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Sailing in the Spanish Virgin Islands

We are heading to the SVI in May for 6 days, chartering out of Fajardo. Does anyone have any info or advice on where to go or where not to go or the best order to keep from beating our way out and run back in. Any currents or traffic issues? Should we go to vieques or just to Culebra. We are going to dive. What would be the best place? What is the best sailing guide? Thanks in advance.
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Welcome to Sailnet!!!

Current is a non-issue and should be 1kt or less typically moving east to west. Vieques is famous for their biobay/Mosquito Bay. You can see more about it here Island Adventures Biobay Tours, Vieques Island - Puerto Rico .(Pay special attention to the moon phase, darker is better!!!) Esperanza is worth visiting and spending some time at. There are local dive shops on both islands that can help set you up. Last time I took a charter to Culebra I found a guy who did a couple of rendezvous dives with my guests. If I can find his info Iíll pass it along.

The Gentlemanís Guide to Passages South by Bruce Van Sant has decent information with very good sketches of the bays and small islands around Culebra.

You might also look at Traveltalkonline dot com and search through the many trip reports and comments regarding the SVI that are on that forum too.
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Thank you. We alway find a little coconut telegraph advice really helps out the cruising guides.
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Phig:

There's some good info in the Chartering subforum on the SVI's.

Here is a good thread for you to review. And another here.
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