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La Buscadora's spacious living quarters, salons and deck areas allow guests to enjoy togetherness or privacy at all times. The crew can join in as much as you like or if you prefer will give you maximum privacy. The crew is always sensitive to your wishes.
A passport is the principal requirement for entry into the British Virgin Islands. If you are a citizen of either the United States or Canada, an authenticated birth certificate, a citizenship certificate or a voter's registration card, along with a photo ID, is satisfactory to allow entry into the territory. Visitors from some countries may need a
visa. If in doubt please contact us and we will check with the BVI Department of Immigration for you.
Length of a Cruise
Cruise rates are based on a full week charter, eight days, seven nights. However, you can book a charter for any number of days the choice is yours! We highly recommend 10 day cruises, as it's the perfect amount of time to see the whole of the British Virgin Islands. We also find most of our guests are really not ready to go home after 7
days as total relaxation has set in - so treat yourself and come for 10 days. Also,
depending on availability, you can start your cruise on any day of the
week. We do not run to a specific schedule.
We have no fixed itinerary, each cruise is planned with your preferences in mind.
How To Book
Booking La Buscadora is easy! Please Email us to check availability. To secure a confirmed booking we exchange contracts and you are required to wire transfer a deposit of 50% of the total charter fee. If the charter fee is over six months away then a 25% deposit is required with a further 25% due six months before the charter. The remaining 50% is due 30 days before the charter. The deposit is kept in an escrow account until ten days prior to the start of the charter.
In the case of cancellation all payments are refundable (less any agency fees) provided La Buscadora is fully booked for the same period.
Food and Beverages
Prior to the charter you will receive a food and beverage request form (preference sheet). This allows us to tailor the menu and refreshments to your specific preferences.
You do not have to have any boating experience to enjoy this holiday. Many clients have never stepped foot on a yacht before, and are delighted with the level of comfort and service we provide. If you would like to participate in the steering of the vessel you are more than welcome, otherwise sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!
As with most yachts we have a limited amount of storage space on board. Therefore, we would ask that you bring soft luggage where possible. If bringing soft luggage proves impossible, we can provide shore storage for hard luggage. Try and pack essential items in your carry on luggage; delayed luggage is not unheard of in these parts.
What to Bring
This is a casual and relaxed vacation. You'll need swimwear, T-shirts, shorts, wraps and perhaps a light cotton jumper or sweatshirt for the evenings. If you wish to dine ashore at one of the hotels or fine restaurants you will need to bring some more formal attire, such as slacks and a shirt with a collar. By mid charter most of guests comment that they have over packed, and that next time they will bring half as much! The more times our guests return the smaller their luggage becomes.
We are a "no shoes" boat, so there is no need to purchase a pair of expensive yachting shoes. We would recommend that you bring sandals, sneakers and perhaps some reef shoes. If you prefer to wear shoes on deck we would ask that they have white soles and that they are not worn ashore.
Bring plenty of film for your camera; spare batteries are also a good idea. Film and batteries are expensive here and the choice is somewhat limited. Outlets are available for the recharging of video camera batteries.
We suggest that you bring a plentiful supply of any prescription medication with you. There are pharmacies on the islands but your particular prescription may be impossible to maintain.
Telephone and Fax
We do have a cellular telephone/fax on board the boat, which is available for your use at an additional cost.
One reason why the BVI's are such a popular destination for yachting holidays is that the seas are so calm. The many islands protect us from the open waters beyond. La Buscadora as a motor yacht is an incredibly stable and comfortable ride. It is very rare for any of our guests to suffer from seasickness. However, if you are particularly prone to motion sickness, we would recommend that you bring over the counter medication with you for the first day. An alternative and natural remedy are the pressure point seasickness bands, which are available in local stores in the BVI.
We recommend that you bring a plentiful supply of waterproof sun screen (factor 15 or higher) with you. Please bring the paba free kind as paba is very destructive to the varnish and stains the upholstery. Even on hazy days the sun in the tropics is very strong.
There is a zero tolerance policy on illegal drugs aboard La Buscadora. If you are found to be in possession of drugs we reserve the right to terminate the cruise immediately, with no refund of money.
Prescription drugs are, of course, fine.
Linens are changed every three to four days throughout the charter. Beach towels are provided both on deck and for shore trips.
There is no age limit on board. Over the years we have had 6-month-old babies on board and toddlers of all ages. The forward cabin, which has four single bunks, with
its own TV and VCR, makes a perfect cabin for the younger members. Alternatively we have the starboard cabin.
If you listen to the weather men or the weather channel these days you would be led to believe that the Virgin Islands are battered by tropical storms on a regular basis. We have been in the charter business in the BVI's since 1985 and have never had to cancel one charter due to a tropical storm. 2001 brought us a hurricane free season. With all the very sophisticated weather system-forecasting agencies we are so well informed these days that are guests always feel very safe even in the height of the hurricane season!
As with most yachts, in the interests of safety we strictly adhere to a rule of no smoking below deck. Smoking outside is acceptable.