Cruising World - - In Search Of Spanish Treasures -

For U.S. cit­i­zens, trav­el­ing to Puerto Rico and the Span­ish Vir­gin Is­lands is as sim­ple as buy­ing a ticket and climb­ing on a plane. The is­lands are a U.S. ter­ri­tory, so there’s no need to clear in or out when you ar­rive in San Juan.

Trans­porta­tion from the air­port to the ma­rina and back was ar­ranged through Sail Caribe. The fee for four pas­sen­gers, in­clud­ing an hour stop for pro­vi­sion­ing, was $90 each way; ad­di­tional pas­sen­gers were $20 each.

Sail Caribe Yacht Char­ters has been in Fa­jardo, Puerto Rico, since 2005, and re­cently opened a sec­ond base in Amer­i­can Yacht Har­bor on St. Thomas. Sail Caribe is also an ASA Sail­ing School. Its sis­ter com­pany, At­las Yacht Sales, is the area’s La­goon Cata­ma­rans and Jean­neau dealer, and those brands make up Sail Caribe’s bare­boat and crewed charter fleet.

Many of the avail­able cruis­ing guides fo­cus just on the U.S. and Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands, but A Cruis­ing Guide to the Vir­gin Is­lands, by Steven J. Pav­lidis (Sea­wor­thy Pub­li­ca­tions), in­cludes the Span­ish Vir­gin Is­lands and proved quite use­ful.

Ralph’s Food Ware­house in Fa­jardo is a large and well-stocked gro­cery and liquor store, com­pa­ra­ble to what you would find in any U.S. city. We did our main pro­vi­sion­ing there. In Dewey, on Cule­bra, we also found mar­kets to top off stores as needed.

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