Getting to St. John
St. John does not have an airport. You will be flying into St. Thomas, and taking a passenger ferry over to St. John. (or, if you are flying into the British Virgin Islands, you will probably be taking a passenger ferry from Tortola to St. John).
Arranging for flights to and from St. Thomas might seem challenging the first time you try to schedule a trip. We like to use Orbitz (http://www.orbitz.com) or Travelocity (http://www.travelocity.com), as you can request a 'waterfall' +/- three days on each end of a trip and compare flight costs - it's amazing what one day sooner or later can do for the price - then you can compare routings as well! On Orbitz, you have to go into the 'expand search options' and request +/- one day, and then on the NEXT screen, go the +/- 3 days... They also put together a lot of flights on different airlines in their suggested routings.
When scheduling your return, allow plenty of time to get to the airport on St. Thomas from St. John - this means you want to avoid early morning flights out of St. Thomas if you can. Another option is to spend the night on St. Thomas, as there aren't pre-crack-of-dawn ferries to St. Thomas from St. John!
When you arrive at the St. Thomas Airport, you will be exiting the plane on stairs - (there are no concourses with direct bridges to aircraft at the time of this writing). You will enter the airport, from the tarmac, and proceed to baggage claim (to the left). There are only two baggage belts, both in the same area, so it's hard to miss your luggage when it arrives! If you have large amounts of baggage, it's easy to get a porter to help take the luggage outside to the waiting taxis. You will probably want to have the taxi take you to Red Hook (at the East end of St. Thomas) where you will board a ferry to St. John. If you get in at a time that is convenient for a 'Downtown Charlotte Amalie to St. John Ferry', you may want to consider taking a taxi to the Charlotte Amalie ferry dock - (there
MAY be a 3:30PM ferry from downtown to St. John but...and we cannot stress this enough....if you plan on taking the downtown ferry, CHECK WITH THE FERRY COMPANIES TO MAKE SURE THE DOWNTOWN FERRY IS RUNNING!! You can always go to Red Hook, as ferries leave for St. John on the hour, from early morning, up to midnight (usually), every day of the week! The taxi ride to Red Hook will take from 30 to 45 minutes.
If you are going to be met on St. John by an Aria Meet and Greet person, be sure to call them when you have your luggage, and are getting a taxi. They can help you decide on which ferry you will likely be riding.
When you get to St. John, you will be met at the dock by the Aria Meet and Greet person, who will help you get your rental car, and lead you to the house!
If you are going to be traveling to the house on your own, please email or call us for detailed directions to Aria from Cruz Bay.