Travel Guidelines

Arranging Your Flights

The travel days for all of our adventures are the beginning and end dates listed on the adventure schedule. With all of our trips, students are met by our Sail Caribbean staff at the Beef Island, Tortola (EIS) or St. Thomas (STT) airports.

There are two options for travel to the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Our strong preference is Option 1 into St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands (USVI). You will find more direct flights that will most likely be less expensive. Option 2 into Beef Island, Tortola, BVI – via San Juan, Puerto Rico – is also acceptable if that works better for you.

Option 1 – fly into St. Thomas (STT)

  • Staff will personally meet all students in STT as they leave the plane and enter the terminal
  • We then take a taxi together from the airport to the ferry (10 minute ride), where we go together on a 45 minute ride up the island chain to Road Town, Tortola
  • Arrivals must be no later than 3pm in order to catch the 4:15 ferry to Tortola
  • You absolutely must call us to discuss any flight arrival into STT later than 3pm
  • Departures must be no earlier than noon, 12pm (1pm on Sundays)
  • Sail Caribbean will bill $105 to cover cost of round trip ferry, taxi, and departure taxes

Travel-MeetInSTTOption 2 – fly into San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) and then fly into Beef Island, Tortola (EIS)

  • Staff will personally meet all students in Tortola (EIS) and ride together to our marina base
  • All arrival and departure times are acceptable
  • On departure day most students leave Tortola before noon and not later than 3pm, although all departure times are acceptable

Traveling from International Countries

Fly into either St. Maarten (SXM) or Antigua (ANT) and then fly into Beef Island, Tortola (EIS)

  • Use LIAT or WinAir to connect from SXM or ANT to EIS
  • Staff will meet students in Tortola and ride together to our marina base

Travel-FerryWhen making your travel arrangements

  • After ticketing, it is necessary to provide Sail Caribbean with your airline itinerary and record locator (confirmation code). This can either be emailed or entered directly into the Travel Page of your My Sail Caribbean online account.

Unaccompanied Minors

Follow airline guidelines for children traveling alone – known as “Unaccompanied Minor” (UM). In addition to the cost of your teen’s airline ticket, an additional fee may apply. If traveling as a UM, please provide our NY office with a copy of your receipt for the UM service. Please contact your airline carrier for specific UM rules and rates.

Departure Procedure

Staff will accompany all students from our base to the airport departure counter, and then accompany them to security. We can’t go any further, but we remain at the airport until their flight has departed.

Passports and Visas

Travel-BaggageSTTYou will need a passport that will be valid for at least six months beyond the dates of your program for all travel to the British Virgin and Leeward Islands. US citizens can find downloadable passport application and other helpful information on the State Department website. It’s a good idea to make a copy of your passport to keep at home while you are traveling in the Caribbean (or anywhere else).

Visitors from some countries will also be required to have a visa for entry. Check the websites below if you are unsure whether or not you need a visa: For all programs click here. For Delta programs, also click here.

If you have any additional questions regarding travel arrangements for your teen, please call our New York office at 800-321-0994 or 631-754-2202.