Getting Around U. S. Virgin Islands

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    ROAD SIGNS TO GUIDE ISLAND VISITORS

    by catalysta Updated Jun 5, 2005

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    Tommy the Starfish Routes: On St. Thomas - the Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association has posted Tommy the Star Fish signs to help guide you around the island. Just follow the signs to get to the most popular areas for visitors to St. Thomas:
    Orange Route: Airport, Downtown Charlotte Amalie, Havensight Cruise Terminal, Morningstar Beach, Bolongo Beach and RED HOOK FERRIES.
    Red Route: Four Corners to Smith Bay, including DRAKE’S SEAT.
    Yellow Route: CROWN BAY Dock and Marina to MAFOLIE Hotel & Restaurant.
    Green Route: Downtown Charlotte Amalie to MAGEN’S BAY BEACH.
    Blue Route: Red Rook Ferries to Downtown Charlotte Amalie past North Shore Resorts and major Shopping Malls, including TILLETT GARDENS.

    Tommy The Starfish Route Map
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    SO YOU THINK YOU WANT TO RENT A SCOOTER...

    by catalysta Updated Apr 27, 2005

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    Hah! I can't count how many half-mangled tourists-on-motor-scooters I've seen on these islands, it's an everyday occurrence. The locals drive like madmen, the Americans aren't used to driving on the left side of the road (so they forget routinely and lean right), the road conditions are appalling, there are usually no shoulders, and these islands are MOUNTAINOUS, not flat like Cozumel!

    One recommendation: DON'T DO IT! Get a cab, or at least rent something with 4 solid wheels on the ground.

    The Road Out Of Coral Bay, STJ
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    FERRIES TO ST. JOHN & ST. CROIX

    by catalysta Written Apr 28, 2005

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    St. John (STJ) does not have a major airport, so it is best to just fly in to St. Thomas (STT) & plan to catch the ferry from either Charlotte Amalie or Red Hook, either for a day trip or an extended stay. If you want a longer boat ride, catch the ferry from Charlotte Amalie. To minimize water time and take a bit of a drive on STT, head for Red Hook & catch the ferry there. You can also catch a ferry from STT to St. Croix (STX) from Charlotte Amalie. Either way, I recommend you allow a bit of time to enjoy STT, since it won’t be a fast trip getting there. Both CA & RH have some great restaurants as well as fun cheaper places to eat ( I’ll be building tips for STT, CA & RH presently too, & will link to recommended eating spots. Till then, feel free to email me!)
    FAST FERRY RATES & INFORMATION
    Link for general FERRY INFORMATION to STX, STJ, Puerto Rico, & the British Virgin Islands (BVI’s)

    Cruz Bay Ferry Dock, STJ
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    INTERNATIONAL VISITORS

    by catalysta Updated Apr 29, 2005

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    Most visitors from other countries will need visas & passports to enter the USVI’s. Make sure you check well in advance to get your documentation in order for your trip. Check with your airlines for detailed information, or have a look at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration website. Once there, you may feel more at home than the visiting Americans, since this is a very international port!

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    DRIVING ON THE USVI’S

    by catalysta Written Apr 28, 2005

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    While car rentals are not cheap, they are certainly available. Check as much information as possible online before you go, don’t wait till you get there. During the peak tourist season (December thru mid-April), you may need to book the car in advance to get what you want, especially if you have a family or group & you wish to rent a larger car or a van.

    AMERICANS REMEMBER TO DRIVE ON THE LEFT!!! It’s extremely easy to forget this when the cars are set up for American driving with the wheel on the port side, just like at home. So think verrrrry carefully before you take a chance on drinking & driving, it’s not a wise choice.

    Uh-oh, Marcy ain't drivin'!
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    TAXIS ON THE USVI'S

    by catalysta Updated Apr 28, 2005

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    Cabs are a great option, all considered, even though they are spendy, especially if you expect to be drinking any alcohol, or to be tired from an exhausting day of fun in the sun. Fares are set at fixed rates, so it’s a good idea to keep a print out of the rates with you to avoid arguments over what they should be. Also, try to share cabs when possible, that will make it less expensive for all. Here are links for the set rates:
    Cab Fares St. Thomas
    Cab Fares St. John
    St. Croix not yet available

    ONE WARNING cabbies will tack on extra charges for each item of luggage you carry, so if you are just out & about on a day trip, try to keep the tote bags to a minimum - and try not to have anything with you that must be loaded into the trunk!

    OH MY GAWD!!!
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    FLYING TO ST. THOMAS & ST. CROIX

    by catalysta Written Apr 28, 2005

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    I won’t list the major airlines that fly into St. Thomas (STT) & St. Croix (STX), but you can often get discounted flights direct from cities on the eastern seaboard & in the southern states. San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJD) is also a US Territory, so many offer connections thru SJD. I’ve always found direct flights myself, but my Mom tells me the SJD experience was pleasant, not a big hassle at all.
    Intra-Caribbean flights are offered by Air St. Thomas, Air Sunshine, American Eagle, Bohlke International Airways, Cape Air, Caribbean Sun, LIAT Airlines and Seaborne Airlines (seaplanes with inter-island service, between St. Thomas, St. Croix and San Juan, Puerto Rico) from other islands in the Caribbean.

    Flying In To St. Thomas
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    Safari taxis

    by Sophie1980 Written Mar 30, 2003

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    You'll see them everywhere around the island, but especially at certain tourist stops, such as Charlotte Amalie, Magens Bay and by the cruise ships around Havensight Mall. The prices are quite steep from what I've experienced ($6 for a 5 minute drive down the hill to Charlotte Amalie). But, the more people in your group, the cheaper the price is per person.

    They are an excellent way to see the island, being open at the sides, and they stop (annoyingly for locals in a hurry!), at scenic points, so you can get your pictures. Whether you want a lift around the town, to Magens Bay, or around the whole island, they'll take you.

    Warning: check the price before you leave - they have a set list of prices printed. You pay the driver when you get off, not on boarding, meaning he could charge you any price if he wanted. I was almost ripped off, but insisted he was charging too much, and he lowered the price.

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    NOTE for US Visitors to the USVI’s:

    by catalysta Written Apr 28, 2005

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    Even though these islands are US Territories, you will still have to go through customs when you leave, because this is considered an “open port”. On arrival from a US flight, you can just claim your baggage, but when you leave remember to allow some extra time for customs clearance. You'll need your passport or an original birth certificate plus photo ID (check with your airline for valid forms of identification).

    For more information see link below for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration website

    USVI & USA Flags
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    Driving in St Thomas

    by monica71 Written Feb 1, 2008

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    We rented car while in St Thomas to have flexibility to go all over the place. If you like to explore, you are much better renting a car. Cab fares add up pretty fast.
    Be aware that driving is on the left side. Roads are narrow and you really can not speed up there. There is no need to and you are on vacation after all! Take your time and enjoy the view and the island!

    Typical Road in St Thomas
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    The Indispensible Taxi

    by starship Updated May 1, 2003

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    First, I think it would be important to realize this is not an easy island to hike around. Roads tend to be steep in areas, often narrow, sometimes rocky and generally not pedestrian friendly. Necessarily, taxis become your friend.

    The Volendam docked at the end of the pier with Norwegian Cruise Line's Nordic Empress and Celebrity's gigantic Constellation in front of us. The walk just to get off the pier was a long one, but for those so inclined, a free shuttle was available to transport you to the Havensight open air mall just at the end of the pier area. From the shopping area, a dispatcher can get you a taxi to wherever you wish to go on the island. The rate for Saffire Beach was quoted to us as $8 US per person per way. However, the driver, without being asked, offered to take the 4 of us for $24 US per way. The driver, Mr. Joseph Hector, said he would come back for us whenever we were ready and so we arranged a time to be picked up. As Saffire beach was at least 20 minutes from the ship and in an out of the way area, this was a most valuable convenience and Mr. Hector was a man of his word.

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  • Van Taxis

    by zChris Written May 26, 2003

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    The best way to get around the islands is to hire one of the giant van taxis that prowl its roads. They're usually reasonably priced (by zone, rather than time) and have friendly drivers. It may seem odd, but they also tend to pick up fellow islanders for free along the roadsides as a courtesy service (the taxis are primarily for tourists). Also, don't be surprised by having to share with several other families, as the vans are large and cabbies try to maximise their fares. There are usually cabs waiting at the major hotels, and they also prowl the main streets of the villages and towns looking for passengers. Ask around, some drivers come highly recommended.

    Taxi in Cruz Bay, St. John

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    By Air: you can fly into...

    by mmcnie Written Aug 26, 2002

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    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.

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    Well we took a air-pass with a...

    by dreamworld Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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'.

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    Fly. You'll arrive at Cyril E....

    by thunderbox Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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