St. John car rental
Our advice for a rental car on St. John is to rent on St. Thomas and take the car over on the car ferry. We got a car for a week for $200 from Budget at the airport, vice $350 to rent on St. John. Plus, you save transportation costs by driving yourself to the ferry dock. It wasn't that hard to figure the roads from the airport to the car ferry. Rental agencies on St. John claim you can't get by with the non-4WD cars that you get at the airport - we found this to be a greatly exaggerated issue. We drove all over St. John and went everywhere we wanted - no doubt there is an obscure track here or there you need 4WD for, but we never found them.Related to:
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Air boat from Puerto Rico to...
Air boat from Puerto Rico to the Virgin Island.
Here is a photo of the wonderful actress Maureen O'Hara Blair. She was the first woman to be elected President of this scheduled American Airline named Antilles Airboats.
We drive on the left. Why? ...
We drive on the left. Why? Well, because most everyone else here does. The taxis seem to drive down the middle of the road so watch out on curves. Also, we tend to stop in the road to 'visit' with someone on the side of the road quite often. Accept it. You don't have to be anywhere in a hurry. And go around if the 'visit' is protracted. It's one of our charming features.
Fly to St Thomas. You can...
Fly to St Thomas. You can reach St John by ferry from Downtown (6 trips a day) or from Red Hook (every hour on the hour 6am to 12pm).
Fly to St Croix.
There are public busses (VITRAN) which cost $1. There are safari busses on St Thomas which follow the bus routes and cost $1. VITRAN is also on St Croix and St John, but on St John it does not run the Northshore Road to the beaches, only taxis. Taxi fares are set and published, but there is often confusion - ask before setting out.
By Air: you can fly into...
By Air: you can fly into St.Thomas with commercial airlines (long distance) or charter flights (from other islands).
By Sea: ferries run from Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands. Make sure to confirm the schedules.
Ferries: Run several times a day between different islands. A fun way to get around.
Rental Cars: It is not necessary to rent a car for your whole stay. Perhaps one or two days so you can explore secluded areas at your own pace. Driving is on the left side of the road. Who knows why?
Taxis: Taxis here are usually flatbed trucks with bench seats along the side and colorful striped awnings that hold a lot of people. They are readily available, and the more people in your group (strangers included) makes the trip better value. You can usually hire a taxi to take you on an island tour as well. Taxi rates are regulated and should be posted. Ask and agree to the price(per trip or per person) before departure.
Bus: There is a limited bus service (on St. John there's one bus that goes back and forth along the island) but for $1 its a great way to reach some less crowded beaches, or to National Park trailheads. Ask when the last bus will run.
Dinghy: If you want to explore the coastline and snorkel, rent a dinghy for a day. It's easy to navigate and will get you away from the crowds.
Well we took a air-pass with a...
Well we took a air-pass with a local airline, LIAT (Leeward Islands Air Transport), which allowed us to do 'island hopping'. This kind of pass can only be purchased outside the Carribean and is subject to a lot of restrictions. But it's worth !!!
Other mean of transportation would be a boat, but that's slow.....
If you can afford it, rent-a-car as it is a must to explore islands. Public transportation being very very unsufficient and not well developped.
Of course as I said, if you have a boat, you may reach places which are not linked to a road....allowing you to get your 'own private beach'.
Fly into Charlotte Amalie in...
Fly into Charlotte Amalie in St Thomas and either take a ferry from there to St John, or a taxi to Red Hook and a ferry from there.
Rent a car or preferably a jeep (it's very hilly) on St John if you plan on exploring. There are a ton of pristine beaches in the National Park and I had fun visiting most of them.
Fly. You'll arrive at Cyril E....
Fly. You'll arrive at Cyril E. King airport. They give you free rum punch in the terminal. Also, notice the mountains around the airport and try to find the one that has been hit by so many planes during takeoff that it's been permanently altered.
The best way is to rent a car. If you want to be really hip and happening in a far out way, rent a jeep and drive top down! You can also use the taxi services and the shuttle busses. There cheap and safe.
Take the ferry from Red Hook...
Take the ferry from Red Hook on St. Thomas. It takes about 20 minutes and runs frequently. Put your luggage on last or it will be at the bottom of a huge pile and you will have to wait for it to be unloaded at the other end.
Be advised if you rent a car that the roads are steep and windy with many switch backs and driving is on the left. You don't need 4 wheel drive on the main roads,but most of the rentals are jeeps of some kind. There are also many jitneys (open air buses) that will take you anywhere and make regular runs to all the north shore beaches.
Art by Anissa Roth
We took American Airlines down...
We took American Airlines down to St. Thomas and then took a taxi to our hotel. Beware, the prices in taxis are per person, unlike in NYC. So, there may be a cost of $8.00 per person to get to your hotel instead of $8.00 per group. There is also a $1.00 per suitcase charge when going to or from the Airport.
The taxis were the best way for me and my friend to get around but, this tends to get costly. If you are going far away all the time, you may want to look into a car. The driving is crazy over there. They drive on the opposite side of the road up hills and around curves. The hills are very steep and there are blind curves.
Besides that, most of the roads have scenic views that are a joy to behold. I took many pictures when riding in the taxis in St. Thomas and St. John.
Flying in to St. Thomas, and...
Flying in to St. Thomas, and then taking a 40 minute water taxi is the best way to get the Caneel Bay, St. John. The water taxi really drives home the fact that you are in this beautiful, tropical paradise!
Taxis are very easy to find throughout St. John. But be prepared, you'll be riding in a covered truck bed with thinly padded benches.
Air to St. Thomas, ferry from...
Air to St. Thomas, ferry from Red Hook or Downtown (take a taxi to Red Hook inorder to see why you are glad you are not staying on St. Thomas. Denzil Clynes
rental for the best price and jeep (we use Suzuki's) Remember we drive on the left side of the road although we use American vehicles.
Rent a jeep from Denzil Clyne (809-776-6715 on St. John or 809-495-4900 on Tortola BVI)or any other of the rental agencies. Remember your Gold and Plat cards do not cover accidents in the Islands as you are renting an off-the-road vehicle. Most of our roads were donkey (and dont run over or try to pet any of the feral donkeys, good way to lose a chunk) and are very steep and narrow. Honk your horn around tight curves. Hitchiking is an acceptable means of travel and is used by almost everyone.
I think we flew American...
I think we flew American Airlines. It was fine.
We took the taxis in to town almost every night. They are so quaint with their little striped canopies. However, we rented a car for one day & drove to remote parts of the islands & found some awesome snorkeling spots. Some of the locals will tell you where they go, so that's your best bet. We left our stuff on the beach & no one bothered it. There are wild donkeys in the woods & beside the roads, but they are harmless.
The best way to go in...
The best way to go in St-Thomas is the plane or the cruise ship.
To get around the Virgin Islands, you must have a car because it's only mountain there. There's not a lot of place where you can walk or something. You can walk in downtown or near the waterfront but if you go in the mountain, it's more difficult to walk or to do bicycle.
They drive on the other side...
They drive on the other side of the road so take it easy when you pick up your car. If you plan to go to St John, you can't take the car over with most rental companies. If they let you take it, there is a hefty fee to take ity on the ferry. it is almost easier to rent one for the day on St John or use a taxi.
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