Hi. I am going to be making a stop in St Thomas, which I have been to many times. I was wondering though, is there a ferry you can get to go to St John's? I have never been there and don't want to do the ships tour to get there since it is overpriced. Is there a way to get there yourself? If so, anyone have any idea how much it would cost?
I'm not sure what the total cost is, but it should be a lot less than doing a ship excursion there. Yes, you'll need to get a cab to Red Hook ferry and then once at St. John, another short cab ride to the beach. St. John is a beautiful island, worth taking the time to see.
We took the ferry out of Red Hook to St. John a few weeks ago. We hired a taxi from the pier to Red Hook for $6 a person -- about a 20 minute drive. We chose to leave from Red Hook because the ferry ride is only 20 minutes vs. a 45 minute ferry ride from Charlotte Amalia (sp?) Do make sure you get the times for the return ferry. We thought it was hourly, but when we got onto St. John we saw it posted as every two hours during the middle of the day, so we did have to change our plans on the island. So my advice is just to check the departing ferry times as soon as you get to St. John. Getting a taxi at the pier, St. John and Trunk Bay and Red Hook was very easy. They are sitting their waiting for customers. Have fun and go snorkeling at Trunk Bay!
We took the 1:00 ferry back from St. John just so we could go shopping. Did most of it down by the pier and bought two beautiful rings -- one at Cardow's and another at Boulchands. (I got a great one in St. Martin too) We would've had enough time to go downtown but my mom was tired and one of my sisters had a bad cold, so we just stayed by the pier. Happy Jewelry shopping!
you grab a cab at the pier it cost us $8 per person, they take you to Red Hook Harbor, (20 minute ride) where you buy a ROUND-Trip ferry ticket for $3 per person(30 minute trip) once you dock at Cruz Bay, grab an open-air taxi for $5 per person to take you to any of the beaches - Trunk Bay & Cinnamon Bay were about a 15 minute ride. Check the ferry time schedul i recall it being every hour on the hour. Go to the beach in the morning. We you get back to Red Hook Harbor, grab a local open-air taxi (outside the gate) for $1 per person, its like a bus, makes a couple of stops, just make sure your driver knows you want to go to Havensight Mall. Its takes a little bit longer, not much depending upon how many stops he makes, and its a good savings. If you want to go back to the ship to drop off your stuff, grab a bite to eat, whatever, then head out to Havensight Mall to shop, shop, shop.
For beach & ferry info go to this site- www.vinow.com