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TRAVEL TIPS

LOCATION

Tortola is the largest island of the British Virgin Islands. It is located in the Caribbean Sea, 90 miles east of Puerto Rico and 70 miles northwest of St Martin. The coordinates of the island are 18º25´24”N 64º37´05”.

The MedCaribbean Charter base is located on the East End of Tortola at the JY Harbour View Marina, a full service marina with many facilities including shower facilities, restaurant and pool bar, and a Rite Way Grocery store within walking distance.

HOW TO GET TO TORTOLA

Tortola’s airport, Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS) is very close to the MedCaribbean base on the East End of the island (5 minute drive). It is located on Beef Island, which is connected to the East of Tortola through a bridge.

The airport is rather small therefore there are no direct flights from any mainland airport in USA, Canada, Europe or South America, but thanks to the island´s close location to other major Caribbean hubs there are many connections.

 

The main airport to fly to is San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) with many airline connections like American Airlines, Jet Blue, USAIR, United Airlines, or Iberia. From there you can connect to Tortola with American Eagle, Cape Air and Air Sunshine.

If you prefer flying to St. Thomas (STT), American Airlines, Delta USAir, Jet Blue, United Airlines and Air Canada have direct flights. From there you can either take a flight with Cape Air or Seaborne, or take the ferry from Charlotte Amalie or Red Hook in St Thomas (They only run during the day so make sure you can catch the last one which departs at 4:30 pm). Find out more about connecting ferries here

Another option is flying to Antigua (ANU), which can be quite convenient for those coming from the UK and Canada, you can then take a flight with LIAT or take a private charter flight.

For access from St Martin and St Kitts you can take both LIAT and BVI Airways.

For more information check out the links provided by BVI tourism here 

CHARTER FLIGHTS AND OTHER VIP OPTIONS

Our staff will be glad to help you and organize charter flights for you and your crew. We also offer the option of a VIP service that will meet you after immigration, help you with your luggage and accompany you through customs and security. Do not hesitate to ask us!

FERRIES

The main companies that connect St Thomas with Tortola are Smiths Ferries, Tortola Fast Ferry and Native Son. Remember that the last ferry departs at 4:30 pm so make sure to plan ahead.

There are several companies that connect the islands of BVI and of USVI, for further information check out the links provided by BVI tourism clicking here

TRANSFERS

Airport to/from Harbourview Marina:

    up to 2 passengers - $15
    3 or more - $7 per passenger

Road Town Ferry to/from Harbourview Marina:

    up to 2 passengers - $25
    3 or more - $10 per passenger

West End Ferry to/from Harbourview Marina:
    up to 2 passengers - $50
    3 or more - $20 per passenger

Private Air Conditioned luxury van for 10 people max.

We also have VIP arrival and departure packages, which include meet & greet at the airplane and assistance through customs. Please check with us for rates and conditions.

IMMIGRATION

Visitors are granted entry up to one month at ports of entry provided they have a return ticket and pre-arranged accommodations. For US, Canadian and European citizens, a valid passport is necessary. For other nationalities a visa may be necessary. In case of doubt, contact BVI Tourism or the nearest British Embassy.

CURRENCY

The currency used in BVI is the US Dollar. You can find conveniently located ATM machines around the island.

TAXES

The departure taxes are of $20 dollars for those leaving by air and $15 for those leaving by sea. There is a 7% Hotel Accommodation Tax.

For chartering: $2/person/day and the BVI National Parks and VISAR donation is approx $30/week for a party of 6.

CLIMATE

BVI has a tropical climate with moderate trade winds. Temperatures have very little variation from season to season, highs in summer are of 89.6ºF (32ºC) and in the winter of 84.2ºF (29ºC) and lows are around 75.2ºF (24ºC) in the summer and in winter 69.8ºF (21ºC). The wettest months are September to November.

HOSPITALS

In case of necessary there is one public hospital (Peebles Hospital in Road Town www.bvihsa.vg) and several public and private health clinics and medical centers.