Having lived here for so long I have lots of advice for charter yacht vacation guests travelling from the States and Europe. Please do not hesitate to ask me for more information.
All visitors need valid passports (including US citizens) for entry into the BVI. Some countries outside of the USA and Europe require visas check out for more details (info for visas). On entry to the BVI occasionally you may be asked to show your return ticket, you will also be asked the name of the yacht and marina where you are joining it. We can advise for all your travel arrangements.
The international carriers fly into either Puerto Rico (SJU), St Thomas (STT), St Maarten (SXM) or Antigua (ANU), these are all the nearest large airports with small regional airlines (see below) which then carry you on to Beef Island (EIS), British Virgin Islands airport, they take about 40 minutes.
If you fly into St Thomas (some visitors from Europe are flying this way via the states) you can come over by ferry, the airport in St Thomas is 10 minutes away from the ferry terminal, Charlotte Amalie by taxi and the last ferry to the BVI leaves approx. 4:30 pm. (see below for ferry contact information). Again we live here; we can advise and give you all the help needed to plan your trip.
For Europeans its quicker and easier to come via Antigua or St Maarten, however if you are shopping around and don’t mind a longer journey then check out the St Thomas route, which brings you into the US Virgin Islands. Watch out for the last ferry though!
We can also give you details of private airline charters and small ferries
Some Crewed Charter Yachts can pick up in St Thomas, but only if you are 6 and under passengers, however it wastes 1 whole day of your charter as it takes half a day to get back and forth. Having chartered for 10 years I would recommend getting to the BVI the fastest way then out into beautiful waters with a cocktail in your hand!!
Insurance for Charter Yacht Vacations
This is highly recommended for you and your fellow boating passengers, whether for unexpected trip cancellation, extreme weather or medical, it is essential that you are fully covered. Here are some online insurance links
www.insuremytrip.com www.TravelGuard.com www. CASTravelProtection.com
Ferry Services between St Thomas, US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands
Native Son Inc
BVI – Tortola Tele 284 494 5674 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
USVI – Charlotte Amalie Tele 340 774 8685 Email email@example.com
BVI – Tortola Tele 284 494 4454
USVI – St Thomas Tele 340 775 7292 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Regional Airlines Flying To BVI from Puerto Rico
Seaborne Airlines American Eagle no longer operating from March 2013
Air Sunshine Cape Air
Regional Airlines Flying to BVI from St Maarten and Antigua
Private Charter is available throughout the Caribbean
Fly BVI Tele BVI 284 495 1747
BVI Office 284 495 2002
US Toll Free 877 515 5066