We plan to go to trunk bay but have read three very differing opinions on how to do this 1. taxi to Red Hook, ferry, taxi. 2. Ferry from Charlotte A., taxi, or 3. Take ship's tour, which will cost about same by the time you are through. Reluctant even if no $$ savings to do ship's tour, we may not be done in 1-1/2 hours. Also wonder if you can swim or is this just a snorkeler's paradise which would make a difference how much time we want to spend. Laurie
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If you're comfortable going on your own, it's better to me. That way you can get there, stay as long as you want, and leave when you want. The ferry runs from Red Hook every hour, the schedule from Charolette Amalie is not as frequent, but you don't have to pay for the cab fare to Red Hook which was $11/per person last December when we were there. The beach is perfect for swimming. The snorkeling is about 50 yards off of the beach. They do have lifeguards on duty as well. Be sure to bring your camera not only for pictures at Trunk Bay but on the ride to/from Trunk Bay. Best wishes and have a wonderful time!
The cab ride to Red Hook will take you through part of St. Thomas. I wouldn't call it great scenery, but it gives you a feel for the island. The ferry from Charolette takes you around the point, again, to me it's nothing special.
Definately plan on going on your own, it sounds like it might be a hassle but it will be soooooooo worth the extra time that you'll have there, thank me later! Oh it's surreal, and yes the swimming, snorkeling and scenery is absolute Heaven on earth! Enjoy! If you chicken out and go with the ship excursion, you will only get 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours and you'll be so upset that it's time to go, believe me, this is NOT enough time in paradise, it's just a tease! This picture was taken last Jan and it was overcast and rainy, can you imagine what it will look like on a nice day????
Here's another picture I took that same day... I photo enhanced this one to make it look brighter, (probably much the way it'll look on a sunny day)...
If your ship is docked at Havensight, it is quicker to take the ferry from Red Hook. We have been to St. John twice and absolutely LOVE it! If you want to save some $$, on your way back just follow the locals off the ferry at Red Hook up to the local $2 bus. (It can look just like the regular taxis.) Ask if they are heading back to the pier area. We did this last time, and plan on taking it BOTH ways a week from today!!! You won't be sorry if you do this trip on your own . . . you can spend as much time there as you want, and you aren't in the midst of a crowd. (We went to Cinnamon and loved it even more.)
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