERTO DEL REY MARINA

ACTIVITIES/ATTRACTIONS

SHOPPING

sanjuanfoodtours.com | 787-964-2447 Old San Juan See ad on page 51

themallofsanjuan.com | 787-759-6310 1000 Mall of San Juan Blvd., San Juan See ad on page 83

PUMA ENERGY CARIBE, LLC

WATERFRONT SERVICES & SUPPLY, INC.

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

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340.775.0373

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USVI Marine Guide 2018-2019  

Your Guide to Marinas, Marine Service Providers, Shopping, Dining, Accommodations, Activities for United States Virgin Islands, the British...

USVI Marine Guide 2018-2019  

Your Guide to Marinas, Marine Service Providers, Shopping, Dining, Accommodations, Activities for United States Virgin Islands, the British...