St. Petersburg Travel Notes

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Before You Travel | How to Get There | Check In/Check Out | What's On Board | What to Bring | Health & Safety

Please note: Charters leaving from St. Petersburg Florida are provided by Sailing Florida with their own fleet and staff. Sailing Florida Terms & Conditions apply.

This page provides useful planning, pre-departure, and travel information. From servicing airports to base arrival procedures, it will tell you what to expect to make your vacation smooth and carefree. 

We suggest you read the following information carefully several weeks prior to departure and also print a copy to take with you.

COVID-19 Travel Guidelines

While we look forward to welcoming you to sunny Florida, please note that due to the current pandemic certain Policies and Procedures will need to be followed when entering the state/country, before, and during your stay there. Please stay informed and follow all requirements, which may vary by county, like practicing social distancing and wearing facial coverings in all indoor establishments, to ensure a pleasant charter experience. Wearing facial coverings in all indoor establishments is currently mandatory in St. Petersburg, Tampa, Sarasota and many other cities. Individuals entering the state of Florida from Connecticut, New Jersey or New York State are to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days or the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter.

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Before You Travel

Marina Address 
Vinoy Resort Marina
501 Fifth Avenue NE
St. Petersburg
Florida, 33701 USA

General Information
Geography: St. Petersburg is located on the west coast of Florida in the United States of America and is part of the greater Tampa Bay area. It is well-known for its proximity to award-winning beaches including St. Pete Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, and Clearwater Beach as well as its trendy nightlife along Beach Drive and cultural highlights like the Salvador Dali Museum.
Population:  approx. 265.000  
Language:  The official language of the United States is English 
Business Hours:  Most stores are open Monday through Saturday from 10 or 11am to at least 6pm, with shorter hours on Sunday.
Tipping:  Tipping is standard and expected in all restaurants / bars and for other services undertaken during your vacation. Some establishments automatically add this onto the bill. Recommendations for tipping in the United States:
*Restaurants, Bars & Nightclubs: 15%-20% of check is generally acceptable if it has not been added to your bill
*Hotels: Bellhops $2/bag, Housekeepers $1-$2/day
*Doorman or Concierge: Only if providing you a specific service (ex. calling a cab, difficult-to-get event tickets)
*Valet Parking Attendant - Suggested Tipping: $1/car pick-up,
*Cab drivers: 15% of the fare

Currency:  The local currency is the United States Dollar (USD)
Electricity:  The voltage used is 110-120 Volts
Time:  St. Petersburg, Florida is located in the Eastern Time Zone
In Eastern Standard Time (EST) - UTC/GMT -5 hours
In Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) - UTC/GMT -4 hours
"Daylight" saving's time (summer time) moves the clock 1 hour ahead of standard time. It is in effect from 1am on the 2nd Sunday in March to 1am on the 1st Sunday in November, except in Arizona, Hawaii, USVI and Puerto Rico.

Taxes:  The U.S. has no value-added tax (VAT) or other indirect "national" tax. Every state, county and city may levy its own local tax on all purchases, including hotel / restaurant checks and airline tickets. Taxes do not appear on price tags.

Festivals & Holidays
New Year's Day (Jan 1)
Independence Day (July 4)
Veterans/Armistice Day (Nov 11)
Christmas Day (Dec 25)

Movable public holidays
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
President's Day
Good Friday
Easter Sunday
Memorial Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day

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How to Get There

Airport 
St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE)
14700 Terminal Blvd #221
Clearwater, FL 33762
 

Note: The St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport is about 12 miles north of Downtown St. Petersburg, an approx. 18-minute-car-ride.

Tampa International Airport (TPA)
4100 George J Bean Pkwy
Tampa, Florida 33607
 

Note: The Tampa International Airport is about 20 miles north of Downtown St. Petersburg, an approx. 25-minute-car-ride depending on time of day.

There are many non-stop and connecting services from anywhere in the US and abroad to Tampa or St. Pete-Clearwater. Your Moorings Vacation Planning Specialist can assist you with flight arrangements.

Airlines serving St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE):

  • Allegiant
  • Sun Country Airlines
  • Sunwing Airlines

Airlines serving Tampa International Airport (TPA):

  • Alaska Airlines
  • Air Canada
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cayman Airways
  • Contour Airlines
  • Copa Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Edelweiss Air
  • Frontier
  • Jet Blue
  • Lufthansa
  • Norwegian Air
  • Silver Airways
  • Southern Airways Express
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Swift Air
  • Swoop
  • United
  • WestJet

Flights
Due to the number of flights we organize, the Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Please make sure you contact our inhouse flight specialist at 866.649.2003 before you book your flights.

Transfers 
Transfers from the airport to the base are not included. Ride-share and taxi services are readily available from the airport to the marina location you have selected for your St. Petersburg Yacht Charter in Florida.

Car Rentals
If you plan to spend more time ashore in St. Petersburg Florida either before or after your Yacht Charter, renting a car is a great way to see the whole coast/state at your own pace. St. Petersburg has several different rental agencies to choose from.

Rental agencies are conveniently located at the Tampa and St. Pete-Clearwater airport or downtown.

St. Petersburg
ACE Rent A Car – Tel: 866-551-8267
Alamo Rent A Car – Tel: 844-806-3352
Avis Car Rental – Tel: 727-530-1407
Budget Car Rental – Tel: 727-524-3895
Dollar Car Rental – Tel: 727-573-1507
Enterprise Rent-A-Car – Tel: 727-524-1239
Hertz – Tel: 727-532-4801
National Car Rental – Tel: 844-806-3351
Thrifty Car Rental - Tel: 727-573-1507

Tampa
Advantage Rent A Car – Tel: 800-777-5500
Avis Car Rental – Tel: 813-396-3500
Budget Car Rental – Tel: 813-396-3126
Dollar Car Rental – Tel: 866-434-2226
Enterprise Rent-A-Car – Tel: 833-892-9213
Executive Car Rental – Tel: 813-344-4359
Hertz Car Rental – Tel: 813-207-7615
Sixt Rent A Car – Tel: 813-327-4234
Thrifty Car Rental – Tel: 877-283-0898

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Check In/Check Out

Check In Procedures
Charter Start Time: All charters start at 10:00 a.m.
Chart Briefing: 9 a.m. before boarding; please arrive by 8:45 a.m. to complete final paperwork

All skippers must attend a Chart Briefing which covers all you need to know about the cruising area, use of the VHF radio, how to call for assistance, and more. A Boat Briefing will also be provided onboard your yacht.

Late Arrivals 
If arriving after hours, please let us know and we will send late arrival instructions. Chart and boat briefings are held in the morning.

Check Out Procedures
Charter End Time: All charters end at 5 p.m. at which time the boat must be returned and ready for debriefing and checks.

A debriefing and final walkthrough will be done upon return so please allow enough time to complete this in the end of your charter.

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What's on Board/Included

On the Yachts
All yachts are equipped with a Starter Cleaning Pack (Lysol, Windex, sponge/cloth, paper towels, toilet paper, etc.), Transom barbecue (propane), Autopilots, Wind instruments, Bimini top, GPS chart-plotter, Cockpit cushions, Fully equipped galley for 6 (including coffee pot and kettle), Bed linens, Blankets, and Bath and Beach towels, Adult life jackets (we suggest bringing your own for kids under 30 pounds - the smallest life jacket this base carries is 30-90 pounds), All necessary safety equipment, Dinghy with outboard engine.

Fuel is NOT included in your charter.
 
Pets are NOT allowed on board.

Optional Extras
Sleep Aboard: $95
Daily Insurance: $40, includes Sea Tow
Captain Fee: Sail, Daily $175 / Overnight $250
Captain Fee: Power, Daily $185 / Overnight $275
Cook Fee: Daily $160 / Overnight $250
Watersports equipment can also be added to your charter. Visit our Base Guide to learn more.
*Please note, there is a maximum of 6 guests allowed on board if you hire a skipper. 

Provisioning
Downtown St. Petersburg has a variety of grocery and liquor stores, wine shops and specialty boutiques to pick up everything you need. There is a Publix supermarket just a 5-minute-drive from the base which also delivers to the marina (visit delivery.publix.com for more details).

Publix Super Market at University Village, 250 3rd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 – Tel: 727-822-1125

Please note: Red wine is not allowed on board the yachts.

Mobile phones 
Cellular service by U.S. providers work well in St. Petersburg Florida and surrounding. Be sure to check with your service provider for coverage details, roaming charges and call costs if you are arriving from abroad. You will need to activate international roaming on your contract, if your provider does not offer coverage in the United States.

Music/iPods 
While many of the newer boats have Bluetooth capability, we cannot guarantee all boats are outfitted with this equipment. For your convenience, we highly recommend you bring an AUX cord so you can listen to music from your mobile devices.

Electricity
The United States (Canada and BVI too) uses 110 - 120 volts AC (60 cycles), compared to 220 to 240 volts AC (50 cycles) in most of Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Downward converters that change 220-240 volts to 110-120 volts are difficult to find in the United States, so bring one with you if needed.

Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Service is available at the Vinoy Resort Marina.

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What to Bring

Customs & Immigration / Travel Documents
Adult passengers 18 and over must show valid identification, for example a driver’s license or passport in order to charter.

Entry, exit, and visa requirements depend on the locations you are departing from and traveling to. You are responsible for having the correct documents so make sure to check with the consulate of the countries you plan to visit before you travel. Visit travel.state.gov for the latest information.

For international travelers - Citizens of any country other than the United States should follow U.S. travel regulations and requirements for entry into the United States. Be sure to check with your local Embassy for the most up-to-date Travel Requirements when visiting the U.S.A.

Luggage & Packing List
Soft-sided luggage or duffel bags are best, as luggage storage space on your yacht may be limited. We have no facilities for holding luggage at the base. Pack lightly and review our suggested packing list for required and necessary items to bring.

  • Pack essential prescription medicine and change of clothing in a carry-on bag*
  • Passport and other travel documentation
  • Facial mask
  • Tickets and paper confirmations for pre-planned activities
  • Light-colored, light-weight clothing
  • Formal wear for upscale dining establishments
  • Swimwear and cover up
  • Hats and sunglasses
  • Sandals and flip-flops
  • Athletic shoes and hiking boots
  • Travel-sized toiletries and hygiene products
  • Insect repellent and OTC pain relievers/ointments
  • AUX cable for playing music through your device

  • 12V DC to 110V AC power inverter (for boats without generators**)

  • 12V to USB power adapter for charging mobile devices

*We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.

**All boats include a 12V DC outlet (a "car" outlet). Boats with generators have 110V outlets.

Cash/Credit Cards
The local currency is the United States Dollar (USD). Credit cards are widely accepted in most establishments

Gratuity 
If you hire a captain, a standard gratuity of 18-20% is greatly appreciated.

Security Deposit
Your outstanding balance for the charter as well as a security deposit (should you choose not to take the Daily Insurance) must be paid at the base prior to charter start and is refundable at the end of your charter subject to there being no loss or damage. For details see Sailing Florida Terms & Conditions.

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Health & Safety

Vaccination and Immunization Information
Inoculations or vaccinations are not required for entry into the United States, unless you're arriving from an area known to be suffering from an epidemic (particularly cholera or yellow fever). At time of publication, an International Vaccination Certificate is not mandatory.

Clients wanting more information on vaccinations and immunizations should contact: The Centers for Disease Control's International Travelers' Hotline in the USA at 404-639-3534. Detailed traveler's advice on traveling abroad can also be found at www.cdc.gov/travel/index.htm. This website is in English.

Visit cdc.gov for the latest information.

Travel Advice  
Your health and safety are important to us. For advice on how to stay safe while on charter, please review our Travel Advice InformationCurrent travel and safety information can be obtained by visiting travel.state.gov

Swim Safe
For your safety and for environmental reasons, the feeding of fish is not recommended and may be prohibited in some destinations.

Travel Insurance
We recommend purchasing travel insurance for your peace of mind during your vacation. Please verify that it covers the destinations and activities of your yacht charter.

Safety
All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets and harnesses, we leave it up to you to decide when personal safety equipment should be worn.

If you have your own children’s life jacket we would encourage you to bring it along to ensure a proper fit for your child. Children under the age of 16yrs should not operate an outboard engine and should be supervised at all times when in the dinghy.

Emergencies
Dial Tel #911 anywhere in the US to reach emergency service by fire, call the police, or get an ambulance. This is a toll-free call & no coins are required at public telephones.

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*Please note country entry/exit and vaccination/immunization requirements can and do change. The Moorings is not accountable for these requirement changes and we advise visiting the destination's authority website to receive the latest updates.