We are currently in St. Thomas (Charlotte Amalie) and are planning to head
West to Puerto Rico
next (i.e. next few days).
We downloaded the free guidebook, bought a recent chart and have Navionics charts
on a Nexus7. Looks pretty straight forward. We were planning to stop first in Culebra
. Chart plotter says 19mi from the anchorage by the airport
(BTW nice place to anchor
we read about on this forum somewhere else).
What we do not have, and would really like to know, is:
1. We would like to stop at the islands there on the Eastern End first and check in there first. Any issues? Someone here in town said in the past they were shaking people down for many thousands of dollars in taxes
, whatnot to clear in. A bit disconcerting. When I asked the US customs
person in Cruz Harbor they said just call them and they would tell us if we needed to show in person. There are 4 of us. My wife and I and our two little girls. Haven't had any issues so far with BVI or US customs
. Boat is a 41' Lagoon
(410S2) we bought in BVI in September (FWIW).
2. Any must see places to stop, see? Get ice and water
? We prefer quiet and anchorages
but also every week or so need to get more ice and top off the water
. BVI was pretty easy to find a dock
. Redhook can Cruz Harbor easy. Here in Charlette Amalie I haven't seen anywhere to pull up and get ice let alone water.
3. Anyplace near Charlette Amalie to get Yanmar
filters? We need to change the oil
before leaving we are getting overdue on that and would like to get it done before we head
out. Walking around here at the waterfront turned up no where remotely Marine
That's about it. I saw someone posting
about going there and asking advice on the South of Puerto Rico
. I've read that and just hope to gather some advice for coming in from the East like we will be doing.
I had an idea, it would be nice to have a flag we could fly that says we are cruiser's forum members with our handles. Who knows someone on here is anchored next to us and we don't know it. We are ATM in the Charlotte Amalie harbor at anchor
not far from the USCG dock
. Small world there's probably a few people in the area ATM.