The British Virgin Islands (BVI) are made up of more than 60 islands and islets at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, which separates the Atlantic Ocean from the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Let us lead you to a peaceful place where tranquil turquoise waters lap softly against the hull of your yacht while giant swaths of tropical fish dart just below the surface. In every direction you look, white-sand beaches fringed with towering palm trees and picturesque beach bars await you.
Other islands in the area remain uninhabited, and are just waiting to be explored. Crystal-clear water, picture-perfect beaches, scenic anchorages, and well-equipped marinas make BVI the perfect getaway. Easy island hops, consistent trade winds, line-of-sight navigation, and numerous safe anchorages and mooring fields make the BVI any sailor’s dream vacation.
“The advice, care, and tolerance of our questions (and requests) was over the top.Thank you for making us feel welcomed and explaining away our concerns.” -Greg (British Virgin Islands)
No Visa required to enter the BVI, English US visa required for USVI sailing, French US visa required for USVI sailing, German US visa required for USVI sailing, Italian US visa required for USVI sailing, US visa has to be obtained in your country at US embassy.
Upon entering the BVI by private or charter boat, Clearance must be made at the first port of entry. Cruising Permit and National Parks Permit is Mandatory when sailing on the BVI waters. These permits are issued with customs or your local charter company.
There is no Sales Tax on items purchased in the BVI.
Many cybercafés are available. The Internet Service Providers are: Wanadoo, Domaccess, Caribserve, Powerantilles, ADSL available. Wi-Fi access points.
Post office: You will find post offices close to the Marinas of Marigot and plenty of letter boxes.
Transport: Many mini-vans drive around the island all day long. The fare is 1.50 USD. Like the locals do, stand by the side of the road and wave at the vans passing by to stop them.
If you wish to make your life easier, a good number of car rentals are available. Note that it is important to compare the prices between the various rentals. Limousines are also available for rent on the island.
Bicycle and motorbike rentals are also available, but beware of the traffic!
As soon as you land on the island, taxi drivers will propose their services. The cabs generally have no meter, so haggle your fare before getting in the car. Cars drive on the right hand side of the road, and there are about 3 traffic lights on the entire island. The condition of the roads is not always are the best, so drive carefully.
General Sailing Conditions: The sailing area is less crowded with lighter wind. Winds mainly from East- North East. Swell North, groundswell from December till March. Special sailing considerations while on charter, e.g. skipper required.
Seasons Trade winds season spans from November till June. The better winds occur in December/January, the famous X-Mas wind.
International flights via Saint Martin (Air France – KLM – Corsair – Air Caraïbes – list of companies (http://www.st-martin.org/fr/mon_voyage/comment_venir.php) connections with local airlines with American Eagle Airlines and LIAT.
International flights via San Juan (Puerto Rico) list of companies (http://www.b-v-i.com/Transportation/SanJuanAirport/default.htm) connections with local airlines with American Eagle Airlines and LIAT.
Can be organized by the base (upon request) / 10 mn between Beef Island airport (EIS) and base (about 3,5 km).
Valid passport – Beware – for visiting American Virgin Islands, you need a visa.
Daily weather forecasts in English on CaribWx (ZBVI radio 780 AM).
Supermarket in town, the best is to go by taxi, but the most convenient is online orders with http://www.rtwbvi.com/ or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Credit Cards / Accepted Currencies Master & Visa credit card are accepted but most of transactions are done cash (US$). USD is mainly used; euros accepted.
For clients who want to visit US Virgin Islands, they must be advised that an American visa C1 or B1 is mandatory, must be requested 6 months prior charter start. Customers must take the necessary registration steps on Internet if they are part of the eligible countries (mandatory since 12th January 2009): major part of European countries. Please check on the US embassy web site in your country.
Things to Know
– Only soft bags – No suite case (rigid suite cases are too cumbersome).
– On land electricity is 110 Volts – 60Hz (American plugs – get an adaptor).
– Telephone – Area code from abroad 00-1-284-49 + 5 figures of your correspondent) – telephone card available on spot (Cable & Wireless).
– Cellular phones – some can work (depending on zones) – do not forget roaming fees!
– Internet Access (Access spots = Access spots),
– (WiFi = WiFi ou (BVI Marine wifi = BVI Marine wifi) (admission charge)