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The Bahamas are Open! Re-entry Guidelines

Effective May 1st, the Bahamian Government has adjusted their requirements for entry into the Bahamas to accommodate guests who have received complete vaccinations. Providing you have received full vaccination at least 14 days prior to your arrival you will be exempt from COVID-19 testing for entry into the Bahamas. You will still need to obtain a Health Visa – you will simply upload your vaccination record instead of your negative COVID-19 testing results on your visa application.

Currently, the U.S. still requires a negative rapid antigen test within 3 days of your return flight to the U.S. to enter the country regardless of your vaccination status. The Health Visa includes COVID-19 health insurance during your stay as well as a rapid antigen test on your 5th day. Unless you are extending your stay in the Bahamas this test result will serve as the negative test required to re-enter the U.S. There are several rapid antigen testing sites throughout the Cays (one right here at our base resort) and we will assist your group to ensure a seamless and easy testing process. Should you extend your stay in the Bahamas we can easily arrange for a rapid-antigen test right here at our base resort on your last charter night at an additional cost of $25 per person. We will review these procedures with you upon arrival.

For non-vaccinated guests, you will need to schedule your COVID-19 test no more than 5 days prior to your arrival (your testing day is day zero, and your arrival day is day 5). Most laboratories that we have found offer a 48-72 hour turnaround of results. Once your test results have been received, please complete the form and upload your results to the Bahamian Government at the following link: https://travel.gov.bs/international. It is important that the results you upload show the type of COVID-19 test (should be RT-PCR test) as well as the lab where your testing was taken. Guests that have been completely vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival will need to upload their vaccination record to this site in lieu of test results. Providing all information is uploaded correctly and your test results are negative (if applicable), your visa will be approved and notification sent to you within 72 hours after proper form submission (we find the average is about 6 hours turnaround time, often sooner). Please download the Visa information to your phone, and also bring with you two printed versions along with two printed copies of your negative test results or vaccination record as applicable. Please refer to the following website for details: https://www.bahamas.com/tourism-reopening

Category: British Virgin Islands

Sample Itinerary for your BVI Charter Experience

With dozens of unspoiled islands and cays, beautiful white sand beaches, bountiful marine life, and unique, relaxed island culture, the British Virgin Islands are perfect for your next cruising adventure. Our Charter Concierge can work with you to develop an itinerary based on your goals and desires. Below is a sample to get you inspired for your next charter vacation!

DAY 1

Set sail to Norman Island for your first night aboard. Hook a mooring ball, lower the dinghy in the water, and begin the exploration of this hidden treasure of an island. Stop at the Caves for a spectacular snorkel then make your way over to the Pirates Bight, a family-oriented beach bar, for lunch and enjoy a frozen drink to cool you off. Next, head back to your boat and take advantage of all the water toys you have onboard your luxury boat. … Read More

British Virgin Islands
Category: British Virgin Islands

The BVIs are Open! Re-entry Guidelines

The BVIs are OPEN starting December 1.  As you know, it’s been a challenging year for all of us. Our Waypoints® BVI destinations have been working hard to plan for this charter season to keep everyone as safe as possible while allowing them to enjoy an amazing vacation.

BVI Re-Entry Protocols for December 1, 2020 Opening

Our Waypoints® concierge, Susan Restauri, had been working closely with our onsite team and is prepared to answer your booking questions and to help you navigate through the entry protocols. Call or email us and we will help you plan the vacation you deserve!

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Category: Sample Itineraries

Sample Itinerary: U.S. Virgin Islands

Thinking of chartering the U.S. Virgin Islands? Look no further than Waypoints. Our charter concierge can work with you to develop a custom itinerary based on your goals and desires. Below is a sample to get you inspired for your next charter vacation!

DAY ONE

After your morning chart briefing and provisioning, you will be ready to begin your trip. There are a couple of options if your plans are to head straight to the British Virgin Islands, a relaxing 3-4 hour sail from Charlotte Amalie. You can take the BVI loop either clockwise or counterclockwise, mostly depending on where you want to spend your first or last night. For this sample itinerary, we are going clockwise and starting on Jost Van Dyke. Once you have cleared customs in Great Harbour, dinghy around to White Bay for a Painkiller at Soggy Dollar Bar to officially kick off your vacation. … Read More

Category: Sample Itineraries

Sample Charter Itinerary: Miami, Florida

7-Day Miami to Key West (One Way)

Day 1: Hawk Channel 105 NM

Overnight boarding is an option if you are arriving in Miami the day before your charter. If you arrive by 1 pm, we can do your check out and you can get your boat provisioned then head out for an evening of dining and people watching on exotic South Beach. If you get an early start, you can head for the south end of Key Largo. … Read More

Kevin and Linda Potts
Category: CYOA Yacht Charters

Living the Dream – Retirement on the Seas

A common comment by charter guests while reluctantly handing their boat back to our staff is: “I wish I could do this forever.”

Kevin and Linda Potts had the same thought after a charter in the Fall of 2016. They loved cruising the beautiful Caribbean and the freedom of charting one’s own course. They promptly returned home and did more than just dream about owning a yacht – they started planning their retirement to include sailing from port to port. Kevin and Linda signed up for sailing lessons to improve their skills and then began researching the cost of purchasing, commissioning and maintaining their own sailboat.

With just four or five years to plan for retirement and their new cruising lifestyle, Kevin and Linda decided to look into placing a new boat in charter service as a means of offsetting some of their expenses. They started researching charter companies where a boat could be placed in a charter program to help make payments and keep up with general maintenance. After researching several charter companies they chose CYOA Yacht Charters in St. Thomas. … Read More

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