Odd - I posted a long response earlier but it seems to have disappeared!
The BVI are expensive, the same supermarkets that charterers provision at are used by the locals for groceries. All of the bars and restaurants in easy reach of boats are more expensive than those which are not, but not by a great amount. One is paying for the ease of access, the views and island ambience. The Caribbean
islands in the south are generally cheaper, but are more difficult sailing with less facilities ashore than the BVI. The BVI is not a budget destination
, but one can mitigate the cash hemorrhaging by using happy hour specials. For example, at Saba
Rock the painkillers and some other rum
drink are $3.50 during happy hour (4PM to 6PM), while the Presidente Beers I like to quaff are a steady $5.50 per bottle and contain significantly less alcohol. Many of the beach bars and restaurants have happy hour specials for drinks and food.
Dinner will be more expensive than in the USA (and Europe
, as well) in restaurants. If you have a rental car then you could reach some restaurants that are a bit cheaper and frequented by locals and ex-pats, but it will still be pricey.
I like islands like Dominica
where there's very little tourism and all the restaurants are for (rich) locals and cruisers alike and prices are more in line with what expects in the Caribbean
. But there are only 2 really tenable anchorages
on the island; and the BVI offers at least 40 that I can think of, with half of those having restaurants and/or bars ashore.
Posted while at anchor
, just off Saba
Rock in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda in the BVI.