EIS entry fee is $10/person unless you’re a resident, have a BVI passport (even if you live elsewhere), are a judge of the Eastern Caribbean Court, etc. If you leave and come back within the same visit you don’t pay again. Departure tax is $40/person, now included in the ticket (why tickets out cost more than tickets in).
Scheduled air includes the charges (except the environmental), whereas charters probably quote them separately because they are per person.
Our boat did not have the sticker but you are able to purchase the decal when you start using the app since they accept the purchase order number in the certificate number field. Basically, I purchased the decal when I was setting up the boat in the app and it links you to a different site to make the purchase. I expect to receive it in a few weeks. Cost for our decal was something like 28 per year. The site to purchase the decal was not very user friendly and not integrated with the other .Gov sites but the purchase number worked perfectly when I used it on the app. We own the boat but I will share the info with our charter company so other people can use it.
4 hours is more time then I'd typically want to hang around in SJU, but given those options, that's what I'd go with. 1:10 is probably enough time, if everything goes well. If you are late at all, then it can become a problem. With the 4 hours, you have plenty of time, even if there is a delay. And since your 5:30 flight is Cape Air, it is possible you might be able to get on an earlier flight if there's room. So doing that, I'd go check in with Cape Air first thing and then see about food after depending on what they say about flights.
Are there tricks of the trade in those waters or is it clear and light enough that it’s fairly easy?
There are few hidden hazards in the North Sound, and the water is of course Caribbean clear. But it's worth looking at a chart to understand the areas to be avoided. Definitely maintain a respectful distance from Colquhoun Reef!
Lucky you Icote! Linda and I missed this year also because of Irma but we'll be back this February. Not sure where you're flying in from, but here on Long Island it's freezing. Like Carol said, breath in deeply for that warm tropical air! Enjoy!
We have been there for the last two weeks and the beach and weather have been great. The only bad thing has been no weekly chair rental. The guys (Cedric) said they were going to start weekly chair rentals soon. Doesn't help us as we leave on Thursday. Make sure you bring your own TP as sometimes there is none in the restroom (normally two but one has been locked and they couldn't find the key).