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Manpot
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Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: dkenny]
      #1731570 - 04/30/17 12:06 PM (76.103.182.221)

More and more I like taking Inter Island ferry ( extremely friendly and reliable)..clear in at St John ten mins to STT and then a 30 min cab ride to the terminal. We have lunch or breakfast at " Fishtail;s" by the dock at Red Hook, leaving bags with the cabbies..its so much more relaxing. Ten mins max through C and I in St John..BTW they will be adding C and I at Red Hook soon and building is underway..

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LocalSailor
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Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: Manpot]
      #1731576 - 04/30/17 12:37 PM (65.113.105.0)

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Manpot said:
..BTW they will be adding C and I at Red Hook soon and building is underway..



As a lifelong USVI resident and sailor -- I will assert that "soon" is a word used here only with laughable expectations and no one should expect to see C&I in Red Hook in any foreseeable trip planning.
I have seen "SOON COME" signs posted that have rusted away like a junkyard car with no finished projects.


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NCSailor
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Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: Manpot]
      #1731578 - 04/30/17 12:59 PM (172.72.223.79)

Quote:

Manpot said:
More and more I like taking Inter Island ferry ( extremely friendly and reliable)..clear in at St John ten mins to STT and then a 30 min cab ride to the terminal. We have lunch or breakfast at " Fishtail;s" by the dock at Red Hook, leaving bags with the cabbies..its so much more relaxing. Ten mins max through C and I in St John..BTW they will be adding C and I at Red Hook soon and building is underway..




I agree with the Interisland Ferry route. The past 7 years our routine has been to drop off the boat and get the noon ferry to STJ. Spend the night on STJ and then take the morning ferry over to STT. Great dining options in Cruz Bay and it has more of an island feel than STT. No lines, no fuss until you get to the airport.


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calsail
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Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: Manpot]
      #1731584 - 04/30/17 01:42 PM (47.147.245.251)

Now we always spend our last night on our return in CA. Catch the 10:00 ferry from WE to CA, rent a car for $45 at the airport , go directly to Palm Passage and have a super Spanish tapa type lunch at Amalia Cafe, then to our hotel (Beachcomber or Emerald Beach), relax on the sand, swim in the bay, imbibe at the beach bar AND THEN to a decadent dinner at Oceana on the water. Up at 6:30 for a 9:30 flight. Now thats civilized. Right Malcolm?

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Manpot
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Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: calsail]
      #1731588 - 04/30/17 02:29 PM (76.103.182.221)

Very civilized and thanks to you we do pretty much the same with a fantastic dinner at " Oceana"..

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Felix
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Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: CottageGirl]
      #1731695 - 05/01/17 11:21 AM (67.140.252.141)

We avoid the ferries in CA whenever possible, for all the reasons listed above. Whether I'm going to STJ, JVD, or Tortola, I always try to go from Red Hook if possible. Yes, it's a longer taxi ride, but I've just never had a good experience trying to do anything in/out of CA.

The last time, we were running late due to a late flight and trying to catch the last ferry out. Taxi driver called ahead to hold the ferry, and as I was signing the slip I noticed we were charged a "Departure Tax" - out of CA? When I questioned it I was told "BVI does it, we're gonna do it too". I tried arguing it, but the boat was leaving, so there wasn't time.

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GeorgeC1
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Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: Felix]
      #1731697 - 05/01/17 11:27 AM (108.213.0.118)

The departure tax is new and was imposed by the USVI government. The ferry companies must collect it. Not much to argue about.
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cchalcomb
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Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: GeorgeC1]
      #1731698 - 05/01/17 11:30 AM (208.102.158.155)

How much is the new departure tax per person leaving the USVI by ferry to the BVI's?

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GeorgeC1
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Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: cchalcomb]
      #1731700 - 05/01/17 11:44 AM (108.213.0.118)

10.00 unless they raise it which I am sure is coming. Can't let the BVI get ahead!

Edited by GeorgeC1 (05/01/17 11:45 AM)


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Thirsty_Toad
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Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: GeorgeC1]
      #1731966 - 05/03/17 03:32 PM (66.76.187.167)

You guys are making me nervous. For the first time in 10 BVI charters, I'm flying into STT rather than Beef because of the lack of flights to Beef.

Next month I arrive at STT @ 2:45 and thought I would be good getting the last ferry of the day.
Then on the return I planned to catch the Sunday 0900 ferry to make my 2:44 flight back.
I have Global Entry/TSA Precheck at least.

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