Oftentimes we get asked if there is an airport here on St. John. The answer, as most if you know, is no. (Sometimes people are very adamant there is, but that just means they bought a flight to St. John’s, Antigua by mistake, rather than St. John, US Virgin Islands. Sorry, I’ve digressed…) But did you know that you use to be able to visit St. John by plane? It’s true! Years back, you used to be able to arrive in Cruz Bay via seaplane. How neat is that??!!
Between 1967 and 1995, you could fly via seaplane from Cruz Bay to St. Thomas, St. Croix, Puerto Rico and San Juan, according to Gerald Singer’s Off the Beaten Track book. (This is a great book for first time visitors. You can buy it here.) “What is now used as the Virgin Islands National Park boat launch once housed the ramp, rustic offices and ground facilities for Antilles Airboats, a seaplane company that lost its planes to Hurricane Hugo in 1989”, Gerald wrote.
Different companies took over until they too lost all of their planes during Hurricane Marilyn in 1995, Singer said. “After that, the National Park announced that it would no longer lease the seaplane ramp and that wonderful scheduled seaplane service, that at one time enabled visitors to change planes in San Juan and fly directly to Cruz Bay, is no more.”
Check out these two pics we found over on On-StJohn.com:
And that’s all the “news” we have for you today folks! If anyone has more photos of this, we’d love to see them. Happy Tuesday everyone!