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I've been sailing in the BVI regularly for 30 years. Every few years I fly into STT and take the ferry which reminds me why I dislike it so, then I go back to flying into EIS. I like getting the travel over with and onto the boat. That's when MY holiday starts - with feet on the boat.

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We usually stay at Emerald Beach Resort when we have to "lay over" in St Thomas. Price is reasonable, location on Lindbergh Bay between airport and ferry terminal makes it an easy stop and the beach, rooms and food are perfect for Vacation DAY ONE!

Welcome to Emerald Beach Resort in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

We've also stayed at the sister property just down the beach, Carib Beach. We ended up there once when our flight was delayed 4 hrs in Miami and we missed the ferry. Our cab driver got us rooms at 10pm, a life saver! Again, reasonable price, ok to good food. Rooms were clean but definitely second tier. Welcome to The Best Western Carib Beach Resort in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Both are Best Western properties. If you stay at Carib, you have privileges at Emerald Beach...

5 min from Airport; 15 min from Ferry Terminal.
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Flights to Tortola or St. Thomas

I've done both and find the flight to St. Thomas easier...and the ferry ride to Roadtown a nice experience. Not sure if there is a big difference in overall cost. My experience in flying into Tortola is not a great one...constantly lost luggage....and sitting around the dock waiting for the luggage to arrive is certainly not the best way to spend your 1st day.
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I am doing the same think in May 2010. Plan on going to St. Thomas before Tortola for the price saving. However, looking online I only see ferries that leave a few times per day. Do you know where I can find information about the ferry that leaves every 40 minutes or so?
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This site is pretty accurate. Once you have selected a line, go to the ferry operator's site and reconfirm the schedule. Then, shortly before your trip, call them to get their current schedule. Then arrived and expect a somewhat different one; this is the ferry companies' way of saying "Welcome to ilon time".


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If you get in touch with Marjorie at Island Magic - subsidary of Smith's Ferry, she will set you up with a pickup at the airport and transit directly to the dock in Charlotte Amalie.

I've used her assistance many times and find it very helpful. On the last few trips, they've actually held the ferry at the dock for a few minutes while we made our way from the airport.

Send here an email to info@smithsferry.com or call her at 3407757292

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I use AA FF Miles so flying into EIS is the best for us.

In response to others that mention when their vacation starts, I say, the day we book our next charter!

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Just back from 2 weeks in paradise, man is hard to look at snow!
Part of the crew flew into Tortola the rest ferried over from St. Thomas. If you plan to ferry over allow at least 3 hrs. transit time because if the ferry is not full you sit on the dock & wait for the next ferry. Had friends that took the taxi to Sopers to catch the early ferry, we picked up the later one out of Road Town and was diverted over to Soper's to pick up 30+ people off the dock. They tied the two ferries together and transferred us all onto one to fill it up, had a nice long chat with them on the way over to St. Thomas.
Time you add up taxi's & ferry price may be a push, schedule will probably rule for us from now on.
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Izjay... you are overlooking the major down side of the Flights to and out of Tortola... few of them and almost all have to go through PR which is a pain and long delays. With St Thomas the flights are far more direct and you don't have to drag your luggage miles between the small plane terminal in PR to where the real aircraft are located.

I typically have gone into and out of Tortola via St Thomas 2 to 3 times a year for the past 3+ years and have never had the type problems you encountered but in the islands things do happen often with out apparent reason.

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