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The ultimate family adventure! Reviewed post hurricane.
My wife and recently earned our ASA Certifications and were excited for our first bareboat experience. We originally planned to go to the BVI’s, but boats were limited post-hurricane and flights were much harder to find vs. San Juan.
Post Hurricane: We were nervous about the conditions post-hurricane as we could only find a few reviews online, but were reassured by Sail Caribe. Marina Del Ray is back up and running at 100%, the beaches were pristine and showed no noticeable damage. Culebra and Vieques both seemed to be getting back on their feet, and we were able to find places to eat and provision in both Dewey and Espernaza. We would highly recommend sailing the Spanish Virgin Islands as we had great sailing and beach experiences.
Our Boat: We had (3) adults and (2) children under age six on our crew. We chartered a Lagoon 380 called Playolgist. The boat was in great condition, clean and well-maintained. This was the perfect sized boat for our first charter, it sailed great and had plenty of space for our crew. We also looked at the 420 and 450; they were also spotless and it in great condition. Jose was the captain on duty and took great care of us all along the way. We had decent cell coverage on Verizon the entire way so we could text with Jose.
The Itinerary: We followed their recommended itinerary closely with a few small changes to anchorages due to wind and had a great experience. Several nights, we were the only boat in the anchorage. There were ample free mooring balls available provided by the DNR. We anchored one night in Espenza Honda, and had great holding. The vibe is much more about picture-perfect beaches and great sailing than fancy restaurants and shopping. We would say that you would not need more then 2 nights in Vieques; spend the rest of the trip at either Palomino or Culebra. We did pay for a Mooring ball in Espernaza for $25 and it was worth it to be right in front of where we were going to have dinner.
Provisioning was fairly easy as there were several larger grocery stores and Wal-Mart in Fajardo. We came into Puerto Rico a few days early by rental car and paid a drop fee for $40 through Enterprise to drop it off in Fajardo. They gave us a ride back to the Marina and this worked smoothly. Sail Caribe also had a referral for a taxi driver that would wait for you. Looking back we would recommend using their provision service of a cost of $125 + food cost, it took us over 4 hours to complete our provisioning. You could pick up small things in Culebra at a small grocery called Milka, but we were glad we did the bulk of our shopping in Fajardo. There were plenty of places to get ice along the way for your cooler supplied by Sail Caribe.
We stayed the night at Homeaway xxx, it was a well-equipped condo that was close to the Marina and allowed us to provision and see the rain forest before we departed. After we returned from our trip we spent two nights in Old San Juan at AirBnb XXX. We thought this added to our trip and allowed us to not feel rushed to get on and off the boat for flights.
We had an overall 5+ experience with Sail Caribe and would highly recommend cruising in the Spanish Virgin Islands.
Amazing Trip! The islands are BACK and open for business!
Had a great week sailing on a 45’ Cat around the SVI. Loved it! Uncrowded beaches and anchorages... beautiful weather... tons of amazing wildlife to see. Literally sailed out of the harbor and a huge manta ray surfaced next to us at the entrance. Never seen one before. A manatee swam by us at Dakity too. If you charter a boat with the blue underwater lights, make sure you turn them on every night. Amazing what swims up after a while. Sail Caribe has great staff and equipment too. Nicest boat we’ve ever sailed. Water maker and an ice maker? On a cruising cat? Ridiculous... but awesome. Also, if you’re a sailor that wants to do the US and BVI, but also wants to put some longer sails under your belt? Charter w/ these guys and sail over. Getting off the plane in San Juan and being in the harbor in an hour beats the heck out of hanging out in the airport all afternoon and dealing w/ puddle jumpers and ferries. But the SVI are definitely worth visiting in their own right. Flamenco and Bahia Des Tortugas on Culebrita are two of the nicest beaches I’ve ever seen, and I’m not sure the US or BVI has anything that even compares. Anyway, can’t recommend enough. Gracias Sail Caribe!
Week-long cruise to the Spanish Virgin Islands
Our family just returned from a great week sailing the SVI's on Island Girl a 40 ft Jenneau. Jose, Pedro, and the rest of the Sailcaribe staff did a great job from start to finish. They coordinated our ride from the airport, and we got provisioned up at Ralph's. Puerto del Ray is an excellent facility with a nice bar, restaurant, excellent bathroom, and shower facilities. Pedro was extremely thorough during the checkout and ensured that we had everything we needed. The sailing was excellent, and the anchorages were very well protected. Most had mooring balls. The beaches and snorkeling were fantastic. We enjoyed a night out in Dewey and picked up some extra provisions at Milka's grocery, which had a large variety. In short, services were plentiful throughout the trip. We were able to enjoy the islands, and we had everything we needed.
We wouldn't hesitate to book another trip with Sailcaribe and are already talking about another trip to the SVI's.
Jose and his team are professional, kind, warm and friendly. While we have bare boated many times all throughout the BVI, this was hands down our favorite trip and overall best experience. The people of PR are all a kind, optimistic folk. Frankly, get away from the US lower 48 and spend some time with these beautiful people on their islands. And spend some money! Their island paradise is beautiful and recovering quickly every day. All the prices are so reasonable. Get yourself to Sail Caribe and PR and contribute to their beautiful economy all while having the most amazing vacation of your life!