Traveling to the USVI post hurricane

St. Thomas is looking profoundly better since Hurricane Irma and Maria raked the island. The water looks like nothing ever happened besides the stray sailboat on the rocks, which isn’t uncommon in the Caribbean. Power is back, the airport is open, and many new faces are present in the bars and grocery stores. The last string of line-men are finishing restoring power to the more remote portions of the island but all the main arteries of the island have power and the roads are good to go! Cruse ships are docking in Charlotte Amalie and Crown Bay. Jewelry stores are open.  All-in-all the USVI has bounced back quickly, at least on the surface.

The best thing that could possibly happen at this point is for tourists to come visit the islands. Knowing what is open and what your trip will be like is a major consideration when booking flights, hotels, charter boats, and knowing what beach you should be laying out on.

The airport is open and even with renovations going on seems to have the process of shuffling people from point A to point B under control. The airport is tiny but as always be sure to arrive at the airport at least 2 hours in advance and up to 3 hours in advance for American Airlines.

Most major hotels are not opening any time soon. The Marriott and the Ritz are closed for this season. Small hotels like Island View Guest House, Green Iguana Hotel, Bella Vista and the Mafolie Hotel are open and highly recommended. FEMA has booked most of the available hotel rooms on island. Reach out to Charter St. Thomas if you need help booking a room.

Many charter boats were damaged in the storms, especially the catamarans used for term-charters in the BVI. Charter St. Thomas’ boat survived and is ready to make your vacation amphibiously complete. Try out a multi-day “term-charter” on a center console. We have perfected the 7-day term-charter route and condensed it into 3 days with hotel and entertainment accommodations. Call today to design the perfect USVI and BVI tour with a private boat and certified captain/tour guide. We know where to go and what to do because we live here and we love it.

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