Looking to do some island hopping? Let us share how you can GoTo (and from) St. Croix! By air or by sea, the options for inter-island travel to and from St. Croix are growing. In addition to options that allow for quick trips to the other U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands, you can also book flights from St. Croix to several other Caribbean islands like Antigua, Saint Maarten, Dominica, and the Dominican Republic. Here’s how you can explore St. Croix’s neighboring islands…
Native Son Ferry
Offering ferry service between St. Croix and St. Thomas, as well as St. Thomas and the BVI, Native Son is an affordable option to get you between the islands. Having run a scheduled ferry service between St. Thomas and Tortola since 1977, due to demand Native Son has recently added service to St. Croix. The high-speed ferry runs on Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays, spend the day on St. Croix or come for a weekend getaway. Scheduled service between St. Croix and St. John coming soon!
While they originated in New England, Cape Air has been serving the Caribbean for 20 years. Offering over 80 flights a day within the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Cape Air makes it possible to day trip from St. Croix to St. Thomas, St. Croix, Vieques, Mayaguez, Tortola, Culebra, and Virgin Gorda. Sit back and enjoy the view, you’ll be there in minutes!
Bohlke International Airways
If you are looking for luxury travel, Bohlke International Airways offers private charter flights to neighboring Caribbean islands. A group of eight can charter Bohlke’s KingAir B200 and it will be more affordable, faster, and much more fun than flying commercial! Plus, when you and your party travel with Bohlke you get to enjoy a luxury aircraft, no TSA lines, and complimentary gourmet snacks and cocktails.
While Seaborne Airlines offers flights from St. Croix to 10 Caribbean destinations including Anguilla, St. Kitt’s and Nevis, they also offer the only seaplane flights in and out of St. Croix. If you have never taken a seaplane it is certainly fun, quick, and a lot less hassle then going through the airport. Plus, the seaplane terminal is conveniently located in downtown Christiansted on St. Croix, and flies into downtown Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas. If you are looking to get to St. John or the BVI’s, you can catch a ferry after landing on St. Thomas.
QE IV Ferry
If air travel is not your cup of tea, there is now a ferry running twice daily, seven days a week, between St. Croix and St. Thomas. Locally designed and built especially for island hopping, the QE IV Ferry’s innovative four-hulled design allows for a smooth and swift ride. The ferry terminal on St. Croix is located at Gallows Bay in Christiansted, and the St. Thomas terminal is located east of the Charlotte Amalie seaplane port. As with taking the seaplane over, you can take a ferry to St. John or the BVI’s after reaching St. Thomas. This is an affordable option to get to and from St. Thomas, plus you get to enjoy being on the water.
If you are traveling between the U.S. Virgin Islands, be sure to pick up a copy of Places To Explore: St. Thomas – St. John – St. Croix. This booklet is the official publication of the U.S. Virgin Islands Hotel and Tourism Association. Easy-to-use and informative, this guide is filled with enlightening facts and activities for you to enjoy while visiting the Virgin Islands. Did I mention it’s free? Pick up your copy at the airport, ferry terminal, seaplane terminal, hotel, or any USVI tourism office.
Click on the links below to contact any of the operators we mentioned above. Enjoy your time on St. Croix and our sister islands! With several options now available for inter-island travel, we hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to island hop and explore the diverse wonders the Caribbean has to offer. Bon voyage!
– Jennie Ogden, Editor