Since St. John has no airport, your vacation begins aboard a 20 minute ferry ride from St. Thomas to St. John. (The taxis at the St. Thomas airport are very familiar with loading up a van full of visitors and transporting them to the ferries.)
Ferry Service from Red Hook, St. Thomas:
From Red Hook on St. Thomas to Cruz Bay on St. John is very convenient as well as reliable.
Ferry Service from Charlotte Amalie (Downtown), St. Thomas:
There is also ferry service from Charlotte Amalie (Downtown St. Thomas) to Cruz Bay. This service is actually closer to the airport, giving you a shorter taxi ride and longer time on the water. But we have found that this service over the years has not been as reliable as the Red Hook ferries. Be a bit cautious if you are depending on the Downtown ferry to get you to your departure flight on time!
Taxis are readily available at the airport to take you to the ferry; plan on about $15 per person, plus $2 per bag, one way. We can arrange private taxi vans in advance, with rates starting at $75 for four people, and $18 for each additional passenger.
Private water taxis are also available for those who arrive later than the last ferry or need to be on St Thomas before the first morning ferry. If your flight arrives later than scheduled ferries, or you prefer a private shuttle to St. John, private water shuttles are available. Just let us know if you prefer a private shuttle and we will also arrange a private taxi from the airport to the shuttle's docking location.
St John Car and Jeep Rentals.
Renting a Jeep or car on St. John is the best way to explore the many beaches, coves and island landmarks around St. John. A four-wheel drive jeep or sport utility vehicle is recommended for your stay. Although we are only 8 miles long, the roads wind along either the shorelines or across the top of the island and pulling over to take in the views (and pictures!) are a favorite pastime of island visitors. With 46 beaches on our tiny 21 square mile island, you will want to take advantage of "personally touring" St. John.
Several St. Thomas Rental agencies prohibit their vehicles to be taken on
the barge to St. John.
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