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St. Thomas - Road Town Ferry Service

Instead of flying directly into Beef Island as on our previous trips down to the BVI, we'll be flying into St Thomas our next one, it's about half the cost, including ferry service!

The next decision is to pick the ferry company. It seems that there can be problems with all of them when it comes to service and schedules. Any one more dependable than the others?

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We've found Road Town Fast Ferry too be reliable and they have arrangements with Mooring, Footloose and Conch (maybe others?). Of course our sample size is small - anyone else??
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Your best bet is to not buy tickets until you are there. Buy them for the next ferry that is leaving - this way you aren't sitting around waiting and can take the next ferry.
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Your best bet is to not buy tickets until you are there. Buy them for the next ferry that is leaving - this way you aren't sitting around waiting and can take the next ferry.
Are there always taxis available to take you to the charter base/airport from the ferry terminal?

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I don't think you'll have a problem getting a taxi. The 2 times we've taken the ferry we did pre-pay, but we're not going to if we take it again. Last time, we could have been on a different ferry and left earlier, but we had our pre-paid tickets so we had to wait.
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Road Town Fast Ferry has worked very well for us on numerous occasions. Just check the schedule carefully.
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Road Town Fast Ferry has worked very well for us on numerous occasions. Just check the schedule carefully.
Sounds like Fast Ferry is the way to go. I'm trying not to over think this since in the Islands, anything can change at a moments notice. Much like American Airlines who already has changed flight times and routes 2X on us for 2 different itineraries. Maybe after they emerge from bankruptcy, they should change their name to "IslandAir"....

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Another thumbs up for Fast Ferry.

The guys with open air bus like taxis are always waiting for arriving flights to bring you downtown, where the Ferry docks. We kill time seeing the spectacle of St T merchants. Hate it actually.


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I'm trying not to over think this since in the Islands, anything can change at a moments notice. Much like American Airlines who already has changed flight times and routes 2X on us for 2 different itineraries. Maybe after they emerge from bankruptcy, they should change their name to "IslandAir"....
American fly non-stop from Boston and New York, during high season and then drop most (all?) of those flights, usually mid-April. (Nobody seems to fly non-stop from D.C.) Last year we went in April and were able to fly non-stop on the way there but not on the way back. And the U.K. contingent had to return via Chicago when the two St. Thomas - JFK flights were combined and the new flight left before the ferry arrived. 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?

BTW has anybody purchased the combined Taxi/Ferry ticket and had them hold the ferry because the flight was late? I just wonder if it actually works.
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BTW has anybody purchased the combined Taxi/Ferry ticket and had them hold the ferry because the flight was late? I just wonder if it actually works.
The above! Not going to happen.

Just get a taxi [there will be plenty] to the ferry dock and buy a ticket on the next ferry [ ASK around don't believe the ticket agent ] .
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