This Travel Notes page provides useful information about St Thomas and it will tell you what to expect to make your holiday smooth and carefree

Address & Map

American Yacht Harbour – At Red Hook
6100 Red Hook Quarters #2
St Thomas, USVI 00802
Web: www.igy-americanyachtharbor.com

Base facilities
Situated in St Thomas’ Red Hook area, the American Yacht Harbor marina offers first-class amenities, 24-hour security, professional staff, shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Shower and laundry facilities are available. Wi-Fi is available.

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Arrival & Departure

Airports & Airlines
Cyril E. King Airport (CEKA)
No. 70 Lindbergh Bay
St Thomas, USVI

Note: The airport is approximately 4 miles east of the capital city, Charlotte Amalie. It is located on the southwestern side of St Thomas.
There are many non-stop and connecting services from the US mainland to St Thomas. Most flights connect in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Flights on inter-island carriers can be made from Sa Juan to St Thomas and between other islands as well. Your Moorings Holiday Planner can assist you with flight arrangements.

  • Air Sunshine
  • American Airlines
  • American Eagle
  • Cape Air
  • Continental Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • LIAT
  • Seaborne Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • US Airways
  • Vieques Air Link

Passports, Visas & International Travel Regulations
U.S. citizens are not required to have passports or proof of citizenship when ENTERING the U.S. Virgin Islands from a U.S. airport. All arrivals to the U.S. Virgin Islands from foreign airports are required to show proof of citizenship and pass through customs. All persons leaving the U.S. Virgin Islands, whether American citizens or not, must be prepared to show proof of citizenship upon leaving the islands to return to the mainland.
Accepted documents for Proof of Citizenship for Americans: 1. A passport issued under competent authority, 2. An Alien Registration Card (this applies to United States of America permanent residents only) 3. A certified copy of a birth certificate and government issued photo identification like a driver's license 4. A Certificate of Naturalization, issued by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service.
For international travelers - Citizens of any country other than the United States should follow U.S. travel regulations and requirements for entry into the United States. Be sure to check with your local Embassy for the most up-to-date Travel Requirements when visiting the U.S.,  U.S. Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands.

IMPORTANT: A B1/B2 VISA is required for non-American citizens to cruise The US or Spanish Virgin Island waters. If you plan to explore the USVI or Spanish Virgin Islands, please make sure you have the appropriate VISA requirements.

Local Transfers - Taxis
Taxi service available from the airport to the marina location you have selected for your St Thomas Crewed Yacht Charter.

Car Rental
If you plan to spend more time ashore in St Thomas either before or after your Crewed Yacht Charter, renting a car is a great way to see the whole island at your own pace. St Thomas has several different rental agencies to choose from.
Rental agencies are conveniently located at the airport, in Charlotte Amalie and at large hotels.

Discount Car Rental: 1-877-478-2833 or 1-340-776-4858
Budget Car Rental: 1-800-626-4516 or 1-340-776-5774 – www.budget.com
L&L Jeep Rental St Thomas: 1-340-774-4889
Dependable Car Rental: 1-800-522-3076 or 1-340-774-2253

Arrival / Departure Procedure
Embarkation: All charters start at 12:00 noon.
Disembarkation: All charters end at 10:00am at which time the boat must be returned and ready for debriefing and checks.
If you are arriving later in the day, your crew will work to accommodate your needs and travel arrangements.

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General Information

Area: 31.24 sq miles
Population:
51,634  
Capital city:
Charlote Amalie  
People:
African descent (75%), White (13%), Asian (2%), Mixed (4%), Other (6%)
Language:
English (76%), Spanish (17%)
Religion:
Baptist, Roman Catholic, Episcopalian
Government:
Organized, unincorporated territory of the USA
Major industries:
tourism, offshore banking and fishing
Tipping:
15-20% anywhere is generally accepted if it has not already been included
Currency:
The Local currency is the United States Dollar (USD)
Electricity:
The voltage used is 110-120 Volts (Same as U.S./Canada)
Time:
UTC/GMT -4 hours.

Festivals & holidays
Three Kings’ Day: January 6
Transfer Day: March 31
Children’s Carnival and Grand Carnival Parades: Last weekend in April
Organic Act Day: June 20
Emancipation Day: July 3
Hurricane Supplication Day: July 25
Hurricane Thanksgiving Day: October 17
Liberty Day: November 1
Christmas Second Day (Boxing Day): December 26
All standard United States public holidays are observed.

Movable public holidays
New Years Day: January 1
Hamilton Lavity Stoutt Holiday (in lieu of March 7th): March 4
Commonwealth Day: March 11
Good Friday: March 29
Easter Monday: April 1
Whit Monday: May 20
Sovereign’s Day (Queen’s Birthday): June 8

Post Office:
Central Post Office  located on Turpentine Run Rd in Charlotte Amalie
9846 Estate Thomas, St Thomas. Tel: 340-774-1950  
Monday to Friday 7:30am-5:00pm, Saturday 7:30am – 12:00pm 

Internet Connectivity
Wi-Fi Service is available at the marina. Complimentary Wi-Fi service is also available aboard your Crewed Yacht.

Cellular Phones
Your cell phone may work in the Caribbean, check with your service provider before leaving home, for international services. No phone rentals are available.

Hotels
The Moorings can assist you in arranging a hotel stay before or after your charter.
Ask your Moorings Holiday Planner about availability.
Hotels in the St Thomas area include:

  • Best Western Plus Emerald Beach Resort
  • The Ritz-Carlton
  • Island Beachcomber Hotel
  • Windward Passage Hotel
  • Bluebeards Castle
  • Frenchman’s Reef and Morning Star Marriot Beach Resort

Taxes
The only local tax is an 8% surcharge added to all hotel rates.
Tourist Information Center
Charlotte Amalie Visitor’s Center
Tolbod Gade, Charlotte Amile, US Virgin Islands 00801
Tel: 1-800-372-8784

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Banks & Money Exchange

Banks
Banks in St Thomas: FirstBank, 11A Curacao Gade, Charlotte Amalie. Tel: (340) 775-7777. Hours of Operation: Monday to Thursday 8:30 am to 3.00 pm; Friday 8:30 am to 4 pm.  The banks are your only option if you need to exchange currency.

Currency / money exchange
In the US Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands, the local currency is the United States Dollar (USD).
US Dollars, US travelers checks, and credit cards likes Visa and MasterCard are also widely accepted.

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Activities & Sports

Water toys: Speak to your Moorings Holiday Planner if you would like to book water toys.

Fishing season
The Closed Season schedule in the Virgin Islands is as follows. During this time no person may catch, sell, offer for sale or buy.
Margate: 1 January to 31 March 
Red Hind: 1 January 1 to 31 March 
Nassau Grouper: 1 March to 31 May 
Turtles: 1 April to 30 November 
Lobster: 31 July to 31 October 
Conch: 15 August to 31 October 
Whelk: 15 August to 31 October

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Cruising Information

Cruising area limits and restricted zones
Your itinerary will include destinations through the US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands. Your captain will meet with you to recommend itinerary stops based upon your holiday wishes, and create a custom itinerary that is exciting for everyone aboard.

Night sailing
Night sailing is not permitted; you must be moored at least one hour before sunset at all of our locations.

Marinas, moorings fees and taxes
Your reservations will all be reserved by your Captain.

Marinas – St Thomas
American Yacht Harbor – Tel: 340-775-6454
Boater’s Haven Marina – Tel: 340-775-6144
Crown Bay Marina – Tel: 340-774-2255
Fish Hawk Marina – Tel: 340-775-9058
Independent Boatyard – Tel: 340-776-0466
Pirate’s Cove Marina – Tel: 340-774-4655
Sapphire Beach Marina – Tel: 340-775-6100
Yacht Haven Marina – Tel: 340-774-6050

Interesting sites

  • Visit the historic district of Charlotte Amalie;
  • Moutaintop viewing deck and shops for views of north side and Magen’s Beach
  • Visit Magen’s Beach where you can lie out and snorkel for the day
  • Book a snorkel trip or find shore spots (Secret Harbor, Coki Beach)
  • Go on a turtle swimming excursion aboard Fury, from Yacht Haven Grande.
  • Go on a fishing charter to the famous North Drop
  • Take a Sky Ride Gondola to Paradise Point and enjoy sunset drinks
  • Visit Coral World or play golf at the scenic Mahogany Run Golf Course
  • Red Hook at American Yacht Harbor has live music, lots of restaurants, and bar options
  • Shop till you drop at Yacht Haven Grande
  • Sip on Bushwacker Drink at the Fat Turtle Restaurant overlooking the beautiful marina and Charlotte Amalie Harbor or relax by the pool.

Visit our Sample Itinerary for more information on all that you can see and do on a St Thomas Crewed Yacht charter. The options are endless!

Charts and pilot book
All the charts and pilot books you will need for the cruising area are on board the yacht. Your Captain will help you plan a customised itinerary to fulfill all your holiday wishes.

Electricity
The United States (Canada and BVI too) uses 110–120V 60Hz AC, compared to 220–240V 50Hz AC in most of Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Downward converters that change 220–240V to 110–120V are difficult to find in the United States, so bring one with you.

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Provisioning (Food & Drink for your boat)

Moorings Provisioning
On a Moorings Crewed Yacht charter, all of your food and beverages (including alcohol) are included. Your gourmet Chef will prepare delicious meals, snacks and drinks that are customised for your dietary needs and preferences.

After reserving your yacht, we will provide you with a Cuisine and Beverage Preferences Form, where you can indicate the personalised selections for all guests. This assists your gourmet Chef in preparing dishes and drinks customised for everyone to enjoy. Contact your Moorings Holiday Planner for details.

If you would like any additional provisions or personal items while you are aboard your Crewed yacht, your crew will help you identify a shop in the area to suit your needs.

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Health & Safety

Travel insurance
Moorings offers Charter Care which is a comprehensive travel insurance scheme for your complete peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, please make sure that it covers all of the destinations and activities of your Moorings holiday.

Safety
All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets and harnesses, we leave it up to you to decide when personal safety equipment should be worn.
If you have your own life jackets for your children we encourage you to bring them along to ensure a proper fit. Children under the age of 16 years may not operate an outboard engine and should be supervised at all times when in the dinghy.

Vaccination and immunisation information
Inoculations or vaccinations are not required for entry into the United States, unless you're arriving from an area known to be suffering from an epidemic (particularly cholera or yellow fever). At time of publication, an International Vaccination Certificate is not mandatory.

For foreign travel advice see https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

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