The U.S. Virgin Islands can be reached from anywhere in the continental U.S., the Caribbean, Europe or South America in one day, and in most cases, only a few hours. Travelers from the United States are not required to have a Passport in order to visit America’s Paradise, and with no sales tax and a duty free allowance of $1,600 per person the USVI are closer and more appealing than our European counterparts. Although St. John has no airport, both St. Thomas' Cyril E. King Airport and St. Croix's Henry E. Rohlsen Airport handle commercial and private jets on a daily basis. Convenient and accessible, the U.S. Virg¬in Islands are easy to reach by air with daily non-stop flights arriving directly from Atlanta, Boston, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Newark, New York, Philadelphia and San Juan. From Puerto Rico’s Juan Luis Marin International Airport, only ninety miles north west of the Virgin Islands, connecting flights arrive from all points around the world. Commuter flights between San Juan and both St. Thomas and St. Croix are available hourly and take 25 and 40 minutes respectively. Seaplane flights are also an option for island hopping between St. Croix and St. Thomas, or between St. Thomas and historic Old San Juan in Puerto Rico.
Cruise lines serving the Caribbean often include St. Thomas or St. Croix as highlights on their itineraries.Yachts can be chartered from several island companies and there are a number of destinantion marinas to choose from should you decide to skipper your own vessel.
Unsuitable for either walking or cycling due to the mountainous terrain, St. Thomas is best seen by vehicle. Rentals are easily found at the airport, at large resorts, and at the cruise ship dock. Scooters, also available for rent, can be a fun and easy way to get around. The bus system is not very reliable, but Taxis are a popular choice for visitors and those feeling adventurous can take the $2 safari’s that make frequent stops along the road to pick up and drop off locals along the main thoroughfares. Taxis on St. Thomas follow rate guidelines by the VI Taxicab Division for per person and per destination rates; however there are no meters to govern the time or cost of each ride thus allowing for great variance in the rates from one taxi to the next.
All driving in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands is on the left, a practice that is leftover from the Danish days. Most rental cars have signs on the dashboard to remind drivers to stay left, but it can be difficult to remember when pulling out of driveways and parking lots where the two-lane traffic is not as obvious. Virgin Islanders often stop their cars to chat with someone on the road briefly, or to let a car turn in front of them – these little nuances are part of living on ‘island-time’. Courteous driving etiquette is to tap your horn lightly once or twice to acknowledge that someone has just given you the right of way, pulled over to let you pass in a tight road or just to say “hello”. The speed limits in St. Thomas are a maximum of 35 miles per hour outside of town and 20 miles per hour in town and drivers are forbidden to use cell phones without a Bluetooth device.