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(@obxjul)
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hi- we will be in stt at the end of the month- we want to explore the island for the day without renting a car. we want to go to coki beach, megans beach, and hull bay. also we may want to stop at roadside bars/eateries. do you recomend a single taxi driver to drive us around for the day- we want to go alone- 2 of us. thanks!!!

 
Posted : October 3, 2009 10:55 pm
(@east-ender)
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I gather you are coming by cruise ship? Not sure why you don't want to rent a car. It gives you flexibility and is MUCH less expensive than paying someone. Most drivers have a set route, and Hull Bay is usually not on it. You could easily hit those three beaches and maybe more if you rent a car. 😎

 
Posted : October 4, 2009 10:46 am
(@linda-j)
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You can hire a taxi for the day. In the past posters have given names and numbers for specific taxi drivers. I don't have those, but I'm sure someone will chime in soon.

 
Posted : October 4, 2009 11:19 am
(@captain-jay)
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You could give the cab driver we use at the Marina a call. He doesn't do the normal pile up at the airport or the cruise ship dock and that's still low season for us so he would probably be willing. His name is wells and his cell phone is 340-513-2722 if you are calling from a stateside cell it won't be long distance. I would have to agree with the above posters that it will be considerably more money than renting a car or jeep for the day.
Jay

 
Posted : October 4, 2009 11:22 am
(@theislander)
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Hello,

Also guessing that you are coming by cruise ship? If so most ships dock at the Havensight Dock, some dock at the Crown Bay Dock. The taxi drivers that cater to the cruise ship docks generally drive safaris (trucks where the back has been converted with bench seating, covered but open air) or vans. Large safaris can hold 18-20 people and vans maybe 8-10 people; in either case the driver tries to get people going to the same place together to make the trip more worthwhile $$. Taxis charge by destination and per person.

If you were just doing point to point in a shared taxi you'd be looking at:

Havensight to Coki - $10 pp ($1 or 2 more from Crown Bay)
Coki to Magens - $9 pp
Magens to Hull - maybe $7 or $8 pp
Hull to Havensight - maybe $8 or $9 pp (to Crown Bay a couple dollars more)
**Crown Bay Dock, Havensight, Coki and Magens have taxi stands and there are plenty of taxis waiting around. For Hull Bay that is not the case, you'd want to arrange for a taxi to wait for you if you were just wanting to take a look and take photos, or come back for you at a set time. Otherwise at Hull Bay you could have the dive shop or restaurant/bar call you a taxi - allow time for them to get there - basically don't wait until the last minute to have one called if you go that route. There is an extra charge for phoning a taxi, since there are two of you it should be $1 pp.

All that said if you request a private taxi the fares will be more than listed above. Here are some additional rates from the taxi fare sheet to help with your planning:

"Hourly Rates (1-4 passengers): Sedan/Mini Van $40; Van/Safari(14 passenger capacity) $55; Safari $80. Rates for additional passengers will be negotiated between the taxi operator and passenger(s)."

"Sightseeing Tours: 2 hours - One passenger $50; two or more passengers $25 per person. 3 hours - One passenger $60; two or more passengers $30 per person."

What you might do is contact some of the taxi drivers that do tours and let them know what you want to do and see about arranging a private tour that includes the stops you want. There are a few listed on this site at: St. Thomas Activities - Island Tours.

PS: If you have a full day in port going to two beaches to spend time, swim, snorkel, relax is doable... covering three beaches with actual beach time will be rushed.

--Islander

 
Posted : October 5, 2009 2:34 pm
(@obxjul)
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Thanks to everyone for the info- we will be staying at the frenchmans reef and have been to stt before. we may rent a car for the day but we would rather have a driver and not to worry about driving-ect. thanks again for your responses!

 
Posted : October 5, 2009 7:35 pm
(@theislander)
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Oops, we were wrong with guessing you were coming by ship (usually cruisers ask about doing things for a day). So Frenchmans Reef it is, that is close to the Havensight Cruise Ship dock so the point to point taxi rates noted before are OK for getting an idea of cost doing it that route. There is a taxi stand at Frenchman's Reef, right outside the lobby. The taxis there will be vans or cars/suvs, you shouldn't have a problem getting one. You will just need to discuss it with the driver before heading off - get the details worked out, your stops, time and get a price quote.

And since your staying on island you can of course get the 3 beaches in comfortably into one day. One note, both Coki and Magens are popular with cruise ship tours. You can check the cruise ship schedule to pick a day with fewer ships. You could also do Coki in the early am (avoiding some of the cruise ship crowds that arrive mid-morning, Hull Bay second (its pretty much quiet anytime of the day) and then Magens in the afternoon (again avoiding some of the cruise ship tours).

You mentioned roadside bars/eateries. What did you have in mind... restaurants... food vans... fruit stands?

If you have other questions let us know!

--Islander

 
Posted : October 6, 2009 5:07 pm
(@tunisbridal)
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You can hire sunny liston tours for the day. Have been with him last two times in St. thomas. Once from the cruise ship and once staying at a villa. You can visit his website at www.sunnylistontours.com. We always have a great time wtih him.

 
Posted : October 6, 2009 5:08 pm
(@shelba)
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Hello....rent a car ~it's worth it..and easy...an adventure.
You will save $$$$ if you have your own car...

 
Posted : October 27, 2009 9:56 am

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