Hello everyone, I hope you all had a great holiday weekend! As you all likely know by now, I would love nothing more than to have each and every one of you come and visit us here on St. John. Getting here can be tricky, so today we’re going to give you a quick rundown on how to get here.
First, let’s talk about logistics. If you want to visit St. John, first you must know that we are in the US Virgin Islands. Some people confuse us with St. John’s, Antigua. They have a “s” and we do not. You would be shocked if you knew how common it is for a guest to book a hotel here on St. John and then an excursion over in St. John’s, Antigua, or vice versa. I’ve actually had island tour guests call me in a panic because they couldn’t find the Red Hook ferry … well that’s because they were in Antigua, not the Virgin Islands. Oops!
Ok, so now that we have that squared away, you may be wondering about airports. In order to visit St. John, you must fly into St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. The airport code is STT. Most of the major airlines now fly into St. Thomas including Delta, American, United, JetBlue and Spirit. We also have smaller airlines including Cape Air and Silver (which recently merged with Seaborne.).
Once you land, you need to get to the ferry. The ferry then takes you to St. John. We currently have two ferry options – one is located in Red Hook, and the other is located in Crown Bay. The Red Hook ferry leaves out of Red Hook on the hour, every hour. If you opt to take this ferry, you simply need to tell your taxi driver to take you to Red Hook. The ride is about 30-45 minutes from the airport. The ferry takes about 15 minutes. If you get into a regular taxi, just know that they can cram up to about 12-15 passengers in one taxi. It’s tight. And hot. You can opt for a private taxi where it’s just your group, but that can be a bit more expensive. You do not need to make a reservation for the ferry or regular taxi.
The second ferry operates out of Crown Bay. It operates seven days a week, but it’s schedule is more limited. It leaves Crown Bay daily at 3:30 p.m. and also at 5:30 p.m. It leaves Cruz Bay daily at 11 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. I’ve heard great things about this ferry. The one negative I consistently hear is that the taxi drivers at the airport are telling guests that the Crown Bay ferry does not exist. That is not true. It does exist. It’s only a five minute ride from the airport, which equates to a lesser taxi fare than if you chose to go to Red Hook, so perhaps that’s their motivation. Who knows. What we do know is that you do need to make a reservation for this ferry. The number is 340-776-6597.
The car barge is a third option, although we think it’s best if you rent your vehicle here on St. John and leave the car barge for those who need to use it for work, the rebuild, medical reasons, etc.
Ok, now let’s talk about when you go back to the airport. It takes roughly one hour to get from Cruz Bay to the airport regardless of which ferry you take. And once you arrive at the airport on St. Thomas, you will have to go through US Customs before going through security. You do not have to fill out a form anymore, but you will have to answer a few simple questions about where you’re been, where you’re going and whether or not you are taking anything home with you. Because you have to go through Customs and security, you may want to allow yourselves some extra time.
You should arrive at the airport at least two hours before your flight, although American Airlines wants you there three hours in advance. Customs lines can get long, as can security, so give yourself enough time.
Oh, and once you are on island, I would love to show you around! I offer full and half day land tours, which are great for people new to the island, as well as returning guests. I also offer land and sea tours along with Flyaway Charters, which really is the best of both worlds. You can see St. John by land and then by sea, all in the same day! We can even get you out to the Lime Out, St. John’s new floating taco bar! For more information, please visit www.newsofstjohn.com/islandtour. You can also email me at [email protected].
I hope some of these details help you in planning your next trip, so start looking to book your next vacation! Have a great day everyone!