General Travel Information

Travel to St. Maarten

Currency in EURO

Travel to St. Maarten (SXM) is fairly easy from major US hubs and European Hubs. Major jet airlines fly into SXM - Delta flies direct from Atlanta, American flies direct from Miami and Jet Blue flies from East Coast. Air France flies from Paris directly into SXM. There is a smaller intraisland airport located near Grand Case Bay.

Be sure you use the code SXM for your travel plans. The St. Maarten airport is large, modern and very accommodating.

Our yacht Blithe Spirit II is located on the French side of St. Maarten in beautiful Marigot Bay close to shops, hotels, inns, a major marina, restaurants, customs/immigration, markets and more. Its an easy cab ride to Marigot and should take you about 25/30 minutes depending on traffic and ranges from 25-35 euro depending on number of people and bags.

We will meet most groups at 6pm at the Marigot Bay dinghy dock next to the market and marina. Just tell your cab driver. We will dinghy out luggage, baggage and customers to our boat not far away at all.

Here are some great suggestions with different price points for accommodations in and around Marigot Bay. Some accommodations listed are in other lovely and cozy bays around St. Maarten.

In or Near Marigot Bay

Le centr'hotel
4, rue général de Gaule
Marigot,
97150 Saint-Martin
Phone (590) 590 878 651
Fax (590) 590 879 649
http://www.centrhotel.fr/en/

LE BEACH HOTEL (adults only)
Baie de Marigot
97150 Saint Martin F.W.I.
reservation@lebeachsxm.com
Phone (590) 87 87 00
Fax (590) 87 18 87

In or Near Orient Bay

La Plantation
http://laplantationhotel.com/index.php?page=1

In or Near Simpson Bay

The Horny Toad Guesthouse
2 Vlaun Drive, Simpson Bay, St Maarten, DWI
(No postal code needed)
toll free (800) 417 9361
phone 1 721 545 4323
http://thtgh.com/

Nettle Bay

Mercure Bay Spa Hotel
http://mercurehotelstmartin.com/index.php?page=1

Grand Case

Grand Case is the culinary center of the French cuisine scene in St. Maarten and top in the Caribbean for fine French, creole and island food!

L'esplanade Spa, Hotel and Yoga
https://www.lesplanade.com/?gclid=CPKA5Krbs9ACFZWFaQodmoYGgQ

Marquis Boutique Hotel
https://www.hotel-marquis.com/

Grand Case Beach Club
http://www.grandcasebeachclub.com/

Bleu Emeraude
http://www.bleuemeraude.com/hotel/info.htm

 

Travel to BVI

Tortola, the capitol city of the British Virgin Islands can be reached through San Juan Puerto Rico or St. Thomas. San Juan offers flights directly into Beef Island Airport, while from St. Thomas you will take a very enjoyable ferry ride from the Charlotte Amalie pier located in downtown St. Thomas. Be sure to save time for some great shopping! The ferry will take you to West End, Tortola, where you will clear customs. Remember the last ferry leaves St. Thomas at 4:30 pm.

Our Yacht BLITHE SPIRIT II is located at the VILLAGE CAY MARINA. Exact location – whether on mooring ball or at dock – will be supplied to you before your arrival.

Phone number for Stacey is: US + 1 404 374 4754

We will meet at 6pm on Saturday evenings. Look for your Captain Stacey Brooks or Captain Karl Pratt. We will load luggage, assign bunks, do a welcome orientation, boat and safety walk through, chart review and welcome cocktail hour. You will overnight at the dock or on a mooring ball Saturday night. We then leave early on Sunday mornings between 9am and 10am. We will return at 9am Friday to the dock. You may make travel arrangements after 1pm on Fridays. We suggest you stay for a while after you sail trip and enjoy sometime on land!

Here is a listing of a few hotels for your stay post trip:

  • Fort Burt Hotel (284) 494-2587
    5 min cab ride from boat. Great restaurant
  • Tamarind Club (284) 495-2477
    in the hills, great restaurant- 15 min cab ride to boats.
  • Maria's Hotel by the Sea (284) 494-2595
    in Roadtown. 5 min cab ride to boats.
  • Sea View (284) 494-2483
     inexpensive in Roadtown 5 min. cab ride to boats.
All people entering the BVI must have a valid and current passport.
The currency of the B.V.I.'s is the US dollar. Major credit cards are accepted in many but not at all establishments. We are typically not close to the downtown areas where banks and ATM services are found. Cash is better than travelers' checks.
Airlines that service Beef Island/Tortola from San Juan are Liat (284.495.1187),American Eagle(284.495.2559),Air Sunshine(284.495.8900), and Cape Air (284.495.2100). Air Sunshine and Cape Air also offer daily flights from St. Thomas to Beef Island.
International direct dialing is available. If you have a cell phone make sure you get an international package on your phone before departure in order to avoid high and costly phone bills.
Water is safe to drink in the B.V.I.'s. There are no dangerous animals or snakes on the islands, however we will point out a few plants and trees that you don't want to come in contact with.
The possession, sale, use or distribution of illegal drugs is a criminal offense and punishable by very strict laws. Leave the drugs at home!
Please be sure to bring all prescription medicines. Make sure you pack them in your carry-on bags. Items such as suntan lotions, film, and personal hygiene products command a premium price. It's best to bring your own.
Dress on the islands is casual. The ladies wear shorts and casual sundresses and for men shorts are fine. When going ashore you will want to cover yourself (no bare chest or midriffs). On the boat we wear swimsuits or shorts. Be sure to bring a hat and sunglasses. Sailing gloves are also recommended. Boat shoes or tennis shoes should be worn on the boat. Bring some type of sandal for beach walking. Snorkel gear is provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. The key is to pack light and in duffel-like bags that can be easily stored.
The climate is excellent year-round. Average temperatures range from 80° to 88° F (26° to 31° C). Constant trade winds provide premier sailing and a natural air conditioning. Rain showers do not last long, but you may want to bring a light jacket or light foul weather gear.
Any of our past students (our sailing family) would be happy to talk to you regarding our trips. Please contact us, we will be happy to provide these references.
Feel free to tip the instructor if you feel he/she has earned it (typically 10% of the course fee).
We look forward to seeing you on the dock.

 

*for more information on the B.V.I.'s check out this web site:  www.bviwelcome.com