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If You Go – St. John, USVI

KnowB4YouGo

Visiting the U.S. Virgin Islands does not require a passport but any visit to the British Virgin Islands does. If you plan on chartering a boat or take a ferry to any of the BVIs, you must show a valid passport on entry and then show your passport again to US Customs upon your return. And driving on the islands is on the left.

How2GetThere

Non-stop flights on Delta from Hartsfield Jackson to Cyril E. King airport on St. Thomas. Ferry service available in Red Hook or Charlotte Amalie. The Red Hook ferry is further from the airport but takes about fifteen to twenty minutes to make the crossing and runs every hour until midnight. The ferry at Charlotte Amalie, while closer to the airport, takes forty-five minutes to reach Cruz Bay and only runs
until 5pm.

Where2Stay

Villas

Caribbeanvilla.com is an independent booking service for dozens of private homes on the island. Villas range from cozy one bedroom getaways to extravagant six and seven bedroom mansions with every amenity. Many have a pool or hot tub and virtually all have a water view.  www.caribbeanvilla.com

Caneel Bay Resort

High end resort on 170 acres on the North Shore offers private ferry service between St. Thomas and St. John, 166 rooms, 4 restaurants, bar, pool, 7 beaches, 11 tennis courts, fitness center and a children’s program (fee required). Rooms are furnished in traditional West Indian style and do not have telephones or TVs for that total escape from civilization that guests prefer. www.rosewood-hotels.com

Westin St. John Resort and Villas

Located just 10 minutes form Cruz Bay along the south shore on 47 acres. The resort offers 175 rooms, 146 villas, a quarter acre pool, watersports, kids program (fee required), the 1200 square-foot Westin Teen Center and a spa. www.westinresortstjohn.com

Estate Lindholm

Family owned and operated since the 1950s this 14 room B&B overlooks Cruz Bay. Amenities include a pool, cable TV, telephone, wet bar, refrigerator, coffee-maker and microwave. www.estatelindholm.com

Maho Bay Camps

An environmentally conscious tent resort that has been in operation since 1976. The company that owns the campground also owns other accommodations on the island that are a bit more upscale while still maintaining their high environmental standards. www.maho.org

Where2Eat

Miss Lucy’s Restaurant & Bar
Estate Friis, Coral Bay
Tel. 340.693.5244

Skinny Legs
Near the dinghy dock in Coral Bay.
Tel. 340.779.4982

Go to www.stjohnusvi.com for a full list of island restaurants. Some in Cruz Bay that have good reputations include Asolare (best food and romantic setting), Margarita Phil’s, Chilly Billy’s, Limetree Inn and Woody’s Seafood Saloon. Elsewhere on the island are Chateau Bordeaux, Sweet Plantains and Island Blues.

How2GetAround

If you book with Caribbeanvilla.com they will book your jeep rental for you. At www.stjohnusvi.com you’ll find a list of all the jeep rental agencies on the island. Book your vehicle as soon as possible, preferably when you book your accommodations because vehicles are limited and demand is high.

What2Do

Bread on the Water

Sailing charters offered on this 46’ Beneteau Oceanis by owners Gary and Joan Van Hoven. www.sailbreadonthewater.com

Arawak Expeditions

Offers half, full and multi-day guided kayak excursions and kayak rentals. www.arawakexpeditions.com 340.693.8312

Virgin Islands National Park

At the Visitors Center in Cruz Bay you can pick up free maps of the island including one that details 20 hikes within the park’s boundaries. Guided hikes are available for a fee on the Reef Bay Trail as well as guided full moon hikes. www.nps.gov/viis/ 340.776.6201

Books2Read

St. John; Feet, Fins and Four-Wheel Drive by Pam Gaffin
St. John Off the Beaten Track by Gerald Singer
The Best of St. Thomas and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
by Pamela Acheson and Richard B. Myers

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