There's no airport on this island...so best way to reach it is by FERRY.
We were staying at the Marriott’s Frenchman’s Reef resort, so we just took the hotel’s very own ferry to St Thomas which I think was just a little over $10 ? But these 20-minute ferries can easily be taken from the eastern tip of the island, leaving from Red Hook Landing Pier (phone 340/776-6282 - beginning at 6:30am, and for every hour until the last ferry back to Red Hook departs from St. John's Cruz Bay at 11pm. A lot of cruise passengers take this trip as well which is one-way fare $5 for adults, $1 for children 11 and under.
To reach this Red Hook ferry, take the Vitran bus from the ferry dock near Market Square (in Charlotte Amalie) directly to Red Hook for only $1 per person each way or just take a taxi….
There is also 45-minute boat ride for St. John directly at the Charlotte Amalie waterfront, from Vendors Plaza (340/776-6282 ) at the corner of Veterans Drive and Tolbod Gade, for only $10 each way for adults and $1 for children 11 and under. The boat departs from Charlotte Amalie at 7:15am and continue at intervals of 2 hours, until the last boat departs around 5:30pm. (note that the last boat to leave St. John's Cruz Bay for Charlotte Amalie departs at 3:45pm.)
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I made a short video of our first trip to the Caribbean!
Hope you like this:
JUMPING FAMILY IN ST THOMAS AND ST JOHN!
As we disembarked from our cruise ship, we walked through Havensight shops to an area a few blocks away where open-air taxis, safari buses, were waiting. They have posted transportation rates - no meters - so you know exactly what you are paying before entering. Of course, it helps to know where you want to go! We just asked the driver for the best snorkeling beach. He said Coki Beach and that the fare was $12 (each way). The vehicle holds about 30 people on bench seats. Our particular vehicle had tourists, locals, and other-islanders in town for a day's shopping. It was a very talkative bunch and we had a delightful ride. We took winding roads up above Charlotte Amalie and could overlook the harbor and cruise ships -- must have been where they take all those postcard photos from!!! Gorgeous views! Then we dropped off some of our new 'friends' at the Kmart and continued to Coki Beach. We asked the driver to return for us and set the hour for pick-up. No problem - he was back to get us and take us to the ship. Could not have been easier.
Cabs are pricey! Local "safari/country/dollar" buses run a loop around the island. You will be riding on a "bus" which is a flatbed truck, the flatbed having padded bench seats, open air. You'll be riding with the locals................be sure to say "Good afternoon, morning, etc.", NOT just "Hi". Try to have exact change. They run all day, but are scarce in the evening. Trust me, you will save a LOT of money!
If you don't have your ticket in advance, go to the ferry terminal two hours early and drop your luggage behind the counter. (There was a nice old guy with missing teeth there; he's friendly and will actually watch your bags.) Then go upstairs, and have a drink on the patio while you watch the sea planes land and take off.
When the ferry comes in, go downstairs and get in line. Then relax in the waiting area. When you board, you have to go inside to the lower level. After the ferry leaves the port you can move around. The lounge upstairs is open for seating, but is not always open for serving. We sat outside, in the bow. You might wonder why you would want the wind whipping your face for an hour and a half...the bow rising and falling on the waves...but think of all the hours you sit in an office cubicle, and the wind and waves are enjoyable. The 6:15pm ferry brought us through sunet and stars coming out...
Arrival at night in St. Croix: grab a cab and get outta there. Not a place to be walking around alone at night.
The car rental counters are inside; the rental car lot is outside...across the parking lot...up some stairs...across the road...
It doesn not seem to be handicapped accessible. But I guess they'd drive your car around if you asked.
But the selk-service lot is easy to deal with, especially for drop-off. Just find an open spot and park it. Those who cannot find open spots seem to park thjeir cars - literally - anywhere.
We had a compact and it was fine for the hills, narrow roads, tight turns, in-town traffic.