WATER ISLAND TIPS ?...
 
Notifications
Clear all

WATER ISLAND TIPS ? DRIVING?  

 

Jmarieec93
(@Jmarieec93)
New Member
Joined: 4 years ago
Posts: 4
August 22, 2016 5:57 pm  

HELLO! I'm relocating to STT and found a place on water island I may like... but our jobs will be on STT. we are planning to ship our car to stt but how would it be commuting back and forth from water island?
Can we drive on water island?
Also, how expensive is it to commute via ferry?

Thanks!


Quote
OldTart
(@the-oldtart)
Expert
Joined: 9 years ago
Posts: 6523
August 22, 2016 6:44 pm  

It's a very faulty plan. Passenger ferry service between St Thomas (Crown Bay) and WI is very limited and there's no car barge transportation between the two:
http://www.vinow.com/travel/virgin-islands-ferry-schedules/

Yes, you can drive on WI but the most common form of transport is a golf cart and if your jobs are on STT you would have to somehow make arrangements to have a car or cars on STT or rely on taxis.

Not a doable plan.


ReplyQuote
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Expert
Joined: 9 years ago
Posts: 12288
August 22, 2016 6:47 pm  

You can drive on Water Island but you shall be be dependent on the Water Island water taxi to get back and forth. If you have a car on STT to get around to shop, get to work, you'll need a safe and accessible place to park which incurs fees. You can get away with having a golf cart on WI.
Check the ferry and parking rates at Crown Bay Marina to see if it's doable, works best with your schedule and budget.


ReplyQuote
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Expert
Joined: 9 years ago
Posts: 12288
August 22, 2016 7:24 pm  

Another thing to consider when living on one island and working on another is time spent commuting. If you miss the boat, you'll have to wait for the next one. Boats break down, weather and other things like traffic can affect the schedule, you've got to get your stuff done, get parked, unload, get to boat, load, unload when you get to destination and get it all home.
The WI Taxi doesn't run late so you're limited in activities that you may wish to partake in on STT.

Don't get me wrong. It works well for some people.
Go back and forth a couple times, see what all is involved.
Good luck.

There's a contributor on the Travel forum (see link at top of page)
named Rocky Dock.
You might post your question there and get in touch with someone actually
living there as to the pros and cons.


ReplyQuote
STTsailor
(@STTsailor)
Trusted Member
Joined: 5 years ago
Posts: 617
August 22, 2016 7:46 pm  

Spend money on dinghy if you work close to the STT waterfront. Perhaps you can get by w/o the car.


ReplyQuote
OldTart
(@the-oldtart)
Expert
Joined: 9 years ago
Posts: 6523
August 22, 2016 8:07 pm  

I'm a little confused. In your first post on this forum you were undecided about which island you and your family would be living on but this wasn't an issue as you said you work from home. If you work from home then living on WI isn't an issue other than the schlepping back and forth for shopping, etc. but if you've lined up "regular" jobs on STT it's unrealistic. I may well be wrong but I very much doubt that there's more than one or two WI residents who have "regular" jobs on STT and commute back and forth.


ReplyQuote
ms411
(@ms411)
Expert
Joined: 11 years ago
Posts: 3554
August 22, 2016 8:30 pm  

Some Water Island residents use public transportation to do their shopping. Grocery stores Gourmet Gallery and Pueblo are within walking distance of the ferry dock. If you're working in town, it's a 1.5 mile walk mostly in the sun.

If you're working elsewhere, transportation may be an issue.


ReplyQuote
RockyDock
(@RockyDock)
Advanced Member
Joined: 12 years ago
Posts: 112
August 22, 2016 8:37 pm  

HELLO! I'm relocating to STT and found a place on water island I may like... but our jobs will be on STT. we are planning to ship our car to stt but how would it be commuting back and forth from water island?
Can we drive on water island?
Also, how expensive is it to commute via ferry?

Thanks!

The Water Island passenger ferry runs basically hourly from 6:45 am to 6pm daily between Crown Bay Marina and the Water Island Ferry Dock (less than 10 minute transit time). Fare is $5.00 per person each way, however there are "ten ride" tickets, weekly and monthly commuter passes that bring the per trip cost down much lower.

There is a regular scheduled car/truck barge that makes morning and afternoon runs on Tuesday and Thursday, at about $60. each way. Used mostly by residents to move heavy items/supplies between islands, and for "power shopping" trips.

Keeping a car on St Thomas is problematic with the only safe choice is if Crown Bay Marina will rent you a parking space (over $100. per month). If you're working "day shifts" the most practical method to get to work is to take the passenger ferry to Crown Bay then take the short walk up to Nisky Center and catch a $1. Safari, which run from 7am to 7pm, and usually there is less than 10 minutes before the next one shows up.

Rocky Dock
Water Island


ReplyQuote
RockyDock
(@RockyDock)
Advanced Member
Joined: 12 years ago
Posts: 112
August 22, 2016 8:41 pm  

@STTres

"I may well be wrong but I very much doubt that there's more than one or two WI residents who have "regular" jobs on STT and commute back and forth."

Might be the first time! YOU ARE WRONG


ReplyQuote
OldTart
(@the-oldtart)
Expert
Joined: 9 years ago
Posts: 6523
August 22, 2016 8:50 pm  

@STTres

"I may well be wrong but I very much doubt that there's more than one or two WI residents who have "regular" jobs on STT and commute back and forth."

Might be the first time! YOU ARE WRONG

And I have absolutely no problem with that and no reason for you to shout. It's been many years since I had any close relationship with WI residents and, back then, that was the case. The few who did commute back and forth then were professionals who had very flexible schedules. Thanks for the updated information.


ReplyQuote
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Expert
Joined: 9 years ago
Posts: 12288
August 22, 2016 9:13 pm  

Hey Rocky Dock,
Had no idea that WI had a "regular scheduled car/truck barge that makes morning and afternoon runs on Tuesday and Thursday, at about $60. each way. Used mostly by residents to move heavy items/supplies between islands, and for "power shopping" trips."
That's great!


ReplyQuote
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Expert
Joined: 9 years ago
Posts: 12288
August 22, 2016 9:19 pm  

I'd imagine that if you want to do a monthly power shopping, etc., it might be less expensive to rent a car for the day than pay a monthly parking fee at Crown Bay.

What do you think, Rocky Dock?


ReplyQuote
East Ender
(@east-ender)
Expert
Joined: 16 years ago
Posts: 5383
August 23, 2016 12:00 am  

I know several people who live on Water Island and work on St Thomas. I believe they all have their own water transportation, either dinghy or boat. Plus they all have wheels on the St Thomas side. I don't think it's an easy life, but Water Islanders like it...


ReplyQuote
Close Menu