Join Date: May 2007
Location: Boerne, Tx
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Having made the trip down many many times, into both EIS and St Thomas, we have had difficult trips both ways, and nice trips both ways. Flying from anywhere except the East Coast, it is impossible to comfortably make the trip in one day, and get onto the boat at anything like a reasonable hour. Therefore, we no longer try. Our preferred routing is to get into San Juan in the evening. Not the last flight in of the day, but, evening. There is a pleasant motel in the terminal in San Juan. (Lat trip it was a Best Western, but it seems to change frequently). We spend the night in the motel, and then catch the first flight out the next morning, to EIS. You arrive at the marina in mid morning, refreshed, ready to go, etc. The motel usually puts out a hospitality spread in the evening, and a decent continental breakfast in the morning, so you won't dine elegantly, but the convenience is nice. You do have to hump your own bags up to the room, and back down in the morning. Added bonus is that C&I people sometimes grumpy at the end of a day, but in the morning, they always seem able to summon a smile.
The really important (and so far unmentioned) observation on this thread is that you really must make at least two trips (after all single observations have no valid scientific validity) to the BVI using each route (total 4 trips) so that you may report back to us on the best way. W all must make some sacrifice for the sake of science and accuracy must we not?