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Marina Cay, British Virgin Islands Travel Guide
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Location: Caribbean
Geography: Island, Beach
Vacation Type: Relaxation
Popularity: Off-the-Beaten Path
Costs: Moderate
Attractions: Scenery, Scuba & Snorkeling

Facts and Stats:
Population: 0
Land Area: 8 acres
Elevation: Sea level
Country Dialing Code: 284
Languages: English
Electricity: 110V
Currency: US Dollar
Time Zone: Pacific AST - UTC-4
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The small island of Marina Cay is occupied by one property that includes accomodations, a restaurant, a bar and a gift shop. This family friendly destination offers a quiet relaxation away from it all.

Marina Cay is a tiny, 8 acre island located about 1 mile north of Beef Island which is just east of Tortola. The island is only about 500ft x 500ft. It lies just a few hundred feet southeast of Great Camanoe island, and just south of Scrub Island. The southeast side of Marina Cay is fringed by a coral reef that offers excellent snorkeling. The island itself is covered in beautiful tropical flowers.

Brief History:
In 1937, Robb and Rodie White moved to the unihabited island of Marina Cay in hopes of creating their own paradise. The house they built is now Robb White Bar. During the next 3 years, Robb authored the book, "Two On the Isle". Later, he would author many books and films. Unfortunately, Rob was called off to war in 1940, and when he returned, he and Rodie divorced. Neither every returned to the island.

In 1979, Charles Tobias founded Pusser's West Indies in order to resurrect the Pusser's rum tradition. Pusser's Rum was the standard Royal Navy rum that was issued until 1970. Charles was able to get the recipe from the navy and began selling the rum in 1980. Hotels, restaurants, and gift shops in multiple locations followed.

Charles purchased Marina Cay in 1994.

Food & Nightlife:
There is one restaurant and one bar on Marina Cay. Both are part of Pusser's.

Money & Costs:
The local currency is the US dollar and Pusser's accepts major credit cards. There are no banks or ATMs on the island. There is a 7% tax on accomodations in the BVI, and Pusser's adds an additional 12% service fee.

Tipping in the restaurant is 15%. There is no sales tax in the BVI.

Entry Requirements:
For an explanation of entry requirements, please visit the Deputy Governor's Office.

Getting There & Around:
To get to Marina Cay, you can fly into Tortola Island's Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS) that is actually located on nearby Beef Island. In fact, the airport was previously called Beef Island Airport. Flights from San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Martin and Antigua arrive here in addition to charter flights. From there, Pusser's provides shuttle service to their island. The trip takes about 10 minutes.

Marina Cay enjoys a tropical climate tempered by trade winds. Temperatures vary little throughout the year or from day to night. Rainfall can be erratic on the island, but generally September to December are the wettest months. Hurricane season is from June through November. High season is November through April.

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