One of the best parts about staying on St. Thomas is how easy it is to make your way to St. John, another US Virgin Island. From our hotel in St. Thomas to the Red Hook ferry port was about a 20 minute taxi ride and as I mentioned in my previous post taxi prices are per person cash only. Once there you can purchase your ferry ticket to St. John for $7 one way or $14 round trip. No need to buy your tickets ahead of time because the ferry is pretty big. The ferry runs every hour on the hour starting at 8am until midnight and it’s a 15 minute gorgeous boat ride to get there.
Once you arrive at Cruz Bay there are numerous taxis waiting around to fill up and drop you off at the beach. We started out by having breakfast at High Tide which is a coconut toss away from the ferry port. This was the most picturesque breakfast I’ve ever had in my life. The food was awesome and our waiter gave us some great tips for our day exploring the island.
Our first beach stop was Trunk Bay which is constantly voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Fun fact: the island of St. John is about 75% national park which means Trunk Bay charges $5 per person for an entry fee. Once inside they do have bathrooms, showers, a snack and drink shack and rentals like snorkel gear, chairs and floaties. Even though the entry is only $5 per person it seems like this might keep tourists away because the beach was not crowded at all- even though there was a cruise docked in town. We set our towels up under a patch of shady trees and spent some time in the refreshing water.
From Trunk Bay we took a taxi to Oppenheimer Beach. It looks like they are building a home on the beach so there was a “construction enter at your own risk” sign on a fence which we obviously bypassed. The tire swing on this beach looks like a computer wallpaper- beyond picturesque but sadly didn’t seem safe to swing on. There was also a random blue chair on the beach… this place was made for photos! This beach is absolutely gorgeous and if it’s not private when you make your way to St. John I highly recommend exploring it.
After a day of hanging out on the beaches we took a taxi back to Cruz Bay and made it to Joe’s Rum Hut just in time for happy hour.
Like I said in my previous post, when we go back to the US Virgin Islands we plan on staying on St. John next time around and you can clearly see why!