Where is My Ferry & What is the Schedule
Interactive Marine Vessel Locater
Ferry schedules are on “island time”, meaning sometimes it may be
early but usually running late. However, with the implementation
of AIS (automatic identification system) you can track your boat
in real time.
M/V “Captain Vic”
M/V “Island Vic”
M/V “General II”
St John Ferry & Barge Schedules
Luggage/Boxes $4.00 piece
Staying Connected on St. John
What’s the cellphone situation on St. John?
If your US-based cell phone provider is AT&T or Sprint you
are in luck. Your cell service will work as if you were anywhere
else in the U. S. of A. That being said, large sections of the
North shore and several other pockets on St. John either do not
receive cell service at all or they connect to one of the
networks in the British Virgin Islands. It’s best to turn
international roaming off at the beginning of your trip so you
don’t come home to a frightening bill. If your US-based cell
provider is Verizon or another provider or if you’re based
outside of the United States, your phone will work but you will
incur roaming charges. Check with your provider for details on
fees and temporary international plans. If you will not have cell
service on the island, consider buying an inexpensive “go phone”
to use during your trip. Most accommodations on the island
provide a landline with local phone service for making calls
within the US Virgin Islands.
Is wireless Internet easily accessible on St. John?
For the most part, yes. Most accommodations offer free Wi-Fi, if
not in your room, at least in a communal area. There is also free
Wi-Fi in the Cruz Bay Park across from the ferry dock, provided
by Computer Express. Several restaurants also provide Wi-Fi —
mostly for free if you are a paying customer. The St. John
library has computers for public use. Postnet in the Marketplace
has computers you can rent in 5 minute increments. While internet
speeds are continually improving on St. John, be prepared to have
a little patience with the Wi-Fi. It often feels like it’s on
island time too.
Is there a post office on St. John?
Yes. There is a United States Postal Service right in the heart of Cruz Bay,
across from the Customs Parking lot.
Culture & Etiquette on St. John
What should I know about local customs and proper etiquette on
Greetings are kind of a big deal in the US Virgin Islands. We
say: Good Morning, Good Day, Good Afternoon, Good Evening and
Good Night… with the latter said upon approach, not departure.
If you’re used to saying, “Good Night,” only when off to bed, it
seems a little funny to say when you approach someone at night.
But you get to like it after a while. No need to be grand or
formal, the more casual, “Mornin,” or “Afternoon,” is perfectly
acceptable and perhaps even more common.
Are there acceptable/unacceptable forms of dress on St. John?
It’s very casual on the island. Shorts, t-shirts and flip flops
work pretty much every place except court and some of the finer
dining establishments. The one thing everyone takes seriously
though is that uncovered swimming attire is only appropriate at
the beach, pool or in the privacy of your rental. Even going into
one of the beach bars in Cruz Bay without a shirt or in your
bikini is considered a little awkward — so please don’t try it at
the grocery store or *gasp* the bank.
What should I know about driving etiquette on St. John?
We let people out of parking lots if there are long lines.
Honking is not a form of aggression, but rather a means of
communication. It often even means, “thank you!” If someone is
tailing you too closely, it’s customary to put your left blinker on,
find a safe section of the road to slow down, and let them pass.
A short honk of the horn, as they pass, is a friendly expression.
Is there public behavior that is considered unacceptable on St.
Well, nudity. And generally being unpleasant, complain-y or
pretentious. This type of behavior will make you no friends nor
win you any favors…if that sort of thing is important to you.
What should I know about gratuity on St. John?
Servers and bartenders rely on tips for the vast majority of
their income. Tipping them is not optional. We recommend 20%.
(It’s easy, just figure 10% and double it.) Leave the
old-fashioned 15% for truly lackluster service. Massage
therapists, especially if they work for a spa or resort, should
be tipped a minimum of 15%, as should boat captains. If you
charter a boat, keep in mind that gratuity for your captain and
crew is over and above the price of the rental. Taxi drivers are
usually owner operated and deal in straight cash so, as you can
imagine, they keep quite a bit of what they pocket. However, a
few bucks on top of your rate is always appreciated and may even
help establish a helpful relationship with a specific driver.
Housekeepers are the hidden majority of hospitality workers on
St. John. They do the dirtiest work and usually get the least
appreciation. Leaving your housekeeper even a small $5 tip is a
gracious acknowledgement of their service. If your accommodations
are extra-immaculate, consider leaving $20 or more. If nothing
else, you will earn some good karma points. If you have a
property manager who helps make your trip unforgettable, tipping
them at the end of your stay is absolutely welcome and
appreciated. St. John is not a “cheap” place to visit or live.
Remember that the people working to give you the vacation of a
lifetime must earn enough to live on the island all year. Those
steep prices that you pay for groceries and gas during your stay
are what St. John residents pay all year long. Tipping
accordingly will help keep the best hospitality professionals on
Money, ID’s and the Clock in the USVI
What documents are required to travel to St. John?
St. John is a US territory, so you do not need a passport to
travel to the island as a US citizen. Any government-issued form
of photo I.D. is sufficient for traveling to and within the US
Virgin Islands. If you’re planning to take a day trip to the
British Virgin Islands during your stay, you need a passport. No
Does travel to St. John require going through customs?
If you’re flying from the continental US, you won’t go through
customs on your way to the US Virgin Islands. But you do have to
clear before your departure from the USVI. We used to fill out a
customs form, but they recently made the wonderful decision to
skip that step. You do still have to stand in line with your cell
phone put away, show ID to a Customs Agent, and answer any
questions they might have. If you’re a U.S. citizen a passport is
not required to depart, but it still serves as the best
identification when traveling. Otherwise, you must be prepared to
show evidence of citizenship when departing the islands, such as
a raised-seal birth certificate and government-issued photo ID.
What kind of documentation is necessary to rent a car/drive on
St. John if you are a U.S. citizen. Non-U.S. citizen?
St. John if you are a U.S. citizen. Non-U.S. citizen?
Travelers on St. John only need a valid stateside driver’s
license to drive on the island, no temporary driving
documentation is needed. We drive on the left side of the road. A
valid U.S. or foreign license is accepted. Seatbelts are required
by law, and it is illegal to drive while speaking on your cell
phone. You must be 25 or over to rent a car at most places on the
island. Budget Rental Car on St. Thomas is the only one that will
rent a vehicle to persons under 25.
What is the local currency used on St. John?
The local currency on St. John and throughout the USVI is the US
dollar. The neighboring British Virgin Islands also accept the US
dollar, and no currency exchanges are necessary.
Are major credit cards accepted at most places?
First of all, to ensure there are no hassles at checkout, let your bank
or credit card company know you will be traveling in the USVI.
Most hotels, restaurants, bars and shopping establishments
on St. John accept major credit cards. However, some places do
not accept American Express and few places accept Discover. There
are also handful of businesses that operate on a cash-only
basis (taxis included!). It’s always a good idea to have some
paper money on you just in case.
Do major US banks/ATMs exist on St. John?
The banks on St. John are regional to the Caribbean. 1st Bank on
the main floor of the Marketplace has two ATM’s outside of their
location. There is a Banco Popular ATM a stone’s throw from the
ferry dock in Cruz Bay. You can also find ATM machines in
Wharfside Village, Mongoose Junction and various other bars and
Is there a time difference on St. John?
While the continental United States observes daylight savings
time, St. John and the US Virgin Islands do not set their clocks
back. As a result, during daylight savings time, St. John is an
hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time. During the rest of the year,
St. John operates on EST.
What time does the sun typically rise and set on St. John?
Since we do not observe daylight savings time, and because we’re
close to the equator, sunset on St. John usually occurs between 6
and 7:30 pm, depending on the time of year. Sunrise ranges from
about 5:30 – 7am.
Are there special taxes on St. John?
There is a hotel tax of 12.5% that is collected when you pay for
your accommodations. There is no sales tax. $1,600.00 Per
Person Tax Exemption: U.S. citizens, including children,
can return with up to $1,600.00 worth of duty-free merchandise
every 30 days from the U.S. Virgin Islands.so if you’ve been
thinking about buying that Rolex or anniversary diamond, St. John
is the place to do it. The duty free allowance is $800 from
elsewhere in the Caribbean. Alcoholic Beverages:
U.S. residents 21 years of age and older can return to the
mainland with four litres of liquor, duty free. Add a 5th litre
duty free if it is a product made in the U.S. Virgin Islands!
Compare this to the one-litre-per-person duty free limit outside
the U.S. territory, including stores on board cruise ships.
Tobacco Products: U.S. citizens age 21 or older
are allowed up to 100 cigars (not of Cuban origin) and up to 5
cartons, or 1,000 cigarettes duty free, per person, if purchased
in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Getting Around St. John
Is there an airport on St. John?
Nope. You will fly into the airport on St. Thomas.
How do you get from the St. Thomas airport to St. John?
You will most likely take a taxi from the airport to the ferry
terminal in Red Hook, and then catch the short ferry ride to St.
John. Need directions? You can download a St Thomas map HERE.
Is it safe to hitchhike on St. John?
Hitchhiking is a common way of getting around the island for many
locals. Some return visitors also feel comfortable both picking
up hitchhikers and hitching themselves. A desire to hitch a ride
on St. John is communicated by pointing in the direction you’re
headed with your index finger rather than your thumb. In general,
hitching is very safe on St. John, but you should always be
sensible and trust your intuition.
What is the most convenient way to get around St. John?
The main part of Cruz Bay is easily walkable within 15 minutes.
For parts of the island outside of Cruz Bay it is advisable to
either rent a car, use a taxi or catch the bus.
How does Inter-Island Ferry transportation work?
There is a convenient ferry that runs between Red Hook on St.
Thomas and Cruz Bay on St. John. The ferry leaves at the top of
each hour and takes about 10 minutes. This is a cash only
operation! There are also ferry services that travel to
neighboring British Virgin Islands, as well as, water taxis that
can take you anywhere but must be arranged in advance.
Is there public transportation on St. John?
There is a public bus service called Vitran that runs on St. John
between Cruz Bay and Coral Bay, going all the way out to Salt
Pond. The schedule is posted in Connections in Cruz Bay. Typically
the bus leaves, Cruz Bay ferry dock, at 20 minutes past the hour.
However, there is no service on Sundays. Taxis are available at the
ferry dock in Cruz Bay, at the Westin, and at Trunk and Cinnamon
Is there easily accessible parking on the island?
There is limited space for public parking on St. John. The two
main shopping complexes on St.John, Wharfside Village and
Mongoose Junction, offer parking. Wharfside Village charges
$4/hour for parking, while parking at Mongoose Junction is free.
Need a parking map? You can find one HERE.
Is driving on St. John different from driving in the continental
Well, we drive on the left, for one. It takes some getting used
to, but becomes second nature fairly quickly. Word of advice! Follow
the white line on the side of the road. It’s much easier since you are
driving in the left side of the car. Our roads are narrow and this
allows for more space in the middle of the road for larger vehicles.
Be aware of one-way streets and the roundabout in Cruz Bay. Best advice,
follow the flow and watch the local drivers and you’ll blend right in.
Is it safe to drive on most of the main roads on St. John?
The main roads on St. John are all paved and are safe but with
many steep switchbacks, there is no need to go over 20 miles per
hour. Be very cautious on any unpaved roads and don’t bother
going off paved areas unless you have four wheel drive.
Drinking on St. John
Is the tap water on St. John safe to drink?
Most local residences and villas on St. John run on cistern water
(basically filtered rain water). Cistern water is safe for
brushing teeth, but you don’t want to drink it unless a
purification system is installed. Be sure to inquire when you
check in to your place of lodging if the tap water is safe for
What is the legal drinking age on St. John?
The legal drinking age on St. John is 18.
Are there open container laws?
None that are enforced. This means that, indeed, you can roam
about freely with a cold beer in your hand without worrying about
getting stopped (or even given a second glance) by the police.
This is also true inside your vehicle, although drivers are
expected to be sober. This can add to the fun, yes. But be smart.
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