Originally Posted by brownbeer
We (all US citizens)...Question: Can we stop overnight along St. John without clearing customs first?...
No, you are not allowed to. Clearing in at St. John is quick and efficient and pretty much on your way. You can anchor
close to the immigration office or around the bend at Caneel and dinghy
in. As mentioned above, everyone aboard needs to show up at immigration (and if you do get a non-citized, non-LPR aboard they will need a visa in order to clear in via sailboat). Of all the places in the Caribbean
I've cleared into or out of, the USVI has always been the politest and most efficient (and the French islands have always been the most laid back and simplest). When heading back to the BVI after your visit to the USVI you won't have an issue without clearing-out papers, either.