In this section we provide information about the different Charter Types, Island Logistics (taxi service, provisioning, and Packing Ideas. If you don't have a vacation plan we hope these suggestions, where to eat, where to go, what to see are helpful.
If you’re chartering with small children, family members, or friends with mobility restrictions, a catamaran like Reposado may be ideal:
Reposado is based in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
A bareboat charter vacation comes with galley equipment, linens, and the ability to set sail for normally 7-30 days without a professional captain or chef.
The charter guest normally has a skippers certification and experience on similar boats. You can arrange for provisions and beverages to be delivered to the yacht, or explore the island and head to the local shops to do your own provisioning. The charter guests normally cook their own meals and sail to their destinations of choice.
Some qualifications are necessary, charter guest is required to complete a sailing resume.
You may decide to hire a skipper or an instructional skipper and a chef and just relax while they tend to your needs. We can recommend resources that will provide these services. We can also provide a sailing itinerary of destinations in the Virgin Islands.
In St Thomas taxi service at the airport can vary. We recommend asking the cost per person from the airport to your destination before committing to a taxi ride. Also, be aware that some cab companies charge a fee for the amount of luggage you have with you as well. It is highly recommended that you pre-arrange your transportation a day or two prior to your arrival.
What Time Can We Expect Our Briefings?
To get a jump on things, in preparation for your Charter Briefing, ew recommend reviewing the info and charting your sail heading prior to your arrival. It will help in planning your itinerary and becoming more familiar with the navigation area. This does not take the place of full chart briefing.
When you are shopping for a bareboat charter, you will need to purchase products, cleaning supplies, food, beverages, condiments and seasonings, etc. Using a provisioning service can prove to be very helpful, because they will highlight things that you could easily overlook.
Recommendation to date ... Start with CostULess and then fill in the gaps at Moe's, or Food Center, and probably Moe's if you need more gluten free, specialized, organic types of food.
CostULess - it's very Costco-like, but not everything is in bulk. No membership required.
Among other things, they have a good selection of alcohol, wine & beer.
You can also order online for pickup and they will deliver to the marina on Tues, Wed & Thurs. for orders over $500. They don't list everything online, but you can call or message them to determine if they have what you are looking for. (https://www.costuless.com/st-thomas/about-us
You may need to fill in the gaps at other store/s for some items they do not carry, or for smaller packages on some items.
Moe's – several locations, the closest one is in Red Hook. More upscale and they do provisioning http://www.moesvi.com/home.html
Food Center – on Red Hook Rd., just .6 miles from the marina. http://foodcentervi.com/
Are There Restaurants Nearby?
St. Thomas East Side:
Pizza Pi VI - you have to take a boat to Christmas Cove to get it.
No visit to St. John is complete without a visit to The Beach Bar. This casual open-air bar sits steps from the sand in Cruz Bay and they serve up a great Painkiller. We dinghied from Caneel to Cruz Bay for Taco Tuesday at the Beach Bar - very good tacos and bar food, nice beach vibe.
Caneel Bay - Zozo's, reservations required.
Lime Out - is a floating taco boat that has amazing food that you eat while seated at a floating bar or tables.
The Longboard - Folks love the island vibe here. They have a great menu of island dishes and they have a great happy hour.
Tap Room - We always tell people to drink local when they travel. When it comes to the USVI, that's beer from St. John Brewers. Hit up their Tap Room in Mongoose Junction in Cruz Bay for some local brews.
Jost Van Dyke: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jost_Van_Dyke
Magen's Bay: http://magensbayauthority.com/
Sea Dog Islands: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_Islands
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Chris and Karen's itemize list of the gear they pack for a 2 week sailing holiday. This A high level summary that breaks down into the following 4 categories: 1). Miscellaneous; 2). Dry fit clothing & sunburn/rash guard wear; 3). snorkeling/free dive gear; 4). Safety equipment ... namely, Personal Floatation Device (PFD), GPS personal location devices, whistles, safety knives. We hope this information is helpful in getting you to start thinking about your personal packing list.
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