Really, do you think we’d abandon you here? We have now reached another, “it depends” situations. It will depend on what choices you’ve made for your accommodations, another topic that we will get back to. Suffice it to say you will be met at the ferry dock or not depending on what choice you made. Then you will be escorted to your car rental agency (or not) and given the opportunity to sign your rental paper work. There are variations on this sequence of events. Some agencies will pick you up at the ferry dock; some agencies are a short walk from the dock. Here is an idea. If there are several of you, quickly retire to a near by bar/restaurant in the area, hydrate and go to the necessary. Then the assigned drivers can walk to the car agency, complete the paperwork and return to pick up the rest of the party.
We now come upon one of several, most discussed and frequently asked questions about traveling to St. John, “Do I really need to rent a car?” and its’ ancillary, “Does it have to be four wheel drive?” Our answer is YES to both. Why? Here is our reply to this question that we posted on a Trip Adviser forum. The take-away from this post is that part of the fun of visiting St. John is exploring the island. You do not want to immediately restrict your ability to do this. You do not have to be an experienced off roader but there may be times as we explained in our TA post that you will be glad that you had four wheel drive.
Oh, by the way, people in the Virgin Islands drive on the left hand side of the road. The vehicle you will rent is left hand drive also. Don’t panic. Here is one of the best postings I have read about driving in the Virgin Islands. It is worth a read. St. John Traveler: Left-Lane Life. Also everyone drives on the left. You are herd animal, so just follow the
We now come to the second most discussed topic about visiting St. John, where to rent your vehicle. Many people swear by renting a vehicle on St. Thomas and taking a car barge to St. John. While it is a reasonable alternative and many people do it, we think for your first trip you should rent a vehicle on St. John. Besides it is our personal opinion that you should spend your vacation dollar locally. Many people disagree. Here is a list of island rental agencies we know of. Can we recommend any particular one? No. This is a good topic to research on Trip Adviser yourself. There are endless opinions and you will eventually have yours.
Best Car Rental (340) 693-8177
Courtesy Car Rental (866) 776-4228
Delbert Hill’s Jeep Rental 340-693-8819
Denzil Clyne Car Rental (340) 776-6715
Hospitality Car & Jeep Rentals (340) 693-9160
Penn’s Jeep Rental (340) 776-6530
Spencer’s Jeep Rental (888) 776-6628
Sun & Sand Car Rental 340-776-6374
Next: Where will you lay your head? The beginning of your accommodation choices.