I have spent considerable time in the BVI's as I prefer them for sailing - but very little time ashore except for a couple of days in Road Harbor, Tortola. Shopping
and other supplies was very much like the other eastern Caribbean
Islands (except St Martin) - very limited selection of food stuffs and high prices.
- - The USVI's - St Thomas and St Croix have more recognizable USA type stores and foodstuffs (at least for a North American). There is a "Cost-u-Less", a "Home Depot," "KMarts," "Sam's Club" and other familiar names including a good "Ace Hardware
." Hidden away on back streets are some extremely reasonably priced local food stores.
- - Boat parts are a bit difficult since there are only "local" boat parts stores and one "Budget Marine
." But you are a day sail from Fajardo, Puerto Rico
and a couple of West Marine
- - And being "inside the USA" you can order boat parts stuff on the internet
or by phone
from the "mainland USA" and have it mailed U.S. Priority Mail to you (weight permitting) without having to hassle with import
papers. For heavy items, Tropical Marine runs freighters down from Miami
at very good rates, so I have gotten stuff from "Marine Warehouse, Miami" like heavy batteries and saved significant money
over getting them locally.