Getting Around in Virgin Islands

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St Thomas' Cyril E. King Airport is located on the southern coast 3 miles (5km) west of Charlotte Amalie. Alexander Hamilton Airport is on the southern shore of St Croix 7 miles (11km) southwest of Christiansted. Buses and taxis ferry new arrivals to the islands' towns and resorts. The best way to travel between the islands is by boat. Frequent ferries depart from Charlotte Amalie and Red Hook on St Thomas for the short jaunt to St John. There are also dozens of yacht charter companies providing visitors with the opportunity to sail from island to island at their own pace. To travel between St Thomas and St Croix there's a choice of seaplane (several times a day 20 minutes) or hydrofoil (twice a day 90 minutes and a movie.).

Hiring a car jeep or scooter is a good way to get around the islands though finding a parking space in Charlotte Amalie can be troublesome. Signage around the islands is usually restricted to route numbers - make sure your map includes these and remember to drive on the left. There are decent if slow bus services on St Thomas and St Croix and a fledgling service on St John that runs between Cruz Bay and Salt Pond. Taxis are abundant on all islands. They charge a set rate based on the destination and how many passengers are carried.

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