Travel Guide- St. John, Jost Van Dyke- Virgin Islands
I really wasn’t sure what to expect when booking a trip to the Virgin Islands since they were hit pretty hard by Hurricane Irma in 2017. Although some places have not been re-built, most of the beaches are as beautiful as I could imagine and have recovered well in just two short years. On this trip the two places I spent my time (I was only there 3 full days), were St. John, and Jost Van Dyke.
Getting to the Virgin Islands
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands-
I flew United from Houston (IAH) to San Juan, Puerto Rico then to St. Thomas - this was the first time I flew overnight (midnight to 5am) then 7:00-7:35am
Once I arrived to St. Thomas I had to take a taxi to Red Hook, and from there pay for a ferry to go over to St. John- approximately a 20 minute ferry ride, and $15
As far as getting around on St. John- you can either take Taxi’s around OR rent a jeep to get around, which is what we decided to do! Keep in mind if you do rent a jeep, you have to drive on the left side of the road, so this was a little strange to get used to.
Cool Breeze Jeep Rentals - it was about $70 per day, but split by two people wasn’t too bad, and if you take into consideration the cost of taking taxi’s (let’s say $10 per ride), this actually was cost effective
Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
We chartered a boat to Jost Van Dyke for the day, and it turned out to be so fun & convenient! We used Love City Excursions, and paid roughly $750 for the day, plus fuel & customs. You have to pay $70 cash for customs when you visit B.V.I
We took the boat to the Soggy Dollar Bar in White Bay, (and had the best time), then went to Willie T’s (Pirate Ship boat) in Great Harbour, Peter Island, and jumped off to end the day! The day was a whole adventure in facing my fears because I’m not the best swimmer… so I wasn’t sure that I was up to the task of swimming to the Soggy Dollar & jumping off of a Pirate Ship. Turns out, you can anchor pretty close to the Soggy Dollar Bar if you arrive early enough, and I walked to the beach instead of swim, and Willie T’s ended up being ok (I had someone wait for me in the water just incase I needed to be rescued LOL).
Stone Post Oak Estate- this was the cutest Bed & Breakfast in St. John, and I would highly recommend! We stayed in the Cloud Room and absolutely amazing! There was a balcony with a hammock that had a gorgeous view of the water, and an enormous pool with a hot tub that we didn’t get enough time to enjoy!
I only had 3 days to see as much of the Virgin Islands as I could, and unfortunately it was nowhere near enough time! I definitely will be planning a trip back here in the near future..