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Re: Island hopping between BVI and USVI?

If the vessel is US documented, and you are US citizens then you can pre-clear with immigration via Local Boaters Option http://www.noonsite.com/Members/sue/R2010-03-12-1 Then you can clear into the US with just a phone call. Might still be a hassle coming back into the BVI but the US side would be easier.
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Re: Island hopping between BVI and USVI?

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I'm leaving next week for BVI and 10 day charter with Conch. After studying the cruising guide and planning charts, I'm intrigued with St. John, especially the north shore. I don't find much here on including St. John in a cruise, and need to know if I still have to clear BVI customs outbound, US customs inbound, but not outbound, and then BVI customs inbound upon return? How long after clearing out with BVI does one have to actually get out of Dodge? Do you think I could clear out in Tortola, overnight at Norman Island and then clear inbound to USVI the next day?
That way I could do a circumnavigation of St John and spend one or two nights on the north shore and then head back to Soppers Hole to clear into BVI customs or back to tortola if I left off JVD.
So that begs the question, "Is JVD a must see?"
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Re: Island hopping between BVI and USVI?

For the little bit of time we spent in the USVI, I found it disappointing and dirty. I'm willing to give it a second chance, but it isn't on my list of places to sail to when we return to the BVI.

You do have to clear customs.
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Re: Island hopping between BVI and USVI?

Can you expand on that a bit?
Where did you sail?
Where did you anchor?
What shore activities did you have?
Did you snorkel, if so where and how did it compare with BVI?
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Re: Island hopping between BVI and USVI?

We didn't sail there. We landed at the airport and taxied through town to the ferry. It just didn't leave a very good first impression to make me want to interrupt a BVI trip to sail there.
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Re: Island hopping between BVI and USVI?

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We didn't sail there. We landed at the airport and taxied through town to the ferry. It just didn't leave a very good first impression to make me want to interrupt a BVI trip to sail there.
St. John is a totally different world from St. Thomas, especially the parts you saw near the airport.
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Re: Island hopping between BVI and USVI?

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St. John is a totally different world from St. Thomas, especially the parts you saw near the airport.
Agree with TakeFive. Much of the waterside of St. John--where you might go as a charterer--is much more laid back that a lot of the popular mooring fields in the BVI. Cruz Bay is where you MUST check in when coming from the BVI before you otherwise set foot on St. John (not that some folks haven't taken liberties.)

I've gone from the USVI to the BVI and back--never the other way around--and I was able to check in and out of the BVI at the same time, specifying the day I would leave the BVI. Presumably the process works in reverse in the BVI. US customs and Immigration can be sticklers about properly checking into the USVI and they will not allow you to import agricultural products from the BVI--even apples originally from Washington state.
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Re: Island hopping between BVI and USVI?

The times that we have chartered out of the BVI through Moorings, we were not allowed to leave the BVI to go to th usvi, so I would suggest checking with your charter company. Just my experience.
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Re: Island hopping between BVI and USVI?

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St. John is a totally different world from St. Thomas, especially the parts you saw near the airport.
That is really good to know.
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