Got caught out late in st Johns on a Thursday night as I ran out of hard cash. Went to an ATM in the pub..which refused my Bank of Ireland Visa account..same in all the machines I tried along George Street (theres one in or near every bar).
Turns out these machines only like Canadian Credit card or Bank cards.
Make sure to use the machines at the big banks on Water Street. I choose RBC which worked fine with my card!
To be fair in this tip I provided a great shot of the St. John's harbour. It can be beautiful as you can see. Also note I have two other pictures there as well for you to view. They are the sea gulls and the St. John's bubble.
If you travel to this city enough you will hear about the municipal politics and the bubble which is the city sewer dumping into the harbour and the smell it can create. Yikes!
My advise is to not bother going to try and feed the sea gulls. They are full of s*&t already and it won't smell to good over that way, lol.
St John's is actually built on a slope, so you need some fitness to be able to walk up the slope to locations which are higher up. In fact, the houses and buildings are also on slope, which makes it very interesting :)
You have to take note that St John's and Saint John are two different cities although they are both located at the maritime provinces. St John's is the capital of Newfoundland province whereas Saint John is a city in New Brunswick province which is neraby. This is especially important in booking plane tickets as there are airports at both places.
St John's is very windy due to the Atlantic Ocean, especially if you go up to Signal Hill. During late autumn to winter, these wind are very cold and powerful so be prepared. Also, it rains a lot in St John's. Carrying an umbrella here is not advisable due to the strong wind, so a raincoat is the best.
The city of St John's is constantly covered with fog from the Atlantic Ocean. Do be careful especially if you are driving. Sometimes an entire day could be gone because of the fog so do plan for more days staying at St John's if you want to see the various sights.
There is really nothing to worry about at all in St. John's. It really is a safe place and down on George Street, common sense will keep you safe. There will be a lot of people having a good time so just behave yourself. There is also one or two bad apples that have a way of ruining things.
My only other advise would be to young women taking cabs alone. There have been incidents where things have happened but again this is very very rare.
I have had a couple bad experiences with the Gulliver's company so I recommend Jiffy or Newfoundland Cabs.
We were a couple of ladies travelling in St. John's for the first time so, on the way to our hotel, we asked the cab driver if it was safe to walk around St. John's after dark. The cab driver, also a woman, said "Oh yeah. The only danger is the locals may talk ya to death!" We thought that was pretty funny.
She did say that common sense applies though, as it does everywhere. Remember to be aware of your surroundings, ladies!
St. John's rises up from the harbour along some very steep streets. I saw a couple of them that even had little staircases in the sidewalks because the street was so steep. Once out of the downtown core, the city flattens out a bit more.
Walking to close to the edge of the cliffs can be very dangerous, because the soil is not very firm and may give way under your feet causing you to lose your balance and slide over the edge. The sea temperature is low also in the middle of the summer; therefore, undercooling is a big problem & be careful where you swim because of the rip currents. The Police (they look like London Bobbie when in there full dress) are friendly and helpful if you obey the law. Do not drink and drive because the level is very low and the fines are high.
It was cold in June. We were there for a week and the sun came out for a day and a half. I guess summer begins and ends in August. Anyway, go with it, take the view that it's part of the place's charm. You won't forget it!
The biggest danger or hazard when travelling in Newfoundland are the moose!They can jump onto the highway without you even seeing them.Avoid travelling at night if at all possible;they are extremely hard to see as they blend in with the background!
Blackflies in the summer. Frostbite in the winter. Expensive vegatables and reduced fresh produce during the approx. 6-8 weeks of the spring thaw of the Trans-Labrador highway. Tractor trailers are unable to traverse the road and items must be brought in by air.
tho we did not see any moose, if you're driving a rent-a-car they do advise you to watch out for them.
When travelling the highways here, be sure to watch for unexpected fog banks and wildlife. We have some major road bumps here and they look alot like moose...just please be careful...