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Luckily, the British Virgin Islands largely escaped Hurricane Marie’s wrath. Unaffected by the recent storms are Antigua, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada in the Caribbean.
The BVI government, intrepid BVI residents and charter companies are dusting themselves off from Hurricane Irma and preparing for the upcoming season. BVI Premier and Minister of Tourism Dr. D. Orlando Smith stated that BVI charter companies will have 120 boats in the water by November. And most charter companies in the Virgin Islands expect to be up and running for the season in December.
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Charter companies in the BVI — including BVI Yacht Charters, The Catamaran Company (mid-November), Dream Yacht Charter (mid-November), Footloose, Horizon Yacht Charters, MarineMax Vacations, The Moorings, The Moorings Power, Navigare Yachting, Sunsail, TMM Charters, Virgin Motor Yachts, Festiva Sailing — are planning to reopen by December.
Sadly, many favorite watering holes have been sidelined for the time being. The Soggy Dollar on Jost Van Dyke is still standing, and the owners are planning to reopen in the future. Foxy’s was heavily damaged during Irma. And the Willy T’s floating bar was beached. But the owners are planning to rebuild.
Sailing The Virgin Islands Is The Best Relief
Though there has been significant damage in certain parts of the BVI and USVI, rebuilding is going full throttle. According to Mark Vanterpool, the BVI minister of communications and works, he reports that “Tortola Pier Park’s cruise and shopping facility [has] a targeted date of reopening at least 50 per cent of retail and food and beverage stores by 1 November.”
Tourism is the Caribbean’s chief source of income. Your visit to Virgin Islands’ ever-beautiful aquamarine waters, stunning beaches and natural underwater treasures are the best way to help. Proteus Yacht Charters stands ready to help you select charter operators and locations that are open for business and waiting to welcome visitors. Your Caribbean dream vacation awaits!