I just returned south from the BVI's and the cost for my 50ft boat and 2 people was US$24.55 for one month. Yes, the Dutch St Maarten is probably the most expensive while the French St Martin
is supposed to match the cost, but recent reports have the French adopting a "don't tell, we won't ask" about where you are anchored so the fees are reasonable. Other islands range from free for Guadeloupe
to about as high as US$30 +/- a little, for the rest of the islands.
are not cheap
, but anchoring
is generally free. There are some national parks/zones that charge fees but they are rare and there are alternatively places that are just as nice.
The big consideration in my humble opinion is to research
and review the security
reports for each island and avoid isolated anchorages
in favor of "staying in the herd" with other cruisers when picking a place to stop. That along with an up to date Cruising Guide or two can help you select the "wonderful" places and avoid the "not-wonderful" places. Security
is a growing concern in the Caribbean
but with some research
and common sense, you can have a significantly glorious time without unpleasant incidents. It just takes a little time to research and plan just like visiting any major European city or region. Common sense and a bit of preparation can result in a wonderful time.