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BVI to USVI Customs question

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Hey all,

In Dec. a group of friends and I will be chartering down in the BVI. This will be my 7th time sailing in the BVI and I wanted to try St. Johns out for the first time. We are starting out of Road Town on a 10 day trip. So I'm thinking maybe a couple days exploring St. Johns would be new and fun. My question is what are the procedures and costs for checking in and out. Do you think it is worth it? We are all U.S. citizen's and would of course head back and finish the trip in the BVI. Any input would be appreciated.

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Caneel is the point to dink into Cruz Bay as FarCry indicates... it would be a really long and in December probably a very wet and hard ride!

As far as places to visit in St. John, after you finish your business and do a walk around to Cruz Bay, heading back to Waterlemon Cay is a good place to consider it has great snorkeling with almost an assured chance for an up close and personal encounter with a large sea turtle and it has nice reefs on the Eastern end. Hiking trails to ruins and even over to Coral Bay are great trips. If it is your first time to St. John you may want to consider looping back around the Southern side of the island and heading toward Lampshier Bay and snorkel and hike those trails then head around to Coral Bay for a looksee. Head to Waterlemon at that point and stay overnight then return to BVI either to West End or Jost Van Dyke. If you have not hiked the trails on Norman Island they are well worth it.

St. John is a very nice place that should not be missed after multi visits to BVI. One other location you may want to consider as an overnight stop or a lunch stop is St. James Island (Greater) and Christmas Cove. Great little spot for snorkeling and free anchorage. In most of USVI you will have to moor at the National Park Mooring fields. In December you will probably have a Bay Host come by your boat in the afternoon about 5 to pass out maps and other literature including your pay envelopes you will have to deliver to the pay stations, generally by dink... they can not accept payments but have lots of local info and are very nice people!
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If you owned the boat it is even simpler... a phone call would usually be enough to clear! But that is another subject.

may the same fair winds be kind to both of us as we pass!
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