Lay of the Land
Numerous airlines fly into St. Thomas International airport (STT), making it the arrival hub for the USVI, as well as a gateway to the British Virgin Islands. St. John, the most scenic of the islands (more than half of the island is protected National Park) is only accessible by boat. A ferry service runs between Charlotte Amalie, on St. Thomas, and Cruz Bay, on St. John. The trip takes 45 minutes; ferries leave about every two hours. For a schedule, visit: st-thomas.com/ferries. If you are staying at Caneel Bay, however, the resort will arrange for an airport transfer on its private boat.
St. Croix is the largest of the USVI, but it’s also one of the least visited. Because there is an oil refinery on the island, tourism was never their big industry, the way it was on St. Thomas. Their airport, St. Croix International airport (STX), is served by a variety of carriers, notably American Airlines and JetBlue. Seabourn Airlines also offers regular seaplane service between St. Thomas (Charlotte Amalie) and St. Croix (Christiansted) during daylight hours. Flights leave twice an hour and take about twenty-five minutes. Be aware that seaplanes have strict weight restrictions; you will be charged extra for heavy bags. If you have noise canceling headphones, bring them along, as seaplanes are quite loud. There is also a ferry that runs between St. Thomas and St. Croix, but service is very infrequent and the ride can be quite rough, so it is not recommended.