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Re: St. Thomas - Road Town Ferry Service

I have used the prepaid taxi/ferry and would not do it again, at least not the prepaid taxi. It seems very confusing to them that you are already paid. Either that or they are simply trying to take advantage. I just said no firmly and they backed off. Corruption is a sport on St Thomas.

Also, i just remembered a taxi that we once took at night to go to dinner on St T. It was a more typical mini-van. The driver had a co-pilot, which seemed odd. Then they tried to sell us drugs and were giving us a hard time for saying no. While there are drugs in the BVI too, I've never had that happen there.
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This year we are going in early May and there are no non-stops to be had. Routing via Miami seems stable. Where is Jet Blue when you need them?
If you can't fly non-stop into St Thomas, was flying into Beef Island a viable alternative for you? That would take the ferry out of the equation. As previously mentioned, we used to take that route but at the present, the $$$ cost or lack of FF seats made it unattainable.
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I have used the prepaid taxi/ferry and would not do it again, at least not the prepaid taxi. It seems very confusing to them that you are already paid. Either that or they are simply trying to take advantage. I just said no firmly and they backed off. Corruption is a sport on St Thomas.
Did you have any supporting documentation with you to show that you had prepaid?
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Did you have any supporting documentation with you to show that you had prepaid?
I may have had an invoice from the company that booked it for us that showed it was paid, but do not ever recall getting a ticket of any kind.
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Re: St. Thomas - Road Town Ferry Service

I have followed this thread with interest because Sunsail recommends that we prepay through them for the taxi and ferry. At this point, since our plane gets to St. T. in time for the last ferry, I think that's the only reason that I'd prepay, so that we don't have to waste time in line buying a ticket.
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If you can't fly non-stop into St Thomas, was flying into Beef Island a viable alternative for you? That would take the ferry out of the equation. As previously mentioned, we used to take that route but at the present, the $$$ cost or lack of FF seats made it unattainable.
Mainly an issue of cost, although friends who have flown via San Juan tell me that the puddle jumpers are at least as unreliable (time wise) as the ferries.
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I have followed this thread with interest because Sunsail recommends that we prepay through them for the taxi and ferry. At this point, since our plane gets to St. T. in time for the last ferry, I think that's the only reason that I'd prepay, so that we don't have to waste time in line buying a ticket.
That kind of schedule worries me down there. If either the flight or taxi are late and you miss that final ferry, you are stuck without a hotel in STT. That place loves people who are stuck. I've always booked long boring layovers. Beer, lunch, walking are always good if I stay on time.
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I have followed this thread with interest because Sunsail recommends that we prepay through them for the taxi and ferry. At this point, since our plane gets to St. T. in time for the last ferry, I think that's the only reason that I'd prepay, so that we don't have to waste time in line buying a ticket.
We did the combined ticket last year but as you pick the tickets up at the ferry, it doesn't save any time. The St.Thomas end worked great but at Road Town the driver wasn't there. We finally got him to answer his phone and he sorted it out with another driver who was there. We are not going to buy combined tickets this year unless someone says that the "we'll hold the ferry for you" feature actually works, which I have always suspicious of anyway. As long as the flight is ontime, we'll still have plenty of time for a dockside pain killer while we wait.
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That kind of schedule worries me down there. If either the flight or taxi are late and you miss that final ferry, you are stuck without a hotel in STT. That place loves people who are stuck. I've always booked long boring layovers. Beer, lunch, walking are always good if I stay on time.
If you miss the regular ferry there is sometimes a 9:00pm ferry from Red Hook. It is only Thursday-Sunday and doesn't always run but it's worth remembering if you get stuck.
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Thanks, Geoff. That's great to know.
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