st john, virgin islands

About St. John, Virgin Islands

U.S. Virgin Islands, Caribbean

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St. John

Getting to St John is easy. Book a flight into St. Thomas (airport code STT), which is served by a number of major airlines. Then take a taxi to either Red Hook and take a 20 minute ferry ride, or Charlotte Amalie and a 45 minute ferry ride on to St. John. Both ferries come into the same dock in Cruz Bay.

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There's no work on St. John for you.

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You're boss isn't here.

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No congested cities here.

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Not even a traffic light.

When you come to St. John, you are not leaving the United States. The currency here is the US dollar too. You'll need to bring a picture ID, like a drivers' license, and a birth certificate with a raised seal, or, optionally, a passport. Check with your airline before you come just in case the requirements change. Since the U.S. Virgin Islands is a port of entry, you will not go through customs and immigration when you come in but you will when you leave. It's easy to get to the British Virgin Islands from St John. A day trip might be a nice way to spend a day of your vacation. A couple of the favorites are Jost Van Dyke to spend some time at Foxy's or a trip to Virgin Gorda to see the Baths. You will a passport to go there though.

Electricity is the same as the states. So bring your electric shaver and curling iron if you'd like to. St. John is a rugged hilly island. Not much is flat here. There are lots of hiking trails that go into the mountains and by the shores. Some beaches require a hike to get into. The island is only about 9 miles long but there is lots to explore. About 2/3 of the island is part of the national park system.

Although there is a bus line and taxis are available, a rental vehicle is best for exploring the island. Wear a bathing suit under your clothes and have your snorkeling gear in the car. You'll find beaches all the way around the island.

Driving on the island may be a bit different than you are used to. The same left hand drive cars that are in the states are here, but driving is on the left side of the road. It is a bit weird at first but you'll get used to it. Just be extra careful making right hand turns. The speed limit on the entire island is 20 MPH except where it is posted. You will see some 10 MPH limits in the school areas, some pedestrian areas, and in Cruz Bay. The law requires that the passengers in the front seat have their seatbelts fastened while the engine is running. If you don't wear it, you just may get a ticket. Another favorite ticket here is talking on your cell phone while driving. Hands free is OK though. And, by the way, there is not one single traffic light on the island.

The normal greeting on the island is good morning, good afternoon, or good night. The residents are friendly and a nice greeting can go a long way.

We are very confident that if this is your first visit to St. John, it won't be your last.

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Just beaches to relax on.

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Lots of coral reefs for snorkeling.

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Plenty of great dive sites.

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And rarely any traffic congestion.