Arrival to the St. Thomas airport for your Caribbean yacht charter can be a bit disconcerting during busy days, so we’ve produced a video to help make your arrival smooth and easy and get you to your awaiting charter yacht as quickly and effortlessly as possible!
From The Plane
In St. Thomas, passengers deplane directly onto the runway. From there you walk about 200 yards along a sidewalk outside the airport into the baggage claim area. There is a bathroom directly to the left as you enter and don’t pass up the free Cruzan Rum samples that the Department of Tourism Greeters are handing out! If you need cash for a taxi, (they don’t accept credit cards here) the ATM is located just to the left of the doors facing you as you enter the building.
During the busier times of the year, the afternoon hours will find the baggage claim area bustling with the hundreds of passengers from 3 or 4 flights that have landed at once. It can take an additional 30 or 40 minutes for checked bags to appear on the carousel, so if getting to your catamaran or to a ferry is a priority for you, we highly recommend only packing carry-on luggage!
Just outside of the baggage claim area, you will find all of the taxis lined up ready to shuttle guests to their next destination. Tell the taxi dispatcher sitting at his desk where you are going, and he will direct you to the appropriate taxi van.
In St. Thomas the taxi vans charge a flat rate between destinations, plus an additional fee for bags. Make sure and ask the dispatcher how much the rate will be for the number of guests/bags that are in your party.
To Your Ferry
If you are boarding your charter yacht in Tortola, BVI, that ferry terminal is located about 10 minutes from the airport.
If you are boarding your charter yacht at Compass Pt Marina, that is located about 25 minutes from the airport.
The other departure point, American Yacht Harbor Marina is 30 minutes away. On heavy traffic days you can add 5 to 10 minutes to these approximate times. !
It is a good idea to get the taxi drivers name and phone number in case you accidentally leave something behind. Also upon your return to St. Thomas you can call him to take you back to the airport or to your hotel if you have planned a further stay on St. Thomas.!
Once in your taxi van, it is a good idea to call your charter Captain and let him know you are on your way. That way they will know to be waiting at your pre-arranged meeting point.
We hope this helps you enjoy a relaxing arrival to St. Thomas. If you would like to have a private taxi van waiting for you at the airport, make sure you let your broker know, so that can be arranged.!
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