I just got back from a 3 week charter
in the USVI, and wanted to thank Zanshin and all the others that supplied useful info.
After all the stress about COVID, Customs
, and ferries, I was able to get to the BVI and pick up the boat
, and get back to St. Thomas the next day. As predicted, I could not make the last ferry from Native Son after my flight landed, but they refunded my money
to my credit card, and I used the last ferry, Aquatic Rentals in Red Hook, to cross to Roadtown. I think the total cost to me in flight changes, taxis, and ferries was around $350.
Customs was pretty quick on Tortola for me, but probematic the next morning for the staff captain
to clear out, which took hours due to some computer glitch. (They would not let me single
hand the boat
to the USVI, so I asked for them to supply someone so I would not double the extra cost.)
I showed my negative test (less than 48 hours old) on both sides and the Customs at Cruz Bay went smoothly for us both. We were the only travelers there, but if a cruise ship
or even ferry came in, I suspect we would have been there a while.
I had 2 groups of friends join me in sequence, and as U.S. residents there were no issues- the COVID test requirement was dropped just in time. All had a good time. It's true what they say, St. John is beautiful, and we dove the pier in St. Croix and went to the bioluminescent bay one night.
Good times. We should be grateful for what we are lucky enough to experience. I am...