St. Martin Sailboats To Be Available In February
Tourism is slowly returning to the Caribbean, and that’s a welcome sign for three hard-hit areas, the British Virgin Islands Puerto Rico and St. Martin.
The Moorings, the largest charter boat company in the BVIs, has announced it will have boats available starting in December. Here is its statement:
“The local teams in the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and St. Martin have made great progress in just a short time since Hurricane Irma and Maria passed through these territories. We are working hard along with our partners in the cruising grounds to welcome guests back for the winter sailing season.
“The BVI and Puerto Rico will re-open December 9, 2017 and St. Martin will re-open February 1, 2018.
“We are excited to announce that the British Virgin Islands will receive 130 new boats for a value of $66.5m thanks to the financial strength of our company.
“Our destinations in the Bahamas, Belize, Grenada and St. Lucia were unaffected and continue to operate charters normally. In addition, The Moorings will now offer charters from Antigua, booking now for departures starting November 4.
“If you have a scheduled charter departure in the BVI and Puerto Rico between now and December 8th 2017, or in St Martin between now and January 31st, please contact our Vacation Planners at (800) 416-0820 or [email protected].”
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, these areas are in need of many things – daily essentials – but also of visitors. There is no reason to rebuild if they have no tourists to visit the restaurants, bars and other businesses.
The return of chartered sailboats is a bit boost toward rebuilding these areas and helping business owners take a step forward toward recovery.