Getting from St. Croix to ST. Thomas
I have read up on the ferry service but it says it has been suspended until spring. The easiest flight for us lands us in St. Croix, is there a way tto get to STT from there? I saw the seaplane, and I'm looking into that, but is there another ferry or something?
The seaplane is great. No other ferry that I know about.
A ferry runs on special occasions only. There will probably be service during St Croix's festival in Dec.
Seaborne Airlines (airport and seaplane)
Take the seaplane - great ride and gets you right in to down town.
Do check into the cost though. I don't know of anybody who would be staying on St Thomas and fly into St Croix to save money or vice versa. They're 40 nautical miles apart from each other.
Sorry, didn't realize you were planning on flying into STX to get to STT.
Since you are already at the airport it would be more cost effective to fly out of STX aiirport than take a long taxi ride to take the seaplane.
Seaborne charges for luggage over 25 lbs for many of their fares. Cape Air lets you bring a 50lb suitcase for free and charges a fee for a 2nd ($50? Not sure). I'd go with Cape Air because of their luggage allowance. Not sure how much luggage SeaFlight allows...
Definitely check the seaplane..... its a fun ride and they are now offering $49 fares (seats limited) for this month only!
Thank you all so much!!
One more vote for the seaplane, however I may be biased since I work for them..
Unfortunately I think we are going to have too much luggage for the seaplane (and a pet). We are going to spend a day in Puerto Rico on the way, saved a ton of money doing that. Thank you for all the great info though, the seaplane sounds like a lot of fun, and we will look into it for sure to travel around the islands once we are there. Thanks again!
I have been following your postings here, and I must be missing some important detail. You said you are coming ultimately to stay on STT but have found the best air fare only to STX. Also, you are traveling on October 9th and spending a night in SJU.
My confusion centers on why continue on to STX the next day if you want to end up on St Thomas? JetBlue has an 8:30am flight from San Juan to St Thomas for only $56. per person, and it's a full size, read that as LARGE, jet with your first bag free. If it's the low price that bothers you, their afternoon flight from SJU to STT is $256. per person.
PS I would offer you a place for a short term stay, but we are boarded-up until November 1st
The planned itinerary is indeed very confusing and even more so when a pet is added into the mix. People flying with pets generally do whatever it takes to arrange a direct flight and even more so in these hot summer months when many airlines won't even accept them. OP, what you might initially save by going via SJU may turn out to be a non-saving after all. Suggest you seriously check into the flights between SJU and STT before setting off. The "puddle jumpers" may not be able to accommodate that "too much luggage" and/or your pet and JetBlue might have travel restrictions on your pet. Do your research and weigh the options. Good luck.
Sorry for the confusion. Originally the cheapest flight went to St. Croix until I looked at San Juan. We are spending a night in San Juan and then going straight to STT the morning after. Jet Blue direct from DC to SJU, and then AA straight to STT. Both airlines accept pets for a fee. Ended up saving over $300, and every penny counts!!
Check out that $56. JetBlue flight from SJU to STT. JetBlue started service to the USVI last December, but as of yet their computer reservation system doesn't see STT as a legit end destination from stateside locations. So, you have to book into SJU and book the SJU to STT leg separately. Or, call JetBlue direct and have them put the flight together over the phone.
Can't help but think that JetBlue is missing out on a lot of business just because they haven't updated their computer reservation software.
I've not seen flights for under $100. from AA in many years, as a matter of fact I have always found them to be higher than Cape Air and Seaborne.
How big is your pet+ carrier? The AA flights from SJU-STT are on smaller planes and there are kennel size limits. Make sure you check with AA.
Our Kitty is only 4 1/2 months old, she is pretty small. It's one of the smaller carriers and below their limits, I made sure of that when I bought it. Jetblue has a $100 fee for pets, AA has a $150 fee. I checked out the Jetblue flight from SJU to STT and it is $56 versus $69 we paid for AA and it leaves at a better time. Thank you so much for that, I'm going to check today if I can cancel the AA flight and then book the Jetblue flight instead. We were originally going to ship our car also, have received many quotes, but don't know which one to trust.
We are now thinking of selling the car here and renting one down there in the meantime till we can find one to buy, but the cars down there look expensive (I have an Island Trader that I have been looking through). My car is scratched and dented from a hit-and-run while I was sleeping and isn't worth much here, but it's in great mechanical shape and been in the family since it was new, so I really would rather spend the money we would spend on an island car we know nothing about to ship this one (dents and scratches don't mean much down there I've realized, they are gonna happen). The brakes and tires are all new, the AC is perfect, etc.