Originally Posted by Atraxia
Enter at Cruz Bay. Easy and quickly done. Make sure everyone goes with you (not Captain
The only thing that matters is that EVERYONE on board has a B1/B2 visa or has entered the US (prior to entering with your boat) on a commercial
carrier (i.e. airplane/ferry). Once in you don't have to report anything apart from when you enter Puerto Rico
from the VI's. You have to report again to customs
as you are entering from a "offshore" territory. You can do that in Fajardo (I strongly recommend) and stay at the Sun Bay Marina (a cute family
owned marina with great hospitality and reasonable prices).
I have had only good experience with HS in both VI's and Fajardo. Polite, helpful and friendly.
To haul out
you will probably have to turn to Puerto Del Ray. Expensive, rude (almost) and usually full. Better reserve a place way ahead or try a different location. Ask in Sun Bay Marina. They might be able to help you or find something suitable in their facility.
Good luck and happy sailing!
I would add suggestion that when going to PR from the USVI you consider stopping and clearing in at Culebra
in the Spanish Virgins. We found it quick and easy, and the SVI deserve several days (or weeks) of your cruising time. And from St. Thomas, you can sail over and clear in and still have time for a late lunch in Culebra
the same day....
But - DO read and understand the rules, and follow them carefully. US authorities can be very picky and difficult if they choose to. Perhaps my worst experience ever (after decades and dozens of ins/outs all over the Caribbean) with authorities was in Ponce, PR, upon arrival from the DR last February. I won't bother with details unless anyone wants to hear them......