St. John has hundreds of boat moorings but not one airport. For most travelers, getting to and from St. John ends and begins at the St. Thomas airport (STT).
From the airport take a taxi to either Downtown Charlotte Amalie, (15 minute cab ride) or Red Hook, (45 minute cab ride), and then take one of the passenger ferries to St. John. Either option will cost $20 or more per person, depending on luggage. From Downtown - 15 minute cab ride then 45 minutes by water, departing every two hours from 9am and at 5:30pm. From Red Hook - 45 minute cab ride, then 20 minutes by water, departing hourly from 6am to midnight
The Red Hook ferry to St. John runs the most frequently-every hour on the hour until midnight-so that is what most travelers use. If you miss the ferry at Red Hook (they generally are punctual), just walk around the corner to your left - lots of places to get snacks, meals, or shop for food in time for the next ferry.
We encourage Maho and Harmony guests to seek out Mr. Frett who owns and runs a taxi shuttle (an open but covered safari style truck) between Cruz Bay and Maho Bay/Harmony. He meets the 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm and the 9 pm ferries from Red Hook. This is his in-season schedule; during other times of the year it would be worth checking the front desk (340/776-6240). He charges $8 one person, one way - luggage extra. He does not meet the Charlotte Amalie ferry but, if you wish to wait for Mr. Frett, there are lots of shops, stores and restaurants in Cruz Bay.
If you miss Mr. Frett, any one of dozens of taxis will take you to Maho/Harmony from Cruz Bay although rates can fluctuate greatly.
There was a time was that the only way to get around the island from Concordia was via rented car. That has changed. Leo Maximin and his Wonderful Taxi are available for prearranged Taxi service to and from Cruz Bay. Arriving guests call Leo as soon as you arrive at the airport in St Thomas; he will meet you at the ferry when you land in Cruz Bay. Departing guests can make arrangements and pre-pay at the registration desk on the evening before departure day and the clerk will make the call to Leo for you. Leo can be reach by cell (340) 693-7306, home (340) 643-3096. Leave a message at both numbers, including a number to reach you, if you don't speak with him directly.
The VITRAN is available to visitors and costs $1.00; however, you may not take luggage on the bus, only what you can put on your lap.
If you think the taxi will not provide the convenience you need, a rented vehicle will give you easy access to the island's many restaurants, beaches and other attractions. We recommend using St John based rental companies. It is difficult to get road service from St Thomas car rental companies should your car have a problem, and the car barge stops running to and from St John at 6:30 pm. Make the necessary rental arrangements well in advance.The St. John car rental agencies below are privately owned and, based on recent guest experience, are recommended. For the most part, the agencies are within a short walking distance from the ferry, but if you provide the agencies with your arrival information, many rental agencies will pick you up at the ferry dock. If you don't have a rental car, for $1, the public bus VITRAN leaves from the St. John ferry dock and makes periodic stops throughout the day making the 10-mile winding trek from Cruz Bay to Salt Pond Bay (near Concordia).
|VARLACK VENTURES||(340) 776-6412|
|COURTESY CAR RENTAL||(340) 776-6650|
|COOL BREEZE CAR RENTAL||(340) 776-6588|
|HOSPITALITY RENT-A-CAR||(340) 693-9160|
|ST. JOHN CAR RENTAL||(340) 776-6103|
|SPENCER'S JEEP RENTAL||(340) 776-6628 (340) 693-8784|
|DELBERT HILL RENTAL||(340) 693-8819|
Most car rental agencies close at 5 or 6 pm. If you have a late flight or get delayed en route, be sure to call the car rental agency so they can make appropriate arrangements.