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If anyone has personal experience cruising in the SVI's and is willing to share some knowledge, please PM me. We booked a trip for December and I'd like to get some local/first hand experience.

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Have a look at Spanish Virgins anyone?
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Check this thread too.

We really enjoyed the SVI's - but depends what you're looking for.

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Pick up a copy of....

Puerto Rico, the Spanish, U.S. and British Virgin Islands

by Don Street

from Amazon.com

Even though it is somewhat dated it is the original guide to the area. I used it extensively and found it extremely useful.

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Thanks for the links and the recommendations. I'd already looked at the links (pitty the fool that doesn't read SD's tag line!) and we've booked with Sail Caribe. The wife has purchased a few guide books, but I don't think Don Street's was one of them.

The "Spanish Virgins anyone" thread give some good info on anchorages - one of the photos will come with me to help avoid the reef.

@arisatx and @gtod25 - I may PM you for some more details as we get closer to December if you don't mind. I'm mainly interested in some nitty gritty details about anchorages, where the bombs are, mosquito bay (we're there over the new moon), diving and provisioning.

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We went up into the southern anchorage of Culebra, and it was well protected. From there we went onto El Fajardo. As we left Fajardo we passsed by a group of small islands to strboard. From what we could see in the binoculars it was a raging beach party with the minimum of cloth involved........i2f

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My post in one of the earlier threads on Culebra didn't mention one of the highlights of being there in late December --- and that is the New Year's Eve celebration at the Dewey town square. Not to be missed!!!! The entire island shows up -- all ages, everyone dressed to the nines, several bands, lots of rum......a good time to be had by all. Make sure your boat in on the main harbor side so you don't have too far a ride when you give up on the dancing.
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I first visited Culebra for a weekend in April to race in the Heineken Culebra Regatta. My wife and I spent a week in Vieques and Culebra about a month ago on our boat. I'll be going back next Tuesday to spend 10 days there. We already have plans to go back again on our boat with friends in November. It is much easier to sail to the BVIs and then sail back to St Thomas for us. I can't wait to get back to the SVIs. Need I say more?????
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Esperanza was our stop while delivering a big cat from US. On the list to "gotta go back". Never did bio bay but will this time. Favorite bar, "billy bar" had their own version of spiced rum, best ever. Tried to make some when i got back...still tying.
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I first visited Culebra for a weekend in April to race in the Heineken Culebra Regatta. My wife and I spent a week in Vieques and Culebra about a month ago on our boat. I'll be going back next Tuesday to spend 10 days there. We already have plans to go back again on our boat with friends in November. It is much easier to sail to the BVIs and then sail back to St Thomas for us. I can't wait to get back to the SVIs. Need I say more?????
FarCry What was your departure point and BVI target point? I assume you went North of St. Thomas.

I've been told it was an easier trip to St. Croix then back up to BVI via the cut between Norman and St. John and you could pick up an additional island few ever visit. I'm considering both on my next trip down this winter. Last year the seas and winds were just too much as I may be single handling part or most of the way.

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