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The BVI has developed along with the rest of the world.
In Roadtown, Bobby's (my choice) or RTW are the way to go for initial provisioning. Both take credit cards. If you have a lot of alcohol to buy look at Tico or Caribbean Cellars.
There are pretty good provisioning opportunities in Spanish Town and Leverick Bay on Virgin Gorda and both Trellis Bay and Soper's Hole on Tortola. Convenience store type goods can be picked up in Bitter End (Virgin Gorda), on Anegada, in Great Harbour (JVD), and Marina Cay.
Bobby's, Riteway, and Ample Hamper all allow you to pre-order and will deliver to your charter boat free. Ticos and CC will do the same. If you can't track them down with Google let me know and I'll send contact information.
ATMs are widely installed but don't always work.
I generally take a boat kitty of three or four hundred dollars and credit cards. I haven't taken traveler's checks to the BVI since the early 80s.
Watch out for National Parks moorings - the last few years maintenance has been poor. Most of the overnight MoorSecure moorings are in great shape but not all the moorings in popular anchorages belong to them.
Bill is correct there are a bunch of great places to eat ashore. Spaghetti Junction in Roadtown is my favorite first night place to eat. Cooper Island Beach Club is under new management and the reviews are all over the map; I'd stop there for drinks and eat aboard for the best sunset around. Anchor off Mosquito Island (the old Drake's Anchorage in North Sound Virgin Gorda) and dinghy in to Leverick Bay. There is an outstanding spa there, a very good restaurant upstairs, and free WiFi at Jumbies. In Anegada everyone should try the lobster once, but for my money the tuna at Neptune's Treasure is better. Take a cab to Cow Wreck for lunch; if Walker is on-island please tell him Dave from Auspicious says hello. Marina Cay is a great stop with easy access to snorkeling at Monkey Point. Skip Trellis Bay - since the airport runway was extended it isn't worth the carbon unless you have some good reason to go there. On JVD, Stanley's in Little Harbour and Soggy Dollar in White Bay are must stops. One Love is good for dinner in White Bay. On the way to JVD Sandy Spit is a great lunch stop with the chance to run around a deserted island. CGB is no longer worth the stop; the last icon of days of yore (Quito) recently sold his restaurant and isn't seen around much anymore.
All my opinion, based on many many trips since 1982 and as recently as last year. I have friends there who also keep me up on the latest *grin*
Have a great time. It's hard not to.
sail fast and eat well, dave
beware "cut and paste" sailors.
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