Arrival in the USVI...
There is a very important protocol for meeting, greeting and doing business with people in the Virgin Islands. Go Slow; take time to make eye contact, smile and greet everyone you meet with a "Good Morning," "Good Afternoon" or "Good Evening" before starting to do business. "Island Time" is Slow, Easy and Polite.
You will arrive in St Thomas at the Cyril E. King Airport (STT)
Carry cash in small denominations for this portion of your journey to cover taxi shuttle, tips, and ferry ride. Porters are available to help you with your luggage at the ferry docks as well as the airport. It is customary to tip both the taxi driver and the luggage handlers on the dock.
**Most of these transactions, are done in CASH ONLY.
The airport is on the west end of the island of St. Thomas. Once you have collected your luggage, exit the building and you will find the Taxis waiting to take arriving guests to their destinations. Taxi fares are set and there is a charge per bag for large luggage.
There are now two different passenger ferries running to St John - from Red Hook Ferry Dock on the East End of St Thomas and now from Crown Bay Marina on the West End of St Thomas...
**Red Hook Ferry Dock to St John
Red Hook → Cruz Bay:
5:30 am (not on weekends), 6:30 am, 7:30 am, 8:00 am, then every hour on the hour until Midnight
Cruz Bay → Red Hook:
6:00 am - 11:00 pm every hour on the hour
The regular passenger ferry runs from Red Hook Ferry Dock to the Cruz Bay Ferry Dock.
The cost of the Red Hook passenger ferry is around $8pp and $4 per large bags.
You can expect to pay about $15pp in CASH ONLY for the 40 minute taxi ride to or from the airport
*Crown Bay Marina to St John
The new ferry is operated by Inter Island Boat Services
Crown Bay → Cruz Bay:
3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m
Cruz Bay → Crown Bay:
11:00 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.
The Inter Island ferry leaves and arrives in St John from the “Creek”, which is beside the Virgin Islands Visitor Center. It’s the ferry that has the yellow sun-like image on it. Since the schedule is limited, we advise calling ahead to reserve a spot. 340-776-6597 or 340-201-6311
The cost of this new ferry is $20 per person. Bags cost $5. The trip takes roughly 35 minutes.
You can expect to pay about $5pp in CASH ONLY for the five-minute taxi ride to or from the airport.
**For ease of travel day, we recommend taking the Red Hook route for most of our arriving guests.
*We only advise taking the Crown Bay route if your arrival time ensures you will make one of the ONLY TWO departure times and if you call ahead to reserve a spot.
After greeting the Taxi Concierge, let him know which ferry you want to take to St John; he will put you into the appropriate taxi van and head to the ferry. Before you arrive at the dock in St John, we will have made arrangements by phone or text as to where we will meet you and how we will show you to your villa.
Renting your car on St. Thomas?
If you are renting your car on St. Thomas, your experience from the airport will be worked out with the car rental company, and you will be taking the Red Hook car barge dock instead of the passenger ferry. Please be aware that the car barges typically run less frequent and do not run past 6:30 or 7pm. Please confirm times for the day of your arrival.
Ferry TIP: If you have read anything about the Charlotte Amalie passenger ferry to St. John, please note it has not been operating since the 2017 hurricanes.
We are excited to be your island hosts.
See you when you get here!