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Re: BVI Hotel Recommenations
I've found the most relaxing way to enjoy a bareboat vacation is to arrive and spend the first night aboard, in the marina. Bareboat companies typically charge less for that night than the cruising nights, but either way, it's comparable to a hotel room. You get acclimated prior to casting off. Easier to do the departure inventory checklist too. Then I like to return to St Thomas for at least one night prior to my flight out. If you stay in BVI and fly out of STT, on the day of departure, you have to taxi to the BVI ferry, take the ferry than often doesn't run on time, clear customs in STT, then get a taxi to the airport. It's slightly stressful, with a plane schedule.
Your biggest issue is which hotels are even operational by then. I've stayed in the Wind-something, right across from the St Thomas ferry terminal. It's fine, nothing great, but you don't want to go out at night. I've also stayed at the Beachcomber out by the airport, which was incredibly convenient to get to my flight. I'm not sure it survived Maria. It was already old and run down. You can always go out the Marriott, if you're looking high end. I've also stayed in Road Town on Tortola, in the hotel associated with the Moorings. What a dump. But that was years ago and they were remodeling then. Who knows now, especially after the hurricanes.
Can't wait to hear what you find down there.
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