Getting to STX and Mount Victory camp
Is it better to take Smith's Ferry or a sea plane to get from STT to STX? I will be traveling with two pretty large bags and a guitar. Are there luggage restrictions on sea planes?
Also I am looking into doing a little camping on STX at Mount Victory Camp. Anyone been there? Is it a remote location? How far from downtown Frederiksted is it?
The seaplane is faster, more reliable, more frequent, less vomit-inducing and more expensive than the ferry. There are luggage limitations on the seaplane: The cheap tickets have a limit of 25 pounds, and then you pay for extra weight.
Seaplane info: http://www.seaborneairlines.com/
Ferry info: http://www.vinow.com/general_usvi/interisland_ferry/#stcroix
From Mount Victory Camp, it's 1.8 miles to the main road . That gets you to the beach, and then it's about 1.5 miles more to downtown Frederiksted.
I've stayed at the camp a few times. First time, a few years ago, it was great. Last time, it seems the place has really gone downhill. It was dirtier than before, nothing stock in the "honor bar" and bugs (lots of cockroaches) galore. I recommended it to my sister, who's a pretty earthy person, and they had to leave after two nights because of the roaches and general uncleanliness.
I won't go back, nor will I recommend it to anyone. It's a shame, because I really like the concept and the fact that it used to be a livable place.
If you're staying there, be prepared to "commune with nature" in all its glory.
And bring lots of bug spray.
That distance is misleading though... I can do a 6-8 mile relatively flat walk, no problem. The road from Mt. Victory to the bottom of the hill is steep and extremely curvy... lots of blind spots where a driver would not see you. That couple of miles becomes a lot more than just a couple of miles. 🙂
Hopefully, once people recognize you, they will offer you a ride. I used to always stop to give rides either up or down the hill to the farm kids when I lived up there.