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CYBA: 80 Percent of Fleet Open for Caribbean

Charter brokers' association says most yachts will be ready for the winter holidays

CYBA International, a leading professional organization of charter yacht brokers, says it expects 80 percent of the charter fleet to be ready for the winter season in the Caribbean and Virgin Islands.

They’ll have places to dock, too, according to one of the biggest marina-ownership groups in the world.

“Yacht Club at Isle de Sol and Simpson Bay Marina, both in St. Maarten, can accommodate charter guests this season,” Tom Mukamal, CEO of IGY Marinas, stated in a press release. “Additionally, The Marina at Yacht Haven Grande and American Yacht Harbor, in St. Thomas, are open and prepared to welcome charter guests. Many restaurants and bars, retail shops, provisioners and other businesses have reopened. Ground transportation on both St. Maarten and St. Thomas is also available.”

Trunk Bay, St. John, USVI

  • Trunk Bay, USVI
    TRUNK BAY POST IRMA
    Trunk Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, taken October 6, 2017

By the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, hurricane-related disruptions should be minimal, according to Kathleen Mullen of BVI-based Regency Yacht Vacations.

“Supermarkets are well-stocked, so cuisine onboard should be fabulous,” Mullen stated in a press release. “Several dive operators are open for rendezvous dives, and many reefs are undamaged. Many of the open-air beach bars made of plywood are already serving customers.”

On Jost Van Dyke in the BVI, the popular bar Foxy’s plans to open in November and host its Old Year’s Night event on December 31, the press release states. Hendo’s Hideout, Coco Locos and Seddy’s in White Bay also plan on November openings. Pirates Bight on Norman Island should open in December, too.

“Island experiences this season may be more in line with the Virgin Islands that first captured everyone’s hearts in the ’70s and ’80s,” Emily Mack, with Virgin Island Sailing – Seven Seas Group, stated in the press release.

Any reputable charter broker can help you book a winter yacht charter in the Virgin Islands or Caribbean.

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