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Stopping in Charlotte Amalie on a cruise...

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Can someone recommend a wise way for us to spend our time? Are the roads too dangerous to rent Scooters? Are there any nice secluded(not jammed packed) beaches that are must see? Is getting a cab for the day to tour the island recommended? And last but not least, is it possible, recommended to maybe jump on a ferry to another island? Thanks in advance for any help.

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1. Re: Stopping in Charlotte Amalie on a cruise...

Are the roads too dangerous to rent Scooters? Scooters are available to rent but IMO it's a really stupid thing to rent. They're dangerous here with narrow winding roads, driving on the left, drivers that like to ride the center line of the street & possibility of light showers which make the roads slick.

Are there any nice secluded(not jammed packed) beaches that are must see? How busy the beaches are depends on how many ships are in port but there will be beaches not jam-packed.

Is getting a cab for the day to tour the island recommended? You can work out your own tour arrangement with a driver or book an excusrion from the ship. If you book your own when you get here & something happens that you don't get back in time, the ship may not wait for you but they will if you book through them. That's no big deal if you allow plenty of time to return.

And last but not least, is it possible, recommended to maybe jump on a ferry to another island? Thanks in advance for any help.

It's possible to take the ferry to St. John either from Red Hook or downtown Charlotte Amalie.

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Take the ferry to St. John. The beaches are prettier, the snorkeling is better, and it is way less crowded. Taxi's are always available to take you on a tour. When we stopped there on our cruise, we took a taxi to Red Hook. On our way, we asked the taxi driver to swing by a look out spot near Mountain Top to get a good photo shot of Megan's Bay. We hopped the ferry at Red Hook. Got a taxi to take us around St. John and came back. If I had to do it again, I would just have the taxi take me to Trunk Bay or Cinnamon Bay for the day. The sugar mill ruins were neat, but as fabulous as the beaches are in St. John, you want to spend more time there. I would not recommend scooters.

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3. Re: Stopping in Charlotte Amalie on a cruise...

If you're an experienced scooter driver, you should be OK. The scooter place across from Havensight gives a very good briefing before letting people hit the roads. Our terrain is very hilly with steep curves, so that's another factor to consider. Quite a few people rent scooters, though I don't know how they secure them if they go to the beach.

Most of the secluded beaches don't have facilities like restaurants and bathrooms, so most people tend to go to beaches that offer services. Most people make their decision based on whether they want to snorkel or just swim and lie on the beach. You'll find more fish at some beaches than others.

There are two islands easily accessible by ferry from St Thomas that run frequently enough to accommodate a cruise schedule. Those islands are Water Island and St John. Water Island is tiny, and most people go to Honeymoon Beach. St John is larger with more beaches.

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