Gateway to Paradise: Ferry Options from St. Thomas (Charlotte Amalie and Red Hook) to the British Virgin Islands
Nestled in the heart of the Caribbean, St. Thomas, one of the US Virgin Islands, serves as a gateway to the enchanting British Virgin Islands (BVI). Blessed with turquoise waters and stunning vistas, this tropical paradise beckons travelers seeking a taste of Caribbean magic. To reach the British Virgin Islands from St. Thomas, two main ferry options are available: departures from Charlotte Amalie and Red Hook. In this blog, we’ll explore the ferry options, opening the door to an unforgettable adventure in the British Virgin Islands.
Ferries from St. Thomas to Tortola:
Set sail with us on a ferry ride from St. Thomas to Tortola, an idyllic journey that takes approximately 50 minutes each way. At just $90 per person for a round trip (with special rates for children), our ferries promise comfort and stunning views throughout the voyage. Don’t miss the last boat, as ferries from St. Thomas to Tortola stop running at around 4:15 PM daily.
If you plan to arrive a day before your charter, we’ve got you covered! Our AM ferry options will get you to Tortola in time for your Noon charter start, ensuring a smooth and timely embarkation.
For same-day arrivals, we recommend flights arriving no later than 2:00 PM. This accounts for slight airline delays, ample time to deplane, and a short taxi ride (approximately 5 minutes) from the airport to the main ferry terminal in St. Thomas.
St Thomas (Charlotte Amalie) – Tortola St Thomas (Red Hook) – Tortola
Ferries from Tortola to St. Thomas:
On your final day, prepare for a seamless journey back to St. Thomas. We recommend flights departing around 3:30 PM or later for a relaxed experience. Catch a morning ferry from Tortola, a delightful 50-minute ride, back to St. Thomas. Allow approximately 60 minutes to clear customs/immigration at the ferry terminal and another 15 minutes to organize a taxi for a short 5-minute ride to the airport. Remember to arrive at the St. Thomas airport at least 2 hours before your departure, or more depending on your airline of choice.
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- Ferry from Charlotte Amalie to Road Town, Tortola:
Departing from the capital of St. Thomas, Charlotte Amalie, this ferry route offers direct access to Road Town, the capital of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. The ferry journey traverses the Sir Francis Drake Channel, providing a glimpse of picturesque cays and emerald waters along the way. The ferry ride typically takes around 45 minutes to an hour, making it a popular choice for travelers looking to explore Tortola’s pristine beaches and vibrant culture.
- Ferry from Charlotte Amalie to West End, Tortola:
Another option from Charlotte Amalie is the ferry route to West End, Tortola. This route takes you to the western tip of Tortola, offering easy access to popular destinations like Soper’s Hole and nearby Jost Van Dyke. The ferry crossing is relatively short, taking approximately 30-45 minutes, making it an ideal choice for travelers who want to experience the laid-back charm of the BVI’s western side.
- Ferry from Red Hook to Cruz Bay, St. John:
If you’re starting your journey from Red Hook, located on the eastern end of St. Thomas, you can catch a ferry to Cruz Bay, the main town on the neighboring island of St. John. The short 20-minute ferry ride leads you to the captivating beauty of St. John’s national parks, pristine beaches, and laid-back atmosphere. From Cruz Bay, you can continue your journey to the British Virgin Islands.
- Ferry from Red Hook to Jost Van Dyke:
Red Hook also offers a direct ferry route to the lively and picturesque Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands. Known for its stunning beaches and iconic beach bars like the Soggy Dollar Bar, Foxy’s, and Ivan’s Stress-Free Bar, Jost Van Dyke promises a quintessential BVI experience. The ferry crossing typically takes around 45 minutes to an hour, allowing you to savor the anticipation of stepping foot on this Caribbean gem.
- Ferry from Red Hook to Road Town, Tortola:
From Red Hook, you can also board a ferry bound for Road Town, Tortola. This route offers a direct connection to Tortola’s capital and gateway to the rest of the British Virgin Islands. The ferry journey takes approximately 60-90 minutes, allowing you to relax and soak in the scenic beauty of the Caribbean on your way to Tortola.