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STT to Virgin Gorda?

AandA2VI
February 18, 2014 11:29PM

Registered: 6 years ago
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My sister is coming with her husband and my niece (7) in May and we want to take a trip to VG. I can't seem to figure out seabornes flights for that, seems like they don't fly same day round trip. We don't want to do the ferry because realistically you only get like 3 hours there. We are up for chartering a boat but I was told the last time for customs checkout is 4:00pm??? Again that only gives us a limited time even if we leave STT at 7am.

Does anyone know the cost of a helicopter charter? Air sunshine is $250 PP but I see that we can charter a flight for $800 from Air America Caribbean - so thats cheeper anyway. Has anyone used them before?

Is there any REASONABLE place to stay for a night on VG? We are not opposed to staying the night but I can't find any places under $700 a nt. Yikes.

Any help would be much appreciated, THANKS!

Re: STT to Virgin Gorda?

STXBob
February 19, 2014 08:01AM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 2,131

Quote
AandA2VI
We are up for chartering a boat but I was told the last time for customs checkout is 4:00pm??? Again that only gives us a limited time even if we leave STT at 7am.

For short charter trips, you don't have to stop at BVI customs to check out. They process your check out at the same time that you check in. As long as you don't stay past the day that you declared on arrival, you can just leave the BVI when you're ready. We've done that for visits of up to 1 week. I don't know what the max days is before you're required to stop at BVI customs to check out.

Re: STT to Virgin Gorda?

Alana33
February 19, 2014 08:08AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,981

Rates should be dropping in May as slow season begins.
However, it is pretty expensive to stay in VG on top of the fact it's difficult to get back and forth as there are no daily ferry services which makes logistics tough.

The Old Yard Inn is probably one of the least expensive places to stay: [www.virgingordavillage.com]
Biras Creek (fabulous luncheon buffets, dinners and bikes for getting around the grounds), Bitter End (best pumpkin soup and lobster dinners!) and of course Little Dix are all fabulous but very pricey.
They do include everything however, including use of various types of boats. Just depends on the budget.
Here a link to check for rates:[www.kayak.com]
I see Gordian Terrace is cheaper than OYI but not familiar with it.

You can call Phyxis Flying Service and see what Frank Gazarek will charge to fly you in and out of VG.
Great guy and pilot! PM me for phone number if you have interest.

Or rent a charter boat out of STT or BVI and hire a captain and all stay on the boat at different anchorages in BVI but you'd need more than 2 days to do this, especially departing STT for VG. Unless it is a power boat!



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 02/19/2014 08:48AM by Alana33.

Re: STT to Virgin Gorda?

islandjoan
February 19, 2014 08:43AM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 1,642

A&A - def check out Guavaberry Spring Bay vacation homes - very affordable AND located a 5 min walk to/from the Baths!
[www.guavaberryspringbay.com]

i have stayed there 3x and highly recommend them!!!!

Re: STT to Virgin Gorda?

Alana33
February 19, 2014 09:34AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,981

[www.bviferries.com]
St Thomas Trips on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Tel: 1 (284) 495-5235 Fax: (284) 495-5755 VHF Ch. 16
E-mail: info@speedysbvi.com

Re: STT to Virgin Gorda?

sunsetr
February 19, 2014 09:37AM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 21

I second the Guavaberry Spring Bay recommendation....

Re: STT to Virgin Gorda?

ChrisMI
February 19, 2014 11:03PM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 213

Take them to St. John instead ;-) It's what we do with all our houseguests. If they behave we even bring them back on the ferry with us!

Re: STT to Virgin Gorda?

AandA2VI
February 20, 2014 01:19PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 2,272

Oh we will do STJ of course but we want to do the baths took. I've never been either and want to.

Re: STT to Virgin Gorda?

Alana33
February 20, 2014 01:52PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,981

Check this out: [www.calypsovi.com]

Re: STT to Virgin Gorda?

DonExodus
February 20, 2014 03:16PM

Registered: 7 years ago
Posts: 301

Just stay overnight- seaborne over is a no brainer, then ferry back the next day. Gordian terrace has good rates.

VG is safe, friendly, no fuss and NO ATTITUDE! Good people.

Re: STT to Virgin Gorda?

donefarming
February 20, 2014 04:20PM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 160

You will love Virgin Gorda! One of our Favs.

Also...

Rent a car for the day, they will meet you in Spanish town at the marina.

There is a great grocery store there, Dive shop, deli, rest's, etc in a cute courtyard!!

Do the island tour yourselves, you'll love the photo op's. along the way!

Go to "The Rock" for fab. dinner with awesome setting, music, and tables set in the middle of the Huge boulders!

The Baths..well you know smiling

Plus you can snorkel and take great video and photos will snorkeling among the boulders/caves as they extend to the boat mooring balls!

I want to go back, can you tell ?

"Live life one sunset at a time! "

Re: STT to Virgin Gorda?

cholulazen
February 20, 2014 09:09PM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 19

Gordian Terrace was about $400/night a few weeks ago. Two bedroom with rollaway bed for the living room- full kitchen, friendly owner.

Re: STT to Virgin Gorda?

jostvandog
February 21, 2014 09:01AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 206

Try Fischers Cove Hotel, right on the water, nothing fancey but very nice just outside of Spanish town.

Re: STT to Virgin Gorda?

JE
February 21, 2014 09:40AM

Registered: 13 years ago
Posts: 316

I can recommend this unit at the Old Yard Village as a relatively inexpensive option.

[www.vrbo.com]

We stayed there for a few nights this past fall and the owner allows guests to use her SUV as part of the rental at no additional charge. You will definitely need a vehicle to explore the island so a free SUV is a nice perk. The condo complex is a 2 or 3 minute drive from the ferry terminal. Not much of a view and it is not waterfront but it was comfortable as a home base. The unit is in good condition and the photos on the website are accurate. The owner rents the unit directly but the Old Yard Village on-site office staff maintains the unit and are there for any issues.

Re: STT to Virgin Gorda?

islandjoan
February 21, 2014 09:50AM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 1,642

I have to recommend Guavaberry Spring Bay vacation homes again!

Nothing can beat the location. You are a 5 min walk to the Baths which means you can go anytime you want and avoid the crowds when the boats bring the tourists.

And their rates are affordable!

Re: STT to Virgin Gorda?

AandA2VI
February 24, 2014 09:50PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 2,272

Ugh! I can't get my sister to spend the money to stay the night over there, boooo.... so it looks like we're going to take the ferry and only have you know three or four hours on Virgin Gorda but that's okay me and my boy from a go back without them one day and spend a week .

Re: STT to Virgin Gorda?

Alana33
February 26, 2014 07:03AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,981

In that case you may be better off doing the full day trip on www.calypsovi.com
or on New Horizons II which does the trip to VG to the Baths, Guana Island for snorkeling , Marina Cay for lunch and Soggy Dollar on Jost Van Dyke. Don't forget to have your guests bring their passports or they won't be going anywhere. Think they have a 10% discount if you mention their online ad.

Re: STT to Virgin Gorda?

East Ender
February 26, 2014 05:43PM

Registered: 13 years ago
Posts: 4,957

I have to agree with Alana. If you can't stay overnight, try one of the day boats. I personally like Pirate's Penny and Stormy Petrel, but everyone has a fave. They are more comfortable and allow you to see a larger swath of the BVI than the stinky ferry. It is nicer having someone pouring drinks while en route than sitting on a bench seat dry...

Re: STT to Virgin Gorda?

Alana33
February 27, 2014 08:05AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,981

Pirate's Penny and Stormy Petrel are great boats and cater to you and your destination where the others I mentioned have a set schedule and routine that they follow for all their trips. They cater to more guests as well so if a more private and personal trip which follows your itinerary is something you'd prefer, Pirate's Penny and Stormy Petrel would be the way to go.thumbs upthumbs upthumbs up

[www.piratespenny.com]

Have fun and enjoy whatever you decide!

Re: STT to Virgin Gorda?

G-Dub-Ya
February 27, 2014 10:40AM

Registered: 13 years ago
Posts: 69

We took guests to Virgin Gorda via ferry just last week. No surprise, the ferry was an hour late but they pushed the return back an hour as a courtesy. By the time you touch down at customs in Virgin Gorda, you have about 5 hours till the ferry leaves. It really didn't feel all that rushed. Enjoy your trip.

Re: STT to Virgin Gorda?

AandA2VI
February 28, 2014 12:48AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 2,272

^^ THANKS! I am super excited to go and see it. I'd rather spend a night there but ah well.

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