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US Virgin Islands

Getting around

Boat

The islands have frequent and inexpensive ferry services. Schedules are printed in the free St Thomas/St John This Week magazine; most businesses carry copies.

St thomas to st croix

VI Seatrans (776-5494; www.goviseatrans.com; round trip US$90; 90min) operates a year-round passenger ferry between St Thomas and St Croix. It sails Friday through Monday, twice each day. From St Thomas it departs from Charlotte Amalie’s Marine Terminal. From St Croix it leaves from the Gallows Bay terminal in Christiansted. Look for humpback whales during winter crossings.

St thomas to st john

A ferry departs Red Hook for Cruz Bay (one way US$5, 20 minutes) at 6:30am and 7:30am, then hourly from 8am to midnight daily. It departs Cruz Bay hourly from 6am to 11pm daily.

The ferry service between Charlotte Amalie and Cruz Bay (one way US$10, 45 minutes) departs Charlotte Amalie at 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5:30pm daily, and Cruz Bay at 7:15am, 9:15am, 11:15am, 1:15pm, 2:15pm and 3:45pm daily. In Charlotte Amalie, catch the ferry at the waterfront, at the foot of Raadet’s Gade.

Boyson, Inc (776-6294) runs car ferries between Red Hook and Enighed Pond beside Cruz Bay (round trip US$50, 20 minutes), with sailings almost every hour between 6am and 7pm.

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Car & motorcycle

Car

Driving is the most convenient way to get around individual islands, but be prepared for unique driving conditions. First, driving is on the left-hand side of the road, and the steering column is on the left also. You’ll see signs reminding you to ‘keep your shoulder to the shoulder’ and ‘stay left!’. Island roads are narrow, steep, twisting and often pot-holed, and stray cows, goats and chickens constantly wander onto them.

Many of the major international car-rental companies operate in the US Virgin Islands, along with plenty of local firms. Most car-rental companies require that, if you rent a car, you must be at least 21, have a major credit card and a valid driver’s license. Rental companies have desks at the St Thomas and St Croix airports.

High-season rates begin at about US$60 per day and can run as high as US$100, but you’ll get a better price for a weekly rental.

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Bus & tram

Bus

Vitran (774-5678) operates air-conditioned buses over the length of St Thomas, St John and St Croix. Fares are US$1 and buses run daily between 5:30am and 7:30pm (approximately one bus per hour).

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Local transport

Taxi

Territorial law requires that taxi drivers carry a government-set rate sheet, and those rates are published in the free St Thomas/St John This Week or St Croix This Week.

Many taxis are open-air pickup trucks with bench seats and awnings, able to carry 12 or so passengers. To hail one, stand by the side of the road and wave when the vehicle approaches.

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Air

You have two choices for air travel within the USVIs:

Cape Air (800-352-0714; www.flycapeair.com) Flies between St Thomas’ and St Croix’s airports.

Seaborne Airlines (773-6442, 888-359-8687; www.seaborneairlines.com) Flies seaplanes between the downtown harbors of Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas and Christiansted, St Croix (one way US$85, 25 minutes). Flights depart almost every hour for the brilliant, convenient (no taxis needed!) ride. Be aware there’s a baggage restriction of 30lb (16kg) and it costs US$1 per extra pound.

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