throughout the BVI’s are expensive because the large charter
operations have produced a yachting industry with lots of services, such as bars, restaurants, tours, maintenance
etc. Since this is a popular destination
for yacht tourism, the prices match. If you want city power, i.e. air-conditioning, then you are looking for a marina and you can usually research
the pricing on-line. If a mooring
will do, they typically go for upwards of $20 / night in the BVI’s but you could probably negotiate a long term rate. Trellis Bay (walking distance to the airport) has moorings with long term residents. You can also find spots to anchor
, although the prime spots are usually occupied by moorings.
Thanks to the Jones Act, the charter
industry is mostly absent from the US and Spanish Virgin Islands
, so mooring
rates are cheaper but marinas are still sky-high. (If you call for slip availability, they usually quote you the rate first, so as not to waste everyone’s time before they check their reservations.) You can find lots of free anchorages
in St. Thomas for long-termers, plus private moorings – some of which are probably available for rent. St. Thomas has Costco, K-Mart, Home Depot and all of the franchise restaurants. The “Safari” buses are cheap
and take you most places.
St. John’s is trickier because two thirds of the island is National Park – however, the bays are filled with park installed and maintained moorings and if you are over 62, you get to use them for half price
at $13 / night. I have rented private moorings in Great Cruz Bay and Coral
Bay has a significant community of liveaboards, although many may be still hiding out from the Vietnam draft
. The bad news about St. Johns is that groceries, booze etc, are expensive! Many folks drive their SUV to the St. Thomas ferry
and return with the springs sagging.
We didn’t use the marinas on the north coast of St. Croix, we anchored off the west end town of Frederiksted. There were a couple of long term boats anchored there and when the northern swells arrived, we received several refugees from the Christiansted marinas.
As others have mentioned https://activecaptain.com
is a good source of up to date information.
Good luck and Fair Winds,