Ahh, the age-old question… Should I rent my vehicle on St. John or St. Thomas? I understand the appeal of renting over on St. Thomas. You can start your vacation immediately as opposed to taxiing over to Red Hook and hopping on the people ferry. You can stop for groceries at the bigger stores, etc. Today, however, I am going to strongly encourage all of you to rent your vehicles on St. John. The main reason – the car barge.
We lost two of our four barges to the hurricanes. The Mister B ended up half under water, and is currently being repaired from what we hear.The Island Vic was a complete loss. Love City Car Ferries is currently working to replace it.
So that leaves us with just the General II and the Captain Vic. That means that we only have two barges to haul away all of the trash on the island, to move construction materials between islands, to deliver food, to ferry people to St. Thomas who need to travel there by car for work or supplies. And what happens when one breaks down or is pulled for maintenance? We’re down to one. And this has been happening often lately.
Last night, for example, I had a friend who landed at 3:30 p.m. He was transporting his dog home who evacuated after Irma. At 7:30 p.m., he was still waiting on a barge over in St. Thomas. We were down to one again, he said.
A few weeks back, the same thing happened to a friend of mine who owns a real estate company here on island. She got to the dock in Red Hook a little after 3 p.m. She did not load onto the barge until after 9:30 p.m. I’m not sure about all of you, but that’s not how I’d like to start my vacation.
One thing I’d like to point out is that the barges are not leaving anyone stranded in Red Hook, so a big thank you to them for that.
The Jeep rentals companies here on St. John are open. St. John Car Rental has been renting vehicles since the storms. L&L is open. Cool Breeze is open. Conrad Sutton is also open. Just to name a few…
The majority of phone lines are still down on island, so you will have to email for a reservation. And please be patient, our internet isn’t up to America speeds yet, so it takes time to go through emails.
Hopefully this helps during your vacation planning. Have a great Tuesday everyone!