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Your Guide to the Best Ways to Get Around in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Best Ways to Get Around in the U.S. Virgin Islands

The U.S. Virgin Islands are a group of islands that, by nature, require some decisions on how to get around. And whether it’s your first time to the Islands or you’re a regular, selecting appropriate transportation takes a bit of planning and forethought. So what’s the best option?

Caribbean islands
Caribbean islands

First, evaluate your trip’s schedule (or purposeful lack of schedule).  Will you be staying on one island? Exploring a different island each day? Check out these modes of transportation in the Islands to figure out what works best for your trip:

Private Boat Rental

A private boat rental is hands-down THE best way to see the Virgin Islands. A charter allows you to choose your own itinerary and hit up as many islands as time allows, stopping only to swim, snorkel, and sun-bathe at leisure.


To locate a taxi, look for the placard or license plate. Be aware that other travelers have reported a bit of uneasiness with the way local taxis zip about. Heads up: Negotiate your fare before embarking, as there are no set rates.

Dollar rides or dollar taxis

These open-air, covered buses can be a bit tricky for the tourist. Not all are $1, so check the fare before boarding.

U.S. Virgin Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands

Public bus

Schedules tend to be unreliable, running on “island time.” And buses only offer limited routes, so plan ahead if you depend on the use of public transit.

Rent a car

This is a great option for getting around on your schedule. Renting a car is the only surefire way to ensure you get to the airport on time. But it can also be stressful. It takes a bit of time to adjust to driving on the left side of the road. Also, blind curves can be rather frightening to tourists.

You should know: You can’t use a cell phone while driving.

US Virgin Islands
US Virgin Islands


And now a word on ferries: Ferries fill up fast. Plan ahead, and arrive plenty early to avoid missing your ride. Or, on the other side of things, you could get stuck waiting for the ferry to board some last-minute stragglers. All the cruise ship passengers use ferries, so expect large crowds. St. Thomas is, after all, the busiest port in the Caribbean.

Tip: Try to avoid popular departing times (such as the mid-morning ferry) if your goal is some island tranquility.

And a final word of advice for those who tend to pack a lot: Don’t. Additional luggage (i.e., anything over one carry-on per person) is charged per piece for both taxis and the ferry.

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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