St. John is so nice that if it were easy to get to, everyone would be there and then it wouldn’t be so nice. Remember this as you read the following descriptions of traveling to the island. St. John does not have its’ own airport. One of the main reasons for that is there is nowhere to put one. St. John is very hilly or mountainous, depending on where you come from. So here is the drill.
Book a flight to St. Thomas’s Cyril E. King Airport (STT). There are only a few cities that offer direct flights. What cities that do mostly offer them in what is considered the high season, December 15 to April 15. Depending on the service, these dates are approximate, but in general within these dates you can expect prices to be higher and availability less for many of the services you will be using including air travel.
At one time the runway had been shorter but the bay was dredged and the runway extended. This is a good thing.
So this begins the Sunset Ridge Villas blog. Our intent is to introduce the island to new visitors and help them manage their vacations. And in the process of doing that, perhaps we will introduce long time visitors to parts of the island vacation experience that they have yet to discover or maybe rediscover. We are not unique, there are more like us and we will link you to them if we feel they can tell the story better than we can.
Much about vacationing on St. John is DIY. St. John does not have any all-inclusive resorts. While most of the villa rental agencies, including us, will meet you at the ferry dock (more about that later), point you in the right direction and gently get you on your way; for the rest of it, you will be on your own. So as a first time visitor it is best to do a little research on your destination. Some of us adore doing vacation research and embrace it as part of the vacation experience. Others don’t have the time and there are others, the more adventurous among us that just let their vacations happen. If you are of the later, be patient. There may be stuff you might want to hear anyway.